WILDERNESS: A JOURNAL OF QUIET ADVENTURE IN ALASKA, by Rockwell Kent - 1920 [Knickerbocker Press]


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Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska

by Rockwell Kent

introduction by Dorothy Canfield 

First edition.  New York and London:  G.P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1920

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Tan paper covers have illustration and titles in black. 
  • Boards show some scuffing, toning at edges, bumping, edgewear.  Corners are worn, frayed with exposed board.  See photos. 
  • Spine has black text and is darkened, with crushed ends.
  • Binding is secure, with the exception of a loose folio at pages 167-169.  See photos. 
  • Illustrated end papers/ pastedowns show little sign of wear.  Front fep has gift inscription, owner's name, bookseller's mark.  
  • Illustrations are bright and clear. 
  • Interior on buff paper exhibits some marginal toning.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have deckle fore and foot edges, gilt along head.  
  • PS2023.1227

217 pages. 7.75 x 11 inches

The American painter and adventurer Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) spent six months on Fox Island, located off the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, with his young son Rockwell.  Wilderness is an illustrated journal which records that period between August 1918 and March 1919.  Kent kept his journal as a record for his family, and its tone is fresh and unselfconscious.  Illustrated with the author's drawings, reproduced as engravings made under the supervision of William G. Watt.

Printed at The Knickerbocker Press in New York.  

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