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Derby, George Horatio 1823-1861

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Works: 120 works in 354 publications in 1 language and 4,235 library holdings
Genres: Humor  History  Sources  Diaries  Maps  Bibliography  Songs and music  Humorous poetry 
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Phoenixiana; or, Sketches and burlesques by George Horatio Derby( Book )

94 editions published between 1855 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first collection of sketches by the legendary California journalist and humorist George Horatio Derby (1823-1861), who came to California during the Gold Rush and quickly became a regular and popular contributor to the local newspapers. Derby wrote under several pseudonyms, including John Phoenix, John P. Squibob and Amos Butterfield, and his writings influenced both Twain and Harte, among humorists
The Squibob papers by George Horatio Derby( Book )

32 editions published between 1865 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geology and industrial resources of California by Philip T Tyson( )

5 editions published in 1851 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report of the Secretary of War, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a reconnoissance [sic] of the Gulf of California and the Colorado River by Lieutenant Derby by United States( Book )

17 editions published between 1852 and 2000 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Army surveys of Gold Rush California : reports of the topographical engineers, 1849-1851 by George Horatio Derby( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As the Army's topographical engineer in California from 1849 to 1851, George Horatio Derby wrote detailed reports on the region, its people, its resources, and its geography--providing critical information for an understaffed military charged with bringing order to a vast new empire along the Pacific Slope. Early maps and reports by pioneers, trappers, and newspapermen, even by such professionals as John C. Fremont and William Emory, were limited in scope and often unreliable. In contrast, those authored by Derby and the Army's other trained topographical engineers were remarkably accurate, extensive, and richly descriptive. Long buried in the files of the National Archives, they have also remained largely unknown, even to historians. Collected and reproduced here for the first time, these journals and maps offer a new and unique perspective on California in the mid-nineteenth century. Derby's reports and journals appear alongside those of Robert Stockton Williamson, William H. Warner, Edward O.C. Ord, Nathaniel Lyon, Henry Walton Wessells, and Erasmus Darwin Keyes. These documents offer extraordinary firsthand views of the environment, natural resources, geography, and early settlement, as well as the effects of disease on Native and white populations. The writers' detailed, often witty insights offer new understandings of life in California during an era of momentous change. Historian Gary Clayton Anderson and anthropologist Laura Lee Anderson provide historical, geographic, and biographical context in the book's introduction and in headnotes and annotations for each journal. With these editorial enhancements, the documents reveal as much of the character of their authors and their time as of the land and peoples they so carefully describe"--
Report of the secretary of war, communicating information in relation to the geology and topography of California by Philip T Tyson( Book )

8 editions published between 1850 and 1975 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phoenixiana; a collection of the burlesques & sketches of John Phoenix, alias John P. Squibob, who was, in fact, Lieutenant George H. Derby, U.S.A by George Horatio Derby( Book )

4 editions published in 1937 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report of the Secretary of War, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a report of the Tulare Valley by United States( Book )

1 edition published in 1852 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bright gem of the western seas : California, 1846-1852( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Squibob, an early California humorist by George Horatio Derby( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phœnixiana by George Horatio Derby( Book )

16 editions published between 1856 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Horatio Derby (1823-1861) of Massachusetts graduated from West Point in 1846 and served in the Army Topographical Engineers at Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo before being sent to California in 1856. He remained there for seven years, leading three exploring expeditions and winning a place as one of the state's first humorists with pieces published in the San Diego Herald and republished around the nation. Phoenixiana (1903) reprints a book originally published in 1855. It contains Derby's pieces as "Professor John Phoenixiana" and "Squibob," poking fun at such topics as military surveyors and explorers; contemporary travel accounts of the Mission Dolores, Benecia, Sonoma, San Francisco, and San Diego; literary societies and women's clubs; astronomy; and Army life
The topographical reports of Lieutenant George H. Derby by George Horatio Derby( Book )

7 editions published between 1932 and 1992 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report of the secretary of war, communicating information in relation to the geology and topography of California ... by Philip T Tyson( Book )

1 edition published in 1850 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musical review extraordinary by George Horatio Derby( Book )

1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

... Report of the secretary of war, communicating information in relation to the geology and topography of California by Philip T Tyson( Book )

1 edition published in 1850 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Song of the Oakland bridge by George Horatio Derby( Book )

3 editions published between 1937 and 1938 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketch of General Riley's route through the mining districts : [of California] July and Aug. 1849 by George Horatio Derby( )

6 editions published between 1849 and 1980 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sacramento Valley from the American River to Butte Creek by George Horatio Derby( )

5 editions published between 1849 and 1992 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconnaissance of the Tulares Valley [California] : made by order of Brev. Brig. Gen. Riley, commanding 10th. Mil. Dept. by George Horatio Derby( )

3 editions published in 1850 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phœnixiana; or, Sketches and burlesques by John Phœnix [pseud.] by George Horatio Derby( Book )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Bright gem of the western seas : California, 1846-1852
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Alternative Names
Derby, G. H. 1823-

Derby, George H.

Derby, George H. 1823-1861

Derby, George H. (George Horatio), 1823-1861

George Derby American humorist

Phoenix, John 1823-1861

Squibob, John P. 1823-1861

Джордж Дёрби

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English (240)