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The First Four Years — With an Epilogue by Rose Wilder Lane from ‘On the Way Home’ - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lutterworth Press, 1973, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Bottom edge of the dust wrapper frayed with a short open tear to the foot of the spine, generally faded. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Spotting to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise but with a frayed corner to the last blank.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Laura grew up in the real Western days, when the American frontier was being slowly pushed westward and the pioneer families were breaking in the untilled land and raising the first cabins, the first settlements, the first towns. She was fourteen when first she walked home from church with Almanzo Wilder; a year later, when she was teaching school, he came driving twelve miles across the prairie each Friday to take her home for the week-end; and when she was eighteen, they were married.

The First Four Years begins with their marriage, and tells of their first years together on a homestead and tree claim on the South Dakota prairie. Those were years of companionship and happiness, hard work and struggle, as Laura and Manly worked the land they hoped one day to own. The making of a home, the birth of their daughter Rose, brought them great joy; but they met with sadness too, and hardship, and disaster.

Yet Manly still kept the incurable optimism of the farmer; and Laura, seeing his determination and love of the land, felt that optimism blend with the pioneer creed she had inherited: ‘It is better farther on’ — ‘only instead of farther on in space, it was farther on in time, over the horizon of the years ahead instead of the far horizon of the west’. An epilogue written by Laura’s daughter tells how after the struggles and griefs of the first years, their last pioneering journey brought them over that horizon to a lifelong and happy home.”

Jacket designed by Bob Geary. Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 138 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.