Why a rich Yankee did not settle in California. By Addison Awes, Jr. Son of a Revolutionary Sire. Boston and San Francisco: Cubery and Company, Publishers, 1900. 21.3x14.5 cm, pp. [1-4] [1-5] 6-114  [116: blank], 10 Illustrations, eight on inserted plates, others, one full-page, in the text, original bevel-edged brown cloth, front panel stamped in gold, floral patterned endpapers. First edition. An eccentric work presenting "a true record of the deplorable condition of one of the grandest states in the Union." Cubery's primary focus is upon widespread political corruption in California, especially San Francisco, which was a center of corruption at the time, indirectly influenced by the Southern Pacific Railroad which had exerted a large degree of control over California politics for many years. Ultimately, the situation brought about the San Francisco graft trials, "a series of attempts from 1905 to 1908 to prosecute members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Mayor Eugene Schmitz [and] attorney Abe Ruef, who were receiving bribes, and business owners who were paying the bribes. Political boss and attorney Ruef was at the center of the corruption, acting as attorney to Mayor Eugene Schmitz" (Wikipedia). Yosemite is the setting, not the topic, of one of Cubery's socioeconomic parables. "Cubery arrived in San Francisco in October 1860. A short time later he went to Los Angeles County and until the close of the Civil War he was editor of Wilmington Journal (Los Angeles County). In July 1866 he returned to San Francisco and entered the printing business under the name of Cubery & Co. His firm printed many noted works in San Francisco" (Norris 901). Around 1907, Cubery published FIFTY YEARS A PRINTER, a 33-page memoir. Cowan (1933), p. 25. Rocq (1970) 15681 (under "Awes"). Bookplate of Joseph M. Gleason affixed to the front paste-down. "Lone Mountain College Library / S. F." stamps on the top and bottom edges of the text block, mild abrasion to rear paste-down where a pocket or label was removed. A very good copy. (#166790).
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