Samuel Kneeland



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William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

The first edition of this publication (Boston: Alexander Moore, 1871. 71 pp.) contains no Muir material. In this second edition, in his added essay, ""The Yosemite in 1872"" pp. 73-77, Dr. Kneeland calls for public opinion, scientific evaluation, and state legislation to eliminate the devastation taking% place in the park by individuals attempting to secure title to portions of the valley. In commenting that It is not too late to save the area, he states: ""But fortunately, in the language of one who knows whereof he speaks [Muir], and is filled to overflowing with the beauty of California?- nature, 'By far the greater portion of Yosemite is unimprovable; her trees and her flowers will melt like the snow, but her domes and her falls are everlasting.""' Although Muir is not given credit by name, this is the first use of a quotation by Muir in book form.


The Wonders of the Yosemite Valley, and of California. 2nd ed.


p. 74


27cm. Mulberry buckram with elaborate gilt-stamped lettering on front cover and spine, blind stamped on back cover; edges gilt. Illus.: 10 original photographs by John P. Soule tipped on; 2 maps; 3 text illus.

[Quotation from Muir.]



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