A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century, Rybczynski, Witold. HarperCollins Canada, 1999. First Canadian Edition. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 480 pages with index, illustrations and notes. Green cloth boards, silver spine titles. Volume is in unread condition; unclipped dustjacket has the very lightest of edge shelf wear.
Frederick Law Olmsted (1823-1903) is best known through “the physical legacy of his stunning landscapes — among them, New York’s Central Park, California’s Stanford University campus, and Boston’s Back Bay Fens. But Olmsted’s contemporaries knew a man of even more extraordinarily diverse talents. Born in 1822, he traveled to China on a merchant ship at the age of twenty-one. He cofounded The Nation magazine and was an early voice against slavery. He managed California’s largest gold mine and, during the Civil War, served as the executive secretary to the United States Sanitary Commission, the precursor of the Red Cross”. The author, Witold Rybczynski is a Canadian architect, professor and writer and author of the highly acclaimed Home and City Life. 002561 $30