[Cambridge: University Press], 1874. 186pp, plus four maps [three of them folding, one a single page] as issued. Without the pocket on the rear pastedown. Clean text. Bound in original publisher's decorated green cloth, all edges gilt. Light scuffing to the binding, inner hinges cracked, occasional mild fold wear to a folding map, else Very Good.
In 1864 the United States conveyed Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees to the State of California. Whitney led the surveying party, whose members included Clarence King. The first edition, only 250 copies, issued in 1868. The second, 155 pages, issued in 1869.
A folding color map shows mid-California from San Francisco to Yosemite and Mono Lake [dated 1872]; there is a large folding map of the Sierra Nevada adjacent to the Yosemite Valley; another folding map and a single-page sketch of the Hetch-Hetchy Valley. Two of the maps were revised for this edition, and the "Sketch of the Hetch-Hetchy Valley" was new.
Howes W389. Cowan 699. Farquhar 7b. 36 Decker 58. Item #30291