A Summer in Alaska. A popular account of the travels of an Alaska exploring expedition along the great Yukon river, from its so
by Schwatka, Frederick
418pp, illus. Pictorial boards. Extremities rubbed, spine darkened, pages evenly tanned, overall a very good copy. Frederick Schwatka (1849-1882) was an army officer, explorer and author. He had a remarkable career, graduating from West Point and studying both law and medicine while intermittently serving as a fighting officer at numerous postings in the west. He found his true calling in Arctic exploration when in 1878 he commanded a privately funded search for survivors of the lost Franklin expedition. In 1883 the Army sent Schwatka on a reconnaissance of the Yukon River. Traveling with a small party, he built a raft and descended the more than 1,300 miles of the river from head to mouth, thus making the longest raft journey recorded to that time. Shortly after his return he resigned from the Army but continued traveling in the far north, supporting himself by lecturing and writing books. This is an account of the 1883 expedition, expanded from the official report.
Book Id: 23943