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A Voyage from Boston to California, 1852

By: Duchow, John Charles

Price: $135.00

Publisher: Kentfield, Mallette, Dean [Allen Press}, 1959

Edition: 1st ed.


4to, quarter cloth, blue on green boards with ocean wave pattern; printed title label on spine. [66] pp. One of 200 unnumbered copies set in Bulmer types and printed on handmade Umbria paper. After a pioneering voyage from Boston to California to seek fame and fortune, Duchow settled in the gold rush town of Columbia where he became a respected journalist and newspaper publisher. View more info

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California Jubilee

By: Ainsworth, Ed

Price: $45.00


1st ed., 1948. A fine copy in a very good dust jacket, signed by author Ainsworth as well as the cover artist, Clyde Forsythe and Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz. The book is in fine condition; the d/w has light wear along the edges and a few nicks at top and bottom of spine. View more info

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CALIFORNIA: FOR HEALTH, PLEASURE, AND RESIDENCE. A Book For Travellers and Settlers.

By: Nordhoff, Charles

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Harper & Brothers, 1872


1st ed., 8vo. Brown decorated cloth, gilt titles. 255 pp. [Publisher's catalogue of Travel books] + Frontis Map. Illustrated with drawings and maps. A good+ copy. Generally clean and tight but with rubbing at exteremities and corners. View more info

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Diario / The Journal of Padre Serra translated by Ben F. Dixon

By: SERRA (Padre Junipero)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: San Diego, Don Diego's Libreria, 1964

Edition: 1st ed.


The Journal of Padre Serra, From Loreto, the Capital of Baja California, to San Diego, Capital of the New Establishments of Alta California in three months and three days March 28 to July 1, 1769. Including San Diego's Great Water Rights Document Now Published for the First Time. 1st ed., 8vo, softcover, 108 pp. Illustrations & map. Inscribed on title page by translator Ben F. Dixon. A very good-near fine copy: a darkened band 1” wide along back spine; light fade li... View more info

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Early Cemeteries of the City of Los Angeles - Los Angeles Miscellany #2

By: Carpenter, Edwin

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Dawson's Book Shop, 1973

Edition: 1st ed.


1st ed., limited to 300 copies. 8vo, illustrated boards, 48 pp. Illustrated with contemporary photographs and graphics - LA cemeteries up to the year 1885. Fine, without d/w -- as issued. View more info

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From the Backwoods of Old Tuolumne

By: Grigsby, Russell C.

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Stockton CA, Russell C Grigsby, 1943

Edition: 1st ed.


1st ed., 8vo, dark green boards, 154 pp. Grigsby lived in the Tuolumne/Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada from 1907. This memoirs cover his early years, through the Depression and his work with the California Conservation Corp, through the publication date 1943. Good+: Presents as very good-near fine overall but chip at top of spine results in loss in 1/8” of cloth, lightly rubbed corners. Inscribed by Grigsby on fep to Ruth Ann Newport, County Historian, Tuolumne Co... View more info

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Gold Spring Diary of John Jolly Including a History of Stephen Spencer Hill , Fugitive from Labor

By: Jolly, John and Deferrari, Carlo M. (Ed. )

Price: $70.00

Publisher: Sonora, CA, Tuolumne County Historical Society,, 1966

Edition: 1st ed.


24mo, Maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine 160 pages. One of 500 unnumbered copies printed. Fine. Inscribed by the editor Carlo de Ferrari to Ruth Ann Newport, County Historian for the County of Tuolumne Calif. - with Newport’s blind-stamped ex-libris at bottom of title page and last page View more info

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I Wanted Out!

By: ROBINSON, Elsie

Price: $85.00

Publisher: NY, Farrar & Rinehart, 1934

Edition: 1st ed.


1st ed. 8vo. Brown cloth, 299 pp; brown top-edge; Photographic frontispiece of the author. The autobiography of Elsinore Justina "Aunt Elsie" Robinson (1883-1956) who worked as a miner in California before finding her calling writing children’s stories for the Hearst papers. Near fine: small, light stain on bottom edge; signature of prior owner on fep. [Ruth Ann Newport; County Historian for the County of Tuolumne, Ca. View more info

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Mark Twain: The Story of His Life and Work. A Biographical Sketch.

By: CLEMENS, Will M.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: San Francisco, The Clemens Publishing Company, 1992

Edition: 1st ed.


1st ed. 12mo, publisher’s printed wrappers with a portrait of Twain on front. 211 pp. First edition. BAL, p. 251. Fair: Internally clean and tight. Covers rubbed at extremites; bottom right corner of front cover and first leaf clipped 1/8”, similar sized crease on next several leaves; covers tanned with some light rubbing. Bindery glue residue on front hinge. Ex-libris Ruth Ann Newport; County Historian for the County of Tuolumne, Ca with her blind stamp at bottom of... View more info

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Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican with a View of the Ancient Aztec Empire and Civilization; A Historical Sketch of the Late War; and Notices of New Mexico and California.

By: Mayer, Brantz.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Hartford, S. Drake and Company, 1852


Second edition. Two volumes bound in one. Vol I 433 pos; Vol II 398 pgs. Portrait, one map, and 11 plates in volume 1; portrait, 34 plates an map in volume II. Publisher's blind-stamped calf, gilt spine, marbled edges and end papers. Heavily rubbed with wear to edges. Prior owner's name in gilt on front cover. Front hinge cracked. Vintage Ex-lib with labels on front paste-down blacked out and a library inventory label on deep. Text block clean and tight with scattered li... View more info

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Profile: Cesar Chavez

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $165.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, UAW Western Region 6, 1969

Edition: First thus


1st ed., 8-1/2x11" stapled wrappers. Pamphlet offprint published by the UAW of two New Yorker articles [June 21 and 28, 1969, that were the basis for his later book Sal Si Puedes. Signed by Matthiessen on the cover below his name 24 pp. [Nicholas p. 13] A pristine copy. View more info

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Records of A California Family: Journals and Letters of Lewis C. Gunn and Elizabeth Le Breton Gunn

By: [Marston, Anna Lee, ed.

Price: $250.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Printed for Anna Lee Marston by Johnck and Seeger, 1928

Edition: 1st


First edition. 8vo. Original 1/2 dark blue cloth stamped in gilt over light blue boards.279 pages + 2 page genealogy chart. Color frontispiece and 15 b/w photogravures. No signatures or bookplates. One of 300 copies, this copy unnumbered but with the very scarce photographic plate opposite page 276, "George W. and Anna L.Marston and their Grandchildren". Includes a day-by-day journal of Gunn’s trip on horseback across Mexico on his way to the gold fields and Elizabeth... View more info

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Reflections of a California Governor.

By: Low, Governor Frederick F.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Sacramento, Sacramento Book Collectors Club,, 1959

Edition: First Thus


The texts of a "Memoir" (1877-1878) and an interview (1883) between Low and H.H. Bancroft, in which the ninth governor of California (1863-1867) reflected on his business and political life, with particular emphasis on the Gold Rush, the railroads, and the question of Chinese immigration. Club publication number 7. Limited to 310 copies, printed by the Grabhorn Press. 78 pp. Edited, with Preface and Notes by Robert H. Becker. Quarto. Pp. xiii, [1], 78. Frontis portrait ... View more info

SIXTEEN MONTHS AT THE GOLD DIGGINGS

By: Woods, Daniel B.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: NY, Harper & Brothers, 1851

Edition: 1st ed.


12mo, Rebound in maroon linen. Text block complete with the 8 pp. advts at end but with only two of the three flyleaves at front and one of the two at back. Woods, a Philadelphia clergyman arrived in San Francisco in June of 1849. His is one of the earliest published accounts of the Mexican route to the gold fields. Kurutz 696A; Howes W651;; Sabin 10512; Zamorano 80: 80. Good: Moderate foxing throughout; first signature loose but intact. This copy ex-libris Ruth Ann N... View more info

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The Cat and the Cherub and other Stories.

By: Fernald, Chester.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York:, The Century Co., 1896.

Edition: First Edition.


A chidren's book about early San Francisco Chinatown. View more info