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  • CALIFORNIA GOLD DAYS. by Bauer, Helen.
    Bauer, Helen.
    CALIFORNIA GOLD DAYS.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Sacramento: California State Department of Education, 1957. Hardcover - Illustrated story of the discovery of gold, and the history of gold mining in California, used as a school text. Bound in green cloth with black map of California on front cover, black lettering. Index. 128 pp.

    Condition: Good condition - some wear to the covers and bumping to corners, but binding is sturdy, contents clean.

    Book ID: 16887
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  • BACON, BEANS, AND GALANTINES: Food and Foodways on the Western Mining Frontier. by Conlin, Joseph R.
    Conlin, Joseph R.
    BACON, BEANS, AND GALANTINES: Food and Foodways on the Western Mining Frontier.

    Edition: First printing.

    Reno & Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 1986. dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating, entertaining and scholarly look at this important, but often neglected, aspect of social history. While the book focuses on the California gold rush of 49 and the Nevada mines in the early 1900's much more is covered - including nutrition on the Overland trail, restaurants in the mining towns, etc. Much of the material is based on early diaries. Profusely illustrated. Index, bibliography. 246 pages.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 15703
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  • THE LAST CALIFORNIAN: An Historical Novel of the Rancheria Massacre. by Guthrie, Feliz.
    Guthrie, Feliz.
    THE LAST CALIFORNIAN: An Historical Novel of the Rancheria Massacre.

    Edition: First printing.

    Amador City: Quintessence Publications, 1987. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A vivid story of the conflicts between the original Spanish settlers and those who came to California in the 1849 gold rush, set in Amador County in the Sierra foothills. Illustrated by the author. SIGNED opposite the title page. ISBN: 0-918466-13x.

    Condition: Also INSCRIBED on the dedication page and dated in 1989. Very near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 27197
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  • THE LAST CALIFORNIAN: An Historical Novel of the Rancheria Massacre. by Guthrie, Feliz.
    Guthrie, Feliz.
    THE LAST CALIFORNIAN: An Historical Novel of the Rancheria Massacre.

    Edition: First printing.

    Amador City: Quintessence Publications, 1987. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A vivid story of the conflicts between the original Spanish settlers and those who came to California in the 1849 gold rush, set in Amador County in the Sierra foothills. Illustrated by the author. SIGNED opposite the title page and dated in the year of publication. 504 pp. Wraparound dust jacket painting by the author. ISBN: 0-918466-13x.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61031
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  • Harte, Bret.
    SNOWBOUND AT EAGLE'S: A Phyllis of the Sierras, A Drift from Redwood Camp, A Gentleman of La Porte.

    Edition: First thus.

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1922. Hardcover first edition - Although the title novella was originally published separately in both the US and the UK in 1886, this edition includes another novella, 'A Phyllis of the Sierras' and 2 other short storiesof the California gold rush. 236 pp.

    Condition: Very good- condition in dark green cloth with gold lettering (staining to the endpapers from the binder's glue, one corner bumped, some toning to pages, but binding tight, contents clean.

    Book ID: 27290
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  • DIANTHA'S QUEST: A Tale of the Argonauts of '49. by Knipe, Emilie Benson and Knipe, Alden Arthur.
    Knipe, Emilie Benson and Knipe, Alden Arthur.
    DIANTHA'S QUEST: A Tale of the Argonauts of '49.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1940. dj. Hardcover - Historical novel for children, first printed in 1921. An original review described this as follows: 'the present tale deals with the gold rush of 1849 and tells the adventures of a little girl and her mother crossing the country in search of the child's father. A boy of the backwoods takes these educated people under his wing and helps them as much as they 'fairygodmother' him. There is a real plot to the story with a mysterious map and thefts to build it up, but the story is not at all the lurid type.. it is wholesome, interesting and informative'. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 6 other glossy plates by Emilie Benson Knipe. 295 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in royal blue cloth with black lettering in a good dust jacket (price-clipped, chips on the bottom edge of the front cover and the top of the spine, but still attractive.) Rather uncommon, especially in a dustjacket.

    Book ID: 28057
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  • [Landmark Books] McNeer, May, illustrated by Lynd Ward.
    THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH (Landmark #6.)

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Random House, (1950.) dj. Hardcover - A 'Landmark Book' for children, illustrated with duotone drawings by Lynd Ward. The Landmark series is perhaps one of the best series for children from the mid-20th century, and they are especially remarkable for the quality of the writing - in many cases, a Landmark book might be the only children's book by an author who is considered an expert in his or her field. List of Landmark books inside dust jacket. 184 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (prev owner's name, some edgewear to dj.)

    Book ID: 45118
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  • THE SIERRA. by Lee, W. Storrs.
    Lee, W. Storrs.
    THE SIERRA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1963.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Stories of the Sierra Mountains in Northern California, arguably the most beautiful range in the United States, formed from a single uptilted piece of granite, it is also one of the most formidable natural obstructions in North America and the source of water for most of the California. Beginning with the 1872 earthquake in Lone Pine, in the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierras, this book contains accounts of the natural wonders of the range, of the explorers and the immigrants who crossed it, the 49ers who came for its gold, and those like John Muir who celebrated its beauty. Illustrated by Edward Sanborn. Title page map, sources, index. 350 pp.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (edgewear and chipping to the dj.)

    Book ID: 42811
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  • FOR CALIFORNIA'S GOLD. by Levy, JoAnn.
    Levy, JoAnn.
    FOR CALIFORNIA'S GOLD.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, (2000.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Historically accurate novel which tells the story of the Gold Rush through the eyes of a reluctant 49er - a woman who accompanied her husband, but whose focus was on the survival of her children and her family, first on the overland journey, then in Sacramento and Nevada CIty. The author won the 1999 Women Writing the West Willa Literary Award. INSCRIBED on the title page Preface by the author. x, 268 pp. ISBN: 0-87081-5660.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 73358
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  • FOR CALIFORNIA'S GOLD. by Levy, JoAnn.
    Levy, JoAnn.
    FOR CALIFORNIA'S GOLD.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, (2000.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Historically accurate novel which tells the story of the Gold Rush through the eyes of a reluctant 49er - a woman who accompanied her husband, but whose focus was on the survival of her children and her family, first on the overland journey, then in Sacramento and Nevada CIty. The author won the 1999 Women Writing the West Willa Literary Award. SIGNED on the title page Preface by the author. x, 268 pp. ISBN: 0-87081-5660.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 67142
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  • THEY SAW THE ELEPHANT: Women In The California Gold Rush. by Levy, JoAnn.
    Levy, JoAnn.
    THEY SAW THE ELEPHANT: Women In The California Gold Rush.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992. SIGNED - Based on many previously little known diaries, this tells of women who came West seeking the 'elephant' alone, as well as with their families. The women whose stories are told ranged from innkeepers to prostitutes to school teachers to gamblers--there's even a Wells Fargo & Co. stagecoach driver. SIGNED on the title page. Black and white illustrations throughout. Bibliography, index. 265 pp. ISBN: 0-8061-24733.

    Condition: Very good (slight crinkling to the lower edge from dampness.)

    Book ID: 24601
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  • THEY SAW THE ELEPHANT: Women In The California Gold Rush. by Levy, JoAnn.
    Levy, JoAnn.
    THEY SAW THE ELEPHANT: Women In The California Gold Rush.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992. SIGNED - Based on many previously little known diaries, this tells of women who came West seeking the 'elephant' alone, as well as with their families. The women whose stories are told ranged from innkeepers to prostitutes to school teachers to gamblers--there's even a Wells Fargo & Co. stagecoach driver. INSCRIBED on the title page. Black and white illustrations throughout. Bibliography, index. 265 pp.

    Condition: Very good (some soiling to edges of textblock)

    Book ID: 68907
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  • GHOST TOWN GLIMPSES. by MacDonald, Craig.
    MacDonald, Craig.
    GHOST TOWN GLIMPSES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    San Francisco: Anthelion Press, Inc. (1975.). First edition - Stories of the California gold mining towns in the Mother Lode country of the Sierra foothills - both their colorful past, and the often picturesque remains. Among the towns written about are Drytown, Copperopolis, Volcano, Fiddletown, Placerville and more - and the characters include bandits like Murieta and Black Bart, the first baby born at the diggings, as well as the miners themselves. Photographs. 100 pages. ISBN: 0-89185-0058.

    Condition: Fine (as new.)

    Book ID: 17597
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  • (Megquier, Mary Jane.) Cleland, Robert Glass, editor.
    APRON FULL OF GOLD: The Letters of Mary Jane Megquier from San Francisco, 1949-1856.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Marino, CA: The Huntington Library, 1949. dj. Hardcover first edition - According to family tradition, Mary Jane Megquier was the first white woman to cross the Isthmus of Panama during the Gold Rush, She left her home in Winthrop, Maine to accompany her husband, a physician, to San Francisco. Illustrations. 99 pages. Printed at the Ward Ritchie Press.

    Condition: Fine in a slightly edgeworn dustjacket (price-clipped, a few small chips missing)

    Book ID: 15097
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  • (Megquier, Mary Jane.) Cleland, Robert Glass, editor.
    APRON FULL OF GOLD: The Letters of Mary Jane Megquier from San Francisco, 1949-1856.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Marino, CA: The Huntington Library, 1949. dj. Hardcover first edition - According to family tradition, Mary Jane Megquier was the first white woman to cross the Isthmus of Panama during the Gold Rush, She left her home in Winthrop, Maine to accompany her husband, a physician, to San Francisco. Illustrations. 99 pages. Printed at the Ward Ritchie Press.

    Condition: Very good+ in a good+ dustjacket (prev owner's name stamp on front endpaper, peeled spot on spine on dj, chip on front.)

    Book ID: 18331
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  • BALLADS OF THE SIERRAS. by Richardson, Rick.
    Richardson, Rick.
    BALLADS OF THE SIERRAS.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    n.p. By the author, n.d. (ca 1999.). SIGNED - A collection of ten narrative poems about the gold rush era and the early miners in California - including Daniel Dancer, Rough & Ready, Niel Tecter, Irish Sam, Annie Jams, Sinbad Mine, Golden Guests, Alleghany Lu, John Gomes and Fanny. "From Mariposa and Chinese Slough north to Weaverwille/ The fabric of a thousand towns was weaved with threads of gold... / Gravel gold from the Rubicon, quartz gold from Mokelumne Hill/ Gold in the dreams of the timid, gold in the schemes of the bold." Illustrated throughout with drawings by Larry Schuman. SIGNED and dated by the author inside the front cover. 59 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in stiff illustrated white wrappers (small peeled spot on back cover from sticker removal.)

    Book ID: 40457
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  • Ross, Blake.
    THE GOLDEN CRUCIBLE: An Introduction to the History of American California, 1850-1905.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Paul Elder & Co., 1930. Hardcover first edition - A work which was awarded first prize in the James D. Phelan Historical essay contest, published in a limited edition of a total of 1125 copies. This is one of the 1000 copies of the regular edition printed on India Antique Paper. Includes information about the award, criticism by Oscar Lewis and more. xxv, 97 pp.

    Condition: Good condition in dark green boards with a tan spine, and gilt lettering. Some rubbing and wear to the edges of the boards, binding is tight. Gift inscription on the front endpaper dated in 1937 'Wishing Robert G. McMaster a serene sky and happy sailing.' Lewis C. Cassidy.'

    Book ID: 28371
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  • THE ARGONAUTS. by Schoell, Yvonne.
    Schoell, Yvonne.
    THE ARGONAUTS.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Prentice-Hall, (1972.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel (preceded by many plays written in collaboration with her husband Edwin Schoell), set in 1849 as gold fever sweeps the nation - follows the stories of 5 young people as they come to California as part of the great gold rush. 436 pp. Map endpapers with the ithmus route in the front and the overland route in the back. ISBN: 0-13-0458724.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 53512
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  • [Stewart, William Morris, 1825-1909] Hermann, Ruth.
    GOLD AND SILVER COLOSSUS: William Morris Stewart and His Southern Bride

    Edition: First printing.

    Sparks, Nevada: Dave's Printing & Publishing, (1975.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A biography of Nevada's first U.S.Senator and even more, a study of the development of the two Western states of Nevada and California. Stewart, a miner and mining attorney, was also strongly influenced by his wife's antebellum family: the house he built for his bride in Nevada City, California, in 1855-56 (still known as the Stewart mansion) was a replica of her family's Mississippi plantation house. Chronicles the history of the Gold Rush country of California through the heyday of Nevada's Comstock Lode and into the early years of the 20th century; illustrated with numerous vintage photographs Includes an appendix with a detailed genealogy of Annie Elizabeth…

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    Sparks, Nevada: Dave's Printing & Publishing, (1975.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A biography of Nevada's first U.S.Senator and even more, a study of the development of the two Western states of Nevada and California. Stewart, a miner and mining attorney, was also strongly influenced by his wife's antebellum family: the house he built for his bride in Nevada City, California, in 1855-56 (still known as the Stewart mansion) was a replica of her family's Mississippi plantation house. Chronicles the history of the Gold Rush country of California through the heyday of Nevada's Comstock Lode and into the early years of the 20th century; illustrated with numerous vintage photographs Includes an appendix with a detailed genealogy of Annie Elizabeth Foote and her Southern family. Notes, Bibliography, Index. 430 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 32689
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