History of the Sierra Nevada by Francis P. Farquhar. FRANCIS PELOUBET FARQUHAR.

History of the Sierra Nevada by Francis P. Farquhar. Berkeley and Los Angeles: Published by University of California Press ... in collaboration with the Sierra Club, 1965. 25.8x17 cm, pp. [1-2: blank] [i-xiii] xiv [xv-xvi] [1] 2-262, inserted color frontispiece, 51 illustrations, 8 maps, original pictorial blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver. First edition. An excellent account of the human history of the Sierra Nevada. Topics include early emigrant crossings, the gold rush, pioneer wagon roads, and the construction of the first railroad across the Sierra, but emphasis is on the High Sierra region, including units now within Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the high country between them. Much of the survey is based on Farquhar's earlier articles on Sierra history published in the California Historical Society Quarterly, the Sierra Club Bulletin, and elsewhere. Farquhar's meticulous documentation provides references to many published and unpublished historical sources which form a valuable bibliography to facilitate further study of each topic. Farquhar was eminently qualified to record the history of the range. A certified public accountant by vocation, he was an excellent mountaineer, active conservationist, and a competent historian by avocation. As a mountaineer, he made a number of first ascents of Sierra peaks and hiked extensively throughout the range. His credentials as a conservationist included two terms as president of the Sierra Club and the editorship of the Sierra Club Bulletin from 1926 to 1946. As a historian, Farquhar wrote a number of books and articles on western American history, with emphasis on the Sierra Nevada, and served as president of the California Historical Society. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with light wear at edges. Errata leaf laid in. Provenance: presentation copy with inscription by Farquhar to Currey on the front free endpaper, "To Lloyd Currey / may he enjoy the references / as well as the text / Francis P. Farquhar / 21 November 1965." Prospectus laid in, also a 1965 New Year's greeting card from the Farquhars. (#166172).

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