San Francisco: Carnahan Publishing, 1902. Second Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 174 pp. Good. Item #15031701
Second edition (stated) of "probably the first novel set in the Fresno area." Likely the first story set in Fresno, although with much of the action being set in Yosemite where the family goes on several trips. The engravings include a depiction of a carriage traveling through a hollowed-out sequoia, California poppies, and the "Sylvan Lodge" (The Wawona Hotel). With much of the dialogue, both that of the two children and two incidental characters, an African-American man and a Chinese man, all taking place in dialect - a style of writing that was popular about a hundred years ago and is now viewed with disfavour. Self-published, and although it went to at least two editions, one can only assume it was not highly popular given its relative scarcity today.
___DESCRIPTION: Publishers gray cloth with lettering stamped in dark-green, decorated with orange, yellow and green poppies to upper board and backstrip, decorative endpapers, 9 full-page plates including one in color and a frontispiece, numerous vignettes in text; octavo size (8.5" by 6.75"), pagination: [1-4] 5-174.
___CONDITION: Good only, internally bright and complete with very little foxing; however, the binding is heavily soiled and rubbed, the text block is sturdy although the hinges are starting, and both free endpapers, which extend slightly beyond the fore-edge of the boards, are worn along the edges; contemporary prior owner signature to first endpaper with a few other owner markings (by a child?), small tear to the last endpaper; very good internally, albeit a bit rough externally.
___CITATION: The Book Club of California Keepsake For 2009, A Ladies' Dozen and a Gentleman... 1894 & 1898. Gaer p. 12.
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