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  • SKETCHES FROM THE RANCH: A Montana Memoir. by Aadland, Dan. Illustrated by Nik Carpenter.
    Aadland, Dan. Illustrated by Nik Carpenter.
    SKETCHES FROM THE RANCH: A Montana Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Howell Book House, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A year in the life of a rancher, interspersed with stories of the past, in southern Montana on land originally settled in 1892 by a Danish immigrant cowboy. A beautiful book, reflective and thoughtful, illustrated with both full-color full-page plates (including one double-page spread) by Nik Carpenter and many smaller en texte illustrations. Slightly oversized format. 259 pp. ISBN: 0-87605-078x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 51622
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  • RECOLLECTIONS OF A CALIFORNIA PIONEER. by Abbott, Carlisle S.
    Abbott, Carlisle S.
    RECOLLECTIONS OF A CALIFORNIA PIONEER.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Neale Publishing 1917. Hardcover first edition - The autobiography of a pioneer who traveled to California at the start of the Gold Rush, written at age 88 during his retirement. Along with his brother, he left Beloit, Wisconsin, on March 3, 1850 and traveled along the Platte River through South Pass to Salt Lake City, where the company disbanded, although he continued across the desert to the Carson River and Mormon Station. He spent several months of mining at Volcano above Yankee Slide on the American River. After returning to Wisconsin, and back again to California, he leased a ranch at Point Reyes, and eventually wound up in Tombstone Arizona in an "attempt to recoup his fortunes."…

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    New York: Neale Publishing 1917. Hardcover first edition - The autobiography of a pioneer who traveled to California at the start of the Gold Rush, written at age 88 during his retirement. Along with his brother, he left Beloit, Wisconsin, on March 3, 1850 and traveled along the Platte River through South Pass to Salt Lake City, where the company disbanded, although he continued across the desert to the Carson River and Mormon Station. He spent several months of mining at Volcano above Yankee Slide on the American River. After returning to Wisconsin, and back again to California, he leased a ranch at Point Reyes, and eventually wound up in Tombstone Arizona in an "attempt to recoup his fortunes." He failed at mining, gave up on ranching, and was impoverished by a risky railroad venture, but he wrote an valuable and entertaining account of the overland journey and of life in Gold Rush California and afterwards. Frontispiece portrait. 235 pp.

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    Condition: Ex-library, in sturdy dark green library binding, with the usual markings, but overall good condition. Uncommon in the first edition.

    Book ID: 56955
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  • BEYOND FORGET: Rediscovering the Prairies. by Abley, Mark
    Abley, Mark
    BEYOND FORGET: Rediscovering the Prairies.

    Edition: First US printing.

    San Francisco: Sierra Club, (1986) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book - he grew up in the Canadian West and in 1985 he revisited the Prairie Provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. He includes accounts of the various colonies of immigrants, the treatment of Indians, and of the countryside itself. Index. viii, 260 pp. ISBN: 0-871567059.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (corners bumped, bookstore line on top edge)

    Book ID: 68251
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  • MINERAL & WATER SOURCES OF CALIFORNIA:PART I.MINERAL RESOURCES: Report of the United States Geological Survey in Collaboration with the California Division of Mines and Geology, prepared at the request of Senator Thomas H. Kuchel of California of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affaris, United States Senate. by Albers, J.P., editor,
    Albers, J.P., editor,
    MINERAL & WATER SOURCES OF CALIFORNIA:PART I.MINERAL RESOURCES: Report of the United States Geological Survey in Collaboration with the California Division of Mines and Geology, prepared at the request of Senator Thomas H. Kuchel of California of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affaris, United States Senate.

    Edition: First edition.

    Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1966. First edition - A "comprehensive summary report" on the mineral resources of California, llustrated with many charts and maps, including a fold out chart showing stratographic correlations and a foldout map of the Southern and central California oil and gas fields. 450 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed light green wrappers (some sunning to the spine.)

    Book ID: 57176
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  • TEN MOST WANTED: The New Western Literature. by Allmendinger, Blake.
    Allmendinger, Blake.
    TEN MOST WANTED: The New Western Literature.

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

    New York & London: Routledge, 1998. First edition - A fresh look at the 'literature of the west' - fiction, non-fiction and in film - with chapters on the only black cowboy to have left an autobiography, a memoir by one of Brigham Young's wives, the story of a boy in an Oregon logging camp who claimed to be a French aristocrat, the California Mother Lode and more. Photographs, notes, index. 222 pages. ISBN: 0-415-914639.

    Condition: Fine in glossy, stiff wrappers.

    Book ID: 13091
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  • MUSTANG: Life and Legends of Nevada's Wild Horses. by Amaral, Anthony.
    Amaral, Anthony.
    MUSTANG: Life and Legends of Nevada's Wild Horses.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, (1977) dj. Hardcover - A title in The Lancehead series: Nevada and the West. Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Craig Sheppard, who also provided the wraparound dust jacket art. Notes, xiv, 156 pp. ISBN: 0-87417046X.

    Condition: Very good in very near fine dust jacket (gift inscription on front endpaper).

    Book ID: 78422
    Keywords: Western Americana
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  • ALICE: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute. by Anderson, Ivy and Devon Angus, editors.
    Anderson, Ivy and Devon Angus, editors.
    ALICE: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Berkeley & San Francisco: Heyday and California Historical Society, (2016). SIGNED first edition - Foreword by Josh Sides. "In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld ". . . candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering the life. While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in their discussion of the underworld, including topics such as abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten laws of the brothel. . . The response to Alice's story was unprecedented: four thousand letters poured into the Bulletin,many of which were written by other prostitutes ready to share their own…

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    Berkeley & San Francisco: Heyday and California Historical Society, (2016). SIGNED first edition - Foreword by Josh Sides. "In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld ". . . candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering the life. While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in their discussion of the underworld, including topics such as abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten laws of the brothel. . . The response to Alice's story was unprecedented: four thousand letters poured into the Bulletin,many of which were written by other prostitutes ready to share their own stories; and it inspired what may have been the first sex worker rights protest in modern history." This book includes the memoirs of Alice Smith and a selection of letters responding to her story as well as an introduction which places this in the era's sensationalistic journalism as well as revealing themes in Alice's story that extend to issues facing sex workers today. SIGNED on the title page by BOTH editors with the word "thanks" and dated in the year of publication. Introduction and notes. Illustrations. Suggestions for further reading. lxxxii, 244 pp. ISBN: 978-1597143615.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 78050
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  • (Angel, Myron.)
    HISTORY OF PLACER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers

    Edition: Facsimile edition.

    Auburn, CA: Placer County Historical Society, [1978.]. Hardcover - A very well done and high quality facsimile reprint of the original edition published by Thompson & West in Oakland in 1882. Includes several chapters on mining and the early mining history of the area, on the railroad, wagon roads, towns, on the criminal record (which includes a long account of the notorious outlaw Richard Barter, alias 'Rattlesnake Dick'), on agriculture, and on destruction by fire, on journalism, churches and societies, and one chapter devoted to reminiscences of Illinoistown, Also includes many biographical sketches and photographs of early pioneers. Illustrated throughout with reproductions of engravings, including two large fold-out sketches (of the Baker Divide Mining Co and of G. Griffith's…

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    Auburn, CA: Placer County Historical Society, [1978.]. Hardcover - A very well done and high quality facsimile reprint of the original edition published by Thompson & West in Oakland in 1882. Includes several chapters on mining and the early mining history of the area, on the railroad, wagon roads, towns, on the criminal record (which includes a long account of the notorious outlaw Richard Barter, alias 'Rattlesnake Dick'), on agriculture, and on destruction by fire, on journalism, churches and societies, and one chapter devoted to reminiscences of Illinoistown, Also includes many biographical sketches and photographs of early pioneers. Illustrated throughout with reproductions of engravings, including two large fold-out sketches (of the Baker Divide Mining Co and of G. Griffith's Granite Quarry in Penryn.) Patron's directory. Large format, measuring 11 inches tall by 9 inches wide, 416 pp; issued without dust jacket.

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    Condition: Fine in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering and decorations on the spine, issued without a dustjacket.

    Book ID: 38885
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  • CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State. by [Anthology, signed] Soto, Gary, editor; Maxine Hong Kingston, Genny Lim and Floyd Salas, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Soto, Gary, editor; Maxine Hong Kingston, Genny Lim and Floyd Salas, signed.
    CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Berkeley, CA: Creative Arts Book Co., 1988. SIGNED first edition - A collection of 32 prose pieces about growing up in California now long gone; the authors include Devorah Majors, James D. Houston, Genny Lim,, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gary Soto, M. F. K. Fisher, Mary Helen Ponce, Gerald Haslam, Hisaye Yamamote, Richard Dokey, Domenic Stansberry, Soto himself and many others. SIGNED by THREE authors at their selections: Maxine Hong Kingston, Genny Lim and Floyd Salas. 255 pp plus notes on the contributors. ISBN: 0-88739-0579.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a bit of wear to the covers and a few spots to the edges of the textblock, but a clean and tight copy with no spine creases, etc.)

    Book ID: 63687
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  • CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State. by [Anthology, signed] Soto, Gary, editor, signed; Maxine Hong Kingston, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Soto, Gary, editor, signed; Maxine Hong Kingston, signed.
    CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Berkeley, CA: Creative Arts Book Co., 1988. SIGNED first edition - A collection of 32 prose pieces about growing up in California now long gone; the authors include Devorah Majors, James D. Houston, Genny Lim,, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gary Soto, M. F. K. Fisher, Mary Helen Ponce, Gerald Haslam, Hisaye Yamamote, Richard Dokey, Domenic Stansberry, Soto himself and many others. SIGNED by TWO authors: INSCRIBED on the title page by Gary Soto and SIGNED by Maxine Hong Kingston at her story "The Quiet Girl". 255 pp plus notes on the contributors. ISBN: 0-88739-0579.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 47329
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  • WEST OF THE WEST: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State. by Arax , Mark.
    Arax , Mark.
    WEST OF THE WEST: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Public Affairs, (2009.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Very much to-the-point essays by journalist Mark Araxl; the title comes from a Teddy Roosevelt quote. Among the essays are "The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman", a portrait of a young immigrant family; "Home Front", an exploration of right-wing religious groups in the state, and "The Last Okie in Lamont", set in the small town that inspired "The Grapes of Wrath; " "Highlands of Humboldt" about the marijuana growing capital of the country, a moving epilogue on his search to find answers to his father's murder in Fresno 40 years ago, and much more. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 347 pp. ISBN: 1586483900.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61060
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  • WE SHALL BE REMEMBERED. by Atwood, Evangeline.
    Atwood, Evangeline.
    WE SHALL BE REMEMBERED.

    Edition: First printing.

    Anchorage, AK: The Alaska Methodist University Press, 1966. dj. Hardcover first edition - A well-documented account of the New Deal's Matanuska Valley resettlement and colonization project (the only one in Alaska) In 1935, in the midst of the great Depression, 202 poor families were moved from their homes in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to start life anew on 40 and 80 acre homesteads financed by the federal government. Illustrated with photographs. Includes several appendices, index. vii, 191 pp. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Near fine in dark green cloth in a good dust jacket. (price-clipped, chip to lower edge of front cover of dj)

    Book ID: 67605
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  • WRITING THE WESTERN LANDSCAPE. by Austin, Mary and Muir, John (edited by Ann H. Zwinger.)
    Austin, Mary and Muir, John (edited by Ann H. Zwinger.)
    WRITING THE WESTERN LANDSCAPE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Beacon, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes excerpts from Austin's 'Earth Horizon' and 'The Land of Journeys' Ending' and Muir's 'The Grand Canyon of the Colorado' and 'Travels in Alaska.' Selected by Ann Zwinger, who also wrote the introduction and provided the illustrations for this attractive volume. In her introduction, she states: 'Muir and Austin are the first truly western nature writers... Their writing, their point of view, their dedication to the mountains and the deserts of the West have sustained western nature writers from their day forward.' Austin was also a pioneering feminist and her writings are often tinged with her political awareness. xxvi, 182 pp. ISBN: 0-8070-8526x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 50508
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  • THE LAND OF JOURNEYS' ENDING. by Austin, Mary [Hunter], 1868-1934.
    Austin, Mary [Hunter], 1868-1934.
    THE LAND OF JOURNEYS' ENDING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Century, (1924.). Hardcover first edition - Classic work on New Mexico by this Illinois-born author, who migrated to California where she lived first in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and later in the Carmel area (where the writers Jack London and George Sterling also lived and wrote,) and who finally moved to Santa Fe as a result of her work on this book A lovely book illustrated with full page and smaller en texte drawings and chapter headpieces by John Edwin Jackson. Quotations, glossary. ix, 459 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in yellow cloth illustrated in red and black with black lettering. Some toning to the endpaper, but otherwise an unusually clean and attractive copy, bright covers, lacking the dj. Uncommon in the first edition, especially in this condition.

    Book ID: 37305
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  • FROM OUT OF THE WEST: Messages from Western Pulpits. by Baird, P.J., editor. Jesse Hays Baird, signed.
    Baird, P.J., editor. Jesse Hays Baird, signed.
    FROM OUT OF THE WEST: Messages from Western Pulpits.

    Edition: First printing.

    Stockton, California. Lantern Press, 1962. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of sixteen sermons by preachers in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and more, which set the ageless Christian message against the backdrop of mountains and desert. SIGNED by Jesse Hays Baird at "The Parable of the Giant Redwood" - the General Grant tree in the Sequoia National Forest. Includes an introduction to each contributor, with small photographs of their churches. Footnotes. 156 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some underlining and checkmarks affecting just 2 of the sermons, edgewear to the dj)

    Book ID: 81837
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  • WILD PENINSULA: The Story of Point Reyes National Seashore. by Baker, Laura
    Baker, Laura
    WILD PENINSULA: The Story of Point Reyes National Seashore.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, (1966) dj. Hardcover first edition - A history of this then-new national park, a 100 square mile piece of land which juts into the Pacific Ocean about 50 miles north of San Francisco, written for older children. Introduduction by Stewart Udall. Illustrated with drawings by Earl Thollander. Notes. 118 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (tape ghosts on the boards, an inconspicuous prev owner's stamp, but otherwise a very tight and clean copy).

    Book ID: 70373
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  • THE WILD BUNCH AT ROBBER'S ROOST. by Baker, Pearl.
    Baker, Pearl.
    THE WILD BUNCH AT ROBBER'S ROOST.

    Edition: First thus (Completely revised and certain new material added by the author.)

    New York: Abelard-Schuman, (1971.). Hardcover - The story of the outlaws who found sanctuary in the high desert canyon county of southeastern Utah - especially Butch Cassidy and his gang. Illustrated with many photographs, map endpapers. Index. 224 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in cream cloth with green lettering, lacking the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 48850
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  • Ballantine, Bill.
    HIGH WEST.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Rand McNally & Co, (1969.) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the front flap: "Ballantine, his wife and three of their teen-aged children traveled throughout eight Rocky Mountain states: Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. [This book] is an offbeat and highly personal (and a bit impertinent) look at the vacation places and tourist centers within these states, both well known and obscure, and at Americans at large, both tourist and native." Starting at Frontier Days in Cheyenne to the Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, from mining towns like Cripple Creek and Leadville in Colorado to visiting artist Georgia O'Keefe in New Mexico, this is a combination of interviews, and…

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    New York: Rand McNally & Co, (1969.) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the front flap: "Ballantine, his wife and three of their teen-aged children traveled throughout eight Rocky Mountain states: Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. [This book] is an offbeat and highly personal (and a bit impertinent) look at the vacation places and tourist centers within these states, both well known and obscure, and at Americans at large, both tourist and native." Starting at Frontier Days in Cheyenne to the Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, from mining towns like Cripple Creek and Leadville in Colorado to visiting artist Georgia O'Keefe in New Mexico, this is a combination of interviews, and reporting on the West, illustrated with photographs (including one of O'Keefe) by the author. Note at the beginning of the book states that the trip was made in a 'Goldline pickup camper, Model 220, manufactured by Travel Industries, Inc, Oswego, Kansas and mounted on a Ford Motor Co. camper special.' 303 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (chipping to upper edge of dj spine, slight sunning to spine.)

    Book ID: 38961
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  • Barrows, Wray
    A HISTORY OF FOLSOM: 1850-1900

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Sacramento, California: 1966. SIGNED first edition - The history of gold mining (including at Negro Bar, named after the first miners there), journalism and the prison at Folsom in Northern California. SIGNED by the author inside the front cover.

    Condition: Just about fine in stiff illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 11051
    Keywords: Western Americana
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  • THE LOST GRIZZLIES: A Search for Survivors in the Wilderness of Colorado. by Bass, Rick.
    Bass, Rick.
    THE LOST GRIZZLIES: A Search for Survivors in the Wilderness of Colorado.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. SIGNED first edition - An account of his experiences, along with veteran grizzly expert Doug Peacock and biologist Dennis Sizemore, searching for signs that grizzly bears might still exist in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, a region in which they are presumably extinct. SIGNED by Bass on the title page. Illustrated with drawings by Russell Chatham. 239 pp plus an epilogue and final drawing.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 81601
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  • Bass, Rick.
    THE LOST GRIZZLIES: A Search for Survivors in the Wilderness of Colorado.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An account of his experiences, along with veteran grizzly expert Doug Peacock and biologist Dennis Sizemore, searching for signs that grizzly bears might still exist in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, a region in which they are presumably extinct. SIGNED by Bass on the title page. Illustrated with drawings by Russell Chatham. 239 pp plus an epilogue and final drawing. ISBN: 0-395-717590.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37465
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  • "The Reminiscences of Thomas S Bayley" in GOLDEN NOTES Vol 14 No. 1 , November 1967. by Bayley, Thomas S (1834-1899)
    Bayley, Thomas S (1834-1899)
    "The Reminiscences of Thomas S Bayley" in GOLDEN NOTES Vol 14 No. 1 , November 1967.

    Edition: First printing, a slim pamphlet.

    Sacramento, CA: Sacramento Historical Society, 1967. First edition - The entire issue is dedicated to publishing excerpts from a manuscript on deposit at the Bancroft Library. Thomas Bailey arrived in California with his family in 1848, at the age of 14. They settled in Dixon, where they raised cattle and wheat, and Thomas is credited with the invention of the Jackson Feeder for threshing machines. The excepts included here are all related to the Sacramento area, including notes of Sutter's Fort, the first ferry on the American River, etc. 12 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in stapled illustrated yellow wrappers (slight toning).

    Book ID: 82610
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  • THE CALIFORNIA FEELING: A Personal View by Beagle, Peter (Photographs by Michael Bry.)
    Beagle, Peter (Photographs by Michael Bry.)
    THE CALIFORNIA FEELING: A Personal View

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1969. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Back in the late 60's, Beagle and photographer Michael Bry spent a year traveling around California in a 1957 Volkswagon van, and this book, a very personal picture of a special time in California's history, was the result. In addition to Bry's black and white photographs, it includes color photos by Ansel Adams, Philip Hyde and others. SIGNED by Beagle on the title page. Large format. List of photographs. 252 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (some sunning to the boards, light edgewear to the dj) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 84334
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  • THE CALIFORNIA FEELING: A Personal View by Beagle, Peter (Photographs by Michael Bry.)
    Beagle, Peter (Photographs by Michael Bry.)
    THE CALIFORNIA FEELING: A Personal View

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1969. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Back in the late 60's, Beagle and photographer Michael Bry spent a year traveling around California in a 1957 Volkswagon van, and this book, a very personal picture of a special time in California's history, was the result. In addition to Bry's black and white photographs, it includes color photos by Ansel Adams, Philip Hyde and others. SIGNED by Beagle on the title page. Large format. List of photographs. 252 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (some sunning to the boards, bookplate), no dust jacket. Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 84335
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  • BOSS RUEF'S SAN FRANCISCO: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business and the Graft Prosecution. by Bean, Walton
    Bean, Walton
    BOSS RUEF'S SAN FRANCISCO: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business and the Graft Prosecution.

    Edition: Trade paperback (later printing.)

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (c 1952.). Originally published in 1952, and winner of the Commonwealth Club of California;s gold medal for non-fiction, this is a dramatic story of political graft, of the man who symbolized it, and of the reformers who exposed Ruef. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. 345 pgs.

    Condition: Very good condition.

    Book ID: 20237
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  • WE WERE 49ers! by Beilharz, Edwin A. and Lopez, Carlos U., translators and editors.
    Beilharz, Edwin A. and Lopez, Carlos U., translators and editors.
    WE WERE 49ers!

    Edition: First edition.

    Pasadena, CA: Ward Ritchie Press, 1976. Hardcover first edition - Chilean accounts of the California Gold Rush - taken from diaries and personal accounts. It is estimated that the Chilean population in California during the gold rush reached 7,000 - in the early years, they represented the 2nd largest foreign contingent. Many of these Chileans were highly educated, including some of the most famous writers of their country - so their writings are sophisticated, perceptive and often laced with a wry humor. Photographs, bibliography and biographical information about the writers.

    Condition: Very near fine in black cloth, lacking the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 55497
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  • MINES OF DEATH VALLEY. by Belden, L. Burr.
    Belden, L. Burr.
    MINES OF DEATH VALLEY.

    Edition: Revised edition.

    Glendale CA: La Siesta Press, 1985 (c 1966). A slim paperback. The story of fabulous mining booms of the Death Valley area, from 1849 to World War II. Illustrated with maps,photographs and drawings. Suggested reading, index. 71 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82934
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  • OREGON IMPRINTS 1845-1870. by Belknap, George N.
    Belknap, George N.
    OREGON IMPRINTS 1845-1870.

    Edition: First printing.

    Eugene, Oregon, University of Oregon Press, 1968. dj. Hardcover first edition - The definitive edition of this valuable bibliography, incorporating and expanding significantly on the imprints recorded by Douglas C. McMurtrie in 1950. Includes 700 additions recorded in four supplements by Belknap, and 262 items not previously described, for a total of 1,521 books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in Oregon through 1870 Includes 16 pages of illustrations, an introduction by Belknap, notes and both a subject and printer index. Attractively produced, slightly larger in format, illustrated endpapers. 305 pp. ISBN: 0-871140195.

    Condition: Fine in fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 74939
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  • MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER. by [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1954.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. The second of the author's rather sensationalized and inaccurate biographies dealing with Mary Ellen Pleasant, a light-skinned black woman who became an important figure in early San Francisco history. While this book focuses on her partner Thomas Bell, (who is shown as coming completely under her domination), Pleasant is only now beginning to receive the recognition she deserved for her work in aiding fugitive slaves and as a supporter of John Brown in his failed raid on Harper's Ferry. A lively picture of early San Francisco, but not an unbiased one. Photographs. Brief bibliography. 300 pp.

    Condition: Very good condition in pink patterned boards with a black spine in a rather poor dust jacket missing the lower 2 inches on the spine, other tears and chips (still the dj did protect the book somewhat and it is now in an archival cover.) Inscription on front endpaper.

    Book ID: 53715
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  • MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER. by [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    [Bell, Thomas Frederick] Holdredge, Helen.
    MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, 1954. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second of the author's rather sensationalized and inaccurate biographies dealing with Mary Ellen Pleasant, a light-skinned black woman who became an important figure in early San Francisco history. While this book focuses on her partner Thomas Bell, (who is shown as coming completely under her domination), Pleasant is only now beginning to receive the recognition she deserved for her work in aiding fugitive slaves and as a supporter of John Brown in his failed raid on Harper's Ferry. A lively picture of early San Francisco, but not an unbiased one. Photographs. Brief bibliography. 300 pages.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page. Good condition in pink patterned boards with a black spine, no dust jacket (bookplate, some spine slant.).

    Book ID: 51334
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