1858 Gold Rush-Era California Song Book Put's Golden Songster. 4" x 5.75". Printed in San Francisco by D. E. Appleton & Company, 1858. Sixty-four pages, printed wraps. An exceptional little publication, written "to relieve the tedium of a lonely cabin life" which probably afflicted the many gold miners and early settlers in California. The author claims the songbook contains "the largest and most popular collection of California songs ever published." The little book contains the lyrics to 29 songs with titles like "The Miner's Dream", "The Happy Miner", "California Bank Robbers", and "A Ripping Trip". Scattered throughout are little witticisms and jokes very much of the period. At the back of the book the author has gone to some pains to list "Mining Localities Peculiar to California", including such colorful mines as Poker Flat, Murderer's Bar, Dead Man's Bar, Skunk Gulch, and Hell's Delight. An important, early California Gold Rush publication. The front wrap has become detached, the title page is toned, otherwise the book is sound and in very good condition.

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