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.