Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail [SIGNED BY ANSEL ADAMS].
The Archetype Press
1/500. Folio. Cream cloth with black lettering on cover and spine. Signed in black ink on colophon (limitation leaf) by Ansel Adams. "Truly the "Range of Light," as John Muir defined it, the Sierra Nevada rises to the sun as a vast shining world of stone and snow foaming waters, mellowed by the forests growing upon it and the clouds and storms that flow over it. White domes and ridges of granite merge with the black metamorphic rocks of the final summits; mineral-infused veins impose gleaming color on the peaks and canyons; hundreds of shining lakes are hidden in the stone matrix of the mountains. Snow fields scintillate above the last domain of growing things, and wide meadows, profuse with flowers, rest upon the gentler slopes and the sheltered valleys...The emotional interpretation of the Sierra Nevada - the revelation of the beauty of wide horizons and the tender perfection of detail - is the prime function of the present work. The region concerned in this collection of photographs stretches from the Yosemite National Park in the north to the Sequoia National Park in the south, including the watersheds of the Tuolumne, Merced, San Joaquin, Kings, Kern and Kaweah rivers, and the numerous streams descending the eastern slope...This work, then, is a transmission of emotional experience - personal, it is true, as any work of art must be, - but inclusive in the sense that others have enjoyed similar experiences so that they will understand this interpretation of the intimate and intense beauty of the Sierra Nevada." (Ansel Adams, Yosemite National Park, March 17, 1938). Illustrated with 50 tipped-in halftone prints of photographs by one of the greatest American landscape photographers of the 20th century. The book had such an influence on President Roosevelt to embrace the Kings Canyon Park idea. The park was created 2 years later in 1940. Engravings and prints made by the Lakeside Press, Chicago. Minor age wear, scuffing and some staining on binding. Head and tail of spine slightly bumped, minor chipping on tail. Slight age yellowing to outer edges of interior pages. Tight copy of this elaborate publication. Very good condition.
Edition: Limited edition
Book ID: 23028