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History of Sacramento County California With Illustrations 1880 [Facsimile]

By: Allan R. Ottley, Introduction

Price: $55.00

Publisher: Howell North Books, : 1960

Edition: 1st thus

Seller ID: vl191122c

Condition: Fine


Facsimile reprint of Thompson & West's 1880 edition, first printing thus. Oblong black cloth stamped in gilt. A fine, virtually pristine copy in poor dustjacket with numerous tears and tape repairs. Publisher’s prospectus laid in. View more info

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Valley Forge / A Play in Three Acts [Signed Copy]

By: Anderson, Maxwell

Price: $110.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Anderson House: 1934

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Double Signed and Inscribed by Anderson

Seller ID: k18022609

Condition: Very Good


1st ed., 12mo blue cloth. 169 pp. A historical drama of he dark days at Valley Forge when the fortunes of the rebellious colonists were at their lowest ebb. A splendid picture of Washington and his defiant troops. Good+; a very good, clean tight copy but covers lightly faded at extremities; d/w is fair with darkened, rubbed spine, a large 4” closed tear on back, and several smaller open tears front and back. Doubly signed and inscribed by Anderson with a flat signature on the title page and inscription to Hollywood screenwriter Frank Partos on the half-title page. Partos shared an Academy... 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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American Remembrancer; or, an Impartial Collection of Essays, Resolves, Speeches, &c.

By: CAREY, Mathew, ed.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Phila.: Printed by Henry Tuckniss, for Mathew Carey: 1795

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: cr191112e

Condition: Poor


The American Remembrancer; or, an Impartial Collection of Essays, Resolves, Speeches, &c. Relative, or Having Affinity, to the Treaty with Great Britain. Phila.: Printed by Henry Tuckniss, for Mathew Carey, 1795. 1st ed. 288pp. Noted as Volume I [of a 3 volume set] contains the first four issues of Carey's periodical "American Remembrancer" dated Aug. 20, Aug. 27, Sept. 4, and Oct. 1, 1795. A collection of printed documents in support of “Jay's Treaty”, signed Nov. 19, 1794, which resolved severa; Anglo-American diplomatic issues arising out of the Definitive Treaty of Peace of 1783. A... View more info

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Personal Photo Album - Oahu 1940-41; on the Eve of World War II. 165 original b/w photos.

By: Drake, Robert L.

Price: $275.00

Publisher: Oahu, 1941

Seller ID: k180331d


A wide variety of photos of camp life at Schofield Barracks and activities of the Hawaiian Division Command -- extra-illustrated with original cartoons drawn by one of the soldiers stationed there. Appears to be assembled by Sgt. Robert J. Drake of Columbus Georgia. Camp social life, barracks, scenery. Not much military history, but a great portrait of life on base. 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

Condition: Fine


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

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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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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

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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

Condition: Good+


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 County CA. Good+ dustwrapper has ½”open tear at top of spine; similar at top back panel, and some light spotting 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

Condition: Fine


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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History of Nevada County California With Illustrations 1880 [facsimile edition]

By: Jackson, W. Turrentin, Introduction

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Howell North Books: 1970

Edition: 1st thus

Seller ID: k191122b

Condition: Fine


Facsimile reprint of Thompson & West's 1880 edition, first printing thus. Oblong black cloth stamped in gilt. A fine, virtually pristine copy in poor dustjacket with numerous tears and tape repairs. Prior owner’s inked inscription inside front cover. View more info

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SIGHTS IN THE GOLD REGION AND SCENES BY THE WAY

By: Johnson, Theodore T(aylor)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Baker & Scribner, New York: 1850

Edition: 2d ed.

Seller ID: k191118e

Condition: Good Ex-lib


2d ed. revised and enlarged. 8vo, violet embossed cloth. xii + 324pp. An account of the gold rush and gold fields, starting with embarkment from New York to Panama and then from Panama to California. Kurutz [363a] -- calls this book, "one of the earliest, liveliest, and most detailed accounts of the Gold Rush." Ex-lib with call number on spine, several inked and penciled notations on dedication page; pocket or residue. A clean tight copy overall, with scattered foxing and faint soiling throughout. Covers somewhat faded, with wear to corners and spine ends; discoloration in gutter View more info

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Manual of the Corporation [Common Council] of the City of New York, for 1868

By: Joseph Shannon

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Edmund Jones & Co., NY: 1868

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: k200120a

Condition: Fair


1st ed., 8vo. publisher's embossed brown cloth with seal of New York on front and spine. [xiv], 912 pp. The first of a new series, enlarged, with new engravings and smaller type so that the book contains nearly double the aount of matter in forer compilations. Chromolith title page, 8 color plates [2 folding] and dozens of b/w illustrations, maps [several folding], and tables. Condition is fair: Text block is clean and tight overall with only very occasional foxing. Frontis fold-out map of New York is hand colored; larger b/w fold-out map is torn but intact. Oversized chromolith of Tammany H... 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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Fair Angelica / Black Cargoes - Original screenplay about revolt on an American Slave ship during the middle passage, circa 1835

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $4,500.00

Publisher: 1972

Seller ID: s180622m


Original unpublished and unproduced screenplay about revolt on an American Slave ship [the Fair Angelica] navigating the middle passage, circa 1835. A very unusual subject for Matthiessen. “Fair Angelica” is a first draft, typed carbon, 123 loose leaves -- an agency copy used to solicit producers and investors -- one of whom was the progressive filmmaker Martin Ritt. “Black Cargoes” is a revised and retitled draft, 112 pp. in black studio 2-post covers. Mostly mimeographed, but with a dozen typed and corrected pages interleaved; numerous holographic additions or changes throughout b... 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, chronicling one of the important labor movements of the Sixties. signed by Matthiessen and by Cesar Chavez, who comments "This... 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

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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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Sacramento City and County Directory, 1869

By: Robert E. Draper

Price: $650.00

Publisher: Sacramento, H.S. Crocker & Co, Steam Printers and Stationers: 1869

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: k181231c


8vo, cardboard covers with advtg, 275 pp. i-iv, 1-275 Includes list of Post Offices on the Pacific Coast, Money Order Offices, General Directory, City Business Directory, State Offices, Sacramento City Government, County Directory, local history and statistics, hundreds of advts. Ex Libris William Neely Johnson, with his signature on p 13. Johnson was Secretary of California’s Board of Land Commissioners, was the State’s second appointed State Librarian [an interim appointment for 4 months in 1870], and brother of Gov. John Neely Johnson [1856-1858]. Condition: Covers heavily worn; ... View more info

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I Wanted Out!

By: ROBINSON, Elsie

Price: $85.00

Publisher: NY, Farrar & Rinehart: 1934

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg17121607

Condition: Near Fine.


1st ed. 8vo. Brown cloth, 299 pp; brown top-edge; Photographic frontispiece of the author. The autobiography of Elsinore Justina "Aunt Elsie" Robinson (1883-1956) who worked as a miner in California before finding her calling writing children’s stories for the Hearst papers. Near fine: small, light stain on bottom edge; signature of prior owner on fep. [Ruth Ann Newport; County Historian for the County of Tuolumne, Ca. View more info