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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.

By: Alexander Ross (1782-1856).

Price: $800.00

Publisher: London:, Smith, Elder and Co.,: 1849

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: II217-001

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


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... View more info

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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... View more info

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Westward to Promontory: Building the Union Pacific Across the Plains and Mountains: A Pictorial Documentary

By: Barry Combs

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Palo Alto, CA, American West Publishing Company: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: JR1018-013

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 4to. 11 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches. 80 pp. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white, most contemporary photographs; text clean, unmarked except for sticker residue in the lower left corner of the title page. Gilt-stamped blue cloth, dust-jacket in mylar; binding square and tight. Prospectus laid in. Very Good. Most of the images in this book are images made from "the large, 10 x 13-inch wet-plate, collodion glass negatives A. J. Russell made in his little hors... 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 Cali... View more info

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Knights of the Lash: The Stagecoach Stories of Major Benjamin C. Truman.

By: Benjamin C. Truman (1835-1916) and Gary F. Kurutz (b. 1948), editor.

Price: $45.00

Publisher: San Francisco:, The Book Club of California,: 2005

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-241

Condition: Used: Like New


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; bindi... 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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The Telling Distance: Conversations with the American Desert.

By: Bruce Berger (b. 1938), Johnson Charley, drawings.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Dallas:, Brietenbush Books, Inc.,: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-278

Condition: Used: Like New


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-cove... 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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Geology of San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara County, California.

By: Carl St. J. Bremner.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara:, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History,: 1933

Seller ID: GY815-349

Condition: Used: Very Good


Series: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Occasional Papers, No. 1. 8vo. 10 x 7 inches. 23 pp. 1 folded map, 3 plates, black-and-white figures throughout; text clean, unmarked. Stapled wrappers; binding square and tight, wrappers toned, lightly rubbed. Very Good. This is a physiographic and geological survey of the westernmost of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, San Miguel Island. An early report on the topic. View more info

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Geology of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara County, California.

By: Carl St. J. Bremner.

Price: $28.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara:, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History,: 1932

Seller ID: GY815-350

Condition: Used: Very Good


Series: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Occasional Papers, No. 1. 8vo. 10 x 7 inches. 33 pp. 2 folded maps, 3 plates, black-and-white figures throughout; text clean, unmarked. Wrappers, stapled, two-hole punched; binding square and tight, wrappers and all edges toned, lightly rubbed. Very Good. This is a physiographic and geological survey of the largest of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Santa Cruz Island. At the time of publication, not much had been... View more info

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The Ghost Town Lundy.

By: Charles A. Lundy (b. 1880).

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston:, The Four Seas Company,: 1919

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: EE516-200

Condition: Used: Very Good


8vo. 8 x 5 5/16 inches. 71 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped green cloth over boards; binding square and tight, dust soiling on all edges. Detroit rubber stamp on front free end paper. Very Good. A poem chronicling the history of a small pioneer town in Mono County; the town is now defunct. View more info

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In All the World No Trip Like This: A Pictorial History of Catalina Island.

By: Chris Ramsay.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: N.P.:, n.p.:

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: GY815-357

Condition: Used: Very Good


Oblong 4to Pamphlet. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. 93 black-and-white photographs; text clean, unmarked. Thick pamphlet, stapled, printed wrappers, bound with spine oriented to top edge; binding square and tight, corners bumped. Very Good. A photo essay on Catalina Island's history, compiled by Chris Ramsay. View more info

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Quicksilver to Bar Silver: Tales of Mexico's Silver Bonanzas.

By: Donald C. Kemp (b. 1889).

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Pasadena:, Socio-Technical Publications,: 1972

Seller ID: GY815-291

Condition: Used: Very Good


8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. 164 pp. 47 black-and-white photographs, line-drawings throughout; text clean, unmarked. Full brown leather, gilt-titled spine, decorative end-papers, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket with modest soiling. Very Good. "This book is not only an informal history of Mexico's principle mining towns, it is the story of Bartolome de Medina, commonly referred to as the "Miner of Pachuca." It was this miner's inv... 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 resea... 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 ... View more info

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Born Free And Equal.

By: Emily Medvec.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C.:, The Echolight Corp.,: 1984

Seller ID: EE516-237

Condition: Used: Like New


Pamphlet. 10 x 8 1/2 inches. 44 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Red wrappers, stapled, gilt-lettered covers; binding square and tight. Includes xerox of a newspaper clipping written by Medvec. SIGNED by author. Fine. Ansel Adams was a famous American photographer and environmentalist. In 1943 he photographed the Japanese being interned in Manzanar. In 1984, one of his students, Emily Medvec, curated an exhibit of these photographs. This is the exhibition catalog. 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 eccle... View more info

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San Diego Can't Believe It.

By: Frederick Simpich (1878-1950), B. Anthony Stewart (1904-1977), photographs.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C.:, National Geographic Society,: 1942

Seller ID: GY815-353

Condition: Used: Very Good


In: The National Geographic Magazine, Vol. LXXXI, No. 1, January 1942. 8vo. 10 x 7 inches. pp. 45-80. 26 illustrations, 9 color photographs; text clean, unmarked. WITH: Santa Catalina ? 400 Years a Lure. pp. 81-88. 11 color photographs. Wrappers; binding square and tight, shelf wear and small tears on wrappers and spine. Very Good. This offerings is a complete issue of the January 1942 The National Geographic Magazine, with the two pieces listed above about Cal... 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