1907 Rare Book - Yukon Gold Rush, BALLADS OF A CHEECHAKO by Robert W. Service. Illustrated.
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Author: Robert William Service.
Title: Ballads of a Cheechako by Robert W. Service. Illustrated.
Publisher: New York: Barse & Hopkins, 1907. First thus.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 8.5 " X 5.5 ".
Pages: 137 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine original gilt decorated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Upper edge gilt.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light foxing - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with all the 12 black&white full-page photographs.
The book: Scarce and attractive illustrated edition of Ballads of a Cheechako. A delightful collection of poetic tales of the northern gold rush!
The author: Robert William Service (January 16, 1874 – September 11, 1958) was a British-Canadian poet and writer, often called "the Bard of the Yukon".
Born in Lancashire of Scottish descent, he was a bank clerk by trade, but spent long periods traveling in the Western United States and Canada, often in poverty. When his bank sent him to the Yukon, he was inspired by tales of the Klondike Gold Rush, and wrote two poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", which showed remarkable authenticity from an author with no experience of gold-mining, and enjoyed immediate popularity. Encouraged by this, he quickly wrote more poems on the same theme, which were published as Songs of a Sourdough (re-titled The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses in the U.S.), and achieved a massive sale. When his next collection Ballads of a Cheechako proved equally successful, Service could afford to travel widely and live a leisurely life, basing himself in Paris and the French Riviera.
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