Keyes, Francis Parkinson - Steamboat Gothic. Book Club. Not dated, '50s? ... is a story of the fabulous Louisiana plantations and of the colourful Mississipi river which contributed to much of their prosperity, their prestige and their splendour. Clyde Batchelor, rich and powerful plantation owner, had fought his way up from the lowest dives of St. louis and the Mississippi shanty boats and from these to the gaming tables of the luxurious packets. At the beginning of the war between the States he became a spectulator in tobacco and coffee and his first Southern associates were hoarders and profiteers. An than he met Lucy Page... (Wrapper flap). 7½" x 4¾", 312pp, yellow cloth, hardback. Bump to top-spine corner, Xmas inscription on front-free endpaper, very good, complete with similare, very bright and attractive, wrapper that has slight wear at head of spine and very slight edge wear.
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