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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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Catalina Pottery: The Early Years, 1927-1937., Al W. Firdley (b. 1932).
2 Al W. Firdley (b. 1932). Catalina Pottery: The Early Years, 1927-1937.
Costa Mesa, CA: Rainbow Publishing Co., 1977 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
Pamphlet. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. 96 pp. Black-and-white photographs throughout; some text whited-out on title page, else text clean, unmarked. Photographic wrappers; binding square and tight, light shelf wear. Comes with a price guide for the items featured in the book. Very Good. Having found almost nothing written on the topic of Catalina pottery, Al Firdley took it upon himself to research the topic. Here he provides information on the history of the craft, how to date pieces of pottery, and other sources in this neglected field for the collector of Catalina pottery. 
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Pen Pictures of California's Missions., Algot Nordstrom (1877-1966), illustrator, and Alma Nordstrom, text.
3 Algot Nordstrom (1877-1966), illustrator, and Alma Nordstrom, text. Pen Pictures of California's Missions.
Los Angeles: Algot Nortstrom, 1937 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/4 x 6 inches. Unpaginated. 1 map, 31 illustrations of the California missions; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated brown wrappers with yapp edges; binding square and tight, shelf wear, edges of wrappers softened. Very Good. "It is not our intent in the following pages to detail comprehensively the complete history of the Franciscan Missions of Upper California. This brochure is designed rather as our little guide to these Missions, containing something of their story and a little concerning their features of interest, both by way of text and illustration. Should this booklet serve but to kindle in its readers an interest in the Missions and a desire to visit them, we shall feel that we too have contributed a bit towards the expansion of public interest in one of the truly important phases of California's early historical drama." 
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Natural History of the Islands of California., Allan A. Schoenherr, et al.
4 Allan A. Schoenherr, et al. Natural History of the Islands of California.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, first printing. Series: California Natural History Guides, No. 61. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), (492) pp. Black-and-white and color illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Full navy blue cloth boards, spine gilt-titled, photographic dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. "This comprehensive book discusses the geological, human, and natural history of the islands of California, including all eight Channel Islands, Ano Nuevo, and Farallons, and the islands of San Francisco Bay. The authors explore the formation of the islands and the history of their human habitation, beginning with the Native Americans who first visited them 12,000 years ago. They discuss past damage and ongoing threats to island ecosystems, including devastation caused by the introduction of nonnative animals and plants." Dust jacket. 
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Natural History of the Islands of California., Allan A. Schoenherr, et al.
5 Allan A. Schoenherr, et al. Natural History of the Islands of California.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, first printing. Series: California Natural History Guides, No. 61. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), (492) pp. Black-and-white and color illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Full navy blue cloth boards, spine gilt-titled, photographic dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. "This comprehensive book discusses the geological, human, and natural history of the islands of California, including all eight Channel Islands, Ano Nuevo, and Farallons, and the islands of San Francisco Bay. The authors explore the formation of the islands and the history of their human habitation, beginning with the Native Americans who first visited them 12,000 years ago. They discuss past damage and ongoing threats to island ecosystems, including devastation caused by the introduction of nonnative animals and plants." Dust jacket. 
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Time and the Terraced Land: The Story of California's Unique Palos Verdes Peninsula by Augusta Fink., Augusta Fink.
6 Augusta Fink. Time and the Terraced Land: The Story of California's Unique Palos Verdes Peninsula by Augusta Fink.
Berkeley: Howell-North Books, 1966 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
4to. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. 136 pp. About 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, appendix, index; text clean, unmarked. Full beige cloth stamped in black and orange, pictorial dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket price-clipped and shelf-worn. Very Good. This book covers the history of the Palos Verdes peninsula from the days of the Native Americans, to the Spanish missions and California Dons, to the Gold Rush and American explorers. 
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Eldorado, or Adventures in the Path of Empire, Comprising a Voyage to California, via Panama, Life in San Francisco and Monterey, Pictures of the Gold Region, and Experiences of Mexican Travel., Bayard Taylor (1825-1878).
7 Bayard Taylor (1825-1878). Eldorado, or Adventures in the Path of Empire, Comprising a Voyage to California, via Panama, Life in San Francisco and Monterey, Pictures of the Gold Region, and Experiences of Mexican Travel.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, thus. Series: Western Americana. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. [i], (xxx), (377) pp. 8 illustrations, one in color and the rest black and white; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, corners lightly bumped, dust-jacket with light shelf wear. Very Good. Bayard Taylor was an American writer and travel journalist who was known as a modern Marco Polo. Eldorado is his account of the California Gold Rush as a journalist for the New York Tribune. This edition is part of the Western Americana Series by Alfred A. Knopf, planned in connection with California's centenary celebrations, 1946-1950. The series was edited by Robert Glass Cleland of the Huntington Library, who provided an introduction for Eldorado. 
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Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy., Brian McGinty.
8 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. 
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California: The Great Exception., Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).
9 Carey McWilliams (1905-1980). California: The Great Exception.
New York: Current Books, Inc., A. A. Wyn, Publisher, 1949 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xiv), 377 pp. Index; text clean, unmarked. Full blue cloth, spine titled in yellow, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, top edge stained yellow, price-clipped dust-jacket very lightly shelf worn. A Fine copy in a Very Good jacket. "California: The Great Exception provides an integrated, fresh, and most realistic account of the wide range of California affairs?its history, its population, its agriculture, its politics, its social history and behavior, its culture. While many of the author's conclusions will come as a surprise to Californians and will arouse much discussion and controversy in the State, it is a work that will also be read by the rest of the nation in order to acquire a realistic understanding of California without the myths and the fables." From the dust-jacket. From 1955 to 1975, Carey McWilliams edited The Nation magazine. 
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Factories in the Field., Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).
10 Carey McWilliams (1905-1980). Factories in the Field.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1939 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 6 inches. [vi], 334 pp. Poem, "The Woman Harvesters" by Marie De L. Welch at page (v), bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Full beige cloth titled in brown, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, inner hinge cracked at title page, shelf wear, dust soiling to edges, dust jacket chipped at extremities. Very Good. Carey McWilliams was an influential American author, editor, and lawyer. His most enduring and influential work is Factories in the Field, which was published just months after Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, and laid bare the realities of the lives of migrant farm workers in California. "Because of Mr. McWilliams's reputation as an expert on this subject Governor Olson, early in 1939, appointed him Commissioner of Immigration and Housing in the California State Government." From the dust-jacket. 
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Southern California: An Island on the Land., Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).
11 Carey McWilliams (1905-1980). Southern California: An Island on the Land.
Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith, Inc., 1973 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
Trade Paperback. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. xxviii, 387 pp. Index; printer's error with text printed unevenly in the Introduction, text otherwise unmarked. Perfect-bound color pictorial wrappers; binding square and tight, very light shelf wear. Very Good. Reprint of McWilliams' social history of early twentieth-century Southern California, which is widely recognized as the best non-fiction book written about Southern California for the period covered. 
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The California Revolution., Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).
12 Carey McWilliams (1905-1980). The California Revolution.
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1968 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (viii), 240 pp. Textual ornaments; text clean, unmarked. Full blue cloth, stamped in blue foil, spine titled in red and green foil, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, shelf wear to dust-jacket, sticker on rear panel of jacket. A Fine copy in a Very Good jacket. "Carey McWilliams has here brought together a number of articles in a successful attempt to capture the mood of the 'California revolution' -to cast light on how this ever-changing Last Frontier has developed, and what it has developed into. He includes articles dealing with a wide range of subjects: politics, automobiles, amusement parks, water, instant cities, farms?all the larger-or-smaller-than-life explosions that characterize the Californian scene. The result is an exciting and important volume, basic to an understanding of the phenomenon called California." From the dust-jacket. 
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The First One Hundred Years of Yankee California: Address at the opening of the Library of Congress California Centennial Exhibit, November 12, 1949., Carl I. Wheat (1892-1966).
13 Carl I. Wheat (1892-1966). The First One Hundred Years of Yankee California: Address at the opening of the Library of Congress California Centennial Exhibit, November 12, 1949.
Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1949 Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 9 x 5 3/4 inches. [ii], (25) pp. Frontispiece plate, illustrated title page, headpiece; text unmarked, pages 3-4 foxed. Decorative paper over boards; binding square and tight, covers toned, rubbed. Very Good. Carl Irving Wheat, a California lawyer and historian, reflects on the first hundred years of California's history, and looks forward to the next hundred years. 
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California Yankee: William R. Staats - Business Pioneer., Carol Green Wilson (1892-1981).
14 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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Frontier Settlement in Mexican California., Cecil Alan Hutchinson.
15 Cecil Alan Hutchinson. Frontier Settlement in Mexican California.
New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1969 0300011598 / 9780300011593 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover Signed by Author
Yale Western Americana Series, No. 21. 8vo. 8 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches. xv, 457 pp. Vignettes at chapter heads, appendixes, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Tan cloth, dust-jacket in mylar; binding square and tight, jacket with tear near front hinge. Bookplate on front paste-down. Presentation copy INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Very Good. This book is by University of Virginia Latin-American history professor C. Alan Hutchinson, who conducted extensive research on 19th century Mexico and its borderlands (California, New Mexico, and Texas). In this book, Hutchinson discusses how the relations of the Spanish and Mexican governments with California Indians were affected by fears of Russian, then American, expansion in California. 
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Man-Made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam., Charles F. Outland.
16 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.
17 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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On Santa Cruz Island: The Ranching Recollections of Clifford McElrath., Clifford McElrath (1891-1977) and John Gorham, illustrator.
18 Clifford McElrath (1891-1977) and John Gorham, illustrator. On Santa Cruz Island: The Ranching Recollections of Clifford McElrath.
Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop for the Santa Barbara Historical Society, 1967 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. (xii), (126) pp. Title page in a border and illustrated in green ink, black-and-white illustrations by John Gorham throughout; text clean, unmarked. Full green cloth illustrated in green, decorative end-papers; binding square and tight. Very Good. This book is a charming remembrance of life on Santa Cruz Island nearly 100 years ago. 
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The Religion of the Luiseno Indians of Southern California., Constance Goddard DuBois (1889-1934).
19 Constance Goddard DuBois (1889-1934). The Religion of the Luiseno Indians of Southern California.
Gloucester, England: Dodo Press, 2010 Reprint Edition. Paperback New Paperback 
Illustrated Reprint Edition. 8vo. 9 x 6 inches. [xvi], (152) pp. Black-and-white illustrations throughout, appendices; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight. Fine. Originally published by University of Southern California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1908. Constance Goddard DuBois was an American novelist and ethnographer who focused especially on the Diegueno and Luiseno Indians of Southern California. This was DuBois' longest ethnographic work, reprinted here with illustrations and an editor's note from Alfred L. Kroeber, an American cultural anthropologist and expert on California Indians. 
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California Trail Herd: The 1850 Missouri-to-California Journal of Cyrus C. Loveland., Cyrus C. Loveland, Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924), editor.
20 Cyrus C. Loveland, Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924), editor. California Trail Herd: The 1850 Missouri-to-California Journal of Cyrus C. Loveland.
Los Gatos, CA: The Talisman Press, 1961 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 750 copies. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. (139) pp. Frontispiece, illustrated title page, photograph of a page from Loveland's diary, headpieces, index; text clean, unmarked. Full red cloth boards, printed paper spine label, pictorial dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket toned and shelf-worn, price-clipped. INSCRIBED by Richard Dillon. Very Good. "Here published for the first time is a unique contribution to California history, the journal of a Missouri-to-California cattle drive in 1850 written by cowboy Cyrus Loveland. The scarcity of information on the northern cattle trail to California lends his journal important historical value." Dust-jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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