1901 Klondike Book "Gold Hunting in Alaska" by Joseph Grinnell Hardcover First Edition


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    FOR SALE ☞ "Gold Hunting in Alaska" as told by Joseph Grinnell to Elizabeth Grinnell, Hardcover First Edition

    DESCRIPTION ☞ Featured for sale from our private collection, this very special and culturally significant book was published in 1901, and details the incredibly harrowing and disappointing journey from California to Alaska during the tail end of the Klondike via boat route. It is 96 pages, printed in black and white, double columns. Features many lovely photos of the journey as you can see in the listing photos.

    Cover is a maroon/red cloth with marble board in vivid blue and gold, with a lovely gold embossed title in the top left corner and along spine.

    FROM THE PREFACE: "The following story was originally written in pencil on any sort of paper at hand, and intended merely for "the folks at home." It is only by a prior claim to the manuscript that the young gold-hunter's mother has obtained his consent to publish it. The diary has been changed but little, nor has much been added to make it as it stands. The narrative is true from beginning to end, including the proper names of persons and vessels and mining companies. It is offered to the David C. Cook Publishing Company with no further apologies for its sometimes boyish style of construction. It will give the reader, be he man or boy, a hint as to how a young fellow may spend his time in the long Arctic winter, or in the whole year, even though he be a disappointed gold-hunter. It may afford suggestion to mining companies continually going to Alaska as to their responsibility to each other and to the natives of the "frozen North." It may give "the folks at home" some intimation as to possible "good times" under trying circumstances. Blue fingers may not necessarily denote a blue heart.


    Pasadena, Cal., Jan. 15, 1901."

    DIMENSIONS ☞ Approx. 8.25" by 6.75"

    CONDITION ☞ Very good condition! Cover has a few spots where you can see some wear in the cloth or slight water marks on the marble board. The spine is still fairly tight and in good shape. There is some very faded writing on the inside of the cover, looks to be an calligraphic pen inscription to someone special, dated 1920? The inside of the book is in great condition, with just some very slight signs of foxing around the edges of the page. Some slight shelf-wear on the cover edges. Please see photos. Color may differ slightly in real life from how it appears on your screen due to varying monitor settings. Have a question about this item or want to see more photos? Send us a message & we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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