New York / San Francisco: W. J. Widdleton / A. Roman. Very Good. 1865. First Edition. Hardcover. 423 pages; Original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine. Former owner's name on ffep. Cloth worn at spine ends, chipped at head. BAL 22623 OCLC: 3903068 6, [vii]-viii, 423 pp. James Linen, poet humorist, was born in Scotland in 1808 and died in New York City in 1873. After immigrating to the United States, he operated a large book bindery in New York City. Many of his poems appeared in the "Knickerbocker Magazine," the "Scottish American Journal" and other periodicals. During the Civil War, he spent several years in California, as reflected in some of the pieces collected in this volume; e.g. the long poem titled "San Francisco" and several prose pieces including The First Masonic Funeral in San Francisco, The Missions of Upper California, Cortez and the Gulf of California and A Voice from California. There are two lengthy prose collections gathered under the headings "Desultorious Chronicles" and The Pollywog Papers. The first group includes much satirical commentary on happenings of the day (Lincoln, Virginia Negroes and slaveholders, Jefferson Davis, etc. The second group are written as the first person narrative of Mrs. Pollywog and reveal her homespun philosophizing on the nature of relations between the sexes, her observations on travels through the Holy Land and antiquities of the Near and Middle East, etc. Also included are two brief articles on travels to Jamaica and to Niagara Falls. He later published a volume titled "The Golden Gate" (1869). ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. . (Inventory #: 39098)
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