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Mammoth Lakes Memories., Adele Reed.
1 Adele Reed. Mammoth Lakes Memories.
Bishop: Chalfant Press, Inc., 1971 First Edition Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. [iii], (83) pp. Black and white photographs throughout, 2 figures; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight. Fine. Adele Reed published several books about the American West. In this book she covers the history of Old Mammoth, a settlement in Mono County near Mammoth Lakes, which is now a popular ski resort. The book includes photographs from as far back as the late nineteenth century. 
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Geological Journeys in Southern California., Alfred Livingston, Jr. and William C. Putnam.
2 Alfred Livingston, Jr. and William C. Putnam. Geological Journeys in Southern California.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Junior College, 1933 Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
Series: Geology Series, No. 1. 8vo. 8 x 6 inches. 104 pp. 56 figures, bibliography, glossary, index; text clean, unmarked, pages toned. Wrappers; wrappers coming apart from the binding, taped along spine, covers chipped with tears, tape on front cover, writing in ink at top of front cover. Good. A history of the major destinations within a days trip from Los Angeles. 
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Born Free and Equal: Photographs of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California., Ansel Adams (1902-1984).
3 Ansel Adams (1902-1984). Born Free and Equal: Photographs of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California.
New York: U.S. Camera, 1944 First Edition Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
4to. 11 x 8 1/4 inches. 112 pp. Double page black and white photographic illustrated title page, black and white photographs throughout; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth boards titled in green, dust jacket with the $2.00 publisher's price intact, in archival mylar; binding square and tight, corners and spine ends bumped, dust jacket rubbed especially along the spine and with small tears and chips at the extremities. SCARCE. Good. Ansel Adams was a famous American photographer and environmentalist. In 1943 he photographed the Japanese interned in Manzanar in an attempt to counter the negative depictions of Japanese in the newspapers of the time. This book is a collection of those photographs, and includes his own writing on the subject. REFERENCE: Spaulding, Ansel Adams and the American Landscape, pp. 206-210. 
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100 Years of Real Living: Bishop, Calif. 1861-1961., C. Lorin Ray.
4 C. Lorin Ray. 100 Years of Real Living: Bishop, Calif. 1861-1961.
Bishop: Chalfant Press, Inc., Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
4to. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. 92 pp. Illustrations and photographs throughout in black ink; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, illustrated yellow wrappers with blue ink; binding square and tight, some soiling on wrappers, dust soiling on top edge. Very Good. This book, sponsored by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, is a collection of writings about the history of Bishop, California, the largest settlement in Inyo County. It contains photographs, illustrations, and newspaper clippings. 
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5 California Landmarks and Historical Records Bureau. The Romance of El Camino Real, With Authentic Kaloprints Attesting to the Period of Construction (1769-1830), The Period of Depletion (1835-), and Partial Preservation of the Historic California Missions.
Los Angeles, CA: Kaloprint Corporation, 1936 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies. 4to. 13 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. [122] pp. Registration and Dedication Pages left blank, 2 vignettes on the title page, list of the missions by date of dedication, what follows are a series of 25 openings with descriptive text on the versos, tissue guards, and a Kaloprint image on the rectos (text facing illustration) of Father Serra, the mission buildings, manuscript documents, and Indian survivors of the missions; text clean, unmarked. Blind- and gilt-stamped brown leather, this copy has been neatly re-backed with brown cloth that matches the leather; binding square and tight. Laid in are 3 ephemeral pieces from the Bureau, including a typed note on Bureau letterhead telling how to have an ancestor's portrait mounted on the dedication page, a small bi-fold "Value Received" which details the benefits of membership in the Bureau, and a certificate that states that Sonya Carlson Doud, is a sustaining 5-year member of the Bureau. SCARCE. Very Good. The California Landmarks and Historical Records Bureau, Inc. was incorporated in 1931 as a California non-profit organization. Its purpose was to gain legislative and public support to preserve "the romance" of California by passing laws for historic preservation, and marking of historic landmarks. It hired newspapermen Sherman Danby (who signed Sonya Doud's certificate of membership) and Frederic N. Shovey as Director and Publicity Directors, respectively. It was headquartered in Sacramento, but its Southern California Office was in the Douglas Building in Los Angeles; it began by organizing prominent women in Southern California, and then made an organizing tour of the state in 1932. One of its benefits of membership is this volume extolling the Romance of El Camino Real, with its pictures of the California Missions. The Bureau actually assumed the care of several missions, and in 1933 was able to secure Federal Assistance in reconstructing certain missions when the National Director of Work Relief and Special Projects, Jacob Baker, authorized relief labor to be used in Mission reconstruction. See: The San Bernardino Sun, September 13, 1933, page 1, and The Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 22, 1933, page 5. 
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The Ghost Town Lundy., Charles A. Lundy (b. 1880).
6 Charles A. Lundy (b. 1880). The Ghost Town Lundy.
Boston: The Four Seas Company, 1919 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 x 5 5/16 inches. 71 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped green cloth over boards; binding square and tight, dust soiling on all edges. Detroit rubber stamp on front free end paper. Very Good. A poem chronicling the history of a small pioneer town in Mono County; the town is now defunct. 
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Man-Made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam., Charles F. Outland.
7 Charles F. Outland. Man-Made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam.
Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1977 Revised Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Western Lands and Waters Series, No. 3. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 275 pp. Frontispiece photograph of St. Francis Dam, 53 illustrations, including fold out map in black, blue, and red ink, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Printed paper over boards; binding square and tight. Fine. Charles Outland was a historian of California history. This is his book about the St. Francis Dam. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Pilgrimage: Images from Manzanar., Christopher Landis.
8 Christopher Landis. Pilgrimage: Images from Manzanar.
Fullerton: The Lyceum Press, 1989 Used: Like New 
Brochure. 7 x 5 inches, folded. 7 x 15 inches, unfolded. 6 panels. Single sheet of paper, folded twice; text clean, unmarked. Fine. Prospectus for a limited edition photograph portfolio by Christopher Landis. The portfolio included original 4 x 6 silver prints, artist's essays, a camp map of Manzanar, and came in a basswood presentation book. 
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The Sleepy Lagoon Case., Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth.
9 Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth. The Sleepy Lagoon Case.
Los Angeles, CA: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth. 1942 First Edition, first printing. Paperback Collectible: Like New Paperback 
FIRST EDITION, first printing of 10,000 copies. Stapled Pamphlet. 6 1/8 x 5 inches. [ii], (30) pp. Foreword by Orson Welles, 1 page of reproductions of newspaper headlines that issued a guilty verdict in the press, but outside of the courtroom; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers, stapled; binding square and tight, staples rusted, but does not affect the paper. Fine. Foreword by Orson Welles, which quotes Pete Vasquez who was a resident of the Sleepy Lagoon neighborhood, who explained social conditions not unlike those in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014. The "Sleepy Lagoon Murder" was the name that Los Angeles newspapers used to describe the death of Jose Gallardo Diaz who was discovered unconscious and dying on a road near a swimming hole (known as Sleepy Lagoon) in Commerce, California on the morning of August 2, 1942. Diaz was taken by ambulance to Los Angeles County General Hospital, where he died shortly after, never having regained consciousness. The hospital autopsy showed that Diaz was inebriated from a party the previous night and had a fracture at the base of his skull. This might have been caused by repeated falls or an automobile accident. The cause of his death remains a mystery to this day. However, Los Angeles Police were quick to arrest 17 Mexican-American youth as suspects. Despite insufficient evidence, the young men were held in prison, without bail, on charges of murder. The resulting criminal trial is now generally viewed as lacking in the fundamental requirements of due process. The trial ended on January 13, 1943, under Judge Charles W. Fricke. Nine of the defendants were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to serve time in San Quentin Prison. The rest of the suspects were charged with lesser offenses and incarcerated in Los Angeles County Jail. The convictions were reversed on appeal in 1944. The case is considered a precursor to the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943. Three cheers for the Citizen's Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth, and other activist organizations that worked for a fair trial and the reversal of the convictions in the Sleepy Lagoon Murder case! 
Price: 200.00 USD
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On Location In Lone Pine., Dave Holland (1935-2005).
10 Dave Holland (1935-2005). On Location In Lone Pine.
Granada Hills, CA: The Holland House, 1990 First Edition Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
Oblong 4to. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. 106 pp. Black and white photographs and illustrations throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight. Inscribed by author, 1/15/1991. Fine. Dave Holland was the director of the Lone Pine Film Festival. He helped popularize western films set and shot on location in the Eastern Sierra region. This is his guide to westerns filmed in Lone Pine. Includes film stills and behind the scenes photographs, quizzes, and hiking trail guides. 
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Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco., David Lavender (1910-2003).
11 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. 
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The Rockies., David Lavender (1910-2003).
12 David Lavender (1910-2003). The Rockies.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1968 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. [xii], 404 pp. Illustrated double-page title page, 4 maps, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Tan cloth blocked in brown and titled in gilt and brown ink, decorative end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, dust jacket lightly shelf worn and price-clipped. INSCRIBED by author on half-title, January 17, 1987. Very Good. "In this book David Lavender traces the [Rocky Mountain's] colorful history, focusing new attention on the period that began in 1859, following the first gold strikes.... This book, exploring unfamiliar channels of Western history and bringing fresh insight into the eternal challenge of the Rockies, is an outstanding addition to the Regions of America series." From dust jacket. 
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The St. Francis Dam Disaster - Revisited, Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. (1924-2011).
13 Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. (1924-2011). The St. Francis Dam Disaster - Revisited
Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, Ventura County Museum of History and Art, First Edition Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
8vo. 9 x 6 inches. [vi], (186) pp. Frontispiece portrait of William Mulholland, black and white photographs and figures throughout, photographic essay edited by Charles N. Johnson; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, printed wrappers; binding square and tight, covers toned. GY815-102. Very Good. Doyce Nunis, Jr. was an educator and historian of California history. He was a leading figure in early California history, especially the Spanish and Mexican periods. He edited this book about the St. Francis Dam, which broke on March 12, 1928 and caused the deaths of over 400 people in the San Fransisco Valley. It includes a photo essay by Charles Johnson. 
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The St. Francis Dam Disaster - Revisited, Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. (1924-2011).
14 Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. (1924-2011). The St. Francis Dam Disaster - Revisited
Ventura: Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, Ventura County Museum of History and Art, 1995 First Edition Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
8vo. 9 x 6 inches. [vi], (186) pp. Frontispiece portrait of William Mulholland, black and white photographs and figures throughout, photographic essay edited by Charles N. Johnson; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, printed wrappers; binding square and tight. GY815-103. Fine. Doyce Nunis, Jr. was an educator and historian of California history. He was a leading figure in early California history, especially the Spanish and Mexican periods. He edited this book about the St. Francis Dam, which broke on March 12, 1928 and caused the deaths of over 400 people in the San Fransisco Valley. It includes a photo essay by Charles Johnson. 
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Tungsten Deposits in the Sierra Nevada Near Bishop California: A Preliminary Report., Dwight Moulton Lemmon.
15 Dwight Moulton Lemmon. Tungsten Deposits in the Sierra Nevada Near Bishop California: A Preliminary Report.
Washington, D.C.: United States government Printing Office, 1941 Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
Series: Strategic Minerals Investigations, 1941. 8vo. 9 x 6 inches. [iv], 79-104 pp. 5 plates, 3 maps in back folder, 3 figures; text clean, unmarked. Green wrappers; bumped corners, fading wrappers, cracked spine. Good. An excerpt from a Geological Survey Bulletin by the United States Government, focusing on Bishop, California. Dwight Lemmon was an instructor of Geology at Stanford University in 1939. 3 copies Worldcat, 1 in the UK and 2 in Germany. 
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Cable Car Days in San Francisco., Edgar M. Kahn (1904-1970).
16 Edgar M. Kahn (1904-1970). Cable Car Days in San Francisco.
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1944 Revised Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover William Wilke (1879-1958). 
Revised Edition. 8vo. 10 1/4 x 7 inches. xvi, 134 pp. Half-title, color frontispiece, with illustrations throughout and in the end-papers by William Hancock Wilke (1879-1958), black-and-white photographic illustrations, tables, map, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Beige cloth, illustrated front cover label, spine label, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Jacket price-clipped, else Fine. Kahn's book is an "informal narrative" that tells the story of San Francisco's cable cars through the lens of the city's colorful characters. 
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Old-Timers' Tales of Fillmore., Edith Moore Jarrett.
17 Edith Moore Jarrett. Old-Timers' Tales of Fillmore.
Ventura: Ventury County Historical Society, 1983 First Edition Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
8vo. 9 x 6 inches. x, 191 pp. Black and white photographs throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, printed wrappers; binding square and tight, spine slightly worn, covers toned. Very Good. Edith Jarrett was a life-long resident of Ventura County, and spent most of her life in Fillmore. She published many articles on the early days of Fillmore, and founded the Fillmore Historical Museum. This is her history of Fillmore, taken from accounts of those who lived through its founding and earliest days. 
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John Muir in Southern California., Elizabeth Pomeroy.
18 Elizabeth Pomeroy. John Muir in Southern California.
Pasadena: The Castle Press, 1999 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 10 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches. (xiv), (65) pp. Frontispiece, illustrated title page, 23 illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped dark green cloth, decorative end papers; binding square and tight. Comes with an invitation to a book signing for this book at a private residence. Pall Bohne's copy, with his pencil notations with his library number, from whom he purchased the book, and date in end pages. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED to Pall Bohne by Elizabeth Pomeroy, October 1999. Fine. A short biography of John Muir, covering his time in Southern California. John Muir was a naturalist, explorer, author, and conservationist, and first president of the Sierra Club. 
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Born Free And Equal., Emily Medvec.
19 Emily Medvec. Born Free And Equal.
Washington, D.C.: The Echolight Corp., 1984 Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
Pamphlet. 10 x 8 1/2 inches. 44 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Red wrappers, stapled, gilt-lettered covers; binding square and tight. Includes xerox of a newspaper clipping written by Medvec. SIGNED by author. Fine. Ansel Adams was a famous American photographer and environmentalist. In 1943 he photographed the Japanese being interned in Manzanar. In 1984, one of his students, Emily Medvec, curated an exhibit of these photographs. This is the exhibition catalog. 
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High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area., Eugene A. Rose.
20 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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