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Image for The Overland Monthly, 1868-71, Volumes 1-6.

The Overland Monthly, 1868-71, Volumes 1-6.

By: N/A

Price: $950.00

Publisher: San Francisco, A. Roman & Co:

Seller ID: 022012


The first six annual volumes. Hardcover, green pebbled cloth, gilt titles and logo on spine. Each volume 550-600 pp. First appearance of Bret Harte's The Luck of Roaring Camp, as well as early contributions by Mark Twain and tales and poems by California Bohemian founders Charles Warren Stoddard and Ina Coolbrith. Among the tales and articles in this short run are Harte's "The Luck of Roaring Camp," "Dickens in Camp," and "Plain Language from Truthful James," and Ambrose... View more info

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Governor Alvarado to John A. Sutter / reprinted from the original pamphlet published in 1850

By: A faithful translation of the papers respecting the grant made by Plumbe, John, with an introduction by Neal Harlow

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Industrial Arts Laboratory Press at San Jose State College for the Sacramento Book Collectors Club: 1942

Edition: 1st ed. thus.

Seller ID: cr180226l


Published by printed and bound by Industrial Arts Laboratory Press at San Jose State College for the Sacramento Book Collectors Club, Sacramento & San Jose, 1942 8vo, ¼ linen, violet boards. xxi,13p., frontis-map, rubricated title page, preface, notes to preface, the pamphlet, remarks of John Plumbe, notes to text. Errata slip affixed at rear colophon. The first publication of the Sacramento Book Collectors Club; limited to eighty copies. Laid in is a printed slip l... View more info

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California Jubilee

By: Ainsworth, Ed

Price: $45.00

Seller ID: 040302


1st ed., 1948. A fine copy in a very good dust jacket, signed by author Ainsworth as well as the cover artist, Clyde Forsythe and Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz. The book is in fine condition; the d/w has light wear along the edges and a few nicks at top and bottom of spine. View more info

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Early Cemeteries of the City of Los Angeles - Los Angeles Miscellany #2

By: Carpenter, Edwin

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Dawson's Book Shop: 1973

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: 1409


1st ed., limited to 300 copies. 8vo, illustrated boards, 48 pp. Illustrated with contemporary photographs and graphics - LA cemeteries up to the year 1885. Fine, without d/w -- as issued. View more info

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Mark Twain: The Story of His Life and Work. A Biographical Sketch.

By: CLEMENS, Will M.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: San Francisco, The Clemens Publishing Company: 1992

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg121701


1st ed. 12mo, publisher’s printed wrappers with a portrait of Twain on front. 211 pp. First edition. BAL, p. 251. Fair: Internally clean and tight. Covers rubbed at extremites; bottom right corner of front cover and first leaf clipped 1/8”, similar sized crease on next several leaves; covers tanned with some light rubbing. Bindery glue residue on front hinge. Ex-libris Ruth Ann Newport; County Historian for the County of Tuolumne, Ca with her blind stamp at bottom of... View more info

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A Voyage from Boston to California, 1852

By: Duchow, John Charles

Price: $135.00

Publisher: Kentfield, Mallette, Dean [Allen Press}: 1959

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg17121005


4to, quarter cloth, blue on green boards with ocean wave pattern; printed title label on spine. [66] pp. One of 200 unnumbered copies set in Bulmer types and printed on handmade Umbria paper. After a pioneering voyage from Boston to California to seek fame and fortune, Duchow settled in the gold rush town of Columbia where he became a respected journalist and newspaper publisher. View more info

The Saga Of Old Tuolumne

By: Edna Bryan Buckbee

Price: $75.00

Publisher: NY, The Press Of The Pioneers, Inc: 1935

Seller ID: DG17090613


First Edition. 8vo Red Buckram with gilt titles. 526 pp, History of the gold rush era Tuolumne Co California. General history plus a list of the pioneers, physicians and surgeons prior to 1854, and the towns and camps of the region. Sixteen full-page photographs. Pristine copy copy in a fine jacket. The d/w has a ¼”x1” closed tear at bottom of spine, otherwise also pristine, not price-clipped. The best copy we have seen. View more info

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The Cat and the Cherub and other Stories.

By: Fernald, Chester.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York:, The Century Co.: 1896.

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 00010


A chidren's book about early San Francisco Chinatown. View more info

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From the Backwoods of Old Tuolumne

By: Grigsby, Russell C.

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Stockton CA, Russell C Grigsby: 1943

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg17121605


1st ed., 8vo, dark green boards, 154 pp. Grigsby lived in the Tuolumne/Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada from 1907. This memoirs cover his early years, through the Depression and his work with the California Conservation Corp, through the publication date 1943. Good+: Presents as very good-near fine overall but chip at top of spine results in loss in 1/8” of cloth, lightly rubbed corners. Inscribed by Grigsby on fep to Ruth Ann Newport, County Historian, Tuolumne Co... View more info

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The Coast Rangers A Chronicle of Adventures in California

By: J. Ross Browne

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Paisano Press: 1959

Edition: 1st ed

Seller ID: dg17121004


Large 8vo, ochre linen covered boards with gilt writing on spine with gilt illustration on cover. 86 pages. .Limited edition, # 408 of 500 copies; reprinted from Harper's New Monthly Magazine 1861-62. Fine copy in very good d/w. The book itself is as-new; the dustjacket has light surface wear and several small nicks at edges; no tears or chips, not price-clipped. View more info

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Gold Spring Diary of John Jolly Including a History of Stephen Spencer Hill , Fugitive from Labor

By: Jolly, John and Deferrari, Carlo M. (Ed. )

Price: $70.00

Publisher: Sonora, CA, Tuolumne County Historical Society,: 1966

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg17120101


24mo, Maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine 160 pages. One of 500 unnumbered copies printed. Fine. Inscribed by the editor Carlo de Ferrari to Ruth Ann Newport, County Historian for the County of Tuolumne Calif. - with Newport’s blind-stamped ex-libris at bottom of title page and last page View more info

The Fremont Cannon / High Up and Far Back / Unravelling the Puzzle of the brass conon abandoned in 1844 and never recovered from California's Sierra Nevada

By: Lewis, Ernest Allen

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Glendale CA, Arthur H. Clark Company: 1981

Seller ID: 31801


1st ed. "The Fremont Cannon" is Volumn 11 in the Frontier Military Series. This book covers J.J. Fremont's attempt to bring a brass cannon from the Mississippi River to California. The effort failed and the cannon has been lost to history. The prevalent theories at that the cannon was buried somewhere on the east slope of the Sierra Nevadas and never found or that the cannon was dug-up by Native Americans and dumped into one of the deep remote canyons found on the easter... View more info

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The Road

By: London, Jack

Price: $425.00

Publisher: NY, Macmillan Co.: 1897

Seller ID: C1706266


First edition, first state [Nov 1907, 4 pp. adits]. Original light grey cloth decorated in black with gilt titles, t.e.g. Very good; spine has several small spots. View more info

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Reflections of a California Governor.

By: Low, Governor Frederick F.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Sacramento, Sacramento Book Collectors Club,: 1959

Edition: First Thus

Seller ID: 000254


The texts of a "Memoir" (1877-1878) and an interview (1883) between Low and H.H. Bancroft, in which the ninth governor of California (1863-1867) reflected on his business and political life, with particular emphasis on the Gold Rush, the railroads, and the question of Chinese immigration. Club publication number 7. Limited to 310 copies, printed by the Grabhorn Press. 78 pp. Edited, with Preface and Notes by Robert H. Becker. Quarto. Pp. xiii, [1], 78. Frontis portrait ... View more info

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Profile: Cesar Chavez

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $165.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, UAW Western Region 6: 1969

Edition: First thus

Seller ID: 022021


1st ed., 8-1/2x11" stapled wrappers. Pamphlet offprint published by the UAW of two New Yorker articles [June 21 and 28, 1969, that were the basis for his later book Sal Si Puedes. Signed by Matthiessen on the cover below his name 24 pp. [Nicholas p. 13] A pristine copy. View more info

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Sal Si Puedes [Signed by both PM and Cesar Chavez]

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $625.00

Publisher: NY: Random House: 1969

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622q


A nonfiction account of Cesar Chavez and the struggles of the United Farm Workers to form a migrant workers' union to end the dramatic exploitation of temporary farm labor that was so prevalent in the 1960s and 70s. This book was the subject of a lawsuit, and later issues of the first edition came with a legal disclaimer pasted in. Matthiessen also revised it, and a new edition was issued a couple of years later. A significant piece of reporting and social criticism, c... View more info

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Profile: Cesar Chavez [Signed by both PM and Cesar Chavez]

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $625.00

Publisher: Los Angeles: UAW Western Region Six: 1969

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622r


24pp, Union offprint from the June 21 and June 28, 1969 issues of the New Yorker. The origin of what would later be expanded to Sal Si Puedes. Fine and bright in stapled wrappers; no tears, chips or markings. Signed by both Matthiessen and Chavez on the front cover. The only copy we are aware of signed by both. View more info

Image for Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican with a View of the Ancient Aztec Empire and Civilization; A Historical Sketch of the Late War; and Notices of New Mexico and California.

Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican with a View of the Ancient Aztec Empire and Civilization; A Historical Sketch of the Late War; and Notices of New Mexico and California.

By: Mayer, Brantz.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Hartford, S. Drake and Company: 1852

Seller ID: k1707057


Second edition. Two volumes bound in one. Vol I 433 pos; Vol II 398 pgs. Portrait, one map, and 11 plates in volume 1; portrait, 34 plates an map in volume II. Publisher's blind-stamped calf, gilt spine, marbled edges and end papers. Heavily rubbed with wear to edges. Prior owner's name in gilt on front cover. Front hinge cracked. Vintage Ex-lib with labels on front paste-down blacked out and a library inventory label on deep. Text block clean and tight with scattered li... View more info

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MANHOLE COVERS OF LOS ANGELES / No. IV in the series ‘Los Angeles Miscellany’

By: Melnick, Robert and Mimi

Price: $140.00

Publisher: Dawson's Book Shop, Los Angeles: 1974

Edition: 1st.

Seller ID: k180620b


8vo, decorated boards, black cloth spine w/ gilt titles, 82 pages, illustrated w/b&w photos. No. IV in the series ‘Los Angeles Miscellany’. A classic work of urban archeology. Very good: A clean, tight copy with near fine appearance overall, but with rubbed and slightly chipped corners. View more info

Image for The Valley / Original Screenplay about migrant farmworkers in California, 1972

The Valley / Original Screenplay about migrant farmworkers in California, 1972

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $2,800.00

Publisher: Sagaponack NY, 1972

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622t


First draft, original typescript for an unpublished and unproduced screenplay about migrant farmworkers in the San Joaquin Valley of California. A fictional treatment exploring some of the labor issues Matthiessen explored in his sojourns with Cesar Chavez and his 1969 nonfiction book Sal Si Puedes. 86 typescript pages, with a duplicate final page containing two holographic corrections by Matthiessen and handwritten delivery instructions to his Hollywood agent. Toget... View more info