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Whitney's Yosemite Guide Book 1869 with maps  

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The Yosemite Guide-Book: A Description of the Yosemite Valley and the Adjacent Region of the Sierra Nevada and of the Big Trees of California

Whitney, Josiah Dwight


Published by the Authority of the Legislature



155 pp. Illustrated with 8 wood-engraved plates after photographs by Carleton Watkins, smaller woodcuts in text; 2 folding maps loose in endpaper pockets.(4to) 23x16.5 cm (9x6½"), original gilt-decorated green cloth. First Edition under this title.

First reprint edition, without original photographs but with a slightly expanded text, of Whitney's "The Yosemite Book" published in 1868 which included original albumen prints. The maps are: "Map of the Yosemite Valley from surveys made by order of the Commissioners to manage the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove by C. King and J.T. Gardiner 1865" (39.5x64 cm) and "Map of a portion of the Sierra Nevada adjacent to the Yosemite Valley ... by Chs. Hoffmann and J.T.Gardiner, 1863-1867. Scale 2 miles to 1 inch" (52.3x75.5 cm). 

Provenance: Holmes 10/70

References: See Cowan p.699; Currey & Kruska 61; Farquhar 7b; Howes W389; Wheat Transmississippi 1194 for Sierra Nevada map

Lot Amendments

Slight bumps and rubbing to spine ends and corners; spot of glue residue and short tear to front free endpaper; maps with a touch of darkening at folds, short splits at some fold intersections; very good or better, nicer than usually seen.

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