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Muir, John
Steep Trails.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918. First edition of this collection of two dozen of Muir's essays documenting his travels throughout the American West between 1873 and 1902. Octavo, original gray cloth lettered in white, pictorial cover label, top edge gilt. Illustrated with 12 plates. Edited by William Frederic Bade. In fine condition. Laid in is an original manuscript leaf from Muir's "My First Summer in the Sierra" which reads, "...out their immense arms in what would seem most extravagant gestures, there is a majesty& repose about them that precludes all possibility of the grotesque, or even picturesque, in their general expression. The main branches..." In fine condition. Originally published in 1918, this brilliant collection of letters and magazine articles spans nearly thirty years of Muir's writing. Here is Muir caught in a snowstorm below the peak of Mount Shasta; interviewing the one remaining miner in a Nevada ghost town; bathing "clean as a saint" in the Great Salt Lake, and sparring with Mormon elders; exploring the forests of Puget Sound, and climbing Mount Rainier; peering into the Grand Canyon, "a collection of stone books covering thousands of miles of shelving, tier on tier." "Muir's writing has survived for a century because he was not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. He didn't hunt or fish in the wilderness, sell trees or snag nuggets, and thus in a sense he has only been freshened for us by the passage of time" (Edward Hoagland). Kimes 351; BAL 14777. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books [United States]
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