Book/Printed Material Phœnixiana; or, Sketches and burlesques.

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Title
Phœnixiana; or, Sketches and burlesques.
Summary
George Horatio Derby (1823-1861) of Massachusetts graduated from West Point in 1846 and served in the Army Topographical Engineers at Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo before being sent to California in 1856. He remained there for seven years, leading three exploring expeditions and winning a place as one of the state's first humorists with pieces published in the San Diego Herald and republished around the nation. Phoenixiana (1903) reprints a book originally published in 1855. It contains Derby's pieces as "Professor John Phoenixiana" and "Squibob," poking fun at such topics as military surveyors and explorers; contemporary travel accounts of the Mission Dolores, Benecia, Sonoma, San Francisco, and San Diego; literary societies and women's clubs; astronomy; and Army life.
Contributor Names
Derby, George Horatio, 1823-1861.
Created / Published
New York, D. Appleton and company, 1903.
Subject Headings
-  California--Humor
-  Humorous stories, American--California
Notes
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
-  Also available in digital form.
Medium
xvi, 332 p., incl. front., illus. 20 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
PS1535 .P5 1903
Library of Congress Control Number
03027495
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George Horatio Derby (1823-1861) of Massachusetts graduated from West Point in 1846 and served in the Army Topographical Engineers at Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo before being sent to California in 1856. He remained there for seven years, leading three exploring expeditions and winning a place as one of the state's first humorists with pieces published in the San Diego Herald and republished around the nation. Phoenixiana (1903) reprints a book originally published in 1855. It contains Derby's pieces as "Professor John Phoenixiana" and "Squibob," poking fun at such topics as military surveyors and explorers; contemporary travel accounts of the Mission Dolores, Benecia, Sonoma, San Francisco, and San Diego; literary societies and women's clubs; astronomy; and Army life.
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Derby, George Horatio. Phœnixiana; or, Sketches and burlesques. New York, D. Appleton and company, 1903. Pdf. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/03027495/.

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Derby, G. H. (1903) Phœnixiana; or, Sketches and burlesques. New York, D. Appleton and company. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/03027495/.

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Derby, George Horatio. Phœnixiana; or, Sketches and burlesques. New York, D. Appleton and company, 1903. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/03027495/>.