[Galva, IL: by the Colony, 1909]. First Edition. Octavo (23.5cm). Printed brown card wrappers; 48pp; illus. Mild creasing to wrapper edges, else Near Fine.
Rather uncommon souvenir volume produced some fifteen years after the events described; adapted from a series of articles published in 1896 in the Galva Weekly News. Includes many historical photographs, a history of the colony, and speeches delivered on the occasion by John Root, Axel Gabrielson, Eric Johnson, and others. The Bishop Hill Colony was founded by a sect of Swedish pietists under the leadership of Eric Jansson, in 1846. Jansson was shot and killed in a dispute with John Root (the current volume's author) in 1850, but the community survived and still exists today, albeit shed of its pietist and communal roots. MILLER (American Communes to 1860) 403.