Bibliography of the Yosemite, the central and southern High Sierra, and the Big Trees 1839-1900 [by] Lloyd W. Currey & Dennis G. Kruska. Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop: Palo Alto: William P. Wreden, 1992. 28x21.3 cm (large octavo), pp. [1-4: blank] [1-6] 7  9-27  29-233 [234: colophon] [235-236: blank], illustrations, facsimiles, original gray boards with blue cloth shelf back, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Limited to 300 copies. "The natural wonders of Yosemite and the Big Trees have drawn the attention of the world like nothing else in California. Two books that are essential to the study of the area are the pioneering 1948 work by Francis Farquhar (1887-1974), who was an influential member of the Sierra Club, a book collector, and writer; and the expansive and exhaustive 1992 bibliography by Lloyd Currey and Dennis Kruska. Farquhar writes that he selected only twenty-five titles for inclusion based 'in part [on] their rarity and unusual character and in part [on] their originality and importance as contributions to knowledge.' The descriptions of these works are informative and entertaining. Currey and Kruska's comprehensive bibliography identifies and describes 411 items. Small and obscure pamphlets and broadsides are given attention equal to that given major texts. The introduction, chronological listing, extensive bibliographical entries, information on library holdings, and index make this an indispensable tool for anyone doing serious work on this fascinating topic." - Alan Jutzi, Avery Chief Curator of Rare Books, The Huntington Library. "Bibliography is the portal to the massive literature of California, and the analysis of titles continues to inspire bibliographic study beyond Robert E. Cowan's seminal work ... The natural wonders of Yosemite and the Big Trees have always been a subject of passionate interest for the bibliophile. We are blessed with two bibliographical treatments of the great valley and its environs with the pioneering work of Francis P. Farquhar, spotlighting twenty-five key works, and the staggering compilation of hundreds of titles by Lloyd Currey and Dennis Kruska. Their inclusion of not only great books but also ephemera is a marvel of bibliographic thoroughness." - Gary F. Kurutz, Principal Librarian, Special Collections, California State Library. This is Zamorano Select # 27, one of 120 "cornerstone" books on California published between 1870 and 1980, with several exceptions, including this selection published in 1992. The book won an Award for Outstanding Merit and was one of the books featured in 1993 Western Books exhibit of the Rounce & Coffin Club, Los Angeles, California. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (#167008).
"300 copies designed and printed by / The Castle Press, Pasadena. / Printed in Palatino typeface. / The paper is natural / Nekoosa Opaque / Vellum" on colophon page.