Rare and First Edition Books from Buckingham Books

Dealer in Rare and First-Edition Books:  Western Americana; Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Fiction

A Summer In Alaska. A Popular Account Of The Travels Of An Alaska Exploring Expedition Along The Great Yukon River, From Its Source To Its Mouth, In The British North-West Territory, And In The Territory Of Alaska by  Frederick Schwatka

A Summer In Alaska. A Popular Account Of The Travels Of An Alaska Exploring Expedition Along The Great Yukon River, From Its Source To Its Mouth, In The British North-West Territory, And In The Territory Of Alaska

by Frederick Schwatka

Second edition. 8vo. Originally published in Philadelphia in 1891. Original dark blue cloth, blind ruled borders, titles stamped in gold gilt on the front cover and spine, decorated front and rear endpapers, 418 pp., frontispiece, preface, introductory, illustrated from 20 plates from photographs by Mr. Homan; 21 plates from sketches by Sergeant Gloster; 29 text illustrations from diagrams and plans by the author and others, map, appendix, index. All plates on text stock. Wickersham 2798 says "This is an enlarged edition of his ALONG ALASKA'S GREAT RIVER." In April, 1883, the seven member expedition organized at Vancouver Barracks, Washington Territory, and left Portland, Oregon in May. They took the inland passage to Alaska as far as Chilkat country. They hired some 60 Chilkats to form a pack train to the head waters of the Yukon River, where a primitive raft was built and sailed through some 150 miles of lakes and shooting rapids, eventually floating along for 1,300 miles and covering the entire 2,000 mile reach of the Yukon River. They returned home via the Bering Sea, touching at the Aleutian Islands. Decker 35: 27 says "This is a description of the military exploring expedition made in 1883 to explore the Yukon River to determine its military utility. There are many good illustrations........" Former owner's inked name and date else a near fine, bright copy.

Inventory Number: 41299

$295.00