Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1909. New and Enlarged Edition, Fully Illustrated. Octavo; [xiv]; 382pp. 32 captioned photographic plates, including frontispiece portrait of John Muir in Muir Woods in 1909 after photographs by Herbert W. Gleason. Map and Tables by Allen Chamberlain. Index to Map; General Index. Gilt decorated blue cloth with pictorial color image of Yosemite Falls on front cover. Upper corner tip (1/4" x 1 1/4") of page 13/14 lacking; decorative owner bookplate; small stain on ffep; else a fine copy in a bright and stricking binding. Item #21950
"In this book, made up of sketches first published in the Atlantic Monthly, I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountian forest reservations and parks, with a view to inciting the poeple to come and enjoy them, and get them into their hearts, that so at length their preservation and right use might be made sure." -- Author's description. "Our National Parks" is composed of ten articles previously published in The Atlantic Monthy celebrating the parklands of the American West. Muir captures the vital essence of Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sequoia, and other areas, detailing their natural attractions -- the breathtaking forests, lush alpine meadows, massive granite domes, towering sequoias, bursting geysers, thundering waterfalls, and crystalline glacial lakes. (Kimes 237).