Item #21244 My First Summer in the Sierra (SIGNED by the artist). John Muir, artist Michael McCurdy.
My First Summer in the Sierra (SIGNED by the artist)
My First Summer in the Sierra (SIGNED by the artist)
My First Summer in the Sierra (SIGNED by the artist)

My First Summer in the Sierra (SIGNED by the artist)

Covelo, CA: Yolla Bolly Press, 1988. Limited Edition #80 of 110 copies. SIGNED & numbered by Michael McCurdy. Folio. xiv, 162pp, [1].  Foreword and a note on the text by Frederick Turner. Illustrated with twelve stunning wood engravings by Michael McCurdy. Printed by Carolyn and James Robertson at the Yolla Bolly Press. Laid in are a 4 page prospectus; a single glossy sheet titled The Making of the Book with black & white photo-illustrations; and the  original offering  postcard. Bound in a special rough linen fabric designed by Myung Jin and woven on hand looms. The Schuberth Bookbindery has handsewn the pages, using a handmade Mexican bark paper for endsheets. The book is enclosed in a slipcase made of heavy board and covered with German Ingres paper. The book is in fine condition (spine slightly faded); the slipcase has some silverfishing around title label on upper spine and along the edges on either side of the title label, else near f ine. John Muir's classic mountain adventure is based on the original journals and sketches of his 1869 stay in the Sierras. Hired to supervise a San Joaquin sheep owner's flock at the headwaters of the Merced and Tulomne Rivers, Muir sets out for the mountains in June, returning to the Valley in September. He describes the flora and fauna of the mountains as well as his visits to Yosemite and his climbs of Mt. Hoffman and other peaks in the range.   Yolla Bolly Press produced this elegant limited edition in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of John Muir's birth; McCurdy worked from Muir's sketches, his own sketches, and photographs to produce "a suite of extraordinary wood engravings which reflect the Sierra from the foothills east of Coulterville... to the cool grasses and high peaks of Tuolumne Meadows. It is an impressive artistic accomplishment and a fitting complement to the Muir text."  (From the Prospectus). Item #21244

Price: $1,500.00

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