Balch, Thomas Willing
The Alasko- Canadian Frontier.
Seller ID: 1886
Philadelphia: Allen, Lane and Scott, 1902. First edition (pp. 45), complete with several maps. Signed and with an inscription to banker Elisha Rhodes Brown (1847- 1922), President, Strafford Savings Bank of Dover, New Hampshire, and director of a number of other enterprises, e.g., Central Maine RR. Brown’s bookplate on ffep. Small folio (26 cm) in red publisher’s cloth, gilt titles, t.e.g., maps. Balch (1866- 1927) was the son of the international law expert Thomas Balch who was active in courts of arbitration, notably in the case of the dispute between the U.S. and Great Britain over the Alabama affair. The son, however, satisfied himself publicizing various public-spirited causes to which he took a fancy, among them genealogy, a popular pursuit among the newly comfortable. The Alasko- Canadian Frontier began as a lecture on the implications of agreements entered into by the Russian empire and Great Britain in the 1820’s which described the boundaries between their respective territories. At the turn of the century, there was some interest in the question as American investors began to suspect there might be something to dig up or cut down in what had been but lately derided as Seward’s folly. A tight, clean copy.
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