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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FRONTIER IN AMERICAN HISTORY. [Contained in:] PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WISCONSIN AT ITS FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL MEETING HELD DECEMBER 14, 1893
Madison, Wi.: Democrat Printing Company, 1894.. Madison, Wi.: Democrat Printing Company, 1894.. 173pp. plus full-page illustrations (including frontispiece). Turner's essay appears on pp.79-112. Original printed wrappers, removed from a larger volume, spine perished. Light tanning. Very good. In a half morocco box. The very rare first printing of Turner's epochal thesis, as it was originally published in the PROCEEDINGS of the Wisconsin Historical Society for 1893. Turner's thesis was that the open frontier played a tremendous role in shaping American character and culture, and that the growth of the United States to its natural western borders, marking the closing of the frontier, would have equally significant consequences on the national identity. Perhaps the most influential work of American historiography, it moved Turner immediately into the first rank of American commentators. To this cataloguer's mind the impact of Turner's thesis on the field of American history was not unlike that of Einstein's theory of relativity on the field of physics - all subsequent historians would have to deal with the implications of Turner's ideas. A separate offprint of Turner's essay was issued by the Wisconsin Historical Society later in 1894, and it occasionally appears on the market. This, however, is the first copy of the true first printing of the Turner thesis that we have encountered. GROLIER AMERICAN 100, 96. STREETER SALE 4288. BRADLEY MARTIN SALE 2546. HOWES T422, "aa." GRAFF 4209. PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 379.
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