N.P. , 1897. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , iii-xi, , 17-528,  pp. Light brown publisher's cloth with decorations in orange, yellow, gold, red, silver, and black on the front board, spine with gold lettering and black and silver decorations; all edges marbled. Illustrated by a double-sided frontispiece, a fold-out duotone map, a few full-page illustrations (most of which are photographs), and numerous in-text wood engravings. Lacks the folding color map (though there is no evidence of the map's removal, thus it is questionable if this copy was issued with one). Includes practical instructions for fortune seekers, including a graphic description of the gold regions, immense mountains, rivers and plains, native inhabitants, etc. Wickersham 3927. Wickersham records one edition published in Philadelphia, and another published in Cincinnati. This edition's title page does not list a place or a publisher. A stirring account of the Alaskan Gold Rush, and several early pioneer narratives of Alaska. Harris' narrative briefly covers the history of the Alaskan purchase, but expansively discusses life in frontier Alaska. The conditions of mining towns and mining work in the region, industries that sprang up around mining towns, Alaskan wilderness, interactions with Native American peoples, a chapter on cultural traditions of the Inuit tribes (traditions and customs which are not described without historical prejudices), methods of transportation to the region (including hot air ballooning), and other historical facets of early Alaska all receive a treatment in Harris' account of the northern region. Near Fine. Item #00009620
A Near Fine book with a small name stamp on the first blank leaf and two tiny spots of discoloration to the front board.