Philadelphia: The Sunshine Publishing Company, 1897. First Edition. [7.75x5.5in]; 444 pp.,  advertisements, frontispiece image of icy mountains, 32 images and 16 maps, bibliography, glossary and index; Light green cloth covers with gilt lettering on front and spine, border of dark green pine leaves and maroon cones on front and spine, top edge ink stain and all edges trimmed; Minor shelf wear to covers, edges and corners, little soiling to edges and spine slightly faded, front hinge cracked, the American Museum of Natural History library canceled book plate on front end paper and blind embossed stamp on page 3, crude tape repairs to title page, label and blind stamp of Albert S. Bickmore donation to the library. Item #13477
Bushrod Washington James (1836-1903) wrote this book prior to the Yukon gold rush and added supplementary information at the end. His stated purpose, in the preface, was to provide a readable and comprehensive review of Alaska and the issues with clearly establishing the boundaries for the islands in the Bering strait and the Canadian boundary to the east. Albert S. Bickmore (1839-1914), naturalist and founder of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.