London: Adam and Charles Black, 1914. First Edition. INSCRIBED "Los dias del sol dilaten del Alma. May we prove it true is the wish of Mary Austin, July - 1915". Large 8vo. 178 pp. Fold-out map of California at rear. 32 tipped-in color plates (including frontispiece) with titled tissue guards, reproducing paintings by Sutton Palmer. Index. Green cloth with a signed pictorial design by Henry Hunt Clark, printed in blue, orange and yellow on the front and spine; background to titling blocked in gilt on the front and spine with top edge gilt. Previous owner inscription; previous owner bookplate; wear to extremities and spine joints; shelfwear; scrape on rear cover; corner boards starting to show; else a good - very good copy. Item #20431
Austin writings of the beauties up and down California are paired beautifully with scenic views by Sutton Palmer including Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Mount Shasta, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mt. Tamalpais, Glendale Valley, San Diego and much more. Her inscribed sentiment translates to "Sunny days expand the soul"...a true statement for California days. (A & C Black 649; Cowan pg. 23; Rocq 16661).