Boston: The Page Company, 1921. Very Good. First Edition, 6th Printing (August 1921). [9.75x6.5in]; xxv, 433 pp., frontispiece color image of El Capitan, 71 images on plates with 7 in color, color fold out map, bibliography and index; Dark green cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering, designs and borders on front and spine, lavender, yellow and cream color added to design on front and spine, illustrated end papers, top edge gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed; Minor shelf wear to edges and corners with bumps and rubbing, some age toning to edges and end papers, color registration on map is slightly off, spine slightly darken, front hinge reinforced, missing one color plate, prior owner ink name on half-title and 2 other pages. Item #13814
George Wharton James (1858-1923) was an American lecturer, photographer, journalist, naturalists, anthropologists, writer and editor. James wrote many books on the wonders of California and the West. This book is about California and, as the subtitle states, it promotes the history, climate, topography and economy. In the early 1900's, there was a coordinated promotion of California targeting the South and crowded east coast cities. This popular book was first published in 1914, with additional printings of few changes in the text, images or map. This was one of a number of ".... California Calls You...." travel and promotion books that were beautifully made to attract interest and increase emigration to California, and created the State's broad economic growth that is still continues.