Item #22102001 Songs From the Golden Gate. Ina Coolbrith, William Keith, Illustrations.
Songs From the Golden Gate
Songs From the Golden Gate
Songs From the Golden Gate
Songs From the Golden Gate
Songs From the Golden Gate

Songs From the Golden Gate

Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1907. Keith, William. Hardcover. Duodecimo size, 169 pp., inscribed by Ina Coolbrith. Very good. Item #22102001

Ina Donna Coolbrith (1842-1928) lived a life rather unusual for a woman of her days. She moved with her family at the age of 7 years from Illinois to California, in 1868 Bret Harte engaged her as one of his co-editors of the "Overland Monthly", she was an influence on Cincinnatus Heine Miller, to whom she recommended the pseudonym "Joaquin Miller", was the first Poet Laureate of California, and mentored other young writers including Jack London. In order to support her family she worked for the Oakland Public Library and the San Francisco Mercantile Library, as well as serving as the librarian for the Bohemian Club. She was writing a history/memoir of San Francisco when the manuscript was destroyed by the fire following the earthquake of 1906; she eventually settled with her niece in Berkeley where a portrait of her was taken by Ansel Adams, dying on Leap Day, 1928. After her death it was disclosed to the public that she was the niece of Latter Day Saint movement founder Joseph Smith, Jr.

This copy inscribed by Coolbrith on the front free endpaper: "Dear Mr. Leonard, / If my very best wish- / es will add to the / value of this little book / you certainly have them. / - Ina Coolbrith - / Sept. 15 / 1913". On the front pastedown is the Ex-Libris plate of Mr. Leonard, being Alexander Thomas Leonard, Jr., United States Army, San Francisco. An online search reveals that Mr. Leonard (1889-1970) was a native of San Francisco with a deep interest in the history of the State. Not only was he himself a noted collector of Californiana, but he was a member of, and held several offices in, the Santa Clara Pioneer Society, the San Mateo County Historical Association, and Native Sons of the Golden West, among others.

This anthology of poems by California's first state Poet Laureate is number twenty-one on the Zamorano 80 list and and contains four illustrations by noted California artist William Keith (1838-1911), a long-time friend of John Muir.

___DESCRIPTION: Red cloth boards with a narrow gilt ruled border, vignette of a lyre and gilt lettering on the front, gilt lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, author inscription and signature on the front free endpaper as referred to above, tissue-guarded frontispiece being a photograph of the author with facsimile signature below, 1907 date on the title page, stated Third Impression on the copyright page, the four black and white illustrations by William Keith interspersed throughout the text, vintage bookseller ticket of Robertson on the rear pastedown; duodecimo size, pagination: (i)-x, (1)-159. Loosely laid in is a clipping (apparently from a magazine, as there is text on the verso) of four lines by Herbert Bashford entitled "To Ina Coolbrith".

___CONDITION: Overall very good, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, the corners straight and with a minimum of rubbing, the gilt top edge bright and undimmed, the interior is mostly clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; while the boards are clean there is evidence of old damp on the spine with some loss of the red colour, light staining in the top margin of several pages, toning to pp. 12 and 13, and with slight loss of cloth at the head of the spine.

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Price: $150.00