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UNPUBLISHED AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT: ALASKAN. "LET THERE BE LIGHT" by  Joaquin MILLER - First Edition - from Charles Agvent (SKU: 017375)

UNPUBLISHED AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT: ALASKAN. "LET THERE BE LIGHT"

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UNPUBLISHED AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT: ALASKAN. "LET THERE BE LIGHT"

by MILLER, Joaquin

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First Edition. Hardcover. Fine and rare, beautifully bound. Folio (8-1/4" x 11-3/4") consisting of 53 pages numbered to 54 (one page contains two numbers) on lined yellow paper with a few additions at the end on white paper pasted to the yellow pages with a calligraphic title page facing a photographic reproduction of Miller. Bound in 3/4 maroon morocco leather and marbled boards housed in a slipcase of full burgundy morocco leather. Though some of the phrases, such as the title, are used in other of Miller's works, this long narrative poem appears to be unpublished. The poem begins: "In the morning of the world;/Ere the holy stars were born--/Early morning of the world;/O, that wondrous, wondrous morn!" We have at this point not read much else because our lives are short and Miller's handwriting is trying, but we are fairly confident that the text deals at least in part with the Alaskan Gold Rush of the 1890s as Miller visited the Klondike during that time returning to California after six months, exhausted from his adventures, with thousands of dollars of gold dust and $6,000 from a publisher for his Alaskan letters.

The "Poet of the Sierras," also known as the Buffalo Bill of American literature, Miller was indeed one of the more colorful authors of the late 19th century, known for fabricating many features of life. While still a boy he headed from Oregon to California during the early gold rush where he worked in a number of mining camps. He survived several battles with Indians as well as several altercations with the law. He earned his keep mostly from mining and the Pony Express before his writing sustained him.

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book dealer
Charles Agvent US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
017375
Title
UNPUBLISHED AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT: ALASKAN. "LET THERE BE LIGHT"
Author
MILLER, Joaquin
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Fine and rare, beautifully bound
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Keywords
Manuscript; Manuscripts; History; Alaska; California; 19th Century American Literature; Alaskan Gold Rush; Western Americana; 19th Century Literature
Bookseller catalogs
19th Century American Literature; Western Americana; Original Manuscript;

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Charles Agvent

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About Charles Agvent

We carry a diverse and select stock with major specialties including Modern and 19th Century Literary First Editions, Signed Books & Autographs (especially Presidential and Literary), and Limited Editions Club books. We have been in business since 1987 and are proud to be members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).

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