Gold Hill, Nevada: (1881-89).
Hardcover. Small quarto (about 7 ½” x 9 ½”). Quarter red sheep and marbled paper covered boards. Owner’s name on front free endpaper: “Miss Mary I. J. Menary, Gold Hill, Nevada. August 18th, 1881.” The cover is heavily worn, textblock is reasonably sound, with some inserted leaves very edgeworn and marginally toned. Holograph manuscript in ink in the same legible hand throughout. The first 78 pages are comprised of poetry, followed by 38 blank pages, and thereafter (counting material on various loose leaves of paper laid in) about 20 pages of prose. The poetry is much concerned with death, and appears to be in large part copied, as well as the prose piece “Pledge with Wine” by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Also laid in is a small heartfelt three-page memorial in her hand for the late James Livingston, dated Gold Hill, Jan. 13th, 1889. Gold Hill was incorporated in 1862. It enjoyed prosperity generated by the Comstock Lode from 1868-1888, and is now a ghost town. An interesting look into the mind of a literate woman in a Gold Rush town.