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Herschel Logan: Man of Many Careers., Anthony L. Lehman (193501988).
1 Anthony L. Lehman (193501988). Herschel Logan: Man of Many Careers.
Van Nuys: The Westerners, Los Angeles Corral, 1986 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. (32) pp. Frontispiece, black-and-white photograph on title page, woodcuts by Herschel Logan throughout; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped black cloth, silver-titled spine; binding square and tight, light shelf wear. Very Good. Printed by Richard J. Hoffman. A short biography of Herschel Logan. Logan was a commercial artist who launched his personal press, Log-Anne Press, after retirement. He wrote and illustrated his own books with woodcut engravings. 
Price: 75.00 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: 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.
3 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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Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy., Brian McGinty.
4 Brian McGinty. Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy.
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xiii), 579 pp. Frontispiece, 10 black-and-white plates; text clean, unmarked. Burgundy cloth, gilt-titled spine, pictorial dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. "This is the definitive biography of Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869), 'the father of California viticulture,' an intriguing and compelling book, at once scholarly and entertaining." Dust-jacket. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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California Yankee: William R. Staats - Business Pioneer., Carol Green Wilson (1892-1981).
5 Carol Green Wilson (1892-1981). California Yankee: William R. Staats - Business Pioneer.
Claremont, CA: The Saunders Press, 1946 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. [ii], (xviii), (185) pp. Frontispiece, 64 black-and-white illustrations, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked, pages toned. Full tan cloth titled in orange, pictorial end-papers; binding square and tight, all edges, spine, and extremities toned. Very Good. William R. Staats (1867-1928) was a prominent businessman and financier in early Pasadena. Carol Green Wilson was his niece. She wrote several books and biographies focusing on the history of California. 
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Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco., David Lavender (1910-2003).
6 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 Great Persuader., David Lavender (1910-2003).
7 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. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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A Yankee in Mexican California: Abel Stearns, 1798-1848, Doris Marion Wright.
8 Doris Marion Wright. A Yankee in Mexican California: Abel Stearns, 1798-1848
Santa Barbara: Wallace Hebberd, 1977 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. [viii], (179) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Abel Stearns, appendix, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled red cloth, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light stains on top edge. Very Good. Abel Stearns was an early California pioneer who arrived in Los Angeles in 1829, and whose wealth and good reputation made him a prominent member of the community in nineteenth-century Los Angeles. Due to the obscurity of California history during this era, Stearns' history and importance is mostly unknown, but Doris Marion Wright's in-depth biography brings to light his political movements, family life, motivations, and influence. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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John Muir in Southern California., Elizabeth Pomeroy.
9 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. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area., Eugene A. Rose.
10 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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My Life as an Artist Blacksmith., Francis Whitaker (1906-1999).
11 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.
12 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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Stanley Morison Displayed: An Examination of His Early Typographic Work., Herbert Jones.
13 Herbert Jones. Stanley Morison Displayed: An Examination of His Early Typographic Work.
London: Frederick Muller Limited, 1976 0584103522 / 9780584103526 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 10 x 7 3/8 inches. 127 pp. Half-title, 98 figures, index; text clean, unmarked. Dark blue cloth, gilt spine, original dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Very Good. Foreword by Sir William Emrys Williams. Jones focuses on the 1920s, the period when Morison did the most basic work in the field of typography but also the most varied. These were the decisive ten years when Morison rose from an amateur to a polished professional. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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A Tribute to Edwin Grabhorn & The Grabhorn Press., James D. Hart (1911-1990).
14 James D. Hart (1911-1990). A Tribute to Edwin Grabhorn & The Grabhorn Press.
San Francisco: The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, 1969 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies. 12mo. 7 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches. [vi], (26) pp. Edwwin Grabhorn's printer's device on title page, decorative initial, 4 black-and-white photographic plates, tailpiece; text clean, unmarked. Blue paper over boards, printed paper label that wraps from back to front cover, plain white paper dust jacket; binding square and tight, dust jacket with light soiling. Near Fine. "An address delivered on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Fifty Years of the Grabhorn Press: A Tribute to Edwin Grabhorn sponsored by The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library at the Main Library, Civic Center in San Francisco on April 24, 1969." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Mountaineer: The Life and Times of Marvin Neel and the Backwoods Press., James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003).
15 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. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Crandall Press: A History-Bibliography., James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003).
16 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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Frank Morrison Pixley of The Argonaut., John L. Levinsohn (b. 1921).
17 John L. Levinsohn (b. 1921). Frank Morrison Pixley of The Argonaut.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1989 First Edition Used: Like New 
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED to 450 copies. Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 190. 8vo. 9 x 6 inches. Frontispiece of Frank Morrison Pixley, color illustration on title page, black-and-white headpieces and tailpieces, 4 double-sided black-and-white plates, bibliography, Feathered Serpent Press printer's device in red ink on colophon; text clean, unmarked. Full gray cloth, gilt-titled spine, end-papers printed with pages from The Argonaut, white paper dust jacket; binding square and tight, dust jacket lightly rubbed, chipped at tail of spine. A Fine Copy in a Very Good jacket. The illustrations used as chapter headings are taken directly from illustrations and department headings of The Argonaut during its first eighteen years. The title page cartoon figure of Pixley was taken from a larger political cartoon (entitled 'Ready for the Gray' in The Wasp, July 26, 1884) about the 1884 presidential campaign between Cleveland and Blaine. A biography of Frank Morrison Pixley (1825-1895), as part of the Book Club of California's series on significant West Coast bookmen. Pixley was a Californian journalist and politician. "As the founder and chief editor of The Argonaut, Pixley exercised considerable influence on San Francisco's literary scene. This study explores the life of a figure whose commentaries reflected many of the beliefs of his era." Harlan, pg. 49. REFERENCE: Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 190. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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18 John Philip Immroth (1939-1976), compiler. Ronald Brunlees McKerrow: A Selection of His Essays.
Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1974 0810806908 / 9780810806900 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
The Great Bibliographers Series, No. 1. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches. viii, 240 pages. Bibliography of McKerrow's writings, index; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth, spine titled in gilt, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, light shelf wear to jacket. Very Good. Contains an "Introduction, Ronald Brunlees McKerrow, 1872-1940," by W. W. Greg, 16 of McKerrow's essays on early printing history and bibliography, and a bibliography of McKerrow's publications by F. C. Francis. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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John Muir., John Swett (1830-1913).
19 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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Saul Marks & The Plantin Press: The Life & Work of a Singular Man., Lillian Marks.
20 Lillian Marks. Saul Marks & The Plantin Press: The Life & Work of a Singular Man.
Los Angeles: The Plantin Press, 1980 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies, this is number 212, SIGNED by Lillian Marks on the colophon. 8vo. 10 1/4 x 7 inches. (24), (197) pp. Title page within elaborate decorative border, illustrations, text decorations and reproductions throughout, index printed as a separate pamphlet laid-in; text clean, unmarked. Red cloth spine, gilt-titled paper spine label, marbled paper over boards; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear. Housed in a gray paper slipcase. Comes with original prospectus from the Plantin Press. Pall Bohne's copy, with his pencil notations with his library number, "Bought from Lillian," date, and price, at rear. SIGNED by author on colophon. Very Good. "This is at once a biography, a history of the Plantin Press, and an account of the fine press movement in Southern California." Prospectus. This copy also includes an Index, Saul Marks and the Plantin Press by Lillian Marks, Compiled by Stephen R Tabor. Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1986. Dawson's Book Shop was an important patron of the Plantin Press over the years. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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