Dorothy Sloan -- Books

AUCTION 18

Texas, California, the Southwest U.S., Mexico & the Borderlands:
Interesting books, broadsides, maps & ephemera

Lot 23

Zamorano 80 — Songs from the Golden Gate in the rare dust wrapper

23. COOLBRITH, Ina [Donna]. Songs from the Golden Gate.... With Illustrations by William Keith. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company; Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1895. vii [5], 159 [1, blank] pp., 4 halftone plates (photographs of William Keith’s paintings). 12mo, original gilt-lettered red cloth, gilt lyre on upper cover, t.e.g. Other than mild browning to endpapers, a very fine in d.j. It would be difficult to find a better copy.

     First edition. Huntington Library, Zamorano 80...Exhibition of Famous and Notorious California Classics 21. LC, California Centennial 282. Norris 853. Walker, A Literary History of Southern California, pp. 79-82; San Francisco’s Literary Frontier, p. 63: “She refused to write her autobiography, [stating] ‘Were I to write what I know, the book would be too sensational to print; but were I to write what I think proper, it would be too dull to read.’” Zamorano 80 #21. Kurutz, in Volkmann Zamorano 80 Catalogue: “The only book of poems included in this august list of Californiana is Ina Coolbrith’s Songs of the Golden Gate. She had a passion for California equaled by few others and this slender volume features the best of her lyric poetry.... This ‘mistress of California verse” was a remarkable woman in an age dominated by men. As a child she came overland to the Golden State in 1851 via covered wagon, claiming to have been carried across the Sierra on the saddle of James P. Beckwourth, the famed mountain man. Living in mining camps and then Los Angeles, she received a modest education. Eventually settling in San Francisco, she penetrated the City’s young literary scene and knew just about everyone of consequence. ($300-600)

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