Sale 18BP01 | Lot 503

[ALASKA] KEARNEY, R.A. A Surgeon's Cruise to Alaska.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

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Lot 503
[ALASKA] KEARNEY, R.A. A Surgeon's Cruise to Alaska.
[cover title]. Typescript etc. accompanied by documents and photographs, 1911-1912. Three-quarters red morocco, cloth sides. 14 x 12 inches (35.5 x 30 cm); 90 ff. sheets of thin card on guards, to which are mounted original documents pertaining to Kearny's appointments to the U.S. Revenue Cutters Manning and Rush, his holograph accounting of the cases he treated in the islands and villages on 18 pp., a typescript account of his voyage (the introduction of which is in largely in the third person but which was apparently written by Dr. Kearny) on 86 pp., and approximately 190 original photographs (gelatin silver prints) with captions, all presumably taken by the doctor. A few captions detached from the photographs, a few photographs somewhat discolored, some sheets lifting slightly, but overall in very attractive condition.
An exceptionally interesting and apparently unpublished account of a voyage to the Bering Sea. Kearny (sometimes Kearney; his name occurs in both forms in records we can trace and in the documents in this volume), was an assistant surgeon in the U.S. Public Health and Marine Hospital Service. He was detailed to the Manning in March of 1911, and traveled along the Alaska coast and through the Aleutians in that vessel and later the Rush until June of 1912, when he suffered an illness and had to return to Washington. The photographs of the landscape, hunting incidents, native villages, volcanic eruptions and the incidents encountered by the vessels are quite compelling. Of medical interest are the pages listing the illnesses he encountered in the villages, and the operations he performed.


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