Swineford, Alfred P.: The Lake Superior Iron District. History of the Mines and Furnaces. Four works, 1869-1890.

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Swineford, Alfred P.: The Lake Superior Iron District. History of the Mines and Furnaces. 1st edition, Mining Journal Office, Marquette, Feb. 1869. Octavo, pp. original pale pink title wrap, 3 pages ads, folded frontispiece map, title page, 92, 4 pages of ads. & Swineford’s History of the Lake Superior Iron District its Mines and Furnaces. Second Edition, Containing Report for 1870. Mining Journal Office, Marquette, 1871.  Octavo, pp. 98. 8 pages of ads between pages 8 and 9. & Appendix to Swineford’s History of the Lake Superior Iron District, being a review of its Mines and Furnaces for 1873. Mining Journal Office, Marquette, 1873. Octavo, pp. pale tan title wraps, 3 pages ads, 80, 2 pages ads, text figures. & The Menominee Iron Range. History of its Mines-When and by Whom Discovered-Their Present Condition and Future Prospects. Mining Journal Office, Marquette, 1890. Octavo, pp. original tan title wraps, (rebacked), 56 (including ads).

 These rare works are complete with each bound in an archival folder. Diamond shaped book plate of the AIME on inside of covers, and owner’s stamp of Olof Wenstrom, Marquette on one cover. Over all in very good condition.


Alfred P. Swineford (1836-1909), author of several of the texts, represented the Marquette District in the Michigan state House in the early 1870s. He subsequently moved to Alaska, where he served as inspector general of the U.S. Land Office and territorial governor. Swineford was trained in his youth as a printer and would remain involved in the field throughout his life, co-founding THE MINING JOURNAL of Marquette in 1873 and later publishing similar periodicals in Alaska. SWINEFORD'S HISTORY... and the accompanying appendices cover a wealth of information regarding the mining region of Lake Superior's south shore, providing a detailed survey of mining, geology, commerce, and industry in the area. Swineford’s works provides an important compendium of rarely seen information relating to the early era of mining in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.