THE WHITE HEART OF MOJAVE.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Boni & Liveright, (1922). Hardcover first edition - A fascinating account of a trip by two suffragists (the author and her friend Charlotte Jordan) from Ohio to Death Valley - the heart of the Mohave - Although women had won the right to vote, their activism for women's rights had not ended, but they decided they needed a vacation: "Charlotte and I knew the outdoors a little. Though we were middle-aged, mothers of families and deeply involved in the historic struggle for the vote, we sometimes looked at the sky. . . I had some not altogether contemptible peaks to my credit and she had canoed in the Canadian wilds, so when we decided that a vacation was due us we chose the outdoors." As they passed through the Mojave on the train heading to Los Angeles where a car was awaiting them, they determined that that was where they wanted to visit, but it was actually when they returned the next year, that they took a trip in the spring in a wagon pulled by a mule and a horse, with the "Worrier", the sheriff of an almost deserted mining town, as a guide, that they actually reached Death Valley. While this does not ignore the hardships and dangers, Perkins is always aware of the ever-changing beauty of the desert. Illustrated with photographs. Hard to find. 227 pp.
Condition: Fair condition only in aquamarine cloth with paper labels (some mottling from dampness on lower edge of front cover, tidemarks near the gutter affecting the lower and upper margins of most pages) - despite these cosmetic flaws, the book is still sturdy and easily readable.