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Pieces of Eight Channel Islands: A Bibliographical Guide and Source Book., Adelaide LeMert Doran (1908-1987).
1 Adelaide LeMert Doran (1908-1987). Pieces of Eight Channel Islands: A Bibliographical Guide and Source Book.
Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1980 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
4to. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. 340 pp. Illustrated title page, bibliography, indexes, line drawings, maps; text clean, unmarked. Full mint green cloth illustrated in green and silver, decorative end-papers; binding square and tight. Prospectus laid in. Fine. "A work of monumental proportions, indispensable for any book collection - public, private or personal - with an interest in California or maritime history, geology, geography, environmental issues, archaeology, Indians, flora and fauna, and of course, those jewels of the California coast... Primarily a guide to the factual literature dealing wholly or in part with the islands, Mrs. Doran also weaves the myriad of information found in these writings into a fascinating account of each island, thus enlightening the readers, while guiding them to the original sources." Prospectus. 
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2 Adelaide LeMert Doran (1908-1987). The Ranch that was Robbins': Santa Catalina Island, California.
Los Angeles: Adelaide LeMert Doran, 1964 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, second printing. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 5/8 inches. (213) pp. Maps; text clean, unmarked. Full blue cloth boards, spine titled in gilt, pictorial dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket chipped, price-clipped. Very Good. A history of Santa Catalina Island, written with the aim of revitalizing the Island and interest in it. 
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Mammoth Lakes Memories., Adele Reed.
3 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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4 Al W. Firdley (b. 1932). Catalina Pottery: The Early Years, 1927-1937.
Costa Mesa, CA: Rainbow Publishing Co., 1977 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
Pamphlet. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. 96 pp. Black-and-white photographs throughout; some text whited-out on title page, else text clean, unmarked. Photographic wrappers; binding square and tight, light shelf wear. Comes with a price guide for the items featured in the book. Very Good. Having found almost nothing written on the topic of Catalina pottery, Al Firdley took it upon himself to research the topic. Here he provides information on the history of the craft, how to date pieces of pottery, and other sources in this neglected field for the collector of Catalina pottery. 
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5 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. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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6 Algot Nordstrom (1877-1966), illustrator, and Alma Nordstrom, text. Pen Pictures of California's Missions.
Los Angeles: Algot Nortstrom, 1937 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/4 x 6 inches. Unpaginated. 1 map, 31 illustrations of the California missions; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated brown wrappers with yapp edges; binding square and tight, shelf wear, edges of wrappers softened. Very Good. "It is not our intent in the following pages to detail comprehensively the complete history of the Franciscan Missions of Upper California. This brochure is designed rather as our little guide to these Missions, containing something of their story and a little concerning their features of interest, both by way of text and illustration. Should this booklet serve but to kindle in its readers an interest in the Missions and a desire to visit them, we shall feel that we too have contributed a bit towards the expansion of public interest in one of the truly important phases of California's early historical drama." 
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7 Allan A. Schoenherr, et al. Natural History of the Islands of California.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, first printing. Series: California Natural History Guides, No. 61. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), (492) pp. Black-and-white and color illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Full navy blue cloth boards, spine gilt-titled, photographic dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. "This comprehensive book discusses the geological, human, and natural history of the islands of California, including all eight Channel Islands, Ano Nuevo, and Farallons, and the islands of San Francisco Bay. The authors explore the formation of the islands and the history of their human habitation, beginning with the Native Americans who first visited them 12,000 years ago. They discuss past damage and ongoing threats to island ecosystems, including devastation caused by the introduction of nonnative animals and plants." Dust jacket. 
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8 Allan A. Schoenherr, et al. Natural History of the Islands of California.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, first printing. Series: California Natural History Guides, No. 61. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), (492) pp. Black-and-white and color illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Full navy blue cloth boards, spine gilt-titled, photographic dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. "This comprehensive book discusses the geological, human, and natural history of the islands of California, including all eight Channel Islands, Ano Nuevo, and Farallons, and the islands of San Francisco Bay. The authors explore the formation of the islands and the history of their human habitation, beginning with the Native Americans who first visited them 12,000 years ago. They discuss past damage and ongoing threats to island ecosystems, including devastation caused by the introduction of nonnative animals and plants." Dust jacket. 
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Journey to Arizona in 1876., Alphonse Pinart (1852-1911).  George H. Whitney, translator, Henry R. Wagner (1862-1957), biography and bibliography, Carl S. Dentzel (1913-1980), introduction and notes.
9 Alphonse Pinart (1852-1911). George H. Whitney, translator, Henry R. Wagner (1862-1957), biography and bibliography, Carl S. Dentzel (1913-1980), introduction and notes. Journey to Arizona in 1876.
Los Angeles: The Zamorano Club, 1962 Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 10 x 6 3/4 inches. (xvi), (49) pp. 2 photographs of Alphonse Pinart's books, 1 fold-out map; text clean, unmarked, conjugate leaves with pages 23-24 and 37-38 loosely laid in to complete the text. Black cloth spine, printed paper boards, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, front cover marked, extremities toned. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED by Carl S. Dentzel to Charlotte Tufts on half-title. Good. Printed for the Zamorano Club, designed and composed by Saul Marks at the Plantin Press and printed by Grant Dahlstrom at the Castle Press, and bound by Ward Ritchie at the Silver Lake Bindery. Alphonse Pinart was a French explorer and ethnographer who traveled extensively around Western North America for his research. This volume includes a short biography of Pinart, a catalog of his published books, the text of his Journey to Arizona, and an extensively researched bibliography for further study. 
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10 Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (1794-1876), Ann Fears Crawford (b. 1932), editor. The Eagle: The Autobiography of Santa Anna.
Austin: The Pemberton Press, 1967 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 135 copies, this is number 6. 8vo. 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches. (xx), (301) pp. Frontispiece portrait, illustrated title page, headpieces, decorative initials in red, 16 black-and-white illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Quarter red leather, raised bands, red cloth sides, front cover illustrated and stamped in black and gilt; binding square and tight, light rubbing on spine. Comes with original proclamations promulgated by the Mexican government under the direction of President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, stored in 2 printed red bifolds and laid into preliminaries. Housed in red-cloth-covered slipcase. SIGNED by Ann Fears Crawford on colophon. Very Good. This book contains 2 original broadsides announcing one of Santa Anna's Presidential decrees, instead of the single broadside called for on the colophon. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was a Mexican general and the dominant political figure of nineteenth-century Mexico. He participated in the Texas Revolution and the Mexican-American War and was president of Mexico for 22 years. Despite being a poor president and losing much of Mexico's territory to the United States, he was beloved by the people of Mexico. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Time and the Terraced Land: The Story of California's Unique Palos Verdes Peninsula by Augusta Fink., Augusta Fink.
11 Augusta Fink. Time and the Terraced Land: The Story of California's Unique Palos Verdes Peninsula by Augusta Fink.
Berkeley: Howell-North Books, 1966 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
4to. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. 136 pp. About 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, appendix, index; text clean, unmarked. Full beige cloth stamped in black and orange, pictorial dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket price-clipped and shelf-worn. Very Good. This book covers the history of the Palos Verdes peninsula from the days of the Native Americans, to the Spanish missions and California Dons, to the Gold Rush and American explorers. 
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Eldorado, or Adventures in the Path of Empire, Comprising a Voyage to California, via Panama, Life in San Francisco and Monterey, Pictures of the Gold Region, and Experiences of Mexican Travel., Bayard Taylor (1825-1878).
12 Bayard Taylor (1825-1878). Eldorado, or Adventures in the Path of Empire, Comprising a Voyage to California, via Panama, Life in San Francisco and Monterey, Pictures of the Gold Region, and Experiences of Mexican Travel.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, thus. Series: Western Americana. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. [i], (xxx), (377) pp. 8 illustrations, one in color and the rest black and white; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, corners lightly bumped, dust-jacket with light shelf wear. Very Good. Bayard Taylor was an American writer and travel journalist who was known as a modern Marco Polo. Eldorado is his account of the California Gold Rush as a journalist for the New York Tribune. This edition is part of the Western Americana Series by Alfred A. Knopf, planned in connection with California's centenary celebrations, 1946-1950. The series was edited by Robert Glass Cleland of the Huntington Library, who provided an introduction for Eldorado. 
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Knights of the Lash: The Stagecoach Stories of Major Benjamin C. Truman., Benjamin C. Truman (1835-1916) and Gary F. Kurutz (b. 1948), editor.
13 Benjamin C. Truman (1835-1916) and Gary F. Kurutz (b. 1948), editor. Knights of the Lash: The Stagecoach Stories of Major Benjamin C. Truman.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 2005 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED to 350 copies. Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 219. Tall 8vo. 10 x 7 inches. (xxxii), (119) pp. Text printed in black and dark blue, frontispiece, illustration of a whip in dark blue on title page, black-and-white illustrations throughout, headpiece on colophon; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth spine, blind-stamped paper, printed paper label on front cover, decorative end-papers, clear plastic dust jacket; binding square and tight. Comes with original prospectus and postcard-sized announcement. Fine. Designed and printed by The Castle Press, bound by Mariana Blau; typefaces are Perpetua Titling and Centaur, paper is Natural Finch Vanilla Vellum. "A Civil War correspondent and noted California booster, Truman first took the overland stage to the Golden State in 1866 and became fascinated by that daring breed of men he dubbed 'Knights of the Lash.'" Prospectus. Truman wrote several stories about the popular stagecoach drivers of the West, collected here in this anthology edited by Gary Kurutz. Kurutz was the Curator of Special Collections at the California State Library, and authored a biography of Truman. He provides an introduction and notes to each of the stories included here. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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14 Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955). Across the Wide Missouri.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1947 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 265 copies, this is number 151. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 7 inches. [ii], (xxviii), 483 pp. Color and black-and-white illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped red cloth, beveled edges, black leather spine label, decorative end-papers, top edge gilt; binding square and tight. Housed in a green paper-covered slipcase with pictorial label; shelf worn. SIGNED by author on limitation statement. Fine, in a Very Good slipcase. This is a special limited edition of Bernard DeVoto's Across the Wide Missouri, a history of the fur trade in the American West. The book won a Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Rustic Canyon and the Story of the Uplifters., Betty Lou Young (1919-2010), text, and Thomas R. Young, photographs.
15 Betty Lou Young (1919-2010), text, and Thomas R. Young, photographs. Rustic Canyon and the Story of the Uplifters.
Santa Monica: Casa Vieja Press, 1975 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
4to. 11 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches. [x], (166) pp. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Full dark gray cloth, gilt-titled spine, decorative end papers, pictorial dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, very light shelf wear on spine ends and dust jacket. Errata and addenda slip and folded panorama photograph laid in at back. Very Good. Betty Lou Young was a long-time resident of Rustic Canyon in California. She wrote several histories of the Pacific Palisades, of which this is her first, and campaigned to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains. She founded the Casa Vieja Press, which continued to publish books on the history of the Pacific Palisades after her death. Her son Thomas "Randy" Young took the photographs which fill this volume. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Complete Report on Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, With Introductory Historical Sketch, Illustrated with Maps, Drawings and Photographs., Board of Public Service Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles.
16 Board of Public Service Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles. Complete Report on Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, With Introductory Historical Sketch, Illustrated with Maps, Drawings and Photographs.
Los Angeles: Department of Public Service of the City of Los Angeles, 1916 First Edition Used: Good 
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 10 7/8 x 8 inches. 319, [13] pp. Black-and-white frontispiece portrait of William Mulholland, seal of the City of Los Angeles on title page, numerous full-page black-and-white photographic illustrations, maps, tables, appendices, index, 24 folded maps, charts, and plans in a pocket inside the rear cover, including a large folding map of the "Southern Part of the State of California Showing Inset of Photograph of Los Angeles Aqueduct Relief Map;" text clean, unmarked, some light toning to the edges of the glossy paper as is common, large folding map with tears at folds with some minor loss, pocket at rear is brittle and is essentially blasted and useless. Black-stamped dark green cloth; binding shaken, corners and spine ends frayed, spots and freckling to covers. With "Notice of Publication" tipped-in inside front cover announcing a second edition "On account of the extraordinary demand for copies." Ownership signature of A. A. Schmidt. Good. This is a contemporary technical report on the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The Los Angeles Aqueduct system, comprising the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Owens Valley Aqueduct) and the Second Los Angeles Aqueduct, is a water conveyance system, built and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The Owens Valley Aqueduct was designed and built by the city's water department, at the time named The Bureau of Los Angeles Aqueduct, under the supervision of the Department?s Chief Engineer, William Mulholland. The system delivers water from the Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to Los Angeles. In 1971, it was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers on the List of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks. Its construction was controversial from the start, as it is alleged that water diversions to Los Angeles all but ended agriculture in the Owens Valley. Since then its continued operation has led to public debate, legislation and court battles over the environmental impacts of the aqueduct on Mono Lake and other ecosystems. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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A View of the Ridge Route.  Volume I: The First People.  Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander., Bonnie Ketterl Kane.
17 Bonnie Ketterl Kane. A View of the Ridge Route. Volume I: The First People. Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander.
Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, 2001 First Edition Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
FIRST EDITIONS. Five Volumes. 4to. 10 x 7 inches. [viii], 177, [15] pp. Maps, drawings, and photos throughout, bibliography, indexes; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight, shelf wear, price sticker on front cover. Very Good. WITH: Volume II: The Fort Tejon Era. Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander. (Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, 2002). (Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, 2001). 4to. 10 x 7 inches. [viii], 206, [14] pp. Maps, drawings, and photos throughout, bibliography, indexes; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight, shelf wear. Very Good. WITH: Volume III: The Ranchos. Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander. Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, 2005. (Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, 2001). 4to. 10 x 7 inches. [viii], 294, [22] pp. Maps, drawings, and photos throughout, bibliography, indexes; text clean, unmarked, former owner's address label and price in ink at top corner of title page. Illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight, shelf wear. SIGNED by Bonnie Kane and Susan Hollander on the title page. Very Good. WITH: Volume IV: The Resources. Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander. (Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, 2008). (Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, 2001). 4to. 10 x 7 inches. [viii], 206, [14] pp. Maps, drawings, and photos throughout, bibliography, indexes; text clean, unmarked, price sticker on upper corner of title page. Illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight, shelf wear. Very Good. WITH: Volume V: The Roadways. Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander. (Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, n.d.). (Frazier Park, CA: Bonnie's Books, 2014). 4to. 10 x 7 inches. [viii], (378), 28, [3] pp. Maps, drawings, and photos throughout, bibliography, indexes; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Bonnie Ketterl Kane on the title page. Fine. Bonnie Kane's multi-volume history of the Frazier Park region of Kern County, California, is the most comprehensive multi-volume work of the area. These 5 volumes are all printed to date. It is an historic achievement! 
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18 Brian McGinty. Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy.
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xiii), 579 pp. Frontispiece, 10 black-and-white plates; text clean, unmarked. Burgundy cloth, gilt-titled spine, pictorial dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. "This is the definitive biography of Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869), 'the father of California viticulture,' an intriguing and compelling book, at once scholarly and entertaining." Dust-jacket. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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19 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. 
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100 Years of Real Living: Bishop, Calif. 1861-1961., C. Lorin Ray.
20 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. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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