ut dared not go far from the main body. Billy and the Indian and the Chinaman kept them headed along the weary road, and allowed them to pick up what little they could find on a breadth of about a quarter of a mile. But as several flocks had already gone ahead of us, scarce a leaf, green or dry, was left; therefore the starving flock had to be hurried on over the bare, hot hills to the nearest of the green pastures, about twenty or thirty miles from here.
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John Muir, a young Scottish immigrant, had not yet become the famed conservationist whom he liked to call "John o' the Mountains" when he first trekked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada not long after the end of the Civil War. Having caught a glimpse of such magical places as Tuolumne Meadows and El Capitan, Muir ached to return, and in the summer of 1869 he signed on with a crew of shepherds and drove a flock of 2,500 woolly critters toward the headwaters of the Merced River.
The diary he kept while tending sheep forms the heart of My First Summer in the Sierra; published in 1911, it enticed thousands of Americans to visit the Yosemite country. The book is full of the concerns Muir would later voice as America's foremost preservationist and wildlands advocate, which would bear fruit in the creation of several national parks and monuments. And it resounds with Muir's nearly pantheistic regard for the natural world: with celebrations of the Sierra's lizards that "dart about on the hot rocks, swift as dragonflies," its mountain lions and tall trees and fierce thunderstorms and bears; with Muir's overarching awe for places that civilization had yet to tame. Though perhaps a little purple by modern standards, Muir's book continues to inspire readers to seek out such places for themselves and make them their own--and as such it stands among the enduring classics of environmental literature. --Gregory McNameeFrom the Inside Flap:
From the photographer who brought Thoreau's Walden and Cape Cod to life comes a new work combining classic literature with brand-new photography. This time, Scot Miller takes on the seminal work of John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra. The book details Muir's first extended trip to the Sierra Nevada in what is now Yosemite National Park, a landscape that entranced him immediately and had a profound effect on his life. The towering waterfalls, natural rock formations, and abundant plant and animal life helped Muir develop his views of the natural world, views that would eventually lead him to push for the creation of the national parks.
Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the book's original publication by Houghton Mifflin Company, My First Summer in the Sierra is illustrated with Miller's stunning photographs, showcasing the dramatic landscape of the High Sierra plus John Muir's illustrations from the original edition and several previously unpublished illustrations from his 1911 manuscript. The publication of My First Summer in the Sierra inspired many to journey there, and this newly illustrated anniversary edition will surely inspire many more.
This book is being published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy and, for each copy sold, Scot Miller is making a donation to Yosemite Conservancy.
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Book Description Sierra Club Books, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110871566001
Book Description Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Michael McCurdy (Wood Engravings) (illustrator). First Edition, First Pinting. BRAND NEW Copy with trace wear to mylar covered dustjacket. Sierra Club commemorative issue on the 150th anniversary of Scottish-born American naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir's (1858 - 1914) birth; volume is a reproduction of the Yolla Bolly Limited Edition (1988) with wood engravings of Michael McCurdy (1942 -) and foreword by Frederick Turner. First published 1911, the "First Summer in the Sierra" is a journal account of the 1869 summer Muir spent driving sheep into the cooler High Sierra meadows. Written, often, by camp-fire with "Billy," the shepherd, and the Indian asleep near by and the flock looking "like a big gray blanket in the star light." A daily record of Muir’s activities, discoveries, and philosophic musings with unusual insight into the beauties of the common things along the wayside --- leaf shadows on rock surfaces, the "sun-sifted arches" of the trees, the flow of clear streams, and ever changing cloud formations, those "mountains of the sky". A privilege to journey with him. Bookseller Inventory # 011624
Book Description Sierra Club Books, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Yolla Bolly Press limited ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0871566001