"DRIFTING ABOUT," OR WHAT "JEEMS PIPES OF PIPEVILLE" SAW-AND-DID. AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN C. MASSETT. WITH MANY COMIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY MULLEN. New York: Carleton, Publisher, 413 Broadway, MDCCCLXIII . 18.5x12.3 (12mo), pp. [1-4] [iii-v] vi-viii]  12-371 [372: blank] [preliminaries erratically paged], flyleaves at front and rear, 38 wood engravings (including frontispiece) from drawings by E. F. Mullen, original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, light blue coated endpapers. First edition. "Humorous accounts based on fact of Massett's 1849 gold rush experiences; also his dabbling in real estate around his residence in 'Pipesville,' on the San Francisco sand dunes" (Baird and Greenwood). Stephen C. Massett (1820-1898) "has been called California's first Bohemian and San Francisco and Sacramento's first entertainer" (Kurutz). Massett, a "showman and jack-of-all-trades, a florid, goateed, urbane Englishman, who presented a curious likeness to a crested bantam rooster," arrived in California in May 1849. "On June 22, 1849, he gave the first theatrical entertainment in San Francisco, in which he sang some of his own melodies and impersonated three characters from Shakespeare. He then dabbled in real estate, his principal venture being Pipesville among the sand dunes near the Mission Dolores. His amusing accounts of his dwelling there earned him the name of Jeems Pipes of Pipesville, by which he came to be known to readers throughout the world" (Walker). Massett "was the editor of the MARYSVILLE HERALD who discovered 'Dame Shirley' (Louise Clappe). He was a tireless journalist who knew everyone and saw everything during those first frantic years of the Gold Rush" (Wheat). The artist E. F. Mullen was "a well-known comic illustrator of his day. He worked for the comic papers and illustrated a number of humorous books" (Hamilton). Baird and Greenwood 1685. Cowan (1933), p. 419. Hamilton 1104. Kurutz 431a. Walker, San Francisco, p. 29. Wheat, Gold Rush 139. Wright (II) 1678. Front free endpaper missing, a very good copy. Laid in is a 2-page laudatory ALS from B. F. Voorhees [? signature illegible] of the Nicaragua Steamship Company (1856-1858, part of a Cornelius Vanderbilt project in unstable Nicaragua) to Massett dated San Francisco, 3 October 1856. (#166756).
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