Lot 192: Author: Muir, John; Title: The Cruise of the Corwin - Large-paper Edition; Place Published: Boston; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Date Published: 1917; Description: , xxxii, 279 pp. Illustrated with plates from photographs & from sketches by Muir; map; hand-colored photogravure frontispiece with printed tissue guard. (8vo) original cloth-backed boards, morocco spine label. No. 129 of 550 large paper copies. First Edition.A compilation of 21 letters Muir sent to the San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin describing his adventures as the geology and botany specialist aboard the steamer "Thomas Corwin" in 1881. The expedition to Alaska was actually to search for clues in the disappearance of the steamer "Jeanette" and 2 whalers that had been missing since 1879, but as the Polar region was relatively unexplored, it was also a scientific expedition in which Muir played a significant role. Edited by William Frederic Bade. Kimes 347. With the bookplate of Lucretia Perry Osborn, wife of Henry Fairfield Osborn, the noted zoologist, paleontologist, and university professor, and longtime friend of John Muir, at whose summer house "Wing-and-Wing," part of the Castle Rock property at Garrison-on-Hudson, Muir completed the writing of his book, The Yosemite. An inscription on the front free endpaper by Henry Fairfield Osborn reads: "This narrative is one of John Muir's earliest. Chiefly written from his diary of the North. H.F.O." Condition: Light wear, a bit of soiling to rear board, later owner's bookplate on front flyleaf; internally fine.
PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories
Thursday, 28th January 2016
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