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Article: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Explorer

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Explorer

These hand-picked holidays gifts are perfect for the explorer in your life! Inspire them with the tales of intrepid explorers who have come before them, a gorgeous photography collection of the first National Park in the United States, leather goods and tactical watches to use on the trails, and new journals to fill with stories of their favorite trips. 

THE TRAIL OF LEWIS AND CLARK BY OLIN WHEELER, FIRST EDITION, TWO VOLUMES, 1904

The Trail of Lewis and Clark by Olin Wheeler, First Edition, Two Volumes, 1904

This first edition of Olin Wheeler’s The Trail of Lewis and Clark was published in 1904 and is presented here beautifully rebound in a rich burgundy quarter leather and cloth binding. Wheeler’s book detail the famous story of exploration across the U.S. by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark. Wheeler’s two volumes are complete with 200 illustrations, including manuscript documents, copies of journal entries provided by Reuben Thwaites, 24 prints by prominent American and Euro-American artists, and 15 maps. 

 

Park Journal

Park Journal

This Park Journal pays tribute to one of our favorite things in this world: the National Parks. Whether you are chronicling a bold adventure, or quietly sketching at home, this journal will remind you of the nature you love. These leather journals feature a raw edge cut straight from the hide and a Moleskine notebook which can be replaced again and again. It’s the perfect long-lasting gift for the artist, writer, or traveler in your life.

Seasons of Yellowstone: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Seasons of Yellowstone: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks by Photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen

This stunning coffee table book features 150 of photographer Thomas Mangelsen’s most iconic photos that capture the majesty of all the seasons in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—the most dramatic vistas and all of the magnificent wildlife. Published to celebrate the park’s 150th anniversary, Mangelsen photographic portfolio allows readers to visit such awesome national treasures as Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, the Snake and Yellowstone Rivers, and the wide plains of the Lamar Valley. 

Leather Wrapped Glass Flasks

Leather Wrapped Glass Flasks

We worked with Kentucky-based leather makers Clayton & Crume to design a custom Great Republic flask that will match the quality of the spirits it will carry. Distilleries have been bottling spirits in glass for decades – it’s the only way to preserve the integrity of the spirit and avoid the tarnished taste that comes from cheap metal flasks. The result is this beautiful flask, made of glass and wrapped in high quality, full grain saddle leather. Bring it with you on your travels, to sip your favorite spirits fireside amongst friends or to toast an epic but rewarding trek.  

 

Kobold Arctic Diver Titanium Tactical Watch with Green Nylon Strap

The Arctic Diver is one of the toughest and most reliable Kobold watches ever built. Its 44.5mm case features an extra-thick, domed sapphire crystal, a triple-sealed, screw-locked crown, and an extra-thick stainless steel caseback. An internal secondary case made from soft-iron shields the Swiss-made automatic movement from magnetic interference (up to 80,000 A/m). In 2020, Kobold began working on a version of the Arctic Diver using aerospace-grade titanium as the material for the outer case. This is watch is the first Arctic Diver model to have a titanium outercase, presented in DLC-coated black. 

Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter by Theodore Roosevelt, First Edition, 1905

Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter by Theodore Roosevelt, First Edition, 1905

This is a first edition printing of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work, Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter, published in 1905. The book contains accounts of Roosevelt's hunting trips in the West, his impressions of and experiences in Yellowstone Park, and a chapter on books about big game hunting. Roosevelt built a lasting legacy in the conservation movement; he continually championed the compatibility of hunting wildlife and the protection of wildlife and wilderness.

Hayden's Geological and Geographical Atlas of Colorado and Portions of Adjacent Territory, First Edition of Twenty Maps, 1877

Hayden's Geological and Geographical Atlas of Colorado and Portions of Adjacent Territory, First Edition of Twenty Maps, 1877

This is F. V. Hayden's Geological and Geographical Atlas of Colorado and Portions of Adjacent Territory, an unmatched geological record for its time. Published by the Department of the Interior in 1877, The Hayden Survey was the largest and best funded of the four major surveys. Hayden wrote that he felt a comprehensive survey of Colorado would “yield more useful results, both of a practical and scientific character. . . . The prospect of its [Colorado’s] rapid development within the next five years, by some of the most important railroads of the West, renders it very desirable that its resources be made known to the world at as early a date as possible” (Hayden 1874, 11).  This first edition printing of the Atlas of Colorado is a classic example of Western Americana and exemplifies the best cartographic, geologic, and illustrative work of the Hayden survey. It would make a stellar addition to any serious collector’s library.

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