Album of Aerial and Cultural Photographs]

Alaska]

Published by np nd [ca. 1947], (Alaska, various), 1947
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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Oblong folio commercial hardcover album made by The Burkhardt Company, Detroit, model X 89500, 13.5" x 10.75" x 2.5". Screw binding, 74 black paper pages with a single black and white gelatin print mounted recto only to each, most measuring approximately 7.5" x 9" with brief, typed captions mounted below. Additional print mounted to front cover; 75 photographs total. Album exterior moderately worn, cloth dry and flaking. Three sections of material loss at outer edge of covers and to upper rear, likely mouse-bitten, similar loss to edges of final two pages (not effecting photos). Two images missing captions. Photographs well preserved, occasional mild wear. About very good. An impressive collection of 75 well-annotated, predominantly aerial photographs of pre-statehood Alaska, likely compiled by a U.S. Army Officer stationed at Fort Richardson near Anchorage, just after WWII. 49 images captured from aircraft of some of the most spectacular, unspoiled environments anywhere. Cities, settlements and geographical locations include Galena, Ketchikan, Port Alexander, Sitka, Port Althrop, Skagway, Juneau, Fort Seward, Valdez, Anchorage, Barrow, Nome, the Taku Glacier, Mount McKinley, Mount St. Elias, and Mt. Moffet. The remaining 26 prints, equally as beautiful, though taken at ground level, display the cultural and trade aspects present around 1947. Highlights include an Eskimo mother and daughter on Nelson Island, fishing boats in Ketchikan, totem poles on Wrangell Island, a midnight baseball game, and a full salmon scowl at a cannery in southeast Alaska. Five prints with lettering in the negative, though none with clear evidence as to the purpose behind their creation. Clearly the work of a skilled photographer, an immediately engaging collection of images. NOTE: High resolution scans of this complete album are available. Bookseller Inventory # 14430

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Title: Album of Aerial and Cultural Photographs]

Publisher: np nd [ca. 1947], (Alaska, various)

Publication Date: 1947

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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I focus on intrinsically interesting, important, or unusual books in all fields. Specialties include popular culture; esoterica; modern & contemporary literature; John Steinbeck; The Beat & NY schools; poetry & small press; the avant-garde; little magazines & lit. journals (especially those associated with the Mimeo Revolution); manuscripts & archives; literary ephemera; Americana; as well as vernacular, folk, and outsider books of all kinds. A sense of the eclecticism I strive for can be seen in some of material I've recently handled. From an illuminated 15th-century manuscript Book of Hours to a collection of photographs and collages by Beat great William S. Burroughs, from a Yosemite tourist album containing some of the earliest images of a Sierra Club expedition to an important archive of letters from writer Henry Miller to his agent, I seek material that will fascinate and endure. I am always looking to purchase fine books in any of my areas of interest, from single titles to collections. Please inquire. Search and want services are available, as are appraisals and collection development. For three years I maintained an open shop in Monterey, CA (formerly the Cannery Row Old Book Co.). I now work in the Washington DC area and maintain office space in downtown Silver Spring MD. I am open by chance or appointment. I also exhibit regularly at book fairs around the country. Please check my website for upcoming events. To date, I've issued five catalogues of rare books. Copies may be downloaded on my website (briancassidy.net). Print copies may also be requested. Please email to be added to our mailing list. Proud member: Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), International Online Booksellers Association (IOBA).

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