THE WRITINGS OF JOHN MUIR. MANUSCRIPT EDITION. Vol. 1 - The Story of My Boyhood and Youth & A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf; Vol. 2 - My First Summer in the Sierra; Vol. 3 - Travels in Alaska; Vol. 4 - The Mountains of California (vol. I); Vol. 5 - The Mountains of California (vol. II); Vol. 6 - Our National Parks; Vol. 7 - The Cruise of the Corwin; Vol. 8 - Steep Trails.

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Place Published: Boston and NY
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Date Published:
Edition: First edition thus, limited to 750 copies, this #242
Condition: Spines slightly faded, minor scuffs to cover cloth, else very good.
Book Id: 20770


8 volumes; original pale green buckram cloth with gilt-stamped brown leather spine labels; each volume illustrated with photogravure and halftone plates. Maps, including large folding map in vol. 5. Portion of a leaf of Muir's original manuscript mounted to blank leaf following half-title. Volumes 9 & 10 - The Life and Letters of John Muir (edited by William Frederic Bade), which were published in 1923 (vol. 9) and 1924 (vol. 10) are not present.


The manuscript leaf contains 6 lines in Muir's own hand from his original manuscript of "The Mountains of California: " . . . breaking. Then comes a belt of broad leafed sedges interrupted here & there by impenetrable tangles of tall willows. Beyond this rise groves of trembling aspens. Then a dark shadowy forest [excised] belt of the Two-leafed Pine, with here & there a round carex meadow ensconced . . ." (from Chapter VI; "The Glacier Lakes, Shadow Lake, p. 127, this edition). The "Manuscript Edition" was sold by subscription; the first 6 volumes were published in 1916, volumes 7 & 8 in 1918, volumes 9 in 1923, and volume 10 in 1924. Publication of the last 2 volumes was delayed by WWI. Each volume with limitation statement and hand-numbering on copyright page. BAL 14774; Kimes 341.

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