Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1900. Monterey Edition. Complete in two volumes. 8vo. xxxv, 310; 308 pp. Illustrated plates with titled tissue guards from drawings by Henry Sandham. Introduction by Susan Coolidge. Binding designed and signed by Amy Sacker. Cream, & green illustrated blue cloth with gilt lettering & ruling; top edges gilt; with publsher's gilt lettered blue cloth dustjackets; housed in publisher's blue slipcase. Books and dustjackets are in fine condition (with a hint of wear); some wear and fading to slipcase. Item #20759
Lawrence Clark Powell wrote: "Ramona was the first novel about Southern California... it remains the best California book of its kind - an historical romance of a vanished way of life." Appearing in 1881, just before the spectacular boom, it created a nation-wide interest in Southern California, and it served as sort of a romantic guidebook during the tourist rush. - Zamorano 80 #46. (BAL 10456; Baird & Greenwood 1296; Johnson, High Spots of American Literature pg. 46-47).