First edition. 8vo. Limited to 250 copies of which this is # 239, signed by the printer and the author. Decorated covers and spine, decorated endpapers, frontis., printer's foreword, author's foreword, introduction, maps, illustrated. Illustrated with photographs and with woodcut drawings. Terry E. Stephenson's first book tells tales of the early days of Orange County. Six Guns 2138 says, "Has a long chapter on outlawry in Orange County and tells of the killing of Sheriff Barton and the hanging of Juan Flores." Also chapters on the first settlers, stage coach days, buried treasure, etc. Particularly well-illustrated with photos, woodcut prints, and the reproduction of three hand-drawn 19th century maps. The book is also notable because the woodcut are a very early collaboration between Arthur Ames and Jean Goodwin, muralists and southern California artists. Former owner's brief inscription, lightly rubbed along edges and to spine ends, else a very good, tight copy.
Inventory Number: 18550