John of the Mountains Bundle

Quintessential Muir

Regular price: $30
Get the duo for $25!

Adorned with new covers by artist Lisel Jane Ashlock, these two classic texts show off famed naturalist John Muir’s writing at its finest. My First Summer in the Sierra presents Muir’s journal entries from his first long-term adventure in Yosemite and the surrounding area, when he helped drive a flock of sheep through the foothills toward the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers. The Mountains of California takes us on a tour of the Sierra Nevada (with occasional forays into the Coast Ranges and the Central Valley) that captures the grandeur of the region’s topography, forests, glaciers, weather, and wildlife in eloquent prose. In both books, Muir’s vivid descriptions of nature are infused with his characteristic wonder at the magnificence of wilderness, from a single lily whose beauty “puts
the roughest mountaineer on his best behavior” to a vista of the luminous Range of Light.

About the Author and Illustrator

John Muir (1838–1914) was a naturalist, author, and advocate for wilderness preservation. A prolific writer, his many books, essays, and letters abound with wit, humor, and an exuberant love of the natural world.
Lisel Jane Ashlock is an illustrator and painter living in Brooklyn, New York. Whether working with acrylic on birch panel, drawing with pencil and watercolor, or working digitally, she executes each project with a sensitivity to and celebration of the natural world. Lisel has received several illustration awards and accolades. Her work can be seen in various national publications, books, and advertising projects.