Rare travel book by John Muir; Steep Trails, California, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, the Grand Canon. 1918
Item Number: Book 599-A
Muir, John; Steep Trails, California, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, the Grand Canon. 1st edition, limited printing, Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1918. Quarto, pp. xi, 391, colored photogravure frontispiece, 16 photo plates.
This special limited printing is complete and in the original quarter cloth over linen boards with a gilt spine label. The binding is tight and clean with very minor scuffing to the boards, the text is uncut and near pristine. Owners penned inscription on end sheet. In very good to near fine condition.
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The 1st printing and large paper copy of Muir's Steep Trails. 380 copies were printed at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, MA. In addition to the wider margins, the work had a colored frontispiece and additional plates. This 1918 collection of Muir's papers features a collection of letters and essays spanning 29 years of Muir's life in the West, much of it written in the field. The papers have been arranged in chronological sequence. Over the twenty-nine years they appeared as letters and articles, for the most part in publications of limited and local circulation. The Utah and Nevada sketches, and the two San Gabriel papers, were contributed, in the form of letters, to the San Francisco Evening Bulletin. Written in the field, they preserve the freshness of the author's first impressions of those regions. Some of these papers were revised by the author during the later years of his life, and these revisions are a part of the form in which they now appear.