Alton: George Holton, 1838. First Edition. Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837), abolitionist and printer by trade, had set up a press shop in St. Louis, Missouri, where he published the abolitionist "St. Louis Observer." After angry mobs had destroyed his shop for the third time he moved across the river to Alton in Illinois where he continued with his work, this time as publisher of the "Alton Observer." In early November, 1837, an anti-abolitionist mob convened and exchanged gunshots with Lovejoy and his supporters, during which the former was fatally wounded. The author Edward Beecher, at the time of publication President of Illinois College, had been an acquaintance and collaborator of Lovejoy's, though the manuscript of the present title had been lost in the mails en route to its original publisher in New York. As a result, "Narrative of Riots at Alton" was not published until months after the events described and by a small local publisher, compromising the print numbers and readers' enthusiasm for the subject. HOWES B-307; SABIN 4302. Small octavo (17.5cm.); publisher's brown floral-textured cloth, printed paper spine label; 159pp. Extremities rather unevenly toned, some wear to extremities with minor exposure of boards, faint dampstaining to both boards, foxing to textblock with a few signatures proud, bottom edge of rear free endpaper torn; About Very Good overall.