1901. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1901.
2 vols., roy. 8vo, volume 1: 183 pp., volume 2: 185-383 pp. With a color frontispiece in each volume. With a total of 37 color plates (some chromolithographs), 85 photogravure plates, 1 large folding color map, numerous text illustrations and maps. Rather worn publisher's green ribbed cloth, gilt illustration of seal on front cover with gilt ruling, top edge gilt. First gathering of vol. 2 detached, lower hinge to vol. 2 split, generally a bit knocked about but complete and suitable as a reading/working copy.
§ First edition of the first part of this extraordinary expedition, on which the 14-person Harriman family and servants were accompanied by 112 people including 25 scientists, 3 artists, 2 photographers, 2 stenographers, 2 doctors, one nurse, one chaplain, 11 hunters, packers, and camp hands, and 65 officers and crew. What started as a family holiday cruise to Alaska turned into a major scientific expedition. Harriman, who died at age 61, made a fortune from railroads estimated to be abut $100 million dollars by 1900. He was one of the great robber barons of the time though not quite in the league of J.P. Morgan, J.J. Hill, Vanderbilt, etc. His son W. Averill Harriman was a noted diplomat.
Volume I text was by John Burroughs, John Muir, George Bird Grinnell: volume II by William H. Dall, Charles Keller, Henry Gannett, William H. Brewer, C. Hart Merriam, George Bird Grinnell, and M. L. Washburn. The illustrations of birds were by Louis Fuertes, mammals by Charles Knight, flowers by Frederick Walpole, and photogravures after photos by Fisher, Harriman, Merriam, and (most importantly) Edward Curtis. Item #123880