CALIFORNIA DESERT TRAILS by J. Smeaton Chase WITH ILLUSTRATIONS FROM PHOTOGRAPHS BY THE AUTHOR AND AN APPENDIX OF PLANTS ALSO HINTS ON DESERT TRAVELLING. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919. 21.5x13.6 cm, pp. [1-2] [i-ix] x-xii [xiii-xv] xvi [1-2]  2-387 [388: printer's imprint], 35 illustrations from photographs on 32 inserted plates, original pictorial olive green cloth, front panel stamped in blue, purple, brown and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, bottom edge rough trimmed. First edition. "In this book published some six years after the appearance of CALIFORNIA COAST TRAILS, Chase records the experience of seeing a California desert as it was in the first quarter of the twentieth century. He traveled by himself on horseback exploring the Colorado Desert, coming to appreciate and understand the often hidden charms, immense solitude, frequent discomforts, and even danger inherent in this largely unsettled region in Southern California. The Colorado Desert, encompassing some 2500 square miles, lies south of the Mojave Desert, extending from the San Bernardino Mountains east and southeast to the Colorado River" (Gordon J. Van de Water). "... CALIFORNIA DESERT TRAILS ranks with [George Wharton James'] THE WONDERS OF THE COLORADO DESERT as a masterpiece of descriptive writing about California's southeastern corner" (Powell). "... one of the two outstanding books descriptive of the Colorado Desert, the other -- obviously -- being George Wharton James' WONDERS OF THE COLORADO DESERT. All phases of desert life and desert conditions are ably covered ... The book is well written; the material intelligently assembled ... CALIFORNIA DESERT TRAILS is well fortified with factual data gathered by a man-to-desert contact back in the year 1918, when the desert was still young in the knowledge of men. The book is indispensable to any library large or small, whether for desert lover or desert stranger" (Edwards). Edwards, The Enduring Desert, p. 48. Powell, California Classics, p. 205. Zamorano Select 15. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and lower corner tips, just a bit of rubbing along lower edge, several minor color touchups to cloth, a bright, clean, very good copy. Better than usually encountered. (#167176).
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