New York: The Century Co., 1912. Near Fine. First Edition, 2nd Printing. [April 1912] [8.25x5.75in]; x, 284 pp., 8 plate images including frontispiece of Yosemite Fall, 2 large folding and 1 fold out maps, appendices and index; Dark green-black cloth covers with gilt lettering and Sequoia tree color illustration on spine, gilt lettering and color illustration of Mirror Lake and Mt. Watkins on front, all edges trimmed; Minor shelf wear to covers edges and corners, light rubbing to gilt on front and spine, light offset to front end paper from laid in 1950 newspaper clipping of a Yosemite Fire-Fall poem by Patricia Law, 11-2-50. [Kimes 308]. Item #13863
John Muir (1838-1914) was a well-known naturalist, preservationist, author, founder of the Sierra Club. His writings and advocacy to Congress led to establish Yosemite as a National Park in 1890, but, unlike Yellowstone, under California State control. Over the next decade, Muir founded the Sierra Club to promote environmental protections to wilderness areas, wrote several books on his travels and developed influence with government and business leaders. In 1903, on a trip to Yosemite with President Theodore Roosevelt, he described the State's mismanagement and exploitation of the National Park an pressed for Federal control, and in 1905 Yosemite was expanded and placed under the control of the Department of Interior.
This book was urged by Robert Underwood Johnson, a friend and editor of the Century Publishing company, as a guidebook of Yosemite. Several of the book chapters include writing from earlier periodical articles and book publications of Muir. As a guidebook, it was appropriate to pull from earlier writings to best describe Yosemite and provide the tourists information to make their trip educational and enjoyable.