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Image for A Sojourn with Royalty and Other Sketches by "Old Block", Alonzo Delano, Collected and Edited by G. Ezra Dane, Foreword by Edmund G. Kinyon

A Sojourn with Royalty and Other Sketches by "Old Block", Alonzo Delano, Collected and Edited by G. Ezra Dane, Foreword by Edmund G. Kinyon

By: Alonzo Delano (1806-1874)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA, George Fields: 1936

Edition: First Edition, thus

Seller ID: MB318-041

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies printed for George Fields by the Grabhorn Press, set in Monotype Centaur type, printed on machine-made paper. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. [xiv], 96, [2] pp. Colored title page vignette of grasshoppers and acorns, 8 colored headpieces for each chapter and the Foreword, 8 brick-red initials; text clean, unmarked. Tan cloth spine, illustrated paper over boards, printed paper spine label, plain paper dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, extremities of jacket with small chips and tears. Bookplate of "Russell Fausset" on front paste-down. Very... View more info

Image for Northwest Coast of America & California: 1832. Letters from Fort Ross, Monterey, San Pedro, and Santa Barbara, by an Intelligent Bostonian.

Northwest Coast of America & California: 1832. Letters from Fort Ross, Monterey, San Pedro, and Santa Barbara, by an Intelligent Bostonian.

By: An Intelligent Bostonian

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, CA, Printed for The Rounce & Coffin Club: 1959

Edition: First Edition, thus

Seller ID: PCB718-001

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


Series: Early California Travels Series, No XLVIII. LIMITED EDITION of 60 copies, printed in honor of Gordon Williams by Saul & Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press, Los Angeles. 12mo. 6 x 4 5/8 inches. [viii], 19, [1] pp. Half-title, title page printed within a brown typographic border, text printed within a black typographic border, printer's device on the colophon; text clean, unmarked. Quarter green cloth, patterned paper over boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight, lightly rubbed, minor wear to the spine label. Very Good. The anonymous "Intelligent Bostonian&#... View more info

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San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge

By: California Toll Bridge Authority

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Sacramento, CA, California State Printing Office: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GG918-002

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


Pamphlet. 8 3/4 x 4 inches. (20) pp. Illustrated throughout, front cover illustration signed "JR Lee" in the plate; text clean, unmarked with the exception of 2 ink notations in the table on the rear cover. Previous owner rubber stamp of V. F. Estcourt on the front cover. Very Good. This pamphlet was produced prior to the completion of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, which opened on November 12, 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge. The pamphlet contains detailed information on the construction of the bridge, quantifying the labor hours and materials needed for the cons... View more info

Image for Historical and Descriptive Sketch Book of Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino, Comprising Sketches of Their Topography, Productions, History, Scenery, and Peculiar Attractions

Historical and Descriptive Sketch Book of Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino, Comprising Sketches of Their Topography, Productions, History, Scenery, and Peculiar Attractions

By: Campbell Augustus Menefee (b. 1846)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Napa City, CA, Reporter Publishing House: 1873

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: KNU1218-001

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches. 356 pp. Woodcut frontispiece of Sonoma Plaza, 11 woodcut plates (including 8 portraits, one being a lithograph of Gouverneur Morris, US Marshall, 2 called for in the List of Illustrations LACKING [Cox and Hopkins]), 18 other illustrations of various subjects; text clean, unmarked except pencil notations in the margins of the List of Illustrations. Blind-stamped purple cloth is a variant binding, spine titled in black, added mylar jacket; binding square and tight, rubbed, spine ends softened, corners showing and lightly bumped. Bookplate of Charles Atwo... View more info

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Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California

By: Carlos Manuel Salomon (b. 1967)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma Press: 2010

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: BO118-128

ISBN: 0806140909

Condition: Collectible: Like New


FIRST EDITION, first printing. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. (xiv), 233 pp. Black-and-white frontispiece photographic portrait of Pico, black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Quarter cloth, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by Carlos Salomon on the title page. Laid in are an announcement for Dr. Salomon's lecture on Pio Pico at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum July 11, 2010, and a note from Michael Hecht to himself on "The Autograph Collection of Michael Hecht" stationary dated July 11, 2010, with... View more info

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From Lands End to Ferry

By: Charles Lewis Camp (1893-1975), et al

Price: $40.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA, Black Vine Press: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: MB318-036

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, designed and printed by Harold Seeger, Lawton Kennedy, and Albert Sperisen at the Black Vine Press. 8vo. 9 x 5 3/4 inches. Unpaginated. [62, last a blank] pp. Text printed in red and black inks; text clean, unmarked except pencil manuscript proofreader's marks in Chapter 18 "The Harbor in Literature" by Oscar Lewis, as if the author were correcting his own errors. Blue cloth spine, patterned paper over boards, spine titled in gilt; shelf wear, toning to extremities, edges and paste-downs toned. Very Good. This volume contains 19 articles that bring to l... View more info

Image for Santa Fe and The Far West: Reprinted from Niles' National Register, Vol. LXI, p. 209, December 4, 1841. With a Note by Dale L. Morgan

Santa Fe and The Far West: Reprinted from Niles' National Register, Vol. LXI, p. 209, December 4, 1841. With a Note by Dale L. Morgan

By: Dale L. Morgan (1914-1972), notes

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, CA, Printed for Glen Dawson: 1949

Edition: First Edition, thus.

Seller ID: MB318-022

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, printed by William M. Cheney, decorations by Louise Ashcraft, and bound by C. Frank Fox. 12mo. 6 1/8 x 4 inches. 26, [2, last a blank] pp. Decorations by Louise Ashcraft in brown ink on the title page and colophon; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, very lightly rubbed, bumps to top edge of boards. Front pastedown with ownership signature of "Eck." Very Good. This letter by an anonymous author, first appeared in Niles' National Register in December 1841. It recounts an overland journey from Missouri to Calif... View more info

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Prehistoric Man of the Santa Barbara Coast

By: David Banks Rogers (1868-1954)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA:, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: HL1218-001

Condition: Used: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xviii), 452 pp. 78 plates, 34 maps, plus 1 large folding map entitled "Location of Ancient Village Sites Adjacent to the Southern Coast of Santa Barbara County, California, Extending from the Mouth of Rincon Creek to Port Orford," tables index; text clean, unmarked. Blind- and gilt-stamped maroon cloth; binding square and tight. Errata slip laid in. Fine. This volume summarizes the results of 4 years of investigations carried out for the Museum of Natural History of Santa Barbara, California, among the remains of villages that occupied the San... View more info

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Printers and Publishers in Southern California, 1850-1876, A Directory

By: Edwin H. Carpenter (1915-1995)

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Glendale, CA, La Siesta Press: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: MB318-050

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION of 900 copies, this is 1 of 500 copies bound in wrappers for trade distribution. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches. 48 pp. 9 illustrations, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers with brown cloth spine; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear. Very Good. This bibliography is the product of 18 years of research by Edwin H. Carpenter, who served as a Western American Bibliographer with the Huntington Library. 1876 was chosen as the terminus for this directory because it is the terminus of Willard Water's bibliography of early Los Angeles imprints. View more info

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A Voyage on the Colorado, 1878

By: Francis Berton (1830-1885)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, CA, Glen Dawson: 1953

Edition: First Edition, thus

Seller ID: MB318-024

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


Early California Travel Series, No. 18. LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, printed by Cole-Holmquist Press, Los Angeles, binding by Earl Gray. 8vo. 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches. (104) pp. Half-title with steamboat vignette in brick-red ink which is used throughout in various sizes, 8 plates, 4 figures, bibliography, printer's device on the colophon in brown; text clean, unmarked. White-stamped brown cloth; binding square and tight, light use, shelf wear. Very Good. This volume contains an English translation of Francis Berton's account of a steamboat excursion on the Colorado River in 1878. The text ori... View more info

Image for Old California: Being Ten Reproductions of Original Watercolors

Old California: Being Ten Reproductions of Original Watercolors

By: Gottardo Piazzoni (1872-1945), Foreword

Price: $275.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA, John Henry Nash: 1924

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: GG217-002

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies, this is number 136, printed by John Henry Nash for Rowena Meeks Abdy with Garamond type on Van Gelder paper. Folio. 15 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches. xi, [20] pp. Color reproductions of Rowena Meeks Abdy's watercolors; text clean, unmarked. Quarter linen, printed paper spine label, marbled paper; binding square and tight, shelf wear, covers bowed. SIGNED by John Henry Nash on limitation statement. Very Good. Rowena Meeks Abdy was an American modernist painter who specialized in the landscapes of Northern California. This coffee table book of her watercolors, with ... View more info

Image for San Francisco in the Seventies, The City as Viewed by a Mexican Political Exile.

San Francisco in the Seventies, The City as Viewed by a Mexican Political Exile.

By: Guillermo Prieto (1818-1897), and Edwin S. Morby (1909-1985), translator.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: San Francisco:, John Henry Nash,: 1938

Seller ID: GG217-040

Condition: Used: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 650 copies. 4to. 11 x 8 1/4 inches. [i], (xxiv), (91) pp. Frontispiece, 3 illustrations (including frontispiece), headpieces; text clean, unmarked. Quarter blue cloth, printed paper spine label, marbled paper over boards; binding square and tight, mild shelf wear. Very Good. Guillermo Prieto was a Mexican writer and Liberal politician, and Mexico's national poet during his lifetime. For his Liberal politics he was temporarily exiled from Mexico, and spent several months in 1877 in San Francisco. Upon returning to Mexico he published his notes on his time in the Unit... View more info

Image for The First Quarter Century of Craftsmanship in San Francisco. A Brief Sketch of High Lights in the "Share Your Knowledge" Movement by the Golden Gate

The First Quarter Century of Craftsmanship in San Francisco. A Brief Sketch of High Lights in the "Share Your Knowledge" Movement by the Golden Gate

By: Haywood Hendon Hunt (1888-1974)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA, San Francisco Club of Printing House Craftsmen: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: MB318-057

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 350 numbered copies, this number 170. Production of this work was supervised by A. R. Tommasini at the University of California Press through the courtesy of Samuel T. Farquhar. 8vo. 8 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches. [vi], 20, [7, last a blank] pp. Half-title with a silver star, frontispiece illustration of Gutenberg by William Frederick Rauschnabel (1883-1947), printer's device on title-page and at the head of the text of page 1 highlighted in silver, as are the running heads and page numbers (silver stars), title page printed in brick red and black inks, brick red initial, 7-page sect... View more info

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The Story of San Clemente, The Spanish Village

By: Homer Banks, pseudonym for Ole Hanson (1874-1940)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: San Clemente, CA, El Heraldo de San Clemente: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: EPG1017-008

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 x 6 3/8 inches. [iv], 80 pp. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece of Ole Hanson, decorative initials, many black-and-white photographic illustrations of San Clemente; text clean, unmarked. Blind-ruled and gilt-stamped red leatherette, clear archival mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, light rubbing to boards and jacket including the gilt on the front cover. Pencil notations on front free end-paper: "T. Lewis, Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, San Clemente, Calif, 4/15/41." Very Good. San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California. Located on the... View more info

Image for Royal Officer in Baja California, 1768-1770, Joaquin Velazquez de Leon

Royal Officer in Baja California, 1768-1770, Joaquin Velazquez de Leon

By: Iris Wilson Engstrand (b. 1935)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, CA, Dawson's Book Shop: 1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: NA1018-002

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


Baja California Travels Series, No. 37. FIRST EDITION, LIMITED to 500 copies and printed by Grant Dahlstrom at the Castle Press, Pasadena. 8vo. 8 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches. 133, [3] pp. Color frontispiece tipped-in, 13 illustrations (2 double-page, 1 tipped-in) most reproductions of eighteenth-century drawings by Alexandre-Jean Noel (1752-1843), 2 folding maps in pocket on rear paste-down; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth, color drawing of an agave stamped on the front cover, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, a few stray ink marks on rear cover. Very Good. Joaquin Velazquez de Leon wa... View more info

Image for California in 1851.  The Letters of Dame Shirley.  Introduction and Notes by Carl I. Wheat.

California in 1851. The Letters of Dame Shirley. Introduction and Notes by Carl I. Wheat.

By: Louise Amelia Knapp Clappe (1819-1906).

Price: $100.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA:, Grabhorn Press,: 1933

Edition: First Edition, thus.

Seller ID: GG217-050

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


First Series: Rare Americana, Nos. 5 and 6. LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press with Centaur monotype on machine made paper. Two Volumes, complete. 8vo. 8 7/8 x 6 inches. (20), 142, [6]; (20), 143, [1 blank], [6] pp. Title-pages printed within black rules with pale blue backgrounds, a total of 25 section head illustrations also printed within a ruled border shaded in blue (these are derived from the blue letter-sheet lithographs which were extremely popular in California at the time of the Shirley Letters); text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth spine, blue printed paper... View more info

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Pio Pico Mansion: Fact, Fiction, And Supposition

By: Martin Cole

Price: $20.00

Publisher: N.P., Journal of the West: 1963

Edition: Reprint Edition

Seller ID: BO118-060

Condition: Used: Very Good


REPRINTED from Journal of The West, Vol. II, No. 3, July 1963. Pamphlet. 8vo. 10 x 6 3/4 inches. 24 pp. Map, 6 illustrations (4 on 2 plates are half-tone photographic illustrations); text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers, stapled; covers toned, insect damage to top edge of covers. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2-inch broadside "Joining the Governor Pico Mansion Society is - 'A Means of Responsibility,'" laid in. Very Good. Cole presents a stark, fact-based account of the life of Pio Pico, California's last governor under Mexican rule. The history investigates his political ambitions, his private life,... View more info

Image for Census of the City and County of Los Angeles, California for the Year 1850, Together with an Analysis and an Appendix

Census of the City and County of Los Angeles, California for the Year 1850, Together with an Analysis and an Appendix

By: Maurice Harris Newmark (1859-1929) and Marco Ross Newmark (1978-1959)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, CA, The Times-Mirror Press: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: MB318-061

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION of this first facsimile reprint of the Los Angeles City Census of 1850, the first to be taken under American rule. 4to. 10 5/8 x 7 3/8 inches. [ii], 139, [1 blank] pp. Half-title, black-and-white frontispiece portrait of Hector Alliot who wrote the introduction providing background on the Census, black-and-white portrait of Cecil B. DeMille who wrote the Editor's Introduction, 15 figures on plates, 1 folding, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped dark green cloth; binding square and tight, spine ends lightly frayed, water-stain on rear board. Ownership rubber stamp "... View more info

Image for Napa Valley Heyday. With Historical Photographs by Charles B. Turrill

Napa Valley Heyday. With Historical Photographs by Charles B. Turrill

By: Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).

Price: $145.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA, Book Club of California: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GG217-1001

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 218. LIMITED EDITION of 450 copies design, typography, and scanning by Jonathan Clark at The Artichoke Press, lithography by Shoreline Printing, binding by Cardoza-James Bookbinding. 4to. 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches. [xii], 363, [3] pp. Half-title with photographic image, double-page title page with photographic images and printed in red and black inks, 42 photographic illustrations throughout the text, chapter heads printed in red ink, biographical notice on the photographer Charles B. Turrill, bibliography, index, folding color facsimile "... View more info

Image for The Forgotten Characters of Old San Francisco, Including The Famous Bummer & Lazarus and Emperor Norton

The Forgotten Characters of Old San Francisco, Including The Famous Bummer & Lazarus and Emperor Norton

By: Robert Ernest Cowan (1862-1942), Anne Bancroft (b. 1907) and Addie Lucia Ballou (1837-1916)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, CA, Ward Ritchie Press: 1964

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: MB318-033

Condition: Used: Very Good


SECOND EDITION of The Forgotten Characters of Old San Francisco, with the addition of "Bummer and Lazarus," by Anne Bancroft, the granddaughter of Herbert Howe Bancroft, and "Personal Recollections of Norton I," by Addie L. Ballou. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. [xii], 103 pp., plus an additional 12-folio "Portrait Gallery of Emperor Norton I." Half-title, frontispiece photographic portrait of Emperor Norton, title page printed in black and brick-red inks with a vignette of Bummer & Lazarus, 21 illustrations, plus the "Portrait Gallery;" text clean, unmarked. Tan cl... View more info