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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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High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area., Eugene A. Rose.
3 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. 
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The Myths of California Isle., Frank J. Thomas (1916-1993).
4 Frank J. Thomas (1916-1993). The Myths of California Isle.
Los Angeles: The Tenfingers Press, 1966 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 200 numbered copies, this is number 97. Miniature Book. 2 13/16 x 2 1/4 inches. Unpaginated. [48, last blank] pp. Frontispiece map tipped-in, 6 illustrations printed in various colors, bibliography, printer's device opposite the colophon; text clean, unmarked. Quarter tan cloth, decorative paper over boards, printed paper spine label, decorative end-papers; binding square and tight. Fine. Printed by hand on dampened rives paper by Phyllis and Franck Thomas with handset Bembo, Narrow Bembo and Centaur types. Presents in summary fashion the idea that California was an island during the age of exploration. Frank and Phyllis Thomas began the Tenfingers Press in 1959 and produced handmade limited edition books and ephemera in Los Angeles for twenty-one years. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 2888. 
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Expedition on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers in 1817., Fray Narciso Duran (1776-1846) and Charles Edward Chapman (1880-1941).
5 Fray Narciso Duran (1776-1846) and Charles Edward Chapman (1880-1941). Expedition on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers in 1817.
Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, 1911 Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
OFFPRINT. Series: Publications of the Academy of Pacific Coast History, Vol. 2., No. 5. Pamphlet. 9 1/4 x 6 inches. [ii], 331-349 pp. Original diary entries and English translations on opposing pages; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight. Fine. Narciso Duran was a Franciscan friar and missionary. Under his leadership Mission San Jose became one of the most prosperous Spanish missions in California. He also served as the foreign vicar and ecclesiastical judge for Alta California. This is his diary of his 12 expeditions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. It includes the English translation by Charles Edward Chapman. Chapman was one of the "founding fathers" of the Hispanic American Historical Review at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a well-respected historian of Spanish-American history. 
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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).
6 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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7 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).
8 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.
9 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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Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park., John Muir (1838-1914).
10 John Muir (1838-1914). Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park.
New York: The Century Company, 1890 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XL, No. 5, September, 1890, pp. 656-667. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 11 figures (including 1 map); text clean, unmarked, paper toned. 7 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutters. Sold AS IS. "The upper Tuolumne Valley is the widest, smoothest, most serenely spacious, and in every way the most delightful summer pleasure park in all the High Sierra." Muir supports his statement with descriptions of the compelling beauty of the region which he proposes as a national park including the Hetch Hetchy Valley. In conclusion he writes: "Unless reserved or protected the whole region will soon or late be devastated by lumbermen and sheepmen, and so of course be made unfit for use as a pleasure ground. It is also devoutly to be hoped that the Hetch Hetchy will escape such ravages of man as one sees in Yosemite. As and plow, hogs and horses, have long been and are still busy in Yosemite's gardens and groves." Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 182. 
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Rambles in King's River Country, John Muir (1838-1914).
11 John Muir (1838-1914). Rambles in King's River Country
Ashland: Lewis Osborne, 1977 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION 194 of 600. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (59) pp. Frontispiece black and white portrait of Muir, 15 black and white illustrations, ornamentation and a map in green ink; text clean, unmarked. Tan linen spine, brown paper over boards with gilt illustration on front cover, gilt-titled spine, decorative end pages, dust jacket; binding square and tight, dust jacket toned and lightly soiled, dust jacket spine titled in pencil. Fine copy in Good dust jacket. "'In the vast Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is yet a grander valley of the same kind.' Muir, who had made four excursions into this area, the first as early as 1873, describes the valley and its surrounding canyons in knowledgeable and intriguing detail. He contrasts the wildness of the region in his early visits with the damage caused by sheep. More startling, however, as the devastation along Mill Creek and the higher forest belt where the lumber mills had doubled in number since his first visit. He writes: 'It seems incredible that Government should have abandoned so much of the forest cover of the mountains to destruction. As well sell the rainclouds, and the snow, and the rivers, to be cut up and carried away if that were possible. Surely it is high time that something be done to stop the extension of the present barbarous, indiscriminating method of harvesting the lumber crop.' He concludes by urging that 'all this wonderful King's River region, together with the Kaweah and Tule sequoias, should be comprehended in one grand national park. Let the law-givers make haste before it is too late.'" Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., Nos. 185 and 456. 
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Snow Banners of the Californian Alps., John Muir (1838-1914).
12 John Muir (1838-1914). Snow Banners of the Californian Alps.
New York: Harper and Bros., 1877 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 326, July, 1877, pp. 162-164. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches. 2 figures; text clean, unmarked. 2 loose leaves from the original publication. SOLD AS IS. "'The crown of the Sierra decorated with streaming snow banners, was the most sublime phenomenon I ever witnessed in the Alps, far surpassing in plain downright grandeur all the most imposing effects of clouds, floods, and avalanches.' Muir emphasizes their rarity, commenting that in five winters he observed them only once." Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 68. 
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Snow Storm on Mount Shasta., John Muir (1838-1914).
13 John Muir (1838-1914). Snow Storm on Mount Shasta.
New York: Harper and Bros., 1877 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 328, September, 1877, pp. 521-530. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches. 7 figures; text clean, unmarked. 5 loose leaves from the original publication. Sold AS IS. "Muir describes the singular beauty of Mount Shasta, discusses the botanic zones, then relates his ascent with Jerome Fay in order to take barometrical observations." Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 70. 
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The Coniferous Forests of the Sierra Nevada.  [Parts I and II]., John Muir (1838-1914).
14 John Muir (1838-1914). The Coniferous Forests of the Sierra Nevada. [Parts I and II].
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1881 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITIONS. Extract from: Scribner's Magazine, Vol. 22, Nos. 5 and 6, September and October, 1881, pp. 710-723 and 921-931. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 7 inches. 25 figures, also included as a frontispiece is a half-toned portrait of Muir, John Burroughs, and Francis F. Browne extracted from World To-day, Vol. 18, pp. 588-593, circa 1910; text clean, unmarked, paper toned. Housed in a library binder of cloth-backed stiff boards; binding square and tight. Very Good. Prior to this publication, Muir had written about the Sierra forests as a whole; here he "considers the various species of which they [the forests] are composed. Evident throughout is Muir's ardent and, yes, worshipful love of trees. His delightfully inviting descriptions of the various species reveal his intimate knowledge gained through long experience with them in all seasons." Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., Nos. 124 and 127. 
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The Treasures of the Yosemite., John Muir (1838-1914).
15 John Muir (1838-1914). The Treasures of the Yosemite.
New York: The Century Company, 1890 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XL, No. 4, August, 1890, pp. 483-500. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 14 figures (including 2 maps); pencil markings throughout, water stains on pages 497-500, foxing throughout, pages toned. 8 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutters. Sold AS IS. "This article was the first of two commissioned by Associate Editor Robert Underwood Johnson of The Century Magazine to create pubic interest in establishing the Yosemite National Park. Eager to assist this grand plan to protect and preserve the area he knew so intimately and loved so intensely, Muir penned one of his finest essays. Many of its beautiful descriptive passages have become familiar and well-loved quotations as has his finely-phrased picture of Yosemite Valley." Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 181. 
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John Muir., John Swett (1830-1913).
16 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. 
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Expedition to San Francisco Bay in 1770., Pedro Fages (1734-1794) and Herbert Eugene Bolton (1870-1953).
17 Pedro Fages (1734-1794) and Herbert Eugene Bolton (1870-1953). Expedition to San Francisco Bay in 1770.
Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, 1911 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
OFFPRINT. Series: Publications of the Academy of Pacific Coast History, Vol. 2., No. 3. Pamphlet. 9 1/4 x 6 inches. [ii], 143-159 pp. Original diary entries and English translations on opposing pages; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight, head of spine bumped. Very Good. Pedro Fages was a Spanish explorer and served as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Californias and second and fifth Governor of Alta California. He led several expeditions from Monterey to San Francisco Bay, and the route he found became the road along which three missions were later built. This is his diary of the second expedition. It includes the English translation by Herbert Eugene Bolton. Bolton was a pioneering historian of Spanish-American history. He served as the chair of the history department at the University of California, Berkeley. 
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A Historical, Political, and Natural Description of California, Pedro Fages (1734-1794) and Herbert Ingram Priestley (1875-1944).
18 Pedro Fages (1734-1794) and Herbert Ingram Priestley (1875-1944). A Historical, Political, and Natural Description of California
Ramona, CA: Ballena Press, 1972 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
8vo. 9 x 6 inches. (xii), 83 pp. Title page printed in blue and black ink; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, printed wrappers; binding square and tight, foxing on top edges, spine, and front cover. Very Good. Pedro Fages was a Spanish explorer and served as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Californias and second and fifth Governor of Alta California. He wrote this report on California for the Viceroy. It has been translated by Herbert Priestley, the Director of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. 
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The Anza Expedition of 1775-1776., Pedro Font (1737-1781) and Frederick J. Teggart (1870-1946).
19 Pedro Font (1737-1781) and Frederick J. Teggart (1870-1946). The Anza Expedition of 1775-1776.
Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, 1913 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
OFFPRINT. Series: Publications of the Academy of Pacific Coast History, Vol. 3, No. 1. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. [i], 131 pp. Original diary entries and English translations on opposing pages, facsimiles of profile sketches in Font's diary tipped into preliminaries; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers, top edges roughed; binding square and tight, unopened, some bumping on corners and edges. Very Good. Pedro Font was a Franciscan missionary and diarist. He was the chaplain of Juan Bautista de Anza's expedition to Alta California. This is his diary of that expedition. It includes the English translation by Frederick J. Teggart. Teggart was a historian of the history of civilizations. He taught history and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and founded the Department of Social Institutions there. 
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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).
20 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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