San Francisco: Published by The Argonaut, 1878, 1880. First Edition. Folio. Each issue has 16 pp. Illustrations, including many business advertisements. Vol. II bound in half black leather spine over black pebbled cloth boards; gilt ruling & lettering to spine in good condition (boards holding by string; wear to spine, corners & eges; lacking ffep; internally pages are clean and intact). Vol. VI & VII are bound in single volume in half black leather spine over black pebbled cloth boards; gilt ruling & lettering to spine in very good condition (wear to spine, corners & board edges; foxing & creasing to ffep; internally pages are clean and intact). Item #20884
Named after a Bret Harte story, The Argonaut was a newspaper based in San Francisco, California from 1878 to 1956. It was founded by Frank Somers, and soon taken over by Frank M. Pixley, who built it into a highly regarded publication. Under Pixley's stewardship it was considered "the leading literary production of the San Francisco press and was a powerful influence in State and municipal politics." Early writers included Ambrose Bierce, C. W. Stoddard, Bret Harte, and Gertrude Atherton. In 1877, Ambrose Bierce started up his “Prattle” column in The Argonaut while simultaneously overseeing the newspaper as an associate editor. A prolific and versatile writer, Bierce was regarded as one of the most influential journalists in the United States. He continued his work with The Argonaut through 1879.