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Thomas Jefferson, Lover of Liberty., Borrower's Press.
1 Borrower's Press. Thomas Jefferson, Lover of Liberty.
Winterport, ME: Borrower's Press, 1976 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 289 copies, this is number 199. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 3/4 inches. 28 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Jefferson; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark green leather, decorative end papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on limitation statement. SCARCE. Fine. A very brief biography of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 2881. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Thomas Jefferson, Lover of Liberty., Borrower's Press.
2 Borrower's Press. Thomas Jefferson, Lover of Liberty.
Winterport, ME: Borrower's Press, 1976 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 289 copies, this is number 199. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 3/4 inches. 28 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Jefferson; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark green leather, decorative end papers; binding square and tight, inner hinge cracked. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on limitation statement. SCARCE. Fine. A very brief biography of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 2881. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco., David Lavender (1910-2003).
3 David Lavender (1910-2003). Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco.
Palo Alto, CA: American West Publishing Company, 1975 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: Western Biography Series, No. 5. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (416) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Ralston, black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, dust jacket with minor chipping and shelf wear. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper. Very Good. William C. Ralston was an American businessman and financier. He got rich from Nevada's Comstock Lode and, among his many businesses and entrepreneurial ventures, founded the Bank of California. David Lavender tells the joint history of Ralston and the early days of San Francisco, where Ralston made his home. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Great Persuader., David Lavender (1910-2003).
4 David Lavender (1910-2003). The Great Persuader.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1970 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), 444 pp. 33 illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth titled in silver, maps in end-papers, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, foxing along inner hinges, dust jacket toned and bruised at spine ends. INSCRIBED by author on title page. Very Good. This is a biography of Collis P. Huntington, the robber baron who built America's first trans-continental railroad. David Lavender researched this groundbreaking biography using materials from the Huntington Library which had previously been unavailable to the public. 
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High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area., Eugene A. Rose.
5 Eugene A. Rose. High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area.
Berkeley: Howell-North Books, 1974 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. 160 pp. 56 black and white photographs; text clean, unmarked. Light brown cloth titled in brown ink over boards, dust jacket, maps in end papers; binding square and tight, top edge dust soiled, slight shelf wear on dust jacket, sticker residue on front of jacket. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. Orland Bartholomew was the first to solo climb Mt. Whitney in winter. This book is an account of his solo journey, drawing from his diary and including 56 original photographs from Bartholomew. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Autobiographical Subject: Gender and Ideology in Eighteenth-Century England, Felicity A. Nussbaum
6 Felicity A. Nussbaum The Autobiographical Subject: Gender and Ideology in Eighteenth-Century England
The Johns Hopkins University Press 1990 0801838258 / 9780801838255 Hardcover Used: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. xxii, 264 pp. Index; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth, dust-jacket; binding tight, boards a bit bowed, jacket with light shelf wear. Very Good reading copy. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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My Life as an Artist Blacksmith., Francis Whitaker (1906-1999).
7 Francis Whitaker (1906-1999). My Life as an Artist Blacksmith.
Francis Whitaker, 1995 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
4to. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. (vi), 122 pp. 29 black-and-white photographs, memoriam notice tipped in; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth; binding square and tight, shelf wear, ex library bookplate removed from front paste-down. Ex library copy, stamped on free end papers. Comes with newspaper clippings of Whitaker's obituary. Pall Bohne's copy with his pencil notations on rear pastedown. Very Good. Francis Whitaker was a legendary blacksmith. This autobiography, as told by Gary Mansfield, covers Whitaker's time with Samuel Yellin, his two years in Germany with Julius Schramm, his years in California, Aspen, and finally Carbondale, Colorado. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Edward Philip Prince: Type Punchcutter., Frederick Compton Avis.
8 Frederick Compton Avis. Edward Philip Prince: Type Punchcutter.
London: F. C. Avis, 1967 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies. 8vo. 9 x 5 3/4 inches. 104 pp. Frontispiece plate, 1 black-and-white plate, specimens of Prince?s fonts, tissue guard over smoke proofs tipped into page 89, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Red cloth, gilt-titled spine, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, tail of spine softened, small blister in cloth at head of rear cover, dust jacket toned, with price crossed out and a new price hand-written. Very Good. Edward Philip Prince cut type punches for every prominent private press in England. "Because the success of the private press movement derived at least in part from Prince's work, a record of his services to it is a necessary complement to its history, as well as a token of respect to a great English craftsman." Dust jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Some Part of Myself., J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964) and Bertha KcKee Dobie (1890-1974).
9 J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964) and Bertha KcKee Dobie (1890-1974). Some Part of Myself.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1967 First Edition Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. (xvi), 282 pp. Black-and-white photographs throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Light green cloth over boards, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket toned and pasted to paste-downs, Ex Library copy with library sticker on spine of dust jacket, library pocket on rear free end paper, library rubber stamps. Good.$ 5FIRST EDITION. This book was published posthumously, and is a collection of newspaper articles and autobiographical writings compiled by Dobie's wife, Bertha McKee Dobie. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Mountaineer: The Life and Times of Marvin Neel and the Backwoods Press., James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003).
10 James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003). Mountaineer: The Life and Times of Marvin Neel and the Backwoods Press.
Nappanee, IN: Private Press of the Indiana Kid, 1969 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies. 8vo. 8 x 5 1/2 inches. [iv], ii, (40) pp. Title page illustrated in color, engravings by Neel throughout, 2 photographic plates tipped in, specimen sheet bound in with the covers of Storm Over the Mountains and Chimera I; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth spine, yellow paper boards stamped with a Neel engraving; binding square and tight, small spot of soiling on back cover. Very Good. Printed and bound by the author-compositor. Biography of Marvin Neel, proprietor of the Backwoods Press. Includes a bibliography of the 13 titles issued by the Backwoods Press. 
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The Crandall Press: A History-Bibliography., James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003).
11 James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003). The Crandall Press: A History-Bibliography.
Nappanee, IN: Private Press of the Indiana Kid, 1966 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of about 250 copies. 8vo. 8 x 5 3/4 inches. (44) pp. Color ornaments throughout, 2 photographic plates, bibliography of the Crandall Press, 4 illustrations tipped in; text clean, unmarked. Light blue paper over boards, illustrations on both covers, printed paper spine label with a duplicate label bound-in at the colophon; binding square and tight, shelf wear, spine faded. Very Good. A biography of Allen Crandall, a history of his press, The Crandall Press, and a bibliography of the 12 titles published by the same. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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John Muir., John Swett (1830-1913).
12 John Swett (1830-1913). John Muir.
New York: The Century Company, 1893 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XLVI, New Series 24, May, 1893, pp. 120-123. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches. Engraved portrait of Muir; text clean, unmarked. 3 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutter, Louis Lanzer Books & Prints business card attached to the upper corner. Sold AS IS. Short biography of John Muir by Muir's close friend, John Swett. Swett is considered to be the "Father of the California Public School System." In 1863 Swett was instrumental in founding the California Educational Society, and was elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. His most important contribution was making the California school system free for all students. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Glimpses of Emma Goldman., Lydia Gans.
13 Lydia Gans. Glimpses of Emma Goldman.
Pasadena: Tabula Rasa Press, 1979 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 22. 8vo. 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches. [iv], (55) pp. Headpieces, tailpieces; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled red cloth spine, marbled paper boards; binding square and tight. SIGNED by author on colophon. Fine. A collection of writings by Emma Goldman (1869-1940), an anarchist political activist, with a short biographical note in the beginning. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Reynolds Stone., Myfanwy Piper (1911-1997).
14 Myfanwy Piper (1911-1997). Reynolds Stone.
London: Art and Technics, 1951 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. 96 pp. 65 illustrations; text clean, unmarked, offsetting to half-title. Gray cloth, gilt-titled spine on a brown field; binding square and tight, shelf wear, top edge toned. SIGNED by Reynolds Stone opposite title page, 30 October, '69. Very Good. A collection of Reynolds Stone's work, along with a short biography and history of his career. Stone (1909-1979) was a noted English engraver, designer, typographer, and painter. Among his many commercial works were the Royal Arms for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, the official coat of arts for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, and the coat of arms for the British Council. He was once described as the "Engraver Royal." Wikipedia. 
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Poe - Master of Macabre., Patricia H. Bellas (b. 1933).
15 Patricia H. Bellas (b. 1933). Poe - Master of Macabre.
Baltimore: Xavier Press, 1988 Used: Like New 
LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, this is number 88. Miniature Book. 2 5/8 x 2 inches. [v], (25) pp. Mounted frontispiece portrait of Poe, title page illustrated with a raven, commemorative U.S. postage stamp mounted on pp. 6, 3 black and white photographs mounted on pp. 6, 18, and 20, decorative initials, text in red borders, laminated blade of grass from Poe's original grave site in folder on rear pastedown; text clean, unmarked. Navy cloth gilt-stamped, red end pages printed with Poe titles; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Francis X. Harrigan (designer) and Patricia H. Bellas (author) on colophon. Fine. Handset in 8 pt. Verona and 7 pt. Caslon, subheads are set in 10 pt. Fabritius, legends set in 6 pt. Baskerville, the poem on page 24 is set in 6 pt. Arrighi. All set in metal type and printed on a 6 x 9 press by F. X. Harrigan at the Xavier Press in an edition of 200 copies, bound by Don Brady. This short biography of Edgar Allan Poe includes mounted photographs by Patricia Bellas, a commemorative stamp of Poe, and a blade of grass from Poe's grave encapsulated in plastic and inserted in a pocket on the rear pastedown. The Xavier Press is the imprint of Francis X. Harrigan. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 310. 
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Fool's Gold: A Biography of John Sutter., Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).
16 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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Humbugs and Heroes: A Gallery of California Pioneers., Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).
17 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. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Meriwether Lewis: A Biography., Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).
18 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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The Legend of Grizzly Adams: California's Greatest Mountain Man., Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).
19 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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Wells, Fargo Detective: A Biography of James B. Hume., Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).
20 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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