New York: Chambliss & Co., 1895. Hardcover. xiv, 408p., frontis-portrait of Chambliss, dedication, preface, thanks and advance press notices, on the attempt at suppression by Crocker & Huntington, photos and humorous drawings, very good first edition and printing in somewhat dust-soiled and shelfworn blue cloth with a couple small stains; find an unusual gilt & silver foil vignette on cover. A good copy. The plates are numerous and clever, if a little confused.
On power and corruption in San Francisco in the 1880s-90s. Along with complaining of "parvenues," the reader will find a touch of anti-semitism (text & plate, pp228/9, parodying wealthy Jews) and seriously racist remarks (Civil War, African Americans, pernicious abolitionism, pp302/3).