History of the Northwest Coast
Publisher: The History Company
Place: San Francisco
2 volumes. History of the Northwest Coast, volume 1: 1543-1800: xxxiv+[folding map]+735 pages with maps. History of the Northwest Coast, volume 2: 1800-1846: xiv+768 pages with maps and index. Royal octavos (9 1/4" x 6") bound in original publisher's full leather with black labels to spine with gilt lettering. End pages marbled. First published in 1884 by A L Bancroft Company.
The Northwest Coast was the name given by 18th-century navigators and traders to the great arc of Pacific coast and offshore islands stretching from present-day northern California to an ill-defined point along the Alaska coast - at Prince William Sound or even Cook Inlet. Modern anthropologists identify the native culture of the NW Coast as that, within rough limits, between Yakutat Bay, southeastern Alaska, and Trinidad Bay or Cape Mendocino, Calif. Along this narrow coastal belt the Indians developed high levels of civilization based upon the sea's plentiful resources. Warmed by the North Pacific Current and deluged along most of its length by heavy annual precipitation, the NW Coast produces dense coniferous forests and abundant vegetation.
Leather binding worn, rebacked with new end papers, joints cracked, corners bumped and rubbed. Volume XXVII and XXVIII of Bancroft's Works. Good to very good internally n fine.
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