New York: New York Graphic Society, 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. 12 x 15 inches, oblong. 116 plates. First printing, signed by Adams on a bookplate (one of a special edition prepared for Time/Life subscribers) affixed to the front free endpaper. Edges of boards are slightly sunned, else a fine copy. Dust jacket has one closed tear to the lower corner of the front panel. Includes many of Adams' most beloved (and oft-reproduced) images of Yosemite. Signed by Author(s).
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Redwood City, CA: 5 Associates, 1970. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Folio. 95 pp., illustrated with more than 30 of Adams' photographs, most full page. Dust jacket has small chips, short closed tears, light soil to rear panel. Newhall's text provides a history of the area, covering the flora and fauna, native populations, fur traders, exploring expeditions, and formation of the National Parks. Also includes a short bibliography and a one-page essay by Adams on "Photographing in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks."
Yosemite Park and Currey Company, 1936. First Edition. Soft cover. Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Stapled binding, 8.5 x 12 in, in pictorial wrappers. Unpaginated, but 50 pp, with one color and many black and white photographs by Adams. An exceptionally fine copy in the original textured glassine dust jacket, which has some small chips to the top edge and a short tear to the rear fold. Adams worked as a photographer for the Park's official concessionaire, the Yosemite Park and Curry Company, during the first half of the 1930s. That relationship came to an end with the publication of this book, which Adams knew nothing about until he saw it for sale in a gift shop.
Longmire, WA: Mount Rainier National Park Natural History Association, 1952. Soft cover. Near fine. Second revision; first published in 1940. Stapled binding. 63 pp, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Clean, tight, and unmarked, with slight cover wear. Covers the exploration and settlement of the Lower Puget Sound regions, the development of Mount Rainier National Park, early and noted ascents of Mount Rainier, and scientific research in the Park.
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1912. First Edition. Soft cover. Near Fine. House of Representative Document No. 328. 62nd Congress, second session. Stapled pamphlet, 16 pp, with 1 folding map (approx. 12 x 16 in., showing the location of the proposed roads and trails) and 1 folding plan (approx. 11 x 23 in., showing the proposed roads in profile). Includes brief account of the current state of transportation routes to and within the park, indicating that the park was still quite remote and difficult to access at this time, with only "crude and simple" roads and trails within its boundaries. This is followed by a detailed proposal for the construction of roads, with mile-by-mile cost estimates. Concludes with an assertion of the worthiness of the project, as "it is doubtful if any view existing in the world today is as impressive and at the same time as beautiful as the view of this lake from the rim." Number in colored pencil on front cover, minor shelfwear, else a fine copy. Uncommon, and very useful for study of the park's development.
Washington, D.C. United States Senate, 1974. First Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. 35 pp, 7.25 x 11 inches, stapled binding. Light creasing, spotting, and one tear to first page/front cover, otherwise little wear. Proposal for the creation, boundaries, and administration of a new national park in Alaska's Central Brooks Range, based not only on the area's wild beauty, but also the "unequalled historic sites of man's early Arctic occupancy and significant current Eskimo cultural importance." In keeping with the provisions of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA), the bill provided for the joint management (with the Nunamiut Corporation and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation) of wilderness areas designated as "native subsistence use areas." The bill was not passed in this form, but it was a precursor to the ultimate establishment of Gates of the Arctic National Park in 1980.
Washington, D.C. United States Government Printing Office, 1928. Soft cover. Very Good. 63 pp, in original stapled wrappers. Illustrated with b/w photos by T.J. Hileman and Fred Keyser, diagrams, four maps (one folding). Light dust soiling, chipping to head of spine. Provides an overview of the Park's geology and topgraphy ("in ruggedness and sheer grandeur it probably surpasses the alps"), information on reaching the park by rail and automobile; how to dress ("as a rule, tourists carry too much"); and descriptions of lodging and amenities, including prices for hotels and chalets, local transportation, and tours.
New York: George H. Doran, 1917. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 263 pp, indexed, illustrated from photographs; map endpapers. Original green cloth boards lettered in gilt, with mounted illustration on front board.No dust jacket. Inscribed by Katharine Bemis and dated in the year of publication on the front free endpaper. Light rubbing to corners, spine ends, spine slightly sunned, paper over front hinge cracked. Otherwise sound and clean. The authors traveled extensively by horseback in the Park's backcountry before writing first full-length guide to Glacier (which became a National Park in 1910), with information on lodging, trails and roads, lakes and glaciers, wildlflowers, and local Blackfoot history and lore. There is also a rather amusing chapter on "Types of Tourists."
New York: Doubleday Doran, 1942. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Good dust jacket. 304 pp, bound in ivory cloth. Slight wear/dust soil to bottom edge of boards, else fine. Dust jacket chipped at the corners, with some spots of abrasion and a few short tears. Set against the backdrop of the Grand Canyon, this is a futuristic "cautionary tale" in which Germany has defeated England in World War II and now has its sights set on the United States. The main characters lead hotel guests to the bottom of the canyon, where they lead an idyllic life until the bombs begin to fall.
Printed by Rand McNally for the Santa Fe Railway. Soft cover. Very Good. 40 pp, in stapled color pictorial wrappers, extensively illustrated with b/w photos, folding map of the Granite Gorge Section at rear. Undated, but with a copyright of 1910 on the rear cover, and probably from about that date. Light edgewear, small tear at base of spine, small tear to one page, no markings. Includes geographic and geological description, history of exploration of the canyon, mention of the prehistoric and native inhabitants, praise for the area from "noted Americans," and information for the tourist on how to reach the Canyon (by the Santa Fe Railroad, of course), local towns, lodging, trails, tours, day trips, etc. C.A. Higgins was in charge of advertising for the Santa Fe Railroad and produced a succession of pamphlets on the Grand Canyon that, according to Farquhar (59, 60) "combined good literary quality with well chosen and well executed illustrations."
Passenger Department of the Santa Fe, 1906. Hardcover. Near Fine. Second edition (first published 1902).129 pp, in pictorial boards. One pale stain to front board, a few small rubbed spots. Internally fine. Included is the original cardboard mailing box, labeled as coming from A.T. & S.F. Ry. Railway Exchange, Chicago. Many b/w photographs, color map. An anthology of appreciative essays on the canyon from a variety of perspectives (artistic, geological, etc), with several pages of tourist information provided at the end. "Several of the articles were written especially for this publication, namely those by Powell, Lummis, Stanton, Hamlin Garland, Thomas Moran; others are excerpts from books and magazine articles" (Farquhar 61). Other contributors include J.L. Stoddard, William Allen White, Harriet Monroe, David Starr Jordan, and Charles Dudley Warner.
Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good in a Good dust jacket. Small 8vo 7" - 8" tall. 265 pp, with index, illustrations (author's photographs) and folding map. Pictorial green cloth; lettering stamped in gilt. Pale dampstain visible on top edge and gutter, not affecting illustrations or print. Offsetting to title page and following page. In the scarce original dust jacket, which is missing sizeable chips at the spine ends and has been extensively reinforced with archival tape. An early guide book that, while now outdated, "provides interesting comparisons of the trail trips with those of today. James was thoroughly familiar with the history and lore of the region, and in some instances--notably the boat trips of Loper, Russell, and Monett, he furnishes data for later historians" (Farquhar 65).
Chicago: Rand McNally & Co, Printers and Engravers, 1913. Soft cover. Near Fine.  pp, 6 x 6.5 inches, stapled binding, folded once vertically. Many b/w photos (most credited to Fred Harvey, including two-page panorama of the Canyon), two maps. According to the Introduction, "this pamphlet tells the visitor how to see the Grand Canyon. It suggests the best method of conveyance, briefly describes the scenery on the various trails and drives, and gives necessary information about camping trips." Includes details and prices for a variety of guided tours, noting that "ladies' divided skirts, gentleman's overalls, linen dusters, hats, etc for the trails and drives are rented at reasonable prices." Light rubbing at the fold, else fine.
Knoxville, TN: J.L. Caton, 1937. Soft cover. Very Good.  pp. 8.5 x 11 inches, stapled. Lightly rumpled from handling, vertical crease from folding, price handwritten on cover. Brochure promoting the Park as "a national playground" of unsurpassed beauty, whose attractions can all be reached "by paved motor roads or by Grade-A U.S. Government horseback and walking trails." Includes history of the Park (which was still expanding at the time of publication), description and photographs of the park's natural features, birds, and wildflowers; a map with suggested routes for motorists, and short section on the Cherokee Indians.
Knoxville, TN: Great Smoky Mountains Publishing Company, 1928. Soft cover. Near Fine. 8 x 11 inches,  pp, in original pictorial wrappers. Mild edgewear to wraps, else fine. Early souvenir view book (the Park was established in 1926), copiously illustrated with b/w photographs of the park and its attractions, historical events and individuals related to the park, and nearby lodging, attractions, and institutions, accompanied by descriptive text.
Louisville, KY and New York: C.G. Darnall/The Albertype Co., 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Souvenir view book with Introduction and 16 views, each with a page of text opposite., 5.25 x 7 inches, oblong. String-tied pictorial cloth boards. Light edgewear, one view damaged at the corner, else very good. On the verso of the front free endpaper is written "Mr. + Mrs. Henry C. Higgins and Mrs. Thomas Higgins visited Mammoth Cave on their way home from Florida in the year 1892 and stayed in the Mammoth Cave Hotel and [illegible] this book when there." Views include the Mammoth Cave Hotel, mouth of the cave, saltpetre vats, water pipes used in 1812-14, the Bridal Altar, the Old Arm Chair, Martha Washington's Statue, the Bridge of Sighs, Star Chamber, the Echo River, etc.
Louisville, KY: Standard Printing Company, 1924. First Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. Illustrated wrappers (issued simultaneously in hardcover). 153 pp plus index and 4 pp ads; many b/w photos, two folding maps of the cave system. Minor handling wear, owner's name on front endpaper, pages tanned. Introduction by N.C. Nelson of the American Museum of Natural History. Offers a nice overview of both the cave's geology and its extensive human history. Mammoth Cave was not made a national park until 1941, but it had been explored and used (as a saltpeter mine and a tourist attraction) throughout tje nineteenth century, and its interest as a scientific and archaeological site was well known. Rouse's bibliography lists 96 titles.
Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1923. Hardcover. Very Good. 199 pp, illustrated with b/w photos of the parks and national monuments. Bound in limp brown pebbled leather stamped in gilt, with marbled endpapers. Leather edgeworn, chip to foot of spine. Tight binding, no markings. Offers a comprehensive overview (descriptive and statistical) of the state of each of the country's 19 National Parks which, according to Mather, are "our antidote for national restlessness. They emphasize that there is within our mode of government something that looks beyond the merely materialistic and political and endeavors to furnish a means of rational national recreation to its people, through which they may be more firmly bound to another and to our system of government." He goes on to write of the great need for new roads to accommodate motor traffic and to detail plans for expansion of the park system. This was the personal copy of Colonel Ed Fletcher, with his name stamped on the front cover. Colonel Fletcher (1872-1955) was an automobile enthusiast and a prominent developer of land, water resources, and roads in early twentieth century San Diego.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. Near Fine. Early printing, with no date on title page, slightly enlarged from the first edition. Kimes (237) suggests a 1909 date for this printing, based on dated footnotes on pages 12 and 27. 382 pp, indexed, illustrated with 11 plates from photographs and a map showing the locations and extent of Forest Reserves and National Parks in the Western United States. An lovely copy, with very mild bumping to the corners. Gilt lettering and design remain bright, binding tight and square. A collection of Muir's essays from the Atlantic Monthly, explicitly intended to increase public awareness of the value and beauty of the National Parks and thus the necessity of preserving them from development. BAL 14752.
San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club, 1914. First Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. 17-page article with a map a 6 b/w plates, part of a single issue of the Sierra Club Bulletin. Edges chipped, "Mountaineers" stamps on cover and first page; else clean. Describes a 1913 hiking expedition made by 102 members of the Mountaineers hiking club up the Elwha River, across Low Divide and down the Quinault watershed. Founded in 1906, the Mountaineers played a primary role in opening the interior of the Olympics to recreational hiking. Starting in 1907, they made repeated summer outings, working cooperatively with the Forest Service to build trails. Following the expedition described here, the club resolved "to investigate the matter of the construction of club lodges and mountain shelters." Theodore Roosevelt had declared the area around Mount Olympus a National Monument in 1909; an expanded Olympic National Park was created in 1938. This issue also includes Leconte's article "Scambles About Yosemite," which recounts five weeks spent hiking and climbing, including some previously unexplored routes.
1915. Soft cover. Very Good+. Photograph album, 7 x 10.5 inches, in black cloth, with 164 mounted snapshots, each measuring 3.5 x 4.25 inches, and each with a caption on the back identifying the location and date. Minimal external wear, a few pages with photos missing. The record of a trip by the families of J.C. Roulette, Edmund S. Dickey, and Henry L. Baker of Maryland, traveling together to represent their state at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Locales visited include Albuquerque, the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Francisco, Seattle, the Columbia River Highway, Multnomah Falls, and Yellowstone National Park. Shots include a nice mixture of landscapes, historic buildings (Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas, NM; Custom House, Monterey; Mormon Temple and Grounds, Salt Lake City; Chanticleer Inn, Columbia River Hwy; Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone) and candid photos of people horseback riding, hiking, boating etc. The Yellowstone photos document a stage trip, then one of the most popular ways of touring the park.
1931. Soft cover. Very Good. 10" x 13" photograph album, 25 leaves with 198 mounted photographs, many captioned in a neat hand, and an additional 24 leaves unused. Alligator skin binding, string-tied. Moderate edgewear and what appears to be charring to the front; internals fine. Approximately 60 of the photos were taken in Yellowstone National Park. Other locales include Hot Springs, SD; Wind Cave National Park; the Black Hills; Devil's Tower; Grand Teton National Park; the Big Horn Mountains (WY); Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake; Rocky Mountain National Park; and Denver. Primarily depicting natural features and treacherous roads, but with some images of the travelers in camp, posing with the day's catch, on a sunny rock, or in front of road/elevation signs, and just a few cityscapes (Salt Lake, Denver). Many disconcertingly close up pictures of bears in Yellowstone.
Longmire, WA: Mount Rainier National Park Natural History Association, 1952. Soft cover. Very Good. Second revision; first published in 1940. Stapled binding. 63 pp, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Mild wear to wrappers, no markings. Covers the exploration and settlement of the Lower Puget Sound regions, the development of Mount Rainier National Park, early and noted ascents of Mount Rainier, and scientific research in the Park.
Denver, CO: Outdoor Life Publishing, 1905. First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. 105 pp, plus index and 6 pp ads for Estes Park lodging and transport. Original green cloth boards with white lettering/mountain vignette. Some staining to front board, rubbing to extremities. Brief contemporary gift inscription on front endpaper. Illustrated with b/w photos, but NO map at rear. Includes history of Estes Park, anecdotes about notable residents, description of the area's wildlife and wildflowers, table of altitudes for the local peaks, distances to lodging and natural features, things to do and see, attractions for children, etc. Mills was one of the primary advocates for the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park, and this is one of the earliest histories of the region.