The Overland Monthly: Development of the Country.
San Francisco: A. Roman & Company, and John H. Carmany & Company, 1868-1871. 6 vols containing 6 issues each. Tall 8vo. Bound by Asper, Geneve in half green morocco over marbled boards, gilt stamped and with raised bands on backstrip. Top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, silk ribbon bookmarks. Very minor fading to backstrips. Bookplate of famous French scholar and Dickens collector Alain de Suzannet on front pastedowns. Bookplate of respected collector, writer, and interpreter of the American West, Dr. Roger K. Larson on front endpaper of first volume only. Light margin notes in pencil in a few volumes. Original wrappers bound in the rear of each volume; advertisements, including inserts of paper stock of various colors, and those with engraved illustrations in each volume. Near fine. San Francisco publisher and bookseller Anton Romans legendary frontier periodical, established to compete with the Atlantic Monthly and to show that San Francisco had writers to compete with those of the East coast. Bret Harte served as editor from the first issue in 1868 until February 1871. Harte published writing from many major authors and scholars including Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Charles Stoddard, Clarence King, John Hittell, John Muir, Ina Coolbrith, Prentice Mulford, J. Ross Brown, Joaquin Miller. [Zamorano Select, 85]
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