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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 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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  • 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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  • HOW TO PAN GOLD FOR FUN - HEALTH - PROFIT. by Berry, Roy S.
    Berry, Roy S.
    HOW TO PAN GOLD FOR FUN - HEALTH - PROFIT.

    Edition: First printing.

    Auburn, California & Reno, Nevada: By the author, 1959. First edition - Small pamphet, with illustrations by the author. Map of the Motherlode. Unpaginated (20 pp)

    Condition: Fine in stapled yellow illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 63376
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  • THE DIARY OF A 49ER. by Canfield, Chauncey L., editor (1843-1909)
    Canfield, Chauncey L., editor (1843-1909)
    THE DIARY OF A 49ER.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    Redmond, OR: High Grass Publications, (1999). A facsimile reproduction of a work originally published in 1906, purporting to be the diary of Alfred T. Jackson, who came from Connecticut in 1849. This covers the period from from May 1850 to May 1852, where he was mining on the banks of Rock Creek in Nevada County, California. Includes a lot of detail about the actual process of mining - sluices, long toms, and flumes more - as well as the events occurring in the rough and ready camps - in reality this is a blend of fiction and facts, based on accounts told to Canfield by an old miner, and his research into newspapers of the time. 231 pp. ISBN: 0-967256100.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 84820
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  • LOGAN'S ALLEY: Amador County Yesterdays in Picture and Prose, Volume IV. by Cenotto, Larry.
    Cenotto, Larry.
    LOGAN'S ALLEY: Amador County Yesterdays in Picture and Prose, Volume IV.

    Edition: 2nd printing, a large trade paperback.

    Jackson, CA: Cenotto Publications, (2010, c 2003). Includes both stories of the history of this California county, located in the central Mother Lode, where gold was first discovered in California, and attempts to tie them into current physical locations and buildings. Four sections focusing on prodigal sons; churches, schools and newspapers; upcountry annals and mining in Amador County (including copper mining as well as gold), Large format, illustrated throughout with vintage photographs, Index. x, 347 pp. Each book stands alone, with different stories in each volume. ISBN: 978-0938121152.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers (as new).

    Book ID: 68461
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  • LOGAN'S ALLEY: Amador County Yesterdays in Picture and Prose, Volume V. by Cenotto, Larry.
    Cenotto, Larry.
    LOGAN'S ALLEY: Amador County Yesterdays in Picture and Prose, Volume V.

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    Jackson, CA: Cenotto Publications, (2006). SIGNED first edition - The final volume in this series of books which Include both stories of the history of this California county, located in the central Mother Lode, where gold was first discovered in California, and attempts to tie them into current physical locations and buildings. Includes sections on the Mokelumne River to Jackson, Ione and environs, Martell and Sutter Creek, and Amador City. #209 out of 750 copies. SIGNED on the title page. Large format, illustrated throughout with vintage photographs, Index. x, 338 pp. Each book stands alone, with different stories in each volume. ISBN: 978-0938121169.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 77169
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  • LOGAN'S ALLEY: Amador County Yesterdays in Picture and Prose, Volume II. by Cenotto, Larry.
    Cenotto, Larry.
    LOGAN'S ALLEY: Amador County Yesterdays in Picture and Prose, Volume II.

    Edition: First edition.

    Jackson, CA: Cenotto Publications, 1988. SIGNED first edition - The second volume in this series of books which include both stories of the history of this California county, located in the central Mother Lode, where gold was first discovered in California, and attempts to tie them into current physical locations and buildings. Includes sections on Volcano and upcountry, historic hamlets along the Gold Highway, Pine Woods and Sutter Creek, and Jackson. SIGNED and dated on the title page. Large format, illustrated throughout with vintage photographs and maps Notes, index. 316 pp. Each book stands alone, with different stories in each volume. ISBN: 0-938121146.

    Condition: Near fine in orange illustrated wrappers (upper corner slightly bumped).

    Book ID: 77171
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  • CHILD OF THE NORTH. by Cullum, Ridgwell [pseudonym for Sidney Groves Burghard, 1867 Ð1943].
    Cullum, Ridgwell [pseudonym for Sidney Groves Burghard, 1867 Ð1943].
    CHILD OF THE NORTH.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: George H. Doran, 1926. Hardcover first edition - Novel of mystery, romance and adventure set among the gold miners of the Yukon in Northwestern Canada, by this British writer-adventurer who traveled extensively in the remote northwest.

    Condition: Very good+ in beige cloth with dark green lettering and illustration on the front cover and spine - some spine slant, light wear to edges of boards.

    Book ID: 13366
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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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  • PROSPECTOR, COWHAND AND SODBUSTER: Historic Places Associated with Mining, Ranching, and Farming Frontiers in the Trans-Mississippi West, Volume XI, The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings. by Ferris, Robert G., series editor.
    Ferris, Robert G., series editor.
    PROSPECTOR, COWHAND AND SODBUSTER: Historic Places Associated with Mining, Ranching, and Farming Frontiers in the Trans-Mississippi West, Volume XI, The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings.

    Edition: First edition.

    Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior / National Park Service, 1967. dj. Hardcover first edition - From the foreword: "Between 1803 and 1853, the new seaboard republic of the United States acquired a vast empire of plains, mountains, and deserts west of the Mississippi River. Its borders fixed on the Pacific, it gloried in its new stature as a continental Nation. But most of the new domain lay unconquered and unknown except to scattered Indian tribes and a few explorers and mountain men. In the next half-century, soldiers, traders, road and railway builders, and other adventurers helped fill in the map of the American West. Overshadowing them all in actually subduing the land, however, were the prospector,…

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    Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior / National Park Service, 1967. dj. Hardcover first edition - From the foreword: "Between 1803 and 1853, the new seaboard republic of the United States acquired a vast empire of plains, mountains, and deserts west of the Mississippi River. Its borders fixed on the Pacific, it gloried in its new stature as a continental Nation. But most of the new domain lay unconquered and unknown except to scattered Indian tribes and a few explorers and mountain men. In the next half-century, soldiers, traders, road and railway builders, and other adventurers helped fill in the map of the American West. Overshadowing them all in actually subduing the land, however, were the prospector, cowhand, and sodbuster. Though these three types of pioneers fostered exaggerated stereotypes that still live in American folklore, each shared decisively in shaping the history of the West. And each left tangible evidences of his passage across the land that recall for today's generation the contributions of frontier mining, stockraising, and farming to the making of America. This volume surveys the legacy of historic sites and buildings bequeathed by these actors in the drama of conquering the West." Color frontispiece of a painting by Charles Russell, illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and maps. Notes, suggested reading, index. xii, 320 pp. Map Endpapers.

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    Condition: Near fine in brown cloth with gilt lettering, no dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 45980
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  • SUMMIT: A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado. by Gilliland, Mary
    Gilliland, Mary
    SUMMIT: A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado.

    Edition: First edition.

    Silverthorne, Colorado: Alpenrose Press, (1980) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Stories of Breckenridge, Montezuma, Dillon, Frisco and other mining towns. Illustrated with photographs and small drawings throughout. INSCRIBED by the author on the half title page. Index, 334 pp. ISBN: 0-96036241X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket.

    Book ID: 82287
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  • IN SCARLET AND PLAIN CLOTHES: The History of the Mounted Police. by Longstreth, T. Morris.
    Longstreth, T. Morris.
    IN SCARLET AND PLAIN CLOTHES: The History of the Mounted Police.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1933. Hardcover first edition - An account told in a lively narrative - and somewhat fictionalized - manner. The emphasis is on "the splendid and colorful past." 365 pp.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth (of course) with black lettering (gift inscription inside front cover.)

    Book ID: 54146
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  • A GUIDE TO GHOST TOWNS AND MINING CAMPS OF THE YUMA AND LOWER COLORADO REGION: Tumco, Castle Dome, Fortuna, Kofa, Polaris, Picacho. by Love, Frank.
    Love, Frank.
    A GUIDE TO GHOST TOWNS AND MINING CAMPS OF THE YUMA AND LOWER COLORADO REGION: Tumco, Castle Dome, Fortuna, Kofa, Polaris, Picacho.

    Edition: Revised edition.

    Yum, AZ: By the author, (1988. c 1980). Detailed information about the old mining camps of Kofa, Polaris, Castle Dome, Picacho, Tumco, Fortuna with with maps and photographs of each, and a short list of some sidelights in the area. 32 pp.

    Condition: Fine in stiff stapled illustrated gold wrappers,

    Book ID: 82936
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  • A RAND DISTRICT PICTORIAL HISTORY: Covering Randsburg, Johannesburg, Red Mountain, Garlock, Atolia in Southern California's Gold, Silver and Tungsten Mining Area (title on cover: RANDSBURG MINING AREA) by McGinnis, Jack H. ( "Two Finger Jack" )
    McGinnis, Jack H. ( "Two Finger Jack" )
    A RAND DISTRICT PICTORIAL HISTORY: Covering Randsburg, Johannesburg, Red Mountain, Garlock, Atolia in Southern California's Gold, Silver and Tungsten Mining Area (title on cover: RANDSBURG MINING AREA)

    Edition: First edition.

    Randsburg, CA: By the author, 1984. SIGNED first edition - An account of Southern California's greatest gold camp - the Rand Historical Mining District # 938, illustrated throughout with vintage photographs. SIGNED on the title page. 48 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in stapled yellow illustrated covers.

    Book ID: 85129
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  • CAMPMATES: A Story of the Plains. by Munroe, Kirk.
    Munroe, Kirk.
    CAMPMATES: A Story of the Plains.

    Edition: First or early printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1891.). Hardcover - A title in the Harper's Young People series. Adventures of a 17 year old, who as a baby was one of only two survivors of a train wreck, and who left his adopted father to find the answer to the mystery of his identity across the West - from Kansas to New Mexico, from Kit Carson's gold mine to a Mexican wedding. Illustrated with 21 plates. 333 pp plus 2 pp of publisher's advertisements.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth with gold lettering and silver decorations (gift inscription dated 1898, spine slightly cocked, a few penciled notations - erasable, but perhaps of interest.)

    Book ID: 40222
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  • THE RIGHTEOUS REVENGE OF ARTEMIS BONNER. by Myers , Walter Dean.
    Myers , Walter Dean.
    THE RIGHTEOUS REVENGE OF ARTEMIS BONNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - Historical novel for older children, the story of a 15-year old boy who sets out in 1880 from New York City to Tombstone, Arizona to avenge the murder of his uncle. 140 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0208449.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (corners slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 58148
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  • PICACHO: "Life and Death of a Great Gold Mining Camp," by Odens, Peter; Paul Gillett, Foreword.
    Odens, Peter; Paul Gillett, Foreword.
    PICACHO: "Life and Death of a Great Gold Mining Camp,"

    Edition: First edition.

    n.p. By the author, (1973). SIGNED first edition - The history of the gold mining community of Picacho in Yuma County, Arizona - one which boasted of a population of some 2,500 in 1904 and which was the site of a famous shootout in 1902. Illustrated with photographs taken by the author. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Cover by Buachom Odens. 44 pp. ISBN: 0-960948449.

    Condition: Very near fine in stapled gold illustrated wrappers (tiny nick at base of spine)

    Book ID: 82916
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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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  • THE FRONTIER BOYS ON THE OVERLAND TRAIL. by Roosevelt, Capt, Wyn.
    Roosevelt, Capt, Wyn.
    THE FRONTIER BOYS ON THE OVERLAND TRAIL.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: A. L. Chatterton Co., (1908). Hardcover - The first book in this series which "tells the adventures of Jim, Jo, and Tom Darlington, first in their camp wagon as they follow the trail to the great West in the early days. . . Historically these books present a true picture of a period of our history as important as it was picturesque, when the nation set its face toward the vast unconquered West and conquered it." Illustrated by S. Schneider with a glossy frontispiece and three internal glossy plates. Lists through #8 in the ad at the back of the book. An uncommon copy in the original edition. 258 pp. plus 2 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good condition in illustrated red boards (a bit of edgewear to the boards,corners slightly bumped, etc, but a straight and clean copy, bright covers) .

    Book ID: 76059
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  • THE FRONTIER BOYS IN THE SIERRAS; or, The Lost Mine. #8 by Roosevelt, Capt, Wyn.
    Roosevelt, Capt, Wyn.
    THE FRONTIER BOYS IN THE SIERRAS; or, The Lost Mine. #8

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: A. L. Chatterton Co., (1909). Hardcover - The eighth book in this series which "tells the adventures of Jim, Jo, and Tom Darlington, first in their camp wagon as they follow the trail to the great West in the early days. . . Historically these books present a true picture of a period of our history as important as it was picturesque, when the nation set its face toward the vast unconquered West and conquered it." Illustrated by S. Schneider with a frontispiece and three internal plates. Lists through #9 at the front of the book. An uncommon copy in the original edition. 259 pp.

    Condition: Very good condition in illustrated red boards (a bit of edgewear to the boards, possibly missing front endpaper, but a straight and clean copy, bright covers) .

    Book ID: 67678
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  • Stirling, Patrick James, F.R.S.E.
    THE AUSTRALIAN AND CALIFORNIAN GOLD DISCOVERIES, AND THEIR PROBABLE CONSEQUENCES; or, An Inquiry Into the Laws Which Determine the Value and Distribution of the Precious Metals

    Edition: Facsimile edition.

    New York: Greenwood Press, (1969). Hardcover - "With Historical Notices of the Effects of the American Mines on European Prices in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries in a Series of Letters." Folded chart as frontispiece. A facsimile reprint of work originally published in 1853 by Oliver & Boyd. xiii, 279 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in turquoise cloth with gold lettering on spine (lettering slightly dulled), no dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 86124
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  • RIVERS OF GOLD, by Woodworth, James K and William G. Wilson
    Woodworth, James K and William G. Wilson
    RIVERS OF GOLD,

    Edition: First thus.

    Auburn, California: Placer Savings & Loan Association, nd (ca 1970). A collection of anecdotes and short stories about the early days in California's Mother Lode and Upper Sacramento Valley Country. Includes a story of a miner who was working at two mines in Amador City - Keystone and Bunker Hill - at the same time, the story behind the name "Murderer's Bar". photographs of the flood which washed out the bridge across the American River on Highway 49 in December 1964 and much more. Issued by Placer Savings & Loan Association, with a notation on the front cover "Compliments of Placer Savings." Illustrated with vintage photographs and drawings. While undated, this appears to be a slightly expanded version of the 1966 first edition, Ad for Placer Savings inside back cover. Large format, 44 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in stapled full color illustrated wrappers (previous owner's name) Uncommon.

    Book ID: 85675
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