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Head, Franklin H. Studies in early American history: A notable lawsuit. Portland, ME: Privately printed [by the Ascensius Press], 2002. 12mo (18.1 cm, 7.12"). 37,  pp.; 6 plts. $75.00
Small-press facsimile of a literary jeu d'esprit written by => the founder of the Chicago Liars Club and originally printed in 1898. This account of a (completely fictitious) lawsuit claims that the Astor family fortune was founded on the discovery of Captain Kidd's long-lost treasure buried in a cave in Maine — on land owned by the Olmsted family, who upon discovering these facts went after the Astors for a share of the loot. The story actually gained traction as a part of Astor mythology, despite almost => every checkable detail being provably inauthentic!
The tale appears here in the spirit of shedding light on the truth, with commentary by prominent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted himself; this Ascensius Press printing is => illustrated with a total of six plates, including the faked "portrait" of John Jacob Astor.
The colophon inaccurately states, apparently continuing the joke, that 400 trade copies were printed in addition to 100 special copies, the present example being => numbered copy 41 of the 100 printed on handmade paper and hand-bound by the Maine-based press.
Publisher's printed paper jacket over heavy cardstock wrappers. => A clean, crisp, lovely copy. (41985) Please RESHELVE This.
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