Through the Grand Canyon from Wyoming to Mexico
New York: MacMillan, 1915. 2nd Edition. 8vo. Very Good+ / No Jacket. Item #14042
A beautiful 1915 2nd Edition of this classic memoir of discovery through the American West, published the year after the 1st Edition.
Inscribed by Emory Kolb, brother of and expedition partner of the author as well as expedition photographer, on the front end paper dated June 4, 1920..
344 pp with 3 pages of advertisements at the rear. Full color frontis with 43 other black and white illustrations/photographs on 37 additional plates.
"When the train carrying Ellsworth Kolb reached the rim of the Grand Canyon in 1901, there was no El Tovar Hotel or Kolb Studio sitting proudly at the Bright Angel trailhead. Instead, train passengers would stay in small tent cabins and enjoy the natural, auto-free sounds of the canyon. Ellsworth's carefree and adventurous spirit thrived in the freedom and beauty found here.
He persuaded his cautious and aggressive younger brother Emery to come west to work with him. Emery arrived in Williams, AZ in October 1902 with only his camera, guitar, and the clothes on his back. While waiting to catch the train to Grand Canyon, he wandered into a photographic store that happened to be for sale; $425 later, he began their adventure in Northern Arizona.
A year later, the brothers moved their business near a trailhead at Grand Canyon after receiving permission from Ralph Cameron, owner of the Bright Angel Trail. First, they pitched a small tent on the canyon rim, and then built a small wooden house in 1906, which they called Kolb Studio.
Ellsworth and Emery established themselves as both photographers and adventurers during the next 12 years. Their photographs of visitors and lesser-known areas of the canyon supported their chosen career path. However, they were not the only ones who saw an opportunity to earn money this way." - NPS
Blue cloth with large full-color pastedown of the Grand canyon on front board. Gilt titling to front and spine> Mild wear to binding.
A handsome and superior edition with direct ties to the expedition.