Item #13994 The Mountains of California. John Muir.
The Mountains of California
The Mountains of California
The Mountains of California
The Mountains of California
The Mountains of California
The Mountains of California
The Mountains of California
The Mountains of California

The Mountains of California

New York: The Century Co., 1894. Very Good. First Edition, 1st Printing. [7.75x5.5in]; [xvi], [3], 381 pp., frontispiece illustration of "Hoofed Locusts", 50 half-toned illustrations (full page and in text), 2 maps; Original tan linen covers with gilt lettering on front and spine, gilt and green ink oval illustration of mountains and rising sun bordered in gilt and pine/sequoia cones on front, and illustrations of cones, mountain sheep and bee on spine, top edge gilt, fore edge untrimmed; Some shelf wear to covers, edges, corners and text block,soiling and spots on covers with faint and dark ink stain spots on back cover, darken spine, bright gilt, contemporary ink splattering to bottom text, edges and corners, small nicks to fore edges and and lower corner, occasional light ink spots and marks in text. [Kimes 189, Curry Kruska 258, BAL 14746, Zamorano 80 #56]. Item #13994

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.

The Mountains of California was Muir's first book. The first chapter, "Sierra Nevada" that provides an introduction to California and context to the other chapters. The following chapters were from revised articles that appeared in several magazines and a newspaper between 1875 and 1882. From Lawrence Clark Powell's California Classics, "More books came from Muir's pen but none has the power, the style, and the charm of his first ... It is one man's testament to the glory of the Sierra Nevada, that radiant Range of Light. By the act of reading, book and range become ours. Such is the power of a classic."

In the 1890's, the exploitation of the West's resources and use of Federal lands was a concern for conservationist (current environmentalist). Muir's many articles and this book had a significant impact on the public and policy makers to expand protection, conservation, and preservation of forests and public lands. Along with Muir's second book, Our National Parks, 1901, his efforts to influence Presidents and generate public support have created National park system the United States and other countries have today.

Price: $850.00

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