Edition: First edition.
Los Angeles: Out West Magazine, 1914. Hardcover first edition - Published in the midst of the battle for prohibition, this novel starts out expressing appreciation for wine: "Gold was the gift of the valley hard by but gold is a fierce joy - it breeds fever, madness. The gift of the San Joaquin was a quieter one - portion of man's dream of contentment, of comradeship, of hospitality, of all kindly joys; the gift of the San Joaquin was wine." And, in the beginning, it presents logically the arguments made by wine-growers and merchants about why wine should be exempted from any prohibition acts - but in the end it come down firmly on the side of temperance and total prohibition as the plot develops rather melodramatically. A bit of a polemic, but still an interesting read. 384 pp.
Condition: Very good in dark red cloth with gilt lettering on front cover, black lettering on spine (some offsetting to front endpaper, very faint bookstore stamp.)