The Reign of Law. By James Lane Allen. First Edition, Second Printing. Macmillan. New York, 1900.

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James Lane Allen was an American author who wrote important local color fiction depicting the lives and cultures of Kentuckians in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His works are noted for their dialect and deep interest in the history of the region. He published dozens of books, many of them bestsellers. In The Reign of Law: A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields, Allen describes the life of a Kentucky man who struggles with his faith. The novel is set in Kentucky around the Civil War–a time when the agricultural industry there was largely shaped by sprawling hemp fields. At the time of publication, the work was controversial for its depictions of religious doubt and explorations of Darwinism. Yet years later, when the cannabis prohibition took off, the novel became a curiosity for its depiction of a time when cannabis was a ubiquitous crop in America. While the book does not directly deal with the psychoactive effects of cannabis, it remains an important fictionalized account of the pre-prohibition era, showcasing how attitudes toward cannabis used to be proud, patriotic, and capitalist in America.

This first edition, second printing is in good condition. In the original red decorated cloth, good with soiling, fading to spine, and rubbing to corners. Text block very good, only faded gilt on top edge and former owner’s bookplate to front pastedown. All nine original illustrations present.

A good early printing of The Reign of Law.

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The Reign of Law. By James Lane Allen. First Edition, Second Printing. Macmillan. New York, 1900.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in