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Winged Mail: From Avalon to Bunker Hill [1894-1898], Anna Marie Hager
1 Anna Marie Hager Winged Mail: From Avalon to Bunker Hill [1894-1898]
Los Angeles Dawson's Book Shop 1985 0870933167 / 9780870933165 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Los Angeles Miscellany, No. 16. LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies printed by Richard Hoffman. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 48 pp. Title page printed within typographic borders, initial and chapter head in blue, 17 figures, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth, white pigeons-over-waves design stamped on front cover, spine titled in gilt, end-papers with contemporary ads for the Santa Catalina Island Homing Pigeon Service; binding square and tight. Fine. During the heyday of the Santa Catalina Island vacation boom, it was deemed too expensive by the Banning brothers to lay a cable to provide communications between the Island and the mainland. Enter the Zahn brothers, Lorenzo, Otto Johann, and Oswald, who created a passenger pigeon service to fill the void. 
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Old Adobes Of Forgotten Fort Tejon, Clarence Cullimore (1885-1963)
2 Clarence Cullimore (1885-1963) Old Adobes Of Forgotten Fort Tejon
Bakersfield: Kern County Historical Society, 1949 Second Edition, revised and enla Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
8vo. 9 3/4 x 7 inches. [vi], (96) pp. 24 figures, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Dark blue-stamped pictorial cloth over boards; binding square and tight. Fine. This is the first published record of the origin and use of Fort Tejon and its buildings, written by architect Clarence Cullimore, who practiced in Bakersfield and is credited with more than 100 buildings and assisted in the rebuilding of Long Beach after the earthquake of 1933. Cullimore wrote many books on adobe construction and its reinforcement, making him one of the leading experts on the subject in California. 
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The Diary of Ensign Gabriel Moraga's Expedition of Discovery in the Sacramento Valley, 1808.  Translated and Edited by Donald C. Cutter., Gabriel Moraga (1765-1823).
3 Gabriel Moraga (1765-1823). The Diary of Ensign Gabriel Moraga's Expedition of Discovery in the Sacramento Valley, 1808. Translated and Edited by Donald C. Cutter.
Los Angeles, CA: Glen Dawson, 1957 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover Albert Meakin 
Early California Travel Series, No. XLI. LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies designed and printed by Lawton Kennedy. 12mo. 7 3/8 x 5 3/8 inches. [iv], 36 pp. Printed in red and black with calligraphic decorations by Albert Meakin, decorative initials, 1 folding map; text clean, unmarked. Brick-red cloth spine, printed paper over boards, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, lightly rubbed. Very Good. Gabriel Moraga was a Spanish army officer in the Viceroyalty of New Spain, an Alta California explorer, and son of the pioneer Jose Joaquin Moraga. Born in Fronteras, Sonora, Mexico, Moraga lived most of his life in Alta California where he died at Santa Barbara. Moraga was one of the first Europeans to see the Central Valley of California. He led the first official Spanish expeditions to explore the valley in 1806-1808. Many of the names which Moraga gave to places in the region have survived, such at the Sacramento River, San Joaquin River, Merced River, Calaveras River and Mariposa River. 
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4 James Kirker Don Santiago Kirker. Reprinted from The Santa Fe Republican November 20, 1847
Los Angeles Privately Printed by Muir Dawson 1948 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good None, as issued Hardcover 
LIMITED to 200 copies, bound by C. Frank Fox. 12mo. 157 x 104 mm. [iv], 14, [vi] pp. Text clean, un-marked. Tan cloth, gilt spine title; binding square and tight, light foxing to the cloth. Very Good. Dawsoniana Check List #27. Also included is "James Kirker; The Only Surviving Portrait." For Subscribers, Early California Travels Series. Los Angeles: 1952. 1 small sheet printed on both sides and folded once. Text by Glen Dawson, photocopied reprint of the only known surviving portrait of Don Santiago Kirker, letterpress by Muir Dawson, lithography by Dan Taylor. Dawsoniana Check List #58; Thrapp, Vol.2, p.788; Hafen, Mountain Men Index, p.244. A fine set of these scarce materials on the early New Mexico and California Mountain Man. From the private collection of John Class. Your order receives my personal attention. 
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Far-West Sketches., Jessie Benton Fremont (1824-1902).
5 Jessie Benton Fremont (1824-1902). Far-West Sketches.
Boston: D. Lathrop Company, 1890 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 12mo. 7 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches. (7)-206 pp. Text foxed throughout. Gilt-stamped navy cloth; binding square and tight, corners bumped. Good. Jessie Benton Fremont, the wife of John Charles Fremont, lived in California on the Mariposas ranch for 6 months in 1849, 1851-1852, and 1857-1861. During the Civil War she lived in St. Louis. Mrs. Fremont returned to California in 1887 by rail and made Los Angeles her home for the rest of her life. "Far-West Sketches" was inspired by Mrs. Fremont's 1887 railroad trip to California. She reminiscences about her earlier stays in California in the 1850s, centering her thoughts on homemaking and childrearing, but includes anecdotes about minefields, ranching, and her home in San Francisco. REFERENCE: Cowan and Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 222. 
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The Forest Domain of the Pierce-Arrow., John C. Meyer, III.
6 John C. Meyer, III. The Forest Domain of the Pierce-Arrow.
N. P.: Southern California Region of the Pierce Arrow Society, 1984 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches. 96 pp. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white half-tones of vintage automobiles; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped dark green leatherette; binding square and tight. Fine. A passionate exploration of the Pierce Arrow, an automobile built for the very wealthy who wanted dependable transportation with style, in the setting of the world famous Yosemite Valley. 
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The Diary of Philip Leget Edwards: The Great Cattle Drive from California to Oregon in 1837., Philip Leget Edwards (1812-1869).
7 Philip Leget Edwards (1812-1869). The Diary of Philip Leget Edwards: The Great Cattle Drive from California to Oregon in 1837.
San Francisco, CA: Grabhorn Press, 1932 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover John F. Vioget. 
First Series: Rare Americana, No. 4. LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies printed in Baskerville monotype on Van Gelder paper. Small 4to. 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches. [vi], 47, [1 blank] pp. Color frontispiece of Yerba Buena in the spring of 1837 from a lithograph by John F. Vioget, title page printed in black and brick-red inks, Introduction by Douglas S. Watson, chapter heading and cattle vignette by Arvilla Parker on page 1 printed in brick-red ink; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth spine, marbled paper over boards, printed paper spine and front cover labels titled in gilt, plain brown paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, boards lightly bowed, front and rear free end-papers toned, else Fine. This "story of the great cattle drive from California to Oregon in 1837 presents a picture of early far western life, of hardships and obstacles overcome, told in forceful yet simple language, which give it a lasting place in the literature of the American conquest of this continent." From the Introduction by Douglas S. Watson. The original Diary resides in the California State Library; the first printing was issued serially in an 1860 California magazine. REFERENCE: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1915-1940, No. 172; Howes, U.S.iana, No. E66. 
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