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
St. Louis: J. W. Henry, 1892. An enlarged edition of Along Alaska's Great River. A Very Good Hardcover.
Decorated blue cloth, the bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with repaired corners. Previous owner’s name stamped on the paste-down and title page. 8vo; 9 inches tall; 418 pages with an index.
Illustrated with 22 illustrations from sketches by Sergeant Gloster. 20 photographs by Mr. Homan. Twenty-nine illustrations from diagrams by the author and others. One map of the Alaska Exploring Expedition. Each chapter has a b/w header from a drawing.
Very Good; No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #16047
This book did much to acquaint Americans with this area in the 1890s and added to Schwatka's growing fame. "A detailed narrative for general readers of the Alaska Military Reconnaissance of 1883 with running comment on the country traversed, on the Indians, Eskimos, and their customs." [AB]
In 15 chapters, and with special chapters on the Chilkat country, rafting, the Yukon flat-lands, discovery and history, and the people and their industries.
Frederick G Schwatka was a United States Army lieutenant with degrees in medicine and law and a noted explorer of northern Canada and Alaska.
In 1883, he was sent to reconnoiter the Yukon River by the US Army. Going over the Chilkoot Pass, his party built rafts and floated down the Yukon River to its mouth in the Bering Sea, naming many geographic features along the way. At more than 1,300 miles, it was the longest raft journey that had ever been made.
Schwatka's expedition alarmed the Canadian government, which sent an expedition under George Mercer Dawson to explore the Yukon in 1887.
Ref: Ref: Bruns S 80; Ricks p.193; Arctic Bib. 15604; Wickersham 2798; Howgego, S13