Boston, MA:: Houghton Mifflin and Co., 1. 6-1924. hardcover. ¶ THE MOST DELUXE VERSION OF THE LIMITED EDITION, WITH TEN MANUSCRIPT. SPECIMENS BY JOHN MUIR AND EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL. PHOTOGRAPHS. Ten volumes + 2 added vols. Octavo. The Manuscript. Edition. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED: These collected works are FULLY EXTRA-. ILLUSTRATED WITH MORE THAN 260 ADDED PLATES. With 114 edition plates. the set is now 374 (mostly photographic by Muirs photographer-. companion, Herbert W. Gleason, some reproducing Muirs drawings). plates. As all of the added plates are from the work of Gleason, one. notes that this is extra-illustrated from within and not from without. – meaning the illustrations used were from Gleason and might. otherwise have been used for the whole edition. It is further. possible that the labels in front of the plates, each neatly typed,. may have been typed by Gleason as he used a typewriter for his. correspondence. – See a specimen of his correspondence to John Muir. at the University of the Pacific Library, Stockton. FULL TEN-VOL.. SET: Original full crushed green morocco, four-ruled borders on. covers with corner florets, six spine compartments, each ornately. tooled in gilt, naming the series title Writing of John Muir and. the titles contained within each volume, at the foot of the spine. MANUSCRIPT EDITION, full in-laid morocco doublures with massed. ornate gilt-stamped panel at center, silk free endleaves, t.e.g. –. Bound at the Riverside Press. Spine gilt-stamped contents / titles:. volume 1: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; A Thousand-Mile Walk to. the Gulf. 2: My First Summer in the Sierra. 3: Travels in Alaska. 4:. The Mountains of California: I. 5: The Mountains of California: II.. 6: Our National Parks. 7: The Cruise of the Corwin. 8: Steep Trails.. 9: The Life and Letters, I. 10: The Life and Letters, II. With the. two added biographical volumes. Some fading of the covers (to. brownish color) as per usual with green bindings when exposed to. sunlight. Near fine.. ONE OF THE ULTRA-DELUXE SPECIAL COPIES, numbered 126 of 750 (of the standard edition) – noting that only copies with the manuscript leaves added to the volumes made them standard [1 ms. leaf] or deluxe [10 manuscript leaves]. This is the most deluxe form of the original edition. It was made to order(s) and thus a low-number (as per usual) of the colophon does not apply here. If the customer ordered their set, they could opt to buy it with added manuscript leaves or a full leather binding. Most were sold with 1 manuscript leaf whereas this set contains 10 manuscript leaves, all written by John Muir (see below for contents). IN ALL THE YEARS OF BOOKSELLING EXPERIENCE I HAVE SEEN MANY COPIES OF THE MANUSCRIPT EDITION BUT THIS IS THE FIRST SPECIMEN OF THE ULTRA-DELUXE FORM WITH 10 MANUSCRIPT SPECIMENS IN JOHN MUIRS HAND. THIS FORMAT NOT RECORDED IN KIMES. The standard form of the 1/750 edition was bound either in full green cloth or three-quarter morocco. The present copy distinguishes itself on three levels: a full crushed morocco binding, extra-illustrated (suggesting possibly a contributors copy?), and with 10 manuscript leaves (instead of 1). For each of these points this is the only copy I have located with all three elements, raising the question is this a unique copy, or for whom was such a copy prepared for? In other deluxe copies I mostly see a three-quarter or full leather binding with one manuscript leaf. No other copy located or in the auction records is described as extra-illustrated. THE TEN MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, each neatly written in Muirs clear and recognizable hand, with edits shown (in some cases). ¶ THE PHOTOGRAPHS for this edition were taken by Herbert Wendell Gleason (1855-1937). He was born in Malden, Massachusetts, graduated from Williams College in 1877 and received a BD degree from Andover Theological Seminary in 1881. In 1888, he left the ministry and worked as the managing editor of and contributor to the Northwestern Congregationalist (later The Kingdom), a denominational weekly newspaper. By this time, he was an avid outdoorsman and photographer, and wrote many articles for The Kingdom featuring outdoor scenes. In 1899, he actively committed himself to photography as a profession, and moved back to the Boston area. By the time he returned to New England, he had become interested in the writings of Henry David Thoreau, and in Thoreaus Transcendental approach to nature as symbolic of something higher than concrete reality. He visited Concord repeatedly between 1899 and his death in 1937 to take pictures of the landscape that Thoreau had known . – Concord Free Public Library. ¶ Mr. Muir was a man of peace. The call of nature took him to the unexplored regions of North America, where he obtained a practical experience that made him one of the greatest geologists and botanists of his time. While California was a struggling mining State, with prospects of never becoming anything else, John Muir was exploring the Yosemite Valley. He launched a campaign that conserved the natural wonders of the Yosemite and Sequoia parks by having them made national monuments. He knew every landmark along the whole length of the Sierras, and from his lonely residence in the wilds he carried on research of animal life and vegetation. In later years the wonderful redwood forest overlooking San Francisco from an elevation across the bay, became known as the Muir Woods. In 1879 John Muir went to Alaska and there discovered Glacier Bay. The Muir glacier, made famous by a painting by the late H. L. A. Culmer, was named for him. A year later he led a relief expedition into the Arctics in search of the ill-fated DeLong party. The great conservation movement which resulted in the establishment of national parks won its success through the personal efforts of John Muir. He wrote a book on The Mountains of California and another on Our National Parks as well as several volumes on nature work, study and research. His contributions to magazines and his papers read before scientific bodies brimmed with information that no other naturalist possessed. John Muir was painstaking in the production of his literary works and never produced a volume or story unless it was polished to a fine degree. He worked slowly, arduously and with tremendous success. – LA Times Obituary [Dec. 25, 1914]. ¶ WITH: [MUIR] Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir, by Linnie Marsh Wolfe. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. And: MUIR, John. John of the Mountains; the Unpublished journals of John Muir. Edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1938). 2 vols. Uniformly bound in later full red crushed morocco, ruled and tooled in gilt, a.e.g. Fine. REFERENCE: William F. & Maymie B. Kimes, John Muir: a reading bibliography, Palo Alto: Wreden, (1977), 343 (or) 344. – EXTRA POSTAGE WILL APPLY. . 1 (Inventory #: LV2065)
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