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The True History of the Conquest of Mexico by Captain Bernal Diaz del Castillo, One of the Conquerors.  Written in the Year 1568.  Translated from the Original Spanish by Maurice Keating Esq., Bernal Diaz del Castillo (circa 1492-1585).
1 Bernal Diaz del Castillo (circa 1492-1585). The True History of the Conquest of Mexico by Captain Bernal Diaz del Castillo, One of the Conquerors. Written in the Year 1568. Translated from the Original Spanish by Maurice Keating Esq.
London: Printed for J. Wright, by John Dean, 1800 First English Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Good Hardcover 
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of Bernal Diaz del Castillo's first-hand account of the Aztec conquest of Hernan Cortes. 4to. 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. viii, 514 pp. Frontispiece map of Mexico City; edges of the map chipped and torn affecting only the margins, early ink notes on 2 pages of the Table of Contents, LACKS the errata. Early full tree calf, re-backed with brown leather, black leather spine label, label titled and ruled in silver; binding square and tight, leather flaking, corners showing, LACKS fly-leaf. Good. Diaz's account of the Mexican conquest along with that of Cortes are first-person accounts recording important aspects of Mesoamerican culture. In his later years, Diaz became an encomendero and governor in Guatemala where he wrote his memoirs called Historia verdadera de la conquest de la Nueva Espana (The True History of the Conquest of New Spain). The translator, Maurice Keating (circa 1761-1835) was an Irish landowner, soldier and politician. 
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The Way to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark Across the Continent., David Lavender (1910-2003).
2 David Lavender (1910-2003). The Way to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark Across the Continent.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1988 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xviii), 444 pp. 8 maps, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled brown cloth spine, blind-stamped maroon paper over boards, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by author, May 9, 1989. Fine. "In The Way to the Western Sea, a distinguished historian of the American West tells the dramatic story of one of the great adventures of our nation's earliest years: the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-6 to explore the American continent to the Pacific and return." From dust jacket. 
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The Myths of California Isle., Frank J. Thomas (1916-1993).
3 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. 
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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).
4 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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A Residence of Twenty-One Years in the Sandwich Islands; or the Civil, Religious, and Political History of Those Islands: Comprising a Particular View of the Missionary Operations Connected with the Introduction and Progress of Christianity and Civilization Among the Hawaiian People., Hiram Bingham (1789-1869).
5 Hiram Bingham (1789-1869). A Residence of Twenty-One Years in the Sandwich Islands; or the Civil, Religious, and Political History of Those Islands: Comprising a Particular View of the Missionary Operations Connected with the Introduction and Progress of Christianity and Civilization Among the Hawaiian People.
Hartford; New York: Hezekiah Huntington; Sherman Converse, 1848 Second Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
SECOND EDITION. Thick 8vo. 9 1/2 x 61/4 inches. 616 pp. Steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Bingham with tissue guard, Explanations of Hawaiian Orthography and Pronunciation, family trees of 3 Sandwich Island Chiefs, 6 wood engraved plates, figures, large folding map of the Hawaiian Islands at the rear; text unmarked, occasional foxing, offsetting at pages 408-409. Publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth, spine titled in gilt, yellow end-papers; binding square and tight, cloth chipped at outer hinges, spine ends frayed, corners bumped and showing, cup ring on front cover. Very Good. Hiram Bingham was a New England missionary who lead the first group of American Protestant missionaries to introduce Christianity to the Hawaiian Islands. "The most important work on the history of the American Protestant mission in Hawaii during the years 1820-1841, and one of the key books of Hawaiian history." Forbes. REFERENCES: Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, No. 1679; Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, 2nd ed., No. 127 (1st ed.); Sabin, Bibliotheca Americana, No. 5432. 
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Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park., John Muir (1838-1914).
6 John Muir (1838-1914). Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park.
New York: The Century Company, 1890 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XL, No. 5, September, 1890, pp. 656-667. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 11 figures (including 1 map); text clean, unmarked, paper toned. 7 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutters. Sold AS IS. "The upper Tuolumne Valley is the widest, smoothest, most serenely spacious, and in every way the most delightful summer pleasure park in all the High Sierra." Muir supports his statement with descriptions of the compelling beauty of the region which he proposes as a national park including the Hetch Hetchy Valley. In conclusion he writes: "Unless reserved or protected the whole region will soon or late be devastated by lumbermen and sheepmen, and so of course be made unfit for use as a pleasure ground. It is also devoutly to be hoped that the Hetch Hetchy will escape such ravages of man as one sees in Yosemite. As and plow, hogs and horses, have long been and are still busy in Yosemite's gardens and groves." Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 182. 
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Snow Storm on Mount Shasta., John Muir (1838-1914).
7 John Muir (1838-1914). Snow Storm on Mount Shasta.
New York: Harper and Bros., 1877 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 328, September, 1877, pp. 521-530. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches. 7 figures; text clean, unmarked. 5 loose leaves from the original publication. Sold AS IS. "Muir describes the singular beauty of Mount Shasta, discusses the botanic zones, then relates his ascent with Jerome Fay in order to take barometrical observations." Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 70. 
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The Grand Canon of the Colorado, John Muir (1838-1914).
8 John Muir (1838-1914). The Grand Canon of the Colorado
New York: The Century Company, 1902 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. 65, No. 1, November, 1902, pp. 107-116. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches. Text clean, unmarked. 5 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. In this essay, Muir urged visitors to walk to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Muir also deplored the conditions of the roads and railroads by which tourists would access Arizona's natural wonder. Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 245. 
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The Treasures of the Yosemite., John Muir (1838-1914).
9 John Muir (1838-1914). The Treasures of the Yosemite.
New York: The Century Company, 1890 First Edition Paperback Used: Acceptable Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XL, No. 4, August, 1890, pp. 483-500. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 14 figures (including 2 maps); pencil markings throughout, water stains on pages 497-500, foxing throughout, pages toned. 8 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutters. Sold AS IS. "This article was the first of two commissioned by Associate Editor Robert Underwood Johnson of The Century Magazine to create pubic interest in establishing the Yosemite National Park. Eager to assist this grand plan to protect and preserve the area he knew so intimately and loved so intensely, Muir penned one of his finest essays. Many of its beautiful descriptive passages have become familiar and well-loved quotations as has his finely-phrased picture of Yosemite Valley." Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., No. 181. 
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Expedition to San Francisco Bay in 1770., Pedro Fages (1734-1794) and Herbert Eugene Bolton (1870-1953).
10 Pedro Fages (1734-1794) and Herbert Eugene Bolton (1870-1953). Expedition to San Francisco Bay in 1770.
Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, 1911 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
OFFPRINT. Series: Publications of the Academy of Pacific Coast History, Vol. 2., No. 3. Pamphlet. 9 1/4 x 6 inches. [ii], 143-159 pp. Original diary entries and English translations on opposing pages; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight, head of spine bumped. Very Good. Pedro Fages was a Spanish explorer and served as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Californias and second and fifth Governor of Alta California. He led several expeditions from Monterey to San Francisco Bay, and the route he found became the road along which three missions were later built. This is his diary of the second expedition. It includes the English translation by Herbert Eugene Bolton. Bolton was a pioneering historian of Spanish-American history. He served as the chair of the history department at the University of California, Berkeley. 
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Meriwether Lewis: A Biography., Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).
11 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Meriwether Lewis: A Biography.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1965 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 6 inches. (xx), 364 pp. Double title page, 16 pages of black-and-white plates, index. Blind- and gilt-stamped brown cloth, decorative end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, spine ends softened, dust jacket price-clipped, toned with small chips. INSCRIBED by author on half-title, "This vol. is said to be my best book. (I'll not argue the point.) R. H. Dillon." Very Good. Meriwether Lewis, of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, was an American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator. This biography by Richard Dillon received a gold medal award from the Commonwealth Club of California for the best nonfiction book of 1965. Dillon was a prolific author about the American West. 
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Stephen Long and the Great American Desert., Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).
12 Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924). Stephen Long and the Great American Desert.
Great Falls, MT: The Montana Historical Society, 1968 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
In: Montana the Magazine of Western History, Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Summer, 1968. Great Falls, MT: The Montana Historical Society, 1968. 4to Periodical. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches. 58-75 pp. Entire issue: (97) pp. 7 articles including this one by Dillon, illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Self-wraps, color illustrated, stapled, original subscription cards; binding square and tight, spine faded, shelf wear. SIGNED by author on table of contents next to his article. Very Good. Stephen Harriman Long (1784-1864) was a U.S. army explorer, topographical engineer, and railway engineer. Long was one of the most prolific explorers of the early 1800s, although his career as an explorer was relatively short-lived. He covered over 26,000 miles in five expeditions, including a scientific expedition in the Great Plains area, which he famously confirmed as a "Great Desert" (leading to the term "the Great American Desert." Dillon's article places Long's explorations in the political context of the times (1817-1823), and is one of the broadly scoped studies ever published in the Montana the Magazine of Western History. 
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