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Idaho Lore



Caldwell: The Caxton Printers Ltd. 1939. First edition. Hardcover. Fine / Near Fine. Original mottled brown cloth with lettering and design stamped in black or very dark brown. Octavo, 256pp. Prepared by the Federal Writers' Project, of the Work Projects Administration. An American Guide Series volume. Mangione states in The Dream and the Deal "In Idaho the indefatigable Vardis Fisher not only wrote extensively of Idaho Indians in the state guidebook but also produced an illustrated 256 page volume, Idaho Lore. Fisher had collected the basic material by appealing to college students throughout the state to solicit pioneer stories from old-timers they knew." This is a collection of tales, tall-tales, songs, and legends, both pioneer, Indian, and Chinese. Illustrated within with drawings by William Runyan and really fine linoleum cuts by Adrian Troy, of the Federal Art Project of Chicago. Vardis Fisher stated, "This is not a Sunday school text nor a collection of smokehouse and horror stories. It is a simply a batch of years and experiences of the early days garnered from a variety of sources. If not all of it is honest-to-goodness folklore, that is because the compilers were interested in good stories rather than in fine distinctions, and because the job of gathering folklore is one for a trained specialist. Some of this volume is folklore and some of it is only lore; but all of it is significantly pertininent, we believe, to Idaho's past." A very clean, bright and solid copy in a bright and complete jacket. Scharf & Schoyer, #171; Dykes, #71.
Price: $350.00
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