New York: Farrar & Rinehart Incorporated, 1945. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's red cloth, spine stamped in black and gilt, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket, illustrated title-page printed in black and yellow.
"White-lathered horses raced in hot July sun over brown hills and into the Valley of the Salinas." First edition of California novelist Anne B. Fisher's (Cathedral In the Sun, Oh Glittering Promise!) historically rich overview of California's Salinas Valley, from its 16th-century incipience to the early 1940s. Recounting episodic events and utilizing anecdotes from California residents along with the life stories of local figures, Fisher renders a simultaneously dreamy and insightful portrait of the region, evocative of famous California resident Joan Didion’s Where I Was From: "One difference between the West and the South, I came to realize in 1970, was this: in the South they remained convinced that they had bloodied their land with history. In California we did not believe that history could bloody the land, or even touch it." Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings by Fisher’s husband, and a map of the Salinas River Valley; with a bibliography and index. Issued as the 27th volume in the landmark Rivers of America series, which spanned three publishers and thirty-seven years. Light rubbing to extremities of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #2225