Publisher: San Francisco: Paul Elder & Company, Publishers, (1911).
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Baird & Greenwood 2297; Cowan, page 603; Smith, American Fiction 1901-1925, S-727.
Condition: The Tahquitch Maiden is not a scarce book, but this is an uncommonly fine copy in the original decorated dust jacket, which is a little soiled and worn.
Book ID: 28519
Description8vo, original decorated yellow-tan boards. Frontis and two plates. Binding and border decorations by Jean Oliver.
CommentsA short tale based on an Indian legend set on Tahquitch Mountain the San Jacinto mountain range in Southern California. It author, Phebe Estelle Spalding (1859-1937), was an enlightened educator who taught English and other subjects at Pomona College and worked at the British Museum and Harvard University, among other places. See Wikipedia. The Tahquitch Maiden is an excellent example of California book arts of the early 20th century as practiced by several publishers and fine press printers. This book was printed by San Francisco bookseller Paul Elder's Toyome Press under the direction of John Henry Nash, who would later become known as the Aldus Manutius of San Francisco. Gift inscription on the front free endpaper: "Katherine Moulton From Mother. Dec. 25, 1911 / Montecito."