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Lot 87

87. JONES, T[heodore] E[ldon]. Leaves from an Argonaut's Note Book: A Collection of Holiday and Other Stories Illustrative of the Brighter Side of Mining Life in Pioneer Days by Judge T. E. Jones Illustrations by Laura Adams Armer. San Francisco: The Whitaker & Ray Company (Incorporated) Publishers, 1905. 304 pp., 7 halftone plates after the art work of Laura Adams Armer. 8vo, original slate blue cloth, spine and upper cover with decoration and lettering in gilt. Two small spots on upper cover, otherwise very fine. From the library of Roger K. Larson, with his bookplate.

     First edition. Gaer, California Literature (Gold Rush), p. 36: “Collection of Holiday and other stories of the brighter side of mining life in pioneer days in Trinity County.” Howes J240: “Most of the edition burned.” Anderson Sale 1604:348: “Scarce. The author crossed the plains in ’50.” Norris 1880. In his preface the author comments: “Coming to this State with the tide of immigration which flocked in from every quarter in 1850, I made my home in the mines until after the century was ended, in fact my home was in one mining county for forty-nine years. Naturally, in such a long period of residence, I saw mining life in all its various phases.”

     Illustrator Laura May Adams Armer (1874-1963) was a well-known San Francisco photographer and artist. She also made motion pictures and wrote children’s books. ($100-200)

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