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  • Barrie, J. J. ; Blashill, Charles H.; Brumley, Laurie Milne and others.
    SAAMIS REVIEW, Volume 3, Winter 1978.

    Edition: First appearance in print of these works.

    Alberta, Canada: 1978. The Saamis Review is an interdisclipinary journal of the arts, humanities and social sciences, but this entire issue is devoted to the local history and pre-history of south eastern Alberta. Included are articles on the one of the region's early railways, the 'turkey-Trail' railway, reminiscences of a ranch-hand and farmer in the early years of the 20th century, another on rural schools, the growth of the German population, etc. Illustrated with photographs. 118 pgs.

    Condition: Near fine in stiff illustrated wrappers

    Book ID: 15662
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  • THOMAS FITZPATRICK, RAILROADMAN (Western Yesterdays, Vol. VI) by Crossen, Forest.
    Crossen, Forest.
    THOMAS FITZPATRICK, RAILROADMAN (Western Yesterdays, Vol. VI)

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Boulder, CO: Boulder Publishing, Inc. (1968.). First edition - "The authentic story of a Western railroadman related by him to the author." Illustrated with photographs. 100 pp plus map on last page and inside back cover.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 57262
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  • RIDE THE BIG RED CARS: How Trolleys Helped Build Southern California. by Crump, Spencer.
    Crump, Spencer.
    RIDE THE BIG RED CARS: How Trolleys Helped Build Southern California.

    Edition: First printing.

    Los Angeles: Crest Publications, 1962. dj. Hardcover first edition - The history of the Pacific Electric, starting in the late 1880's and which was at its peak the largest interurban system in the world, and its effect on the cities thru which it ran - and also the story of the battles between the railroad tycoons when Henry Huntington wanted to create a system spanning California - and finally also the story of the decline of these systems. A large format volume, with over 100 illustrations and photographs. 240 pages.

    Condition: Near fine in a good+ dustjacket (some soiling to the lower edges of the boards, dj is price-clipped, and has some edgewear including the loss of about 1/2 inch at the bottom of the spine and some chips on the upper edge of the rear cover, and some light foxing to the dj . Still, a very nice copy of the rather uncommon first edition of a fascinating book and the classic study of these cars.

    Book ID: 13237
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  • Dumke, Glenn S.
    THE BOOM OF THE EIGHTIES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    Edition: Later printing.

    San Marino, CA: Huntington Library Press, (1991, c 1944.) dj. Hardcover - A history of the unprecedented land boom in the years following the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1876 - when the rate war between railways reduced fares from Kansas City to one dollar, and tourists and prospective settlers swarmed in from most of the United States and many countries of Europe. The city of Los Angeles was the center of the boom and saw its size increased by 500 percent, while many new suburban towns, such as Inglewood, Monrovia, and Glendale were incorporated. Illustrated with photographs. Bibliography and Index 313 pp. ISBN: 0-873280032.

    Condition: Very good+ in rust cloth with gilt lettering on the spine (remainder line, no dj).

    Book ID: 39670
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  • DESTINY ROAD: The Gila Trail and the Opening of the Southwest. by Faulk, Odie B.
    Faulk, Odie B.
    DESTINY ROAD: The Gila Trail and the Opening of the Southwest.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1973. dj. Hardcover first edition - The Gila Trail stretched from Texas to San Diego, and linked the newly acquired California territory to the rest of the country. Over this route came the Overland Mail, the gold-seekers of '49, cattle drives, wagon trains, Civil War armies, and eventually the Southern Pacific railroad. Illustrated with maps and vintage photos. Notes, bibliography, index. 232 pp. ISBN: 0-195017102.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 65741
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  • [Lakeside Classics] Breakenridge, William M.
    HELLDORADO: Bringing The Law to the Mesquite.

    Edition: First thus.

    Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, Co. (Lakeside Press) 1982. Hardcover first edition - Lakeside Classics # 80, index, photos. Autobiography of the man who was best known for being Deputy Sheriff in Tombstone during its early lawless years - and when the "Shoot-out at OK Corral" occurred - although he also worked as a rancher, for the railroads, etc. Edited and with a historical introduction Richard Maxwell Brown. Illustrated with many photographs including a frontispiece of William Breakenridge and a colored fold-out map. Index. xlii, 454 pp

    Condition: Very near fine in dark brown cloth with gilt lettering, top edge gilt.

    Book ID: 33907
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  • THE EXCURSION TRAIN. by Marston, Edward.
    Marston, Edward.
    THE EXCURSION TRAIN.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    London: Allison & Busby, (2006) dj. Hardcover - The second mystery in the Railway series featuring Inspector Robert Colbeck, set in Victorian England during the 1850s against a background of the development of the railroads there. Printed in the US. Apparent binding error - no title page. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-374130752.

    Condition: Very good in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 66844
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  • PARALLEL LIES. by Pearson, Ridley.
    Pearson, Ridley.
    PARALLEL LIES.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hyperion, (2001.). First edition - A thriller featuring suspended cop Peter Tyler, who while working temporarily as an investigator for the Northern Union Railroad investigates a series of accidents with their freight trains. SIGNED on the title page. 356 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers with self flaps.

    Book ID: 48639
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  • Phillips, R. A. J.
    CANADA'S RAILWAYS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1968. dj. Hardcover first edition - Comprehensive history of Canada's railroads, including how they were built and a discussion of their importance to the growth of Canada. Illustrated with many photographs. 122 pages, index. Uncommon.

    Condition: Ex-library with front endpaper removed, some stamps, in an edgeworn dustjacket.

    Book ID: 13777
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  • SHANIKO: From Wool Capitol to Ghost Town. by Rees, Helen Guyten.
    Rees, Helen Guyten.
    SHANIKO: From Wool Capitol to Ghost Town.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Portland, OR: Binford and Mort, (1982). First edition - The history of a small town in the high desert country of Wasco County in central Oregon, as well as an account of pioneer life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. SIGNED by the author on the first page. Illustrated with many photographs, maps. Bibliography, index. 163 pp. ISBN: 0-8353-03992.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers (a few scattered names highlighted in the text).

    Book ID: 63989
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  • Stewart, Edgar I., editor.
    PENNY-AN-ACRE EMPIRE IN THE WEST.

    Edition: First printing.

    Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, (1968.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An excellent overview of the 1870's debate on the worth or worthlessness of the western lands, especially those proposed to be crossed by the Northern Pacific Railroad. Covers Custer's expedition into the Black Hills in 1873. In the 1870's a glowing report was written about the worth of the land, especially those proposed to be tranversed by the Northern Pacific. A letter of contradiction was written by General William B. Hazen with a retort that the land wasn't "worth a penny an acre." With this as the starting point, the author has brought together various documents (including the Hazen pamphlet, the Haas report of 1871), setting forth the arguments on both sides. Includes fold-out map. Index. ix, 268 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good- dustjacket (one closed tear to dj, minor edgewear.)

    Book ID: 44286
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  • RIDING THE IRON ROOSTER: By Train Through China. by Theroux, Paul.
    Theroux, Paul.
    RIDING THE IRON ROOSTER: By Train Through China.

    Edition: Book of the Month Club edition (same size and quality as trade edition).

    New York: Putnam. (1988.) dj. Hardcover - Travelling through China as the Chinese do, from Peking to Urumchi near the Siberian border. An entertaining and enlightening book by one of our best and most adventurous travel writers. 480 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-399-133097.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (approx 2 inch curved tear on front cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 47732
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  • RIDING TOWARD EVERYWHERE. by Vollmann, William T.
    Vollmann, William T.
    RIDING TOWARD EVERYWHERE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ecco Press / Harper Collins, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - In selecting this as one of his 10 best travel books, Sam McManus of the Sacramento Bee said "Though the bulk of the book is about his railroad adventures with his fearless Sacramento pal Steve, how they dodge the authorities ("bulls") and flirt with the shady characters found along the way, there is a simmering anger about what Vollmann calls our "increasingly un-American America." Or maybe it's just the whiskey talking. Vollmann is as much social critic as travelogue author. He rides up and down California, into Idaho, Wyoming and Washington, always coming back to Sacramento. He never stays anywhere long, and his elliptical prose reads…

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    New York: Ecco Press / Harper Collins, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - In selecting this as one of his 10 best travel books, Sam McManus of the Sacramento Bee said "Though the bulk of the book is about his railroad adventures with his fearless Sacramento pal Steve, how they dodge the authorities ("bulls") and flirt with the shady characters found along the way, there is a simmering anger about what Vollmann calls our "increasingly un-American America." Or maybe it's just the whiskey talking. Vollmann is as much social critic as travelogue author. He rides up and down California, into Idaho, Wyoming and Washington, always coming back to Sacramento. He never stays anywhere long, and his elliptical prose reads the same. Much of what he sees appalls him. And, remember, this is a writer who has traveled with the Mujahedin in Afghanistan and hung out with Thai prostitutes." Sources, 200 pp plus 65 pp of photographs. ISBN: 9780061256752.

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

    Book ID: 74306
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  • RIVERS OF EMPIRE: Water, Aridity and the Growth of the American West. by Worster, Donald.
    Worster, Donald.
    RIVERS OF EMPIRE: Water, Aridity and the Growth of the American West.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1985) dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the development of the American West in terms of control of water by the wealthy and technological elites, from the railroad barons to the wealthy growers of the Central Valley. Wallace Stegner called this an "important book, sure to be furiously debated, is a history of the West in terms of its most essential resource, water....It examines how manipulation of water has combined with frontier myths, expectations, and illusions, some of them carefully cultivated by interested parties, to create the ambiguous modern West.." Worster received the Bancroft Prize in American history in 1980.Map, notes, index. x, 402 pp. ISBN: 0-39451680x.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings and pocket, but overall a tight and straight copy in a good dj (price-clipped, spine label)

    Book ID: 76730
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  • RIVERS OF EMPIRE: Water, Aridity and the Growth of the American West. by Worster, Donald.
    Worster, Donald.
    RIVERS OF EMPIRE: Water, Aridity and the Growth of the American West.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1985) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A look at the development of the American West in terms of control of water by the wealthy and technological elites, from the railroad barons to the wealthy growers of the Central Valley. Wallace Stegner called this an "important book, sure to be furiously debated, is a history of the West in terms of its most essential resource, water....It examines how manipulation of water has combined with frontier myths, expectations, and illusions, some of them carefully cultivated by interested parties, to create the ambiguous modern West.." SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. Worster received the Bancroft Prize in American history in 1980.Map, notes, index. x, 402 pp. ISBN: 0-39451680x.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (small check marks in the margins on a few pages).

    Book ID: 76502
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