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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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  • 49ER IRISH: One Irish Family in the California Mines by Calhoon, F. D.
    Calhoon, F. D.
    49ER IRISH: One Irish Family in the California Mines

    Edition: First printing.

    Hicksville, New York: Exposition Press, 1977. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The story of Irish immigrant Michael McGuire who headed to the California gold fields in 1849, shortly after his arrival in the United States; after finding a rich placer lode near what is now Grass Valley, he returned East for his wife and son, resettling permanently there. An entertaining account written by a grandson of Michael and Mary McGuire. Frontispiece map of the Grass Valley mining district. SIGNED on the title page by the author. 194 pp. ISBN: 0-682487929.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dust jacket (some sunning to the spine of the dj.)

    Book ID: 34133
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  • 49ER IRISH: One Irish Family in the California Mines by Calhoon, F. D.
    Calhoon, F. D.
    49ER IRISH: One Irish Family in the California Mines

    Edition: First printing.

    Hicksville, New York: Exposition Press, 1977. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of Irish immigrant Michael McGuire who headed to the California gold fields in 1849, shortly after his arrival in the United States; after finding a rich placer lode near what is now Grass Valley, he returned East for his wife and son, resettling permanently there. An entertaining account written by a grandson of Michael and Mary McGuire. Frontispiece map of the Grass Valley mining district. 194 pp. ISBN: 0-682487929.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dust jacket (some sunning to the spine of the dj.)

    Book ID: 52337
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  • LEGENDS OF THE NORTHERN MINES. by Cook, Fred S. editor.
    Cook, Fred S. editor.
    LEGENDS OF THE NORTHERN MINES.

    Edition: Slim chapbook.

    Volcano, CA: California Traveler, n.d. (circa 1965.). Stories of gold rush towns in California's Mother Lode - many of them now only ghost towns (or almost so) - towns like Chicago Park, Washington City, Downieville and more. Illustrated with vintage photographs and maps. Lots of local advertisements. 32 pp.

    Condition: Very good in printed pale green wrappers.

    Book ID: 54378
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  • OH GLITTERING PROMISE! A Novel of the California Gold Rush. by Fisher, Anne.
    Fisher, Anne.
    OH GLITTERING PROMISE! A Novel of the California Gold Rush.

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1949.). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel spanning the years from 1849 to 1865, set mostly in the Southern Mother Lode in Columbia and Tuttletown and Fremont's place at Bear Valley, etc. SIGNED on the front endpaper and dated in the year of publication - the centennial of the gold rush. 294 pp.

    Condition: Very good in blue cloth with gold lettering (lettering rubbed on spine), lacking the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 55287
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  • LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence. by Lampson, Robin.
    Lampson, Robin.
    LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. Hardcover first edition - A novel in cadenced prose recounts the epic story of a those who went to California during the 1849 gold rush days. Author's note, sources. 344 pp.

    Condition: Very good in black cloth with gold panels on front cover and spine, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76054
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  • LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence. by Lampson, Robin.
    Lampson, Robin.
    LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel in cadenced prose recounts the epic story of a those who went to California during the 1849 gold rush days. Author's note, sources. SIGNED on the front endpaper. 344 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a poor dust jacket with edgewear, chips and creasing. Newspaper review laid in.

    Book ID: 48416
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  • LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence. by Lampson, Robin.
    Lampson, Robin.
    LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel in cadenced prose recounts the epic story of a those who went to California during the 1849 gold rush days. Author's note, sources. SIGNED on the front endpaper. 344 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine gold foil dust jacket (name hidden by dj flap) Not an uncommon book, but this is much better condition than usually found.

    Book ID: 68762
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  • LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence. by Lampson, Robin.
    Lampson, Robin.
    LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel in cadenced prose recounts the epic story of a those who went to California during the 1849 gold rush days. Author's note, sources. SIGNED on the front endpaper. 344 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a good only dust jacket with some large chips to the side of the spine, other edgewear. price-clipped.

    Book ID: 76152
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  • Lampson, Robin.
    LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND: A Novel in Cadence.

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. SIGNED hardcover first edition - #123 of 260 signed numbered copies (of which 10 are for presentation.) A novel in cadenced prose recounts the epic story of a those who went to California during the 1849 gold rush days. Author's note, sources. 344 pp.

    Condition: Fine in blue cloth with a cream spine, gilt lettering and bands, in a somewhat torn original glassine wrapper and a near fine black slipcase (some discoloration to the label on the slipcase.) An attractive production.

    Book ID: 40275
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  • DEATH VALLEY IN '49: An Important Chapter of California Pioneer History. by Manly, William Lewis (1820-1903).
    Manly, William Lewis (1820-1903).
    DEATH VALLEY IN '49: An Important Chapter of California Pioneer History.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Time-Life, (1982.). Hardcover - Facsimile editon of this classic account originally published in 1894 - a vivid and detailed account - by a survivor and leader - of an overland journey that went tragically wrong, when his party of emigrants took a "short cut" through what has even since been known as Death Valley. Also includes his experiences in the gold rush towns of the Mother Lode -including Georgetown and Coloma, his return east through Panama, and New Orleans and more. Foreword by John Steven McGroarty. Illustrated with drawings by Alson Clark. Map endpapers by Richard I Kelsey showing the approximate route of the author from Mineral Point, Minnesota to Death Valley and beyond. Illustrated. 498 pp.…

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    New York: Time-Life, (1982.). Hardcover - Facsimile editon of this classic account originally published in 1894 - a vivid and detailed account - by a survivor and leader - of an overland journey that went tragically wrong, when his party of emigrants took a "short cut" through what has even since been known as Death Valley. Also includes his experiences in the gold rush towns of the Mother Lode -including Georgetown and Coloma, his return east through Panama, and New Orleans and more. Foreword by John Steven McGroarty. Illustrated with drawings by Alson Clark. Map endpapers by Richard I Kelsey showing the approximate route of the author from Mineral Point, Minnesota to Death Valley and beyond. Illustrated. 498 pp. A title in the Classics of the Old West series.

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    Condition: Fine in brown leather with gilt lettering, all edges gilt, ribbon marker bound in.

    Book ID: 55073
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  • Navarro, Ramon Gil. (edited by Maria Del Carmen Ferreyra & David S. Reher)
    THE GOLD RUSH DIARY OF RAMON GIL NAVARRO.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First publication of one of the most interesting diaries written during the California gold rush: Navarro did not just come to California from Argentina by himself: he founded a company with 120 investors. His diary (which is a true diary - that is, one written at night each day, rather than a reconstruction of events based on diary notes) actually covers more than the three years that he spent in California, and only about half of the California portion is included in this book (extremely repetitive elements have been reduced, as well as comments about his family back in South America.) From the introduction: " 'I am going…

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    Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First publication of one of the most interesting diaries written during the California gold rush: Navarro did not just come to California from Argentina by himself: he founded a company with 120 investors. His diary (which is a true diary - that is, one written at night each day, rather than a reconstruction of events based on diary notes) actually covers more than the three years that he spent in California, and only about half of the California portion is included in this book (extremely repetitive elements have been reduced, as well as comments about his family back in South America.) From the introduction: " 'I am going to California! Everyone has heard about California. This entire society, from the wisest of the wise to the most rustic hillbilly, has been talking about California. The friars at church talk about its gold, and on walks, in drawing rooms, and even while praying people ask the Lord for a safe trip up there. ..They say so much about that far-off land that my diary, even if it were to be completely filled, could never contain all the news that reaches us all the time from that remote land. Summing it up, they say that everyone who gets there can make his fortune. Then fine, that is where I am going.' Navarro diary entry for 15 February 1849. ...[this] is a diary written by an Argentinean political exile who first took refuge in Chile, just beyond the reach of the Argentinean political hatreds, disputes, reprisals, and singular lack of political tolerance. From there, he, like thousands of people from all over the world, heard the call of California, the California where gold had been discovered. Heading up a Chilean mining company, he set sail in search of his own personal fortune and destiny. Navarro's intensely personal account is about California and about gold, of course, but it is also about life, love, success, and frustration. A stunning tale of his own experience as a forty-niner, the diary is also an often intensely lyrical exploration into our human condition. Navarro was a keen but seldom dispassionate observer of life with a penchant for literary description. He was strongly, Argentinean in his education, outlook, and temperament, but he was also a man enthusiastically caught up in the maelstrom of life that took place in California during the gold rush." Among the California locations which are part of this diary are San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento, Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras, Melones, San Andreas, Marysville, and more. Photographs, maps, chronology, glossary of key person, notes, bibliography, index. xx, 305 pp. ISBN: 0-803233434.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (corners slightly bumped).

    Book ID: 38014
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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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  • SIGN OF FOUL PLAY: A Connor Westphal Mystery. by Warner, Penny.
    Warner, Penny.
    SIGN OF FOUL PLAY: A Connor Westphal Mystery.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1998.). SIGNED first edition - Mystery set in a small town in the California Gold Country (where we are located!) INSCRIBED on the title page. 275 pp. Promotional postcard laid in. ISBN: 0-553-575872.

    Condition: Very near fine (usual light toning to the pages - no creases)

    Book ID: 55156
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