1955. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955.
Large 8vo, 97 pp. Publisher's black cloth, pictorial dust jacket, with fold-out pamphlet incorporating some color photography. A near fine copy in a moderately worn dust-jacket with several closed tears and a chip.
§ First edition. A book of essays edited by Wallace Stegner, written in passionate defense of Dinosaur National Monument in Utah against controversial proposals to flood its canyons behind a hydroelectric dam. Stegner contributed the first essay, "The Marks of Human Passage." Following a nationwide campaign a compromise was made and only part of the project was built.
"Though the writers, scientists, and photographers who have combined in these pages are all unalterably opposed to the suggested Echo park and Split Mountain dams, they have not chosen to make this book into a fighting document. The struggle over the dams has already created enough bad feeling and bad prose, and there are better places than this for argument and counter-argument. The purpose here is simply to survey the national resource which is Dinosaur National Monument—to survey its possibilities for human rest and recreation and inspiration, in the belief that the people and Congress of the United States should have a clear idea of what they would be losing if they chose to sacrifice this National Monument to make a reservoir." (Forward). Item #125295