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This Saturday, September 9th, I will be at the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair.  I will be exhibiting a goodly amount of books about various aspects of California History, including the Gold Rush, Native Americans after the American Conquest, the Channel Islands, and much more.  Included are also a number of writers on California subjects, including John Caughey, Richard Dillon, Ninetta Eames, Idwal Jones, David Lavender, Carey McWilliams, Irene Paden, and others.  Many of these are signed.  Almost all at very modest prices.  A sample listing can be viewed at the following link:


http://www.johnhowellforbooks.com/home//92017cahist.pdf


The following list contains 44 items about various aspects of California History.  Included are materials on nineteenth-century California land claims and a number of twentieth-century handbills issued by various radical groups in the Los Angeles area advocating their causes.  The handbill examples were chosen for exceptional subject matter or graphic presentation.




Each year the Miniature Book Society Grand Conclave takes place in a different city someplace on this planet.  This year the MBS Conclave will take place at a familiar location, the Oakland Marriott City Center, Friday August 11th through Monday August 14th.  For those of you who follow my antics, the relevant information is that the Society will be holding a Miniature Book Book Fair, which will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm Sunday August 13th in the Junior Ballroom of the Oakland Marriott.  I will be bringing between 300 and 400 miniature books available for purchase at the Book Fair.  The books I am bringing are in the following 11 lists that you can click on.  Go ahead and open the PDFs that are of interest to you; perhaps you can find an item or two to add to your collection.  All of these items are available for purchase on this website; or contact me by email or telephone if you find something you would like.  No need to wait until the Book Fair to place an order.  And THANK YOU for taking a look.  

Achille J. St. Onge and other miscellaneous presses: 

Black Cat Press: http://www.johnhowellforbooks.com/home//black%20cat%20press.pdf







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Rancho Days in Southern California: An Anthology with New Perspectives., Kenneth Pauley, editor.
Rancho Days in Southern California: An Anthology with New Perspectives.
40.00 USD
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The Machados & Rancho La Ballona: The Story of the Land and its Ranchero.  Jose Agustin Antonio Machado, With a Genealogy of the Machado Family., Sister Mary Ste. Therese Wittenberg.
The Machados & Rancho La Ballona: The Story of the Land and its Ranchero. Jose Agustin Antonio Machado, With a Genealogy of the Machado Family.
500.00 USD
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I. Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit: An Historical Approach by W. W. Robinson.  II. Personal Considerations: Essays by Lawrence Clark Powell., William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972) and Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001).
I. Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit: An Historical Approach by W. W. Robinson. II. Personal Considerations: Essays by Lawrence Clark Powell.
700.00 USD
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[Rancho Rincon de los Esteros] Supreme Court of California. April Term, 1859.  [J]oseph Scott, Appellant, vs. George R. Ward, Appellee.  Brief of Appellant.  Wm. Matthews, Of Counsel [Cover Title]., Wm. Mathtews.
[Rancho Rincon de los Esteros] Supreme Court of California. April Term, 1859. [J]oseph Scott, Appellant, vs. George R. Ward, Appellee. Brief of Appellant. Wm. Matthews, Of Counsel [Cover Title].
150.00 USD
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In the Footprints of the Padres.  New and Enlarged Edition.  Introduction by Charles Phillips., Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909).
In the Footprints of the Padres. New and Enlarged Edition. Introduction by Charles Phillips.
25.00 USD
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In the Footprints of the Padres., Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909).
In the Footprints of the Padres.
25.00 USD
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The First Native-Born Californian Physician: A Memoir of Dr. Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo., George Dunlap Lyman (1882-1949).
The First Native-Born Californian Physician: A Memoir of Dr. Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo.
35.00 USD
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In the Footprints of the Padres., Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909).
In the Footprints of the Padres.
45.00 USD
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Caminos Viejos: Tales Found in the History of California of Especial Interest to Those who Love the Valleys, the Hills and the Canyons of Orange County, its Traditions and its Landmarks., Terry Elmo Stephenson (1880-1943).
Caminos Viejos: Tales Found in the History of California of Especial Interest to Those who Love the Valleys, the Hills and the Canyons of Orange County, its Traditions and its Landmarks.
300.00 USD
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The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, Mapped in Silver and Gold, Helen Wallis (1924-1995).
The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, Mapped in Silver and Gold
10.00 USD
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The California Diary of Faxon Dean Atherton, 1836-1839., Faxon Dean Atherton (1815-1877), Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. (1924-2011), editor and introduction.
The California Diary of Faxon Dean Atherton, 1836-1839.
20.00 USD
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Indian Legends of the Cuyamaca Mountains., Mary Elizabeth Johnson.
Indian Legends of the Cuyamaca Mountains.
50.00 USD
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Warner: The Man and the Ranch., Lorrin L. Morrison.
Warner: The Man and the Ranch.
15.00 USD
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Sierra Nevada Big Trees: History of the Exhibitions, 1850-1903., Dennis G. Kruska.
Sierra Nevada Big Trees: History of the Exhibitions, 1850-1903.
30.00 USD
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The Magees Slip Quietly Away from Post Street., David Magee.
The Magees Slip Quietly Away from Post Street.
35.00 USD
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1850-1870, Forgotten Characters of Old San Francisco., Robert Ernest Cowan (1862-1942).
1850-1870, Forgotten Characters of Old San Francisco.
50.00 USD
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Old California Houses., Marion Randall Parsons (1878-1953).
Old California Houses.
12.00 USD
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Richard H. Kern: Expeditionary Artist in the Far Southwest, 1848-1853., David J. Weber.
Richard H. Kern: Expeditionary Artist in the Far Southwest, 1848-1853.
25.00 USD
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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard., Thomas Gray (1716-1771).
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
55.00 USD
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Queen Melanie and the Wood-boy., Richard Barham Middleton (1882-1911), Anthony Lawrence Patterson (1892-1964), illustrations.
Queen Melanie and the Wood-boy.
125.00 USD
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Santa Catalina Island., Iza Williams and Mr. Rieder.
Santa Catalina Island.
30.00 USD
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Catalina Island, California: The Magic Isle.  In All the World, No Trip Like This, Illustrating in Colors the Points of Greatest Interest to the Traveler., Curt Teich & Co.
Catalina Island, California: The Magic Isle. In All the World, No Trip Like This, Illustrating in Colors the Points of Greatest Interest to the Traveler.
35.00 USD
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Catalina Island Bird Park., Catalina Island Co.
Catalina Island Bird Park.
20.00 USD
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Tumba of Torrey Pines., William Maurice Culp (1891-1977) and Harry Howes Hall, illustrator.
Tumba of Torrey Pines.
20.00 USD
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