Written During the Final Years of American Westward Expansion Spaulding, George W. A Treatise on the Public Land System of the United States. With References to the Land Laws, Rulings of the Departments at Washington, and Decisions of Courts, And an Appendix of Forms in United States Land and Mining Matters. San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft and Company, 1884. xxxii, 523 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind frames to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, library shelf number to foot. Negligible light rubbing and scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, chip to head of spine, corners bumped and lightly worn, joints starting, hinges cracked, owner bookplate (of Joseph M. Gleason) to front pastedown, library card pocket to rear pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, offsetting to margins of preliminaries and rear endleaves, library markings to verso of title page. $450. * Only edition. This treatise was written six years before the superintendent of the census noted the closing of the western frontier, a statement that inspired Frederick Jackson Turner's landmark paper "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" (1893). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:633.
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