San Francisco: The Author, 1891. Third Edition (Revised). Hardcover. 8vo, lavishly decorated green pictorial cloth, endpapers decorated with green leafy design, vii, 154pp, addendum, index, 34 illustrations Good. Item #900188
The author worked for the California-Russian Fur Company, the corporation which opened negotiation for the U.S. purchase of Alaska from the Russian Government (which was finalized in 1867). His purpose here (from the preface): "The reader can follow these pages and be fully informed of all the principal points of interest along the Inland Sea with its innumerable islands, the great resources of this wonderful country, its native villages, the grandeur of its scenery, the traditions of the Indians, the success of the mission schools and the extension of civilization." Chapters touch on its early history and exploration, cities of the Northwest, the Inland Passage, glaciers, native races, totems and shamans, education, animal life, resources, phantom cities and mirages, Chinook jargon, and how to get there. Edge-wear to cloth, fragile endpapers cracked at hinge, good overall.