Philadelphia: Penn Publishing, 1928.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 11.25" x 8.75", 308 pp, with 16 color plates with captioned tissue guards and additional black and white illustrations in the text. Original black cloth with mounted color illustration, iIllustrated endpapers. Spine cloth dulled, light foxing to endpapers and to top and bottom margins of plates and facing pages (i.e., area not covered by the tissue guard), otherwise clean and sound. This was the last published work of the talented Viriginia Frances Sterrett, who died of tuberculosis at the age of 31. As described in an article published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch shortly after her death, "Her achievement was beauty, a delicate, fantastic beauty, created with brush and pencil. Almost unschooled in art, her life spent in prosaic places of the West and Middle West, she made pictures of haunting loveliness, suggesting Oriental lands she never saw and magical realms no one ever knew except in the dreams of childhood."