PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OF YOSEMITE PARK / TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: / A question of national importance has / arisen upon which everyone should be informed [caption title and first three lines of text on front self wrapper]. John MUIR.

PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OF YOSEMITE PARK / TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: / A question of national importance has / arisen upon which everyone should be informed [caption title and first three lines of text on front self wrapper].

NP: np, [1909]. Third edition (?). 8vo. 32 pp. Illustrated from photographs, pp. 21-32. The letter “To the Members of Congress” on the front self-wrapper is signed in facsimile by Muir. BAL 14758 (describing two editions, but not this variant, apparently prepared for members of Congress). With the points from BAL’s second edition, except for the title (as above for this copy, the two editions described in BAL are titled “Let All the People Speak and Prevent the Destruction of the Yosemite Park”) and the salutation (as above for this copy, the two editions described in BAL read “To The Editor” and “To the Editors and the Public”). This copy, in addition, has a pink stamp above the title “Write to Your Congressman and Protest,” not present in either BAL description. “The last six years of Muir’s life were saddened by the unsuccessful struggle to preserve the beautiful Hetch-Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park from conversion into a reservoir. Although a Board of Army Engineers had reported that ‘several sources of water supply could be obtained and used by the city of San Francisco,’ political intrigue, misrepresentation, and commercial considerations prevailed, to quote Muir, ‘over the best aroused sentiment of the entire country.’ One result of his leadership of the opposition was the consolidation of public sentiment against any possible repetition of such a raid” (DAB). OCLC locates one copy of this printing (“To the Members of Congress”), without mentioning the stamp above the title (Wisconsin Historical Society); OCLC also records the edition with the title reading “Let All the People Speak,” without location. Original printed self-wrappers (soiling in outer margin of front self-wrapper, small chip to lower corner). Still a very good copy of a rare Muir pamphlet related to Yosimite. Item #65846

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