The Land No One Knows: America and the Public Domain
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Date Published: 1975
Book Id: 38145
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..."