Racine, Wi. W.D. Harney Photogravure Co., 1907. Nine parts, each bound separately and uniformly, complete with titlepage in first volume. 26pp. of text printed rectos only, and eighty photogravure plates. Folio. Publisher's rosewood cloth backstrip and burgundy wrappers, front covers gilt. Mild fraying to spine cloth, some wear, mild chipping and light soiling to covers. Top corner of first few leaves of first volume creased. Internally clean. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM54859
A substantial production providing a rich photographic tapestry of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska in the early twentieth century. Each volume contains nine photogravure plates (with only eight in the eighth volume), most full-page but some with more than one image per plate. Each part contains two or three text leaves printed rectos only. Altogether, the work is comprised of eighty photogravure plates with tissue guards containing over 100 distinct photographic images. Numerous photogravures depict indigenous Eskimos and other people, along with stunning views of rivers, mountains, mining, agriculture, landscapes, dogsled teams, totem poles, ships, and various aspects of life in the Pacific Northwest. Highlights include the "Largest Fir in Washington," "Bird's-Eye of Nome, Alaska," "An Arctic Musher," and the "Eskimo Salmon Dance." The photogravures were taken by a number of prominent western photographers, including Frank H. Nowell, W.P. Romans, Thomas W. Tolman, Wylie T. Dennison, and Asahel Curtis (estranged brother of Edward S. Curtis). The gravures are printed in sepia, blue, or green tints, and retain their clarity and power more than a century after their printing. "A magnificent work, relating mostly to Alaska, with many fine full- page tinted plates" - Decker. "Contains fine plates of scenery in Seattle and Alaska" - Soliday. DECKER 26:6. SOLIDAY I:1032. WICKERSHAM 412.