Item #1261 Booth Campaign Songster. Sam Booth.
Booth Campaign Songster
Booth Campaign Songster

Booth Campaign Songster

San Francisco, California: Alta California General Printing House, 1871. Booth Campaign Songster, Sam Booth, Alta California General Printing House, San Francisco, California. 6.75 x 4.5 inches. 35pp.

Gold string-tied printed wrappers. Booklet is in fair only condition with portions missing from the front wrapper plus moderate soiling chips and tears. Some interior pages dog-eared at bottom right corner. Interior is 'relatively clean but show a tide-mark throughout along right margin but is light and does not intrude on text. Fair Condition.

Very scarce and early California campaign songbook for the gubernatorial campaign of 1871 in which Newton Booth was elected to become the 11th governor of California. He resigned his seat in 1875 when he was elected to the United States Senate.

Newton Booth (1825-1892) was a businessman turned lawyer and politician, moving west in 1850, likely to join his cousin Central Pacific Railroad founder, Lucius Anson Booth. Newton Booth served in the California State Senate before running for California Governor.

Political songbooks were popular in the 19th century, intended for use at campaign rallies and political clubs. Many of the lyrics in this booklet are credited to a Sam Booth.

Lightly inscribed on the back wrapper in pencil is what appears to read, "60 anniversary Overland Monthly Bret Harte No." Harte was a contemporary of Booths and was editor of the Overland Monthly, a popular literary magazine from its inception in 1868. We make no claim that this is written in Harte's hand. Many of the songs are published anonymously and I suppose it is possible Harte wrote one or more of the songs. A deeper dive of research is required.

A very scarce item of Californiana with only UC Berkeley and UCLA holding copies. The copies in OCLC note 32 pages but we assume this is a mistake; our copy has 35 numbered pages. Fair / None. Item #1261

Price: $175.00