Gunsmith's Boy

By: Best, Herbert

Price: $18.00

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Book Condition: Very Good +


1st edition hardcover in orange cloth boards bumped but not rubbed, few light indentations on front board, innards fine, nice pictorial endpapers. Unclipped DJ in new mylar shows rubbed tips and few tiny closed tears, 1/4" loss at head of spine panel doesn't affect title. Young Seth Ellis set out from Albany to join his Uncle, who was a trapper, in upper New York State. It was a long, weary journey afoot, and it seemed twice as long to Seth when he found his uncle's cabin deserted and knew he would have to retrace his steps. It was luck that led Seth to knock at Gamalial Reed's door and ask for something to eat in exchange for chores. It was luckier still when Mr. Reed asked him to stay and work in the shop, for Seth discovered that the shop was a gunsmith's and that Gamalial Reed and the G. Reed stamped on the pistols Seth proudly carried were the same person. The first day Seth was put to sharpening files, and discovered to his dismay that there were twelve hundred and seventy-three cuts to a mere mite of a file. A gunsmith's job was important, too. When each man and grown boy had a rifle, when a bullet paid the butcher's bill, and when soft iron barrels needed re-filing every year, a gunsmith was as important as a miller or a blacksmith. The year was 1816-eighteen hundred and-starve-to-death-a twelve month winter, with frost or snow in every month of the year. The village of Cold Brook was harder hit than the rest, for it was farthest from Albany, where the grain ships came. Cold Brook bad only one resource: soon nearly everybody was working in Gam Reed's shop to make rifles to sell for grain. But each expedition for grain was less and less successful. Finally, in desperation, Seth set out to "show 'em"-and he trudged those weary paces back to Albany. But it was this gallant sortie that put the fitting climax to the battle Cold Brook had waged with starvation.

Title: Gunsmith's Boy

Author Name: Best, Herbert

Illustrator: Berry, Erick

Categories: CHILDRENS FICTION,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: IL, The John C. Winston Co.: 1942

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Size: 8vo - over 7

Seller Id: 27690

Keywords: UPSTATE NEW YORK, COLD BROOK, NY, STARVATION, WINTER,