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Muir, John
The Writings of John Muir (Manuscript Edition in 10 vols)
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916 - 1924. First edition. A lovely, Near Fine set of Muir's works with an original manuscript page bound into the first volume. Number 430 of 750 numbered sets. Bound in the publisher's cloth binding with labels to spine; some sunning to spines. Top edges uncut. Complete with all text, maps and plates, including the large fold-out map of Yosemite in volume 2. One of America's most important naturalists and preservationist - and a monumental figure in both the history of the environmental movement and the state of California. Muir not only founded the Sierra Club, but was instrumental in the establishment of both Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. Though Muir is known chiefly as an American figure, he was born in Scotland - and came over as a boy when his family immigrated to the Midwest. Muir maintained an interest in spirituality and nature from his youth. Indeed, he explored the American wilderness extensively after he finished college, walking at one point over 1000 miles from Kentucky to Florida. Eventually he would settle in Northern California, where he would make his most significant impact, exploring the Sierras and Yosemite. "He knew the mountains and forests of the West as they are known only to one who has dwelt in loneliness among them, hardened his body and nourished his soul in their splendorous solitudes" (New York Times). Near Fine. Near Fine.
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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