San Francisco: Albert Dressler, 1927. 1st. Original boards. First Edition, Limited to 525 numbered copies. Full page INSCRIPTION with original drawing by the author. 8vo. ix, , 62, [1, colophon],  pp. Ten full-page illustrations (including color frontispiece). Pale blue cloth spine over gold-flecked orange boards with color image affixed to front cover; publisher's color printed dustjacket. Hinges cracked but holding; light wear to extremities; a very good copy in a near very good dustjacket (chipping with some loss along upper front edge; some darkening; short closed tear to lower spine). Item #18176
Includes a collection of 120 telegrams exchanged among the Chinese citizens to and from the gold mining town of Downieville, CA; and a court transcript of the murder trial of Ah Jake. The California Gold Rush and the development of the first transcontinental railroad brought countless Chinese immigrants to Northern California where they endured much racism that eventually led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. These telegrams give a glimpse into their daily lives.