Brooklyn: The Albertype Co., 1905. Twelve albertypes mounted on  leaves. Original pictorial wrappers, string-tied. Wrappers chipped and worn at edges, spine heavily; lightly soiled. Leaves brittle, corners chipped, with mounted images clean and crisp. Good. Item #1676
Pictorial work with mounted images of Alaskan natives taken by the photography firm of Winter & Pond in Juneau. Lloyd Valentine Winter (1866-1945) and Edwin Percy Pond (1872-1943) arrived in Juneau in 1893, establishing a curio and photography shop there. By 1896 they were advertising a catalog of photographs for sale. They documented the local natives, the Klondike Gold Rush, and life in Alaska, producing many popular images of the region. The company existed for over fifty years, operating under original ownership until 1945 and finally closing in 1956.
The images here are all of local native tribes, including several of the Tlingit people. The front cover image is "Eskimo Girl" and shows a young woman in a fur parka and mittens with a tattoo on her chin. Other images are: "Old Tlingit Woman"; "Native Basket Weavers"; "Old Tlingit Indian"; "Takon Indian Doctor" which shows a medicine man standing and brandishing rattles; "Old Tlingit Women"; "Schwatka, a Yukon Guide"; "Chilkat Chiefs in Dancing Costume"; "Old Auk Indian"; "Potlatch Dancers" depicting a large group of dancers in native dress outside; "Auk Indian Doctor"; "Native Curio Sellers" which shows two young women wrapped in furs seated behind baskets of their wares; and "Old Eskimo Woman."
The Albertype Company of Brooklyn produced many such handsome viewbooks, and the present work is in line with their style and quality of publication. We locate copies in OCLC at fewer than ten institutions.