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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2005 Issue

The American West and Frontier From Arthur H. Clark

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In case you would really like to have the folio sized drawings from Audubon's "Birds of America," but can't afford the hundreds of thousands, more likely millions, of dollars necessary to purchase his folio edition, here is a more reasonably priced alternative. It is Audubon: Birds of America; Fifty selections with commentaries, a folio edition with commentaries from another famous American birder, Roger Tory Peterson. It includes 50 plates of Peterson's favorites from Audubon, and comes at the much more reasonable price of $25. Item 29.

For those wanting to head to the very far west, here is a complete run of Alaska Magazine, all five issues of it. The periodical was published in Juneau in 1927, and contained much historical and other material about Alaska. However, it quickly folded, and copies are scarce since it didn't last long enough to garner much circulation. Item 1. $65.

Some people can play long and major roles in the government and yet wind up virtually forgotten. John Sherman was one such powerful politician. First elected as a Congressman from Ohio in 1854, he was a charter member of the Republican Party, which would quickly grow to political dominance. In 1861, he was sent to the senate, and except for four years from 1877-1881 when he was Treasury Secretary, he would serve there all the way until 1897. He capped his career serving for a year as Secretary of State under William McKinley. Despite his long and powerful career, he is far less remembered than his brother, William Tecumseh Sherman, particularly in Georgia. John Sherman was considered a possible Republican presidential nominee in 1880, 1884, and 1888, but while his brother likely could have had the nomination if he had wanted, it was out of reach for John. However, his name is still remembered for one major piece of legislation to which it is attached, the Sherman Antitrust Act. Item 65 is his autobiography, John Sherman's Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate, and Cabinet. It was published in 1895. $72.50.

You may find Arthur H. Clark's catalogues online at www.ahclark.com or call them at 800-842-9286.

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