The Splendid Idle Forties. Six Stories of Spanish California. Preface by Oscar Lewis
first edition Hardcover
1960 · Kentfield, CA:
by Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948).
Kentfield, CA:: The Allen Press,, 1960. First Edition, thus. Hardcover. Very Good. LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies printed with Romanee hand-set type on damp all-rag Rives paper using an Acorn hand press by Lewis and Dorothy Allen. Folio. 13 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. 110 pp. Half-title, title-page with multi-colored vine and leaf decoration, initials and decorations engraved on wood by Mallette Dean and hand-colored by Lewis Allen; text clean, unmarked. Full hand-blocked Fortuny fabric in yellow and white floral pattern over boards, printed paper spine label, later mylar jacket (no jacket issued); binding square and tight. Prospectus included. Very Good. Atherton's stories included here are: "The Pearls of Loreto;" "The Bells of San Gabriel;" "The Story of La Perdida;" "The Conquest of Dona Jacoba;" "The Vengeance of Padre Arroyo;" and "When the Devil Was Well." Atherton's was 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, No. 1 (first edition, Macmillan, 1902). (Inventory #: WVGX1012-1)