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NATIVE AMERICANS



ADIRONDACK: Of Indians and Mountains, 1535-1838
Stephen J. Sulavik
246 pages, illustrated, 32 color plates, 12 x 9, 2005
39.00 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original
This unique work presents the early history, based on contemporary accounts and maps (many reproduced here for the first time), of the Adirondack and Iroquois Indians and the Adirondack Mountains.




The Mohicans
Aileen Weintraub and Shirley W. Dunn with paintings by L. F. Tantillo
39 pages, full color, 5.5 x 8.5, 2008
6.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
A history of the Mohicans from their earliest days in the upper Hudson and Housatanic Valleys to their reservation life today in Wisconsin. For young readers, 9-12


The River Indians: Mohicans Making History
Shirley Dunn
135 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2009
17.00 paper--A Purple Mountain Press original
An unfortunate coming together of early factors, such as a rapid Mohican population decline resulting from the Mohawk war and from disease soon after the Dutch arrived, and early Mohican concessions to the Mohawks, led keepers of Indian records to unduly emphasize the Iroquois in the colonial period. The peaceful coexistence of the Mohicans with the European newcomers, despite enormous provocation, also has led historians to undervalue their presence.







ETHNIC GROUPS


THE WELSH

Memory Stones:
A History of the Welsh-Americans in Central New York
and Their Churches

Jay G. Williams III
239 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1993, first edition
16.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
The story of America's largest Welsh settlement from 1795 to the present.


COLONIAL HISTORY






The Travels of Peter Kalm, Finish-Swedish Naturalist,
Through Colonial North America, 1748-1751

Paula Ivaska Robbins
213 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2007, 19.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Linnaeus, the great Swedish naturalist, sent Peter Kalm, his favorite disciple, to botanize in North America in the mid-eighteenth century. Kalm is remembered today not only for the botanical information and specimans he brought back to Europe but for his journal, a rich source for information about colonial life. "[W]e must be grateful to Paula Ivaska Robbins for the first general-interest biography of Kalm in English." --The Wall Street Journal



THE FRENCH AND INDIAN (SEVEN YEAR'S) WAR



"THE ARTILLERY NEVER GAINED MORE HONOUR":
The British Artillery in the 1776 Valcour Island and 1777 Saratoga Campaigns

Douglas R. Cubbison
120 pages, 8.5 x 11, illustrated, 2008
19.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
This illustrated history highlights the efforts and contributions of the British Corps of Artillery in the Valcour Island campaign of 1776 and the Saratoga Campaign of 1777, recounting the participation by both the British Royal Artillery and that of the Hesse Hanau Artillery, who served as hired allies of the British.








Sons of the Mountains:
The Highland Regiments in the French and Indian War, 1756-1767

Two volumes by Ian Macpherson McCulloch (sold separately)
Volume One: 367 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2006
29.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
Volume Two: 195 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2006
19.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
Three proud Highland regiments fought in North America during the Seven Year's War--the 77th Foot (Montgomery's Highlanders), the 78th Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), and the famous Black Watch. Undoubtedly, the exploits of the 42nd, 77th and 78th Highlanders in some of the most bloody and desperate battles on the North American continent were a critical factor in transforming the overall image of Highlanders from Jacobite rebels to Imperial heroes in the latter half of the 18th century. But the everyday story of these regiments --how they trained, worked, played, fought and died from their own point of view--has never been seriously told before now.

Through So Many Dangers
The Memoirs and Adventures of Robert Kirk, Late of the Royal Highland Regiment

Edited by Ian M. McCulloch and Timothy J. Todish
Introduction by Stephen Brumwell and Artwork by Robert Griffing
174 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2004
20.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
This is the first reprint in over 250 years of a young Scot's personal experiences of battle and captivity in the wilderness of North America during the French and Indian War. This small, obscure book was first published in Limerick, Ireland, 1775. Kirkwood's story constitutes a very rare voice-from-the-ranks account of the conflict, a remarkable chronicle by a private soldier of some of the sharpest woods fighting and skirmishing ever encountered by the British army. At a time when scholarly books and articles on colonial North America's 'backcountry' are emerging thick and fast, Through So Many Dangers offers a fresh and compelling voice from a man who experienced that violent and fascinating world first hand-and who, against all the odds, lived to tell the tale. The book is fully annotated and indexed.



America's First First World War
The French and Indian War, 1754- 1763

Timothy J. Todish
124 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 2002
15.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
Contrary to the belief of many people, America did not fight her first World War in the trenches of Western Europe in 1917- 1918. The first world war in which America was involved was fought on our own native soil, with an impact on our nation's history at least as signifigant as that of the 1917-1918 war. Twenty years before the outbreak of the American Revolution, the colonies were locked in a struggle for their very existence- a struggle that rarely receives more thann a passing word in modern day history books.








The Annotated and Illustrated Journals
of Major Robert Rogers
Timothy J. Todish and illustrated by Gary S. Zaboly
341 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2002
29.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
Major Robert Rogers of the Rangers is not only one of the most famous men to come out of Colonial America, he is also one of the most fascinating. This book, reprinted from the rare 1769 Dublin edition of hie Journals, allows the major to tell portions of his life in his own words. To supplement his accounts, numerous annotations have been added by Timothy Todish to give a broader picture of the events described. Most are from eyewitnesses, or at least contemporaries of Rogers. Later secondary sources are used sparingly. Occasionally an annotation, or series of annotations, are used to present tyhe background for the action. Gary Zaboly's wonderful original illustrations, along with his well-written captions, add an invaluable dimension to this edition. They also fill in some gaps in his life that are not specifically covered in the text of the Journals.



"A Most Troublesome Situation": The British Military and the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-1764
223 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, index, 2006
20.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
This important history looks at the Pontiac Uprising through the eyes of the British military, yet treats both sides fairly and honestly. There was legitimacy to the positions of both the British and the Indians, but it was also a brutal war in which both committed extreme, and sometimes unnecessary, acts of violence. Using numerous excerpts from period accounts, the authors tell the story through the eyes and the minds of those who were caught up in it.



THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION


D I V E !
The Story of David Bushnell and His Remarkable 1776 Submarine (and Torpedo)

Lincoln Diamant
40 pp, illusrated, 6 x 9, 2003
6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
This true story of the American Revolution tells how a secretive Yankee genius, David Bushnell, set his sights on the Royal Navy and built the world's first submarine to carry the world's first torpedo. It was deployed in Long Island Sound to the consternation of the British fleet.

Defending the Hudson in the American Revolution
Lincoln Diamant and George S. Gardner
48 pp, illustrated, 6 x 9, 2004
6.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
From the earliest days of the Revolution, it was an article of faith among military planners that whoever dominated the Hudson Valley would control the course of the war. Detailed maps show the precise location of every defensive work in the valley.



The Battle of Fort Montgomery: A Short History
Jan Sheldon Conley
37 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.25, 2002
6.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original.
Forts Montgomery and Clinton, located just south of West Point, were built for the defense of the Hudson Highlands in 1776. It was here that British and loyalist troops overwhelmed Brigadier General George Clinton's outnumbered patriots in October 1777. Although the Americans lost the battle for the Highlands, a relative handful of Americans aided in delaying British reinforcements from joining General John Burgoyne in the upper Hudson Valley and allowed General Horatio Gates to gain much needed militia reinforcements in time to ultimately win Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga.







NEW YORKERS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION



Marinus Willett: Defender of the Northern Frontier
Larry Lowenthal
104 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 2000
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
During the War for Independence, citizens like Marinus Willett truly risked their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" to establish a republic in which they fervently believed. Willett's bravery and unflinching dedication to the cause of liberty made him a hero of Fort Stanwix in 1777 and saved the Northern Frontier for the patriot cause in 1781.



Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms
V. T. Dacquino
104 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000 15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington earned a place in American history on a rainy night in 1777 when she rode 40 miles to muster her father's regiment to the defense of New York and Connecticut.

Sybil Ludington: Discovering the Life of a Revolutionary War Hero
V. T. Dacquino
35 pages, full color, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000
6.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original for young readers: 9-12
Discover the life story of this exceptional woman through the use of original documents.




TRANSPORTATION


RAILROADS


Remembering the New York, Ontario & Western Railway
Oswego to Sidney and Branches

John Taibi
416 pages, 400+ illustrations, 8.5 x 11, 2005
49.00 signed, limited edition hardcover 32.00 paperback
A Purple Mountain Press original
This is an historical and personal account of the O&W's Northern Division. Built as a part of the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad during 1869-70, this portion of the New York, Ontario & Western Railway meandered from one small community to another, those villages embracing the personality and charm of the country railroad they helped to build. Exacting history and personal remembrances are the forte of this latest volume to deal with the lore of the Old & Weary. This is John Taibi's sixth book to perpetuate the memory of the NYO&WRy.



Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 1:
Where Did the Tracks Go in the Western Adirondacks?

Michael Kudish
263 pages, 100+ maps and illustrations, 8.5 x 11, 2005
25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
The first of four volumes to trace all of the railroad grades, existing or abandoned, in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. It expands on the information published in Railroads of the Adirondacks: A History (Purple Mountain Press, 1996) with 20-25 percent more text and maps.







Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 2:
Where Did the Tracks Go in the Central Adirondacks?

Michael Kudish
304 pages, illus., 163 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2007
$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Volume 2 includes railroads which diverged from the New York Central Main Line into the Adirondacks from the south, concentrating on the Adirondack Division, its branches, and its connecting shortlines. A large section is devoted to the Adirondack Scenic Railway.


A LIST OF ALL RAIL LINES COVERED IN VOLUMES 1, 2, 3 and 4



Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 3:
Where Did the Tracks Go in the Eastern Adirondacks?

Michael Kudish
336 pages, illus., 190 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2007
$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Volume 3 follows the Delaware & Hudson from Whitehall to the Canadian border. All its branches and connecting lines are described.



Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 4:
Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills?

Michael Kudish
327 pages, illus., 191 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2011
$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original

This final volume of Mountain Railroads of New York State (1,228 pages in four volumes) covers the Catskills region from the Hudson Valley to the West Branch Delaware River Valley. Included are the Ulster & Delaware; the Delaware & Northern; the New York, Ontario & Western's Delhi Branch; and the Catskill Mountain Railroad with its connecting narrow-gauged lines in Greene County. A series of short lines that served individual industries and construction sites are also described along with a few railroads that were partially built but never completed. Also included are brief chronologies of the two recent tourist lines: the (second) Catskill Mountain Railroad and the Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride. A catalog of 379 railroad-related industries and facilities is included, and each rail line is illustrated in detail on the maps.





Bridging the Hudson:
The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge and Its Connecting Rail Lines, A Many-Faceted History

Carleton Mabee
296 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2001; reprinted 2006
24.00 paperback----A Purple Mountain Press original
The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge was the first bridge of any kind to be built over the Hudson between New York and Albany, and this book, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carleton Mabee, is the first comprehensive history of the bridge and the rail lines it served.









Twenty-five Years on the ND&C
A History of the Newburgh, Dutchess & Connecticut Railroad

Bernard L. Rudberg
207 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2002
22.50 paperback The ND&C was the first railroad to run east and west across Dutchess County. Surviving record books provide an intimate glimpse of this early enterprise.


Pioneer American Railroads:
The Mohawk and Hudson & The Saratoga and Schenectady

F. Daniel Larkin
96 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1995, first edition
25.00 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original
These were the first two railroads in New York State and the third and fourth in the country to successfully utilize locomotive power in their regular operations. This is the story of their operations, organization and innovations. There is also a chapter on the Buffalo Railroad.




The Railroad Switching Terminal at Maybrook, New York:
Gateway to the East

Marc Newman
85 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2006, first edition
12.50 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original
The huge rail center at Maybrook was the largest railroad terminal in the East. Started in 1910, it supported the 1200 residents of Maybrook, New York, until 1974. It employed as many as 1500. More than 100 vintage photos and plans.

TROLLEYS

Trolleys to Glen Haven
Charles R. Lowe
53 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2000, index, first edition
12.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
The Glen Haven line connected downtown Rochester with the Glen Haven resort and amusement park area at Glen Haven on Irondequoit Bay.

Trolley Trips Through the Hudson Valley, 1911
The Trolley Press
24 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 1911, reprint, 2nd printing
6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press reprint
A guide to the maze of interurban trolley lines that once linked communities in the upper Hudson Valley from the City of Hudson north to Warrensburg or northwest to Sacandaga Lake.

Uptown--Downtown; Horsecars--Trolley Cars
Urban Transportation in Kingston, New York, 1866-1930

Glendon L. Moffet
152 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1997, first edition
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Horsecars replaced omnibuses in the 1860s and were, in turn, replaced by electric trolleys, but few communities saw such bitter rivalry between two competing trolley lines as did Kingston.

MARITIME

Always on Station
The Story of the Sandy Hook Pilots

Francis J. Duffy
79 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2004
17.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
There are few organizations in this country that can trace their founding to more than three hundred years ago as the Sandy Hook Pilots can. Their logo carries the date 1694. They served under two national flags: British and American. Over the centuries, the pilots have weathered many changes, but the United New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Benevolent Association is still safely guiding ships across the bar as they enter and leave the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Death Passage on the Hudson:
The Wreck of the Henry Clay

Kris A. Hansen
208 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2004
18.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
It was called a race by some while others denied the accusations. Whatever the truth, the steamboat Henry Clay burned on the shore of the Hudson River at Riverdale taking dozens of innocent lives. Death Passage on the Hudson: The Wreck of the Henry Clay chronicles the catastrophic events that occurred on that July day in 1852 along with its devastating aftermath.

Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain
Russell R. Bellico
396 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2001, revised edition
29.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
From the French and Indian Wars to the steamboat era, this is the first new history of the two lakes in over 30 years and covers all of the recent underwater finds.

The Old Skillypot and Other Ferryboats of Rondout, Kingston, and Rhinecliff
Glendon L. Moffet
127 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1997, first edition
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Ferries plied between Kingston-Rondout and what is now Rhinecliff from the earliest times. They also ferried passengers and freight across and along Rondout Creek. This is the story of the rise and fall of those ferries, including the popular Skillypot.

Queen of Sea Routes:
The Merchants and Miners Transportation Company

Edward A. Mueller
185 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2000
37.50 hardcover--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)
Passenger and freight ships from this line steamed into East Coast ports for a hundred years beginning in 1852.

SS Independence SS Constitution:
Great American Ocean Liners

William H. Miller
116 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2001
22.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)
The story of the two beloved liners that were built 50 years ago by American Export Lines. The Independence still sails proudly for American Hawaii Cruises.

The Savannah Line
The Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah

Edward A. Mueller
327 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, fleet list, 2000
60.00 author-signed hardcover
29.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)
The Savannah Line was chartered in 1872 to operate passenger and cargo steamships between Savannah and New York. A subsidiary of the Central Georgia Railway, the company was to provide a major travel link over the next 70 years moving agricultural products, principally cotton, from Georgia and Alabama to New York and Boston.

CANALS

A Link in the Great Chain:
A History of Chemung Canal

Gary Emerson
100 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2005
12.50 paperback
Co-published with the Chemung County Historical Society, this is the only history of the canal that linked Elmira and vicinity to the Erie and New York's great chain of canals from 1833 to 1878.

Life on a Canal Boat: The Journals of Theodore D. Bartley, 1861-1889
Russell P. Bellico, editor
Preface and postscript by Arthur B. Cohn, Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Transcribed from Bartley's 1500 pages of diary by Barbara B. Bartley
320 pages, 175 illustrations, 7 x 10, 2004
22.50 paperback
Co-published by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Purple Mountain Press provides an extraordinary window into the largely forgotten world of the canal boat era. This 29-year record begins in 1861 with Bartley's purchase of a new sailing canal boat in Whitehall, NY, and traces his adventures with his wife and son aboard two additional canal boats on the canals and waterways of the Northeast. His daily entries and observations are one of the best records ever found of life onboard a canal boat.

New York State Canals:
A Short History

F. Daniel Larkin
104 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 1998, second printing
12.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
This accessible history is the first treatment of all of the state's canals in more than 90 years. F. Daniel Larkin is a SUNY Oneonta professor and the author of Pioneer American Railroads: The Mowhawk and Hudson & The Saratoga and Schenectady, published by Purple Mountain Press and a biography of engineering genius John B. Jervis.

A Long Haul:
The Story of the New York State Barge Canal

Michele A. McFee
221 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1998, first edition
25.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.
This is the first history of the modern canal, which replaced the Erie in 1918 to allow the passage of 300-ton barges. It is illustrated with more than 130 exceptional photographs from state archives and will stand as the definitive history of this engineering wonder. Michele McFee is also the author of Limestone Locks and Overgrowth:The Rise and Descent of the Chenango Canal.


FOLKLORE - FOLKLIFE


Dutch Schultz and His Lost Catskills' Treasure
John Conway
40 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000
6.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
One of America's most enduring lost treasure legends is that of Dutch Schultz, who many think secreted a vast fortune in or near the Central Catskills' hamlet of Phoenicia.

Sullivan County Tales and Sketches
Stephen Crane, edited with an introduction by R. W. Stallman
and a preface by John Conway
151 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 1995 reprint
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press classic
Crane's earliest published pieces, all about Sullivan County, reveal the beginnings of his development of a writer and themes that would be developed later in his famous novels.


THE CATSKILLS AND SHAWANGUNKS


THE HEART OF THE CATSKILLS
Bob Steuding
150 pages, 7 x 10, illustrated, 2008
15.00 paperback
This is the story of an often neglected region centering on Slide Mountain from its earliest settlers, its tanneries, its first guides, the demise of the passenger pigeon and discovery of a previously unknown bird, the introduction of deer, and the visits of famous people, to the coming of the Ulster & Delaware railroad and the dawn of the tourism era, epitomized by the Grand Hotel above Pine Hill.

Chains, Links, and Gavels
The Surveyor in the Courtroom

Norman J. Van Valkenburgh
109 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 2005
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Land surveyor Norm Van Valkenburgh shares two boundry disputes that ended in trials, one in the western catskills and one in the Shawngunks.

When Cauliflower Was King
Diane Galusha
48 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2004
6.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
When Cauliflower Was King describes the birth, growth and demise of the cauliflower growing industry in the Catskills. It contains 26 photographs and draws on information and memories supplied by more than 60 people, as well as newspapers and other period accounts.

Old Stone Walls: Catskill Land and Lore
Norman J. Van Valkenburgh
109 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9,2004
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Some walls are relics left by previous generations to record their history on the landscape of the Catskills. Those with dignity are followed confidently by land surveyors trying to research old deeds. Along the way they meet those characters who are a part of the lore of the mountains and other surveyors--some with character and some without. It's all here in the narratives of one who roamed these hills looking for the lost corners and boundary lines and found people, vistas, and experiences worth remembering.

Cub Scouts Climb the Tower: Hunter Mountain, 1963
Norman Van Valkenburgh, illustrated by Russell Van Valkenburgh
46 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000
6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press children's original
The adventures of a den of cub scouts on a two-day hike to the Hunter Mountain fire tower. Their night in a lean-to part way up the mountain is shattered by a frightful thunderstorm. The next day they reach the summit and meet Casey, who staffs the tower and watches for forest fires.

Dutch Schultz and His Lost Catskills' Treasure
John Conway
40 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000
6.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
One of America's most enduring lost treasure legends is that of Dutch Schultz, who many think secreted a vast fortune in or near the Central Catskills' hamlet of Phoenicia.

The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir
Bob Steuding
128 pages, illustrated, map, 5.5 x 8.5, 1989, revised edition, fourth printing
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
The dramatic story of the building of New York City's first and greatest Catskills' reservoir and its impact on the land it covered and people it displaced.

The Other Side of Time: Essays by "The Catskill Geologist"
Robert Titus
152 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 2007
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Geologist Titus has developed a remarkable ability to communicate geological history to the general public. This book presents geological insights from the Catskills and Hudson Valley found nowhere else.

The Catskills: A Geological Guide, Third Edition.
Robert Titus
127 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1993, revised 1998, revised 2004
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
The story of glaciers, continental collisions, lost mountain ranges, fossil creatures and more.

The Catskills in the Ice Age
Robert Titus
123 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1996
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
The last glacier shaped the present landscape. "The Catskill Geologist" tells how.

Fond Memories:
Northern Sullivan County, New York, Its History and Lore

Essays by Shirley Tempel Fulton
120 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2007
15.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.
From the Hardenbergh Patent; to Dr. Edward Livingston; to the Anti-Rent War; to the O&W railroad; to tourism's heyday; to the acid factories, schools, shops and country life, it's all here.

Rock and Woodstock
P. Smart and T. P. Moynihan
192 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1994, first edition
13.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
Looks before and beyond the famous festivals at Woodstock as the place that nourished rock and roll in America from Dylan, Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin and the Band through jazz fusion.

In the Catskill Mountains:
A Personal Approach to Nature

Walter F. Meade
127 pages, 63 color plates, 10 x 8, 1991, first edition
Originally published at 25.00, now on sale: 15.00 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original.
One of the Catskills' most beloved storytellers was also one of its best nature photographers. He tells of growing up in Roxbury and how, through the encouragement of a few perceptive adults, he began to study to study and photograph nature at an early age. His columns appeared regularly in Kaatskill Life and in The Catskill Quarterly.

Catskill Weather
Jerome S. Thaler
167 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1996, first edition
22.50 now 9.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
The hottest, coldest, wettest, driest, snowiest, earlist, latest--all are all covered in detail along with weather averages, weather extremes, weather trends and weather cycles.

Retrospect: An Anecdotal History of Sullivan County
John Conway
148 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1996, first edition.
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
The best of Sullivan County lore by a great storyteller.

The Mountains Look Down:
A History of Chichester, A Company Town in the Catskills

Reginald R. Bennett, introduction by Howard Frank Mosher
143 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
For the better part of a century a flourishing company woodworking town in the Catskills and the setting of Reginald Bennett's wonderfully entertaining anecdotal history.

Catskill Summer Things
Pete Senterman
104 pp, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2003
12.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.
The very best hikes, family walks, road bike tours, mountain bike tours, swimming holes, whitewater, flat water in the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains.

The Catskills: A Winter Sports Guide
George V. Quinn
112 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.25, 2001
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
The Catskills' first cross-country guide has been updated and now includes snowshoeing, telemark, downhill, snowboard, and toboggan with descriptions, directions, maps, ratings and tips.

Catskill Mountain Bluestone
Alf Evers, Robert Titus, Tim Weidner
47 pages, 6 x 9, 2008
12.50 booklet -- A Purple Mountain Press original.
"Scores of new mines have been opened in the last six years, and many old ones have been reactivated. Bluestone, which had shrunk to little more than memories-is now a $100 million-a-year industry. . . ."--The New York Times (5/13/08) Here is the story of a great Catskills'industry told by renown historian Alf Evers and geoglist Robert Titus, with an update by Tim Weidner.


THE HUDSON VALLEY


Promised Land:
Father Divine's Intrracial Communities in Ulster County, New York

Carleton Mabee
196 pages, 6 x 9, 1997, first edition
22.50 cloth, 12.50 paperback, new 2002--A Purple Mountain Press mystery original.
Here for the first time is the story of Father Divine's many interracial communities in Ulster County. The author is an emeritus professor of history and Pulitzer Prize winner.
256 pages, 8.5 x 11, illustrated, 2008
paperback $22.50

Hoopla on the Hudson:
An Intimate View of New York's Great 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration

Lincoln Diamant
127 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2003
15.00 paperback
The Hudson Valley's grandest party is recalled through the eyes of the author's father, who reported day-by-day events for a Dutch newspaper. A timely book for the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Celebration.

Up On Preston Mountain
The Story of an American Ghost Town

John and Richard Polhemus
198 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 2005
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
A photograph from a 1922 Poughkeepsie Journal article about the last residents on Preston Mountain shows two elderly men and a girl standing in front of an old house with a massive stone chimney. They were Erben Kennedy, Milton Preston, and Milton's daughter Evangeline. Erben and Milton were distant cousins, both great-great-grandsons of Martin and Rebecca Preston, the first permanent settlers on Preston Mountain. In the 1700s, poor yankees and freed slaves carved out homesteads on a rugged mountain on the New York-Connecticut border. They shared the mountain with the embattled Schaghticoke Indian tribe. This is the story of both groups' failed struggle to hold onto their land in the shadow of America's first industrial boom-the age of iron. The people abandoned the mountain and the forest grew back. All that remains today is a ghost town.

Death Passage on the Hudson
The Wreck of the Henry Clay

Kris A. Hansen
208 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2004
18.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
It was called a race by some while others denied the accusations. Whatever the truth, the steamboat Henry Clay burned on the shore of the Hudson River at Riverdale taking dozens of innocent lives. Death Passage on the Hudson: The Wreck of the Henry Clay chronicles the catastrophic events that occurred on that July day in 1852 along with its devastating aftermath.

The Great Hudson River Brick Industry
Commemorating Three and a Half Centuries of Brickmaking

George V. Hutton
240 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2003
25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
At one time, more bricks were manufactured in the Hudson Valley than anywhere else in the world. This is the definitive history of the region's most important industry.

Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms
V. T. Dacquino
104 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000 15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington earned a place in American history on a rainy night in 1777 when she rode 40 miles to muster her father's regiment to the defense of New York and Connecticut.

The American Leonardo
A Life of Samuel F. B. Morse

Carleton Mabee
500 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 8 pages color, revised edition, 2000
25.00 first paperback edition--A Purple Mountain Press reprint
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The definitive, unsurpassed work on the complex Samuel Morse, artist, inventor, entrepreneur.

Mohonk: Its People and Spirit
A History of One Hundred Years of Growth and Service

Larry E. Burgess
123 pages, illustrated, 9 x 8, revised edition, 2009
19.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press revised reprint. The story of this venerable Shawangunk Mountain resort, now a National Historic Landmark, which has been operated by the Smiley family for four generations.

The People's Choice:
A History of Albany County in Art and Architecture

Allison P. Bennett, new foreword by Roderic H. Blackburn
152 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1980, fifth printing
23.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press reprint
A unique and thoroughly researched history of the county, now in its fifth printing, told through a rich selection of historically significant paintings, sculpture, architecture and artifacts.

Changing Tides: Tivoli Bays, A Hudson River Wetland
Text and photographs by Esther Kiviat, foreword by John Winthrop Aldrich
160 pages plus 32 color plates, 120 black-and-white photographs, 3 maps, users' guide, 8.5 x 10, 1999
25.00 Now 15.00 quality paperback--A Purple Mountain Press book
"Esther Kiviat has captured the enormous vitality of the Bays, and the daily and seasonal dramas played out in their pools, tidecreeks, and marshy expanses. Her keen eye and unfettered fascination have produced a beautifully written and illustrated portrait." --Betsy Blair, Manager, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

My Heart Goes Home: A Hudson Valley Memoir
Thomas Sweet Losings
Peter D. Hannaford, editor
190 pages, 6 x 9, illustrated, 1997, first edition
17.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
A warm memoir of a happy boyhood in the Hudson Valley at the end of the nineteenth century and life with the author's famous father, Benson Lossing.

The West Point Foundry & The Parrott Gun
A Short History

Charles R. Isleib and Jack Chard
38 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, illustrated, 2000
6.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
"In telling the story of the West Point Foundry [at Cold Spring across the river from the USMA] this book gives a micro-view of American heavy industry in the early 19th century. The writing is crisp. Technical terms and manufacturing details crystal clear. A wealth of interesting history and piectures is packed into its pages." --Nimham Times Magazine

History of the Tarrytowns
Jeff Canning and Wally Buxton
348 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1993, third printing
24.95 hardcover
A Purple Mountain Press-Harbor Hill original


THE MOHAWK VALLEY - CENTRAL NEW YORK


Schenectady Genesis:
How a Dutch Colonial Village Became an American City, ca. 1661-1800
Vol. I: The Colonial Crucible, ca. 1661-1774

Susan Staffa
223 pages, 45 illustrations, 40 charts and tables, 8.5 x 11, 2004
29.00 paperback
A Purple Mountain Press original
Meticulously researched and very readable, this is the definitive history of early Schenectady as it emerged from colonial outpost to thriving metropolis. (First of two volumes.)

Marinus Willett: Defender of the Northern Frontier
Larry Lowenthal
104 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 2000
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
During the War for Independence, citizens like Marinus Willett truly risked their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" to establish a republic in which they fervently believed. Willett's bravery and unflinching dedication to the cause of liberty made him a hero of Fort Stanwix in 1777 and saved the Northern Frontier for the patriot cause in 1781.

Memory Stones:
A History of the Welsh-Americans in Central New York and Their Churches

Jay G. Williams III
239 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1993, first edition
16.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
The story of America's largest Welsh settlement from 1795 to the present.


THE ADIRONDACKS


ADIRONDACK: Of Indians and Mountains, 1535-1838
Stephen J. Sulavik
246 pages, illustrated, 32 color plates, 12 x 9, 2005
39.00 hardcover (supply limited); 27.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
This unique work presents the early history, based on contemporary accounts and maps (many reproduced here for the first time), of the Adirondack and Iroquois Indians and the Adirondack Mountains.

Two Adirondack Hamlets in History
Keene and Keene Valley

Richard Plunz, editor
373 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2000
24.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
A social and architectural history of these Essex County communities in the High Peaks region.

Why the Wilderness is called Adirondack
Henry Dornburgh
32 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, third printing
6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press-Harbor Hill reprint.
This is the story of the Adirondack Iron works (MacIntyre Mine) from a newspaper account in 1885, later issued as a pamphlet and now rare.

Wildlife and Wilderness: A History of Adirondack Mammals
Philip G. Terrie
175 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1993
14.50 9.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
A history of the interaction of man and wild animals in the mountains, explores the ecological, political and esthetic issues involved in reintroducing the large mammals in their former ranges.

Long Lake
John Todd
Introduction by Warder H. Cadbury
100 pages, 5 x 7, facsimile of 1845 original, 1997
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press reprint
This is the first paperback edition of the earliest book to deal exclusively with an Adirondack subject.


THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY


Chronicles of Lake Champlain: Journeys in War and Peace
Russell R. Bellico
440 pages, over 200 illustrations, 7 x 10, 1999, first edition
29.00 paperback
75.00 limited, signed edition hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original.
Fifteen firsthand accounts of travel to Lake Champlain are presented by the Champlain Valley's premier historian with introductions and annotations.


OUTDOOR RECREATION


The Catskills: A Winter Sports Guide
George V. Quinn
112 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.25, 2001, first edition.
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
The Catskills' first cross-country guide has now been revised to include telemark, snowshoe, downhill, snowboard and toboggan: trails and areas with descriptions, directions, maps, ratings and tips.

Catskill Summer Things
Pete Senterman
104 pp, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2003
12.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.
The very best hikes, family walks, road bike tours, mountain bike tours, swimming holes, whitewater, flat water in the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains.


LITERATURE


Sullivan County Tales and Sketches
Stephen Crane, edited with an introduction by R. W. Stallman
and a preface by John Conway
151 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 1995, reprint
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press classic
Crane's earliest published pieces, all about Sullivan County, reveal the beginnings of his development of a writer and themes that would be developed later in his famous novels.


HORTICULTURE


A Garden of Trees and Shrubs:
Practical Hints for Planning and Planting an Arboretum

Fred Lape
129 pages, 7.5 x 10.5, first paperback edition 1998
17.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press reprint
In 1951, Fred Lape set out to transform his family's 97-acre farm near Esperance (Schoharie County) into an arboretum. Named for friend and benfactor George Landis, the arboretum today is a showpiece of mature trees and shrubs. In 1965, Lape's practical guide, based on his experience, was published by Cornell University Press. Now long out of print, and very scarce, it has been reissued by us with a new introduction and a revised appendix. This is a book for any person who wishes to landscape a few or many acres.


Art and Architecture


From Vernacular to Spectacular Function Follows Form:
How Houses Changed Lifestyles in the Hudson Valley, 1700-1830

Harrison Meeske, introduction by Roderic H. Blackburn, color photos by Geoffrey Gross
160 pages, 8.5 x 11, illustrated, 2007
25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
During the 18th century, new concepts in domestic design were introduced and adopted. Increasing material wealth enabled many householders to enlarge their dwellings and introduce the concept of specialized and personalized rooms. The adoption of specialized rooms fragmented earlier living arrangements and effectively ended the communal post-medieval household.

The People's Choice:
A History of Albany County in Art and Architecture

Allison P. Bennett, new foreword by Roderic H. Blackburn
152 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1980, fifth printing
23.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press reprint
A unique and thoroughly researched history of the county, now in its fifth printing, told through a rich selection of historically significant paintings, sculpture, architecture and artifacts.


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