This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...wrapped in blankets, on her lap, with two little Indian children beside her. In the prow sat a fat young Indian girl, oar ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...wrapped in blankets, on her lap, with two little Indian children beside her. In the prow sat a fat young Indian girl, oar in hand, with which she gently and not ungracefully moved the water. Just behind her was a round-faced Indian boy, whose oar was idle. His eyes were more to him just then than his hands could be, he was so eager to see all and everything about our ship. I took the field-glass for a closer look at them, when the old Indian with a vigorous stroke turned the canoe away, and they glided out of range of our glass. She cast a backward look at us as if she feared an evil eye had marked them all. The timber line in this latitude is about 2700 feet. It is curious to notice how exactly that limit is preserved. The great snow peaks and spires and domes stand sheer against the blue sky in their immaculate whiteness, and look down upon the crowding hosts which clamber and cling to their rocky sides, seeming to say to them, "Thus far and no farther shalt thou come." It is no feeble, scattered growth that aspires to reach that icy barrier, but tall and stately trees lead bravely up the heights, their sharp spines bristling and fringing the white robes of the mighty giants above them. Some of these mountain tops are bare, black stone which stand out from the drifts of snow in grotesque shapes resembling beasts, and birds, and heads of awful gnomes and demons. We saw four great towering columns of black stone in a continuous line, like the fingers of a hand pointing upward, at a height of 4000 feet, against the sky. Their tops were heaped with cushions of snow. Their sides were so near to perpendicular that the snow lay in thin patches upon them, and ridges of the black rock stood out like ebony in strange, weird forms in bas-relief....
Very Good. iv, 212 pp. Red cloth covered boards with black and grey embossed Alaska scene of a glacier meeting the sea. Bookplate has been removed from front pastedown leaving a lightly torn spot on the dark grey/green endpapers. Clean within.
Near Fine. 212pp. 6 b&w illus. (from photographs by W. H. Partridge). Maps. NF hardback in brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, black & silver pictorial stamping to front board, previous owner's signature on front flyleaf, no DJ.
WOODMAN, Abby Johnson. PICTURESQUE ALASKA. A Journal Of A Tour Among The Mountains, Seas, And Islands Of The Northwest From San Francisco To Sitka. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1889. 12mo., pictorial brown cloth, stamped in white, gilt & black; 212 pages plus 16 pages of advertisements. First Edition. A journal of the author's tour of Alaska in 1888, prior to the Klondike gold rush frenzy. Signed presentation from Woodman on the front endpaper, to her cousin: "Sarah V. Purington. With love from her cousin, Abby Johnson Woodman." Inscribed copies of this title are scarce! Very good condition (covers bright with minor rubbing to white, glacier image on the front cover; contents clean & tight). $250.00.
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