New York, NY: California-Klondyke Mining and Exploration Co., 1897. Printed Document. From the first line of the prospectus "This Company is formed to prospect for, locate, acquire, work and sell mines and mining claims, both of placer and quartz, in the Klondyke region of Alaska and elsewhere, giving the preference in its selection of prospectors, miners, workmen and other employés, to shareholders in the company." Date taken from p. 3/4 of the prospectus where the latest dates shown in the testimonials portion "The New Gold Country - Opinions of Eminent Authorities and Statements of Returned Miners" are Sept. 1897 and likely, with "Gold Rush Fever" in the air, would have been printed very close to that date. Prospectus printed on watermarked ("PARSONS"), wove paper, folio (13-7/8 inches tall x 17 inches wide), folded in half to make 4 pp. Prospectus with just minor creases, soil and edge wear, 1/4" separations at fold ends, else fine and unmarked. Near Fine. Item #3660
Of interest in the testimonials from the miners are those purportedly of a freedman 'There is one old fellow that used to be a slave, and his wool is as gray as a sheep's pelt. He came up here with a freighting outfit, and did not have any idea of going after gold; but when he did get here, as old as he was, he got the fever. He staked out a claim, and you can believe it or not, but that old devil has cleaned up $30,000 in gold dust. You ought to hear him talk about what he is going to do with it. His name, he says, is St. John Atherton, and he comes from down in Georgia. "Just a piece out of Atlanta", he says.' as well as those of John Jay McKay and party just arriving in Seattle with 3 1/2 million dollars in gold dust and the first published accounts of gold strikes made by Charles Barry, George Bowen and others. OCLC finds just two institutions worldwide holding this rare prospectus, the University of Alaska and the San Francisco State Library. OCLC accessed 05/21.
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