[ALASKA] Teichmann, Emil; Teichmann, Oskar (Editor)
A Journey to Alaska in the Year 1868: Being a Diary of the Late Emil Teichmann
Kensington: Cayme Press, 1925.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Number 91 of 100 copies printed. 8vo, 272 pp, with frontis portrait, 2 maps, and many sketches by the author. Original cloth with leather spine label; top edge gilt. Edges rubbed, mild foxing to endpapers; internally tight and clean. Teichmann was sent to Alaska in 1868 (just after it became an American territory) to protect the interests of his employers, J.M. Oppenheim and Company, who had negotiated a lucrative contract for Alaskan furs with the Russian American Fur Company. He was situated in Sitka, and much of the diary provides a lively and detailed account of the area and the commercial and recreational activities and cultural interactions of the region's potent multinational mix of prospectors, traders, settlers, speculators, and native peoples. There is also a short account of his journey from New York to San Francisco via Panama (with several illustrations of Acapulco), and much detail on the journey up the west and through the Inside Passage, with accounts of the settlements visited along the way. Tourville 4477; Graff 4096; Howes T88; Smith 10161.