Lot 297BURKE, WILLIAM B.
Memories of Chicoutmi. Rochester, N.Y,(?): s.n., 1899. First edition. Period yapped limp suede housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case. 6 x 8 1/2 inches (15 x 21.5 cm); 82 ff. of photo-sensitized paper, with about 45 pp. of text and 42 photographs, ten mounted to form two panoramas (of the village of Chicoutmi, and of Lake Ha! Ha!), the rest printed directly on the surface of the leaves. Some rubbing, the yapped edges frayed and worn with some loss. Laid-in is a slip on which is written 'Compliments of the "Children"'.
Presumably published for friends and family only, we can locate no record of this attractive work. It comprises a three-week diary of Burke's hunting and fishing trip up the Saguenay River and into the country to the south of Chicoutmi in Quebec Province in early October 1899. With him travelled a hunting companion, two guides, and a cook. The goal of the trip was a trophy caribou mount, and both hunters were successful in this aim. The photographs are frequently charming, and considerable effort went into the publication, though we can trace only this copy at retail, and no copies at auction or in institutional hands via WorldCat.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
Sold for $1,125
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