The Land of Little Rain, Mary Austin, Ansel Adams, & Carl Van Doren, 1950, VG

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Austin, Mary, Ansel Adams (Photographs), and Carl Van Doren (Introduction). The Land of Little Rain (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950).
English, First Edition Thus, Very Good, HC, 8vo, 10 1/4" x 8 1/2," 129 pp., including illustrations, List of Plates, and Appendix.

Yellow cloth-covered boards with orange lettering on front and spine. Covers have slight fading along spine and slight darkening to front, back, and spine, else clean and intact, binding tight, sharp tips. Pages have light age toning, else pristine and intact. Replete with black-and-white plates, 48 in total. One piece of ephemera laid in: a folded black-and-white map with two stamps of "Town House Motel, Bishop, California." The map is a road and trail map showing places in Inyo and Mono Counties. A beautiful abridged edition of The Land of Little Rain featuring printed photos by Ansel Adams alongside Mary Austin's text. Mary Austin (1868-1934) was an American author. She was a prolific writer and wrote novels, plays, and poetry. Austin was also a feminist and an advocate for Indigenous and Spanish-American rights. She is perhaps best-known for her nature writings about the American Southwest. In The Land of Little Rain is a collection of essays that pay tribute to the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants, humans and animals alike. Printed by the Riverside Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts.