1905. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1905.
8vo, 392pp. With 66 plates showing 142 views. Original green cloth, upper cover with gilt-stamped design showing a Mission, gilt top. Very good.
§ First edition of this important text from the prolific roué James. “George Wharton James (27 September 1858 – 1923) was an American popular lecturer, photographer, journalist and editor. Born in Lincolnshire, England, he emigrated to the United States as a young man after being ordained as a Methodist minister. He served in parishes in Nevada and Southern California, gradually beginning his journalism and writing career. An editor of two magazines, he also wrote more than 40 books and many articles and pamphlets on California and the American Southwest... He was tried by the Methodist Church, charged with real estate fraud, using faked credentials, and sexual misconduct. He was defrocked, although he was later reinstated... He remarried and moved to Pasadena where he founded the Pasadena Browning Society, and the Anti-Whispering Society. According to Lawrence Clark Powell, the Anti-Whispering Society was "devoted to the suppression of (1) talking audiences, (2) peanut fiends, and (3) crying babies." Item #123325