The Shirley Letters From California Mines 1851-1852.
San Francisco. Thomas C. Russell. 1922. #166 of only 200 copies, printed upon California Bond. Signed by Thomas C. Russell. Illustrated with 8 hand-coloured plates and various page decorations and vignettes. 8vo. Custom bound in full, pictorial gilt decorated limp Levant Morocco. Elaborate
inner-dentelles. Marbled endsheets. All edges gilded.
Renowned collection of 23 letters from Louise Amelia Clappe to her sister in Massachusetts, originally published in the Pioneer Press magazine of 1854-1855, these letters vividly depict everyday mining life at the zenith of the California Gold Rush. Howes C-433b, Zamorarano 80 #69.
Repaired short tear to bottom of Title Page, else A Very Fine, pristine copy.