Good in Very Good dj. 4to. 256 pp. Light pale spotting to cloth. Covers sl. bowed. Edges foxed. Owner's ink signature on ffep, embossed initials on title page. Jacket sl. foxed, edgeworn, nicked. History of the lands of the public domain: frontier expansion, the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934, railroad cessions, the Homestead Act, strip-mining mortgages, the National Forests and current stewardship/abuses. B/w photos.
256pp. Small quarto [26 cm] Red cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. Very good. The spine ends and corners of the covers are bumped. There is a former owner's small ink stamp on the front free endsheet, and there is an embossed stamp on the title page. The dust jacket is in very good condition, with a handful of small closed tears and chips in the lightly creased edges. From the dust jacket-"For the first time in a single book, the whole story of the public domain is told in a narrative as timely as it is enlivened by history-from the land speculations of George Washington and his contemporaries to the real-estate boondoggles of today; from the pre-emption movement of the 1830s to the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934; from the 90 million acres given away to railroads in the 1860s and 1870s to the millions of acres now being maimed by dune buggies, trail bikes, and other off-road vehicles; from the cynical distortion of such well-intentioned land laws as the Homestead Act of 1862 to the curious grazing practices of modern stockmen; from nineteenth-century entrepreneurs who mortgaged the public domain in the name of greed to twentieth-century engineers who would pockmark it with strip mines in the name of energy..."
Collectible. Signed by Authors FINE/nFINE. Red cloth boards. SIGNED by BOTH AUTHORS. Charles Watson Jr is an unheralded American hero who accomplished in the 2nd half of the 20th century the placement of more lands under federal protection including Native American Sacred Lands and rare archaeological and biological sites than any other person. Field research and documentation of irreplaceable American lands. Scarce as double signed. [B111]
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