The Trail Book – With Illustrations by Milo Winter
The Trail Book – With Illustrations by Milo Winter is a lovely book containing the tales and adventures of two children in a museum written by Mary Austin. Here they discover the lives and folklore of Native Americans and the natural world around them. This book was originally published in 1918 and is considered a classic in American Nature writing. The book is decorated with Milo Winter’s fabulous ink drawing and coloured plates.
Mary Hunter Austin (1868 – 1934) was an American writer. One of the early nature writers of the American Southwest, her classic The Land of Little Rain (1903) describes the fauna, flora and people – as well as evoking the mysticism and spirituality – of the region between the High Sierra and the Mojave Desert of southern California. She was a prolific novelist, poet, critic, and playwright, as well as an early feminist and defender of Native American and Spanish-American rights.
Milo Winter (1888 – 1956) was an American illustrator of the Golden Age, who illustrated dozens of books throughout the 1910’s, 20’s and 30’s and served as the art director of the Childcraft series. He was a master of animal drawings, which he could render anatomically accurate to the last detail. Other popular works containing his illustrative works include: Aesop’s Fables for Children, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass.