Alaska and the Klondike Gold Fields.

Alaska and the Klondike Gold Fields.
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[N.p.]: 1897. 8vo, 556 pp. Two folding maps, one with 2-inch closed tear; (32) double-sided black-and-white plates; (34) line drawings. Original full tan-colored cloth over boards. Top cover with gilt lettering and vignette of a Klondike camp scene. Backstrip slightly darkened with some trivial rubbing at foot and crown. Owner inscription of Harry Alderfer on preliminary leaf with his bookplate on front pastedown. An excellent copy of a book usually found in poor condition. First edition. A foundation book for Klondike gold rush literature, “giving the complete account of the rise of gold fever, the excitement produced by the news of unlimited deposits of the precious metal; the rush of miners seeking fortunes at Klondike; hasty preparations for the long and perilous journey and the formation of companies wager to take possession of the region abounding in untold wealth” (preface). Numerous firsthand accounts, interviews and general information on Alaska. Chapters include but are not limited to: “How to Get There;” “Women at the Mines;” History and Purchase of Alaska;” Topography; “’Strike it Rich’ on the Klondike;” “Gold Mining in Alaska;” “Gold Crazes of Other Days;’ and “Camp Life and Morals.” Wickersham 3927. (Item Id: 104894)

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