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YOSEMITE TRAILS: CAMP AND PACK TRAIN IN THE YOSEMITE J. Smeaton Chase 1911 1st ed Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By Chase, J. Smeaton
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Boston, 1911, 1st edition. 354 pp, b/w photos. Blue cloth pictorial hardcover with slight edge wear. Near Fine.

When Yosemite was discovered by white men in the late 19th century, it immediately became one of the greatest natural wonders of the new world, like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. Visitors came from all over America and the world just to gaze at it, as they do now. 

The giant rock features of El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, and the waterfalls, were looked at like a sacristy in a larger temple. This is one of the nicest early Yosemite books, written as both a guidebook and celebration for visitors. The book includes illustrations of Half-Dome, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley, The Sentinel, Cathedral Park, Mountain Meadow in the Forest Belt, The Great Sequoias, El Capitan, The Hetch-Hetchy, Rush Creek, Mount Lyell, etc.

J. Smeaton Chase (8 April 1864 29 March 1923) was an English-born American author, traveler and photographer. Joseph Smeaton Chase has become an integral part of California literature: revered for his poignant descriptions of California landscapes. An Englishman who toured the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in 1915 with his burro, Mesquit, Chase published poetic diary entries detailing his escapades through the Sierra Nevada mountains and California desert.


He arrived in Southern California in 1890, although information surrounding his motive for doing so is sparse. It is known, however, that he lived on a mountainside and managed to obtain a job tutoring a wealthy rancher's children in the San Gabriel Valley. Chase was drawn to the plants, animals, and Spanish-speaking individuals who resided in California. 

Subsequently, in 1910 he took a trip with local painter Carl Eytel, travelling on horseback from Los Angeles to Laguna and then down to San Diego. Chase journeyed through the uncouth California land and detailed his escapades in his book California Desert Trails. He was passionate that the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains be preserved as a national park. Chase's books appeals to readers who appreciate the unspoiled west and California history. (Wikipedia)




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