California Romantic Beautiful 1914 James illustrated photos map art nouveau bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 20th Century Books, Americana, California, Travel, Tourism, Illustrated Books, Local History).
California, Romantic and Beautiful. The History of its Old Mission, and of its Indians; A Survey of its Climate, Topography, Deserts, Mountains, Rivers, Valleys, Islands, and Coast Line; A Description of its Recreations and Festivals; A Review of its Industries; An Account of its Influence Upon Prophets, Poets, Artists, and Architects; and some reference to what it offers of delight to the Automobilist, Traveller, Sportsman, Pleasure and Health Seeker, by George Wharton James.
Published 1914, Boston by the Page Company. First Edition/ impression.
431 pages. Text in English. Profusely illustrated throughout with dozens of full page photographic plates plus a large folding color map of the state.
Publisher's cloth binding, gilt title lettering, lovely art nouveau gilt pictorial cover & spine decorations.
Book is physically old and shows some minor light signs of handling and time. Item is not new or in "new" condition. A splendid looking example.
Binding gently age worn, small dime siz spot/ stain on rear cover, light scuffing along joints, gilt & colorful designs remains clean and bright, extremely attractive as an object.
Paper is gently toned, internally still well preserved, tight, sound.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail showing how this item survives. The asking price reflects the condition based on our examination and 35+ years full time exposure to antiquarian books and ephemera of all types. Flaws seen and described have been taken into account.
Book Measures c. 9 3/4" H x 6 3/4" W.