Boston: Virginia Adams, Yosemite National Park and Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950. First Edition. SIGNED by Ansel Adams. Folio; 97pp. Illustrated with thirty views of U.S. National Parks from Maine to Hawaii (printed recto identified on facing pages and with photographic notes for each image at the end, along with a 'A Selected List for General Reading'. Publisher's spiral-bound stiff covers with black lettering in original photo-illustrated dustjacket; housed in uncommon publisher's shipping box with printed label. The book and dustjacket are in unusually fine condition; the box is somewhat worn with foxing. Item #21808
The photo-engravings depict national parks and natural monuments across the United States and the territories of Alaska and Hawaii and are among Adams’s most celebrated landscapes. In his introductory essay, Adams underscored the “moral sublime” of his images, framing the book as a testament to the significant role nature played in American society and calling on the public to engage with and protect their shared national heritage.