My Playhouse Was a Concord Coach; An Anthology of Newspaper Clippings and Documents Relating to Those Who Made California History During the Years 1822-1888 compiled by Mae Hélène Bacon Boggs. Printed by Howell-North Press, Oakland, Calif. Copyright 1942 by Mae Hélène Bacon Boggs. Folio in publisher's blue buckram with gilt lettering; blind-stamped illustration of horse-drawn coach on upper cover; photo-illustrated endpapers. 763 numbered pages plus colophon stating this copy not for sale, presented to "Dr. and Mrs. R.G.Sproul, President's Home(?, not quite legible) University, California in Berkeley" presentation written and signed by "Mae Hélène Bacon Boggs". Robert Gordon Sproul (May 22, 1891 – September 10, 1975) was eleventh President of the University of California serving from 1930 to 1958. This copy is not numbered for limitation.
Missing 3 of the 8 fold-out maps, facing pages 1, 24, 221. Spine is lightly sunned, but gilt lettering on spine is still quite legible. Light edge wear to the cover. Light 1/8" diameter stain on the top of the page block. A bookplate indicating the initials "RGS" (presumably Sproul's) is inside the front cover. A light pencil notation about Sproul ownership is on the title page. Otherwise, there are no previous owner markings. Pages and cover are flat without creases, folds or dog-earing. Binding is tight with no looseness to the pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered, not a facsimile reprint. Photos available on request. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. BJ27a
"I did not write a book but compiled a book of those who made California history." "...I have seen the weakness of human nature and realize that the control system established by the stage company, to protect the honesty of their employes, should be passed on." "The Stage Driver became the most important person in the community, carrying news from station to station, which were established about every twelve miles, where a family was located and a change of horses made..." "As the stages carried people to their destinations, they also built up communities pioneered by an earnest, honest, sincere, law abiding group who built homes, schools, churches and left a better road for their children to travel." from the note on the Genesis of nthe book by Mae Hélène Bacon Boggs.