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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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Man-Made Disaster: The Story of St. Francis Dam., Charles F. Outland.
5 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. 
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Pilgrimage: Images from Manzanar., Christopher Landis.
6 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 Location In Lone Pine., Dave Holland (1935-2005).
7 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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California: A Bicentennial History., David Lavender (1910-2003).
8 David Lavender (1910-2003). California: A Bicentennial History.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1976 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: States and the Nation. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. (x), 243 pp. 16-page photographic essay by Joe Munroe, 2 original maps by Harold Faye, index; text clean, unmarked. Blue-gray cloth blocked in red and titled and stamped with gilt, dust jacket in archival mylar; minor shelf wear at head of spine, dust jacket price-clipped. INSCRIBED by author on title page, August 30, 1981. Very Good. A history of the major events in the Golden State's history, from early Spanish settlement to the battle against air pollution. Includes a photo essay by Joe Munroe (1917-2014). 
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California: Land of New Beginnings., David Lavender (1910-2003).
9 David Lavender (1910-2003). California: Land of New Beginnings.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1972 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Regions of America. Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. x, 464 pp. Double-page title page, 5 maps, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Yellow cloth stamped with brown ink, maps in end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket price-clipped. INSCRIBED by author in preliminaries. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. Lavender traces the history of the United States' most populous state, from its very earliest beginnings to the early 1970s. 
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Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco., David Lavender (1910-2003).
10 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 Big Divide., David Lavender (1910-2003).
11 David Lavender (1910-2003). The Big Divide.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1948 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 3/4 x 6 inches. (xii), 321 pp. 16 illustrations, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Light blue cloth stamped with dark blue ink, maps in end-papers, 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. Very Good. In this history of the Rocky Mountains, Lavender recounts the California Gold Rush, the banishment of the Native Americans, the building of cities, and the eventual fight for conservation. 
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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 Story of California., David Lavender (1910-2003).
13 David Lavender (1910-2003). The Story of California.
Sacramento: California State Department of Education, 1971 Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
Series: California State Series. 4to. 10 x 8 1/2 inches. 352 pp. Illustrated double-page title page, color and black-and-white illustrations throughout, index; grade school textbook with usual markings, all text still legible. Yellow cloth printed with color photographs on front cover, black-and-white illustration on back cover; binding square and tight, pages toned and water damaged, tail of back cover water damaged, shelf wear, soiling. Ex state textbook with stamps on front paste-down. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper. Good. A textbook on the history of California, written and inscribed by David Lavender, one of America's preeminent historians of the American West. 
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History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama.  With a New Map of the Country., Elisha Smith Capron (1806-1883).
14 Elisha Smith Capron (1806-1883). History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama. With a New Map of the Country.
Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1854 First Edition Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. (12), 356 pp. Folding chromolithographic map dated 1854, a few tables in the text; text spotted, map creased at the edges, map torn horizontally across from where it attaches at the gutter, this has been neatly repaired on the verso. Original blind-stamped red cloth, spine decorated and titled in gilt; binding square and tight, foot of spine chipped, head of spine softened, red of cloth rubbed off 1/3 up from foot of rear hinge, corners showing. Good. This copy contains the engraved map by George W. Colton, perhaps the best-known map of California in the eastern United States during the 1850s. "It was republished annually for a time, with little or no change." See: Wheat. Capron left New York City on April 23, 1853, passed through Nicaragua and on to California where he arrived in San Francisco on May 21st, as commercial agent for a number of mercantile houses in New York. During his mission, Capron "visited the principal cities and villages of the state.... He also traversed various parts of the mining regions, and sojourned with the miners, among their valleys and mountains." The second part reports on San Francisco, including sensational aspects the city. The third part discusses mines and miners, including mining techniques and social conditions. The final part is Capron's journal. REFERENCES: Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, I, p. 104; Howes, U.S.iana, C-127; Kurutz, The California Gold Rush, 116; Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region, 254. 
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History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama.  With a New Map of the Country., Elisha Smith Capron (1806-1883).
15 Elisha Smith Capron (1806-1883). History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama. With a New Map of the Country.
Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1854 First Edition Hardcover Used: Acceptable Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. (12), 356 pp. LACKS THE MAP, a few tables in the text; text clean, unmarked. Original brown cloth, spine titled and decorated in gilt, added clear mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, head and foot of spine chipped, boards showing beneath the cloth on bottom edge. Red "CHS DUP" rubber stamp on rear end-paper. Sold AS IS. Elisha Smith Capron left New York City on April 23, 1853, passed through Nicaragua and on to California where he arrived in San Francisco on May 21st, as commercial agent for a number of mercantile houses in New York. During his mission, Capron "visited the principal cities and villages of the state.... He also traversed various parts of the mining regions, and sojourned with the miners, among their valleys and mountains." The second part reports on San Francisco, including sensational aspects the city. The third part discusses mines and miners, including mining techniques and social conditions. The final part is Capron's journal. REFERENCES: Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, I, p. 104; Howes, U.S.iana, C-127; Kurutz, The California Gold Rush, 116; Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region, 254. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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John Muir in Southern California., Elizabeth Pomeroy.
16 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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High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area., Eugene A. Rose.
17 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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Mission Cattle Brands., Frank and Linda Thomas.
18 Frank and Linda Thomas. Mission Cattle Brands.
Los Angeles: The Tenfingers Press, 1967 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 100 copies, this is number 74. Miniature Book. 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches. Unpaginated. [62] pp. Color linocuts throughout by Frank J. Thomas illustrate the brands, pages are uncut at the top of the page, and each illustrated opening contains a linocut on the right and text on the left identifying the Presidio or Mission that used the illustrated brand and the date of the founding of the Mission or Presidio, printer's mark in blue opposite the colophon; text clean, unmarked. Parchment over boards with a green linocut illustration on the front cover and printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. Fine. Handprinted on an Adana Press with American Uncial type on Kozo paper. A handsome little book that revives a now-lost aspect of early California history. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 2887. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Myths of California Isle., Frank J. Thomas (1916-1993).
19 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. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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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).
20 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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