During the late 19th century, skiing was a rare sport in the Northeast. Except in a few towns settled heavily by Scandinavians — such as Berlin, New Hampshire, and New Sweden, Maine — skiing was hardly known. Yet one of Portland’s citizens, a 48-year-old cabinetmaker and shipwright named Theodore A. Johnsen, was about to make history in 1905 by writing the first American ski book. This faithful reprint contains a new introduction and an added chapter entitled “The Story Behind The Winter Sport of Skiing,” by Glenn Parkinson, past president of the Ski Museum of Maine. The book is filled with interesting illustrations on “How to Skee,” as well as photos of the Johnsen Company’s Tajco Sporting Goods products. 70 pages, softcover.