Lot 98 of 703:
Limited Signed Edition of the Shirley Letters  

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The Shirley Letters from California Mines In 1851-52 Being a Series of Twenty-Three Letters from Dame Shirley...To Her Sister in Massachusetts

[Clappe, Louise A.]

San Francisco

Printed by Thomas C. Russell



xlvii,350pp. Eight handcolored plates, colored headpieces and decorations throughout. (4to) 23.5x15.6 cm (9¼x6¼”), tan buckram over green paper boards, printed paper spine label; green endpapers; nearly matching green paper dust jacket with gilt title and decoration on front cover, printed paper label on spine.

From a limited signed edition of 450 copies, and with the plates handcolored, this is one of 200 copies on Exeter book-paper.  The letters first appeared serially in THE PIONEER magazine of San Francisco in 1854-55 under the pseudonym of "Dame Shirley."  This is the first edition in book form.  "...These letters present a vivid and unexcelled picture of every-day life in the mines" - Howes.  "These superlatively readable and informative letters from a gifted young New England woman to her sister in 'the States' may well be accorded first place in any gathering of notable Gold Rush literature" - Wheat.


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Hinge cracked but holding; large bookplate of James Strohn Copley on ffep.

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