San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1937. 240pp. Illus. Cloth backed pictorial boards, printed paper spine label. Fine copy in original plain dust jacket. Letterpress Christmas note to subscribers laid in. From an edition of 550 copies. Item #WRCAM23533
The last work in the third series of Rare Americana done by the Grabhorn Press, with an introduction by Francis Farquhar. Derby was stationed in southern California in the early 1850s and made several important surveys as a U.S. Army officer. This extra-curricular fun, which was first published in 1855, proved to be popular at the time. He devotes much of the work to descriptions of people and scenes in San Diego, "Fourth of July Celebration at San Diego," writing for newspapers there, especially the San Diego Herald, and other adventures in California.