MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA. Clarence King.
MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA
MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA

MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905. Hardcover. An early reprint. In what is widely considered to be the seminal work on American mountaineering, Clarence King (1842-1901) wrote the only “unofficial account” of the Whitney California State Geological Survey (1860-1868), combining keen scientific observation of the land and wilderness with perceptive social scrutiny of rural Californians in the best tradition of American travel writing. During a western journey in 1863, King serendipitously encountered his fellow Sheffield Scientific School at Yale alumnus William H. Brewer on board a steamer on the Sacramento River, who secured an appointment for King to the Whitney Survey, for which Brewer was chief botanist. For the next several years during the time when mountaineering was a sport was in its infancy, King tramped, clambered, and climbed through Yosemite, Shasta, and the Kings Canyon region. His high-spirited, occasionally excessive account of the experience, told in the form of sketches originally published in the Atlantic Monthly, is "certainly a masterpiece of vital, uplifted youth on a spree of adventure. It is one of the obligatory books for readers who wish to know their country before industrialism stereotyped it" (Henry Seidel Canby). A presentation copy of a sort, inscribed on the front flyleaf by prominent Los Angeles attorney Henry O'Melveny to his partner Jackson Graves. In 1885, O'Melveny and Graves formed the firm of Graves & O'Melveny "for the purpose of practicing Law at the City of Los Angeles," which at the time was undergoing a transformation that would take it from dusty cattle ranching town to bustling metropolis. What is now the oldest law firm in Los Angeles, the firm would undergo nine name changes - always including the name O'Melveny - before becoming O'Melveny & Myers in 1939. Octavo. Original green cloth binding, with gilt titles. Small bit of wear to the corners and tips; else near fine. Housed in a custom green cloth clamshell box, with portraits of Graves and O'Melveny inset on the front. Zamorano Eighty 47. Near fine. Item #66438

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