The Splendid Idle Forties. Six Stories of Spanish California. Preface by Oscar Lewis.
by [Allen Press]. Atherton, Gertrude.
4to. Kentfield, CA: Allen Press, 1960. 4to, 110 pp. Printed in black and red, with title, 7 large initials, and 18 decorations engraved on wood by Mallette Dean and hand-colored. A fine copy, bound at the Press in hand-blocked Fortuny fabric in yellow and white. Limited to 150 copies signed by Lewis and Dorothy Allen. Preface by Oscar Lewis. "Perhaps the best known collection of stories of that romantic period of California history when the incoming Americans were first intermingling with the Californians of rancho and presidio." Zamorano 80. These stories are selected from 13 tales written by Atherton in 1888-89. (Inventory #: 109930)
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