Story of My Boyhood & Youth 1913 John Muir memoir illustrated leather bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, Early 20th Century Books, Leather Books, Illustrated Books, John Muir, Memoirs).
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, by John Muir.
Published 1913, Boston & New York by Houghton Mifflin Company.
293  pages. Text in English. Frontis portrait protected by original tissue guard. Illustrated throughout. Early printing, likely First Edition, second.
With an early signature to a blank front fly leaf which is probably not (but might be) by Muir. It's possible the person who had this book bound had this loose signature leaf bound into the book but we're offering it as if it is not genuine. Also a couple early pictures have been taped onto blank fly leaves.
Period 1/2 leather binding, raised bands, gilt ruled compartments, gilt title lettering, marbled covers & end papers, top edge gilt.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Book is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding gently age worn, leather rubbed but still supple, joints slightly scuffed with some hairline splitting to leather along front joint (boards strong, firm & tight), remains overall clean and bright, very attractive as an object.
Text block paper is gently toned, internally still well preserved, tight, sound.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this antique book survives.
Book Measures c. 8 1/2" H x 5 3/4" W.