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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Duffield and Co., 1911. "A drama in three acts" dealing with Indian life, by the author of The Land of Little Rain, which helped establish Austin not only as an early American nature writer but also as a pioneering feminist, whose study of the desert and desert cultures was tinged with political consciousness and insight. She eventually moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and became part of the literary and artistic circle cultivated by Mabel Dodge, whose other friends included such luminaries as Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe. Austin was working on her collaboration with Adams -- the limited edition Taos Pueblo -- in 1929, the year that Adams met Georgia O'Keeffe, who was in Santa Fe for the summer to paint, and Adams and O'Keeffe became lifelong friends. This copy is inscribed by Austin "To Georgia from Mary" -- although we cannot confirm that it is inscribed to O'Keeffe. Light wear to the spine extremities and joints, with tanning to the spine label; still a near fine copy. [#033900] $450
Garden City, Doubleday, Page, 1912. A novel of a woman who leaves her husband to pursue a career. Austin had separated from her own husband seven years earlier. This copy is inscribed by the author in 1913, to James D. Blake -- possibly the same James D. Blake who was one of the five founders of The Book Club of California. Austin, who wrote The Land of Little Rain, was an early female writer on the Southwest and the natural world, and also a proto-feminist. Minor shelf wear, small spot to top edge, and light abrasion to front flyleaf. A very good copy, lacking a dust jacket. [#034990] $375