Lot 254 of 576:
Preserving Yosemite by W.H. Hall 1882  

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To Preserve from Defacement and Promote the Use of the Yosemite Valley

Hall, William Hammond


State Office - J.D. Young, Supt. State Printing



30 pp. 25x16 cm (9¾x6¼"), original printed wrappers. First Edition.

Rare and important report made by the first State Engineer of California William Hammond Hall, who had previously designed San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. As Curry & Kruska describes, "Of the many problems faced by the Yosemite Commissioners, none proved to be more trying than the management of the valley floor. For assistance in determining future policy, the commissioners engaged California's state engineer to conduct a survey of the grant... Most of the report's recommendations were carried out, which brought the commissioners under attack from those with different ideas as to the management of the grant. The two most controversial recommendations were those calling for tree cutting and for the cultivation of the meadows. The controversy helped lead to the creation of a national park and the eventual recession of the valley to the federal government." OCLC locates only seven copies, all in California. Currey & Kruska 135.

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Some wear and small chips to wrapper edges, very good.

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