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  • THE MOJAVE: A Portrait of the Definitive American Desert. by Darlington, David.
    Darlington, David.
    THE MOJAVE: A Portrait of the Definitive American Desert.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1996) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book about the "quintessential American desert . .. Stretching from the outskirts of Los Angeles to the psychic fringes of Las Vegas, it contains such archetypal American spots as Death Valley, Edwards Air Force Base, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Panamint Mountains (where the forty-niners found silver and the Manson family prepared for Helter Skelter)" and one uniquely defined by the automobile. INSCRIBED on a preliminary page to Oklahoma collector Larry Owens "A midwestern desert afficionado like many of the people described in this book" and dated in the year of publication. Selected bibliography, index. 337 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-8050-16317.

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

    Book ID: 68108
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  • THE MAN FROM WELLS FARGO. by Douglas, Warren. (1911-1997).
    Douglas, Warren. (1911-1997).
    THE MAN FROM WELLS FARGO.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Robert Hale, (1979.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Hard-to-find first novel by this actor and screenwriter (for among other things, the 'Bonanza' television show and the musicals 'Go for Your Gun' and 'Belle Starr') - a classic Western set in the Panamint Mountains near Death Valley.Presentation copy, warmly INSCRIBED by the author to a couple who were his friends and neighbors in the Sierra foothills and dated in the year of publication: 'to my dear friends... who believed when all others doubted. I will always be grateful for your encouragement and friendship. Love and God Bless. Merry Christmas 1979 and the best New Year ever. Always your friend, Warren Douglas.' 170 pp. Newspaper clipping with an obituary laid in. ISBN: 0-7091-77097.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket. (short closed tear)

    Book ID: 38111
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  • Dunne, John Gregory.
    QUINTANA & FRIENDS

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1978.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of non-fiction - underlying these thirty-three essays is a single thread: "the confrontation between a transplanted Easterner's sensibilities and the culture of the contemporary West. Dunne finds his subjects in a tiny desert community on the edge of Death Valley, in a missile silo in Montana, in a town on San Francisco Bay with memories of being leveled during a World War II munitions explosion. He inhales the aroma of a small-time fight club; he experiences the doldrums of a road trip with a big-league baseball team; he visits a private detective who specializes in lost cat capers and spends the day with a stunt man who falls…

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    New York: Dutton, (1978.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of non-fiction - underlying these thirty-three essays is a single thread: "the confrontation between a transplanted Easterner's sensibilities and the culture of the contemporary West. Dunne finds his subjects in a tiny desert community on the edge of Death Valley, in a missile silo in Montana, in a town on San Francisco Bay with memories of being leveled during a World War II munitions explosion. He inhales the aroma of a small-time fight club; he experiences the doldrums of a road trip with a big-league baseball team; he visits a private detective who specializes in lost cat capers and spends the day with a stunt man who falls on his head for a living.... Taken together, they represent John Gregory Dunne at his best-which is to say, a remarkably perceptive and highly entertaining look at American life." Quintana is the name of Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion's daughter. 282 pp. ISBN: 0-525186751.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket. (crease to dj flap, nick at top of dj spine.)

    Book ID: 39098
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  • CHALLISS GORE: THE CALIFORNIA I SAW. by [Gore, Challiss] Shirey, Mary Gore, Judith Gore Hogness, and Janet Gore Venolia, editors.
    [Gore, Challiss] Shirey, Mary Gore, Judith Gore Hogness, and Janet Gore Venolia, editors.
    CHALLISS GORE: THE CALIFORNIA I SAW.

    Edition: First printing, a large trade paperback.

    Walnut Creek, CA: Preservation Press, (1983). First edition - Striking black and white photographs of the landscape, buildings and people of California taken during the 1950s and 1960s by Challiss Gore, arranged topically. Included are groupings on trees, the Gold Country, Death Valley, architecture, missions and more. Hand numbered #214 (no limitation stated) 68 pp. ISBN: 0-961101601.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 62095
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  • DEATH VALLEY SCOTTY TOLD ME - by Houston, Eleanor Jordan,
    Houston, Eleanor Jordan,
    DEATH VALLEY SCOTTY TOLD ME -

    Edition: Later printing.

    Death Valley, California: Death Valley Natural History Association, (1985, c. 1954.). From the author's preface:" Death Valley Scotty is a legend - one of the few who became legends while they lived. To the author and others who knew him, he was a very real, forceful and unique personality. Even in his eighties, he could hold a group spellbound with his tall tales, his individual phrasing and his ability to puncture a stuffed shirt with a few vivid words. Yet he never capitalized on his exploits, and he never hurt anyone, even those who called him a faker and harder names." Although basically a con-man, Scotty did not build and never owned the incredible edifice called Scotty's Castle in…

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    Death Valley, California: Death Valley Natural History Association, (1985, c. 1954.). From the author's preface:" Death Valley Scotty is a legend - one of the few who became legends while they lived. To the author and others who knew him, he was a very real, forceful and unique personality. Even in his eighties, he could hold a group spellbound with his tall tales, his individual phrasing and his ability to puncture a stuffed shirt with a few vivid words. Yet he never capitalized on his exploits, and he never hurt anyone, even those who called him a faker and harder names." Although basically a con-man, Scotty did not build and never owned the incredible edifice called Scotty's Castle in a remote canyon in northern Death Valley, California, although it was his home for many years - and his story is inextricably entwined with this desert oasis. Illustrated with photographs. 127 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in cream colored wrappers with a photograph of Scotty on the front cover.

    Book ID: 42071
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  • THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE. by Pronzini, Bill.
    Pronzini, Bill.
    THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (2008) dj. Hardcover first edition - A stand-alone suspense novel by this award-winning author, set in Death Valley, California and Las Vegas. 206 pp. ISBN: 978-082717139.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64343
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  • Putnam, George Palmer
    HICKORY SHIRT: A NOVEL OF DEATH VALLEY IN 1850

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1949.). Hardcover - Historical novel about the California bound wagon train. 252 pp

    Condition: Very good in terra cotta colored cloth, lacking the dust jacket (previous owner's name.)

    Book ID: 44363
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