Item #13142 The Land of Little Rain. Mary Austin, Hunter.
The Land of Little Rain
The Land of Little Rain
The Land of Little Rain
The Land of Little Rain
The Land of Little Rain
The Land of Little Rain
The Land of Little Rain
The Land of Little Rain
The Land of Little Rain

The Land of Little Rain

Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903. Very Good. First Edition, 2nd Printing. E. Boyd Smith, Illustrator. [October] [8.5x6.5in]; xi [5] 280 [2] pp., pictorial title page and frontispiece illustration with tissue guard, 3 plate illustrations and 73 illustrations in brown ink in text and chapter headings by E. Boyd Smith; Olive green cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine and front, pictorial color illustration of vulture, wolf, skeleton and shrubs on front, top edge gilt, others untrimmed; Minor shelf wear and rubbing to covers, spine, edges and corners, slightly darken spine, minor fraying of cloth on edges, front and rear hinges repaired, prior owner pencil notes and colorful children’s bookplate on half-title, closed tears at edges to pages 29 and 47. [Volkmann Zamorano80 #2, Graff 114, Howell50 273, Cowan64 p24]. Item #13142

Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934) was an American writer of the Southwest. This was her first of 35 books and, by many accounts, her best book. The Land of Little Rain is a story of life and nature on the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of Owens Valley, the Inyo Mountains, Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Western Nevada. In Lawrence Clark Powell, California Classics, he writes “There in the county of Inyo she put down roots and absorbed the lore of the Paiute and Shoshone Indians and of the shepherds, ranchers and miners. With her feet on the earth and her head in the sky, she gave voice in singing prose to the soul of a hitherto unsung land.”

The illustrative drawings of E. Boyd Smith added a depth to the writing that brought the words and images to life. A newspaper critic at the time stated “What John Muir has done for the western slopes of the Sierras... Mrs. Austin does in a more tender and intimate fashion for the eastern slopes.”.

Price: $400.00

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