Clapp, Louise Amelia Knapp Smith (1819-1906)
The Shirley Letters from the California Mines: Clapp, Louise Amelia Knapp Smith in 1851-52. Being a Series of Twenty-Three Letters from Dame Shirley to Her Sister in Massachusetts.
Important Collection of Twenty-Three Letters Describing Life in the Gold Rush Communities, Diggings, and Portrayal of Everyday Life in Great Detail
Series of personal letters from the Gold Rush period, reproduced here with eight hand black and white plates, with additional commentary by the publisher. The Shirley Letters have received the highest possible praise by virtually every historian of the Gold Rush. Clapp’s letters may well comprise the best account of mining life in the whole of Gold Rush literature. Important eye witness accounts of the natural beauty of the Feather River area as well as “minutely particular” observations of the sometimes barbarous mining life and experiences from these frenzied times.
Thomas C. Russell, at His Private Press, San Francisco, California, 1922. Octavo. Limited Edition number 207 of 450, signed by publisher Thomas C. Russell. Book is Fine. 350 pages plus colophon. Very clean quarter bound with tan linen spine over tan paper boards, very nice paper title label to spine. Series of personal letters from the Gold Rush period, reproduced here with eight plates, with additional commentary by the publisher. Quality printing with superior paper and decorative headers and other elements in blue. Medium shade tan dust jacket with paper spine label and gilt lettering and illustration on front panel in Fine condition. Illustrated vignette from The Pioneer or California Monthly. Depicts newly arrived family joyously looking down from the California coast range, later adopted as an emblem for the California Historical Society.
Zamorano 80: Number 69
Beautiful Fine Limited Edition in a Scarce Fine Jacket