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The Telling Distance: Conversations with the American Desert., Bruce Berger (b. 1938), Johnson Charley, drawings.
1 Bruce Berger (b. 1938), Johnson Charley, drawings. The Telling Distance: Conversations with the American Desert.
Dallas: Brietenbush Books, Inc., 1990 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, first printing. DELUXE EDITION, LIMITED to 26 lettered and 150 numbered copies, this is number 92. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 5 3/4 inches. [viii], 243 pp. Colophon tipped-into the preliminaries, illustrated double-page title page, black-and-white illustrations throughout by Johnson Charley; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped red linen, decorative end-papers; binding square and tight. Comes with two publication announcement postcards. Housed in a gray-cloth-covered slip case. Original prospectus laid-in. SIGNED by Bruce Berger, 5/12/90 and Johnson Charley, 5/16/90, on colophon. Fine. Winner of a 1990 Western States Book Award. A collection of 50 essays meditating on the southwest deserts of America. Johnson Charley is a Navajo artist. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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2 David Lavender (1910-2003). "Bonanza Land."
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
In: Growing Up Western. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. Oblong 8vo. 8 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches. Pages 63-99. Entire volume: (xii), (222) pp. 7 chapters including this one by David Lavender, frontispiece, black-and-white photographs throughout; text clean, unmarked. Silver-titled black cloth spine, black-titled olive paper over boards, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket toned. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. Lavender established himself as one of the most well-respected and prolific writers on the history of the American West. In this memoir, he describes his childhood in Telluride, Colorado, still a booming gold-and-silver mine at the time. Also included in this volume are memoirs by six other celebrated Western writers: Dee Brown, A. B. Guthrie, Jr., Wright Morris, Clyde Rice, Wallace Stegner, and Frank Waters, with portraits of each of the seven authors. With a Foreword by Larry McMurtry. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Andy Claybourne., David Lavender (1910-2003).
3 David Lavender (1910-2003). Andy Claybourne.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1946 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 x 5 1/2 inches. [viii], 370 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth titled in silver, top edge stained brown, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, pages toned, scratches on covers, spine ends softened, dust jacket chipped and price-clipped. INSCRIBED by author on title page, January 17, 1987. Very Good. A novel by western historian and author David Lavender about the youth and growth of a proud, low-born boy from Colorado who sets out to prove his independence and worth. 
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Golden Trek., David Lavender (1910-2003).
4 David Lavender (1910-2003). Golden Trek.
Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1948 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. 265 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Yellow cloth stamped in dark red ink; binding square and tight, dust soiling on top edge, soiling on covers, spine ends softened, no dust jacket. Very Good. A novel by western historian and author David Lavender, about a young boy in the California Gold Rush. 
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Mountains to Desert: Selected Inyo Readings., Friends of the Eastern California Museum.
5 Friends of the Eastern California Museum. Mountains to Desert: Selected Inyo Readings.
Independence, CA: Friends of the Eastern California Museum, 1988 First Edition Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 x 6 inches. [viii], 259 pp. 39 black and white illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight, gently curled front cover. Very Good. A collection of writings from 9 authors about the history of Inyo County. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Leaving Home., Garrison Keillor (b. 1942).
6 Garrison Keillor (b. 1942). Leaving Home.
New York: Viking Penguin Inc., 1987 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, LIMTED to 150 copies, this is number 120. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. [ii], (xxv), 244 pp. Double-page pictorial title page; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped green cloth, yellow end-papers; binding square and tight. Housed in a green cloth-covered slipcase. SIGNED by Garrison Keillor on limitation statement. Fine. Garrison Keillor is an American radio personality and humorist known for his radio show A Prairie Home Companion. This is an anthology of short stories set in the fictional Late Wobegon in Minnesota. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Phoenixiana: A Collection of the Burlesques & Sketches of John Phoenix, alias John P. Squibob, who was, in fact, Lieutenant George H. Derby, U.S.A., George H. Derby (1823-1861), Francis P. Farquhar (1887-1974), editor.
7 George H. Derby (1823-1861), Francis P. Farquhar (1887-1974), editor. Phoenixiana: A Collection of the Burlesques & Sketches of John Phoenix, alias John P. Squibob, who was, in fact, Lieutenant George H. Derby, U.S.A.
San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1937 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 550 copies. Series: Third Series of Rare Americana, No. 5. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. (xvi), 240 pp. Frontispiece, illustrated title page, 4 plates, headpieces in various colors; text clean, unmarked. Quarter brown cloth, decorative paper over boards, printed paper spine label, added plain brown paper dust-jacket in archival mylar, ms. spine title on jacket; binding square and tight. Very Good. A new, modern edition of John Phoenix/George Derby's Phoenixiana. Includes an illuminating introduction by Francis P. Farquhar providing historical information on both the man and the book itself. "It is the purpose of the present edition, which may properly be called the fourth, to recapture the spirit of 'Phoenix' by going back to the original newspapers and magazines in which his writings appeared and taking a fresh start." Introduction. One of the fifty books of the year. REFERENCE: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, No. 277. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Tiger in the Grass (an excerpt)., Harriet Doerr (1910-2002).
8 Harriet Doerr (1910-2002). The Tiger in the Grass (an excerpt).
Pasadena: Clinker Press, 2002 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 12 copies, this is number 7. 8vo. 10 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Unpaginated. [5] pp. Hand-colored decorative initial, excerpt from The Tiger in the Grass (Viking Penguin, 1995), tissue guard over woodcut illustration, hand-written limitation statement; text clean, unmarked. Dark green-stamped green cloth, green end papers; binding square and tight, covers lightly faded. Comes with a postcard from The Roycroft Inn, East Aurora, NY. Pall Bohne's copy, with his pencil notations with his library number and "Gift from the Chaves" opposite limitation statement. SIGNED by Harriet Doerr. Very Good. Hand printed and illuminated at the Clinker Press. Hand bound by David Weinstein and signed by the author. Harriet Doerr published her first novel at age 73. Tiger in the Grass: Stories and Other Inventions was her third and last publication, a collection of short stories and essays. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Wind in the Lilacs., Harris Merton Lyon (1882-1916).
9 Harris Merton Lyon (1882-1916). The Wind in the Lilacs.
San Francisco: Johnck & Seeger and S. T. Farquhar, 1929 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 230 copies, this is number 70. 12mo. (27) pp. Frontispiece, headpieces; text clean, unmarked. Quarter parchment paper, gray paper over boards, ribbon bookmark; binding square and tight, light toning to spine. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by John J. Johnck and Harold N. Seeger to Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Wilkins on colophon. Very Good. Presswork by Lawton Kennedy; frontispiece illustration by Blanding Sloan. Harris Merton Lyon was an American short story writer for such magazines as Broadway Magazine, McClure's, Collier's, The Smart Set, and The Illustrated Sunday Magazine. This short story, told by the wind in the lilacs, evokes a slower and more peaceful world than we experience in the twenty-first century, set in a beautiful design by John Johnck and Harold Seeger. James Blanding Sloan (1882-1979) was an American etcher, printmaker, theatrical designer, educator, painter, and puppeteer. In 1923 Sloan and his wife settled in San Francisco where for two decades over forty major exhibitions of his work were displayed; the public demand for his etchings and block prints resulted in a catalogue raisonne in 1926. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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A Conversation on D. H. Lawrence by Aldous Huxley, Frieda Lawrence Ravagli, Majl Ewing, Lawrence Clark Powell, Dorothy Mitchell Conway, With a Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell., Haruhide Mori, editor.
10 Haruhide Mori, editor. A Conversation on D. H. Lawrence by Aldous Huxley, Frieda Lawrence Ravagli, Majl Ewing, Lawrence Clark Powell, Dorothy Mitchell Conway, With a Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell.
Los Angeles, CA: Friends of the UCLA Library, 1974 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 1,250 copies designed by Marian Engelke and printed by Grant Dahlstrom. The frontispiece and front cover with a woodblock printed by Dorothy Brett. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. 46 pp. 14 black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout, woodblock print frontispiece; text clean, unmarked. Black-stamped green cloth; binding square and tight, edges and rear cover foxed. Presentation slip. Good. This volume contains the transcript of a conversation held at the UCLA library on March 7, 1952 which included D. H. Lawrence's widow, Frieda Ravagli, Aldous Huxley, and Lawrence Clark Powell. See Powell's Foreword. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Vermillion., Idwal Jones (1887-1964).
11 Idwal Jones (1887-1964). Vermillion.
New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1947 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches. [x], 495 pp. Double-page illustrated title page; text clean, unmarked, pages toned. Red-stamped gray cloth, decorative end-papers, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, shelf wear, extremities of boards faded, dust-jacket price-clipped. INSCRIBED by author on half-title, 1947. Very Good. "Vermilion is a big three-generation novel that spans on hundred years of California history.... It is the colorful story of a stalwart named Pablo Cope who developed a quicksilver mine to world renown, and of his descendants who played false on the great mine." Idwal Jones was a Welsh-American author whose fascination with the California Gold Rush inspired him to move to the state and write several novels set in the time period. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Wild and Wily Range Animals., J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964).
12 J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964). Wild and Wily Range Animals.
Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1980 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Southwestern Classics, No. 2. 8vo. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. xii, (124) pp. Frontispiece illustration by Boyd Hanna, illustrations throughout in brown ink; text clean, unmarked. Brick red cloth over boards, spine titled in gilt, colored end pages, illustrated dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. This is a reprinting of Dobie's collection of folk tales, Wild and Wily Range Animals, produced by letterpress from handset and machine-set printing types by Northland Press. It includes lovely woodcut illustrations printed directly from wood engravings by Boyd Hanna (1907-1987) used as the frontispiece and chapter headpieces. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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These Waiting Hills: The Santa Monicas., John Russell McCarthy (1889-1973).
13 John Russell McCarthy (1889-1973). These Waiting Hills: The Santa Monicas.
Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Press, 1925 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 x 6 3/8 inches. 73 pp. Photograph frontispiece with protective tissue guard, title page in decorative border, headpieces; text clean, unmarked. Blind- and gilt-stamped full green cloth boards, printed dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, offsetting from dust jacket on free end-papers, light shelf wear. Very Good. A collection of prose essays about the Santa Monica Mountains. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Vampyre., John William Polidori (1795-1821).
14 John William Polidori (1795-1821). The Vampyre.
Pasadena: Grant Dahlstrom, 1968 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. xli, 50 pp. Illustrated title page, portrait of Dr. Polidori, biographical note by Donald K. Adams, illustrations by Harold E. Spencer throughout, pages uncut; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled black cloth spine, red paper, red end papers; binding square and tight, shelf wear. Pall Bohne copy with his pencil notations in the end pages stating this volume was a gift from John Lathorakis, March 1978. Very Good. The Vampyre was the first published modern vampire story. Doctor Polidori, an English writer and physician, is often credited as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. This volume includes a biographical note on Polidori, written by Donald K. Adams, an editor of mystery anthologies. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Good-bye to Gunsmoke., Ralph Catlin, [pseudonym of David Lavender (1910-2003).]
15 Ralph Catlin, [pseudonym of David Lavender (1910-2003).] Good-bye to Gunsmoke.
London: John Long, 1957 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7 1/2 x 5 inches. (160) pp. Text clean, unmarked. Orange cloth, pictorial dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket with shelf wear. INSCRIBED on front free end paper by David Lavender, January 17, 1987. Very Good. A novel by western historian and author David Lavender, set in Colorado during the Old West. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Queen Melanie and the Wood-boy., Richard Barham Middleton (1882-1911), Anthony Lawrence Patterson (1892-1964), illustrations.
16 Richard Barham Middleton (1882-1911), Anthony Lawrence Patterson (1892-1964), illustrations. Queen Melanie and the Wood-boy.
San Francisco: Johnck & Seeger, Printers, 1931 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 110 copies, this is number 39. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 inches. (7) pp. Frontispiece illustration by Lawrence A. Patterson, head- and tailpieces also by Patterson; text clean, unmarked. Quarter dark green cloth, green paper over boards, titled in green, clear plastic dust jacket; binding square and tight, bumps to top edge and fore-edge of front cover, front cover lightly soiled. Very Good. Presswork by Lawton Kennedy. Richard Middleton was an English poet and author which is best known for his ghost stories. This is an excerpt from his novel Queen Melanie and the Wood-boy. Middleton worked for a spell as a bank clerk (1901-1907), then moved out of his parent's house into rooms in Blackfriars where the coined The New Bohemians club, where he acquired literary contacts who included Arthur Machen, Louis McQuilland, and Christopher Wilson. Suffering from depression, Middleton took his own life in Brussels in 1911. Lawrence A. Patterson was born in Fresno, California; he studied art in San Francisco at the California School of Fine Arts, and later in Mexico City. Upon returning to San Francisco in the 1920s, Patterson was active in the local art scene and became interested in printmaking and book illustration working with Lawton Kennedy. In 1932 Patterson moved to San Mateo where he taught art for 30 years at the San Mateo Junior College. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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