New York: The Century Co., 1894. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , ix-xiii, , 2-381,  pp. Light green cloth with green and gold decorations and gold lettering on the front board and spine; top edge gilt. Publisher's device on the title page. Illustrated with a frontispiece and numerous full-page and in-text engravings, stunning images of the Sierra Nevada, the glaciers, and the flora and fauna of California's mountain ranges. BAL 14746. Kimes 189. Our copy does not have the numeral "1" at the bottom of the first page of text. Muir was a key founder of environmentalism and the movement for ecological preservation in the United States. It was through his persistent lobbying and campaigning that several national forests were established, and it is thanks to him that Sequoia National Park was founded, with the help and support of Theodore Roosevelt. Muir was a friend of Roosevelt's, as the two went camping together. Throughout his life Muir explored American natural wilderness, including the Yosemite valley, its glaciers, forests, and mountains, as well as the lands of Alaska. Muir plays a crucial role in the history of our National Parks, and founded the Sierra Club, a non-profit dedicated to protecting American wilderness for all generations to enjoy. A beautiful example of Muir's second book, according to Kimes, "considered by many Muir admirers to be his finest book" Very near Fine. Item #000011651
A minute white mark on the spine, else Fine.