A western journey with Mr. Emerson ... edited with a foreword and notes by Shirley Sargent. [San Francisco]: The Book Club of California, 1980. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 11-110 [111: colophon] [112: blank], 8 illustrations, 1 map, cloth-backed boards. First printing of this new edition. Limited to 600 copies. The first (and only) printing prior to this one was produced in Boston in 1884 by Brown and Company. In the spring of 1871 Ralph Waldo Emerson traveled west with a party of eleven including Thayer. Though Emerson was sixty-eight years of age at the time, the group made the then-arduous journey to Yosemite. John Muir guided the party through the Mariposa Grove and urged Emerson to remain in Yosemite longer, but Emerson's companions discouraged a more lengthy stay. Thayer's account of the trip to Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa big trees comprises pages -109, and is especially interesting for his observations of Muir, whom he referred to as "M." A portion of the narrative relating to Muir, as well as Muir's later recollections of Emerson's visit, appears in Samuel T. Farquhar, "John Muir and Ralph Waldo Emerson in Yosemite: Gathered from Their Writings and Correspondence," Sierra Club Bulletin, 19 (June 1934), -55. BCC #163. Lower cover tips lightly bumped, light foxing to top edge of text block, a nearly fine copy in unprinted white dust jacket with mild tanning at edges, mainly to spine panel. Prospectus laid in. (#165948).
"600 copies / printed in Janson types by / Richard J. Hoffman, Van Nuys, California / and bound by Bela Bau" on colophon page.