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  • CACTUS COUNTRY. by Abbey, Edward.
    Abbey, Edward.
    CACTUS COUNTRY.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Time-Life, (1973.). Hardcover first edition - A title in The American Wilderness Series- the credits describe Abbey as 'a self-proclaimed desert rat." Beautifully illustrated with many full color and black and white photographs, including some double page ones. Slightly oversized format. Index. 184 pp. True first printing with the hourglass on the last page.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated boards with a black cloth spine, issued without a dust jacket (corners slightly bumped.).

    Book ID: 53877
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  • JAMES H. CARSON'S CALIFORNIA, 1847 - 1853. by Carson, James H. (Doris Shaw Castro, editor.)
    Carson, James H. (Doris Shaw Castro, editor.)
    JAMES H. CARSON'S CALIFORNIA, 1847 - 1853.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Vantage, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - James H. Carson was a Virginia native who came to California with his army regiment, which landed at Monterey just after the Mexican War ended in 1847. While on furlough from his military duties in 1848, he panned the tributaries of the Stanislaus River; he struck it rich at what became known as Carson's Creek. In 1850 he acted as a guide to Lt George Derby on the first topographical survey of the Tulare (San Joaquin) Valley. In early 1852, the Stockton newspaper The San Joaquin Republican printed thirty-three articles written by Carson from his sickbed describing humorous anecdotes from his mining experiences. His letters were collected later that year…

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    New York: Vantage, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - James H. Carson was a Virginia native who came to California with his army regiment, which landed at Monterey just after the Mexican War ended in 1847. While on furlough from his military duties in 1848, he panned the tributaries of the Stanislaus River; he struck it rich at what became known as Carson's Creek. In 1850 he acted as a guide to Lt George Derby on the first topographical survey of the Tulare (San Joaquin) Valley. In early 1852, the Stockton newspaper The San Joaquin Republican printed thirty-three articles written by Carson from his sickbed describing humorous anecdotes from his mining experiences. His letters were collected later that year as 'Early Recollections of the California Mines.' He died in 1853, just 32 years old. This edition - the third of his letters - is the most comprehensive; it contains all of Carson's known works, including articles not previously published in book form. Introduction and notes by Doris Shaw Castro. Illustrated, index. 248 pp. ISBN: 0-533-121930.

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

    Book ID: 61816
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  • SALLY DOWS AND OTHER STORIES. by Harte, Bret (1836-1902)
    Harte, Bret (1836-1902)
    SALLY DOWS AND OTHER STORIES.

    Edition: Early undated reprint.

    New York: The Regent Press, (c 1893). Hardcover- A later work by Harte, includes the title novella, set in the post Civil war, reconstruction era South, and three long short stories set in California - The Conspiracy of Mrs Bunker, Transformation of Buckeye Camp and Their Uncle from California. Glossy frontispiece. 299 pp.

    Condition: Very good in tan cloth with black lettering, red decoration on front cover and spine.(previous owner's name in pencil on front endpaper, easily erasable)

    Book ID: 67858
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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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  • 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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  • DANNY'S PARTNER. by Rogers, W. A.
    Rogers, W. A.
    DANNY'S PARTNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1923). Hardcover first edition - When a Civil War veteran who had lost his leg in the fighting and who had been living in the poorhouse comes into an unexpected inheritance, he heads West towards Colorado - and takes 9 year old Danny and his dog with him. Illustrated with a glossy frontispiece and three internal plates. 257 pp plus 2 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Good overall in illustrated blue cloth (previous owner's name dated Oct 1923)

    Book ID: 74045
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  • FOOL'S GOLD. by Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.
    Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.
    FOOL'S GOLD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Story set in an 'awesomely quaint and historic Gold rush town in the Sierra foothills' where the long-standing friendship of two boys is strained by the arrival of a new boy from Southern California who is determined that one of the closed old mine holes still has gold in it. Another excellent story - about courage, overcoming your fears and friendship by this Newbery honor award winning author. ISBN: 0-385-309082.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 17274
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  • Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.
    FOOL'S GOLD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Story set in an 'awesomely quaint and historic Gold rush town in the Sierra foothills' where the long-standing friendship of two boys is strained by the arrival of a new boy from Southern California who is determined that one of the closed old mine holes still has gold in it. Another excellent story - about courage, overcoming your fears and friendship by this Newbery honor award winning author. ISBN: 0-385-309082.

    Condition: Ex-library but no markings except for a small peeled spot on the front endpaper, and signs of tape on the boards. Overall tight and clean in a near fine dj.

    Book ID: 22140
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