Mallory, Enid. Foreword by Frances Douglas.
Title COPPERMINE: THE FAR NORTH OF GEORGE M. DOUGLAS.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good+
Jacket Condition Very Good+
Edition First Edition
Publisher Peterborough, Canada Broadview 1989
0921149395 / 9780921149392
Seller ID 28262
273 pp, oblong (8 3/4" H x 11 1/3" D. B&w photographs, map. "(P)resents a compelling view of one of the great travellers of (the 20th) century and of the last days of 'the Old North'. A mining engineer and almost the archetype of the practical man, George Douglas was in 1911 given the task of searching for minerals in the watershed of the Coppermine, above the Arctic Circle. He never found great wealth, but developed a lifelong affinity with the North itself: a fragile land of subtle beauty about to be changed forever by the advance of southern 'civilization'. During that year and the next he lived a life of extraordinary adventure, became the first white man to make contact with many of the Inuit of the region, and became involved with the great figures of that last generation of Northern adventurers. He became a reluctant father figure to Jack Hornby, the doomed romantic who would starve to death with Harold Adlard and Edgar Christian in 1927. Douglas knew as well Robert Service; in one of the more grisly episodes recounted in this book, he and Service are among a group that discovers the bodies of two dead trappers in an isolated cabin. This book, illustrated with 116 of Douglas's own extraordinary photographs, makes that place, that era, and this remarkable man come to life again." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some light edge wrinkling.