"I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations": Scarce first edition of John Muir's Our National Parks
Our National Parks.
Item Number: 103486
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1901.
First edition of Muir’s collection of short works on the beauty and splendor of America’s National Parks. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of the sequoias of Mariposa Grove with tissue guard. In near fine condition, bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional example.
John Muir was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. His activism has helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and many other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile John Muir Trail, a hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honor. Other such places include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier. In Scotland, the John Muir Way, a 130-mile-long route, was named in honor of him. In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite National Park. The spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings has inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas. Today Muir is referred to as the "Father of the National Parks." A series of sketches first published in the Atlantic Monthly, Muir's Our National Parks includes Muir's reminiscences of Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and General Grant National Park.