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Auction 133, Lot 189

"Picturesque California: The Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Slope... Volume I & Volume II", Muir, John

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1888 (published)


Color: Black & White

12.5 x 16 inches
31.8 x 40.6 cm
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This is the complete set in two volumes. The title continues "California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, etc. Illustrated with Etchings, Photogravures, Wood Engravings, etc. by Eminent American Artists." Volume I: The frontispiece is the stunning sepia toned etching "The Half Dome - View from Moran Point" by Thomas Moran. Complete with 60 full page plates, each titled on the protective tissue sheet overlaying every plate. A few examples: El Carmel Mission (Henry Ihlefeld); Hotel del Monte, Monterey (Harry Fenn); The Yosemite Falls (C.D. Robinson); Vernal and Nevada Falls (Thomas Hill), The Sentinel (Julian Rix); Mule Train Crossing the Sierras (Frederick Remington); Mills College (Authur I. Keller); Los Angeles (Thomas Hill); Trinity Peaks (Julian Rix - Original etching); Palm Valley (Julian Rix); The Muir Glacier (Alaska - Thomas Hill); General View of Sitka (Victor Perard); Miners Prospecting for Gold (Frederick Remington) and many more.

Volume II: the frontispiece is the etching Falls in Alum Rock Park by George Spiel, in sepia toned ink. Complete with 61 full page plates, each titled on the protective tissue sheet overlaying every plate. A few examples: Redwoods on Boulder Creek (Julian Rix); Mount Rainier, from Lake Washington (W. Keith); Headwaters of the Grand (Colorado - J. Harrison Mills); A Navajo Sheep-Herder (Frederick Remington); Canon of the Rio Colorado (Julian Rix); The Indian Pueblo of Taos (Alexander Schilling); Napa Soda Springs (Thomas Moessner); Gold Gate from San Francisco Bay (Frederick S. Cozzens); State Capitol at Sacramento (E.J. Meeker); Sutter's Mill, in 1851 (George Spiel); Mount Hood (Julian Rix); Grand Canon of the Yellowstone (Thomas Hill); Santa Barbara Mission (J.P. Robertson) and many more. This is a complete and stunning work filled with very fine full page plates. Hardbound in quarter calf, folio. Volume I, 240pp, 60 plates plus hundreds in the text. Volume II 237pp, 61 plates plus hundreds in the text. Matching bindings with foredge gold (TEG). Published by the J. Dewing Company, San Francisco and New York.


Condition: A

Contents tight and fine, clean and bright (A+). Leather spine and tips worn and abraded. Back cover of Volume II detached. A fine example that deserves the attention of a book binder.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/1/2010