by DE QUILLE, Dan [pseud.] William WRIGHT (1829–1898).
San Francisco:: Book Club of California, 1980., 1980. // Series: Book Club of California, no. 165. 26 cm. 8vo. xii, 127 pp. Ports. Quarter brown cloth, decorative paper over boards, original plain white wrapper. Very good. LIMITED EDITION of 650 numbered copies, printed by Arlen & Clara Louise Philpott, Fairfax, California. "Dan De Quille was the pen name of William Wright (1829-1898), a reporter for Nevada's Virginia City Enterprise during the nineteenth century. He was notorious for his humorous tales, many of which circulated throughout the country as fact. De Quille is often paired with Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) who was hired at the Enterprise the year after De Quille started working there, and worked under him. The two were also roommates. Both De Quille and Twain were regarded as rising literary stars. In fact, during the 1860s many thought it was De Quille, rather than Twain, who would achieve literary stardom. De Quille's most famous hoaxes were the Traveling Stones of Pahranagat Valley (published 1867) and Solar Armor (published 1874). However, he penned several other hoaxes, such as "The Wonder of the Age, a Silver Man" (published 1865) about the discovery of a petrified man made of silver, and "Mystery of the Savage Sump" (published 1876) about the discovery of eyeless fish living deep inside several Nevada mines." – Alex Boese, "The Hoaxes of Dan De Quille." // Contents: Introduction; The Boss Liar of the Big Bonanza; Comstock Quaints; Rigdon Tandler, The Demon Coroner of Tunneltown; The Haunted Cabin of Jim Crow Canyon; Hunting for Market and Lost in the Tule Marshes; The Indian Messiah; Notes. (Inventory #: LV2017)
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