[High Sierra] Sierra Nevada, California. Portfolio of gelatin silver prints, 1930s. Fifty-five prints on paper, each 13 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches, with pencil signature in margin and typed caption label affixed to margin. In 1932 Clinton Churchill Clarke (1873-1957) of Pasadena proposed a Pacific crest trail and he was instrumental in its creation. On a signed introductory label, Clarke states that "these photographs of the Sierra Nevada were taken during seven summers tramping over the mountains, and picture all the characteristic features that make the Sierra famous, including the five great canyons, finest of the high peaks, lakes, waterfalls, forests, and a complete survey of the entire range." Minor wear, marginal damp staining to mats. Overall, the photographs are in excellent condition. The front and back panels of the original leather portfolio bearing typed labels and Clarke's signature have been preserved and refurbished. Each photograph has been placed in a mylar sleeve. Enclosed in a custom cloth clamshell box. (#157199).