Our 60th Anniversary: The Last Book!

Today we present the final book in our 60% off series, but it is not the final day of the sale! These fantastic prices on all five books are good through December.

The finale of our 60th anniversary celebration features, Before The Big Bonanza: Dan De Quille’s Early Comstock Accounts, edited by Donnelyn Curtis and Lawrence I. Berkove.

“Extremely valuable to understanding the history of the American West, with insights into the early career of one of the region’s more remarkable writers.”— Ronald M. James, author of The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode

Use code 60SALE on our website or by calling (800)-621-2736.
Offer expires December 31st, 2018.

Curtis and BerkoveRegularly $60 • Now $24
9780826220387 • hardcover • 320 pp. • 15 illus.

The discovery and mining of the Comstock Lode in Nevada forever changed the mining culture of the American West. Using the pen name Dan De Quille, in 1876 William Wright published The Big Bonanza, the best-known contemporary account of the Comstock Lode mines. Previously, however, in nearly fifty newspaper accounts from 1860 to 1863, De Quille had documented the development of the early Comstock with a frankness, abundance of detail, sense of immediacy, and excitement largely absent from his book. Donnelyn Curtis and Lawrence I. Berkove have gathered those accounts together in Before The Big Bonanza.

Before The Big Bonanza additionally supplies new and important biographical information about the travels of De Quille and his experiments in style that made him along with Mark Twain, Bret Harte, and Ambrose Bierce, one of the Old West’s four leading authors. Lawrence I. Berkove wrote in a previous blog.

Of related interest:
berkoveThe Sagebrush Anthology: Literature from the Silver Age of the Old West
Lawrence I. Berkove
$30 • paperback • 9780826216519

The Sagebrush Anthology, is a related recovery of another and perhaps more enduring feature of Comstock culture, the hitherto overlooked literary movement known as the Sagebrush School.  The high wages that prevailed on the Comstock attracted not only miners and investors but also some of the best journalistic and literary talent – including Mark Twain – in the United States.

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