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IN THE HEART OF THE SIERRAS THE YOSEMITE VALLEY BOTH HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE... J.M. Hutchings 1886 1st ed 1st state Hardcover Near Fine
By Hutchings, J.M.
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California, 1886, 1st edition, 1st state. 496 pp, 152 b/w ills. Thick hardcover with original green cloth decorated with gold letters on spine and pictorial cover. TEG. Two small flaws on spine, internally fine, no writing, binding tight, slight edge rubbing. Near Fine. Tipped in on the last endpaper is a flyer from Bernard's Hotel and Cottages in Yosemite Valley.

Full Title: In the Heart of the Sierras. The Yo Semite Valley, Both Historical and Descriptive: and Scenes by the Way. Big Tree Groves. The High Sierra, with its Magnificent Scenery, Ancient and Modern Glaciers, and Other Objects of Interest; with Tables of Distances and Altitudes, Maps, Etc.

First state points observed: Photo of Hutchings is a photo-typo. Map says "By permission from..." Below is the image of the wagon with no person in it, and the cabin with no leanto.



One of the classic works on the Yosemite Valley and the Big Trees of Mariposa County, providing 'more fully than any other work of its day' information for the general reader. Hutchings, who styled himself 'of Yo Semite,' knew his subject better than any of his contemporaries, and his writings were both authoritative and quite readable. 

J.M. Hutchings (1820-1902), was a pioneer of the tourist industry in Yosemite. He was one of the first to visit there in winter and was Guardian to the Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove between 1880 and 1884. According to Farquhar, In the Heart of the Sierras was Hutchings' crown publishing achievement and "...contains a great deal more than an account of Hutchings' personal experiences; it covers more fully than any other work of its day every aspect of Yosemite Valley and the Big Trees that could by considered of general interest to visitors." 

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