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In the Footprints of the Padres., Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909).
1 Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909). In the Footprints of the Padres.
San Francisco, CA: A. M. Robertson, 1902 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, copyright 1901, printed by Stanley-Taylor, San Francisco. 8vo. 7 1/4 x 5 inches. (viii), 335 pp. 8 plates including frontispiece, architectural vignette on title page; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated paper over boards, dust-jacket signed by the artist "McQuaid" in the plate; binding square and tight, extremities of the jacket bruised with a few small tears, lower corner bumped. Gift inscription dated Sept. 27th 1902 on front free end-paper. Very Good. This text reflects Stoddard's life-long interest in the city of San Francisco and its Anglo history, with its "natural tendency to overdress, to overdecorate, to overdo almost everything." Charles Warren Stoddard was an American author and editor best known for his travel books about Polynesian life. When Stoddard was 11 years old, his family moved to San Francisco. He was an early contributor to the literature of California. His first published work was issued in the September 1862 issue of The Gold Era under the pseudonym Pip Pepperpod. He submitted his contribution anonymously because "No member of my family suspected that I was so bold as to dream of entering the circle of the elect who wrote regularly every week for the chef literary organ west of the Rocky Mountains." 
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In the Footprints of the Padres., Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909).
2 Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909). In the Footprints of the Padres.
San Francisco, CA: A. M. Robertson, 1902 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, copyright 1901, printed by Stanley-Taylor, San Francisco. 8vo. 7 1/4 x 5 inches. (viii), 335 pp. 8 plates including frontispiece, architectural vignette on title page; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated paper over boards; binding square and tight, boards lightly bowed, rear hinge cracked. Bookseller ticket of Smith Books, Inc., Oakland on rear paste-down. Good. This text reflects Stoddard's life-long interest in the city of San Francisco and its Anglo history, with its "natural tendency to overdress, to overdecorate, to overdo almost everything." Charles Warren Stoddard was an American author and editor best known for his travel books about Polynesian life. When Stoddard was 11 years old, his family moved to San Francisco. He was an early contributor to the literature of California. His first published work was issued in the September 1862 issue of The Gold Era under the pseudonym Pip Pepperpod. He submitted his contribution anonymously because "No member of my family suspected that I was so bold as to dream of entering the circle of the elect who wrote regularly every week for the chef literary organ west of the Rocky Mountains." 
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In the Footprints of the Padres.  New and Enlarged Edition.  Introduction by Charles Phillips., Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909).
3 Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909). In the Footprints of the Padres. New and Enlarged Edition. Introduction by Charles Phillips.
San Francisco, CA: A. M. Robertson, 1912 Revised and Enlarged. Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Good Hardcover 
Revised and Enlarged EDITION, copyright 1911, printed by Taylor, Nash & Taylor. 8vo. 7 7/8 x 5 3/8 inches. (xvi), 291 pp. Frontispiece of Mission Dolores, 1855, title page printed in red and black with an architectural vignette, 23 plates, decorative initials; text clean, unmarked. Quarter brown cloth, printed paper over boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight, rubbed. Bookseller ticket of Robertson, San Francisco on rear paste-down. Very Good. With an introduction by Stoddard's friend, Charles Phillips, and with 3 new chapters which includes some of Stoddard's earliest and most poetic writings. The last of the new chapters is entirely autobiographical, entitled "An Affair of the Misty City," which also includes pen portraits of all the California literary celebrities with whom Stoddard maintained close relationships. 
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San Francisco in the Seventies, The City as Viewed by a Mexican Political Exile., Guillermo Prieto (1818-1897), and Edwin S. Morby (1909-1985), translator.
4 Guillermo Prieto (1818-1897), and Edwin S. Morby (1909-1985), translator. San Francisco in the Seventies, The City as Viewed by a Mexican Political Exile.
San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1938 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 650 copies. 4to. 11 x 8 1/4 inches. [i], (xxiv), (91) pp. Frontispiece, 3 illustrations (including frontispiece), headpieces; text clean, unmarked. Quarter blue cloth, printed paper spine label, marbled paper over boards; binding square and tight, mild shelf wear. Very Good. Guillermo Prieto was a Mexican writer and Liberal politician, and Mexico's national poet during his lifetime. For his Liberal politics he was temporarily exiled from Mexico, and spent several months in 1877 in San Francisco. Upon returning to Mexico he published his notes on his time in the United States. Edwin S. Morby, a professor at the University of Berkeley and a scholar of Spanish theater, translated these publications into English. This volume completed "the series of three items of Californiana, published through the courtesy of the Bancroft Library, University of California. Grateful acknowledgement is hereby made to Dr. Herbert Ingram Priestley, Librarian of the Bancroft Library, for permission to reproduce the two old prints showing cartoons of San Francisco life from The Illustrated Wasp. The two title page ornaments and four headbands, depicting scenes typical of San Francisco of the period, are the work of the well-known artist, William F. Rauschnabel." Colophon. 
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Climb the Mountains., John Muir (1838-1914).
5 John Muir (1838-1914). Climb the Mountains.
Santa Cruz: Peter and Donna Thomas, 1995 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 100 copies, this is number 28. Miniature Book. 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches. Unpaginated. [17] pp. Accordion book, illustrations and text linocuts on painted handmade paper; text clean, unmarked. Wrappers, Sierra wood cover panels and spine label; binding square and tight, covers bowed. SIGNED by Donna Thomas on colophon. Fine. This little volume contains an excerpt from John Muir's Our National Parks (1901, p. 56). It begins, "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees." John Muir was a naturalist, explorer, author, and conservationist, and first president of the Sierra Club. He died in Los Angeles in 1914. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 2157. 
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Song of Creation., John Muir (1838-1914).
6 John Muir (1838-1914). Song of Creation.
Santa Cruz: Peter and Donna Thomas, 1999 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies, this is number 23. Miniature Book. 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches. Unpaginated. Color illustrations of Yosemite, with hand-written text photo-reproduced; text clean, unmarked. Accordion book, paper over boards, pictorial paper label on front cover; binding square and tight. Fine. Illustrations and binding by Donna Thomas, handmade paper by Peter Thomas. Illustrations of landmarks in Yosemite, with labels, and a quote from John Muir: "From form to form, beauty to beauty, ever changing, never resting, all are speeding on with love's enthusiasm, singing with the stars the eternal song of creation." 
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These Waiting Hills: The Santa Monicas., John Russell McCarthy (1889-1973).
7 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. 
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The Untarnished Gold, The Immutable Treasure: A Report on a Book-in-Progress., Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001).
8 Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001). The Untarnished Gold, The Immutable Treasure: A Report on a Book-in-Progress.
Davis, CA: University of California, Davis, 1970 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
Series: Library Associates of the University Library, Davis Keepsake, No. 3. LIMITED EDITION. of 850 copies composed and printed for Library Associates by the University of California Printing Department, Berkeley. Pamphlet. 9 x 6 1/8 inches. [vi], 16, [2] pp. 4 original woodcut decorations by Mallette Dean, decorative initial; text clean, unmarked. Pictorial printed wrappers, stapled; binding square and tight, light use / shelf wear. Very Good. Foreword by J. R. Blanchard, University Librarian, University of California, Davis. This essay was delivered with great spirit and style at the Library Associates meeting on April 12, 1970, expressing LCP's perceptive and abiding interest in California literature. 
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