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CALIFORNIA DESERT TRAILS J. Smeaton Chase 1919 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Chase, J. Smeaton
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Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1919, 1st edition. 387 pp, index, b/w photos. Handsome green cloth pictorial hardcover. Near Fine. The scarcest of Chase's three books; this is the first copy we have ever had!

In 1916, J. Smeaton Chase, embarked on a journey across the Mojave Desert. Traveling upon horseback in one of the harshest deserts in the world, Chase rode alone for two years! His fascinating California Desert Trails record in impeccable detail his journey and his observations. Chase possessed the rare talent of seeing beauty where others perceived only serpents and sand. He found wisdom in unconventional places, with crazy hermits, wise Indians, and fellow wanderers adrift in the desert.

Riding through this spectacular landscape Smeaton Chase brings alive to the reader the exotic animals, stunning fauna, and wonderful people he met along the way. California Desert Trails is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of equestrian travel in early twentieth century, and of the beauty of the Mojave desert. It will also appeal to anyone wishing to take their own journey along the route that Smeaton Chase took over one hundred years ago.

J. Smeaton Chase was an English-born American author and traveler. He has become an integral part of California literature: revered for his poignant descriptions of landscapes. He died in 1923. In 1910 he rode from the Mexican border to Oregon, then penned a delightful book called California Coast Trails, published in 1913, which recorded his impressions of the pristine beauty observed during that ocean-front ride. California Desert Trails, chronologically his next epic journey, was first published six years later in 1916.

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