THROUGH RAMONA'S COUNTRY by George Wharton James ... With more than 100 illustrations. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1909. 20.5x13.5 cm, pp. [i-v] vi-xi [xii-xiv] xv-xvii [xviii]  2-406 [407-408: ads], illustrations, original pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in cream, black, purple and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge gilt. First edition, first printing. Helen Hunt Jackson's RAMONA was published in 1884. The enormously popular novel had more than 300 printings and has been adapted five times as a film. It's "influence on the culture and image of Southern California was considerable. Its sentimental portrayal of Mexican colonial life contributed to establishing a unique cultural identity for the region. As its publication coincided with the arrival of railroad lines in the region, countless tourists visited who wanted to see the locations of the novel" (Wikipedia). James' book is the major work written in response to the need for an accurate picture of the historical setting of Jackson's novel (part fact, part fiction) and Native American culture in Southern California. Rocq (1970) 15464. Cloth lightly rubbed at edges, a bright, clean, very good copy. A lovely copy. Uncommon in this condition. (#166329).
"Published November, 1908" on copyright page.