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The Land Of Little Rain

By Austin, Mary




A stunning tribute to the savage beauty of the area known as Death Valley. To most travelers it is a parched, empty territory, unwelcoming and forgiving. In a collection of essays that date back almost a century, naturalist and writer Mary Austin (1868-1934) breathes life into the desert landscape, describing its savage beauty, its plants and animals, and the occasional human visitor.


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The Land of Little Rain (1903)

Mary Austin

Book Jungle, 2006-07-13. Paperback. Good.

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THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN

Austin, Mary

Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. This paean to the high California desert consists of fourteen sketches based on personal observation following solitary sojourns tramping through desert trails and "the streets of the mountains." Mary Austin (1868-1934), naturalist, feminist, mystic, and poet, wrote thirty-five books and hundreds of articles during her lifetime, but The Land of Little Rain, her first book, is regarded as her masterpiece. Her nature writings have been compared to those of John Muir, John Burroughs, and Henry David Thoreau. Living in the little town of Independence, Inyo County, she, more than anyone, succeeded in conveying the beauty of this simultaneously forbidding yet magnetic landscape with its hardy mixture of plants, animals, and human beings. Lawrence Clark Powell summed up the beauty of her words, writing: "With her feet on earth and her head in the sky, she gave voice in singing prose to the soul of a hitherto unsung land." Through her carefully crafted essays, she conveyed to her readers the feel of the soil, the inherent beauty of the desert flora, the graceful movements of the rattlesnake, and the pleasant aromas emanating from a Native American cooking bowl. Importantly, Austin painted a word picture of an Owens Valley that would soon be changed forever when a thirsty Los Angeles siphoned off the life-giving water from this "land of little rain." Includes a frontispiece, three halftone plates, and numerous border decorations by E. Boyd Smith. Octavo. Original olive green cloth binding, with pictorial light green, dark green, gilt, and black stamping. Period ink inscription to the front flyleaf. The spine is darkened just a touch, with a bit of wear to the corners and tips, and a faint stain and some very light bubbling in the cloth on the front board; otherwise very good. The Zamorano Eighty 2.

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company. Used - Very Good. 1903. First edition. Cloth, xi [5] 281 pp., illustrated. Frontispiece. Original dark green cloth with spine in gilt and decoratively stamped front board in gilt and three colors. Spine a bit cocked, with ffep and half title page a bit loose, but still attached; rear hinge is starting, binding still solid. There is some minor wear to cloth at extremities. Cloth on front board and spine is wavy, although it shows no sign of damage. Overall, a bright, attractive copy. Very good. Howes A-402. (Subject: Americana & Regional History.)

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. VG+. 4to., (8 4/8 x 6 2/8 inches). Half-title, vignette title-page. Frontispiece and 2 plates, numerous marginal illustrations in the text by E. Boyd Smith. Original publisher's olive pictorial cloth gilt, top edges gilt. previous owner's "property of" signature on the front black and a nice bookplate on the front pastedown, otherwise free of all markings. Book is a strong VG+, just some fraying to the very top of the cloth of the spine. Clean and free of all foxing, binding tight, no splits. A nice copy. True first edition, with the illustration in dark brown ink and providing no information about the illustrator. Howes A400; Zamorano Eighty 2.

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1903 281 pages. Title page dated 1903, no additional printings listed. Touch of wear to extremities, otherwise the binding is lovely. There's a little foxing to the endpapers, and a gift inscription dated 1903 on the front free endpaper, otherwise the pages are unmarked. Size: 8vo. Illus. by Illustrated by E. Boyd Smith. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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The Land of Little Rain.

AUSTIN, Mary

Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903. First edition. Octavo. Frontispiece, three plates and numerous marginal sketches by T. Boyd Smith. Original olive green pictorial cloth, lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Top edge gilt. Extremities a little rubbed. A very good copy. "These charming sketches of the desert and semi-desert country comprising the Owens Valley and the approaches to the great sink of Death Valley have become practically a classic". (Zamorano Eighty) Cowan, p. 24; Graff 114; Howes A-400; Zamorano Eighty 2.

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The Land of Little Rain.

Austin, Mary.

Houghton Mifflin Co. , Boston.. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. Author's first book. Original dark brown/green cloth binding with gold stamped letters. Some wear at top and bottom of spine and corners. Very slight lean to spine. A very handsome copy of an increasingly scarce book in Very Good condition. .

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1903, early edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Author's First Book, a classic of the desert land of the Southwest, illustrated by E. Bloyd Smith, not only with full-page compositions, but also with marginal sketches throughout, bound in tan cloth with brown and green decorations to front cover with author, title, and publisher in brown, the very scarce jacket is also later with a list of other books by Austin, this probably dates to c.1920, this is a Zamorano 80 title. Fine in a jacket with tiny chipping to top of spine panel, else fine.

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The Land of Little Rain (Nature Library, Penguin)

Mary Austin

1988-01-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. 281pp. Octavo in olive green cloth with decorative stamping in three colors and gilt, top edge gilt. Extremities rubbed, else very light wear; front hinge cracked (but holding), interior unmarked. Monotone frontispiece and numerous marginal illustrations. Mary Austin's first book, which launches her reoccurring literary theme of the desert lands of California.

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. endpapers replaced. head and heel of spine gently restored. overall beautiful copy. austin's first and most important book. stock reduction sale. 50% off regular price 350.00. now . Very Good. 1903. First Edition.

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LAND OF LITTLE RAIN

AUSTIN, Mary

1903. SMITH, E. Boyd. AUSTIN, Mary. THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge. 1903. First edition. Four plates and numerous marginal illustrations by E. Boyd Smith, 8vo. xvi,281 pp. Olive green cloth with gilt-stamped title to upper board and spine, printed decoration to upper board, t.e.g. Ink gift inscription to ffep. Spine is slightly skewed and gently bumped at crown; cloth shows just a touch of wear at heel, crown and corners. This is a clean and fresh copy of a beautifully designed book. Near fine.

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Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary, Illustrated by E. Boyd Smith

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920. Fine Crisp. Small Octavo. Mustard colored cloth printed in green and light brown, jacket tape reinforced at the head of the spine otherwise a very good + example of the jacket with a Condor gliding over the title. This is a true second edition (1920) being a smaller binding and sheets printed with the same type set but with a different colored ink for the illustrations (Medium Brown) and the illustrations have been moved around on the indivdual pages and omitted in a few instances. The jacket is altogether different with no Coyote as on the front panel of the first edition jacket and having commentary on the newest Austin books ( 26 Jayne St. being the the latest book, published in 1920.) Often overlooked as a later printing, this is actually a new edition retaining the charm and allure of the scarce and expensive first edition in original jacket. Amer. 1st, california fiction, literature, desert, Edwards - Enduring Desert, zamorano 80, Cowan, Howes.. First Edition Thus. Fine/Very Good +.

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1903. Hardcover. Very good. Early reprint with "October 1903" on copyright page, but no date on title. x, 281pp. Ink name on front free endpaper, else a very good hardback in a jacket that is tanned overall, darkened on the spine, but is still attractive.

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The Land of Little Rain.

AUSTIN, Mary

[Boston]: [Riverside Press], 1922. Souvenir Edition for the Mary Austin Diner at the National Arts Club. Signed by Mary Austin on the front cover. Twelvemo. 21 pp. Stabbed and sewn self-wrappers. Covers detached but a clean and good copy of this Austin rarity. A keepsake issued for the dinner held for Mary Austin in New York by the National Arts Club.Signed by a "Mrs. Westervelt" on the front (no doubt she attended this dinner). One suspects tha the majority of these keepsakes were signed as they has the author right there.

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. b/w frontis photo; ill marg. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. A very good copy in cloth (slight fraying to head & foot of spine; slight rubbing to corners). 8vo xi[5]280[2 ]pp+ Brilliant evocation of the Owens Valley in the late 19th century. Margin illustrations by E. Boyd Smith. Rocq #2232; Zamorano 80, #2. Exterior as noted; slight cocking to spine, upper hinge starting, few ink annotations to preliminaries and text, else a very good copy in a protective mylar jacket.

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Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston and New York : Houghton Mifflin, 1903. Top edge gilt. Top corners bumped, wear at top and bottom of spine and corners, previous owners name on endpaper otherwise unmarked, hinges tight. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by E. Boyd Smith .

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

2005-10-12. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land Of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

1904, 1st edition, 3rd printing, near fine condition, pictorial cloth binding, small wear to edges of cloth binding, evidence of prior owners bookplate on front pastdown, published by Houghton, Mifflin And Company, Boston, 281 pages. A classic on the California Deserts with emphasis on the Owens Valley, profusely illustrated with with drawings by E. Boyd Smith. Edwards p.14, Howes A-402, Cowan p.24, Zamorano Eighty #2. A must have book for the affectionato of the California Deserts! .

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary , Introduction By Carl Van Doren

New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1950. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Embossed Cloth. Fine/Very Good. 8 5/8" Tall. Photographs By Ansel Adams. First Printing Of This New Edition With 48 Plates By Ansel Adams, 1950 Dates On Title And Copyright Pages. An Immaculate, Fine Example, No Wear, Crisp, Tight, Etc. Dj Price Clipped And With Some Wear And Three Short Tears, Up To 1" 1/4" Long, And A Few Minute Losses. Inscribed By Helen M Gunn To Aurelia And W E Mclean; The Mcleans Were Long Time Residents Of Lone Pine Who Created An Important Collection Of Panamint Baskets In The 1930'S; Aurelia Founded The Mt. Whitney Easter Sunrise Service.

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The Land of Little Rain (Southwest Heritage)

Mary Austin

2007-03-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land Of Little Rain

Mary Austin

2004-06-17. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950. Original light yellow cloth with orange lettering. Spine ends and edges worn and a little stained where jacket pieces missing. Map end papers keyed to text. Text block and photographs very clean and bright. Dust jacket soiled and heavily chipped with considerable loss of paper, but intact. 48 full page photographs at the rear followed by a note on them by Ansel Adams.. First Edition. Cloth. Fair/Poor. Illus. by Ansel Adams. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Trade.

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

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The Land of Little Rain (Modern Library Classics)

Mary Austin

2003-05-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1903. 281pp.; HB lt.brwn.&green w/brwn.-pic.cover; rubbed w/wear on edges&corners; newspaper photo&bleed-thru,ft.info.endpapers; pencil PON(acquaintance of author)dedication pg.; some pencil notes w/clean,tight pgs. "The country where you may have sight and touch of that which is written lies between the high Sierras south from Yosemite - east and south over a very great assemblage of broken ranges beyond Death Valley, and on illimitably into the Mojave Desert." illus.. 1st. Hard Cover. Very Good -/No Jacket. Illus. by Smith, E. Boyd. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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The Land of Little Rain: A Series of Interrelated Lyrical Essays

Mary Austin

2016-07-06. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

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The Land of Little Rain (Classic, Nature, Penguin)

Mary Austin

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The Land of Little Rain: A Collection of Short Stories and Essays (Short Stories - Mary Austin)

Mary Austin

2015-04-03. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Mary Austin

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Mary Austin

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The Land of Little Rain (1903)

Mary Austin

Book Jungle, 2006-07-13. Paperback. Used:Good.

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

2005-10-17. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

2005-10-12. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Mary Austin

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Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

2000-07-09. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

Houghton Mifflin, 1903. Early edition. States "first published 1903" to the copyright page, but no date to the title page. Very Good condition. Owner signature.

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The Land of Little Rain (Dover Thrift Editions)

Mary Austin

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1950, 1st thus. (4to, cloth) 133pp. Very good in good dust jacket. Illus. - b / w photo plates. Wrapper chipped & tender at folds, protected and handsome in brodart. Endpaper maps. Introduction by Carl van Doren. Photography by Ansel Adams..

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

2018-10-22. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1904. 3rd imp.. hardback in decorated cloth. Nice copy. octavo. xi + 281pp., illusts., Lovely copy of beautiful book. Remarkably nice condition for its age

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The Land of Little Rain (Modern Library Classics)

Austin, Mary

Modern Library. PAPERBACK. 0812968522 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Land of Little Rain (Nature Library, Penguin)

Austin, Mary

Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. 014017009X Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Land of Little Rain (Classic, Nature, Penguin)

Austin, Mary

Penguin Classics. PAPERBACK. 0140249192 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

Ballantine Books. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. 0345022653 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

University of New Mexico Press. PAPERBACK. 0826303587 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Land of Little Rain

Austin, Mary

University of New Mexico Press. PAPERBACK. 0826303587 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

1971-09-06. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN.

Austin, Mary.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.,, 1903.. Although this printing carries the copyright date of October 1903 and no additional printings, it is a later printing, ca. 1906, but conforming almost exactly to the first in its large size andf format, except for listing Austin's two later publications, _The Basket Woman_ (1904) and _The Flock_ (1906). 281 pp. 4 plates by E. Boyd Smith, plus his vignettes in page margins. Gilt pictorial cloth. Top edge gilt. Large 8vo.(8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches). Near fine copy of a Southwest classic. HOWES A 400. DOBIE, p. 20. DYKES - Smith 29. _High Spots of Western Illustrating_ 32. ZAMORANO 2. COWAN, p. 24. EDWARDS, p. 14: "ranks among the all-time _great_ books on California."

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