San Francisco: Thomas C. Russell, 1922. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition thus; Limited Edition - out of an edition of 450 numbered copies SIGNED by Thomas C. Russell, this is one of only five copies printed on buff California bond-paper and in deluxe red velvet binding. 8vo. (l) 350pp. 8 full-page hand colored plates (with tissue guards) by Miss Clara Van Ness, the granddaughter of James Van Ness, the mayor of San Francisco in 1855-56, as noted by the printer in his hand on colophon page. Decorative chapter headings, endings and initials in blue. Original red velvet cloth with gold-stamped ornaments of miners on front cover corners and at center rear cover; gold stamped bear on spine; gilt-lettered red leather labels on spine and front cover; all edges gilt; red silk endpapers. Red silk ribbon marker laid in. Housed in publisher's matching red velvet-covered slipcase. SIGNED by the printer with additional PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION to Florence E. Eakman, author of several one act plays and verses for children. Descriptive circular with sample pages and reviews laid in. Near fine (mild fading to spine) in very good slipcase (silk fraying at edges and extremities). Item #8891
Originally published in the Pioneer Press Magazine of 1854-55 under the pseudonym Dame Shirley, "these letters present a vivid and unexcelled picture of every-day life in the mines." - Howes. "These superlatively readable and informative letters may well be accorded first place in any gathering of notable Gold Rush Literature." - Wheat. "Her letters rightly receive such high acclaim not only for featuring a woman's viewpoint but also for recording in beautifully crafted language a realistic picture of life in the mines." - Kurutz, Sloan Z80:69. (Graff 727; Howes C427; Kurutz 133b; Zamorano Eighty #69).