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Let Me Be Free: The Nez Perce Tragedy.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York:, HarperCollins Publishers,: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-188

Condition: Used: Very Good


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 ... View more info

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Pipe Spring and the Arizona Strip.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Springdale, UT:, Zion Natural History Association,: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-174

Condition: Used: Very Good


Pamphlet. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. 64 pp. Color and black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers, stapled; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, inner wrappers toned. INSCRIBED by author on title page. Very Good. Pipe Spring in Arizona is a site of rich American Indian, early explorer, and Mormon pioneer history. Windsor Castle, a fort built over the spring, was a way station for travelers crossing the Arizona Strip, the northwestern part of Arizona, cut off from the rest of the state by the Colorado River. David Lavender, es... View more info

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The Way to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark Across the Continent.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York:, Harper & Row, Publishers,: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-192

Condition: Used: Like New


Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xviii), 444 pp. 8 maps, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled brown cloth spine, blind-stamped maroon paper over boards, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by author, May 9, 1989. Fine. "In The Way to the Western Sea, a distinguished historian of the American West tells the dramatic story of one of the great adventures of our nation's earliest years: the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-6 to explore the American continent to the Pacific and return." From dust jacket. View more info

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"Bonanza Land."

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York:, Alfred A. Knopf,: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-167

Condition: Used: Like New


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 de... View more info

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California: A Bicentennial History.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York:, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.,: 1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-170

Condition: Used: Very Good


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). View more info

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Climax at Buena Vista: The American Campaigns in Northeastern Mexico, 1846-47.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Philadelphia:, J. B. Lippincott Company,: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-172

Condition: Used: Like New


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 ja... View more info

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David Lavender's Colorado.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City, New York:, Doubleday & Company, Inc.,: 1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-168

Condition: Used: Very Good


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 se... View more info

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The Story of California.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Sacramento:, California State Department of Education,: 1971

Seller ID: GY815-166

Condition: Used: Good


Series: California State Series. 4to. 10 x 8 1/2 inches. 352 pp. Illustrated double-page title page, color and black-and-white illustrations throughout, index; grade school textbook with usual markings, all text still legible. Yellow cloth printed with color photographs on front cover, black-and-white illustration on back cover; binding square and tight, pages toned and water damaged, tail of back cover water damaged, shelf wear, soiling. Ex state textbook with stamps on front paste-down. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper. Good. A textbook on the history of California, writt... View more info

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The Overland Migrants: Settlers to Oregon, California, and Utah.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C.:, National Park Service, Division of Publications,: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-171

Condition: Used: Very Good


8vo. 8 1/4 x 6 inches. (112) pp. Color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Perfect-bound pictorial wrappers; binding square and tight, light shelf wear on spine. INSCRIBED by author on title page. Very Good. This official government handbook tells the story of the pioneers and Mormons who set out for the West in wagon trains, and crossed the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains to settle in Oregon, Utah, and California. View more info

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Golden Trek.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Philadelphia:, The Westminster Press,: 1948

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-181

Condition: Used: Very Good


8vo. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. 265 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Yellow cloth stamped in dark red ink; binding square and tight, dust soiling on top edge, soiling on covers, spine ends softened, no dust jacket. Very Good. A novel by western historian and author David Lavender, about a young boy in the California Gold Rush. View more info

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Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Palo Alto, CA:, American West Publishing Company,: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-193

Condition: Used: Very Good


Series: Western Biography Series, No. 5. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (416) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Ralston, black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, dust jacket with minor chipping and shelf wear. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper. Very Good. William C. Ralston was an American businessman and financier. He got rich from Nevada's Comstock Lode and, among his many businesses and entrepreneurial ventures, founded the Bank of Californ... View more info

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The Great Persuader.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City, New York:, Doubleday & Company, Inc.,: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-189

Condition: Used: Very Good


Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), 444 pp. 33 illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth titled in silver, maps in end-papers, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, foxing along inner hinges, dust jacket toned and bruised at spine ends. INSCRIBED by author on title page. Very Good. This is a biography of Collis P. Huntington, the robber baron who built America's first trans-continental railroad. David Lavender researched this groundbreaking biography using materials from the Huntington Library which had previously been unavailable to the public. View more info

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A Pictorial Tour of Hawaii, 1850-1852. Watercolors, Paintings, & Drawings by James Gay Sawkins. With an Account of His Life & Travels by David W. Forbes. Foreword by Richard H. Dillon.

By: James Gay Sawkins.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: San Francisco:, Book Club of California,: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-137

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


Series: Book Club of California Publication, Number 197. LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies, designed by Jack W. Stauffacher of The Greenwood Press, binding by Cardoza-James Binding Company. Oblong 4to. 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches. (126) pp. Half-title, two-toned frontispiece map of the Hawaiian Islands, title page printed in 2 colors, 3 black-and-white portraits, 42 color plates; text clean, unmarked. Beige cloth, printed paper spine label, plain paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, very minor shelf wear. Original prospectus in original mailing envelope laid in. Bob Cates' copy. Near Fine... View more info

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These Waiting Hills: The Santa Monicas.

By: John Russell McCarthy (1889-1973).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles:, Times-Mirror Press,: 1925

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-252

Condition: Used: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 x 6 3/8 inches. 73 pp. Photograph frontispiece with protective tissue guard, title page in decorative border, headpieces; text clean, unmarked. Blind- and gilt-stamped full green cloth boards, printed dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, offsetting from dust jacket on free end-papers, light shelf wear. Very Good. A collection of prose essays about the Santa Monica Mountains. View more info

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High Sierra Country

By: Oscar Lewis (1893-1992)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York; Boston and Toronto, Duell, Sloan and Pearce; Little, Grown and Company: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: BO118-137

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. Series: American Folkways. 8vo. 8 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches. (x), 291, (1 blank) pp. Index, text clean, unmarked. Green cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust jacket in archival mylar, maps in end-papers; binding square and tight, jacket rubbed and chipped at extremities, rear panel foxed. INSCRIBED AND DATED by author to W. J. Wimberly on half-title. BO118-137. Very Good. This volume contains a popular history of the people and places of the High Sierra View more info

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Sea Routes to the Gold Fields: The Migration by Water to California in 1846-1852

By: Oscar Lewis (1893-1992) and Carroll Douglas Hall (b. 1902)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: BO118-127

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. [ii], xiv, 286, (x) pp. 39 illustrations, folding map tipped in opposite the colophon, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped blue cloth over boards, spine titled in gilt, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, spine ends softened, dust jacket chipped at extremities. SIGNED by author on front free end paper. BO118-127. Very Good. This was the first book to tell the story of the Argonauts of the California Gold Rush. Oscar Lewis was a pioneering historian of the American West, and a prolific author and editor... View more info

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Silver Kings: The Lives and Times of Mackay, Fair, Flood, and O'Brien, Lords of the Nevada Comstock Lode

By: Oscar Lewis (1893-1992) and Carroll Douglas Hall (b. 1902)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1947

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: BO118-132

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. [ii], xii, 286, (x) pp. 29 illustrations, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped red cloth, silver titled spine, top edge stained blue, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light offsetting to front paste-down, extremities of jacket chipped. SIGNED by author on front free end paper. BO118-132. Very Good. The Silver Kings tells the life stories of the big four personalities of the Nevada Comstock Lode. View more info

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California Heritage

By: Oscar Lewis (1893-1992) and Carroll Douglas Hall (b. 1902)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Y. Crowell: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: BO118-180

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 4to. 10 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches. vi, 186 pp. Half-title, illustrated throughout in black-and-white, list of illustration credits; text clean, unmarked. Cloth, spine titled in brown, top edge stained blue, dust-jacket in archival mylar, maps in end-leaves; binding square and tight, spine foxed, bottom edge of boards rubbed, jacket with chips at extremities. PRESENTATION COPY with a lengthy inscription from Lewis to W. Harold Wilson. BO118-180. Very Good. Succinctly tells the story in words and pictures of California's development from the early Spanish influences to modern times. M... View more info

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The Lost Years: A Biographical Fantasy by Oscar Lewis. Illustrated by Mallette Dean

By: Oscar Lewis (1893-1992) and Carroll Douglas Hall (b. 1902)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1951

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: BO118-209

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION, typography and binding designed by W. A. Dwiggins with Mallette Dean's illustrations throughout. 8vo. 8 x 5 1/2 inches. [x], (122) pp. Text clean, unmarked. Illustrated paper over boards, top edge stained red, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, bottom edge showing, spine ends softened, head of spine chipped, jacket chipped with a tear on front panel, and a small red piece of paper adhering to front panel. SIGNED by author on front free end paper. BO118-209. Very Good. A novelistic treatment of the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination. View more info

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Sutter's Fort: Gateway to the Gold Fields.

By: Oscar Lewis (1893-1992).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Englewood Cliffs, NJ:, Prentice-Hall, Inc.,: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-228

Condition: Used: Very Good


Series: The American Forts Series, No. 3. 8vo. 9 1/8 x 6 1/8 inches. (xv), (224) pp. Double-page title page, second half-title tipped in, 16 pages of black-and-white photographic plates, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Cloth, ornamented and titled in gilt, decorative end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, water-stain on front cover, dust jacket faded and price-clipped with light shelf wear. SIGNED by author on original half title page, INSCRIBED by author on additional half-title tipped-in. Previous owner's name on inside front flap of dust jacket... View more info