Mammoth trees of California, illustrated by a comparison with other noted trees, ancient and modern. Compiled by J. Otis Williams, of the Boston Public Library. With a hand-book in brief, for a trip to the Calaveras Groves, and Yo-Semite Valley. [three-line quote from L. Agassiz]. Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, No. 34 School Street, 1871. 23x14.7 cm, pp. [1-3] 4-54 [55: Jellerson & Ricker ad] [56: blank], 7 woodcut illustrations (plus two on wrappers), 1 map, original pictorial gray wrappers printed in black, sewn. First edition. A souvenir booklet prepared for the Boston exhibition of "the Original Big Tree" from the Calaveras Grove -- "the only solid section of the tree ever brought from California" -- cut in September 1870 by Jellerson and Ricker from "the log now lying where it fell when the tree was 'bored off' in 1853." The booklet described the methods employed by the entrepreneurs to obtain the chip and transport it to the east coast. Williams deplored the destruction of the giant sequoia and observed that historically, men have shown reverence for great trees, but currently they were thoughtlessly destroying the greatest species of them all. Part of pamphlet was devoted to a description of routes to the Calaveras Grove and the Yosemite Valley. See Jellerson & Ricker for handbills which advertised this display. See Farquhar (1948), item 9. See Kruska (1985), pp. 42-45. Currey and Kruska 397. Farquhar 9. Faint, old vertical crease (where once folded for mailing?), a very good copy. Provenance: author's presentation copy with "Compliments of / J. Otis Williams" at the top edge of the front cover. (#166202).
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