NUGGETS AND DUST PANNED OUT IN CALIFORNIA by Dod Grile [pseudonym]. Collected and Loosely Arranged by J. Milton Sloluck [pseudonym]. London: Chatto and Windus, Publishers. (Successors to John Camden Hotten.), n.d. . Small octavo, pp. [i-iv] [i-v] vi  10-175 [176: blank] [1-8: ads dated 1873], true endpapers at rear imprinted with publisher's ads, original pictorial yellow wrappers printed in black, red and blue. First edition. The author's second book. A collection of stories, sketches, epigrams, quips and witticisms. In general the seventeen very short stories, grouped together as "Crazy Tales," are satirical; revenge and death are frequent themes. Bierce's first short story, "The Haunted Valley," was published in the OVERLAND MONTHLY in 1871. "On Christmas Day of that year he married Mollie Day of San Francisco and several months later they went to England. During the next four years Bierce was on the staff of FUN ... In 1872 he published, under the pseudonym of 'Dod Grile' and in confessed collaboration with Satan, THE FIEND'S DELIGHT, a 'cold collation of diabolisms,' and [in 1873] NUGGETS AND DUST PANNED OUT IN CALIFORNIA. Both books were collections of mordantly humorous sketches he had contributed to various California journals, while two years later a third volume, COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL, containing many articles that first appeared in FUN, established the reputation of 'Bitter Bierce' as a vitriolic wit." - DAB. BAL 1099 (noted printing B without table of contents leaf [pages (vii)-viii]; terminal endpaper b; no sequence established). Starrett 2. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks III, p. 33. Baird and Greenwood 251. At some point this copy was bound with front and rear covers preserved into a binding of some sort (no longer present) with its fore and bottom edges trimmed and top edge gilded. It is now disbound. Spine panel missing, two creases to lower right corner of front cover, a bright, sound, good copy of a fragile book which had no hardbound issue and has never been reprinted. Bierce's scarcest book. In a custom cloth traycase. (#135545).
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