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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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LOCAL TALES AND HISTORICAL SKETCHES.

By: Bailey, Henry D. B.

Price: $95.00

Publisher: NY: Fishkill Standard: 1874

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: d17121004

Condition: Good


8vo, dark brown cloth, gilt titles on spine. Photographic frontispiece portrait of Bailey tipped in, 431 pages. Slavery, Freedom, and Ghosts in the Hudson River Valley - a mixture of fact and fable. Good. Rubbed at top bottom of spine, corners; bits of newspaper residue on back cover. Newspaper obituaries of Bailey glued to front end papers. Some damp-staining to flyleaf page with tipped portrait but not affecting the photo. Front hinge weak but intact. Text block otherwise clean and tight with no foxing. 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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Texas Argonauts Isaac H. Duval and the California Gold Rush

By: Dillon, Richard H.

Price: $65.00

Publisher: The Book Club of California: 2987

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: sbcc1907221f

Condition: New


1st ed., oblong 4to, 10 x 13 inches. 199 pp. Limited to 450 copies. With color illustrations by Charles Shaw, appendix, footnotes, bibliography, index and endpaper maps. Original prospectus laid in. Series: The Book Club of California Publication, No. 186. Quarter natural linen, illustrated paper over boards, printed paper spine label, maps in end-leaves, plain white paper dust-jacket. Isaac Duval (1824-1902) was an American adventurer and businessman prior to becoming a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. As a young man, he traveled to Fort Smith, Arkansas, wh... View more info

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Historia de la Conquista del Nuevo Mundo (9 vols)

By: Don Antonio de Solis [et al]

Price: $1,250.00

Publisher: Madrid, Imprenta de Los Hijos de Doña Catalina Piñuela: 1829

Seller ID: 0001


Nine volumes, 12mo full leather. Most volumes consist of contemporary historical accounts, translated and republished into the Spanish of the time. Contents (full Spanish titles reproduced below): Volume I: History of the Conquest of Mexico. Volumes II, III, IV and V: Royal Commentaries of the origin of the Incas of Peru. Volumes VI and VII: La Florida del Inca, by Hernando de Soto Volumes VIII and IX: Chronological General History of Florida Each volume is between 400-700 pages. Interiors are generally clean and tight; minor foxing to a couple of volumes. Covers are rubbed with so... View more info

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TLS, JFK presidential campaign, Signed by Edward “Ted” Kennedy

By: Edward "Ted" Kennedy

Price: $150.00

Publisher: 1960

Seller ID: k181228a


Typed letter signed “Ted.” 8-1/2”x11” on official John F. Kennedy for President letterhead. Dated November 17, 1960. A simple letter of thanks to a Los Angeles postal office manager for his help in ensuring that campaign materials were distributed without delay. “Your personal efforts in seeing that the mailings by Campaign Report, our western newsletter, were not delayed, and received highly expeditious treatment, are very much appreciated. / Russell Benedict, who edited the newsletter, is high in the praise of the Weight Room staff, and of your kindness. / Thank you again for you... View more info

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A History of THE ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL From Its Establishment in 1863 to December, 1876; and of The Island of Rock Island, The Site of The Arsenal, From 1804 to 1863. ORDNANCE MEMORANDA NO. 20.

By: Flagler, Maj. D.W.

Price: $275.00

Publisher: Washington, Government Printing Office: 1877

Seller ID: 1231


1st ed., 485 pp., plus 13 fold-out plates, one photographic plate, and a fold-out frontispiece. Rebound in maroon cloth. Text block is clean and tight with no foxing. One of the plates is split in half but intact. some of the other plates have small tears or stains, but not affecting image. Frontispiece is detached. View more info

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An Artist Records the California Missions.

By: FORD, Henry Chapman

Price: $75.00

Publisher: The Book Club of California, San Francisco: 1989

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: sbcc190721d

Condition: New


First edition; one of 450 copies. Edited with an Introduction by Norman Neuerberg. xl, 100 [1] pp. Oblong folio, cloth-backed decorated paper-covered boards with printed paper label on spine, in publisher's plain white wrapper. Illustrations & plates from sketches & paintings by Ford, a few in color including tipped-in frontispiece.. Most of Ford's drawings and paintings were executed in the early 1880's. The patterned cloth used in the binding was typical of the wallpapers and decorations found in the California Missions. Prospectus laid in. Condition: A new copy; absolutely pristine but wi... View more info

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Lincoln in the Political Circus

By: Gernon, Blaine Brooks

Price: $55.00

Publisher: Chicago, The Black Cat Press: 1936

Seller ID: g1010


1st ed., in d/w, limited to 1000 copies. A critical study of Abraham Lincoln's political relationships, with previously unpublished election materials. Some light soiling along top edge and pencil erasures on ffep where a price was apparently removed, otherwise a fine copy. Dustjacket is fair only with several large open tears and darkened spine. View more info

Image for Edward Vischer's Drawings of the California Missions, 1861-1878. With a Biography of the Artist by Jeanne van Nostrand. Introduction by Thomas Albright.

Edward Vischer's Drawings of the California Missions, 1861-1878. With a Biography of the Artist by Jeanne van Nostrand. Introduction by Thomas Albright.

By: Jeanne Van Nostrand

Price: $75.00

Publisher: The Book Club of California: 1982

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: sbcc190721e

Condition: New


Publications of the Book Club of California, No. 172. Limited to 600 copies, produced by the Arion Press under the direction of Andrew Hoyem. Oblong 4to. 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches. 44, 44 plates, [2] pp. Gilt-stamped brown cloth, plain paper dust-jacket; "Vischer is credited The captions to the plates are excerpted from Vischer's own writings. Included in the Rounce & Coffin Club's Exhibition of Western Books. Original prospectus laid in. Condition: A new copy; absolutely pristine but with a couple of small nicks to the publisher’s wrapper; light wear to the prospectus. View more info

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King's Handbook Of New York City; An Outline History and Description of the American Metropolis

By: KING, Moses, editor

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Moses King, Boston: 1982

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: k190125d

Condition: Good


1st ed., with title page in red and black. 8vo, 928pp. Original tan and brown pictorial & gilt cloth. More than 800 photographs, many full page. A good copy of this comprehensive nineteenth-century guide to the city. CONDITION: Good; edges and corners lightly worn and bumped, spine ends lightly rubbed, front hinge cracked, inked gift inscription at top of title page. View more info

Image for 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

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 eastern slopes of the Sierras. New copy; book is pristine but it has been in storage and the d/w has some light soiling, light shel... View more info

Secret Proceedings and Debates of the Convention Assembled at Philadelphia in the Year 1787, for the Purpose of Forming the Constitution on the United States of America

By: Martin, Luther

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Cincinnati, Alston Mygatt: 1838

Seller ID: 1067


"From The Notes Taken By The Late Robert Yates, Esq. Chief Justice Of New York, And Copied By John Lansing, Jun. Esq. Late Chancellor Of That State, Members Of That Convention Including The Genuine Information Laid Before The Legislature Of Maryland By Luther Martin, Esq. Then Attorney General Of That State, And A Member Of The Same Convention Also, Other Historical Documents Relative To The Federal Compact Of The North American Union." This is a later printing; first published in 1821. Fair condition: Interior is very sound and clean with no loose signatures but some light foxing. Front and ... View more info

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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $22.00

Seller ID: 39702


First edition. NY: Viking, 1983. Fine in price-clipped d/w. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse chronicles the history between the Sioux and the United States government, with emphasis on the 1971 shoot-out at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a 71-day, armed stand-off between federal and state agents and upon the 1975 shootout involving the AIM activist Leonard Peltier in which two FBI agents were killed. Matthiessen investigates his later trial and conviction; and the controversies surrounding the case. Bill Janklow, the former Republican state attorney general and governor of South Dakota, and... View more info

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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $95.00

Publisher: New York: Viking: 1993

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Signed.

Seller ID: s180623a


1st ed., 8v, sienna boards/brown cloth. Matthiessen's controversial and suppressed book on the conflict between agents of the federal government and members of the radical American Indian Movement (AIM) in the 1970s, which culminated in a gun battle that left two FBI agents and one Indian dead. Matthiessen argues that the conviction of Leonard Peltier for the agents' death was a miscarriage of justice. His book was the subject of two lawsuits -- by one of the FBI agents involved in the case and by the former governor of South Dakota -- which effectively suppressed it for nearly a decade. A Su... View more info

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ALS, Ronald Reagan [President of the Screen Actors Guild] to Hollywood producer Jerry Wald -- personally signed as “Ronnie”, [1959]

By: Ronald Reagan

Price: $1,800.00

Publisher: 1959

Seller ID: k181228b


A one-page handwritten letter from Reagan to his close friend, film producer Jerry Wald, thanking him for his televised production of the 31st annual Academy Awards [1959]. 7-1/2”x11”, 1 page, on Reagan’s personal letterhead, dated March 27 [1959] “Dear Jerry / It is the “morning after” and my only regret is that I did not make a speech to a loud and large audience of our contemporaries. Subject of my speech would have been “Jerry Wald and how grateful we should all be because he made us look like ‘big leaguers.” In 1938 we knew we were “big leaguers” but in 1958 we ... View more info

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First International Rocket Mail U.S.A. - Mexico July 2, 1936

By: Rumbel, Oliver

Price: $135.00

Publisher: The Rocket Mail Society: 1956

Edition: 1st ed; limited

Seller ID: k190114c


1st ed. 4to, illustrated red cloth. No. 265 of a limited edition of 500 copies. 64 pp. Loyal Service Post 37, the American Legion post in McAllen, Texas wanted their mortgage paid off in time for dedication ceremonies that were scheduled for July 2nd 1936. Money was tight, and ideas were in short supply. But the Post Commander's 16-year old son had one. The boy had two hobbies: rocketry and stamp collecting. Combining the two, he came up with the idea of Rocket Mail and with Mexico just across the river the word INTERNATIONAL was also apropos. He convinced his father that First Day of Issue ... View more info

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Your Dead Cease to Love You / A Speech by Chief Noah Sealth Delivered in 1854

By: Sealth, Chief Noah

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Sacramento CA, Press of Arden Park: 1976

Seller ID: 07154


Handset and printed in black and peacock blue ink with Indian motif illustrations. 16mo, beige cloth, 16 pp. Limited to 120 copies signed by the printer, Bud Westreich. Fine View more info

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A View of the Town and Castle of St. Augustine, and the English Camp Before it June 20 1740

By: Thomas Silver

Price: $375.00

Publisher: Gentleman's Magazine, London, : 1740

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: k190220d

Condition: Good


B/w copper plate engraving; Image size 6-3/8”x 12-3/4” plus margins to 8”x12-3/4”. The view depicts the British siege under General Oglethorpe, on St. Augustine [Spanish Florida]. This siege failed and the British troops retreated back to Georgia. A lettered key identifies the positions, identifies the ships and gives a general history of the battle. Good condition with several light folds and creases, several small edge-nicks, some browning to lower third.. View more info

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The Sleepy Lagoon Case

By: Welles, Orson

Price: $60.00

Seller ID: 040314


1st ed., second printing with the original 5c price at the bottom of the cover. Covers age-toned with a couple of light stains. Paper cover pulling from one of the staples, but still intact. Pencil erasures on back cover and one interior page. View more info