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A Complete Life of Gen. (General) George A. Custer

By: Whittaker, Frederick

Price: $175.00

Publisher: New York, Sheldon & Company, 1876


1st edition (1876) in gilt decorated green cloth. The interior is generally clean and tight, with foxing along the outside edge but very little foxing inside. Contemporary inked signature on end paper, foxing on endpapers, title page, and portrait facing title page. Hinges loose but fully intact; covers rubbed at top and bottom of spine and corners. View more info

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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

American Chimney Sweeps / An Historical Account of a Once Important Trade

By: Phillips, George Lewis

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Trenton NJ, The Past Times Press, 1957


1st ed., 8vo, marbled boards without dust jacket (as issued). Limited edition (unstated number), signed by the Author George Lewis Phillips on the title page. Also inscribed by the author on the front end paper, with a pencil sketch of Phillips by the book's illustrator, California/Southwestern artist Everett Gee Jackson. A fine copy with some light toning on front end paper where a newspaper clipping lightly discolored the paper. [The clipping is inside an envelope pas... View more info

AN ACCOUNT OF THE EUROPEAN SETTLEMENTS IN AMERICA in Six Parts. An accurate Description of the Settlements in it, their extent, Climate, Productions, Trade, Genius and Disposition of their Inhabitants: The Interests of the several Powers of Europe with respect to those settlements; and their Political and Commercial Views with regard to each other.

By: Burke, William and Richard

Price: $250.00

Publisher: London: for R. and J. Dodsley in Pall Mall, 1760


Two 8vo volumes. pp. [8], xii, 324; xii, 308; 2 folding maps The third edition with improvements. [First published 1757.] Speckled calf, gilt borders and titles, five raised bands on spine. Joints and hinges cracked; edge and corner wear, latter rubbed and bumped; moderate surface wear overall; original titles between top two bands have been replaced with paper labels, cracked. Pastedowns and end paper age-toned; overall text block is clean and tight. Binding, though c... 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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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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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

Lincoln in the Political Circus

By: Gernon, Blaine Brooks

Price: $55.00

Publisher: Chicago, The Black Cat Press, 1936


1st ed., in d/w, limited to 1000 copies. A critical study of Abraham Lincoln's political relationships, with previously unpublished election materials. Some light soiling along top edge and pencil erasures on ffep where a price was apparently removed, otherwise a fine copy. Dustjacket is fair only with several large open tears and darkened spine. View more info

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LOCAL TALES AND HISTORICAL SKETCHES.

By: Bailey, Henry D. B.

Price: $95.00

Publisher: NY: Fishkill Standard, 1874

Edition: 1st ed.


8vo, dark brown cloth, gilt titles on spine. Photographic frontispiece portrait of Bailey tipped in, 431 pages. Slavery, Freedom, and Ghosts in the Hudson River Valley - a mixture of fact and fable. Good. Rubbed at top bottom of spine, corners; bits of newspaper residue on back cover. Newspaper obituaries of Bailey glued to front end papers. Some damp-staining to flyleaf page with tipped portrait but not affecting the photo. Front hinge weak but intact. Text block othe... View more info

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Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces.

By: Franklin, Benjamin

Price: $7,500.00

Publisher: London: J. Johnson, 1779


8vo, half-leather, marbled boards, black label with gilt titles and ribbed lines on spine. 565 pp. plus 8-page Addenda and Corragenda. 1st edition thus. [Published earlier that year in an exceedingly rare 4to format] This definitive collection of Franklin essays, many printed here for the first time, is the only edition of Franklin's political and philosophical writings printed during his lifetime. The collection was edited by his friend Benjamin Vaughan with Franklin's ... 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

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 Coast Rangers A Chronicle of Adventures in California

By: J. Ross Browne

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Paisano Press, 1959

Edition: 1st ed


Large 8vo, ochre linen covered boards with gilt writing on spine with gilt illustration on cover. 86 pages. .Limited edition, # 408 of 500 copies; reprinted from Harper's New Monthly Magazine 1861-62. Fine copy in very good d/w. The book itself is as-new; the dustjacket has light surface wear and several small nicks at edges; no tears or chips, not price-clipped. View more info