San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1951. Fine in Near Fine dust-jacket First Edition. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1951. First Edition, limited to 400 copies printed by Grabhorn Press, with prospectus laid in, original plain ivory dust wrapper and shipping box. Edited by George R. Stewart and Edwin S. Fussell [6.75x10”]. , x, foldout illustration, 88, . Marbled paper boards with light tan linen spine, with a printed blue paper spine label. In rare fine condition with slight soiling and spot on wrapper and prospectus. Item #12938
In 1866, just after the Civil War, Bret Harte (1836-1902) was the San Francisco correspondent for the “Springfield Republican” newspaper. He wrote eleven long letters about with San Francisco. They are among the earliest of Harte's writings and have never before appeared in book form. They describe life in San Francisco and California with news events, politics, local beliefs and customs “...all designed to inform Eastern readers on the entertaining oddities of life on the West Coast. The foldout is a lithograph titled "Steamer Day in San Francisco." In 1868, the publication of "Luck of Roaring Camp" established his national reputation.