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Alta California - 5 "Steamer Issues" 1851-53  

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Alta California - five "Steamer Issues"
San Francisco
Robert B. Semple

5 issues. Each 8 pp. Loose sheets. 53.5x36 cm (21x14"). 

  • Per Northerner and Pacific. July 15, 1851.
  • Per Carolina and Gold Hunter. August 15, 1851
  • Per Oregon and New Orleans. Oct. 1, 1851.
  • Per Pacific and Panama. October 1, 1853.
  • Per Sierra Nevada and Golden Gate. October 16, 1853.


Scarce Steamer issues of the famous San Francisco newspaper, intended to be taken aboard the departing steamers, and thus far less common than their earthbound cousins. The Alta California was principally famous for its relation to Mark Twain, and was  arguably San Francisco's most influential Gold Rush newspaper.

Lot Amendments
Some general light wear with some repair work, binding remnants, light browning, and occasional minor closed tears to edges, occasional faint foxing or dampstaining; overall very good.
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