Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1906. First Edition. INSCRIBED "To Henry Goddard Leach from Mary Austin, Casa Querida, March 18 - 1928". 8vo. 266 pp. Illustrated from paintings and drawings by E. Boyd Smith, including the frontispiece with tissue-guard. Olive pictorial green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration. Personal bookplate of Henry Goddard Leach (1880 - 1970), an American Scandinavian studies scholar and civic leader. He is best known as President of The American-Scandinavian Foundation and Professor of Scandinavian Civilization at the University of Kansas.Austin inscribed the book to Leach at her home, Casa Querida in Santa Fe. Minor wear to extremities; slight fading to spine; a near fine copy. Item #21308
These nineteen stories are based on Austin's own experiences, capturing the way of life of shepherds in the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra. She blends natural history, politics, and allegory in a genre-blurring narrative, championing local shepherds in their losing battle against the quickly developing tourist business in the Western Sierra during the nineteenth century.