New York and London: The Macmillan Company, 1902. First edition. Original pictorial publisher's cloth binding with bright gilt to spine and front board. An about Near Fine copy with trivial toning to the spine and gentle bumps to extremities. Internally unmarked and complete, including frontis and seven illustrations by Harrison Fisher. In all, a square, tight, and brightly colored copy of this notable Zamorano 80 book.
Gertrude Atherton wrote consistently and often of California, becoming a well-known and admired chronicler of its culture. Born and raised in San Francisco, Atherton did spend time outside of the Golden State, first in Kentucky for school, then in New York City, England, and France for her writing career. But the lure of her home-state's history remained a focus for Atherton; and in addition to her writing on suffrage, Atherton is most familiar as a California writer. The Zamorano Club has thus singled out Atherton for inclusion on their famous bibliography, writing that The Splendid Idle Forties is "perhaps the best known collection of stories of that romantic period of California history when the incoming Americans were first intermingling with the Californians of rancho and presidio." These are tales, in Atherton's phrasing, of "a country that looked as if it still hung upon the edge of chaos: wild, fertile, massive, barren, luxuriant, crouching on the ragged line of the Pacific."
Zamorano 80, no. 1. Very Good + (Item #3259)