THE WRITINGS OF JOHN MUIR

MANUSCRIPT EDITION

COMPLETE 10 VOLUMES

BY JOHN MUIR & WILLIAM FREDERIC BADE

1916-1924 FIRST EDITION

WITH A MANUSCRIPT LEAF BY MUIR IN VOLUME ONE


This is a first edition complete 10 volume set of THE WRITINGS OF JOHN MUIR by John Muir, edited by William Frederic Bade with additional biographical material in volumes 9 and 10 by Bade. This book was published over a number of years starting in 1916 and concluding in 1924. Each volume measures 231mm tall x 155mm and has a b/w frontispiece with tissue guard. The following is copied from Kimes' bibliography of John Muir's books:

v. 1. Nine photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front.; 8 halftone plates of author's sketches and map tipped in. v. 2. Eight photogravures with printed tissues, inc. front.; 16 halftone plates of author's sketches and map tipped in. v. 3. Eight photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front., and map tipped in. v. 4. Eight photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front., and map tipped in. v. 5. Six photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front., and map tipped in. v. 6. Seven photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front., and map tipped in. v. 7. Five photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front.; 10 halftone plates of author's sketches and map tipped in. v. 8. Six photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front., and map tipped in. v. 9. Seven photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front., and 1 plate of author's drawing tipped in. v. 10. Five photogravures with printed tissues, incl. front., and 1 plate of author's drawing tipped in. Price: $6.00 per v. In correspondence with the Houghton Mifflin Company, we learned that The Writings was a publication of the Private Library Department and that no records were available. The set was sold by subscription only. According to the publisher's announcement of the manuscript edition, the first six volumes were to be published in the fall of 1916, and the remaining four volumes would be published as soon as "the work of compilation and editing" could be accomplished. Since A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf, included in volume one, was not published until November, 1916, the six volumes could have been available in December, but it may not have been until early in 1917. Volumes seven and eight were published in 1918; volume nine did not appear until late in 1923, and volume ten in 1924. Correspondence indicates that the war was a deterring factor in the company's publication schedule. Customers were inquiring for the last two volumes as early as 1919 and 1920. A hand-written note (Dr. Bade) on a publisher's announcement indicates that the manuscript edition, issued in a variety of formats, was completely sold.

CONDITION: Each volume is bound in original green buckram, with leather title patch on spine lettered in gilt, with front and bottom edges of text block uncut, and with each volume hand-numbered (all volumes have the same number which indicates that this is not a mixed set). The spines have faded to tan (usual for this binding) and the leather title patches have some usual wear with loss to the patches of volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3. No previous owner marks or writing on any pages, no foxing, solid bindings, complete. Price: $2565.


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