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Winner Take All: The Trans-Canada Canoe Trail.
1 Winner Take All: The Trans-Canada Canoe Trail.
New York: McGraw-Hall Book Company, 1977 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Series: The American Trails Series, No. 15. Tall 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xvi), 363 pp. Map, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Yellow cloth spine titled in black ink, patterned brown paper over boards, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by author on half-title. Fine. Lavender uses the beaver fur trade as an opening to explore the long and colorful history of the trans-Canada Canoe Trail, tracing both the political developments and the day-to-day life of the traders. 
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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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3 Alexander Ross (1782-1856). Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River: Being a Narrative of the Expedition Fitted Out by John Jacob Astor, to Establish the "Pacific Fur Company;" With an Account of some Indian Tribes on the Coast of the Pacific.
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1849 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION of Alexander Ross's account of the first Anglo settlements at the mouth of the Columbia River. 8vo. 8 x 5 1/8 inches. (xvi), 352, 16 [ads dated February 1849] pp. Folding "Map of Columbia to Illustrate Ross's Adventures" as frontispiece, Vocabulary of indigenous languages, Table of Weather; text clean, un-marked. Blind-stamped brown cloth, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, rubbed corners lightly bumped, spine ends chipped, backstop coming loose along front hinge, but tacked down with adhesive. A better than usual copy in the market. Very Good. Alexander Ross arrived at the mouth of the Columbia in March of 1811 as a young man, serving as clerk, and helped to build Fort Astoria. While in the Northwest, Ross helped explore the Snake River region, western Montana, and the Willamette River. His "Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River" contains important observations on Native American culture and the society of the fur traders. His memoirs remain an indispensable source on the history of the early Pacific Northwest. REFERENCES: Graff Collection, No. 3576; Howes, U.S.iana, R448 ("col. front. [in few copies]" - this copy without the color frontispiece); Sabin, Bibliotheca Americana, 73327; Tweney, Washington 89, No. 67; Wagner-Camp, Plains and the Rockies, No. 172; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, No. 635. 
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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).
4 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.
5 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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The Ghost Town Lundy., Charles A. Lundy (b. 1880).
6 Charles A. Lundy (b. 1880). The Ghost Town Lundy.
Boston: The Four Seas Company, 1919 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 x 5 5/16 inches. 71 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped green cloth over boards; binding square and tight, dust soiling on all edges. Detroit rubber stamp on front free end paper. Very Good. A poem chronicling the history of a small pioneer town in Mono County; the town is now defunct. 
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The Big Bonanza., Dan DeQuille (1829-1898).
7 Dan DeQuille (1829-1898). The Big Bonanza.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: Western Americana, No. 1. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches. [iii], (xlii), (440), (x) pp. 79 black-and-white illustrations throughout, appendix, index; text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth illustrated in gilt over boards, spine titled in gilt, top edge stained purple, illustrated dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, sticker residue on inside of back cover, dust jacket rubbed at extremities. SIGNED by Oscar Lewis. Very Good. Dan DeQuille was an American author, journalist, and humorist. He is best known for The History of the Big Bonanza, a history of the the silver rush at the Comstock lode in Nevada, which he published in 1876. DeQuille wrote it under the mentorship of his friend Mark Twain. This is the first in the Western Americana series by Alfred A. Knopf publishing. It includes reproductions of the original illustrations and an introduction by Oscar Lewis, one of the pioneering historians of the American West. Oscar Lewis signed the front free end paper. 
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Recollections of a Young Desert Rat: Impressions of Nevada and Death Valley., Daniel Cronkhite.
8 Daniel Cronkhite. Recollections of a Young Desert Rat: Impressions of Nevada and Death Valley.
Verdi, NV: The Sagebrush Press, 1972 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED to 777 copies, this is number 569. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches. [x], 102 pp. 11 black-and-white photographic illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Gray cloth, brown-titled spine, printed dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear to dust jacket. Pall Bohne's copy, with pencil notations of inventory number, from whom he acquired the book, and date on rear pastedown. Comes with a bifold business card with the author's name and telephone number written in ink. INSCRIBED by author on limitation statement. Very Good. This book was printed by Regis Graden. Reminiscences of what life was like growing up in Nevada and Death Valley. 
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9 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. 
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A Rocky Mountain Fantasy: Telluride, Colorado., David Lavender (1910-2003).
10 David Lavender (1910-2003). A Rocky Mountain Fantasy: Telluride, Colorado.
Telluride: San Miguel County Historical Society, 1964 First Edition Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
Pamphlet. 9 x 5 1/2 inches. [26] pp. 10 photographs; text clean, unmarked. Stapled printed wrappers; binding square and tight. Fine. A brief history of Telluride, Colorado. David Lavender grew up in Telluride, and dedicated his life to writing histories of the American West. 
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Andy Claybourne., David Lavender (1910-2003).
11 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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Bent's Fort., David Lavender (1910-2003).
12 David Lavender (1910-2003). Bent's Fort.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1954 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. 450 pp. Bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth titled in blue ink, maps in end-papers; binding square and tight, spine faded, top corners bumped, no dust jacket. Very Good. Bent's Fort was a landmark of the American frontier, a huge private fort on the upper Arkansas River in present southeastern Colorado. Established by the adventurers Charles and William Bent, it stood until 1849 as the center of the Indian trade of the central plains. David Lavender's chronicle of these men and their part in the opening of the West, is recognized on a par with the works of Parkman and Prescott. 
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California: A Bicentennial History., David Lavender (1910-2003).
13 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).
14 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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Climax at Buena Vista: The American Campaigns in Northeastern Mexico, 1846-47., David Lavender (1910-2003).
15 David Lavender (1910-2003). Climax at Buena Vista: The American Campaigns in Northeastern Mexico, 1846-47.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1966 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Great Battles of History. 8vo. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. 252 pp. 6 maps, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt- and silver-stamped blue cloth, top edge stained blue, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, spine of dust jacket toned, stain on back panel of dust jacket. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. "Climax at Buena Vista is the complete story of the decisive battle of the Mexican War - from which General Zachary Taylor emerged with the Presidency in hand... and the United States with two fifths of the enemy's territory." From the dust jacket. Maps drawn by John Carnes. 
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Colorado River Country., David Lavender (1910-2003).
16 David Lavender (1910-2003). Colorado River Country.
New York: E.P. Dutton, Inc., 1982 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. (xvi), 238 pp. Black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Beige cloth spine titled in bronze foil, beige paper over boards, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by the author on front free end paper, January 17, 1987. Fine. "A 500-year history of the men who explored, pillaged, evangelized and settled the American West from the Rockies to the deserts of California." From the dust jacket. 
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David Lavender's Colorado., David Lavender (1910-2003).
17 David Lavender (1910-2003). David Lavender's Colorado.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1976 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Tall 4to. 12 1/2 x 9 inches. xii, 227 pp. 105 color photographs, 4 maps, glossary, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth, maps in end-papers, bottom edge speckled (as issued?), dust jacket; binding square and tight, spine ends softened, dust jacket shelf worn, torn at head of spine. INSCRIBED by author on half-title. Very Good. "A graphic telling of his wanderings, adventures, and studies among the mountain ranges and peaks, the valleys, waterways, wilderness areas, flowers, geological forms, cow camps, and old mines - up and down the life zones in all seasons and weathers." From dust jacket. With full color photographs by both Lavender and Lee Boltin (1917-1991). 
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Fort Vancouver., David Lavender (1910-2003).
18 David Lavender (1910-2003). Fort Vancouver.
Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, Division of Publications, 1981 First Edition Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
8vo. 8 1/4 x 6 inches. (144) pp. Color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound pictorial wrappers; binding square and tight, slight bumping on spine and corners. INSCRIBED by author on table of contents, includes a typed letter, SIGNED, to Maureen and Bob Cates from Lavender, November 1, 1982. Very Good. "The struggle for control of the Oregon Country between Great Britain and the United States is the background against which this story of Fort Vancouver is told." From the inner wrapper. 
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Land of Giants: The Drive to the Pacific Northwest 1750-1950., David Lavender (1910-2003).
19 David Lavender (1910-2003). Land of Giants: The Drive to the Pacific Northwest 1750-1950.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1958 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: Mainstream of America, No. 12. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), 468 pp. 6 maps, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth blocked in black and titled in gilt, decorative end-papers, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, front inner hinge cracked, offsetting to end-papers, shelf wear, dust jacket toned and chipped. INSCRIBED by author on front free end-paper. Very Good. "The Pacific Northwest is a country of superlatives. In Land of Giants, David Lavender has described, in exciting and vivid detail, all the tremendous richness and beauty of this vast Paul Bunyan land and the courageous spirit of the men who conquered it." From the dust jacket. 
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Let Me Be Free: The Nez Perce Tragedy., David Lavender (1910-2003).
20 David Lavender (1910-2003). Let Me Be Free: The Nez Perce Tragedy.
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. xii, 403 pp. Maps, 16 pages of black-and-white plates, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled black cloth spine, gilt-stamped tan paper over boards, maps in end-papers, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, remainder mark on bottom edge, sticker residue and slight soiling on dust jacket. Very Good. "Let Me Be Free tells the dramatic, heart-breaking story of the desperate attempt of Chief Joseph and his Nez Perce Indians of Idaho to elude annihilation by the strong forces of the U.S. Cavalry and civilian volunteers on their attempted escape to Canada - one of the tragic epics in the long saga of our mistreatment of Native Americans." From dust jacket. 
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