GREY, ZANE. 1872-1939.
Autograph Manuscript in pencil, 303 pp, legal folio, n.p., [c.1918], being the manuscript of the essay Tonto Basin, pages toned with some creasing and smudging as usual, a few margins rough, overall quite legible.
Tonto Basin was published as Chapter IV of Greys book, Tales of Lonely Trails (NY: 1922). The essay tells the story of a trek by horse and mule across the Tonto Basin in Arizona, with Greys regular posse and his young son Romer, then only nine years old. Greys own wonder at the beauty of nature is magnified by his sons awed response to riding burros, fishing trout, hunting turkeys, and tracking bears. From page 145 of the manuscript: In a glade not seventy five yards away stood a magnificent bull elk, looking back over his shoulder. His tawny hind-quarters, then his dark-brown, almost black shaggy shoulders and head, then his enormous spread of antlers, like the top of a dead cedar,--these in turn fascinated my gaze. How graceful, stately, lordly!