Publisher: Los Angeles: [Artemisia Bindery], 1902.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Baird & Greenwood, California Fiction, 1688; Cowan, page 419; Smith, American Fiction 1901-1925, F-434.
Condition: Some light foxing; rear wrapper separating the fold; very good copy.
Book ID: 28118
Description8vo, original printed wrappers rebacked with brown cloth, black and red lettering on the front wrapper, untrimmed. Frontispiece.
CommentsA scarce collection of five short stories set in the old pueblo of Los Angeles, and one in San Francisco's Chinatown, by five Southern California women authors: Amanda Mathews, Gwendolen Overton, Nancy K. Foster, Lillian Corbett, and Olive Percival, compiled and published by another woman, Idah M. Strobridge at her Artemisia Bindery. Strobridge wrote and published several other works of fiction centered on old Los Angeles, or Sonoratown, as it was referred to. The five stories are fine examples of Los Angeles local color realistic fiction, particularly the two by Mathews on Mexican residents of the Old Pueblo. Strobridges's Artemisia Bindery issued its works in limited editions, in printed wrappers; almost all of them are scarce and when found are usually in poor condition.