[Alaska & Canada. ca. 1933-1937]. Three albums, with 601 photographs, each approximately 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, with additional ephemera such as news clippings and a hunting licence. Oblong folio. Contemporary full red morocco, gilt tooled, by the Harcourt Bindery. Photos mounted directly on stiff grey album leaves. Very light wear to hinges and spine ends. Contents generally fine. Very good, overall. Two volumes in red cloth slipcases. Item #WRCAM54535
A magnificent and massive collection of over six hundred photographs, compiled by William N. Beach, famed big game hunter and author of IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNT McKINLEY. The first two albums here document a journey made by Beach through the Canadian Rockies in August and September, 1933. The third album focuses on his excursion through Alaska in 1937. All three postdate the publication of MOUNT McKINLEY, which established Beach as an important figure in the world of big game hunting. According to one of the contemporary newspaper clippings tipped into the album, Beach's hunting party on his second trip documented here "was after specimens of Alaskan wild life to be placed in the Smithsonian," with W.L. Brown, curator of the Institute, accompanying the party. Shortly after the trip, an article by Beach entitled "With Moose and Caribou in Alaska" was published in EXPLORATION AND FIELD-WORK OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION IN 1937, and featured photography from the the "Alaska" album present here. These expertly captured images of the Denali wilderness and the Rockies offer a rare and extraordinary glimpse not only into big game hunting, but also into remote and pristine landscapes of these areas in the 1930s. An outstanding and impressive group of photographs.