THE SPLENDID IDLE FORTIES: STORIES OF OLD CALIFORNIA. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, n.d. [1922?]. Octavo, pp. 389, original pictorial red cloth stamped in gold. Later edition. A revised and enlarged edition of BEFORE THE GRINGO CAME (1894). "Atherton's stories of love and death, bull and bear fights, moonlight meriendas, horse races and fancy dress balls, are increasingly meaningful and precious. They are truly classics of Californiana." - Lawrence Clark Powell, California Classics, pp. 103-114. Zamorano Eighty 1. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 A-350. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 100. Gold stamping a bit tarnished, a very good copy in dust jacket with wear and some chipping at edges. Scarce in the jacket. (#165961).
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