Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on the Cession of Russian America to the United States. Alaska, Charles Sumner.
Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on the Cession of Russian America to the United States
Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on the Cession of Russian America to the United States

First Map of the Alaska Purchase

Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on the Cession of Russian America to the United States.

Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1867.

First edition. With the large (24 x 35 in.) folding map of Northwest America (“second edition May 1867”) by A. Lindenkohl, not found in all copies. 48 pp., text in double columns. 8vo. First Map of the Alaska Purchase. Original printed pink wrappers. Dampstain at spine, foxing to text throughout, small tear to map at mount. Howes S1134. Item #261265

Sumner gives an account of the history of the Alaskan Territory, just recently purchased by Secretary of State William Seward from Russia for $7.2 million. Sumner was a strong exponent of the purchase, and Seward praised his speech. With the second edition of the map, not always present — the first to represent the Alaska Purchase and the first to use the name “Alaska”.

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