Lot 177 of 627:
John Muir Letters to a Friend in dust jacket  

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Letters to a Friend

Muir, John


Houghton Mifflin Company



[6], 194 pp. (8vo) original plain boards, paper spine label, printed jacket. One of 300 copies. First Edition.

A fine copy of John Muir's Yosemite classic, in a professionally restored and very rare jacket . "Mrs. Jeanne C. (Smith) Carr, wife of Professor Ezra Slocum Carr, to whom these letters were written, had a great influence upon Muir's career. Mrs. Linnie Marsh Wolfe, in Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir... says: `More than anyone else who came into Muir's early life she became his teacher in the humanities. She formed the bridge between the crabbed isolation of his boyhood and the world of men he would have to live in'... The earlier letters in this collection were written before Muir came to California. In the others, written between 1868 and 1879, Yosemite is almost constantly the theme..." (Farquhar). The jacket notes that, "...Most of [the letters] were written from Yosemite Valley and give a good idea of the life Muir led there as well as reveal more of his personality than is to be found in his more formal writings." Farquhar 21; Kimes 331.

Lot Amendments

Jacket restored at edges and folds and with a few small more recent unrestored tears; volume with only a touch of wear to spine ends; volume fine, jacket restored.

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