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MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA Clarence King 1872 1st UK ed Hardcover Fine
By King, Clarence
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Boston, James R. Osgood and Company, 1872, 1st edition. 292 pp. TEG. Original green cloth hardcover in Fine condition, cover cloth and spine lettering is bright, no edge wear, and no edge or corner bumps. Page are bright and other than a former owner's name neatly written in in pencil on a second blank front end paper, the book is Fine inside and out. The nicest copy we have had in over ten years. 

THE classic of American mountaineering, and the first book written in America on American mountaineering. After 150 years it still makes a good read. King, Whitney and others made many first ascents in the Sierra Nevada and produced the first accurate survey of the range.
 
A bona fide classic, Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada is still exciting reading. It describes the perils and pleasures experienced by Clarence King (18421901) while conducting the first geological survey of California in the 1860s, as aprt of the Whitney Survey. His language was equal to the marvels he found, and here with unfading brilliance are his accounts of scaling such mountains as Tyndall, Shasta, and Whitney. The chapters on the Yosemite Valley and surrounding High Sierras were written while he was surveying the boundaries of a newly designated national park. There are also delightful vignettes of western characters, including a Sierra artist and a family of Pike County hog farmers.

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