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Headwaters of the Mississippi; comprising Biographical Sketches of Early and Recent Explorers of the Great River, and a Full Account of the Discovery and Location of its True Source in a Lake beyond Itasca.

GLAZIER Captain Willard (1894.)

£50.00  [First Edition]

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First edition, with numerous illustrations and maps in the text. 16mo. Front inner joint cracked, though holding. Original gilt decorated cloth with silver map of the source on the upper board. Spine extremities a little rubbed, lower fore-corners worn. Very good otherwise. 527pp. McNally. Chicago.

In 1887 Captain Willard Glazier claimed to have discovered the true source of the Mississippi; a small lake, south of Lake Itasca. This small lake is known as Elk Lake, but the author, upon finding it, dubbed it 'Glazier'.

Lake Itasca was initially seen as the true 'source of the Father of waters' by its discoverer, a man named Schoolcraft, in 1832. However, there were controversies around his claim, which are outlined in the preface of this book. It was the doubtfulness of Lake Itasca as the true source that inspired Glazier to write Headwaters... and to put facts straight. 

Today, Itasca is known as the primary source of the Mississippi and Glazier's theories form a footnote in the history of attempts to prove otherwise.

Stock Code: 204876