Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, 1935. Reprints of b&w photos by Asahel Curtis and Webster and Webster, both established Seattle-based photographers. First Thus. Hardcover. Small, thick 8vo. Pp. 349. Illustrated with Asahel Curtis and Webster and Webster b&w photo reproductions. Green cloth with gilt lettering to front cover and spine. Some slight foxing to rear endpapers; pinhole near top of front hinge; slight 2" tear to midsection of rear hinge (see photo). Discreet ownership blindstamp on title page. Very Good. Very Good. Item #39
The preliminary part of the book contains the breathtaking account of Eugene Allen's effort to beat a rival over the Chilkoot Pass (Chilcoot Trail) to establish a newspaper at Dawson City in the spring of 1898. That he did, and the subsequent part of the book utilizes extracts from the Klondike Nugget to illustrate the drama of the Klondike gold rush, including graft, vice, corruption at every level, greed, fire and other tragedies. Indeed, for a good section of the harrowing journey, Gene Allen was accompanied by Asahel Curtis, Seattle photographer, who was documenting the Klondike Gold Rush. Gripping reading -- from first-person accounts. A handsome copy. ARCTIC BIB., 1039; RICKS, p. 33. (Wickersham's cite for the newspaper proper, item 5200.) Bookseller inventory R10182X35B.