Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1932. First edition. Hardcover. ix, 381 pp., 8 plates from photographs; octavo, beige cloth with green titles, dustjacket. Inscription erased from front free endpaper, though the words "Christmas, 1932" remain, else about fine in jacket small chips to spine ends, tape reinforcement to edges of jacket from underside. Item #22068
Mary Austin (1868-1934) was a prolific author of both novels and nature writings. Her first book was "The Land of Little Rain" (1900) a celebration of the Owen's Valley in the south east of California. In 1907 she moved to Carmel and became one of "The Crowd" - the group of writers and artists centered around Jack London, George Sterling, wives, et al who decamped to Carmel after the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.