Fairfield, CA: Fine Girl Publications, 2001. 1st. Paperback. First Edition. SIGNED by the author on title page. 4to. 150 pp. Photo-illustrations. Stiff illustrated wrappers, black plastic comb binding. A near fine copy with a hint of wear. Item #18142
A fascniating and detailed story of early pioneers living through Gold Rush San Francisco. The main body of this work is from the diaries of William Chipman, founder of Alameda, located at the Society of California Pioneers Library in San Francisco. In this book, the author, explores the family life of Chipman and his McLean in-laws, his thoughts on events of the day, and his reflections in general on the foibles of mankind. It is an account of a love story acted out on a Victorian stage - the ups and downs of romances and suitors, rustling ball gowns with hoops swaying to real orchestral music, carriage rides to the beach, long moonlight walks - all to paint a picture of real people in the real world of Gold Rush San Francisco.