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Songs from the Golden Gate

Coolbrith, Ina First edition. Dated and signed presentation on front free endpaper, "W. W. Byam, With friendship of the Author. Nov. 17, '98." Very scarce as a first edition and in this condition.12mo. 7 x 4¾ inches. Pp. 2 leaves, [v]-vii, [viii, blank], 2 leaves, 159. Illustrated with 4 black & white plates of paintings by William Keith. Maroon cloth, gilt-lettered on spine and front cover, gilt rules and small pictorial device on front. Bookplate on inner cover, neat ink notation on verso of free end. Endpapers show slight offsetting. A very fine, bright copy without the usual spine fading. With the small bookplate on inner cover of the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles. Includes the four reproductions of paintings by California artist, William Keith. Ina Coolbrith (1841-1928), California's first Poet Laureate, was a leading spirit among the literati of San Francisco. In 1883, '85, '86, and 1894, Ina published four poems in The Century. These four poems, along with a multitude of others, are included in Songs from the Golden Gate. " it (Songs) contained The Mariposa Lily, a description of California's natural beauty, and The Captive of the White City which detailed the cruelty dealt to Native Americans in the late 19th century. As well, the collection included The Sea-Shell and Sailed, two poems in which Coolbrith described a woman's love with deep sympathy and an unusually vivid physical imagery The book included four monochrome reproductions of paintings by William Keith that he had devised as visual representations of the poetry (Wikipedia). The San Francisco 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed Ina's home in San Francisco along with 3000 books including priceless signed first editions, artwork by Keith, many personal letters from famous writers, her own manuscripts, and more. Her friends built Ina a new home. Ina became (1915) California's first Poet Laureate and the first Poet Laureate of any state. [Zamorano Club, The Zamorano 80: 21, p.15].
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General Orders. No. 231

General Orders. No. 231. 4pp. Removed from bound volume. Left edge with tick marks, a bit rough with small breaks. A view minor creases. Overall, a very good copy. Washington: War Department, Adjutant General's Office, July 23, 1863. This printed General Order involves two soldiers of the California Column. In 1861, the California Volunteers rallied to Lincoln's call for volunteers. Former gold seekers were transformed into tough and efficient soldiers. They did not fight in the battles of the eastern United States. Instead, they were sent to the Southwest, prevented a Confederate takeover of Arizona, established mail and other essential services, created maps, enacted laws, and founded institutions. Two of these soldiers (among many) did not enjoy the heat, fighting Indians, etc. John O'Brien of the California Volunteer Cavalry (stationed at Mesilla, Arizona) and Private Thomas Boylan of the California Volunteer Infantry (stationed at Tucson, Arizona) did a "no-no." O'Brien attempted to shoot his commanding officer with a Colt Navy pistol; Boylan took up a shovel and attempted to whack his buddies and officers. Both were sentenced "to be shot to death with musketry." How did it end? "The failure of the record, in each case, to show that the sentences were concurred in by two-thirds of the members of the Court, renders the sentences inoperative. The prisoners will be released from arrest and returned to duty." [In part: Masich, Civil War in Arizona].
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What I Saw in California: Being the Journal of a Tour by the Emigrant Route and South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, Across the Continent of North America, the Great Desert Basin, and Through California, in the Years 1846, 1847

Bryant, Edwin Volume I in the Calafía Series from the press, described by Wagner-Camp as "a sumptuous volume." Not noted but one of 500 copies. Pp. xxiv, 481 plus 8 illustrations on 16 unnumbered pages, map. Notes, Index and Bibliography by Marguerite Eyer Wilbur. Frontis and Drawings by Dorothy Smith Sides. Layout and Design by Thos. W. Williams at his Fine Arts Press. Beautifully printed letterpress. Half pebbled leather and light brown imitation parchment over boards, covered wagon design embossed at lower corner of front cover, spine lettered in gilt. Fore-edges untrimmed as issued. Owner's name on inner cover. Spine slightly dry, but a fine copy of this edition, normally found in very rough condition. Bryant traveled to California during the great migration of 1846 from Kentucky as a young journalist. It was generally recognized that Bryant kept as that time what is the first complete record of life on the overland trail, and California during the feverish days of the Mexican War that preceded California's annexation to the United States in 1848. This Fine Arts Press edition incorporates a number of conveniences to aid the interested reader; obscure passages which had gone unchanged in the various earlier reprints are clarified by Wilbur in her explanatory notes. Her bibliography and superb index are extremely useful. As Dick Dillon noted, the Fine Arts Press edition, ".has become a collector's item in its own right." [Curtiss: Thomas E. Williams & The Fine Arts Press: pp. 59-60, #28, p.102; Zamorano Eighty: 12, note].