London and New York: John Lane: The Bodley Head, 1899. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. 8vo. 300 pp. Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard. Blue-grey cloth with white lettering & ruling; deckled page edges; top edge gilt. A very good copy (light wear to extremities, moreso to spine ends; some rubbing to lettering on spine); a nice copy of the author's uncommon first novel. Item #17161
Atherton's first publication was "The Randolphs of Redwood: A Romance," serialized in The Argonaut in March 1882 under her pseudonym Asmodeus. She published this work, her first novel, in 1899 and re-titled it A Daughter of the Vine. The story concerns "... the daughter of a wealthy San Francisco pioneer, a victim of her own impulsiveness and indiscretion, who meets her downfall through drink." - Baird and Greenwood 104.