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1 Josiah M. Rice (1932-1914) and Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). A Cannoneer in Navajo Country: Journal of Private Josiah M. Rice, 1851.
Denver: Old West Publishing Company, 1970 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Oblong 4to. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. [vi], (124) pp. Frontispiece map of Rice's route, 20 halftone illustrations, 2 color illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, gilt-titled spine, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, spine of dust jacket toned, original price tag on dust jacket crossed out in pencil. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper, 1985. Very Good. Josiah Rice was a common soldier in Colonel Edwin Vose Sumner's (1797-1863) 1851 show-of-strength against hostile Indians in New Mexico. Rice's journal records travel into the Canon de Chelly in the Navajo country, a march to the junction of the Gila and San Pedro rivers in the Apache country, and the return to Navajoland to assist with the building and establishment of Fort Defiance. 
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2 Richard H. Dillon, Introduction. Artful Deeds in the Life of the Felon, Grovenor Layton: A Tale of the California Gold Rush.
San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1998 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 208. LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies designed, composed and printed letterpress by Peter Koch, with the assistance of Richard Seibert, bound by Cardoza-James Bookbinding Company. Tall 8vo. 10 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches. [iv], 71, [1] pp. Title-page and chapter initials printed in brick-red ink, title-page vignette, 4 woodcut illustrations and a map from the original edition of 1853 in the text; text clean, un-marked. Quarter dark-red imported Japanese cloth, map printed on orange paper covers the boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. Comes in the original slip case with the prospectus and a photographically illustrated post card. Bob Cates' copy. Fine. This is the first time the text of this "excessively rare" (David Magee) volume has been printed since it appeared in 1853. This book is one of many books written in the 1850s that purported to be true accounts of the Gold Rush, but were, in fact, fictitious. "Among the most authentic-seeming was the tale of Grovenor Layton, originally published in 1852. Layton was probably the pseudonym of the publisher A. R. Orton, but no trace of a Layton or Orton can be found in either Western history books or American literary biographies. The convincing, but false, story of Layton's career of robbery, murder, and arson ends with his lynching in Sonora, California." REFERENCE: A Bibliography of the Books Published by the Book Club of California, 1993-2009, No. 208. 
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3 Richard H. Dillon (Introduction) Artful Deeds: In the Life of the Felon, Grovenor Layton...A Tale of the California Gold Rush
San Francisco Book Club of California 1998 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good None Hardcover 
The Book Club of California Publication Number 208. LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies designed, composed and printed letterpress by Peter Koch, with the assistance of Richard Seibert. Typefaces are Minion for the text and Scala & Quadraat italic for display. Photolithography by Phelps/Schaefer, bound by Cardoza-James bookbinding Company, slipcase constructed by Arnold Martinez. Tall 8vo. 274 x 155 mm. [iv], 71, [1] pp. Title-page and chapter initials printed in brick-red ink, title-page vignette, 4 woodcut illustrations and a map from the original edition of 1853 in the text; text clean, un-marked. Quarter dark red cloth, map printed on orange paper covers the boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. Comes with a slip case; slip case in good shape except it is oil-stained. Very Good. This book was originally published anonymously in the early 1850s; it is the story of a gold rush robber who meets a grisly end on the gallows. Although it does not recount an actual event, it is highly illustrative of life in the mines and placers. Your order receives my personal attention. 
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4 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Burnt-Out Fires: California's Modoc Indian War.
New York: McGraw-Hall Book Company, 1978 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xii), 371 pp. 16 pages of black-and-white photographic plates, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark red cloth, maps in end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear to the dust jacket. INSCRIBED by author on half-title, 1985. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. A history of the causes, events, and results of the Modoc War, fought between the largely-Americanized Modoc Indians and the United States. Richard Dillon is a historian and author of many notable books about the American West. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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5 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Delta Country.
Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1982 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Oblong 4to. 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches. (xii), 134 pp. Frontispiece, black-and-white photographs throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gray cloth spine titled in silver, gray paper over boards, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper, 1982. Fine. "In Delta Country, Richard Dillon gives the first historical overview of this timeless land: from the days of the Indians and early explorers, to settlement of this wild swampland and development of today's agribusiness. The uncertain future of this unique and fragile area is also considered. The powerful images of photographer Steve Simmons capture the Delta as it is, while reflecting its past...." From dust jacket. 
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6 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Fool's Gold: A Biography of John Sutter.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1967 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 6 inches. 380 pp. 16 pages of black-and-white plates, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth, decorative end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, spine ends softened, dust jacket bruised at head of spine, price clipped. INSCRIBED by author on half-title. Very Good. "In this distinguished successor to his widely acclaimed biography Meriwether Lewis, Richard Dillon comes to definitive grips with a paradoxical personality that has eluded historians and biographers over the years. ... More important, answers are provided to the riddles about Sutter that have so far gone frustratingly unsolved, including the central one: why, even when gold was discovered on his property by one of his employees, sparking the California Gold Rush of 1849, Sutter still failed to get rich." From the dust jacket. 
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7 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Great Expectations: The Story of Benicia, California.
Fresno, CA: Benicia Heritage Book, Inc., 1980 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
4to. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. [iii], vii, 241 pp. Black-and-white photographs throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped dark blue cloth, decorative end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by author, 1982. Fine. This book, about the history of Benicia, California, took five years to make, with the contributions of over 100 people. Richard Dillon is a well-respected historian and author of many notable books about the American West. 
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8 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Humbugs and Heroes: A Gallery of California Pioneers.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1970 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. (xx), 362 pp. 41 black-and-white photographs and line art, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark green cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, rear end-papers soiled, dust jacket with light shelf wear, price-clipped. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper. Very Good. "Sixty-three of the most interesting figures in California's history are the subjects of this fascinating group biography. The author, a distinguished California historian, takes a careful look at each one of these men and women, but leaves it to the reader to decide which are humbugs or heroes - and which ones stand in between." From the dust jacket. 
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9 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Meriwether Lewis: A Biography.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1965 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 6 inches. (xx), 364 pp. Double title page, 16 pages of black-and-white plates, index. Blind- and gilt-stamped brown cloth, decorative end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, spine ends softened, dust jacket price-clipped, toned with small chips. INSCRIBED by author on half-title, "This vol. is said to be my best book. (I'll not argue the point.) R. H. Dillon." Very Good. Meriwether Lewis, of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, was an American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator. This biography by Richard Dillon received a gold medal award from the Commonwealth Club of California for the best nonfiction book of 1965. Dillon was a prolific author about the American West. 
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10 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). North Beach: The Italian Heart of San Francisco.
Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1985 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
4to. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. (x), 189 pp. Black-and-white photographs throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Black leather titled in gilt, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper, 1986. Fine. This book tells the story of the self-sufficient Italian village, North Beach, that used to exist for a century in the middle of San Francisco, and how the Italians left their mark on The City even though North Beach has become less dynamic. It includes previously unpublished photographs by J. B. Monaco (1856-1938) of North Beach from the 1880s to the 1930s. 
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11 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Shanghaiing Days.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1961 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. 351 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark red cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket with minor shelf wear. SIGNED by author on half-title. Very Good. "The thrilling account of 19th Century hell-ships, Bucko Mates and Masters, and dangerous ports-of-call from San Francisco to Singapore." From the dust jacket. 
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12 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Stephen Long and the Great American Desert.
Great Falls, MT: The Montana Historical Society, 1968 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
In: Montana the Magazine of Western History, Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Summer, 1968. Great Falls, MT: The Montana Historical Society, 1968. 4to Periodical. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches. 58-75 pp. Entire issue: (97) pp. 7 articles including this one by Dillon, illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Self-wraps, color illustrated, stapled, original subscription cards; binding square and tight, spine faded, shelf wear. SIGNED by author on table of contents next to his article. Very Good. Stephen Harriman Long (1784-1864) was a U.S. army explorer, topographical engineer, and railway engineer. Long was one of the most prolific explorers of the early 1800s, although his career as an explorer was relatively short-lived. He covered over 26,000 miles in five expeditions, including a scientific expedition in the Great Plains area, which he famously confirmed as a "Great Desert" (leading to the term "the Great American Desert." Dillon's article places Long's explorations in the political context of the times (1817-1823), and is one of the broadly scoped studies ever published in the Montana the Magazine of Western History. 
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13 Richard H Dillon Texas Argonauts: Isaac H. Duval and the California Gold Rush
San Francisco The Book Club of California 1987 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Very Good Hardcover Charlie Shaw 
LIMITED EDITION of 450 copies, designed by David Holman and printed letterpress at Wind River Press, Austin, Texas, paintings printed offset using separations by Capital spectrum in Austin. The Book Club of California Publication Number 186. Folio. 355 x 257 mm. xiii, 199, [3] pp. Color frontispiece painting portrait of Major Isaac Harding Duval, title-page printed in black, blue and brown inks, color painting illustrations throughout by Charlie Shaw, initial letters and decorations printed in blue and brown inks, bibliography, index; text clean, un-marked, one corner turned down and creases to corners at last few leaves of the text. Quarter cloth, illustrated paper over boards printed in blue ink, printed paper spine label, maps in end-leaves, plain white paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, some light foxing to cloth, jacket toned, tears to extremities and general shelf wear. Prospectus, order form, and an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet noting delay in publication laid in. Very Good. Isaac Harding Duval (1824-1902) was an American adventurer and businessman prior to becoming a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. As a young man, Duval traveled to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he joined an elder brother who was running a trading post. Afterward, Duval became a scout on the Western Plains and Rocky Mountains, and joined the Gold Rush in 1849. This book records Duval’s reminiscences of the Gila Trail journey from Texas to the Mother Lode Mines. It is a significant documentation by a leader of the California Gold Rush. After the Civil War, Isaac Duval became a U. S. Representative from West Virginia in the 41st United States Congress. Your order receives my personal attention. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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14 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). The Hatchet Men: The Story of the Tong Wars in San Francisco's Chinatown.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1962 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 6 inches. 375 pp. 16 pages of black-and-white plates, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped red cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear to dust jacket, sticker residue on front flap, price crossed out in pencil. INSCRIBED by author in preliminaries, 1985. Very Good. A recounting of San Francisco's Chinatown during the Tong Wars. Includes photographs from Arnold Genthe (1869-1942) and others. Genthe is known for his photographs of San Francisco's Chinatown and the 1906 earthquake. Richard Dillon is a historian and author of many books on the American West, and specializes in San Francisco history. 
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15 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). The Legend of Grizzly Adams: California's Greatest Mountain Man.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1966 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. 223 pp. 16 pages of black-and-white plates; text clean, unmarked. Black-stamped brown cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket with light soiling, spine toned. INSCRIBED by author on half-title. Very Good. This is a biography of Grizzly Adams, born John Adams, a legendary figure in the American West and California history. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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16 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). We Have Met the Enemy: Oliver Hazard Perry: Wilderness Commodore.
New York: McGraw-Hall Book Company, 1978 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xviii), 231 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled black cloth spine, yellow paper over boards, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket with light shelf wear with a small closed tear at the head of back panel. Includes an invitation to publication party, SIGNED by author. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper, 1983. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. This is both an account of the remarkable Battle of Lake Erie (1813) and a biography of Oliver Hazard Perry, the American captain who turned what looked like certain defeat into a monumental victory. It is written by Richard Dillon, a notable American historian and author of many books about the American West. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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17 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Wells, Fargo Detective: A Biography of James B. Hume.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1969 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. 320 pp. 16 pages of black-and-white plates, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket with shelf wear, a rip in the back flap, price lined through in pencil. INSCRIBED by author on half-title. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. "In the distinguished tradition of his prize-winning biographies Meriwether Lewis and Fool's Gold, Richard Dillon re-creates the remarkable life of one of frontier America's most gifted lawmen, James B. Hume." From dust jacket. 
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