Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Treve M. Gibson Autograph Manuscript Recounting his Experiences During the Yukon Gold Rush. Thirty sheets, 6" x 9.5", hand numbered 1 through 29, and 1A. Undated, but likely written circa 1920 in the Los Angeles area. Gibson fills both sides of all sheets but one, so total number of pages is 59. Gibson recounts his first journey to the Yukon aboard the Dora in the year 1900. He had been recruited by an agent on behalf of the Guggenheim Brothers to act as an agent for the company in Arctic City, Alaska. The first two thirds of the manuscript recount the difficulties encountered along journey aboard the Dora. Gibson is a natural story teller and recounts hunting expeditions, the landscape, and experiencing new foods. The topic of mining comes up frequently, in particular the business aspect of ownership and mine claims. Gibson gives a good account of his arrival in Arctic City, and his first impressions. The last third of the manuscript, Gibson recounts his personal expeditions into the surrounding areas, including encounters with the native population. A scan of the complete manuscript is available for review upon request. Sample transcripts can be viewed at

    This manuscript lacks any references to dates. We believe it is an early draft, as there is also a photocopy of a manuscript that parallels the contents of the manuscript offered here, but more detailed. From this photocopy manuscript we learn that Gibson had mining ventures in Montana and British Columbia, and it is likely he remained on the west coast after arriving in the state of Washington in pursuit of Johns Hatfield (see Lot 49009 in this auction).

    Together with six Phoenix Consolidated Mining Co. stock certificates issued to Gibson in October and November of 1896. The certificates measure 10" x 8", and are adorned with mining motif engravings around perimeter.

    Condition: The manuscript is in excellent condition. The first page has a dark band of toning. Page number 29 has some staining along left side, and a single horizontal fold at bottom. With tiny chips at most bottom left corners, mentioned only for sake of accuracy and in no way affecting text or appearance.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2016
    19th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 599

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $200,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $200,000 and $2,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 45 days left to consign to the 2019 March 5 - 6 Rare Books Signature Auction Books - New York !

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 November 10-11 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part IV - Dallas
    2018 November 10-11 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part IV - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $656,222