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My First Summer in the Sierra: Illustrated Editionby John Muir
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Henry David Thoreau was just a few days short of his twenty-eighth birthday when he built a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond and began one of the most famous experiments in living in American history. Originally he was not, apparently, intending to write a book about his life at the pond, but nine years later, in August of 1854, Houghton Mifflin's predecessor, Ticknor and Fields, published Walden; or, a Life in the Woods. At the time the book was largely ignored, and it took five years to sell out the first printing of two thousand copies. It was not until 1862, the year of Thoreau's death, that the book was brought back into print. Since then It has never been out of print. Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written, not only in this country but throughout the world.
On the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the original publication of Walden, Houghton Mifflin is proud to present the most beautiful edition ever published of Thoreau's masterpiece. The price — $28.12 — is half a cent less than Thoreau himself spent to build his cabin in Walden Woods. This new edition features spectacular color photographs by Scot Miller that capture Walden as vividly as Thoreau's words do. The book is being published in association with the Walden Woods Project, which is dedicated to preserving the lands Thoreau wrote about. For each copy sold, Houghton Mifflin and Scot Miller are making a donation to the Walden Woods Project.
An illustrated editon of John Muir's MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA.
“Writing, Muir once said, is 'like the life of a glacier, one eternal grind.' My First Summer in the Sierra, his best and most enduring book, extends the analogy. Just as the unforgettable granite domes of Yosemite, so impressive, impassive and seemingly impermeable, were molded and shaped by patient glaciation, each journal entry here has been sculpted and polished by the man who considered glaciers proof of 'Nature as a poet, an enthusiastic workingman.'
'Everything in Nature called destruction must be creation, a change from beauty to beauty,' Muir advises us in these pages, distilling what he learned during his life-changing three and a half months in the Sierra.
In the mountains he called the 'Range of Light,' such insights come more easily, he said, because
'everything is perfectly clean and pure and full of divine lessons . . . until the hand of God becomes visible.'”
from the foreword by
Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
Originally published in 1865, Henry David Thoreauand#8217;s Cape Cod is a wonderfully written, surprisingly funny account of nineteenth-century life on the Cape well before it became a major tourist attraction. To this day, many people consider it the best book ever written about Cape Cod. This new illustrated volume features the complete text of Thoreauand#8217;s classic work as published in Houghton Mifflinand#8217;s 1906 edition, the stunning photography of Scot Miller, and a foreword from the preeminent Thoreau biographer, Robert Richardson. Many of the lush color photographs show elements of the landscape that Thoreau would have seen: the great beach, imposing cliffs, sand dunes, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, beach grass, seaweed; others reflect the unique personality of Cape Cod and its people today, including local artists and architecture. The combination of Thoreauand#8217;s timeless text and Millerand#8217;s exquisitely reproduced color photographs make this an indispensable book for anyone who loves Thoreauand#8217;s writing or Cape Cod.
The book is being published in association with the Walden Woods Project, which is dedicated to preserving the lands Thoreau wrote about. For each copy sold, Houghton Mifflin and Scot Miller are making a donation to the Walden Woods Project.
About the Author
John Muir (1838-1914) was one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history. He was instrumental in the creation and passage of the National Parks Act, and founder of the Sierra Club, acting as its president until his death. Muir was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump the back fence."
SCOT MILLER is a professional photographer whose photographs have appeared in numerous books and publications, including Walden: The 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic and Cape Cod: Illustrated Edition of the American Classic. Miller lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Marilyn, where they operate Sun to Moon Gallery, a fine art photography gallery.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns vii
I. Through the Foothills with a Flock of Sheep 1
II. In Camp on the North Fork of the Merced 20
III. A Bread Famine 49
IV. To the High Mountains 57
V. The Yosemite 76
VI. Mount Hoffman and Lake Tenaya 97
VII. A Strange Experience 117
VIII. The Mono Trail 130
IX. Bloody Cañon and Mono Lake 143
X. The Tuolumne Camp 155
XI. Back to the Lowlands 170
A Statement from Yosemite Conservancy 181
Artists Statement 184
List of Illustrations 188
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