134. [STONE, John A.]. Put’s Golden Songster. Containing the Largest and Most Popular Collection of California Songs Ever Published. By the Author of “Put’s Original California Songster.” San Francisco: D. E. Appleton & Co., . 64 pp. 12mo, original blue pictorial wrappers with wood-engraved view of riparian mining scene, stitched. Wraps slightly chipped, old violet ink stain on upper right corners of a few leaves towards end not affecting text. Overall, a fine copy of a fragile item.
First edition. Cowan I, p. 183. Cowan II, p. 599. Greenwood 983. Howell, California 50:1209: “Scarce item.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 162: “Much of the flavor of the gold days, as well as the era’s pathos and humor, pervades these ephemeral little publications.” Often overlooked is the fact that this small volume is also a joke book containing about a dozen humorous bon mots scattered among the songs. Although many of the songs are humorous or ironic, “Loss of the ‘Central America,’” the first song in the book, is unique in its vituperation, here directed towards the ship’s owners:
‘Twould be very fine were the owners aboard,
And sink where they never would rise;
‘Twould any amount of amusement afford,
And cancel a million lies.
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