Lot 88 of 221:
Writings of John Muir Manuscript Edition Deluxe  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,800
Estimate:
$3,000 - $5,000

Title:
The Writings of John Muir - Manuscript Edition

Author:
Muir, John

Place:
Boston

Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin

Date:
1916-24

Description:

10 volumes. Edited by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates, the gravure plates with printed tissue guards, each with photogravure frontispiece (first 7 are hand-colored); folding map in Volume II. (8vo) 22x15 cm (9x6"), original special deluxe half dark maroon morocco and cloth, ruled in gilt, spines lettered in gilt and with gilt-stamped floral vignettes, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. No. 47 of 750 sets of the Manuscript Edition.

With a manuscript leaf by Muir mounted to front preliminary flyleaf of Volume I (with bottom 1½" folded by the publisher), describing Lake Moraine in the Sierra Nevada, which can be found in Chapter 5 of The Mountains of California. The holograph text is written in brown ink with additional pencil emendations. The edited text reads: "…I was aware. Looking back from the shores of Moran Lake my morning ramble seemed all a dream. There curved Bloody Cañon, a mere glacial furrow 2000 feet deep, with red [later changed to smooth] rocks, ribs [ribs later taken out] proceeding [later changed to projecting] from the sides and braided together in the middle, like rounded [later changed to bulging], swelling muscles. Here the lilies were [text ends here but published text would continue with]: higher than my head, and the sunshine was warm enough for palms. Yet the snow around the arctic willows was plainly visible only four miles away, and between were narrow specimen zones of all the principal climates of the globe." Slight age wear to manuscript leaf including three words where the acidic ink had cut through. Kimes 342.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
A bit rubbed, some corners showing, final volume darkened, light wear, a few faint drip marks to gilt top edges; minor offsetting from plates to tissue-guards; very good.


 
Item number:
275884b
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