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Lot 49

49. [DERBY, George Horatio]. Phœnixiana; Or, Sketches and Burlesques. By John Phœnix. “In the Name of the Prophhet—Figs.” New York: D. Appleton and Company, 346 & 348 Broadway, 1856. 274, [14, publisher’s ads] pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Squibob, text illustrations. 8vo, publisher’s original brown embossed cloth, gilt illustration of Squibob on upper cover (repeated in blind on lower cover), gilt pictorial spine. Superb, bright, tight copy.

     First edition, first collected edition of works by the Gold Rush humorist. Baird-Greenwood 643. BAL 4650 (printing A). Cowan II, p. 167. Howell, California 50:1027. Sabin 19665. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 63: “The lighter side of the Gold Rush, by ‘the father of the native American school of humor,’ who was also an eminent topographical engineer. Derby also wrote The SquibobPapers and prepared several notable early maps of California areas.” Wright II:739. Derby is best known for his hilarious writings under the pseudonyms of “John Phoenix” and “Squibob.” ($100-200)

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