The Argonaut: San Francisco, 1878. Item #97-9816
Illust, 16 x 11, red marbled boards, black cloth spine (no lettering), each issue has 16 pp. Covers worn, rubbed, front cover slightly warped, extremities very well worn, contents have light soiling, tears, scattered spotting, creasing, soiling, toning, nos. 11 - 25 have more toning and spotting, no. 25 has holes in the pages, no. 22 printed as no. 21, Christmas states that it has 32 pp but it only has 16 pp (it ends with ads per usual), no. 2 is mispagianted. Overall good/very good condition. Although the listed editors were Frank Pixley and Fred Somers it was actually Ambrose Bierce who was the editor. He lso assembled material for it and wrote a column in "The Prattle." The Argonaut was founded by Pixley as a conservative, anti-Irish/anti-minority weekly newspaper to use as a base for his political ambitions. Bierce, who liberal and more tolerant that Pixley saw the newspaper as being more of a literary journal. Needless to say, Pixley and Bierce clashed and Bierce remained as"editor" only to 1879. Some of the articles: "Why the Chinese Should Go" by Kwang Chang Ling; "Extracts from the Diary of an Early Californian" by James C. Ward (very descriptive); "A Tourist From Injianny: The Story as Told by Bret Harte;" various accounts of trips to the Sierras, Clear Lake, Placerville, Monterey; poetry, "Ode to the Mosquito;" a very detailed story on the debutante soiree given by Sen. William Sahron for his youngest daughter. Lots of nice local ads: Grand Western Market, Bancroft's Books, Golden Gate Academy, Terrace Swimming Baths, Yosemite Art Gallery, the Pacific Ocean House in Santa Cruz. Great reading. Scarce.