The Wisconsin : River of a Thousand Isles. First Edition in dustjacket

By: DERLETH, August

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DERLETH, August. The Wisconsin : River of a Thousand Isles. Illustrated by John Steuart Curry. New York & Toronto : Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, (1942). First Edition, First Printing (with publisher's device on copyright page). Pp (8),ix-xi,366. 8vo (143 x 208 mm), medium green cloth close to Pantone 345, with gilt lettering to spine, with title in forest green panel. With Rivers of America device blindstamped to front board.

No. 18 in the Rivers of America series.

Fitzgerald, The Rivers of America: A Descriptive Bibliography, W12.

August 'Gus' William Derleth (b. February 24, 1909, Sauk City, Wisconsin – d. July 4, 1971, Sauk City, Wisconsin) was a prodigy, published at the age of fifteen. He went on to write more than a hundred short and long works — poetry, novels, science fiction, mysteries, history, plus everything else under the sun.

He was an editor and publisher. Derleth said that he read a book a day and four hundred magazines in a year.


John Steuart Curry (b. November 14, 1897, Dunavant, Kansas – d. August 29, 1946, Madison, Wisconsin).

"If the Wisconsin could tell its own great story, it could not do so with more warmth, knowledge, and enthusiasm than August Derleth has done here.

Always one of the most important passages between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi, the Wisconsin has known explorers, settlers, traders and empire builders, bitter fights and great accomplishments. Its history has been turbulent and exciting, different from that of other parts of the country, but American to the core.

Back and forth over the Wisconsin went Astor's men to build the fabulous fur trade, and later the Wisconsin carried the timber that built the great western states. Along the vast movements of history that have marched along its banks the river has seen men who have had their share in shaping the mind of the United States.

"Physically, August Derleth is a big man, and he has explored the reaches of the Wisconsin by canoe and on foot. He knows it as few men know any river; and he writes as you would expect him to, with strength and vigor. The Wisconsin is a husky book." — — from the dustjacket

I. The Mark of History.
1. Discovery.
2. The Blackrobes.
3. Perrot [ Nicolas Perrot ].
4. First Settlement.
5. Meskousing.
6. Downstream.

II. White Men and Red.
1. Confidential Agent [ Hercules Dousman ]
2. Red Bird.
3. Fort Winnebago.
4. Black Hawk.
5. Wau-Bun.
6. Four Men of Prairie du Chien.

III. Always the Land.
1. Hungarian Count [ Agostin Haraszthy ].
2. Twin Villages [ Sauk City and Prairie du Sac ].
3. Earth Heavy on the Plow.
4. The Canal.

IV. Timber!
1. Dan Whitney.
2. Industry North.
3. Hop Interlude.
4. Lumberjacks and River Rats [including songs].
5. Tall Tales.
6. The Old Men Remember.

V. The River Tamed.
1. Power.
2. Old Bob [ Senator Robert M. La Follette ].
3. Badger Ordnance.
4. An End to Waste.

VI. Vacationland.
1. The Dells of the Wisconsin.
2. The Caves.
3. Villa Louis.
4. Strangers in the Valley.

VII. River Men and Lore.
1. Canvas, Print, and Stories Handed Down.
2. A Bible in the Room.
3. Bird-Bill Knotter [ John Appleby ].
4. The Prophet Jenkin [ Jenkin Lloyd Jones ]
5. Frontiersman in History.
6. Big Top.
7. The Shining Brow.
8. People of the Valley

VIII. This is the Wisconsin.

With bibliography and index.

With a 1942 gift inscription, else very good in rubbed, nicked but unclipped dustjacket. 100.00

Title: The Wisconsin : River of a Thousand Isles. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: DERLETH, August

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, 1942

Seller ID: 116726

Keywords: NAUTICAL WISCONSIN AMERICAN REGIONAL HISTORY LUMBERING FORESTRY UNITED STATES TRAVEL UNITED STATES,