Three Rivers, CA: Sequoia Natural History Association, 1990. Soft cover. Near Fine. 37 pp, in stapled wrappers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Minor cover wear, no internal markings. Recounts the trip organized by Mather, recently appointed Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, to expose men of influence (journalists, lawyers, government officials, transportation moguls, etc) to both the scenic grandeur and the poor trail and camping conditions in the southern Sierra, in the hope of bringing increased attention and financing to the National Parks. Surprisingly uncommon.
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Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 1989. Soft cover. Very Good. Later printing. 96 pp. Stories by Williams accompanied by beautiful color photographs taken primarily in Utah's national parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands, as well as the Escalante Wilderness and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Very slight sunning to spine, mild bump to one corner. Inscribed by Williams on the front endpaper "...in the name of these beloved lands..." and dated in 1995. Signed by Author(s).
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1924. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. 229 pp, plus publishers ads, with illustrations by Richard Holberg. Red cloth binding. Corners lightly bumped, else a fine copy, tightly bound and unmarked. Dust jacket is chipped at the corners and spine ends and has a few small tears to the spine. Second book in the Westy Martin Series, which chronicles the exploits of an adventurous Boy Scout and his pals in the American West.
Oregon Short Line, 1910. Soft cover. Near Fine. 8 x 10.25 inches;  pp; stapled wrappers. Light dust soiling to wraps, else minimal wear. A lovely promotional piece, extensively illustrated with Haynes' photographs, many colored, as well as a birdseye topographical view of the park and a two page map showing the routes of the Oregon Short Line, Union Pacific, Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co., and Southern Pacific railroads across the United States. The text describes some of the major attractions of the Park (including the "tame wild animals"--this accompanied by a photo of people hand-feeding a bear from the back of a wagon), provides a timetable of geyser erruptions, and details of accommodations, stage travel, and railroad fares for the 1910 season.
Philadelphia, PA: Curtis Publishing Company, 1904. First Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. Two-page travel narrative published as part of a single 40-page issue of Ladies' Home Journal. 11 x 16 inches, in original wrappers with cover illustration by Frank Guild. Moderate wear to extremities, old label on front cover. By 1904, an ambitious program of road and lodging construction had transformed Yellowstone from a dangerous, wild place into the perfect destination for the genteel tourist. Dale enthusiastically describes a six-day tour via stage (one of many such packages offered), with stops each night at luxury hotels, and along which one could see "a thousand spectacles, any one of which alone would gain a national reputation if it had chanced to be placed in some Eastern state all by itself," and where "people are more sociable and more natural than they are elsewhere in all their lives in any other place."
New York: Scribner & Co., 1872. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 16-page article in bound volume (iv, 764 pp); half-leather over marbled boards. Minor foxing, somewhat musty, else very good. First appearance of this well known Yellowstone survival narrative. Everts, a member of the Washburn/Langford Expedition, became separated from his group and soon lost his pack horse and supplies as well. He spent five weeks alone in the wilderness surviving on thistle (a variety now named Everts Thistle) and staying warm by curling up next to thermal vents at night. When he was finally found, he had both frostbite and burns and weighed only 50 lbs. His widely read account of the ordeal heightened public interest in the Yellowstone area. He was offered the chance to be the first Superintendent of Yellowstone Park, but turned it down due to the lack of a salary.
Yellowstone Park Camps Company, 1926. Soft cover. Very Good. Stapled brochure, 8 x 9 inches, folded once vertically, advertising "Ideal Yellowstone Vacations." Includes interior and exterior photos of the Yellowstone Lake Main Lodge, Canyon Camp, Old Faithful Camp, Sylvan Pass Lodge, Mammoth Camp, and Lake Lodge, as well as lovely color illustrations of people touring the Park. The Yellowstone Park Camps Company played a major role in making Yellowstone an affordable family vacation destination by constructing rustic lodges and campgrounds with canvas-covered units, showers, bathrooms, and recreation halls. This brochure provides tour package prices for the 1926 season and tourist information on amenities (swimming pools, medical attendance, camp shops, mail, fishing, guide service), what to wear, etc. Some rubbing to the folds, otherwise little wear.
Printed by H.S. Crocker Offset, 1929. Soft cover. Near Fine. Dinner menu from the Ahwahnee Hotel restaurant. 4 pp on one leaf of cardstock, 4.25 x 5.25 inches. A few small stains at the fore edge of the front panel, else fine. Cover illustration of the hotel in the shadow of Half Dome by Gunnar Widforss. Facing the menu is a page of text on Winter Sports in Yosemite ("Ice carnivals, moonlight sleigh rides, ski-joring, exhibition ski jumping, ice hockey, gymkhanas, exciting rides on 'ash-can alley' fill the time of the winter visitor").
Yosemite National Park, CA: Yosemite Association, 1997. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Fine dust jacket. #94 of a limited edition of 200 numbered copies signed by the author and by the illustrator. Prospectus for the book and flier advertising original paintings from the book laid in. A fine copy but for a mild ripple to the front free endpaper (probably a result of the limitation bookplate being affixed to the page). House in a green cardboard slipcase with an illustration mounted on one side. Slipcase has minor scuffing to the blank side. Tale of two bear cubs who must be rescued by the other animals of Yosemite Valley after they climb too high on a granite ledge. Signed by Author(s).
Yosemite Valley, CA: Nelson L. Salter, 1910. First Edition. Soft cover. Very Good+. pp. xix, 108 + (10) ads, in original wrappers, with 21 plates from photographs by George Fiske. Light abrasion, some soiling to the rear cover, otherwise minimal wear. Clark played a significant early role in the preservation of Yosemite Valley, serving as the Park's first Guardian, under first State and then Federal authority (1864-1880; 1889-1896). He was one of the first white men to see the big trees of Mariposa Grove, and dedicated much of his life to promoting and preserving them. The present volume was sent to press just two weeks before he died at the age of 96. It is a general history and guidebook, offering a short history of exploration in the area, commentary on all the major features, lists and descriptions of flowers and trees, and practical hints for visitors.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1921. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 347 pp, with index, illustrations, folding map of the park. Pictorial green cloth binding. Corners rubbed, spine slightly toned, minor foxing, minor soil to rear board. Binding tight and square. Inscribed by Hall on the front free endpaper and dated in 1922 in the Yosemite Valley. Includes articles on the history of the region, the history and administration of the park, geology, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, insects, trees, and flowers, as well as recreational opportunities (camping, mountaineering, motoring, photography). Hall was Yosemite's first official Park Naturalist. Signed by Author(s).
New York and San Francisco: A. Roman and Company, 1870. First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. Revised edition. pp 292 +4 (ads), 104 engravings. Original green cloth, gilt lettering. Corners rubbed, boards lightly scuffed, cloth chipped at spine ends, minor foxing. Bookplate of businessman, socialite, and art collector James Hazen Hyde on the front pastedown, private library stamp on rear pastedown (no other such markings). Hutchings was one of the most dedicated and energetic promoters of California and particularly the Yosemite Valley--first via the Hutchings California Magazine and then in his books. He and his wife ran the Hutchings House hotel in Yosemite from 1864-74, and from 1880-84 Hutchings served as Guardian of the Park (then owned by the State of California). This was the first work to describe the Yosemite area in detail. The first edition appeared in 1860.