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1 Blower, James. Foreword by Grant MacEwan. GOLD RUSH: A PICTORIAL LOOK AT THE PART EDMONTON PLAYED IN THE GOLD ERA OF THE 1890s.
Toronto Ryerson Press 1971 007092919X / 9780070929197 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
199 pp, oblong (8 3/4" H x 10 5/8" D). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "By 1898 all roads led to the Klondike. One such road was to pass through the tiny Edmonton community, and Edmonton was never to be the same again. As the gateway and principal outfitting centre to one of the most popular - albeit treacherous - overland trails to the Yukon gold fields, Edmonton, then only 1500 strong, found itself playing host to over 2000 rough and hearty Klondikers. Within two years the town population doubled, local merchants prospered, business boomed. They were colourful times, not to be missed, and James Blower recounts them fondly. He salutes those boisterous, hopeful men equipped with pack horses, ox teams or dog sleds, embarking on a wild journey of more than 1600 miles through forests, swamps, perilous rivers and lakes. Parties of men never heard from again - did they strike it rich in the gold fields or were they victims of drowning, scurvey, starvation? Fortunately, Edmonton boasted two excellent photographers during the Klondike days - W.C. Mathers and Ernest Brown - who recorded on film this extraordinary period in history. Their photographs, most of which have never been published before, represent the greater part of this book." Faint thin red pen mark on top of text block. Dust jacket has minor efge wrinking, two very small edge tears archivally taped, an areas of a four tiny scuffs on front panel, very light soiling on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
BENEATH MY FEET: THE MEMOIRS OF GEORGE MERCER DAWSON., Dawson, George Mercer.  With Phil Jenkins.
2 Dawson, George Mercer. With Phil Jenkins. BENEATH MY FEET: THE MEMOIRS OF GEORGE MERCER DAWSON.
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 2007, first edition. 
350 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), pictorial hard cover - no dust jacket (as issued). ISBN 9780771043888 B&w photographs, maps. "George Mercer Dawson is a towering figure in Canadian history and science. Travelling by horse and canoe, he was a ground breaker in the Geological Survey's opening up of the Canadian West. In 1895, he became its director. A tough life for anyone, it was an extraordinary achievement for Dawson, who was crippled by a childhood illness that severely stunted his growth but heightened his lively spirit. An avid photographer, amateur painter, poet, and professional geologist, Dawson wrote constantly, but he never penned his memoirs. So, more than a century after his death in 1901, Phil Jenkins has lent him a hand. In Dawson's own words, Jenkins seamlessly relates the life of a great Canadian in the exciting age of exploration. It is a dazzling literary accomplishment. Dawson knew the pain of unrequited love, suffered the bite of a million mosquitoes, and yet he forged ahead, over mountainous physical odds, to become one of the most respected and enjoyed of Victorian Canadians." Minor rubbing. Near Fine 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
3 Dobrowolsky, Helene. Foreword by Dr. William Beahen. LAW OF THE YUKON: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE MOUNTED POLICE IN THE YUKON.
Whitehorse, Yukon Lost Moose 1995 0969461267 / 9780969461265 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
192 pp, 12 1/4" H. B&w and colour photographs, maps, reproductions. Contents: Introduction; The First Post - Fort Constantine; The Klondike Gold Rush; Reinforcements Meet the Great Stampede; After the Rush; First Nations People and the Police; Crime, Conspiracy and Court; Women and the Force; Patrolling the Yukon; At Ease; Wartime and Alaska Highway Construction; Dog Stories; Policing Today; Honour Roll; Reference: Endnotes; Selected Bibliography; Illustrations; Index. Minor bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, very soft crease at top of rear panel and flap, 1" faint line indentation on front panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SILVER CENTRE (THE STORY OF AN ONTARIO MINING CAMP)., Fancy, Peter.
4 Fancy, Peter. SILVER CENTRE (THE STORY OF AN ONTARIO MINING CAMP).
Cobalt, Ontario Highway Book Shop 1985 0889543062 / 9780889543065 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good Signed by Author
145 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps, diagrams. SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE. "Silver Centre was one of Canada's celebrated mining camps. It discovered millions of dollars in silver ore (when silver's price averaged 50 cents an ounce) and probably has as much mineral wealth today in its unexamined Keewatin ground for some future economic development. But most importantly, in terms of Ontario's social history , this Silver Centre story represents the way of life for many of the people living in northern Ontario during the early years of (the twenieth) century. The story follows in detail the mining prospectors of 1907 - their silver discoveries; the early mines - their success and failures; the depressing World War I years; then rebirth with the mother lode discovery in 1920 and its climactic decade of phenomenal silver treasure; finally, the inevitable exhaustion of known deposits. Falling metal prices discourage continued searches. Mines close - sudden abandonment. This particular drama of prospectors and developers struggling with the Precambrian rocks is a constant, unifying theme. (This) is the story of a mining community and its people, of fellowship and stubborn pleasure." Very light edge wear, previous owner's name/date in ink on free front endpaper and embossed blind stamp on half-title page. A previous owner has amended the map of Silver Centre, 1924, adding the location of two rinks and a ball park, extending the left side of the map to show the rail yard, railway station and loading ramp, and filling in some squares indicating the location of buildings with red ink. Very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has a few small tears (archivally taped) and chips; moderate wrinkling along top edge; light browning - moderate on spine; light soiling and rubbing; small light stain, partial cup mark on front panel; small area of tiny perforations on rear panel; book color offset on inside surface; now in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
DEAD SILENCE:  THE GREATEST MYSTERY IN ARCTIC DISCOVERY., Geiger, John and Beattie, Owen.
5 Geiger, John and Beattie, Owen. DEAD SILENCE: THE GREATEST MYSTERY IN ARCTIC DISCOVERY.
Toronto Viking 1993 0670843180 / 9780670843183 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
219 pp, 9 1/2" H. Color photographs, b&w drawings, reproductions. "In 1719 the Englishman James Knight, then in his seventies and vastly experienced in Arctic travel, set out with two ships and forty men to find the northwest passage. His ships entered Hudson Bay and were not seen again until almost three centuries later when Owen Beattie and John Geiger discovered them submerged and well-preserved near the remote Marble Island, known to the Inuit as 'Dead Man's Island'. (This) is an archaeological detective story (as the authors use) every available technique - historical clues, archaeological excavations, forensic analysis of human remains, the discovery of the missing ships - to cast new light on the Arctic's greatest mystery." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
6 Gray, Jas., F.I.C. PAYABLE GOLD: AN INTIMATE RECORD OF THE HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE PAYABLE WITWATERSRAND GOLDFIELDS AND OF JOHANNESBURG IN 1886-1887.
South Africa Central News Agency Ltd., South Africa, 1937 1937 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 
286 pp., 8vo (8 5/8" H). Illustrated with photographs and facsimilies of documents. Title page continues: "Based on Researches made in the State Archives, Pretoria by Ethel L. Gray and containing the Oosthuizen Papers Which reveal the story of the discovery. Translations of photographic reproductions of documents by B. de Coligny Marchand, B.A., D.Sc." Contents: Preface; The Early Mining History of the Witwatersrand (1850-1860); General Progress (1861-1873); The Pegging of Blaauwbank in 1874; Gold Mining at Blaaubank (Annexation Period); Gates' Concession (1881); Armfield's Report in 1878; Reported Gold Activities on the Witwatersrand (1876-1885); Gold Mining on Kromdraai (1881-1885); Reports on and Proclamation of Kromdraai (1885); Gold Discoveries on Farms in the Vicinity of Kromdraai (1882-1885); The Witwatersrand and Its Population; The Discovery in 1886 of the Auriferous Conglomerates of the Witwatersrand Main Reef Series; Langlaagte; Departmental Activities Regarding the Gold Discovery (1886); The Proclamation and Its Sequel; How the News of the Discovery was Announced (1886); Geology; Mining Camps of the Witwatersrand Goldfields; Early Mining Officials of the Witwatersrand Goldfields (1886-1887); Johannesburg; Government Buildings; Witwatersrand Goldfields Under Mining Commissioner Von Brandis (1886); Johannesburg, The Seat of Special Landdrost Von Brandis; The Hospital, Churches and Cemetery; The Beginning of Local Government in Johannesburg; Posts and Telegraphs; Mining Activity in 1887; Water Supplies; Education and Newspapers; Townships; Visits of State President Kruger; Translations of Photographic Reproductions of Documents; Glossary; Index of Persons; General and Place Index; Mijnpachtbrieven Registered Up to and Including 25th October, 1886. Slight bumping to top and bottom of spine. Fingerprints on ffep & half title pages. Dust jacket is soiled, has small chips and closed tears, a 1/2" x 3/4" piece missing from top of s pine, a darkened spine with some small water marks. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
MEMOIRS OF A MINER., Hellens, Alexander Daniel.  Inscribed.
7 Hellens, Alexander Daniel. Inscribed. MEMOIRS OF A MINER.
Lifestories, Toronto, 1989. 
156 pp, large 8vo (9 1/8" H), hard cover (medium brown cloth with silver lettering on spine and front board, silver border and motif on front board) - no dust jacket (as issued). B&w photographs. WARMLY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ON THE HALF-TITLE PAGE TO A FRIEND WHO IS MENTIONED AND PICTURED IN THE BOOK. Reminiscences of growing up in Northern Ontario and a career in mining. Contents: The Early Years; School Days; Becoming a Working Stiff; My Years at Michigan Tech; A Mining Engineer - At Last!; In the Service of King George VI; The Post-war Years; Discovery of the Cobalt Lode Mine; Birth of a Mining Company; Setting Up Shop in Toronto; Arctic Diaries; Reflections. Tiny light stain in margin of pages 32 & 33, small area of waviness at fore-edge of approx, pages 43 to 54. Very Good+ 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
8 Martin, Gwen L. GESNER'S DREAM: THE TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS OF EARLY MINING IN NEW BRUNSWICK.
Fredericton, New Brunswick Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum 2003 1894475461 / 9781894475464 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
328 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, reproductions - colour maps. Inscribed by author on half title page. "Whenever you read this book, whether by day or by night, miners are at work in New Brunswick. Their underground world is magical and terrifying. Caverns traced by fragile points of light recede into utter blackness, and the stone walls expose swirls of rock frozen in three dimensions. Overhead are vaulted ceilings, silent and beautiful as a Gothic cathedral. The heritage of New Brunswick mining reaches back over three action-packed centuries. Gypsum smugglers sailed down the Bay of Fundy by midnight. Mine developers battled each other using fists in the boardroom and pisols in the field. Many prospectors died without making a dime, while others lost their rightful holdings at gunpoint. And a lucky or skillful few hit the jackpot. The romantic, lively and ultimately triumphant tale of mining in New Brunswick is revealed here for the first time, richly illustrated with more than 140 historical photographs gathered from archives and attics across the province." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very small crease at fore-edge of front cover. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
9 Robertston, Heather. MEASURING MOTHER EARTH: HOW JOE THE KID BECAME TYRRELL OF THE NORTH.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 2007 0771075391 / 9780771075391 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
348 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "One of Canada's first scientific explorers, Joseph Burr Tyrrell began his career in the late nineteenth century by surveying the Rocky Mountains on foot and mapping remote northern regions from a birchbark canoe; he ended it at the dawn of the Atomic Age, flying across the wilderness in bush planes. Among his many accomplishments, Tyrrell discovered Canada's first dinosaur, Albertosaurus, and an Ice Age glacier he named Keewatin. He risked his own and his companions' lives charting the Dubawnt and Kazan river networks west of Hudson Bay, and rescued the maps and records of Canada's great geographer, David Thompson, from oblivion. After he failed to find gold in the Klondike, Tyrrell gambled on buying a gold mine in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and won millions." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very minor edge wear. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 


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