London: Adam and Charles Black, 1914. Very Good. First Edition. Sutton Palmer, Illustrator. [Published Autumn 1914] [9.5x7.25in]; Olive green cloth covers with dark green ink lettering, gilt field on spine, stamped orange, dark green and pastel colored pictorial of window panes looking out to an orchard, valley and mountains, all edges trimmed; viii, 178 pp., 32 plates with tipped in color illustrations and captioned tissue guards by Sutton Palmer, fold out map of California at rear, index, 2 page advertisement listing Blacks Beautiful Books; Some shelf wear to edges, corners and covers, corners bumped, some small tears and fraying to top and bottom of spine, several small scratches to front lower cover, scattered foxing and age toning to text block. Item #13510
Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934) was an American writer of the Southwest and best known for her first book in 1903, The Land of Little Rain. In Lawrence Clark Powell, California Classics, he writes “While living in briefly in London in 1913, Mrs. Austin was asked to write chapters to accompany Sutton Palmer’s watercolor paintings of California - the opposite of the process whereby Ansel Adams took photographs to illustrate her prose.” (1950 edition). The American edition of this book was delayed until 1927 due World War I and lacks Palmer’s tipped in illustrations. Powell adds “It is a lyrical hymn to California, its contours and configurations of seacoast, valleys, and mountains.”.