MY PLAYGROUND WAS A CONCORD COACH: An Anthology of Newspaper Clippings and Documents Relating to Those Who Made California History During the Years 1822-1888.
(Oakland: Howell-North Books, 1942). First edition, signed, limited. Hardcover. xvi, 764 pp., 21 maps (8 folding), dozens of illustrations; folio (12.5 x 10 inches), original blue cloth with gilt spine. Minor scuffing to covers, else about fine. Item #23788
An unique history of mostly Northern California, primarily sourced from contemporary newspaper articles and letters. Compiler Mae Helene Bacon Boggs (1863-1963) arrived to Shasta California from Missouri in 1871 together with her mother and siblings. Her father had died before she was born and the family sought refuge in Shasta with an uncle, William Lyncoya Smith. Smith was a stage driver and is remembered in this volume's dedication as "One of the best known and beloved men in Upper California and Lower Oregon."