DIETZ, Lew Rivers of America LOW, George MUSKIE, Edmund S.
Title: Allagash. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, Chicago & San Francisco, 1968,
Seller ID: 100280
DIETZ, Lew. The Allagash. Illustrated by George Low. New York, Chicago & San Francisco : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1968). First Edition. Pp (8),ix-xiv,(2),3-354. Illustrated. 8vo, green cloth. A volume in the Rivers of America series. Fitzgerald, The Rivers of America: A Descriptive Bibliography,A1. "In the heart of Maine's North Country the Allagash River flows northw ard a hundred miles through uplands of unbroken forest. A region as well asa river, the Allagash's vast watershed forms the center of the wild land t hat blankets northwestern Maine. Because of its remoteness, these half-million acres, once the hunting ground of the Abnaki, remain a woddsman's worldof paddle and portage, of wild trout and night-crying loon. Its story is e ngagingly told by Lew Dietz in this fine addition to the Rivers of America series. "With the coming of the white man. the Alalgash wildreness was despoiled of its white pine - essential as masts for sailing ships - but the very greed of the landowning lumbermen in a way protected the river. They prevented homesteading so that they would have free access to the river, and even indulged in private wars with Canada to prevent poaching, trespass cutting, and dynamiting of dams. For the Canadians wanted lumber to flow north like the river and use their outlets to the sea. Maine lumbermen, with dogged determination and a series of dams, got the lumber to Bangor instead. "The Allagash story is colorful, with its loggers, poachers, inventors who tried to lick the wilderness - despoilers all. But there were also the wilderness lovers like Henry David Thoreau, whose Maine Woods journals brought endless campers to the Allagash; the game wardens who, at cost to their lives, protected the wildlife; the guides, the map makers, and the naturalists who covered the country foot by foot. "And finally there are the conservationists who in 1966 made the Allagash a 'wilderness river' by law and gave toMaine the honor being the first state in the union to take positive steps in the preservation of its natural heritage by sdaving an entire river. "A skillful writer of history and naturtal history alike, Lew Dietz evokes through his love of the out-of-doors the sights, sounds, and smells of the river, its great stands of evergreen, its animal dwellers. With equal skill hedelineates the men who, in their various ways, made the Allagash what it i s. A native of Rockport, Maine, Mr Dietz has explored the Allagash country by foot and canoe." - from the dustjacket. Contents : Foreword by Senator Edmund S. Muskie (pp.xiii,-xiv). Part I. 1. The River; 2. In the Beginning; 3. Children of the Myths; 4. The Strangers; 5. The People of the White Rocks. Part II. 6. The Curtain Rises; 7. Dreamer and Map Maker [Moses Greenleaf]; 8. White Pine and the North Woods; 9. The River Is Home; 10. The Royal Road; 11. The Battle of the Ditch; 12. The Bloodless War; 13. Daylight in the Swamp. Part III. 14. Scientists and Sufferers; 15. A Man to Remember [Henry David Thoreau]; 16. Boats, "Bullgines" and Stages; 17. Romantics and Rusticators; 18. Moosetowners, Squatters and Horseboats; 19. Wilderness Warden[Cassius 'Cash' Austin]; 20. King Spruce and Some Yankee Mechanics; 21. Th e Long Road Back. With notes, bibliography and index. Some light browning to endpapers, else very good in unclipped but slightly spine-darkened dustjacket with some soiling to bottom of rear panel.and some drip marks to spine. 80.00