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Natural History of the Islands of California., Allan A. Schoenherr, et al.
1 Allan A. Schoenherr, et al. Natural History of the Islands of California.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, first printing. Series: California Natural History Guides, No. 61. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), (492) pp. Black-and-white and color illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Full navy blue cloth boards, spine gilt-titled, photographic dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. "This comprehensive book discusses the geological, human, and natural history of the islands of California, including all eight Channel Islands, Ano Nuevo, and Farallons, and the islands of San Francisco Bay. The authors explore the formation of the islands and the history of their human habitation, beginning with the Native Americans who first visited them 12,000 years ago. They discuss past damage and ongoing threats to island ecosystems, including devastation caused by the introduction of nonnative animals and plants." Dust jacket. 
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Deepest Valley: Guide to California's Owens Valley and its Mountain Lakes, Roadsides, and Trails., Genny Schumacher.
2 Genny Schumacher. Deepest Valley: Guide to California's Owens Valley and its Mountain Lakes, Roadsides, and Trails.
Berkeley: Wilderness Press, 1972 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 9 x 6 inches. (207) pp. 25 black-and-white photographs, illustrations in black ink throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, illustrated wrappers, maps in end pages; binding square and tight, slight toning and soiling on covers, spine creased. Very Good. Guide to Owens Valley. Contains contributions from scientists, educators, and bishops, several illustrators and photographers. Genny Schumacher Smith is known as the "Naturalist Queen of the Eastern Sierra." She is a publisher and editor of guidebooks about the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the Owens Valley. 
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Rambles in King's River Country, John Muir (1838-1914).
3 John Muir (1838-1914). Rambles in King's River Country
Ashland: Lewis Osborne, 1977 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION 194 of 600. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (59) pp. Frontispiece black and white portrait of Muir, 15 black and white illustrations, ornamentation and a map in green ink; text clean, unmarked. Tan linen spine, brown paper over boards with gilt illustration on front cover, gilt-titled spine, decorative end pages, dust jacket; binding square and tight, dust jacket toned and lightly soiled, dust jacket spine titled in pencil. Fine copy in Good dust jacket. "'In the vast Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is yet a grander valley of the same kind.' Muir, who had made four excursions into this area, the first as early as 1873, describes the valley and its surrounding canyons in knowledgeable and intriguing detail. He contrasts the wildness of the region in his early visits with the damage caused by sheep. More startling, however, as the devastation along Mill Creek and the higher forest belt where the lumber mills had doubled in number since his first visit. He writes: 'It seems incredible that Government should have abandoned so much of the forest cover of the mountains to destruction. As well sell the rainclouds, and the snow, and the rivers, to be cut up and carried away if that were possible. Surely it is high time that something be done to stop the extension of the present barbarous, indiscriminating method of harvesting the lumber crop.' He concludes by urging that 'all this wonderful King's River region, together with the Kaweah and Tule sequoias, should be comprehended in one grand national park. Let the law-givers make haste before it is too late.'" Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., Nos. 185 and 456. 
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The Bee-Pastures of California.  [Parts I and II]., John Muir (1838-1914).
4 John Muir (1838-1914). The Bee-Pastures of California. [Parts I and II].
New York: The Century Company, 1882 First Editions. Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Extract from: The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXIV, New Series Vol. II, June and July, 1882, pp. 222-229 and 388-396. 4 articles, housed in a library binder of cloth-backed stiff boards. 8vo. Pages 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. Binding: 11 x 8 1/4 inches. 8 figures; text clean, unmarked. Very Good. WITH: MUIR, "The Treasures of the Yosemite." Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XL, No. 4, August, 1890, pp. 483-500. 14 figures (including 2 maps); text clean, unmarked. Very Good. WITH: MUIR, "Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park." Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XL, No. 5, September, 1890, pp. 656-667. 11 figures (including 1 map); text clean, unmarked. Very Good. "'When California was wild, it was one sweet bee-garden through its entire length..' Muir laments that 'of late years plow and sheep have made sad havoc in these glorious pastures, destroying tens of thousands of the flowery acres like fire.' After describing his experience in the Great Central Plain throughout the seasons as it was a decade and more ago, Muir aptly predicts: 'The time will undoubtedly come when the entire area of this noble valley will be tilled like a garden, when the fertilizing waters of the mountains, now flowing to the sea, will be distributed to every acre, giving rise to prosperous towns, wealth, arts, et. Then I suppose there will be few left, even among botanists, to deplore the vanished primeval flora.'" Kimes, 145. Also included in this binder are further extracts from 775-799 of The Century Magazine, Vol. XL, with the following articles: George Hamlin Fitch, "How California Came into the Union," pp. 775-792, 8 figs.; and "Californiana," pp. 792-797; which is a series of correspondence and other documents from the period of the California Conquest; and and "Topics of the Time," pp. 797-799, which includes "Amateur Management of the Yosemite Scenery," with editorial comments on Muir's efforts regarding Yosemite. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., Nos. 145 and 146; 181; 182. 
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The Grand Canon of the Colorado, John Muir (1838-1914).
5 John Muir (1838-1914). The Grand Canon of the Colorado
New York: The Century Company, 1902 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. 65, No. 1, November, 1902, pp. 107-116. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches. Text clean, unmarked. 5 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutter, Louis Lanzer Books & Prints business card attached to the upper corner. Sold AS IS. In this essay, Muir urged visitors to walk to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Muir also deplored the conditions of the roads and railroads by which tourists would access Arizona's natural wonder. Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 245. 
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