First edition of Swinging The Censer: Reminiscences of Old Santa Barbara by Katherine M. Bell, in scarce dust jacket.
Octavo, xx, 287pp. Red cloth covers, spine in black, title in gilt on spine and front cover. No additional printings mentioned. Frontispiece portrait with numerous full page photographs. Illustrated endpapers. In publisher’s dust jacket, heavily toned spine, $2.75 retail price on front flap, some wear at hinges, bright illustrations on covers. An exceptionally scarce copy, with only one known example in the original dust jacket.
A compilation of writings and reminiscences of the early days of Santa Barbara by the children of Catarina Maria [Den] Bell, a native born in 1844. She was the daughter of Nicholas Den, an early settler of Santa Barbara.