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  • JACKASS BRANDY. by Buti, Bruno.
    Buti, Bruno.
    JACKASS BRANDY.

    Edition: First edition.

    Cloverdale, CA: Buti Publications, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's second novel which continues the tale of his father's rise to become Capo of the local bootleggers, battling the hijackers from the other side as a producer of the high-proof alcohol known as jackass brandy. Now the Italians are battling not only the lawmen and rival mobs of Rumbling Wine Barrels, but also lawyers: their own turncoat counsel ("a crook in his own right") and the politically-ambitious District Attorney of Amador County, the Honorable Earl Warren. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper and dated in 2002. Illustrated with drawings by Dug Waggoner, Map. . 369 pp. ISBN: 0-96489601X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79721
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  • JACKSON: The Transgressions of a Place. by De Grange, Allen.
    De Grange, Allen.
    JACKSON: The Transgressions of a Place.

    Edition: 2nd printing, large trade paperback.

    Sunol, CA: De Grange Publishing, 1997. SIGNED - A history of Jackson, California, a gold rush town in Amador County and the site of two hard-rock mines - the Kennedy and the Argonaut, which had the most deadly mining disaster in California. A combination of folksy interviews, recollections from older residents, much of this book focuses on the six-year battle in the early 1950s to shut down open prostitution and gambling in the city - allegedly the last city in California, where prostitution was not only tolerated but protected. Included are numerous newspaper accounts, official records and more. Although most of the police and officials tried for corruption and bribery were acquitted, the state, under Attorney General (later governor)…

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    Sunol, CA: De Grange Publishing, 1997. SIGNED - A history of Jackson, California, a gold rush town in Amador County and the site of two hard-rock mines - the Kennedy and the Argonaut, which had the most deadly mining disaster in California. A combination of folksy interviews, recollections from older residents, much of this book focuses on the six-year battle in the early 1950s to shut down open prostitution and gambling in the city - allegedly the last city in California, where prostitution was not only tolerated but protected. Included are numerous newspaper accounts, official records and more. Although most of the police and officials tried for corruption and bribery were acquitted, the state, under Attorney General (later governor) Brown continued the crackdown. Illustrated with photographs throughout. SIGNED on the title page with the notation "num edition 18 of 20". The second printing includes a postscript and a holographic page of comments on the reception the book had originally. Bibliography, glossary. Large format. 226 pp. ISBN: 0-964734141.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated dark red wrappers (embossed seal on title page.

    Book ID: 84244
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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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  • CARA, A DOG. by Lubanski, Josef (1906-1993)
    Lubanski, Josef (1906-1993)
    CARA, A DOG.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Sutter Creek: The ESSIC Company, (1985). SIGNED first edition - A Polish immigrant who settled in Amador County in the Sierra Foothills writes a tribute to his dog of more than 18 years - Illustrated with photographs. INSCRIBED on the first page. 175 pp,

    Condition: Just about fine in illustrated yellow wrappers.

    Book ID: 83210
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  • COOKING IN WINE COUNTRY. by Members of The Foothill Garden Club.
    Members of The Foothill Garden Club.
    COOKING IN WINE COUNTRY.

    Edition: Spiral bound.

    Shawnee Mission, KS: The Foothill Garden Club of North Amador County nd (ca 1980.). First edition - Includes basic information on food preparation and recipes from members of the Foothill Garden Club of North Amador County (each with the name of the contributor.) Despite the title, these recipes are notable for the lack of wine in their preparation. Color photographs as section dividers. 92 pp plus an index and 4 pages of advertisements for local wineries.

    Condition: Near fine in stiff white card covers with a black comb binding. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 56848
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  • GOLD RUSH COUNTRY: Guide to California's Mother Lode & Northern Mines. by Sunset editors; Foreword by Oscar Lewis.
    Sunset editors; Foreword by Oscar Lewis.
    GOLD RUSH COUNTRY: Guide to California's Mother Lode & Northern Mines.

    Edition: First printing.

    Menlo Park, California: Lane Publishing Company, (1957.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The history and lore of the region in the Sierra foothills, which sparked the 49er gold rush, and which is still full of the remains of the mines from those days. profusely illustrated with photographs and maps, including one fold-out map which spans 5 pages. Endorsed by the California Historical Society. Although this has been reissued many times - mostly in paper covers, the hardcover first edition is rather uncommon. A classic book on the area. Large format, measuring 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Bound in orange buckram with dark brown spine and orange lettering illustrated endpapers. 101 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (some overall edgewear to dj, a few small chips, original price of 3.50 still present)

    Book ID: 84242
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  • A QUEST FOR EDUCATION AND THE EXPERIENCES THAT FOLLOWED (title on cover "It Was Slow Going but I Finally Made It" by Westlake, A Byron.
    Westlake, A Byron.
    A QUEST FOR EDUCATION AND THE EXPERIENCES THAT FOLLOWED (title on cover "It Was Slow Going but I Finally Made It"

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Cassville, Missouri: By the author, (1994). First edition - Memoirs of a retired educator, from his own college days to his years of teaching in Oregon and California, as District Superintendent of Amador County and in the Mojave. Photographs. 209 pp plus an 8 pp epilogue. Laid in is a preface to the preface.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated tan wrappers.

    Book ID: 66556
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