Á LA CALIFORNIA. SKETCHES OF LIFE IN THE GOLDEN STATE. With an introduction by Col. W. H. L. Barnes. and illustrations from original drawings by Ernest Narjot. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Company, Publishers, Booksellers and Stationers, 1873. 21x12.8 cm, pp. [1-10] 11-379 [380: blank], illustrations, contemporary three-quarter leather and marbled boards, leather author and title pieces, spine panel tooled in gold, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. First edition. A series of mid-nineteenth century sketches of life and travel in California by Albert S. Evans (1831-1872), a New Hampshire-born pioneer California journalist, published after his death at sea. Evans arrived in San Francisco in 1861 where he lived for twelve years. He worked as a journalist for the Morning Call. In 1863 he became editor for the Daily Alta California (the first daily newspaper in California) and continued in that capacity for several years. Today, Evans is best remembered for his feud with Mark Twain, 1864-1866. "When Clemens was working as the local reporter for the San Francisco Morning Call and as a correspondent for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, he engaged with Evans in a war of published insults and personal attacks based on genuine dislike ... Clemens left California on March 7, 1866 and traveled to the Sandwich Islands as a reporter for the Sacramento Daily Union. Shortly before he departed the Dramatic Chronicle reported that Col. Evans was making physical threats against Clemens and that the police were seeking an opportunity to arrest Clemens" (Wikipedia). The paper ran a short item advising "Mark Twain" to leave the state. Of Evans, Clemens wrote: "I have but one definite purpose in view: that is, to make enough money to insure me a fair trial, and then to go and kill Colonel Evans." "Refreshing sketches, mostly of the later period, but with some significant material on Gold Rush days" (Wheat, Gold Rush 68). "A very entertaining book" (Cowan , p. 199). Excellent illustrations by Ernest Narjot. Leather and boards rubbed, a very good copy. (#166321).
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