First edition, first state.
Santa Barbara, California: Santa Barbara Book Publishing Company, (1948). Illustrated by the author.
Octavo, original brown cloth, lettered in dark brown, tan endpapers, pictorial dust jacket (with a horizontal crease and part of rear panel lacking, in mylar. Spine a little darkened, else fine.
"Becoming acquainted with Santa Barbara's old adobe houses that date to halcyon days have been a fascinating enterprise. Their character vary according to Indian, Spanish and Mexican influences, and most have Yankee earmarks.
In the use of the soil under foot as a building material their builders achieved an honesty of design that fits the landscape and suited well their occupants. Some of the houses -re-modelled- still serve as livable and charming homes .." from the foreword.