“Ranks Among the All-Time Great Books on California, and An Acknowledged Classic of the Desert” (Edwards)
Timeless collection of fourteen sketches about the high California Desert by naturist, feminist, mystic and poet, Mary Austin. Author of more than 35 books, The Land of Little Rain was her first book and considered her masterpiece. Her nature writings have been compared to John Muir, John Burroughs and Henry David Thoreau. Austin conveyed the beauty of this simultaneously forbidding yet magnetic landscape with its hardy mixture of plants, animals and human beings. It was published in October 1903 and its success brought Austin a comfortable income and launched her career as a serious writer. The handsome full page and marginal line drawings by Elmer Boyd Smith complement Austin’s insightful prose.
Houghton, Mifflin, New York, Fourth Impression, 1903, 280 pages, pictorial title page, frontispiece, 3 half-tone plates, text illustrations and numerous marginal decorations by Elmer Boyd Smith. Octavo: 8.75 by 6.75 inches.
Ultra clean publisher’s gilt lettered olive green pictorial ribbed cloth, illustration of a coyote with cattle skull on front board. Top edge bright and uniform gilt. Tight and square with a tasteful previous owner bookplate on front pastedown.
A remarkable, near mint Fourth Impression. Present is the ultra scarce original jacket in at least Very Good condition and preserved in a new mylar sleeve.
California Literary Classic of Desert Life
Dorothy Sloan: Volkmann
Zamorano 80- Number 2