Atherton, Gertrude. The Splendid Idle Forties
Stories of Old California.
London: Macmillan, 1902.
First UK edition. 8vo. 389pp. Publisher’s heavily decorated ribbed red cloth lavishly decorated in blue, black, white and gilt to spine and front board. Minor rubbing and edgewear, bumping to spine ends, a very good bright, strong copy. Internally clean, page 173 with a triangular tear, unsightly but with no loss to the text. From the collection of Richard Dalby with his usual accompanying notes. Laid in is a rather splendid 2 page letter from Gertrude Atherton, sent from Havana, detailing the publishing evolution of this book from her earlier collection “Before the Gringo Came”, and speculatin