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Ewer, F.C., editor
San Francisco, 1855. Four volumes bound in two. iv,384; iv,384; iv,384; 384pp. Modern three-quarter calf and cloth, spines ruled in gilt, gilt morocco labels. Bookplate on front pastedown of both volumes. Contemporary ownership signature on contents leaf of first volume, scattered light foxing and staining. Very good. A rare complete set of THE PIONEER, considered the first California periodical. First among its many significant aspects, THE PIONEER contains the first publication of the "Dame Shirley" letters, written by Louise Clappe, which give a magnificent firsthand view of life in the mines during the Gold Rush. The Dame Shirley letters are among the most famous publications associated with the California Gold Rush. THE PIONEER also contains a number of other important articles on California culture, industries, politics, and events. This is the Daniel Volkmann set, with his bookplate on the front pastedown of both volumes. THE PIONEER is "the first magazine dedicated to the culture of California" (Hart), founded and edited by Ferdinand C. Ewer in an attempt "to establish in California a periodical of a purely literary character." It appeared monthly until the financial depression of 1855-1856 caused it to fold. Along with the Dame Shirley letters THE PIONEER includes articles on "A Trip to the Galapagos Islands," accounts of William Walker's filibustering in Baja California, satirical works by George Derby, a piece on the pearl industry in Baja as well as other articles on lower California, descriptions of theatrical and musical performances, notes on viticultur … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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