SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION. HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES...HARRIMAN ALASKA EXPEDITION WITH THE COOPERATION OF WASHINGTON ACADEMY OF SCIENCES.

New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institution, 1901-1914. Thirteen volumes. Half titles, all but the first two volumes with two titles per volume (one title in each of these volumes printed in red and black). 452 plates including one tinted lithograph, two lithographs printed in two colors, fifty-five chromolithographs), and ten chromolithographic maps (five folding). Quarto. Original green cloth, blocked in gilt and blind, t.e.g. Some volumes with Smithsonian spine labels over the Doubleday imprint, several chipping or almost entirely perished. Ex-library, with some bookplates, removed bookplates, and ink stamps throughout. Overall good plus. Item #WRCAM53935A

A very rare complete set of the Harriman Alaska Expedition publications. These volumes record the findings of perhaps the largest private expedition to Alaska ever undertaken, that backed by Edward Harriman in 1899 in cooperation with the Washington Academy of Sciences. The party, which included three artists, two photographers, and twenty-five distinguished scientists and naturalists (e.g. ornithologist and author Daniel G. Elliot, proto-conservationist John Muir, William H. Brewer of Yale, George Bird Grinnell, Prof. William Ritter of the University of California, etc.), sailed from Seattle on May 30, 1899 aboard the chartered steamship, Geo. W. Elder. They sailed along the Northwest Coast, through the Bering Sea with stops at various islands, visited Eskimo settlements on the Asiatic and American coasts, and went through the Bering Strait to Siberia before heading home, travelling nine thousand miles in all. The first two volumes constitute the entire narrative section and are fully illustrated, with significant contributions from Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927) (fourteen beautiful chromolithographs of birds) and the expedition's official photographer, Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) (forty-five evocative landscape and ethnographic photogravures), as well as other images after artists R. Swain Gifford, Fred S. Dellenbaugh, Frederick A. Walpole, and Charles R. Knight, and photogravures from photographs by various other expedition members, but primarily C. Hart Merriam. The remaining volumes (ten in total, as volumes VI and VII were never published, and volume XIV was published in two volumes) include all the scientific articles and monographs to result from the expedition. It is very rare to find a complete run of these, and they were published over a twelve-year period. Following Harriman's death in 1910, the publishing rights were transferred by his widow to the Smithsonian, who issued titlepages to the first eleven volumes, and went on to publish the final two volumes in 1914. The scientific results are also well- illustrated with handsome plates and maps, including chromolithographs. The individual volumes are as follows: 1) John Burroughs, John Muir, and George Bird Grinnell: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME I NARRATIVE, GLACIERS, NATIVES. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1901. Title printed in red and black. Two chromolithographic maps (one folding); sixty plates including thirty-nine photogravures after photographs (twenty-one of these by Curtis), one photogravure after a painting, twenty colored plates (six of these after Fuertes, five after R. Swain Gifford, three after F.S. Dellenbaugh, four after Walpole, two after Knight); and numerous illustrations. First issue, without the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage. 2) William H. Dall, Charles Keeler, B.E. Fernow, Henry Gannett, William H. Brewer, C. Hart Merriam, George Bird Grinnell, and M.L. Washburn: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME II HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, RESOURCES. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1901. Title printed in red and black. Chromolithographic map; sixty-one plates including forty-three photogravures after photographs (twenty-four of these by Curtis), one photogravure after a painting, seventeen colored plates (eight of these after Fuertes, two after R. Swain Gifford, three after F.S. Dellenbaugh, three after Walpole, one after a photograph by Merriam), one tinted lithograph after Fuertes, one uncolored plate after Fuertes; and numerous illustrations. First issue, without the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage. 3) Grove Karl Gilbert: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME III GLACIERS AND GLACIATION. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute, 1904-1910. Two titlepages, the second printed in red and black. Six chromolithographic maps (two folding); twelve plates including two folding and uncolored, five photogravures after photographs (three of these by Curtis), one photogravure after a painting, four heliotypes after photographs; and numerous illustrations. Issue with the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage, dated 1910. 4) Benjamin Kendall Emerson, Charles Palache, William H. Dall, E.O. Ulrich, and F.H. Knowlton: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME IV GEOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute, 1904-1910. Two titlepages, the second printed in red and black. Folding chromolithographic map; thirty- four plates including one chromolithograph, three photogravures after photographs, fourteen heliotypes after photographs, fifteen uncolored plates; and numerous illustrations. Issue with the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage, dated 1910. 5) J. Cardot, Clara E. Cummings, Alexander W. Evans, C.H. Peck, P.A. Saccardo, De Alton Saunders, I. Thériot, and William Trelease: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME V CRYPOTGAMIC BOTANY. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute, 1904-1910. Two titlepages, the second printed in red and black. Forty-four plates including five chromolithographs, six uncolored lithographs, two heliotypes after photographs, thirty-one uncolored heliotypes after drawings (twenty after Eva M. Saunders, eleven after I. Thériot; one illustration. Issue with the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage, dated 1910. 6) Not published. 7) Not published. 8 & 9) William H. Ashmead, Nathan Banks, A.N. Caudell, O.F. Cook, Rolla P. Currie, Harrison G. Dyar, Justus Watson Folsom, O. Heidemann, Trevor Kincaid, Theo. Pergande, and E.A. Schwarz: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME VIII [IX] INSECTS PART I [II]. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute, 1904-1910. Two volumes. Each volume with two titles, the second printed in red and black. Twenty-one plates including one chromolithograph, eight uncolored lithographs, one heliotype after a photograph, eleven uncolored heliotypes after drawings (five of these after J.W. Folsom, three after L.L. Howenstein); and numerous illustrations. Issues with the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage, dated 1910. 10) Mary J. Rathburn, Harriet Richardson, S.J. Holmes, and Leon J. Cole: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME X CRUSTACEANS. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute, 1904-1910. Two titlepages, the second printed in red and black. Twenty-six plates including three uncolored lithographs, eleven heliotypes after photographs, twelve heliotypes from drawings; and numerous illustrations. Issue with the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage, dated 1910. 11) Wesley R. Coe and Alice Robertson: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME XI NEMERTEANS BY...COE. BRYZOANS...BY ROBERTSON. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute, 1904-1910. Two titlepages, the second printed in red and black. Twenty-five plates including ten chromolithographs, ten uncolored lithographs (seven after Coe), five heliotypes from drawings by Coe; and numerous illustrations. Issue with the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage, dated 1910. 12) Gustav Eisen and Katherine J. Bush: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME XII ENCHTRAEIDS BY...EISEN. TUBICOLOUS ANNELIDS BY...BUSH. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute, 1904-1910. Two titlepages, the second printed in red and black. Forty-four plates including one chromolithograph after Eisen, two two-color lithographs after Eisen, seventeen uncolored lithographs after Eisen, eleven heliotypes after photographs, thirteen heliotypes from drawings; and numerous illustrations. Issue with the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage, dated 1910. 13) William H. Dall and C.C. Nutting: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME XIII LAND AND FRESH WATER MOLLUSKS BY...DALL. HYDROIDS BY...NUTTING. New York & Washington: Doubleday, Page & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute, 1905-1910. Two titlepages, the second printed in red and black. Fifteen plates including thirteen uncolored lithographs (eight of these after Elizabeth B. Darrow from drawings by Nutting, two heliotypes after photographs); and numerous illustrations. Issue with the addition of the Smithsonian titlepage, dated 1910. 14) Addison Emery Verrill: HARRIMAN ALASKA SERIES VOLUME XIV MONOGRAPH OF THE SHALLOW- WATER STARFISHES OF THE NORTH PACIFIC COAST FROM THE ARCTIC OCEAN TO CALIFORNIA...PART 1. TEXT [...PART 2. PLATES]. Washington: The Smithsonian Institute, 1914. Two volumes (including plate volume). Text: occasional illustrations. Plate volume: 110 heliotype plates including ninety-one heliotypes after photographs, nineteen heliotypes from drawings. RICKS, p.116. TOURVILLE 1950.

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An Epic Exploration of Alaska: The Harriman Expedition