Lot 37: Alaska by Miner Bruce, inscribed by Becky London

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Lot 37: Author: Bruce, Miner W.; Title: Alaska: Its History and Resources, Gold Fields, Routes and Scenery; Place Published: Seattle; Publisher: Lowman & Hanford; Date Published: 1895; Description: 128, [1] + [1] ad pp. Illustrated. with plates from photographs and drawings. Large folding map in rear pocket. 23.5x15 cm (9x5¾"), original brown pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and black. First Edition.An interesting and well-illustrated Alaskan promotional. The sepia-toned frontispiece photo of a scantily-clad young woman, captioned "An Alaskan Indian Girl" probably enticed many a settler to the North Country, though she is hugging a palm tree and one wonders if she isn't actually a Hawaiian. Wickersham 4058. This copy is signed on the front free endpaper in pen by Becky London, daughter of Jack London. Condition: Moderarte wear and rubbing to boards,slight fraying at a few corners and head and heel of spine, browning to page edges and scattered foxing; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $300-500
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