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Natural History of the Islands of California.

By: Allan A. Schoenherr, et al.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Berkeley:, University of California Press,: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-272

Condition: Used: Like New


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 h... View more info

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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.

By: Bayard Taylor (1825-1878).

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York:, Alfred A. Knopf,: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-120

Condition: Used: Very Good


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.... View more info

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Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy.

By: Brian McGinty.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Stanford:, Stanford University Press,: 1998

Seller ID: GY815-271

Condition: Used: Like New


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. View more info

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Southern California: An Island on the Land.

By: Carey McWilliams (1905-1980).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City:, Peregrine Smith, Inc.,: 1973

Seller ID: GY815-117

Condition: Used: Very Good


Trade Paperback. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. xxviii, 387 pp. Index; printer's error with text printed unevenly in the Introduction, text otherwise unmarked. Perfect-bound color pictorial wrappers; binding square and tight, very light shelf wear. Very Good. Reprint of McWilliams' social history of early twentieth-century Southern California, which is widely recognized as the best non-fiction book written about Southern California for the period covered. View more info

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The First One Hundred Years of Yankee California: Address at the opening of the Library of Congress California Centennial Exhibit, November 12, 1949.

By: Carl I. Wheat (1892-1966).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C.:, The Library of Congress,: 1949

Seller ID: GY815-312

Condition: Used: Good


LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 9 x 5 3/4 inches. [ii], (25) pp. Frontispiece plate, illustrated title page, headpiece; text unmarked, pages 3-4 foxed. Decorative paper over boards; binding square and tight, covers toned, rubbed. Very Good. Carl Irving Wheat, a California lawyer and historian, reflects on the first hundred years of California's history, and looks forward to the next hundred years. View more info

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Frontier Settlement in Mexican California.

By: Cecil Alan Hutchinson.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New Haven and London:, Yale University Press,: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: YGO813-3

ISBN: 0300011598

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


Yale Western Americana Series, No. 21. 8vo. 8 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches. xv, 457 pp. Vignettes at chapter heads, appendixes, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Tan cloth, dust-jacket in mylar; binding square and tight, jacket with tear near front hinge. Bookplate on front paste-down. Presentation copy INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Very Good. This book is by University of Virginia Latin-American history professor C. Alan Hutchinson, who conducted extensive research on 19th century Mexico and its borderlands (California, New Mexico, and Texas). In this book, Hutchinson discusses how the relat... View more info

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California Characters

By: Charles Hillinger

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA, Capra Press: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: MB718-019

ISBN: 0884964434

Condition: Used: Like New


Trade Paperback. 9 x 6 inches. 271 pp. Foreword by Otis Chandler, black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout, humorous take on an array of amazing people; text clean, un-marked. Pictorial wrappers; binding square and tight. Fine. View more info

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Pilgrimage: Images from Manzanar.

By: Christopher Landis.

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Fullerton:, The Lyceum Press,: 1989

Seller ID: GY815-155

Condition: Used: Like New


Brochure. 7 x 5 inches, folded. 7 x 15 inches, unfolded. 6 panels. Single sheet of paper, folded twice; text clean, unmarked. Fine. Prospectus for a limited edition photograph portfolio by Christopher Landis. The portfolio included original 4 x 6 silver prints, artist's essays, a camp map of Manzanar, and came in a basswood presentation book. View more info

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On Location In Lone Pine.

By: Dave Holland (1935-2005).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Granada Hills, CA:, The Holland House,: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-146

Condition: Used: Like New


Oblong 4to. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. 106 pp. Black and white photographs and illustrations throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight. Inscribed by author, 1/15/1991. Fine. Dave Holland was the director of the Lone Pine Film Festival. He helped popularize western films set and shot on location in the Eastern Sierra region. This is his guide to westerns filmed in Lone Pine. Includes film stills and behind the scenes photographs, quizzes, and hiking trail guides. View more info

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Junipero Serra: California's First Citizen.

By: Dudley Gordon.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Los Angeles:, Cultural Assets Press,: 1969

Seller ID: GY815-283

Condition: Used: Like New


Presentation copy. 8vo. 7 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches. [viii], 106 pp. Two frontispieces, black-and-white photographs throughout; text clean, unmarked. Silver-stamped brown cloth, original brown wrappers bound in; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear. INSCRIBED by author on title page. Fine. Junipero Serra (1713-1784), founder of the first 9 Spanish missions in California, was perhaps the most important father of the California Missions. This book covers the research done on him by Charles F. Lummis (1859-1928). Lummis was a journalist whose dedication to historical preservation and in... View more info

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The California Diary of General E. D. Townsend.

By: E. D. Townsend (1817-1893), Malcolm Edwards, editor.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Los Angeles:, The Ward Ritchie Press,: 1970

Seller ID: GY815-287

Condition: Used: Like New


8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. x, 184 pp. Frontispiece, illustrated title page, black-and-white illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth; binding square and tight. Housed in a gray paper-covered slipcase, toned. Fine. General Edward Davis Townsend took a four-year tour of duty along the western border of the United States, from Cuba and Panama to California and the Northwest. This is his diary of the tour, a rare first-hand account of California from the 1850s. View more info

Image for History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama.  With a New Map of the Country.

History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama. With a New Map of the Country.

By: Elisha Smith Capron (1806-1883).

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Boston:, John P. Jewett and Company,: 1854

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GG32215V-028

Condition: Used: Acceptable


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. (12), 356 pp. LACKS THE MAP, a few tables in the text; text clean, unmarked. Original brown cloth, spine titled and decorated in gilt, added clear mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, head and foot of spine chipped, boards showing beneath the cloth on bottom edge. Red "CHS DUP" rubber stamp on rear end-paper. Sold AS IS. Elisha Smith Capron left New York City on April 23, 1853, passed through Nicaragua and on to California where he arrived in San Francisco on May 21st, as commercial agent for a number of mercantile houses in New Y... View more info

Image for History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama.  With a New Map of the Country.

History of California, From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage From New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, Via Panama. With a New Map of the Country.

By: Elisha Smith Capron (1806-1883).

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Boston:, John P. Jewett and Company,: 1854

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GG32215V-029

Condition: Used: Good


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. (12), 356 pp. Folding chromolithographic map dated 1854, a few tables in the text; text spotted, map creased at the edges, map torn horizontally across from where it attaches at the gutter, this has been neatly repaired on the verso. Original blind-stamped red cloth, spine decorated and titled in gilt; binding square and tight, foot of spine chipped, head of spine softened, red of cloth rubbed off 1/3 up from foot of rear hinge, corners showing. Good. This copy contains the engraved map by George W. Colton, perhaps the best-known map of California... View more info

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Expedition on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers in 1817.

By: Fray Narciso Duran (1776-1846) and Charles Edward Chapman (1880-1941).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Berkeley:, University of California, Berkeley,: 1911

Seller ID: EE516-244

Condition: Used: Like New


OFFPRINT. Series: Publications of the Academy of Pacific Coast History, Vol. 2., No. 5. Pamphlet. 9 1/4 x 6 inches. [ii], 331-349 pp. Original diary entries and English translations on opposing pages; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight. Fine. Narciso Duran was a Franciscan friar and missionary. Under his leadership Mission San Jose became one of the most prosperous Spanish missions in California. He also served as the foreign vicar and ecclesiastical judge for Alta California. This is his diary of his 12 expeditions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. It inc... View more info

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Some Reflections of an Early California Governor Contained in a Short Dictated Memoir by Frederick F. Low, Ninth Governor of California, and Notes from an Interview Between Governor Low and Hubert Howe Bancroft in 1883. Edited, with Preface and Notes by Robert H. Becker

By: Frederick Ferdinand Low (1828-1894)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Sacramento, Sacramento Book Collectors Club: 1959

Edition: Reprint Edition

Seller ID: JR1018-030

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION of 310 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press. Publication No. 7 of the Sacramento Book Collectors Club. Series: Sacramento Book Collectors Club Publication, No. 7. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches. xiii, [1], 78 pp. Color frontispiece portrait of Low, initials printed in red, yellow and black, notes, index; text clean, unmarked. Tan linen spine, patterned cloth over boards, maroon leather spine label titled in gilt; binding square and tight, covers bowed. Prospectus laid in. Very Good. The text includes a "Memoir" (1877-1878) and an interview of Low by Herbert Howe Bancroft (1883) in... View more info

Image for Mountains to Desert: Selected Inyo Readings.

Mountains to Desert: Selected Inyo Readings.

By: Friends of the Eastern California Museum.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Independence, CA:, Friends of the Eastern California Museum,: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-086

Condition: Used: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 x 6 inches. [viii], 259 pp. 39 black and white illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight, gently curled front cover. Very Good. A collection of writings from 9 authors about the history of Inyo County. View more info

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Mammoth Gold: Ghost Towns of Lake District: 1877-1898.

By: Gary Caldwell (b. 1943).

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Los Angeles:, Alan Hensher - Books,: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-151

Condition: Used: Very Good


Pamphlet. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. 32 pp. 12 maps and photographs in black and white, appendices, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated cover, printed wrappers; binding square and tight, sticker residue on front cover. INSCRIBED by author. Very Good. Gary Caldwell spent decades hiking and exploring Mammoth Lakes. The publisher, Alan Hensher, has also written books about the Eastern Sierra. This is a history of Mammoth City, a mining town which is now defunct. View more info

Image for How California Came Into The Union.

How California Came Into The Union.

By: George Hamlin Fitch (1852-1925).

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York:, The Century Company,: 1890

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: EE516-222

Condition: Used: Acceptable


FIRST EDITON. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XL, No. 5, September, 1890, pp. 775-792. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 8 figures; text clean, unmarked. 11 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutters. Sold AS IS. An article written by George Hamlin Fitch, a notable journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, about California's path to statehood. View more info

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Camp and Community: Manzanar and the Owens Valley.

By: Jessie A. Garrett and Ronald C. Larson.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Van Nuys:, Japanese American Oral History Project, California Sate University, Fullerton,: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-153

Condition: Used: Very Good


8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. xvi, 233 pp. 46 illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, illustrated wrappers; binding square and tight, toning to covers. Very Good. A collection of interviews with residents of Owens Valley about the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar during World War II. View more info

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A Letter of the Gold Rush Days, From John Kagy to his Brother, 1853.

By: John Kagy.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Santa Ana:, Log-Anne Press,: 1975

Seller ID: IY915-023

Condition: Used: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies. Miniature Book. 3 x 2 3/8 inches. Unpaginated. [12] pp. Frontispiece, 4 illustrations, all text and illustrations in brown ink; text clean, unmarked. Brown wrappers, paper label on front cover; binding square and tight, shelf wear. Mel Kavin's copy. Very Good. A reproduction of a letter from a prospector, John Kagy, to his brother, from Fox Hill, March 13, 1853. Provides an illustrated view of life in the mines and the technologies used by the miners. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 1622. View more info