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THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA - Muir, John - 1894. 
The Century Co., New York 1894 - Octavo, pp. [i-viii] ix [x] xi-xiii [xiv-xvi],  2-381 [382: blank [note: the blank leaf preceding the half title leaf was excised by the binder], frontispiece, 51 illustrations, 2 maps, original pictorial olive-green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in green and gold, t.e.g., fore-edge rough trimmed, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. The copies first printed, not necessarily the copies first circulated, have folio 1 below the text on page ; this copy lacks it. For his first book Muir selected and carefully revised articles which had appeared between 1875 and 1882 in several magazines and a newspaper. These selections, which represented much of his finest writing of the period, were prefaced by a new essay on the Sierra Nevada to provide an introduction to the detailed sketches which followed and a framework for his selections. The result was an enduring Sierra Nevada classic. "More books came from Muir's pen," writes Lawrence Clark Powell in California Classics . ( 1971), "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." THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA met with immediate and far-reaching success. Muir's biographer, Linnie Marsh Wolfe (Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945), p. 268) summarizes its impact: "It rallied and solidified the conservation sentiment of the entire nation, leading directly to a new upsurge of determination to preserve the forests." BAL 14746. Zamarano 80 #56. Mild rubbing to cloth at upper edge of front joint, a bright, nearly fine copy. (#154933) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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