Muir, John - THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA
The Century Co., New York, 1894, First American Edition. Octavo hardcover, mountain scene gilt decorated cover, black lettering on original tan cloth. Illustrated from preliminary sketches and photographs furnished by the author. 381 pages, Frontispiece, map and 51 other B&W illustrations. John Muir was an influential Scottish American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada, have been read by millions. His activism has helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and many other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile John Muir Trail, a hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honour. In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite National Park. A spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings has inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen to become involved in conservation. Rare near-fine copy of First Edition, a clean and bright collector's item. No DJ, VG+ to Near Fine.