San Francisco: Edward A. Weed, 1882. 33pp. Original green printed wrappers. Some chipping and wear to spine, covers lightly soiled. Minor toning and wear to contents. About very good. Item #1821
Rare work by "the California Poetess," Eliza A. Pittsinger (1837-1908). Pittsinger was born in Massachusetts and emigrated to California in 1854, where she began publishing her work in various literary journals and newspapers. Her work centered on patriotism and glory with a religious bent. The present work has a distinctly anti-Catholic tone and includes a preface by the author which states that her only aspiration is the appreciation "from the Loyal and Clear Sighted" who are "standing as guards and sentinels over our American Institutions--and who, in deeds, as in words, would forever shield them from the influence of foreign spies, seditious factions, and meddling Hierarchies." Poems include "Rouse, Ye Americans"; "Ye Cannot Serve Rome and America"; "Kissing the Pope's Toe"; and "Down with the Convent." Surprisingly rare -- we locate two copies in OCLC, at the Huntington and UC Berkeley.