The flock by Mary Austin ... Illustrated by E. Boyd Smith. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1906. 20.5x13.6 cm, pp. [1-10] [1-3] 4-266 [267: blank] [268: colophon], Frontispiece, 13 illustrations (at head of each chapter), other decorations in the text, title page printed in red and black, original green cloth, front cover stamped in white, tan and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge gilt. First edition. A series of thirteen literary sketches on sheepherding in California which retain much of the richness and power of The Land of Little Rain, Austin's first and best book. Pages -212 comprise "The Sheep and the Reserves" which examined the impact of the creation of the national parks, especially Yosemite, upon sheepherding in the Sierra from the herder's point of view. Grazing in Yosemite was prohibited when the park was established in 1890, but herders entered it by stealth to utilize the High Sierra meadows for summer pasture. Military patrols of the Yosemite back country were infrequent and expulsion of the herder and his flock were the offender's only penalty if apprehended. However, park patrols often ejected herder and sheep at different boundary points, effectively discouraging illegal entry. Signature of Fannie C. Foote on the front paste-down. Fore-edge corners bumped, light wear to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, small scuff to front cover, a sound, good copy. (#166907).
"Published October 1906" on copyright page.