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A JOURNAL OF RAMBLINGS THROUGH THE HIGH SIERRA OF CALIFORNIA BY THE UNIVERSITY EXCURSION PARTY Joseph Le Conte 1930 Hardcover Near Fine
By Le Conte, Joseph
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San Francisco, Sierra Club, 1930. 152 pp, 3 b/w photos. This edition was limited to 1500 copies. Hardcover with minor discoloration to cover. Fine.

A description of the University Excursion Party in 1870 who traversed Yosemite and the Sierra; a delightful book. 
Foreword by Francis P. Farquhar.
 
The first edition of 1875 was only about 120 copies, so it is exceedingly scarce. A small reprint was made in 1900, and many were destroyed on the 1906 SF earthquake. This is the first edition that is normally obtainable.
 
Illustrated with ten photographs and a facsimile of the title page of the 1875 first edition. San Francisco: The Sierra Club, 1960. First edition thus, limited to 2,500 copies. Classic account of a camping trip in the High Sierras undertaken by University of California professor of geology and history Joseph LeConte in July and August 1870, accompanied by Professor Frank Soule, Jr. and eight members of the student body. This was Le Conte's first trip to the Yosemite region, to be followed by ten more over the next thirty years.
 
In July and August, 1870, Le Conte, a professor of geology and natural history at the newly-formed University of California, spent six weeks roaming Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada with a colleague, Frank Soule, and eight undergraduates. Five years later he published his journal of the expedition, with some interesting later additions.
 
As Le Conte wrote in his memoirs, 'I never enjoyed anything so much in my life'; and the robust joy of their experiences comes across wonderfully in the text and photographs of this work, which is assuredly one of the classics of Yosemite and California travel literature. They even spent a good deal of time with John Muir. Eight of the excellent photographs were made in the mountains, while the ninth depicts Montgomery Street in San Francisco, where the group split up. This image includes a fine view of the important Bradley and Rulofson photographic establishment.

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