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MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA John Muir 1911 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Muir, John
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Boston, 1911, 1st edition. 354 pp, b/w illustrations. Green pictorial hardcover with slight edge wear top and bottom of spine and minor cracks on inside hinges. A very nice copy. Near Fine.

William Kimes, in his superb bibliography of Muir's works, says, "Muir was 72 years old when he began to prepare the journal of his first summer in the Sierra for publication. With the skillful editing of his mature years, he retains the refreshing spontaneity and enthusiasm of his youthful experiences and observations, interspersed as they are with his lyrical and oft-times mystical reflections. Thus, this book, published near the apex of his career, reaps the competence of age while capturing the essence of youth, and becomes, we believe, his finest book."

John Muir, a young Scottish immigrant, had not yet become the famed conservationist whom he liked to call 'John o' the Mountains' when he first trekked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada not long after the end of the Civil War. Having caught a glimpse of such magical places as Tuolumne Meadows and El Capitan, Muir ached to return, and in the summer of 1869 he signed on with a crew of shepherds and drove a flock of 2,500 woolly critters toward the headwaters of the Merced River.The diary he kept while tending sheep forms the heart of My First Summer in the Sierra; published in 1911, it enticed thousands of Americans to visit the Yosemite country.

The book is full of the concerns Muir would later voice as America's foremost preservationist and wild lands advocate, which would bear fruit in the creation of several national parks and monuments. And it resounds with Muir's nearly pantheistic regard for the natural world: with celebrations of the Sierra's lizards that "dart about on the hot rocks, swift as dragonflies," its mountain lions and tall trees and fierce thunderstorms and bears; with Muir's overarching awe for places that civilization had yet to tame. Though perhaps a little purple by modern standards, Muir's book continues to inspire readers to seek out such places for themselves and make them their own - and as such it stands among the enduring classics of environmental literature


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