AUSTIN, Mary. California. The Land of the Sun. Painted by Sutton Palmer.

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AUSTIN, Mary. California. The Land of the Sun. Painted by Sutton Palmer. London, Adam and Charles Black, [1914].

Square 8vo. Original green cloth, image of fruit and pine trees and misty mountains blocked in colour to upper cover, partly reprised on spine, lettered in gilt to upper cover and spine, by the American designer, Henry Hunt Clark; pp. viii, 178, [2, advertisements]; 32 tipped-in coloured plates, 1 folding map; apart from minimal rubbing and marking to cloth in places and light offsetting from endpapers, a very good copy; ownership inscription to front fly-leaf.
First edition, one of the finest and most atmospheric A. & C. Black cover designs. The Californian Mary Hunter Austin immersed herself into landscape and Native American mythology, whilst propagating progressive causes, such as feminism and socialism. 'Austin’s best writing, which is concerned with nature or Native American life, is reminiscent of the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Muir in its transcendental tone and occasional primitivist leaning. She was active in movements to preserve Native American arts, crafts, and culture' (Encyclopaedia Britannica).
Inman, A & C Black Colour Books 649.

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