Yosemite trails: Camp and pack-train in the Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada by J. Smeaton Chase. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911. 20.5 cm, pp. [1-2] [i-vii] viii [ix] x [xi-xii] [1-3] 4-354 [355: blank] [356: printer's imprint], 16 inserted plates, 1 inserted double page map, publisher's pictorial blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. First edition. A skillful blend of travel narrative and nature commentary based on three pack trips, the first a circuit of the rim of Yosemite Valley, and two subsequent longer journeys through the north and south Yosemite back country. According to Lawrence Clark Powell, California Classics (Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1971), 198-199: "Yosemite Trails takes a place on the shelf of Sierra Nevada literature not far below Muir's The Mountains of California. It shows the author in possession of a mature and fluent style, and also to be a botanist of considerable learning." Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a nearly fine copy in the very uncommon publisher's pictorial dust jacket which has some shallow chipping at edges, mainly spine ends and corner tips. (#155632).
"Published March 1911" on copyright page. Note: later impressions are so marked.