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Between the Gates., Benjamin Franklin Taylor (1819-1887).
1 Benjamin Franklin Taylor (1819-1887). Between the Gates.
Chicago: S. C. Griggs and Company, 1886 Twelfth Edition Hardcover Collectible: Good Hardcover 
TWELFTH EDITION, first edition, 1878. 8vo. 7 5/8 x 5 3/8 inches. [ads ii], 292, [ads, 6] pp. Frontispiece, illustrated throughout with woodcut figures and tailpieces; text unmarked, occasional foxing and soiling. Gilt- and blind-stamped brown cloth, spine titled in gilt, black end-papers; bindings square and tight, rubbed, inner hinges cracked. Two bits of Benj. F. Taylor ephemera included with this book. First, a broadsheet prospectus announcing the publication of "Between the Gates" and on the verso the announcement of Wm. Mathews, "Oratory and Orators." Second, an envelope is tipped in at the verso of the front-free end-paper which holds an autograph letter SIGNED by Benjamin Franklin Taylor on "Daily Evening Journal Office" letterhead (a bifold of laid paper, subsequently folded twice to fit the envelope) dated September 20th, 1858 and addressed to George D. Prentice Esq. (1 1/2 pages of handwriting), discussing a possible lecture tour. Pencil ownership signature on front fly leaf. Good. Benjamin Franklin Taylor was a renowned Chicago newspaper correspondent during the Civil War. After the war, he became a freelance writer and wrote a number of books about travel to California. In this volume, Taylor takes the reader with him on a train trip from Chicago to California in 1878, and offers lively accounts of San Francisco street scenes, Chinatown, Mission Dolores, the Calistoga geysers in Napa County, Los Angeles, and Yosemite. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Over the Purple Hills, or Sketches of Travel in California, Embracing all the Important Points Usually Visited by Tourists., Caroline M. Churchill (1833-1926).
2 Caroline M. Churchill (1833-1926). Over the Purple Hills, or Sketches of Travel in California, Embracing all the Important Points Usually Visited by Tourists.
Denver, CO: Mrs. C. M. Churchill, Publisher, 1884 Later Edition Hardcover Collectible: Good Hardcover 
LATER EDITION, first edition 1881. 12mo. 6 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. 336 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Churchill, chapter head-pieces and tail-pieces; text clean, unmarked. Black and blind-stamped brown cloth; binding square and tight, rubbed and freckled. Good. Caroline Churchill first traveled to California from Chicago in 1870. "Over the Purple Hills" continues her tales of California begun in her book "Little Sheaves" (1874). Churchill reveals a sharp eye for matters of interest to women and tourists. Traveling throughout the Golden State by rail, the author visits San Francisco, Bartlett's Springs, Stockton, Napa, Lake Tahoe, and includes 6 chapters on the Yosemite Valley. In addition to her work as a travel writer, the Canadian-born Churchill was a newspaper editor, best-known as the editor of the "Queen Bee," a feminist publication prominent during the Colorado Suffrage Movement. Her travel writings promoted female independence in the post Civil War West. REFERENCE: Cowan and Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 124 (this edition). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Rambles in King's River Country, John Muir (1838-1914).
3 John Muir (1838-1914). Rambles in King's River Country
Ashland: Lewis Osborne, 1977 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION 194 of 600. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (59) pp. Frontispiece black and white portrait of Muir, 15 black and white illustrations, ornamentation and a map in green ink; text clean, unmarked. Tan linen spine, brown paper over boards with gilt illustration on front cover, gilt-titled spine, decorative end pages, dust jacket; binding square and tight, dust jacket toned and lightly soiled, dust jacket spine titled in pencil. Fine copy in Good dust jacket. "'In the vast Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is yet a grander valley of the same kind.' Muir, who had made four excursions into this area, the first as early as 1873, describes the valley and its surrounding canyons in knowledgeable and intriguing detail. He contrasts the wildness of the region in his early visits with the damage caused by sheep. More startling, however, as the devastation along Mill Creek and the higher forest belt where the lumber mills had doubled in number since his first visit. He writes: 'It seems incredible that Government should have abandoned so much of the forest cover of the mountains to destruction. As well sell the rainclouds, and the snow, and the rivers, to be cut up and carried away if that were possible. Surely it is high time that something be done to stop the extension of the present barbarous, indiscriminating method of harvesting the lumber crop.' He concludes by urging that 'all this wonderful King's River region, together with the Kaweah and Tule sequoias, should be comprehended in one grand national park. Let the law-givers make haste before it is too late.'" Kimes and Kimes. REFERENCE: Kimes and Kimes, John Muir, 2nd ed., Nos. 185 and 456. 
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