Monday, January 7, 2013

Illustrated cover of 1919's "At War with Pontiac"

Given that it's been around for 94 years, I think the pasted-down illustration on the front cover of 1919's "At War with Pontiac" by Kirk Munroe has held up quite well.

It has that kind of vintagey goodness that some people look for when they decorate their summer houses and guest rooms, don't you think?

Some more tidbits from the book:
  • Its alternate title is "The Totem of the Bear."
  • Jerry gave Dick this book as a gift on August 21, 1942, according to an inside front cover inscription.1
  • John Brake of Greenville, Virginia, acquired it on July 9, 1977.
  • The opening sentence contains 47 words and two semicolons: "A glorious midsummer day was drawing to a close; its heat had passed; the tall forest trees, whose leaves were pleasantly rustled by the cool breeze of approaching night, flung a bridge of tremulous shadows across the surface of Loch Meg, and all nature was at peace."
  • Chapter XXVII is titled "How the Paymaster Navigated Lake Erie in a Tub."
  • The final passage get a bit mystical: "They were married in the quaint little chapel of the fort, and, as Pontiac gave his beautiful daughter into the arms of him, who was now become doubly his son, he said: — 'May the Great Spirit, the All-seeing Eye of the Magic Circle, who looks alike upon his red children of the forest, and his white children from beyond the salt waters, forever bless this union of the Totem of the Beaver with the Totem of the Bear.'"

1. Also on August 21, 1942, the New York Yankees defeated the Washington Senators, 17-7, in front of 10,024 fans at Yankee Stadium. Phil Rizzutto had five hits for the Yankees, and the Senators' cleanup hitter was Bobby Estalella, the grandfather of one-time Phillie Bobby Estalella.

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