A new edition of a long out of print travel book, published 1871. Why? As a technical book on mountain climbing it is definitely outmoded. As a survey of the country it has been equalled and surpassed. The book is warmly human, pleasing, somewhat exaggerated account of the rambles of a young geologist. Even today his description of Western scenery is vigorous and lovely. Chapters include some early attempts at mountain climbing -- Mt. Tyndall, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney, etc. The preface by Francis P. Farquhar, which gives a brief sketch of King's life, might increase the value of the book to American mountain climbers. Limited appeal.