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1 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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Crofutt's Trans-Continental Tourist's Guide, Containing a Full and Authentic Description of Over Five Hundred Cities, Towns, Villages, Stations, Government Forts and Camps, Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Sulphur, Soda and Hot Springs, Scenery, Watering Places, Summer Resorts., H. Wallace Atwood, compiler.
2 H. Wallace Atwood, compiler. Crofutt's Trans-Continental Tourist's Guide, Containing a Full and Authentic Description of Over Five Hundred Cities, Towns, Villages, Stations, Government Forts and Camps, Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Sulphur, Soda and Hot Springs, Scenery, Watering Places, Summer Resorts.
New York: George A. Crofutt and Co., 1871 Second Annual Revise. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
Third Volume, Second Annual Revise. 12mo. (216) pp. Engraved illustrations, maps, and portraits throughout including an extra engraved title-page and frontispiece, large colored folding map "Crofutt's New Map of the Trans-Continental American, and Trans-Continental, European Route Around the World" bound-in at the rear. Blind- and gilt-stamped dark green cloth; binding square and tight, rubbed, large map with some holes at the folds. Also laid in is a large folding broadsheet with 16 panels per side with engravings, maps, timetables, and advertisements (for example, "Cheap Farms, Free Homes on the line of the Union Pacific Railroad"), folds down to 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches; torn across 3 panels, some tears at the folds. Very Good. It is 1871, and Horace Greeley has urged young, enterprising Americans to "Go West Young Man!" How to get there? H. Wallace Atwood can show you how in excruciating detail in this tourist guide not only to North America, but to the entire planet. An intriguing example of modern Americans' ability to conquer the continent on a mass scale. Along with Greeley, George A. Crofutt was a tireless promoter of Anglo expansion into the American West; his "Progress," (1873) shows the idealized Progress hovering over an American landscape as American settlers traveling by foot, stage coach, and train push aside Native Americans and the bison. Crofutt remained anonymous until J. Valerie Fifer published "American Progress" in 1988, hailing Crofutt as "Pioneer and Publicist of the Transcontinental Age." This is an excellent exemplar of an early edition of Crofutt's Guide. REFERENCES: Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 151 ("The first issue appeared in 1870. The later volumes were gradually enlarged."); Howes, U.S.iana, No. C-901; Sabin, Bibliotheca Americana, No. 17587. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Lippincott's General Guide for Settlers in the United States.  With Authentic Descriptions, from Official Sources, of the Climate, Soil, Products, Cost of Lands, Wages of Labour, Cost of Living, and Prices of Farm Animals and Products,, J. B. Lippincott and Co.
3 J. B. Lippincott and Co. Lippincott's General Guide for Settlers in the United States. With Authentic Descriptions, from Official Sources, of the Climate, Soil, Products, Cost of Lands, Wages of Labour, Cost of Living, and Prices of Farm Animals and Products,
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott and Co., 1876 Second Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
SECOND EDITION. 12mo. 7 x 5 1/4 inches. [viii], (156) pp. Half-title, headpieces, tailpieces, decorative initials, list of US Land Offices, table of foreign-born and native-born populations, tables of wages, large folding map bound-in at the rear; text clean, unmarked, map with tears but no loss. Blind- and gilt-stamped brick-red cloth, rubbed, corners bumped, spine ends lightly frayed. Ownership signatures of S. A. Riggs and Jetus R Riggs, New Derry, Pennsylvania. SCARCE. Very Good. This little volume on homesteading seeks to help the individual settler find the most congenial place to locate a new home in the sparsely settled lands of Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Nevada, California and Oregon and the Territories of Wyoming, Colorado, Dakota, Utah, Montana, Idaho, and Washington. It borrows heavily from the travels and insights into stock-raising, wool-growing, and the establishment of farms by Edwin A. Curley of London who had travelled in the areas in question to promote western settlement among emigrants from Great Britain. Curley published Nebraska: Its Advantages, Resources and Drawbacks (1875). Curley traveled extensively in Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming in the 1870s, and reported that settlers had successfully acquired free land in the American west. 10 copies Worldcat; not in Howes; I could not find any for-sale offerings or auction records for this title. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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California and the West, 1881 and Later., Lloyd Vernon Briggs (1863-1941).
4 Lloyd Vernon Briggs (1863-1941). California and the West, 1881 and Later.
Boston, MA: Privately Printed, 1931 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover Signed by Author
FIRST EDITION, printed by Wright & Potter Printing Company, Boston. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. xiv, 214 pp. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece, figures and plates throughout; text clean, unmarked, occasional light foxing. Blind-stamped navy cloth, spine titled in gilt, top edge gilt; binding square and tight, spine lightly faded, covers faintly soiled. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to Rexwald Brown on the front free end-paper. Very Good. The author was a medical student in Honolulu. Reports on a number of trips to California in 1881-2, 1893, 1895, 1904 (Saint Louis), 1920 (Santa Barbara), 1921 (Yosemite) and 1923 (Santa Barbara again). The author spent a good deal of time in San Francisco and Los Angeles throughout these years. L. Vernon Briggs practiced medicine in Boston, MA, and was instrumental in founding the Boston Psychopathic Hospital and Metropolitan State Hospital. The so-called "Briggs Law" of Massachusetts provides for a mental examination before trial of all persons indicted for a felony in the state, demonstrating Briggs' interest in forensic psychiatry. PROVENANCE: Rexwald Brown (1878-1940) was an American surgeon who served as a Lieutenant in the United States Medical Corps in the Spanish-American War, after taking a medical degree in 1903 he practiced in Chicago, but settled in Santa Barbara in 1906. Brown was director of the surgical division and chairman of the Executive Committee of Staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, organized the Santa Barbara Clinic and was President of the Santa Barbara Board of Health, 1930-1934. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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