Phoenixiana; or, Sketches and Burlesques. by John Phoenix [pseud]
BAL 4650; Cowan, II, page 167; Sabin 19665
by DERBY, GEORGE HORATIO
New York: D. Appleton, 1856, 1856. First edition. BAL 4650; Cowan, II, page 167; Sabin 19665. Some light scattered foxing; fine copy.. 8vo, later red half morocco, light red cloth boards, gilt decorations and lettering. Frontis portrait. Fourteen pages of publisher's terminal advertisements. Original cloth spine and upper cover bound in. 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. (Inventory #: 27156)
English & American Literature, Americana, First Editions, Bibliography
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