Big Trees by Walter Fry ... and John R. White. Stanford University, California: Stanford University Press. London: Humphrey Milford Oxford University Press, . 22.3x15 cm (octavo), pp. [1-2: blank] [i-vi] vii-xii [1-2] 3-114, 15 inserted plates, 2 maps (one reproduced twice on the endpapers), original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition, first printing. A fine, early survey of the natural history of the big trees. Pages 97-108 give a useful grove-by-grove summary of seventy-one known stands of giant sequoia. Two chapters provide information on the early human history of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon High Sierra. Pages 10-13 quote a statement Fry obtained in 1910 from Hale Tharp, the first European man to see the big trees of the Sierra region. In 1858 Tharp, led by two local Indians, made his first trip to the Giant Forest to locate a summer range for cattle and to verify the existence of the big trees. In 1860 Tharp and his son-in-law, John Swanson, made two trips into the Kings River and Sequoia high country, the first into Kings Canyon via Giant forest, and the second to Mineral King Valley. From 1861 to 1890 Tharp used the Giant Forest as his summer range. Pages 24-28 print the text of a letter to White from George W. Stewart that provides a personal record of local effort to preserve the sequoia groves of the southern Sierra. Stewart, editor of the Visalia Delta, played a major role during the campaign to establish Sequoia National Park. Very light stain at top edge of half title leaf and title leaf, a very good copy. (#166035).
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