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THE STORY OF MY BOYHOOD AND YOUTH John Muir 1938 Very Good
By Muir, John
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Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1938, 17th printing. 294 pp, 10 sketches by the author. In the original green cloth hardcover binding, with black letters on the spine and cover. The book is Ex Lib, from the Groton New Hampshire public library. The inside of the book has a bookplate inside tyhe front, a pocket has been removed from inside the rear cover. No spine mark  a blessing. Otherwise the library did not do too much to the book. Exterior edges and spine have some wear, corners just a touch of rubbing. Overall a Very Good or better copy. 

There are two points that are used on this title to be sure you have a first printing. One is a minor typo error on page 217 that was corrected on later printings. Also the year is 1913 on the title page as well as March 2013 on the copyright page. 

"A fascinating autobiography of John Muir (1838–1914), renowned to the present-day as one of the most famous American naturalists, mountaineers, authors, amateur inventors, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United State. 

"This engrossing and highly personal work tells of his early years in his native Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland. his first forays into the study of nature - and then the 1849 announcement by his father with one day’s notice that the family was emigrating to America. Having been transplanted to the New World at the age of eleven, Muir describes how he helped his family create a new life from raw bush in Wisconsin. 

"When not working as a farm laborer, he self-educated himself and took to inventing all manner of clock and calendar-based devices. At the same time, his interest in the natural world. began to take serious form. At the age of 22, without ever having completed formal schooling, Muir enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. for botany and chemistry. [He] then moved on to what he called the 'university of the wilderness." 

Loosely inserted is a small flyer from Houghton Mifflin advertising another title, Wilderness Pets at Camp Buckshaw by Edward Breck. 

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