A la California, or sketches of life in the golden state, being devoted to our pioneer time -- frontier adventure -- the days of '49 -- the mines -- Judge Lynch -- on the deserts -- wild life -- amusing anecdotes -- stirring adventures -- reckless daring -- frightful experiences with the grizzly bear -- how lassoed -- the sea shore -- San Francisco in early days fully described -- interesting scenery visited and described -- a breezy narrative -- rich in annecdotal [sic] matter -- sparkling with wit -- the spiciest humor -- an unequalled [sic] record of the days that are past -- days of suffering -- of danger -- wild romance of a peculiar character -- 1849 to 1872 -- etc., etc. By Colonel Albert S. Evans. With numerous illustrations. Also, an authentic account of the famous Yosemite Valley, its stupendous cliffs -- dazzling waterfalls, etc. -- the Big Trees of California -- the Giant Forest of Tulare -- the Redwoods of the Coast Range -- the Geysers. Being an account of wonderful things of a character peculiarly Californian. Suitably illustrated. San Francisco: Hartwell, Mitchell & Willis, Publishers, 1897. 20.8x14, pp. [1-6] 11-404, illustrations, rebound in black cloth. A later edition, an exact reprint the 1889 George H. Bancroft expanded edition, printed from the same plates, including the illustrations. 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). This expanded edition reprints the 1873 edition published in San Francisco by A. L. Bancroft & Company, Publishers, Booksellers and Stationers, with supplemental material following page 379 -- descriptions of Yosemite Valley, the giant sequoia of the Sierra Nevada and the Geysers -- probably not written by Evans. Pages 397-401 comprise "The 'Giant Forest' of Tulare County," an article by J. J. Martin, secretary of the Kaweah Colony. This description was reprinted by Burnette Haskell in A Pen Picture of the Kaweah Co-operative Colony Co. Limited (1889) as "'An Impartial Description' of the Giant Forest from Albert S. Evans, A la California ... (San Francisco: George H. Bancroft, 1889)." Pages 401-402 print a short article by Fred W. Clough, "A Giant Tree. The Discovery of an Engineer in Tulare County -- a Sequoia 176 feet around," reprinted from the Amador Sentinel, August 15, 1888. The excellent illustrations by Ernest Narjot are present, along with a few additions, one being a photograph of Kaweah colonists in the Giant Forest posing in front of the giant Sequoia "Karl Marx." A nasty rebound ex-library copy, but apparently complete. All the later editions with expanded text are uncommon. (#166445).
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