MANITOU. By Margaret Holmes [pseudonym]. Indianapolis: Carlon & Hollenbeck, Printers and Binders, 1881. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-222 [223-224: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original decorated brown cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, all edge stained red. First edition. Margaret Holmes Ernsperger was born in northern Ohio in 1844. She moved with her family to Rochester, Indiana, in 1858 and, following her marriage to Charles Austin Bates, of Medina, New York, in 1865, lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. For her health, she turned to writing and wrote much for newspapers and periodicals. MANITOU, her first novel, is a sentimental romance about an exiled French family that shuns civilization and settles in the rustic paradise of northern Indiana in 1793. They live in peace with the Potowatomi until several family members are poisoned by Naoman, the tribe's old, but powerful witch doctor. A good bit of the author's political and social philosophy is buried within the romantic twaddle. Wright (III) 403. 25 mm closed tear in cloth along upper front joint, a very good copy. (#159770).
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