John Muir and the Sierra Club: the battle for Yosemite by Holway R. Jones. HOLWAY R. JONES.

John Muir and the Sierra Club: the battle for Yosemite by Holway R. Jones. San Francisco: Sierra Club, [1965]. 27.8x20.8 cm, pp. [i-vi] vii-xvi [1-2] 3-207, 32 inserted plates with 95 illustrations, other illustrations in text, 8 maps, plus endpaper maps, original two-part gray and green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. A well documented history of the early efforts of the Sierra Club to unify and protect Yosemite National Park. The Sierra Club was established in 1892 to rally citizens who favored the preservation of the High Sierra and understood the need to protect it. Under the leadership of John Muir, the club opposed a major cutback of the park's boundaries and advocated the recession of Yosemite Valley to the federal government. These battles were won, but a major campaign was lost: Hetch Hetchy Valley was dammed and flooded to provide water and power for San Francisco. The Hetch Hetchy controversy was the last conservation issue in which Muir participated. Although the club's position on Hetch Hetchy was not sustained, its actions firmly established the image of the Sierra Club as an activist organization dedicated to wilderness preservation. A very good copy in tape mended dust jacket. One of LWC's reading copies with marginalia and reading notes laid in. (#166154).

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