New York: Self published, 1892.
Hardcover. Quarto. , 40 pages. Frontispiece photograph portrait of the author and one photograph plate in text. Vellum covered boards lined with silver borders with a silver wreath and monogram stamped on the front board. Boards slightly flanged. Some light edge wear to the boards. Paper is untrimmed thick stock with a few small edge tears. The first 30 pages are letters. The last 10 pages explain the circumstances of Alfred's death and include some of Alfred's poems he wrote to his Grandmother when he was a teenager and a couple of his Grandfather's poems (Alfred Thompson). Good +. Item #12612
Charles Graef, the father of the author, was the President of the newly formed Puno Silver Mining Company and the Chunchosmayo Gold Placer Co. in 1892. His son, Alfred (the author) was selected as one of the Vice Presidents of the new company. Franz Germann, a friend of the family and manager of the new company, had secured capital to operate a large area of mining lands in Peru. On February 20, 1892 Charles Graef, Alfred Graef, Franz Germann and others sailed for Peru on the steamer Lampasas. During his travels Alfred wrote these letters. While inspecting a road in Chicla, Peru with Franz Germann Alfred got altitude sickness and returned to Lima to rest. He soon caught typhoid fever and passed away in Peru. Alfred's father wrote the introduction and selected these letters and a few poems to be included in the book.