Good. A Peacock Press/ Bantam Book [Published date: 1977]. Soft cover,  pp unpaginated. First US Edition, May 1977. Includes 40 full color single page plates. In good condition with light bumping and creasing to edges of covers and Light overall scuffing, aging and spotting to covers as well. Binding tight. Light age spotting to edges of text block. Otherwise pages are clean and unmarked. NOT Ex-Library. No remainder marks. [Excerpt from Introduction] Born in 1908 in Ohio, Fred Machetanz originally had no connection with Alaska. Then in 1935, when he wasfresh out of graduate school, his uncle, CharlesTraeger, a gold rush stampeder turned businessman, sent his nephew a free ticket to the great new land. As happens with many others who come to Alaska just for a visit, Fred Machetanz stayed for as long as he could to see as much of it as he could. He stretched his projected six-week stayto two years, living in the village of Unalakleet. Impecunious, as most young artists are, Machetanzpaid his Eskimo models with his original charcoaldrawings of themselves. But he kept a carefulphotographic record of his work, doing his own filmprocessing under the most primitive of conditions. Later his Unalakleet models would become subjects for lithographs. Meanwhile the grand sense of space and light, thefreedom, and the warmth of the people worked their magic on Machetanz and eventually he became apermanent resident of the wild, wide open land that was at that time a Territory. In the years that followed, whenever he couldpossibly manage it, he lived the life of the North, hunting with the Eskimos, signing on as an oarsman with a whaling crew, flying into glacierbound lakes, traveling from the Aleutian chain to the outer reaches of the Arctic, exploring Alaska's most remote areas in his search for first-hand knowledge of the land he had come to love-all the time seeking subjects for the few canvases a year he had time to to produce.
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