Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1870. 8vo. 239 pages. Publisher's blind-stamped terra-cotta cloth, gilt-lettered on spine, dark brown endpapers; quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: F. P. Mason (1898 inscription on title). Harte's inscription faint (dark ink on dark endpaper), slightly leaned, discoloration along spine, light wear at extremities, generally a very good copy. Item #404947
FIRST EDITION, A RARE PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY HARTE on the front free endpaper: "Bret Harte / Cleveland, Ohio / Nov. 10 '73." Inscribed copies of Harte's seminal California work are scarce, with only two appearing at auction in the past fifty years (the Crocker and Doheny copies). 'The Luck of Roaring Camp' launched Harte's literary career, and contains the author’s three most famous tales — the title story, “M’liss,” and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”. This is the true first edition: There were two editions dated 1870, the second expanded to contain the story "Brown of Calaveras." BAL 7246; Baird-Greenwood 1104; Grolier American 76; Zamorano 80.