The Ancient Highway by James Oliver Curwood, Illustrated, 1st Ed, 1925


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The Ancient Highway: A Novel of High Hearts and Open Roads
by James Oliver Curwood
Illustrated by Walt Louderback




Publisher: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation

Copyright: 1925



This book is in good condition. Hardcover. No Dust Jacket. This is an antiquarian book that has had a long and illustrious journey through time. Please take a look at the pictures to ascertain the condition and state of this book. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Red cloth boards are worn along edges and corner. Hinges tight. Binding sturdy. Frontispiece illustration is present but loose. The text block is crisp and clean. 373 pages -



The ancient highway is, naturally, a river. In this book, Curwood departs from his usual scenes of the great Northwest in favor of the great forests of Quebec. Logging is a large part of the novel, as can be expected in a story where progress meets river, forest, and enterprise. Clifton and Antoinette are the stars of the romance. Born in Owosso, Michigan, James Oliver Curwood left high school without graduating but was able to pass the entrance exams to the University of Michigan where he studied journalism. In 1900, Curwood sold his first story while working for the Detroit News-Tribune. By 1909 he had saved enough money to travel to the Canadian northwest, a trip that provided the inspiration for his wilderness adventure stories. The success of his novels afforded him the opportunity to return to the Yukon and Alaska for several months each year which allowed him to write more than thirty such books. By 1922, Curwood's writings had made him a very wealthy man and he fulfilled a childhood fantasy by building Curwood Castle in Owosso. Constructed in the style of an 18th-century French chateau, the estate overlooked the Shiawassee River. In one of the home's two large turrets, Curwood set up his writing studio. Curwood also owned a camp in a remote area in Baraga County, Michigan, near the Huron Mountains.

Item Dimensions: 7.5 inches x 5.5 inches


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