Berkeley: The Archetype Press, 1938. First edition. Hardcover. Lettered and signed on colophon. Limited to 500 copies, this being "K" of the 26 rare "lettered" copies (17 x 12 3/4"), to be given away by the artist. Original white cloth with black lettering on cover and spine, with acetate jacket; housed in modern tan cloth clamshell box with framed gilt lettering on black Morocco label of spine. Printed to heavy stock paper with half-titles for each plate.
Foreword by Ansel Adams. First major monograph of Adams's work with fifty tipped-in illustrations from photographs by Ansel Adams printed in the finest halftone process of the time. It was commissioned by Walter Starr to commemorate his son who was killed during a climbing expedition in the High Sierra. The book was used as a lobbying tool during the congressional debate over the establishment of Kings Canyon National Park. Engravings and prints made by the Lakeside Press, Chicago. Book designed, set up, and printed on Wayside Text by Wilder & Ellen Bentley, The Archetype Press, in Berkeley.
Laid in an original and contemporary folded Valentines Day Card from Virginia and Ansel Adams with a Walt Whitman poem printed to inside cover and a tipped-in b/w photographic plate on facing page (Sierra foothills from Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park). Binding with light wear along edge, small chips and very light fraying at head and tail of spine with bumps at upper corner of foredge. Rubbed and lightly age-toned along spine. Block lightly age-toned along edges, not affecting images. Five photographic plates with minor blemishes at lower edge. Plate fifty with 3/4 x 2 3/4" crease at lower left corner. Tipped-in plate of Valentines Day card loose but present. Clamshell box in fine, binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. g. Item #44899