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The Ranch that was Robbins': Santa Catalina Island, California., Adelaide LeMert Doran (1908-1987).
1 Adelaide LeMert Doran (1908-1987). The Ranch that was Robbins': Santa Catalina Island, California.
Los Angeles: Adelaide LeMert Doran, 1964 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, second printing. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 5/8 inches. (213) pp. Maps; text clean, unmarked. Full blue cloth boards, spine titled in gilt, pictorial dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket chipped, price-clipped. Very Good. A history of Santa Catalina Island, written with the aim of revitalizing the Island and interest in it. 
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Mammoth Lakes Memories., Adele Reed.
2 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).
3 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. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Geological Journeys in Southern California., Alfred Livingston, Jr. and William C. Putnam.
4 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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Pen Pictures of California's Missions., Algot Nordstrom (1877-1966), illustrator, and Alma Nordstrom, text.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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).
9 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.
10 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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100 Years of Real Living: Bishop, Calif. 1861-1961., C. Lorin Ray.
11 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. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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California: The Great Exception., Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).
12 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. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Factories in the Field., Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).
13 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 Country: An Island on the Land., Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).
14 Carey McWilliams (1905-1980). Southern California Country: An Island on the Land.
New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1946 First Edition Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. xii, 387. Pictorial title page in green, index; text clean, unmarked, offsetting from title page. Full green cloth stamped in dark green, spine blocked in green blocking with gilt title, map in front end-papers; binding square but a tad shaken, shelf wear, edges toned, rear pastedown toned. Good. In this unconventional history of Southern California, Carey McWilliams focuses on aspects of Southern Californian history which are typically overlooked - for example, he examines the California Missions from the point of view of the Native Americans, rather than the Franciscans, while leaving out such over-chronicled events in Californian history as Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's discovery of the Bay of San Diego. The American Folkways Series was edited by Erskine Caldwell. McWilliams was an influential and controversial Californian author, editor, and lawyer, who specialized in writing about California. 
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Southern California: An Island on the Land., Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).
15 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).
16 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).
17 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. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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California Yankee: William R. Staats - Business Pioneer., Carol Green Wilson (1892-1981).
18 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. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Man-Made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam., Charles F. Outland.
19 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.
20 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. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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