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Burgess, Gelett & Irwin, Will - The Picaroons

New York, McClure Phillips, 1904.  First edition. A picaroon is a rogue or scoundrel; authors Burgess and Irwin spin a tale of men living rough at the San Francisco waterfront. The adventurers are subsidized (all of ten cents apiece) by a sympathetic restaurateur to go out and make a fortune in a get rich quick scheme. Racial epithets and stereotypes abound but many of the SF landmarks mentioned can be seen to this day.  Light wear to extremities, spine faded. Small bookseller's sticker to rear pastedown. $75.00.

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