Lot 132 of 168:
Le Conte's Ramblings with original photographs  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$6,000
Estimate:
$10,000 - $15,000

Title:
A Journal of Ramblings Through the High Sierras of California by the "University Excursion Party"

Author:
LeConte, Joseph

Place:
San Francisco

Publisher:
Francis & Valentine

Date:
1875

Description:

103 pp. With 9 original albumen photographs mounted on captioned leaves. (8vo) 21.5x13.4 cm. (8½x5¼"), original blue cloth stamped in gilt. First Edition.

Rare account of a camping trip in the High Sierra undertaken by University of California professor of geology and history Joseph LeConte in July and August, 1870, accompanied by Professor Frank Soule, Jr., and eight members of the student body. This was LeConte's first trip to the Yosemite region, to be followed by ten more over the next thirty years. The work is notable for the excellent photographs, some featuring members of the party in the marvelous setting of Yosemite, others the scenic wonders uncluttered by human presence. Farquhar speculates that the pictures were taken by "one or more of the professional photographers who operated in Yosemite Valley." There were ten members of the party, and according to Joseph N. LeConte, the author's son, 12 copies of the book were produced for each member, making a run of 120 copies in all. This copy is inscribed on the front flyleaf, "Compliments of Everett B. Pomeroy." Pomeroy was one of the ten members of the party. This is one of the important cornerstones of any Yosemite collection. Currey & Kruska 230; Farquhar 14a; Howes L175. 


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Spine a bit darkened, some rubbing to ends, joints and corners; just a bit of fading to some of the photograph, barely perceptible vertical crease to frontispiece; very good or better.


 
Item number:
305887a
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