Minneapolis: Lund Press, 1945. Hardcover. Number 303 of 500 copies printed. Though not called for, this copy is signed by Tom Cooney, in pencil on the front free endpaper. 164 pages. Hardcover, in fine condition, bound in red cloth with black lettering, with a plainish green-gray jacket in good condition, chipped in several spots and with two three-inch tears but held together well inside a clear, archival-quality, removable protective cover. Item #2028
Cooney was born in Chester, England, in 1853, and in 1859 immigrated with his mother and sisters to an Afton, Minnesota, farm newly established by his father, who had preceded the rest of the family. The book's preface describes Cooney as a "Child immigrant from England, early settler-of-the-soil, scholar, civil engineer for the newly-organized Northern Pacific and Great Northern Railways, Timber Cruiser, Miner, Prospecor, Authority on soils and minerals, [and] Officer in the United States Army . . . ." Frontispiece portrait of Cooney and two other illustrations, of him as an army lieutenant and at age 92.