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The first collection of sketches by legendary California journalist   

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Phoenixiana; or, Sketches and Burlesques

Derby, George Horatio

New York

D. Appleton



Frontis portrait. Fourteen pages of publisher's terminal advertisements. 8vo, later red half morocco, light red cloth boards, gilt decorations and lettering. Original cloth spine and upper cover bound in.  First Edition.

The first collection of sketches by the legendary California journalist and humorist George Horatio Derby (1823-1861), who came to California during the Gold Rush and quickly became a regular and popular contributor to the local newspapers. Derby wrote under several pseudonyms, including John Phoenix, John P. Squibob and Amos Butterfield, and his writings influenced both Twain and Harte, among humorists.

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Some light scattered foxing; very good.

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