San Francisco: The Sierra Club; 1930; First Edition, Limited to 1500 copies [reprint of 1875 edition] [printed by Taylor & Taylor ] [6x8.5”]; Blue-gray paper boards with light tan cloth spine and paper label, fore and bottom edges untrimmed; plain paper dust jacket with repeat of label printed on spine, as issued;, x, , 152 pp., , five images, including frontispiece and facsimile of original 1875 title page; Paper boards slightly faded, corners bumped, minor shelf soiling to top of text block, top of spine has small unraveling and top front cover inside edge at spine shows signs of nibbling, ink inscription to prior owner on front endpaper; Dust wrapper has typical shelf wear at edges and loss of 4 inches of bottom of spine with no loss to slightly darken spine printing; Cover and text in very good condition and dust wrapper in good condition given the quality of paper. Item #13024
Joseph Le Conte [1823-1901] arrived in Berkeley in 1869 as a Professor of geology, natural history and botany with the newly established University of California. In 1870, he was invited by several students to join them on a four week camping trip to Yosemite and the High Sierra. This trip was his first visit to Yosemite, which began a lifetime love affair with preserving the Valley. While John Muir is more closely associated with promoting the establishment of national parks, Le Conte was instrumental in laying the foundations for the Yosemite National Park in 1890. He co-founded the Sierra Club with John Muir. He died in Yosemite of a heart attack in 1901.