[ADAMS, Nehemiah]. THE SABLE CLOUD: A Southern Tale, with Northern Comments. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1861. 8vo, 275, 2 (ads), (2, blank), 16 (ads)pp. Orig. cloth, blocked in blind. Library bookplate, rubber stamp to title, author’s name penned to title, otherwise fine. $150.
¶ First Edition of Adams’ famous rebuttal. With A South-side View of Slavery (1854) Adams typified the “moderates” who “recognized the better side of the institution and deplored the excesses of Northern abolitionists. Its author believed that if unmolested the South would peacefully abolish slavery. The book subjected Adams to bitter criticism…In 1861 he replied to his critics in another book on slavery, The Sable Cloud, which was largely suppressed by his friends” (DAB). Sabin 340 (apparently different edition, identifying “Rev. Nehemiah Adams” on title).
AINSWORTH, Ed. EAGLES FLY WEST. New York: MacMillan, 1946. 8vo, 447pp. Brown cloth, silver lettered, dustjacket, very good in good dj. $40. ¶ First Edition, Inscribed by the Author. Baird & Greenwood 39: “A reporter for the New York Herald joins Stevenson’s Regiment during the California conquest. He is a participant and observer in the events that followed fromt he fold rusht to statehood.”
ALBERDI, Juan B. BASES. y puntos de partida para la organizacion politica de la Republica Argentina. Buenos Ares: La Cultura Argentina, 1915. 8vo, wrappers, worn. A good copy. $20. ¶ Alberdi discusses the Argentine Constitution and the necessary steps to maintain its integrity.
(Almanac). ABELL, Truman. THE NEW ENGLAND FARMER’S ALMANAC, For the Year of the Christian Era, 1836. Being Bissextile, or Leap Year, and the Sixtieth of the American Independence. Containing, Besides the Usual Astronomical Calculations, a Great Variety of Curious, Useful and Entertaining Matter. Claremont, N.H.: Claremont Manufacturing Co., 1836. 8vo, (50)pp, misc. text engravings. Later cardboard wrappers, stringbound, toning throughout, rough edges, chips, corner folds, good. $35. ¶ A medical doctor, noted astronomer and botanist, Dr. Truman Abell was for fifty years the author of Abell's New England Farmers’ Almanac.
(American Folklore). A Gentleman About Town. IMMORTALIA. An Anthology of American Ballads, Sailors’ Songs, Cowboy Songs, College Songs, Parodies, Limericks, & other Humorous Verses and Doggerel Now for the First Time Brought Together. N.P.: Privately printed, 1927. 4to. Orig. quarter tan linen over tan boards, black spine letters, a few small brown spots to spine & minor browning to gutter of endpapers, very good. $45. ¶ True First Printing, one of 1000 copies printed for subscribers.
(Americana). AMERICANA. Books • Manuscripts • Maps • Prints • Photographs • Paintings. The Inventory of John Howell - Books. Parts I, II, III. San Francisco: Butterfield & Butterfield, 1985. 3 vols in 1, 4to, (approx. 450)pp. Brown cloth, gilt lettering to stamped spine label, original wrappers preserved, tight, crisp, bright, very fine. $65. ¶ Massive bound issue of the auction catalogue of the famed San Francisco rarebook dealer, with Addenda, prices realized laid in; a useful reference to collecting Americana.
AMSDEN, Charles Avery. NAVAHO WEAVING. Its Technic and History. Foreword by Frederick Webb Hodge. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1949. 8vo, xxii, 263pp, 123 plates, 12 illus., 1 folding silkscreen plate laid in. Orig. cloth in weaved pattern, map endpapers. Bookplate to copyright page, very good. $200. ¶ Second Edition of Amsden’s beautiful text on Navaho weaving, the binding is in the pattern of a Navaho rug. The volume also addresses the politcal pressures which affected the Navahos’ art. Originally issued 1934. Cf. Howes A-225.
ANDERSON, Winslow. MINERAL SPRINGS AND HEALTH RESORTS OF CALIFORNIA with a complete Chemical Analysis of every important Mineral water in the World. San Francisco: Bancroft, 1892. Large 8vo, xxx, 384pp, 60 illustrations in the text. Original brown cloth pictorially stamped in gilt and black, spine ends and edges rubbed, ink blotches to front free endpaper, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ This important text concentrates on the springs and spas of California and the illustrations include several of Yosemite, as well as views from San Diego to Lake Tahoe. Numerous European springs are also included in the text. Anderson describes 196 thermal or mineral springs in California, with chemcial analyses of the water from many. Cowan p.16 cites first ed of 1890. Cordasco 90-0162.
(Arion Press - Hannah Duston - Richard Bosman). CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE OF HANNAH DUSTON. With 35 Wood-Block Prints by Richard Bosman. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1987. Folio, 53, (2)pp, frontispiece, 34 woodblock prints. Quarter brown linen over brown handmade paper boards. Fine. $450. ¶ First Edition thus, one of 25 hors commerce copies signed by Bosman of a total edition of 425. Hand set in Kennerley Bold and printed on Rives paper.
AUSTIN, Mary. ISIDRO. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905. 8vo, illus. Original decorated cloth, lightly rub, ink signatures, very good. $65. ¶ First Edition, with four beautiful color plates by Eric Pape.
(BAE). TWENTIETH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BUREAU OF AMERICAN ETHNOLOGY…1898-99 by J.W.Powell. Washington, 1903. 4to, plates, orig. cloth, hinges cracked. Good. $100. ¶ Includes W.H. Holmes, Aboriginal Pottery of the Eastern United States, with plates
BAILEY, Kenneth P. THE OHIO COMPANY PAPERS, 1753-1817. Being Primarily Papers of the “Suffering Traders” of Pennsylvania. Arcata, CA: Sons of the Revolution Library, 1947. 8vo, xi, 549pp, frontispiece map, 3 maps. Green cloth, giilt lettered, 4 tiny nicks at rear head edge, otherwise nearly fine. $250. ¶ First Edition, Inscribed by the Author.
BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. Signature on a leaf title “Western American History, Autograph Edition.” $25.
BANGS, Nathan. THE REFORMER REFORMED: or a Second Part of the Errors of Hopkinsianism detected and refuted; being an Examination of Mr. Seth Williston’s “Vindication of some of the most Essential Doctrines of the Reformation”. New York: John C. Totten, 1818. Sm. 8vo, 350, (5, contents)pp. Old calf, rubbed, several ink inscriptions on endpapers & at end of preface. Browned throughout, but a good working copy. $50. ¶ Second edition. Bangs (1778-1862) was an itinerant Methodist preacher who is regarded as the founder of Methodism in the Province of Quebec. He returned to the United States in 1812 and, after editing three Methodist papers, gave himself to missionary work and founded the Methodist Missionary Society; he was also acting President of Wesleyan University in the absence of Olin. Almost entirely self-educated, Bangs published widely and this title is his fourth book. It was first published in New York in 1816. Not in Howes.
BANTA, R.E. THE OHIO. Illustrated by Edward Shenton. New York: Rinehart, 1949. 8vo, 592pp. Cloth, dust jacket with light chipping at spine ends, otherwise very good. $60. ¶ Special Limited Valley Edition, signed by the author. The 39th volume in the Rivers of America Series.
BARNARD, Edward. THE NEW, COMPREHENSIVE, IMPARTIAL AND COMPLETE HISTORY OF ENGLAND: From the Very Earliest Period of Authentic Information, to the End of the Present Year. Containing a Full, Accurate, Clear, Candid, Comprehensive and Impartial Account of all the Most Remarkable Transactions, Mememorable Events, Singular Occurrences, in Which the English Have Been Concerned, from the Remotest Period of Time, to the Present Very Important Crisis... London: Alexnader Hogg, [n.d., ca. 1791]. Folio, 4, (2), 5-712, (4 subscriber list)pp, frontispiece, plus folding map of England and 104 copper plate engr. Later full reversed panelled calf, gilt morocco label, spine tail chipped, light wear to extremeties, very mild intermittent marginal foxing throughout, 5-inch tear along bottom margin of one plate, heavy foxing to one plate, a very good copy. $3000. ¶ Third edition. First published in 1783, this compendious history of England includes an account of certain notable events in the former American colonies. More than 20 artists contributed to the illustration which includes full-length figures of all monarchs in period dress, a complete collection of English coins, royal seals from William I to George III, and, of course, the signing of the Magna Charta and other significant historical occasions. Of special note are the series of illustrations depicting episodes of the American Revolution. Not in Sabin.
BARTLETT, John Russell. A DICTIONARY OF AMERICANISMS. A GLOSSARY OF WORDS AND PHRASES, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States. New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1848. 8vo, xxvii, 412pp. Orig. brown cloth, gilt and blind stamped, spine ends worn & tear at midsection, bookplate, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ First Edition, rare. “This was the first attempt to make a comprehensive dictionary of American speech, and it still holds front rank as a popular reference book in libraries” (Burke p.2-3). The Dictionary was the best known work of the antiquarian and bibliographer Bartlett, passing through four editions. He also wrote the Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents Connected with U.S. & Mexican Boundary Commission, and compiled the first catalogue of the John Carter Brown collection of early Americana. Cordell Collection B-107. Sabin 3738.
BARTLETT, John Russell. PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF EXPLORATIONS AND INCIDENTS in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Chihuahua... Connected with the United States and Mexican Boundary Commission, during the Years 1850,’51, ‘52, and ‘53. Chicago: Rio Grande Press, 1965. 8vo, 2 vols, frontispieces, 3 foldout maps, 68 b&w text illus. Brown leatherette, gilt lettered, vol one fine, vol two near fine. $100. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the New York, Appleton, first edition of 1854. Cf. Howes H201.
BARUCH, Ruth-Marion and Pirkle Jones. BLACK PANTHERS 1968. Photographs by … Introduction by Kathleen Cleaver. (Los Angeles): Greybull Press, (2002). 4to, 139 b&w photo-plate, 1 b&w print. Black linen, blindstamped lettering, dust jacket, clamshell box with laid-on b&w photo, new at published price. $500. ¶ Artist’s Edition, released in a very small printing, with a signed b&w photographic print.
BAYARD, Ferdinand-M[arie]. VOYAGE DANS L’INTERIEUR DES ETATS-UNIS, à Bath, Winchester, dans la Vallée de Shenandoah, etc., etc., pendant l’été de 1791. Seconde Edition, augmentée de descriptions et d’anecdotes sur la vie militaire et politique de Georges Washington. Paris: Batilliot, (1798). 8vo, xxv, (1), 349, [i.e. 347; p.345-6 being omitted], (l)pp. Orig. wrappers. Spine & joint worn, otherwise a very good uncut copy. $200. ¶ Second Edition, enlarged with biographical note on George Washington. Bayard de la Vingtrie (b.1763) intended to draw a series of tableaux of American life: its cities (Baltimore, Bath, Fredericktown, Philadelphia, Winchester), states (Kentucky, Maryland) and personalities (John Adams, William Penn, George Washington). He also discusses the liberty of the press, agriculture, religious freedom, the Quakers etc. The book, first published in 1791, it is written in a casual and vivid style and contains many anecdotes. It is one of the better pictures of life in the U.S. at the time. Clark II, 77. Howes B-255. Monaghan 151. Monglond IV, 183. Sabin 532. See Street Sale 829.
BEAMISH, North Ludlow. THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA BY THE NORTHMEN, In the Tenth Century, with Notices of the Early Settlements of the Irish in the Western Hemisphere. London: T. and W. Boone, 1841. 8vo, (16), 239, (9) as genealogical tables, (2) as index pp, 2 foldout maps, 1 plate. Half pebbled calf, gilt lettered and ornamented, marbled boards, teg, very nice copy of a very scarce work. $450. ¶ First Edition, translating a portion of Charles Christian Rafn’s Antiquitates Americanae, originally published in Copenhagen, 1837. Howes B277. Sabin 545.
BEAUMONT [DE LA BONNIERE], Gustave. MARIE OU L’ESCLAVAGE AUX ETATS-UNIS, Tableau de Moeurs Américaines. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835. 2 vols, 8vo, viii, 396; iv, 334pp. Old quarter brown calf, vol. I completely rebacked, vol. II skillfully restored at head and foot, both retaining most of the orig. backstrips & labels, occasional light browning and foxing in text. $750. ¶ First Edition. De Tocqueville’s companion on his visit to America and co-author of their work on the penitentiary system of America, Beaumont de la Bonnière (1802-1866) was a life-long politician and advocate of the oppressed; this work is a powerful indictment of slavery in the United States and went through several editions and translations. After De Tocqueville’s death, Beaumont edited his works and correspondence. A rare book in commerce: no copy has appeared at auction in several decades. Sabin 4188. Rémond, Les Etats-Unis devant l’Opinion Française, 40 refs.
BELL, William A. NEW TRACKS IN NORTH AMERICA. A JOURNAL OF TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE WHILST ENGAGED IN THE SURVEY FOR A SOUTHERN RAILROAD TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN DURING 1867-8. London: Chapman & Hall, 1869. 1 vol (of 2), folding map & tinted lithographs, handsome copy of vol. 1 only, bound in gilt backed quarter calf, mabled boads. $450. ¶ First Edition.
BERNAL, Dr. Ignacio; Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, & Otto Schöndube. COLLECCION ARQUEOLOGICA MEXICANA DE LICIO LAGOS. (Mexico City): (Licio Lagos), (1970). 4to, xxi, unpaginated, 101 full page illus., some in color. Blue and red cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, near fine in very good dj. $75. ¶ Only Edition, limited to 500 numbered copies
BIGGERS, John and Carroll Simms with John Edward Weems. BLACK AT IN HOUSTON. Presenting the Art of Biggers, Simms and Thier Students. Introduction by Donald Weismann. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, (1978). 4to, (12), 106pp, frontispiece, 122 illus., many in color. Paper boards, dust jacket, very good in dj with chips along edges and at spine exrremes, some rubbing. $175. ¶ First Edition, warmly inscribed by Biggers.
BILLINGS, John D. HARDTACK AND COFFEE The Unwritten Story of Army Life by John D. Billings. Edited by Richard Harwell. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1960. 12mo. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $30.
BINGHAM, Caleb. THE AMERICAN PRECEPTOR; Being a New Selection of Lessons for Reading and Speaking Designed for the Use of Schools. Boston: Printed by Manning & Loring for the author, 1803. 8vo, 228pp. Contemporary quarter calf over boards, lacking rear free-endpaper, foxing throughout, covers heavily worn but firm. $100. ¶ Scarce early American reader containing mostly religious and patriotic passages extracted from larger works. Bingham’s first book, The Young Lady’s Accidence... (1785) was the second English grammar book published in America. Originally published in 1794, The American Preceptor and its companion, The Columbian Orator (1797), for a quarter of a century “surpassed in popularity all their competitors and made their author nationally known” (DAB). Seventeenth edition. c.f. Sabin 5430.
(Bingham, George Calbeb). CONSTANT, Alberta Wilson. PAINTBOX ON THE FRONTIER. The Life and Times of George Caleb Bingham. New York: Thomas Y. Cromwell, 1974. 8vo, x, 193pp, frontispiece, 26 b&w illus, 8 color plates. Ivory cloth, brown lettered, dustjacket, fine in like dj. $35. ¶ First Edition.
(Black Americana broadside). “A CARNIVAL OF FUN! GRAND FESTIVAL AND TOURNAMENT AT CASTLE PARK!” at Hot Springs, Arkansas Featuring Foot Race, Jumping Match, Wrestling, Fancy Walking, Sack Race, Climbing Greased Pole, etc., Including “Wrestling Match With Bear by the Famous Zulu Chieftain, ‘Black Dan’.” “Contestants in the Above entries Will be Confined to Colored People Only!” Hot Springs, AK: Citizens and Visitor’s Committee, 1881. 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. printed sheet, sm edge tears, some creasing, penciled note, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ It is unclear whether the Carnival was for white people with entertainment provided by “Colored People Only” or an all-“Colored People” event. With a penciled eyewitness’ declaration of attendance to upper margin. Scarce.
(Black Americana broadside). UNDOUBTED FACTS SUBSTANTIAL PROOFS. THE VEIL REMOVED! A DEBATE ON THE ORIGIN OF THE COLORED RACE Its Past Present, and Future Will Take Place Between J.C. Clark, the “Cicero of Hot Springs,”
and Postal W. Wright, the “Demosthenes of Arkansas” Proceeds…to be Devoted to The Colored Churches! Hot Springs, AK 1881. 10 1/2 x 15 in. yellow printed sheet, fold creases, penciled note otherwise very good+. $400. ¶ “The debate will be conducted in the usual diffuse, wordy, verbose, prolix, copius, exhuberant, flowing, fluent, bombastic, rambling, pleonastic, periphrastic, and episodic manner so peculiar to those distinguished and grandeloquent propagandists. They will enter into a minute, detailed, particular and circumstantial account of the Origin of Man, and demonstrate conclusively, and irrefutably that Adam was a Colored man; that the colored race, by reason of their antiquity, primitiveness and primogeniture, are the most noble and exalted of mankind; and are the true aristocracy of America and of the World!”
In the upper margin is a penciled eyewitness’ brief declaration of attendance and review of the debate. Amongst the earliest examples of Black Pride, specifically non-violent Black Supremacy. Scarce.
(Black Americana). McDANIEL. CLEAN FUN. Starring Shoogafoots Jones. Columbus: Specialty Book Company, 1944. Tall 8vo, (24)pp. Illus. wrappers, very good. $100. ¶ A sort of primer for cultivating bigotry in American adolescents, “something entirely new and vastly different in a comic book; inspirational as well as entertaining,” which is to say a grossly racist comic featuring a Steppin’ Fetchit-like character with exaggerated negroid facial features speaking in clichéd Southern Blackese that is leavened with “pithy, inspirational” epigrams at the foot of each page from Stray Thoughts by Crump J. Strickland, a book considered to be “one of the five best” books for young people by contemporary Southern Baptists. Strickland also wrote White Slavery Revelations.
BOGLE, Donald. BROWN SUGAR. Eighty Years of Black Female Superstars. Designed by Joan Peacock. New York: Harmony, 1980. 4to, 208pp, frontispiece, lavishly b&w photo-illus. throughout. Quarter black cloth over brick boards, bronze lettered, dust jacket, very good in like dj. $35. ¶ First Edition.
BOSSOM, Alfred. AN ARCHITECTURAL PILGRIMAGE IN OLD MEXICO. New York: Scribner’s, 1924. 4to, xviii, 10pp, 110 photographic plates. Orig. cloth, very good, bound upside-down. $200. ¶ Facades, walls, courtyards, gateways, cornices, towers, porches, doors, windows, balconies, stairways & interiors from throughout Mexico; included as well are several images from the Missions of California.
BOWEN, A[bel].(ed.). THE NAVAL MONUMENT, Containing Official and Other Accounts of All the Battles Fought Between the Navies of the United States and Great Britain During the Late War; and an Account of the War with Algiers, with Twenty-Five Engravings. To Which is Annexed a Naval Register of the United States. Boston: A. Bowen, 1816. 8vo, xvi, (2), 316, (2)pp, frontispiece, 25 engravings and woodcuts. Full contemporary calf, gilt lettered red morocco spine label, original owner’s signature, heavy rubbing, foxing throughout, otherwise a good, tight copy. $400. ¶ First Edition, first issue, with uncalled for plate, Key to Com. MacDonough's Victory, facing the plate at p. 144, misnumbered p.313 as p.311, p.316 as p.318. Key reference to the War of 1812 and the four-month war against Algiers (“the Shores of Tripoli” as celebrated in the U.S. Marine Corps anthem). Howes B658. Sabin 7045.
BOYD, E. THE LITERATURE OF SANTOS. Dallas: Southern Methodist University, 1950. 8vo, 15pp, 4 full page plates, printed wrappers. $20. ¶ Essay and bibliography of works relating to the religous images of the Spanish Colonial Southwest.
BREUER, Alice Putnam. GUATEMALAN TEXTILES. Prentiss N. Gray Collection. [Oakland, CA]: Mills College, 1942. 4to, 31pp, 4 tipped-in b&w illus., 1 map. Quarter red cloth over printed boards, reproduced typed manuscript, fine. $40. ¶ First (only) Edition. Breuer, curator of the Mills College Art Gallery, provides an overview on the subject and catalogues the Prentiss N. Gray Collection of Guatemalan Indian tribal textiles.
BRINTON, Daniel G. editor. ANCIENT NAHUATL POETRY, Containing the Nahuatl Text of XXVii Ancient Mexican Poems. With a Translation, Introduction, Notes and Vocabulary by… Philadelphia: D.G. Brinton, 1890. 8vo, 279pp. Brown cloth, edges lightly worn, hinge repaired, otherwise very good. $225. ¶ First Edition of the 7th volume in the Library of American Aboriginal Literature conceived, compiled and published by D.G. Brinton (1837-99), an extraordinarily prolific scholar who, despite the later refutation of many of his theses, remains a legend among students of Native America. He was the first to attempt a systematic classification of the aboriginal languages of America, and DAB writes: “His Library of American Aboriginal Literature is especially worth noting… The influence of his scattered writings has been very great.”
BROWN, William Alvin. GOSSIP FROM THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY. Part 1. Los Angeles: Zamorano Club, 1938. 8vo, 49pp, portrait frontis. Original black cloth, exterior lightly worn, very good. Ink signature & Latin inscription by Former L.A. Times Literary Editor Paul Jordan Smith. $30. ¶ First Edition, limited to 125 copies printed at the Bowen Press. The first and only volume of a planned series cut short by the author’s untimely death. Bowen (1877-1937) was a Los Angeles attorney and member of the Zamorano Club.
BROWN, William Hill. THE POWER OF SYMPATHY. Or, the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1937. 2 volumes, 12mo, frontis. Original brown cloth in publisher’s brown slipcase, nearly fine. Bookplate & signature of former L.A. Times Literary Editor Paul Jordan Smith. $50. ¶ Facsimile of the rare first American novel, with a bibliographical note by Milton Ellis, published anonymously by Isaiah Thomas in 1789. Brown loosely based this epistolary novel of betrayal, kidnapping and suicide on the scandalous tragedy of his neighbor Frances Morton Apthor. Fascimile Text Society No. 38.
BRUSH, Daniel Harmon. GROWING UP WITH SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 1820-1861 From the Memoirs of Daniel Harmon Brush. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1944. 12mo, frontispiece. Red cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
BURDICK, Usher. SOME OF THE OLD-TIME COW MEN OF THE GREAT WEST. Baltimore: Wirth Brothers, 1957. 8vo, 175pp, frontispiece, misc. b&w text photo-illus. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, fine. $100. ¶ First Edition. True stories, based upon interviews with survivors and first-person accounts, of the men who took part in the great Cattle Drama in the American West in the aftermath of the buffalo’s decimation. Includes important cattle lore. Adams 363.
BURLEND, Rebecca. A TRUE PICTURE OF EMIGRATION. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1936. 12mo, frontispiece portrait of author, red cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
BURROWS, J.M.D. and J.W. Spencer. THE EARLY DAY OF ROCK ISLAND AND DAVENPORT. The Narratives of J.W. Spencer and J.M.D. Burrows. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1942. 12mo, frontispiece. Red cloth gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
BUSSIERRE, M[arie] Th[eodore Renouard]. L’EMPIRE MEXICAIN. Histoire des Tolteques, des Chichimeques, des Azteques et de la Conquête Espagnole. Paris: Henri Plon, 1863. 8vo, (4), 427, (l)pp. Wrappers, fine. $100. ¶ Only Edition. A scarce history of the ancient empire of Anahuac, located in the central plateau of Mexico, tracing its history from domination by the Toltecs and the Chichimecs to conquest and Christianization, and including data on pre-Columbian mythology, rites, education, marriage and social customs, government, agriculture, mining, architecture, etc. This particular geographical area is important as the origin for all of Mexican culture, and its history, changing under various conquerors, can be established from well preserved documents and other authentic sources. Bussierre (1802-1865) was a French historian who travelled widely in Mexico and Central America. Bernal 4295. Palau 37698. Sabin 9561.
BYRD, Cecil K. SEARCHING FOR RICHES, The California Gold Rush. Bloomington: The Lilly Library, 1991. 4to, yellow wrappers. Very good. $25.
(California Art). ART OF THE WEST. San Francisco: Maxwell Galleries, 1973. Oblong 8vo, 47pp with illus. Original color illus. wrappers, fine. $15. ¶ Exhibition catalogue of western paintings & sculptures.
CARPENTER, Edwin H. PRINTERS AND PUBLISHERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 1850- 1876. Glendale, Ca.: La Siesta Press, 1964. 8vo, 48pp. Wrappers, very good. $20.
CARUTHERS, William. LOAFING ALONG DEATH VALLEY TRAILS. A Personal Narrative of People and Places. Palm Desert: Desert Magazine Press, 1951. 8vo, 191pp, inserted b&w photographic section. Original red cloth, spine ends worn, a few marginal notes, very good. $45. ¶ First Edition. “One of the top level items on Death Valley” (Edwards, Enduring Desert p. 42).
CARUTHERS, William. LOAFING ALONG DEATH VALLEY TRAILS. A Personal Narrative of People and Places. Shoshone: Death Valley Publ., 1951. 8vo, 191pp, 24 b&w photoplates. Green cloth, black lettered and illustrated, dust jacket, fine in near fine dj. $60. ¶ First Edition. Features a parade of interesting, amazing, and colorful characters the author met during his twenty-five years living in “the Big Sink at the bottom of America.” Highly rated by Edwards. Six Guns 387. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p.82.
(Catalina). AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. Chicago: Kurtz & Allison, ca. 1900. Bird’s-eye view, tinted lithograph, 19 x 25 in, (image 17 x 23 in,), very good condition. $3500. ¶ Sepia-tinted bird’s eye lithograph drawn at the turn-of-century showing an already bustling village and harbor. In 1887, George Shatto bought the land on which Avalon sits from the Lick Estate. The following year, Shatto platted the town. The lithograph shows a community of some size. A side-wheel boat with a sign advertising its glass bottom is out on the bay and a large building (presumably Shatto’s Hotel Metropole) sits on the shoreline. See: Peters, California on Stone, p.41. Rep, Views & Viewmakers of the Urban America, 56.
CHALFANT, W.A. THE STORY OF INYO. N.p.: Published by the Author, 1922. 8vo, xviii, 358pp, folding frontispiece map, errata slip on back pastedown. Orig. red cloth, gilt, covers slightly spotted, signature on endpaper $100. ¶ First Edition, signed by the author on the dedication leaf. The best history of the Owens Valley, with sections on the Sierras and Death Valley. Chalfant based much of his history of the pre-1870 period on the private library of Henry Hanks who had been an assayer in Inyo County and went on to become State Mineralogist (the Hanks library was lost in the San Francisco fire of 1906). Cowan p.112. Howes C261.
CHAMBERLAIN, Newell D. THE CALL OF GOLD. True Tales on the Gold Road to Yosemite. Mariposa: Gazette Press, (1936). 8vo, xii, 183pp, map & plates throughout. Original orange cloth with previous owner’s signature, otherwise fine; in torn dust jacket, amateur tape repair. $45. ¶ First Edition of this history of Mariposa County during the gold rush.
CHASE, J. Smeaton. CALIFORNIA COAST TRAILS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1913). 8vo, xviii, (2), 326pp, frontis., 15 photo plates. Orig. publisher’s pictorial cloth, gilt, very good. $100. ¶ A beautifully written account of the author’s journey on horseback from Los Angeles to San Diego, and from there up the coast to Oregon. Realizing that automobiles would soon change the face of the state, Chase determied to make a trip by horseback before such a journey would become impossible. The photographs were taken by Chase. Not in Cowan.
CHASE, J. Smeaton. CALIFORNIA DESERT TRAILS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1919. 8vo, xvi, 387pp, photographic plates. Orig. decorative cloth. Inscripiton, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ First EditionThe photographic illustrations are by the author, who includes an appendix of plants and hints on travelling in the desert.
CIEZA DE LEON, Pedro de. THE WAR OF QUITO and INCA DOCUMENTS. Translated and Edited by Sir Clements R. Markham. London: Hakluyt Society, 1913. 8vo, xii, 212, xxxvipp. Original blue cloth, gilt lettered and illustrated, stamped ruled borders and ornamentation, corners lightly bumped and worn, light wear to spine extremities and joints, some mild spotting and soiling, endpapers and some page perimeters lightly toasted, otherwise, very good+. $80. ¶ First Edition in English of volume three in Cieza de Leon’s definitive Guerras Civiles del Peru. This account of the conquest and civil wars of Peru records the attempt of the Spanish Government to befriend the Indians by enforcing laws for their protection, Pizarro’s assumption of leadership, and the cruelty of Carbajal. “The greatest - and probably most reliable - of all the Spanish chroniclers of 16th century Peru” (Griffin). Series II, Volume 31 from the Hakluyt Society, which was dedicated to “the printing of rare and valuable Voyages, Travels, Naval Expeditions, and other geographical records.” Cox 1913; cf. Griffin 2958.
CLARK, Thomas L. WESTERN LORE AND LANGUAGE. A Dictionary for Enthusiasts of the American West. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, (1996). Narrow 4to, xvi, 266pp, misc. b&w text illus. Red linen, gilt lettered, dust jacket, very fine in like dj. $25. ¶ First Edition.
CLARKE, Robert. BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA. CATALOGUE OF A VALUABLE COLLECITON OF BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS RELATING TO AMERICA. With a Descriptive List of Robert Clarke & Co’s Historical Publications. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1878. 8vo, (6), 262; 64pp. Quarter calf, marbled boards, spine worn, internally very good, preserving the original printed wrappers. Book label of W.J. Park & Co., Madison, Wisc. $200. ¶ Lists 6887 items, including many rarities, followed by an extensive list of Clarke’s own publications. Unlike the 1876 catalogue this edition is classified by states and subjects. The introduction notes “This Catalogue represents perhaps the largest and most varied collection of books of this class, in booksellers hands, in this country or Europe.”
(CLAY, Henry). PRENTICE, George D. HENRY CLAY. Hartford: Samuel Hammer, jr. & John Jay Phelps, 1831. 8vo, 304pp, port. frontis. Contemporary calf, somewhat foxed & worn, front hinge starting, good. $35. ¶ First Edition, campaign biography published during Clay’s disastrous run for President. Sabin 65062.
CLINE, Howard F. GUIDE TO ETHNOHISTORICAL SOURCES. Part Three, Vol. 14th. & Part Four, Vol. 15. Austin: University of Texas, (1975). 2 vols, brown cloth, dust-jacket. $100.
COOKE, Philip St. George. THE CONQUEST OF NEW MEXICO AND CALIFORNIA. An Historical and Personal Narrative. Albuquerque: Horn and Wallace, 1964. 8vo, vi, 307pp, 1 foldout map as ffep. Cloth, dust jacket, fine in very good dj. $50. ¶ Photo-reprint of the 1878 first edition.
COOPER, [William]. A GUIDE IN THE WILDERNESS; or the History of the First Settlement in the Western Counties of New York, with Useful Instructions to Future Settlers. In a Series of Letters Addressed by Judge Cooper of Coopers-Town, to William Sampson, Barrister, of New York... with an Introduction by James Fenimore Cooper. Rochester: for George P. Humphrey, 1897. 8vo, (2), viii, 41pp. Publ. yellow title-wrappers, lettered in black, neatly rebacked in cloth, light soiling at wrappers, 1/4-inch ink stain at upper wrapper, bookplate and dealer label at front paste-down, otherwise a very good, clean copy. $150. ¶ Reprint, limited to 300 copies. Copy number noted verso title in manuscript with publisher’s initials “G.P.H.” Howes C-762, noting only 5 copies of the original 1810 Dublin edition.
COPWAY, George. RECOLLECTIONS OF A FOREST LIFE: Or, The Life and Travels of Kah-Ge-GaGah-Bowh… Chief of the Ojibway Nation. London: G. Gilpin, . 8vo, xii, 248pp. Orig. publisher’s cloth with horizontal stripes, blind stamped designs freont and back, gilt title on spine. Very nice copy. $300. ¶ Third English Edition, first issued at Albany in 1847 as The Life, History, and Travels… Copway offers one of the earliest arguments for Indian reservations. See Field 366. Howes 770.
COWAN, Frank. SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA IN SONG AND STORY. With Notes and Illustrations. With an Appendix: The Battle Ballads and Other Poems of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Greensburg: Printed by the Author, 1878. 8vo, 424pp, misc. illus. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered, beveled edges, blindstamped ruled borders and corner decorations, owner’s signature, very mild wear, otherwise an internally pristine, unusually bright copy, fine. $125. ¶ First Edition.
COX, James. MY NATIVE LAND. The United States: Its Wonders, Its Beauties, and Its People; with Descriptive Notes, Character Sketches, Folklore, Traditions, Legends and History, for the Amusement of the Old and the Instruction of the young. St. Louis: Blair, 1895. 8vo, 400pp, frontispiece, 22 illus. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, blindstamped ruled borders, very good. $40. ¶ First Edition. With chapters on the Mormons and Custer’s Last Stand. Cox was the author of the important Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry (1895). Flake 2564. Rader 946. Adams, Rampaging Herd 594. Dowd, Custer Lives 203.
CRAHAN, Marcus Esketh. EARLY AMERICAN INEBRIATATIS. Review of the Development of American Habits in Drink and the National Bias and Fixations Resulting Therefrom. Los Angeles: Zamorano Club, 1964. 8vo, ix, (7), 62pp, illus. by Marion Kronfeld, with reproductions of official documents. Quarter cloth, illus. paper boards, paper spine label lettered in red. Very fine. $125. ¶ First Edition. Excellent study of early American drinking habits, with chapters covering the situation in Plimouth (sic), Maryland, and Pennsylvania colonies, the Whiskey Rebellion, the slave trade, the impact of rum and American hybrid grapes. With bibliography.
DANA, Charles Anderson. Autograph Letter Signed (“C.A. Dana”). New York, January 15,, 1866. 4 pages, octavo (conjoining leaves), to Thomas Brown Esq. Light creasing and discoloration, overall in fine condition. $500. ¶ Charles A. Dana (1819-97), prominent American newspaper editor, joined the Brook Farm cooperative at an early age and contributed to the Dial and Harbinger. While there he met Horace Greeley under whom he later served as city then managing editor of the New York Tribune. He broke with Greeley over his support of the Civil War, leaving the paper to work as a special commissioner and later assistant secretary of the War Department. After the war he became part owner and editor of the New York Sun where he was the innovator of the “human interest” story. In this letter written while Dana was still editor of the doomed Chicago Republican he declines to invest in a gold mine. “My dear Sir: / Many thanks for your kind efforts with Jay Cooke & Co. / I find it is so very uncertain whether I shall accomplish anything here that I must keep every cent which I have in such a form that I can command it at any moment for I may go to Jerusalem or Madagascar in search of a place to work in. For this reason I must keep myself from investing in your gold mine attractive as that speculation seems to be. / If I should succeed here and the chance should then be open I dare say I should like to make a modest investment in it. / The Senatorial election was a closer pinch than I expected. The power of money & the power of office were both brought to bear against us. / Yours faithfully / C.A. Dana.”
DANA Jr, Richard Henry. TO CUBA AND BACK. A Vacation Voyage. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1859. 8vo, 288, 16 as publ. catalogue pp. Publisher’s original brown blindstamped cloth, gilt lettered, loss at head and tail caps, cornerwear, otherwise a tight, gilt bright. very good copy. $275. ¶ First Edition, with publisher’s catalogue dated April, 1859. BAL 4447.
DAVIDSON, Levette Jay & Prudence Bostwick. THE LITERATURE OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST 1803-1903. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, (1939). Tall 8vo, 449pp. Original red cloth, bookplate, very good. $40. ¶ First Edition. Anthology of nineteenth century prose excerpted from works by Meriwether Lewis & William clark, Francis Parkman, Horace Greeley, Washington Irving, William Gilpin, Helen Hunt Jackson, Walt whitman, et al.
DAVIDSON, Levette Jay & Prudence Bostwick. THE LITERATURE OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST 1803-1903. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, (1939). Tall 8vo, 449pp. Original red cloth, bookplate, very good. $40. ¶ First Edition. Anthology of nineteenth century prose excerpted from works by Meriwether Lewis & William clark, Francis Parkman, Horace Greeley, Washington Irving, William Gilpin, Helen Hunt Jackson, Walt whitman, et al.
DAVIS, Britton. THE TRUTH ABOUT GERONIMO by Britton Davis. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1951. 12mo, frontispiece. Red cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $35. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
DAVIS, Ellis A. DAVIS’ COMMERCIAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE PACIFIC SOUTHWEST. California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona. Berkeley: Ellis A. Davis, 1911. Folio, 374 x 303 mm, (36), -196, (72)pp, color vignette on verso of title, numerous illus, portraits and maps including 3 folding maps of the western states & a color atlas of the US and the World. Orig. gilt-stamped textred cloth. Very good. $300. ¶ First Edition, with the bookplate and ownership inscription of Mary Louis Phelan and with a tribute to James Phelan from The Wasp dated 1931 mounted to prelims. Phelan (1861-1930) was reform mayor of San Francisco in the ‘nineties and U.S. Senator in the teens.
(Death Valley). DEATH VALLEY SCOTTY’S CASTLE. A Description of the Castle & Its Furnishings. Death Valley, Nevada: Castle Publishing, (1941). 8vo, 74pp. Orig. red fabricoid wrappers, very good. $20.
[DISTURNELL, J.]. SPRINGS, WATER-FALLS, SEA-BATHING RESORTS, and Mountain Scenery of the United States and Canada; Giving an Analysis of the Principal Mineral Springs, with a Brief Description of the Most Fashionable Watering-Places, Mountain Resorts, &c. with Illustrations. New York: J. Disturnell, 1855. 12mo, 227, (13 hotel ads)pp, eng. frontispiece & 3 plates, 4 maps (3 foldinlacking front free endpaper, otherwise very good. $600. ¶ First Edition. Includes mention of mineral springs in California (Soda Springs in San Diego county), Utah (Warm spring in Salt Lake City), Oregon and Texas. Sabin 89905. Not in Howes
(Dixon, Maynard). BALCH, F.H. THE BRIDGE OF THE GODS, A Romance of Indian Oregon. Chicago: McClurg, 1904. 8vo, 280pp, with a frontispiece and 7 black & white plates by Maynard Dixon. Orig. decorative blue cloth lettered in gilt, gilt top, very good. $30. ¶ Ninth edition, with the marvellous Maynard Dixon illustrations that first appeared in the 1902 edition.
(Dixon, Maynard). PARKMAN, Francis. THE OREGON TRAIL. New York: Heritage Press, 1943. Lg.8vo, xxii, 297pp, 6 color illust. (2 double-page) and vignettes throughout by Maynard Dixon. Orig. cloth, spine slightly sunned, otherwise fine. $75. ¶ The inexpensive version of the Limited Editions Club. Not in Walker or Burnside.
DONALDSON, Paschal, (ed.). THE ODD-FELLOWS’ MINSTREL: Comprising a Variety of Odes to be Used on Anniversary and Other Public Occasions... New York: Nafis & Cornish, 1848. 16mo, (2), (1 blank), 128pp, color illus. frontispiece and extra color illus. title, 10 b/w illus. Navy blue cloth, stamped in blind with gilt vignette, gilt decor. spine, a.e.g., light wear, some scattered mild foxing, very good. $250. ¶ First Edition. While the legendary history of the Odd Fellows begins with the Babylonian Exile, the historically verifiable origins of this fraternal organization may be traced to the European guilds. Unable to afford the increasingly expensive dues and uniforms required for participation in guild functions during the middle ages, the yeomen or “fellows” split off from the masters and eventually formed their own guilds. In small towns and villages, where there were often insufficient numbers of fellows of a particular trade to form dedicated guilds, members of an odd assortment of trades would then band together, thus inaugurating the Odd Fellows. The present work contains 67 odes, including “How Is’t the Sons of Men Are Sad?” “A Mystic Brother-Band” and “Who Is My Neighbor?” As noted in the editor’s preface, “if music and poetry may be made to subserve any cause, they can not be employed in a more holy mission than in disseminating among men the sublime principles of Odd-Fellowship.” A pretty edition with delicate engravings and fine early examples of American lithography in red, blue, and gold.
DOUGLAS, Martin. D. TOMBSTONE’S EPITAPH. Albuquerque: Univ. of NM Press, 1951. 8vo, cloth, dust jacket. Very nice copy. $65. ¶ First Edition. Six Guns & Saddle Leather 1455.
DRURY, Clifford Merrill. ELKANAH AND MARY WALKER. Pioneers Among The Spokanes. Illustrated with Photographs. Caldwell: Caxton, 1940. 8vo, 283pp, frontispiece, 29 b&w photo-illus. Blue grained cloth, gilt lettered and illus., illus. endpapers, very good+. $45. ¶ First Edition, Signed by the Author, limited to 500 copies. The third volume in Drury’s trilogy on the pioneer missionaries of Old Oregon centers on the Walkers, who made the arduous journey across the Rockies in 1838 and settled in the land of the Flathead (Spokane) tribe of Native-Americans. Smith, Pacific Northwest Americana, 2588.
DUBOCAGE, [Anne Marie Lepage] LA COLOMBIADE, ou la Foi portée au Nouveau Monde. Poème, par Madame Du Boccage [sic]. Paris: Desaint & Saillant, 1756. 8vo, viii, (2), 184pp. Frontisportrait after Tardieu & 10 engravings after Chedel. Quarter-calf, a fine copy. $200. ¶ First Edition of an epic poem on the discovery of America, the first of its kind praising the deeds of Columbus. Dubocage (1710-1802) draws a vivid and colorful picture of the encounter between the conqueror and the conquered; this contact is also the theme of the engravings which depict the important events of the conquest. Dubocage was a moderately successful author, who gained a reputation with this allegorical journey. Cioranescu 25467. Cohen-De Ricci 328. Sabin 21007. John Carter Brown 1112.
DUNBAR, Paul Lawrence. LYRICS OF LOWLY LIFE. With an Introduction by W.D. Howells. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Gregg Press, (1968). 8vo, xx, (2), xi, 208pp, frontispiece. Green cloth, gilt lettered, fine. $25. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the 1896 first edition.
DURAND, Luz Maria. IDEAS FEMENINAS. 13 Semblanzas. Mexico, D.F.: n.p. 1945. 8vo, 105, (4)pp. Printed wrapers, green lettered, unopened, some soiling, age-toning, otherwise very good. $40. ¶ First Edition of Durand’s interview-based biographical sketches of Mexican women who have distinguished themselves in the arts, sciences, and intellectual life. Scarce.
[DWIGHT, Theodore]. SKETCHES OF SCENERY AND MANNERS IN THE UNITED STATES. New York: A. T. Goodrich, 1829. 8vo, 188pp, 8 plates (several lithographically printed). Orig. quarter black cloth over gray boards, spine label, some foxing throughout, loss at spine head and tail, owner’s signature, book plates of “Shakespeare Library,” otherwise a good copy. $275. ¶ First Edition, with chapters on Infant Schools, New Species of Travellers, Canal Travelling, Lower Cananda, Travelling to Good Purpose, A Visit to the Seneca Chief Red Jacket, etc. Dwight (1796-1866), scion of famed New England Congregational divine and president of Yale Timothy Dwight, studied under his reknowned grandfather while at Yale, and became an author, journalist and educator of influence; he was personally responsible for introducing vocal music into the New York public school system. His family background being unadulterated Republican and Calvinist, he had a strong desire to protestantize Catholic countries which drew many political exiles and guests to him, not the least of whom was Garibaldi, whose autobiography he would translate into English. Scarce. Howes D608. Sabin II, 50.
EDWARDS, E. I. [Elza Ivan]. A SENTIMENTAL VENTURE. Norco: Tales of the Mojave Road Publ., (1976). 8vo, 71pp, illus. with b&w drawings. Leatherette, gilt lettered and illus., illus. endpapers, very fine. $25. ¶ First Edition, signed by Dennis Casebier, the publisher and author of the foreword. Four essays by the desert bibliographer, originally addressed to a meeting of The Westerners, about his boyhood in early 20th century Idaho. Includes a bibliography of his writings to date.
FAY, Bernard. BIBLIOGRAPHIE CRITIQUE DES OUVRAGES FRANÇAIS Relatifs aux Etats-Unis (1770-1800). New York: Bert Franklin, 1968. 8vo, 108pp. Green cloth. Very good. $35. ¶ Arranged chronologically, with critical notes on the works cited. Reprint, first issued in Paris in 1925. Stillwell, Incunabula & Americana, 1097.
FEARON, Henry Bradshaw. SKETCHES OF AMERICA. A Narrative of a Journey of Five Thousand Miles through the Eastern and Western States of America… With Remarks on Mr. Birbeck’s “Notes” and “Letters”. London: Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Browne, 1818. 8vo, vii, 454pp. Old half calf, gilt backstrip, rebacked, original backstrip preserved, very good. $250. ¶ Second edition. This work is an important source for the mid-west in the years just following the war of 1812. Fearon (b. ca.1770) devotes considerable space to Illinois conditions, settlement, and people (Buck 98). Howes F-65.
FIELD, Maria Antonia. COPA DE ORO: Festival Days in Old California San Francisco: Cloister Press, 1948. 8vo, wrappers. Fine $25.
FORREST, Earle R. MISSIONS AND PUEBLOS OF THE OLD SOUTHWEST. Their Myths, Legends, Fiestas, and Ceremonies, with Some Accounts of the Indian Tribes and their Dances; and of the Penitentes. Chicago: Rio Grande Press, 1965. 8vo, 386pp, frontispiece, 31 b&w photo-illus. Brown leatherette, gilt lettered, fine. $45. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the Cleveland, Arthur H. Clarke first edition of 1929.
[FRANKLIN, Benjamin]. AN HISTORICAL REVIEW OF THE CONSTITUTION & GOVERNMENT OF PENSYLVANIA, FROM ITS ORIGIN; So far as regards the several Points of Controversy, which have, from Time to Time, arisen Between the several Governors of that Province, & their several Assemblies. Founded on authentic Documents. London: R. Griffiths, 1759. 8vo, viii, (18), 444pp. Old brown calf, raised bands, joints cracked but sound, edges worn, lightly browned throughout, otherwise a very good copy. $1000. ¶ First Edition. This book has long been attributed to Franklin but was more likely written with his advice by Richard Jackson, his co-agent in London. Ford writes: “This was included by Duane and Mr. Sparks in their editions of Franklin’s writings, but the latter on discovering in Franklin’s letter to Hume a positive denial of the authorship of the work, cancelled his note and substituted in vol. X a new one, in which Franklin’s statement is accepted as final. In spite of this denial, however, I think this work must still be treated as from Franklin’s pen (though it is clear that he deemed himself free to deny it), for Franklin was at that time the only person in London who had the knowledge and material for such a book; he was the only person interested in the writing of it, and was indeed virtually sent to London for just such work; and he was the person who paid the cost of publicaiton, and distriubted the copies; but what is not conclusive is the statement of his son William (then in London) that ‘My father has been much occupied of late with putting together the materials for the work against the p––rs, but Mr. Ralph is engaged to see it through the press, as he does not wish to appear in the affiar.’ That Franklin did not succeed in this it is hardly necessary to state, for the Reviews all treat it as from his pen, and till Mr. Sparks printed the letter to Hume it was universally catalogued as by him.” Howes P-204 stating Franklin “must have had a hand in it.” Ford 253. Sabin 25512.
(FRANKLIN, Benjamin). FAUCHET, Abbe. ELOGE CIVIQUE DE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Prononce, le 21 Juillet 1790, dans la Rotonde, au Nom de la Commune de Paris par M. L’Abbe Fauchet... Paris: J.-R. Lottin [et al.], 1790. 8vo, 50pp. Uncut in modern half red calf with gilt title. Very good. $400. ¶ First Edition of an important tribute to Franklin by the French statesman Fauchet, and including a section on Franklin’s electrical experiments by the the French scientist Alphonsus le Roi. Ford 861. Sabin 23918.
FREMANTLE, Arthur J.L. and Frank A. Haskell. TWO VIEWS OF GETTYSBURG by Sir Arthur J.L. Fremantle and Frank A. Haskell. Edited by Richard Harwell. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1964. 12mo. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
FROISETH, Jennie Anderson (ed.). THE WOMEN OF MORMONISM; Or, the Story of Polygamy as Told by the Victims Themselves. Edted by… With an Introduction by Miss Frances E. Willard, and Supplemetary Papers by Leonard Bacon, P.T. Van Zile, and Others… Detroit: C.G.G. Paine, 1887. 8vo, 416pp, frontisportrait & 20 engraved plates. Orig. cloth, pictorially blocked in gilt & black, patterned endpapers. Light wear to extremities, several small spots of foxing, otherwise fine. $80. ¶ Second Edition of this compilation of these essays opposing polygamy. The editor describes the origins of polygamy, the apostacy of Brigham Young’s nineteenth wife, the circle of anti-polygamous Mormons, the different classes of wives, and the spread of Mormonism. The great antislavery leader Leonard Bacon and the once Vice president of the United States, Schuyler Colfax, have contributed essays, as have others. Flake 3472.
GANN, Thomas. ANCIENT CITIES AND MODERN TRIBES. Exploration and Adventure in Maya Lands. London: Duckworth, (1926). 8vo, 256pp, frontispiece, 52 b&w illus., 1 map. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, Getty bookplate, bumped corners, wear to spine head, otherwise near very good. $25. ¶ First Edition.
GARDNER, Erle Stanley. NEIGHBORHOOD FRONTIERS. Sesert Country, Puget Sound Country, Yucatan Penninsula, Yaqui River, Barranca Country. New York: William Morrow & Company, (1954). 8vo, 272pp. Blue cloth, spine slightly faded. Very good. $20. ¶ First Edition. Designed by Merle Armitage, with drawings by Napolitano, Alberta Sordini, and Merle Armitage. Marks p.78.
(Gaspard). WATERS, Frank. LEON GASPARD: 1882-1964. San Francisco: Maxwell Galleries, [ca. 1965]. Sq. 8vo, 39pp with color illus, printed on thick stock paper. Original color illus. wrappers, ink inscription, very good. $25. ¶ Exhibition catalogue, with text from Frank Water’s biography, Leon Gaspard, biographical & exhibitions chronologies, and bibliography.
GENET, Jean. HISTOIRE DES PEUPLES SHOSHONES-AZTEQUES. Paris: Les Eds. Genet, 1929. 8vo, 351, (l)pp. Orig. printed wrappers, spine a little chipped, a very good uncut copy. $30. ¶ A history of the Shoshones-Aztecs, next to the Mayan civilization, the most important culture of the New World, with chapters on the social life, religion, migration, relationships with other cultures, the conquest, etc.
GENTRY, Curt. THE MADAMS OF SAN FRANCISCO. An Irreverent History of the City by the Golden Gate. New York: Doubleday & Co, 1964. 8vo. Orignal cloth in red & yellow dust jacket, owner’s signature, fine. $25. ¶ First Edition.
GIDNEY, Lucy M. L’INFLUENCE DES ETATS-UNIS D’AMERIQUE SUR BRISSOT, CONDORCET ET Mme ROLAND. Paris: Editions Rieder, 1930. 4to, 176pp. Orig. printed wrappers, covers sunned, browned throughout, otherwise a very good unopened copy. $50. ¶ First Edition.
GILLETT, James B. SIX YEARS WITH THE TEXAS RANGERS 1875 to 1881 by James B. Gillett. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1943. 12mo, frontispiece. Red cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $40. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
GOLDSMITH, Peter H. A BRIEF BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE, Relating to the Republics Commonly Called Latin American with Comments. New York: MacMillan, 1915. 8vo, xx, 107pp. Red cloth, orig. wrappers bound in. Very good. $40. ¶ First Edition of this bibliography, replete with useful comments on each entry.
(Grabhorn). FESTIVALS IN SAN FRANCISCO. American Guide Series. Prepared by the Northern California Writers’ Project. Works Projects Administration. Sponsored by the International Institute. San Francisco: James Ladd Delkin, Stanford University, 1939. 8vo, (8), 67, (1)pp, color frontis. & 3 plates, 12 color head-pieces in text. Orig. pictorial boards, buckram spine with paper label. Barest external soiling, otherwise fine. $125. ¶ First Edition, one of 1000 copies, of a lovely celebration of the myriad ethnic and religious festivals which gold prospectors imported to Northern California in the 19th century. Paula Vinson executed the lovely illustrations, including the drawing on the cover. Grabhorn Bibl. 318.
[GRANT, Anne, neé Mavicar]. LETTERS FROM THE MOUNTAINS: Being the Correspondence of a Lady between the Years 1773 and 1807. Boston: Greenough & Strebbins, 1809. 2 vols, 12mo. Orig. boards, rebacked to style, new endpapers, text browned, otherwise very good uncut copy. $200. ¶ First American Edition. Anne Grant (1755-1838) was taken from Glasgow to Albany New York in 1758, and wrote the Letters between 1773 and 1806, mainly to women frends; it was first published in England in 1807. The book “ranks high as biography (of local matriarch Catalina Schuyler), autobiography (developing relationship with her previously unknown father; her passion, at seven for ‘my treasure, Milton and the ragged dictgionary’), and as history, with both detail and elegiac feeling about colonial life, especially the ‘distinguished race’ of Mohawks” (Feminist Companion to Literature in English). Contains many observations on Indians and the Huguenots and on colonial New York and Albany, where Grant lived with the Schuylers. Conway notes that this is “an invaluable account of domestic life and manners in Coloial ew York…” Howes G-303. Larned 1101. Sabin 28296. Shaw & Shoemaker 17660.
GRIFFIN, Charles C. & J. Benedict Warren. LATIN AMERICA. A Guide to the Historical Literature. Austin: Published for the Conference on Latin American History by the University of Texas Press, (1971). Large 8vo, brown cloth, dust-jacket. $50. ¶ First Edition of a useful bibligraphy with over 7000 annotated entries.
(Guatemala). A SCULPTURED VASE FROM GUATEMALA. Leaflets of the Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation.
New York: September 1919, Folio, (4)pp. Color frontispiece and fold-out ills. Printed wrappers, fine.
$35. ¶ Illustration and description of a vessel from Guatemala, easily considered the most beautiful example of earthenware ever found in North or South America.
HAGEN, Victor Wolfgang. THE AZTEC AND MAYA PAPERMAKERS. With an Introduction by Dard Hunter. New York: J.J. Augustin, (1944). 8vo, (x), 120, 39 plates. Cloth, dust jacket. Very good copy with light edge wear to jacket. $100. ¶ First trade edition, originally published in 1943 in an edition of 220 copies with original samples tipped.
HAGEN, Victor Wolfgang. THE AZTEC AND MAYA PAPERMAKERS. With an Introduction by Dard Hunter. New York: J.J. Augustin, (1944). 4to, (x), 120, 32 plates including 6 orig. paper samples tipped in (the samples at plate 22 missing), folding frontis. facsimile from the Dresden Codex (larger than in the trade edition) and 2 folding maps (also not in the trade edition). Buckram stamped in red. Bookplate. Very good, with a few scholarly pencil annotations. $600. ¶ First Edition, one of 220 numbered copies, printed in large format and with the original samples tipped in. Very scarce.
HALL, J. Mortimer. ANECDOTA AMERICANA. Being, Explicitly, An Anthology of Tales in the Vernacular. Boston: Humphrey Adams, . 8vo, xxv, 201pp. Orig. 3/4 black cloth over marbled boards, ink signature, very good. $75. ¶ Published for The Association for the Asphxiation of Hypocrites “soley on subscription of its members.” 500 unexpurgated anecdotes collected by William Passemon.
HARLOW, Neal. MAPS AND SURVEYS OF THE PUEBLO LANDS OF LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1976. 4to, xvii, (3), 169, (7)pp, 6 folding maps, several illustrations & 2 folding maps loosely inserted at the end. Quarter cloth, gilt backstrip. Fine as issued. $250. ¶ Edition limited to 375 copies, printed privately, numbered & signed by the author & publisher. A companion volume to W.W. Robinson’s Maps of Los Angeles, published in 1950, this work covers the period of cartographic history from the foundaiton of the Spanish pueblo in 1781 to the final delivery of the patent to the city’s lands in 1881.
HARLOW, Neal. THE MAPS OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY... San Francisco: The Book Club of Calfiornia, 1950. 4to, fold-out maps throughout. Quarter red crushed morocco, patterned boards. Very good. $700. ¶ One of 375 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. An important contribution to the history of the cartography of San Francisco Bay area. Three years in the preparation, it was one of the Book Club’s most ambitious printing ventures, and has become one of its scarceer publications. Grabhorn 501. Rocq 9699.
HARPENDING, Asbury. THE GREAT DIAMOND HOAX, And Other Stirring Incidents in the Life of... Edited by James H. Wilkins. San Francisco: James H. Barry Co., 1913. 8vo, 283pp including photographic portraits. Green cloth somewhat soiled. Good. $35. ¶ First Edition of an account of one of the great con schemes of the 19th century. Harpending relates the sensational details of the great diamond scam of 1871-2 of which he claimed to be one of the victims but was in fact the perpetrator. Two prospectors claimed they found rough diamonds in a remote area near Vernal, Utah, but they had in fact planted commercial-quality gems. After a partially cut stone was dug up, Clarence King, later first director of the USGS, gave a testimony that quickly ended the farce. Asbury Harpending was an interesting, but unscrupulous character who made a fortune in mines in Mexico. He returned to California and in 1860 took part in a plan to secede the territory from the Union. Later, he conceived a plan to steal the government's California gold shipments and was arrested and convicted of treason. Upon receiving amnesty at the end of the civil war he again amassed a fortune speculating in mines, stocks and real estate, and finally became involved in the Great Diamond Hoax. With interesting details of western mining. Cowan p.265.
HARPENDING, Asbury. THE GREAT DIAMOND HOAX, And Other Stirring Incidents in the Life of... Edited by James H. Wilkins. San Francisco: James H. Barry Co., 1913. 8vo, 283pp including photographic portraits. Green cloth very lightly worn, very good. $45. ¶ First Edition of an account of one of the great con schemes of the 19th century. Harpending relates the sensational details of the great diamond scam of 1871-2 of which he claimed to be one of the victims but was in fact the perpetrator. Two prospectors claimed they found rough diamonds in a remote area near Vernal, Utah, but they had in fact planted commercial-quality gems. After a partially cut stone was dug up, Clarence King, later first director of the USGS, gave a testimony that quickly ended the farce. Asbury Harpending was an interesting, but unscrupulous character who made a fortune in mines in Mexico. He returned to California and in 1860 took part in a plan to secede the territory from the Union. Later, he conceived a plan to steal the government's California gold shipments and was arrested and convicted of treason. Upon receiving amnesty at the end of the civil war he again amassed a fortune speculating in mines, stocks and real estate, and finally became involved in the Great Diamond Hoax. With interesting details of western mining. Cowan p.265.
HARRISSE, Henry. BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA VETUSTISSIMA. A Description of Works relating America published between the Years 1492 & 1551. Chicago: Argonaut, (1967). 2 vols in 1, 8vo, red cloth. $125. ¶ Still one of the standard works for early books on America. Describes 304 works in detail in the main volume plus 186 in the supplement. Sheehy (1986) DB6. Besterman 316-7.
HART, Fred H. THE SAZERAC LYING CLUB. A Nevada Book. San Francisco & New York: Henry Keller - Albert Cogswell, 1878. 8vo, 240, (1)pp, 5 b&w text illus., 1 b&w plate. Sienna cloth, gilt lettered, black stamped ornaments, gilt decoration, beveled edges, hinges starting, backstrip tear at joint, mod. wear to edges, extremities, some spots, soiling, overall good. $50. ¶ First Edition of a delightful book. “Lying, like other arts and sciences, keeps pace with our education, refinement, and culture, and is fast becoming familiarized to the American people...Today, to lie, and lie well, is meritorious, and besides there’s money in it...I am personally acquainted with some of the most prominent citizens of the Pacific Coast who have made colossal fortunes simply by lying...those men are respected and looked up to, courted and flattered, called smart, and good business men... This purports to be a book on lies and lying but it does not treat of the lies of politicians, stockbrokers, newspapermen, authors, and others who lie for money; neither does it touch on the untruths of scandal, mischief, or malice, but only on those lies which amuse, instruct and elevate, without harm. It is a record of lies told in a club known as the Sazerac Lying Club, whose objects, as its name implies, are lying.” (From the Introduction). Contains a number of sketches of odd characters in Nevada, and local narratives of life in Austin, Nevada, including chapters on Life in a Mining Town, Frontier Sketches, Indians and Chinese (with attention to whiskey drinking and opium smoking), etc. Written by the editor of Austin’s local newspaper, we suspect Twain would have loved this colorful volume of Americana, saloon stories, yarns, apocrypha, exaggerations, hyperbole, tall-tales and outright whoppers. Hart was editor in the 1870’s of the Reese River Reveille, pub’d in Austin, Nevada. Wright III 2524. Baird & Greenwood 1073.
HART, William S. MY LIFE EAST AND WEST... with Illustrations. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1929. 8vo, viii, 363pp, frontispiece, 24 hors texte b/w photo-illus. Publisher’s tan cloth, lettered in brown, dampstain at lower fore-edge of upper board, bookplate, numbered label, inscrpt. at ffep, otherwise a very good, clean copy. $300. ¶ First Edition, an association copy warmly inscribed by the author to William Randolph Hearst, at the time a very influential player in Hollywood (he created Cosmopolitan Pictures to produce films starring his paramour, Marion Davies) whose favor and political strength was curried by all studio heads in his role as media baron. Hart’s early memoir of Hollywood and the West. 100 Books on Hollywood and the Movies.
HARTE, Bret. SAN FRANCISCO IN 1866. Being Letters to the Springfield Republican. Edited by George R. Strewart and Edwin S. Fussell. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1951. Tall 8vo, x, 89pp, folding plate, printed in black & blue. Original quarter cream linen over blue marbled boards, blue paper spine label, very lightly soiled, signature on endpaper, nearly fine. $80. ¶ First Edition in book form, one of 400 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. Harte vividly accounts his San Francisco surroundings in these eleven letters written in 1866.
HAYWARD, John. A GAZETTEER of the United States of America; comprising… Mineral Springs, Waterfalls, Caves, Beaches, and Other Fashionable Resorts… Hartford, CT: Case, Tiffany, & Company, 1853. 8vo, 861pp, large (2 x 3 ft) hand-tinted folding map of the U.S. bound in at the back, frontis. portrait and a few illus. in the text. Contemp. sheep, gilt labels, worn, joints cracked but holding. Good. $350. ¶ First Edition. The large map delineates several routes and trails to the West, including the Santa Fe, Oregon, and Kearney. Sabin 31070. Not in Howes.
HENDRON, J.W. FRIJOLES: A Hidden Valley in the New World. Drawings by Jocelyn Taylor. Santa Fe: Rydal Press, 1946. 8vo, 17 plates & 7 fold-out diagrams in rear pocket. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, cartographic endpapers; gilt spine letters faded, pencil number on title page, ink inscription (in addition to author’s), otherwise fine. $100. ¶ First Edition, with author’s signed presentation inscription. Fascinating study of the ancient indian ruins in New Mexico’s Frijoles Canyon.
HEYLYN, Peter. MIKRO’KOSMOS: A LITTLE DESCRIPTION OF THE GREAT WORLD. Oxford: William Turner, 1939 [i.e. 1639]. 8vo, (20), 809pp, folding table. Contemp. boards, expertly rebacked, boards rubbed, text clean, inscription to endpaper, very good, with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $750. ¶ “Eighth Edition” of the great Anglican controversialist’s historical geography, written in 1621 while lecturing on historical geography and cosmography after his election as a fellow to Magdalen College. A complete description of the known world, it includes long descriptions of North America, Peru, the American islands (including Jamaica, Cuba and Bermuda), and other locales. About America, Heylyn writes that “this great tract of land ought, and that most aptly, to bee called the New World; New for the late discovery, and World, for the vast spaciousness of it: the most usuall and yet somewhat improper name, is America.” Sabin quotes W.B. Stevens: the volume “‘illustrates the great deficiency of geographical knowledge concerning America, even as late as the settlement of the Plymouth pilgrims.’” Sabin 31652. John Carter Brown II, p.260. STC 13284.
HINES, Rev. Gustavus. LIFE ON THE PLAINS OF THE PACIFIC. OREGON: Its History, Condition, and Prospects: Containing a Description of the Geography, Climate and Productions with Personal Adventures Among the Indians During a Residence of the Author on the Plains Bordering the Pacific While Connected with the Oregon Mission: Embracing Extended Notes of a Voyage Around the World. Buffalo: Geo. H. Derby, 1851. 8vo, 437pp, frontispiece. Publisher’s original blindstamped cloth, gilt lettering and vignette to spine, owner’s stamp, a bit of wear to extremities, foxing to first and last few ff, occasion lt foxing to text, otherwise a tight, very good copy. $125. ¶ “Hines arrived in Oregon in 1840 and his narrative is useful on the early period” (Howes). Second edition, originally issued in the prior year under the title A Voyage Round the World; with a History of the Oregon Mission. Howes H505. Sabin 31953. Smith 4488.
HITTEL, John S[hertzer]. THE RESOURCES OF CALIFORNIA. Comprinsing Agriculture, Mining, Geography, Climate, Commerce, Etc. Etc. and the Past and Future Development of the State. San Francisco: A. Roman, 1863. 8vo, xvi, 464pp. Publisher’s original brown cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, bookseller’s label, gilt dulled, otherwise a clean, very good copy. $175. ¶ First Edition. The author was historian of the Society of California pioneers. Cowan p.284.
HOLLISTER, Ovando J. COLORADO VOLUNTEERS IN NEW MEXICO 1862 By Ovando J. Hollister. Edited By Richard Harwell. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1962. 12mo. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original.
HORGAN, Paul. JOSIAH GREGG AND HIS VERSION OF THE EARLY WEST. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1979). 8vo, 116pp. Cloth, dust jacket, fine in like dj. $25. ¶ First Edition.
HOWES, Wright. U.S.IANA. (1650-1950). A Selective Bibliography... New York: R.R.Bowker for the Newberry Library 1962. 8vo, brown cloth. First few leaves dog-eared, otherwise very good. $60. ¶ Revised & Enlarged edition.
HURET, Jules. EN AMERIQUE: DE SAN FRANCISCO AU CANADA. Paris: Charpentier, 1905. 8vo, (4), 564pp. Quarter calf. Very good. $50. ¶ Huret (1864-1915) visited Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Salt Lake City, to which a long chapter about the Mormons is added. Los Angeles and vicinity are described as a paradise for orange-growers and winter-guests; the author praises the mild climate and the beautiful setting, but also recalls an attempted robbery in the little village of Hollywood. Cowan 299 (this ed.)
INGERSOLL, Ernest. THE CREST OF THE CONTINENT: A Record of a Summer’s Ramble in the Rocky Mountains and Beyond... Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1885. 8vo, 344pp, frontspiece, 78 b/w illus, folding map laid-in. Publ. blue pictorial cloth, stamped in gilt and maroon, mild wear at extremities, spine head chipped, otherwise a very good copy. $80. ¶ First Edition, with the scare map laid. The natural historian and geologist Ernest Ingersoll (1852-1946) relates a picturesque journey, “wild and rough in many respects,” encompassing the Sangre de Cristo Range, Sante Fe and the Toltec Gorge, the antiquities of the Rio San Juan, the Royal Gorge, the Colorado Canons, Salt Lake City and the Wasatch. With a fine series of text illustrations and the bookplate of noted American antiquarian George Francis Farnham (1859-1933).
IRVING, Washington. ASTORIA or Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1836. 2 vols, 8vo, xii, 285; viii, 279pp, folding map in vol I. Vol I rebacked, retaining orig. rose-colored cloth, margin of 2ff cut down to text, some foxing as usual, otherwise a very good set. $500. ¶ First Edition, with first state point BAL calls for on verso of title page in vol 1, but second state points in volume II. A classic work on John Astor’s Pacific Coast fur trading enterprise, along with extracts from Bonneville’s notes on western Indians. The map is not detailed, but as Wheat says, “for what it purports to be it is an excellent map.” BAL 10148. Cowan p.119. Field 760. Graff 2158. Howes 181. Johnson p.255. Sabin 35129. Smith 5023. Streeter 3347. Wagner-Camp 61.1. Wheat, Transmississippi, 419.
JAMES, Harry Clebourne. THE CAHUILLA INDIANS; The Men Called Master. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, (1960). 8vo, 185pp incl. plates & illus. Cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $45. ¶ First Edition. “The story of Southern California’s Cahuilla Indians is authentically told in this book. Mr James, well qualifired to write as an authority on the subject, has assembled a vast reservoir of infomraiton in this definitive treatise” (Edwards p.132). James brilliantly reconstructed the circumstances of life among the Cahuilla prior to their contact with alien cultures. He talked at length with Cahuilla of different generations to learn more about their culture and history and destroys many of the myths that have accumulated around such prominent Cahuilla leaders in California history as Juan Antonio, Antonio Garra, Ramona, and Fig Tree John.
JOHNSON, R.G. AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST SETTLEMENT OF SALEM, In West Jersey, by John Fenwick, Esq. Chief Proprietor of the Same; With Many of the Important Events That Have Occurred, Down to the Present Generation, Embracing a Period of One Hundred and Fifty Years. Philadelphia: Orrin Rogers, 1839. Sm 8vo, 173pp. Contemporary black cloth, paper spine label, loss of head and tail caps, occasional foxing, otherwise very good. $175. ¶ First Edition of the first local history of New Jersey based upon Johnson’s (a local farmer) public lectures to his fellow citizens of Salem County, New Jersey. Settler John Fenwick bought half of New Jersey (West Jersey) from Lord Berkeley in 1675 not long after the Dutch were forcibly ousted by the English from their New Netherlands territories. Howes J144. Shaw 56612. Felcone 811. Sabin 36281.
JOSHEE, Gopal Vinayak. A HINDOO’S IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA. A Lecture Delivered in Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 19, 1886. Lunenburg: Firefly Print, 1886. 8vo, 16pp, orig. printed title-wrapper. Very good. $75. ¶ Only edition of this curious booklet. The author describes America’s symbolic value, his first impressions upon landing in San Francisco, hypocrisy in American values, and the impending “wreck of this country, [which] is not far distant. She has reached the culminating point where she will stand forever or fall for eternity… America should hand over her administration to women who alone can save her from destruction… if man encroaches upon her rights and independence, down will go America.” NUC cites one copy at the New York Public Library.
JUDD, M. Neil. THE BUREAU OF AMERICAN ETHNOLOGY. A Partial History. (Oklahoma): University of Oklahoma Press, (1967). 8vo, brown cloth, dust-jacket. $30.
KABOTIE, Fred. DESIGNS FROM THE ANCIENT MIMBRENOS with a Hopi Interpretation by… Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1982. Folio, xiv, 80pp, with illustrations throughout. Quarter calf stamped in gilt, slipcase, very good. $150. ¶ Edition limited to 100 copies signed by the author. This is a revised and enlarged edition of the 1949 Grabhorn Press printing author. Kabotie, a noted Hopi artist, examines forty Mimbres designs and his text is accompanied by his drawings of the figures.
KAMPS, Norman H. COSTUMES AND CUSTOMS OF MEXICO. By… with Text by Rupert Adrian. New York: Paul A. Struck, 1946. 4to, 12 mounted prints (lithographic outline, colored in pochoir) & 1 explanatory mounted plate in illustrated paper portfolio. Portfolio lightly worn with 1 insignificant tear, plates fine. $350. ¶ Beautiful collection of plates intended for artists and costume designers; the explanatory plate explains the significance of the different articles of Mexican clothing. The illustrator and muralist Norman Herman Kamps (1896-1969) settled in Pasadena following a trip to Mexico in 1929; in 1931, he began a mural series based on early California history and authored several books including With an American Artist in Mexico. Hughes, Artists in California, p.298.
KANE, Paul. WANDERINGS OF AN ARTIST Among the Indians of North America from Canada to Vancouver’s Island and Oregon Through the Hudson’s Bay Company Territory and Back Again. Rutland: Charles E. Tuttle, (1968). 8vo, lxiv, 329pp, foldout frontispiece, 20 b&w illus. Cloth, dust jacket, fine.inm very good dj. $50. ¶ Reprint of the 1859 first edition.
KAYE, Myrna. THERE’S A BED IN THE PIANO. The Inside Story of the American Home. Boston: Little, Brown, (1998). 4to, 260pp, incl. illus. throughout. As new. $25. ¶ First Edition.
KELLING, Patricia Jernigan, ed. ONCE UPON A DESERT, A Bicentennial Project. Barstow: Mojave River Valley Museum Assoc., (1994). 4to, vii, 281pp, inc. photographic plates. Very good. $20. ¶ Third printing (first 1976). A collection of articles, stories and personal recollections concerning the history of the Mojave River Valley and the high desert communities of Adelanto, Barstow, Needles, and Victorville, in San Bernardino County.
KING, Captain Charles. TRUMPETER FRED. A Story of the Plains. New York - Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely, 1896. 16mo, 201pp, frontispiece, 7 b&w illus., decorated initials. Pictorial red cloth, gilt lettered, good. $175. ¶ First Edition, with a signed inscription by the author.
KLAH, Hasteen (Recorded by Mary C. Cartwright). NAVAJO CREATION MYTH. The Story of the Emergence. By… Recorded by Mary C. Wheelwright. Santa Fe: Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art, 1942. Lg. 8vo, 238pp, frontisportrait, 15 color silk-screened plates of sandpaintings. Green cloth stained, contents very good. $175. ¶ One of 1000 copies, by a leading Navajo researcher. Scarce.
KOEBEL, W.H. THE GREAT SOUTHLAND. The River Plate and Southern Brazil of To-Day. London: Thornton Butterworth, . 8vo, 314pp. Cloth, spine a little soiled, some minor foxing on first and last leaves, otherwise very good. $50. ¶ First Edition. An account of Brazil and the River Plate Republics. The author’s emphasis lies on affirming the stability of their democratic institutions, for instance as demonstrated in their diplomatic actions during World War I. He also describes the economy, internal affairs, culture etc.
KOLLONITZ, Gräfin Paula. Eine Reise Nach Mexico. Im Jahre 1864. Wien: Carl Gerold’s Sohn, 1867. 8vo, (8), 244pp. Contemp. quarter calf over marbled boards, crimson calf spine label, gilt dec. spine, some wear, rubbing, foxing to first and last few ff, owner’s sig., otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. The Countess Kollonitz’ narrative of Maximillian’s journey to assume the Emperorship of Mexico.
KRAFT, Walter C. CODICES VINDOBONENSES HISPANICI, A Catalog of the Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan Manuscripts in the Austrian National Library in Voienna. Corvallis: Oregon State College, 1957. 8vo, 64pp, printed wrappers. Very good. $25. ¶ Useful catalog with index and bibliography of mss, mainly of the 16th, 17th, & 18th centuries, in the Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek
KRAUS, George. HIGH ROAD TO PROMONTORY. Building the Central Pacific across the High Sierra. Palo Alto: American West Publishing, (1969). 8vo, 317pp, b&w illus. throughout. Cloth, dust jacket, fine in near fine dj. $25. ¶ First Edition.
LA BEAUME, Louis & W[illia]m Papin. THE PICTURESQUE ARCHITECTURE OF MEXICO. New York: Wenzel & Krakow, 1915. 4to, (8pp), 118 photographic plates, lacking frontis. (supplied in photocopy).. Orig. cloth soiled, rear hinge starting, former owner’s illus. to rear pastedown endpaper, edgewear, good. $100. ¶ First Edition. One of the early appreciations of Mexican architecture including buildings in Cuernavaca, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Morelia and other cities.
(La Follette, Robert M.). INAUGURAL MESSAGE BY GOVERNOR ROBERT M. LaFOLLETTE TO THE WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE. Regular Session. [N.p.], 1901. 8vo, 43pp, 2 text tables. Green cloth, gilt lettered, some foxing to endpapers, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First Edition.
LARA, Juana Manrique de y Guadalupe Monroy. SEUDONIMOS, ANAGRAMAS, INICIALES, ETC., de Autores Mexicanos y Extranjeros. Compilados por … Mexico: Ediciones de la Secretaría de Educación Pública, 1943. 8vo, 78pp. Printed wrappers, soiled perimeters and spine, toning to margins, otherwise very good. $50. ¶ First Edition.
LE SUIRE, [Robert Martin]. LE NOUVEAU MONDE, ou Christopher Colomb. Poême… Paris: The Author, an VIII (ca. 1800). 2 vols in 1, 8vo, xxviii, 143, (1); (4), 147, (1)pp. Quarter morocco, gilt spine. very good. $200. ¶ Second edition, revised and expanded (first in 1781). A rather bizarre and extravagant narration of Columbus’ discovery of America, told in rhymes and with different protagonists. The handling of the topic – i. e. the discovery of the unknown – reflects the enthusiasm of the revolutionary days. The author Le Suire (1737-1815) was a professor of law at Rouen. JCB 4106. Monglond V, p.169. Sabin 40233. NUC: 4 copies.
LEA, Tom. BULLFIGHT MANUAL FOR SPECTATORS. Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1952. 12mo, 24pp, illustrated. Orig. wrappers. Very good. $25.
LEE, Alfred McClung and Norman Daymond Humphrey. RACE RIOT. New York: Dryden Press, 1943. 8vo, xi, 143pp, 2 illus. Black boards, silver lettered, dustjacket, near fine in very good dj. $40. ¶ First Edition. Important study of the 1943 Detroit race riots.
LEON, Francisco De P. LOS ESMALTES DE URUAPAN. Mexico City: DAPP, 1939. 4to, 123, (5)pp, 52 color plates. Orig. wrappers, fine. $150. ¶ Beautifully printed plates illustrate the brilliant enamels of the Uruapan Indians of Michoacan, fully described in the text.
LEONARD, Zenas. NARRATIVE OF THE ADVENTURES OF ZENAS LEONARD Written by Himself. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1934. 12mo, fold-out map, red cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $35. ¶ First published in 1839, Leonard joined an expedition to California in 1833. “It is now generally believed that after crossing the main ridge the party descended the divide between the Merced and Tuolumne rivers and that Yosemite valley was then discovered” (Zamorano Eighty 50).
LEUPP, Francis. IN RED MAN’S LAND. A Study of The American Indian. New York: Fleming H. Revell, (1914). 8vo, 161pp, 9 photographic plates incl. frontis. Original gred cloth, minor wear to spine ends & offsetting to endpapers, nearly fine. $45. ¶ First Edition. Companion volume to author’s earlier work, The Indian and His Problem. Leupp, who served as United States Commissioner of Indian Affairs, states in his preface, “my aim has been to deal with the Indian as an individual, as if I were introducing an old resident to new neighbors.”
(LICK, James). Rosemary Lick. THE GENEROUS MISER. The Story of James Lick of California. A Foreward by Richard H. Dillon and an Introduction by C.D. Shane. (Menlo Park: Lane Magazine & Book Co.): (1967). 8vo, xvi, 95pp, b&w captioned photo section, title in red & black. Original grey cloth, gilt. A fine copy in a lightly sunned dust jacket with 2 closed tears, very good. $20. ¶ Biographical portrait of eccentric California pioneer Lick, who, upon his death in 1876, bequeathed three million dollars to the public. Printed at the Ward Ritchie Press.
(Los Angeles map). BURKS, Dana. BURKS’ MAP OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES 1903. Large colored map folded into orig. red printed wrappers. 25 1/2 x 21 inches (64.8 x 53.3 cm.). A few tiny tears at folds, otherwise very fine. $250. ¶ First edition. A detailed street map that also locates important public buildings, parks, and railroad stations. Not in Phillips.
(Los Angeles). THOMPSON & WEST. HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA with Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Residences, Fine Blocks, Manufactories, from Original Sketches by Artists of the Highest Ability Oakland: Thompson & West, 1880. Oblong 4to, 192pp, 112 lithographic plates plates, 1 colored map. Orig. cloth boards, modern black leather spine with gilt title & new endpapers; title page wrinkled, otherwise very good. $2000. ¶ First Edition. “Always referred to as the ‘Thompson & West, Los Angeles County,’ it is one of the rarest of that fine early series of California county histories. This valuable history was complied from the newspapers of the county from 1854 to 1880, as well as city and county records, and from interviews with many early pioneers. The 112 page plates are lithographs of buildings and homes throughout the county. This is really a source book for Los Angeles District history”(Layne, Books of the Los Angeles District 53). Cowan p.397. Cf. Howes W531.
MACKENZIE, Alexander. VOYAGES FROM MONTREAL on the River St Laurence through the Continent of North America to The Frozen and Pacific Oceans in 1789 and 1793 With an Account With the Rise and State of the Fur Trade [N.p.,] 1901. 8vo, 498pp. Red cloth, bookplate, very good in dust jacket. $150. ¶ Cf. Howes M-133. Wagner-Camp 1.
MacLACHLAN, T. Robin. BANJO-PICKANINNIES. A Descriptive Piano Piece. New York: Harold Flammer, 1928. 4to, 2pp sheet music with additional preperatory exercise within illus. wrapper. $50. ¶ The cover illustration by “Ditzy” accurately if offensively illustrates the composition’s title.
(Mammoth Cave). MAMMOTH CAVE, in Third Dimension. Chicago: The Orthovis Company, (1935). Sq 8vo, 31pp, 24 “ortho-scope” photo-illus, 2 pair viewing glasses housed in orig. sleeve at the back. Publ. grey-green wrappers with large embossed illus. on white ground, mild rubbing at wrappers, a nearly fine copy. $165. ¶ First Edition. The 3-D glasses make these views of the renowned Kentucky cave system appear to jump off the page. With striking embossed cover illustration of The Lion's Den formation.
MANLY, William Lewis. DEATH VALLEY IN ‘49. San Jose: Pacific Tree & Vine Co., 1894. 8vo, 498pp, frontis & 3 plates. Orig. ochre cloth stamped in black. Very good copy. $375. ¶ First Edition. “Classic account, by a survivor, of dire sufferings endured by an emigrant party on a short-cut from Salt Lake City to California through the valley called ever after by this fearful name” (Howes M255). Cowan p.412. Edwards, The Enduring Desert, pp.162-163. Flake 5259. Kurutz 427a. Rocq 2321. Zamorano Eighty no. 51. Wheat, Gold Rush, 136.
MARTINEAU, Harriet. SOCIETY IN AMERICA. London: Saunders & Otley, 1837. 3 vols, xix, 364; vi,369, (2 ads); vi,365, (2 ads)pp. Orig. tan boards with labels, entirely uncut and unrestored, spines and labels chipped, contemp. gift inscription dated 1837 in each volume. Cloth slipcase. $500. ¶ First Edition. Based upon Martineau's American travels of 1834-6, Society in America is a “critical study of American political, economic and social institutions…although sympathizing in general with American principles, was antagonisitic toward the South. A typical reply was Simm’s Slavery in America (1838), a peppery review that not only attacked Miss Martineau's ideas, but also villified her character and made sport of her deafness. Although it was adversely reviewed in Blackwoods, on the whole her book was among the most popular of her 52 volumes” (OCEL). Howes M350. Robinson p.143.
MATHER, Increase. THE HISTORY OF KING PHILIP’S WAR. Also, A History of the Same War by the Rev. Cotton Mather. To Which Are Added An Introduction and Notes by Samuel Drake. Boston: Printed for the Editor, 1862. 8vo, 281pp, 2 engraved portraits, folding chart. Green pebbled cloth, gilt lettered, ruled borders blocked in blind, teg, untrimmed, front hinge hints at starting, lt. wear to spine ends, owner’s signature, otherwise a remarkable copy, very good. $650. ¶ Second edition, the scarce reprint limited to 261 copies, of the extremely scarce 1676 first edition titled A Brief History of the War With the Indians in New England, and an association copy, having belonged to the celebrated 19th century historian Justin Winsor (listed among the Subscribers at the back) with his signature on the front pastedown and stamp on the title. Howes 400; Holmes p.482 (giving Albany as place of publication) & cf. p.53.
MAWE, John. TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF BRAZIL; with Notices on Its Climate, Agriculture, Commerce, Population, Mines, Manners, and Customs: and a Particular Account of the Gold and Diamond Districts. Including a Voyage to the Rio de la Plata. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1812. 4to, vii, (1), 366, (2)pp, hand-colored plate of minerals, 7 engraved plates (one hand-colored) & map of Brazil. Recent quarter calf, marbled boards, old library blind stamp on title, light foxing as usual, overall very good. $1500. ¶ First Edition of the first English work on the minerals of Brazil, with first hand accounts of the diamond and gold mines, and with a hand-colored plate of minerals. Sinkankis notes that the work is “much valued by historians and geographers as one of the earliest reliable accounts of Brazil under Portuguese colonization, and the first on the diamond and gold washings and the manner in which they were conducted. The account is replete in details of the geography, the people and their customs, habitations, plants and animals, trade, and many other made by a shrewed and intelligent observor.” Borba de Moraes II, 541-42. Sabin 46991. Sinkankas 4270.
McCLOSKY, Jane D. 6 HORSES AND 10 HEAD. Two Hundred Years on the Rancho San Pasqual 1770-1970. Pasadena: Boys’ Club of Pasadena, (1971). 4to, xiv, 136, (1)pp, 123 sepia illus. Illus. wrappers, mild sunning to spine, otherwise fine. $40. ¶ First Edition, a Complimentary Copy to book contributor Carol Green Wilson from the Boys’ Club Director, with his note laid-in and book’s brochure.
McCONKEY, Harriet E. Bishop DAKOTA WAR WHOOP Indian Massacres and War in Minnesota By Harriet E. Bishop McConkey. Edited by Dale L. Morgan. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1965. 12mo, frontispiece. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
McKINLEY, President William. MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, Transmitting the Report of the Naval Court of Inquiry upon the Destruction of the United States Battle Ship Maine in Havana Harbor, February 15, 1898, together with the Testimony taken Before the Court. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1898. 8vo, 301pp, 18 photographs, 1 chart, 1 foldout map. Brown printed wrappers, staple bound, bookplate, wrapper loss at spine head and tail, edgewear, otherwise internally fine, otherwise nearly very good. $250. ¶ First Edition of the official U.S. government document that provided the proximal motivation for the Spanish-American War. Scarce.
MEDINA, José Toribio. BIBLIOTECA HISPANOCHILENA (1523 - 1817). Santiago: Fondo Historico y Bibliografico Jose Toribio Medina, 1963. 3 vols, 4to, printed wrappers. Very good. $200. ¶ Facsimile of the 1897-99 edition. The major source book for the early years of printing in Chile, listing 876 titles arranged chronologically. “The critical and bibliographical notes are very full. Authorities are quoted extensively. Each volume has a spearate index. Books published outside Chile on Chilean subjects are given, since Chilean publications had already been listed in the Bibliografia de la Imprenta en Santiago, published in 1891” (Roberts, Medina, p.143). Stillwell, Incunabula & Americana, 1229.
(Medina). ROBERTS, Sarah Elizabeth. JOSÉ TORIBIO MEDINA. His Life and Works. Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Bibliographical and Library Association, 1941. 8vo, 192pp. Orig. wrappers, chipped, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First Edition, the life and bibliography of the immensely prolific Chilean historian and bibliographer.
MERRIAM, Eve. MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA MONEY MISSISSIPPI and Other Places… New York: Cameron Associates/Liberty Book Club, (1956). 8vo, (34)pp. Ivory cloth, black lettered, dust jacket, age-toning to borders otherwise near fine in like dj. $35. ¶ First Edition.
(Mexico). RELACIONES DE SANTA CRUZ Y DE TETIQUIPA OAXACA. Mexico: Biblioteca de Historiadores Mexicanos, 1955. 8vo, 34pp. Red boards, mild wear, spine sunned, otherwise tight, very good. $35. ¶ Limited Edition of 75 copies, this being copy 38.
(Mexico City). COLEGIO DE MINERIA. EL CUIDANO CORONEL JOSE FRANCISCO ROBLES, apoderado General de los Mineros y Director de su Colegio, Suplica a Y.q. asistas los Exámines publicos de Matematicas… Mexico: October 19, 1840. 8vo, 12pp. Full mottled calf, gilt borders, marbled endpapers, orig. wrappers bound in, some marginal staining, signature on title. A very good copy. $150. ¶ Only Edition. This curious little booklet discusses the series of public examinations which took place at the mining college. The examined subjects included mathematics, physics, chemistry and mineralogy. (NUC notes a slightly different 1835 ed. of 11pp.)
MICHEAUX, Oscar. THE STORY OF DOROTHY STANFIELD. Based on a Great Insurance Swindle - and a Woman! New York: Book Supply, 1946. 8vo, 416pp, color frontispiece. Original maroon cloth, gilt lettered, gilt ruled borders, dust jacket, pictorial endpapers, tight, bright and fine in dj with thin line of rubbing down the length of spine, a bit of soiling, otherwise panels bright with mild wear. $250. ¶ First “Deluxe” Edition. Written by “the most prolific black - if not most prolific independent - filmmaker in American cinema, Oscar Micheaux [1884-1951] wrote, produced and directed forty-four feature-length films between 1919 and 1948” (Producer’s Guild of America). He also wrote ten self-published novels, in addition to three (the volume under notice included) issued by mainstream publishers during the 1940s. With a most attractive dust jacket and frontispiece illustration. Whiteman, A Century of Fiction by American Negroes, 1853-1952, A Descriptive Bibliography, p. 37
MINER, Frederick Roland. OUTDOOR SOUTHLAND OF CALIFORNIA. With Illustrations from Photographs and Paintings by the Author. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Press 1923. 8vo, 229pp, color frontispiece, 7 b&w plates, headpieces, decorated initials. Green cloth, gilt lettered and illus., very nice copy. $40. ¶ First Edition of a collection of nature sketches about Southern California that originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
(Miner, Leigh Ricmond). DABBS, Edith M. FACE OF AN ISLAND. Leigh Richmond Miner’s Photographs of Saint Helena Island. New York: Grossman, 1971. Sq 4to, unpaginated, Gray cloth, gilt lettered, gilt vignette, dust jacket, fine in fairly good soiled dj w/ sm chips and closed tears, torn strip along top margin of upper panel neatly placed in w/o tape. $400. ¶ First Edition.
(Monterey, California). SOUVENIR OF MONTEREY AND PACIFIC GROVE, CALIFORNIA. Monterey: Old Mission Art & Curio Store, Oblong 12mo, “albertype” photos, printed wrappers stab-stitched with ribbon. Very good. $40.
(MOON, Carl). CARL MOON, Photographer & Illustrator of the American Southwest... a Selection of Vintage Photographs, Original Art and Related Material. San Francisco: Argonaut Book Shop, (1982). 4to, (48)pp, 55 b/w photo-plates, 33 text illus. White wrappers with photo-illus. vignette, mild soiling at wrappers, bookplate (causing slight waving at upper wrapper), otherwise a very good, clean copy. $45. ¶ First Edition of this sale catalogue. Most of the plates depict native Americans photographed by Moon between 1905 and 1914. With selections of his early artwork and drawings, and extensive bibliography.
(Mormon). FERRIS, Benjamin G. UTAH AND THE MORMANS. The History, Government, Doctrines, Customs, and Prospects of The Latter-Day Saints. From Personal Observation... New York: Harper & Brothers, 1854. 8vo, 347pp, with portrait frontispiece & wood cuts throughout. Original blind-stamped cloth, spine gilt. Good. $250. ¶ First Edition. Posthumously published personal account of Ferris’s six month term serving as Secretary of the Utah Territory. He dedicated the book to President Millard Fillmore. Flake 3328, Howes F98, Sabin 24184.
MORSE, Jedidiah Morse & Richard Morse. A NEW UNIVERSAL GAZETTEER, Or Geographical Dictionary… New Haven: S. Converse, 1823. 8vo, 856pp. Full calf, calf label. Calf worn, front joint cracked, signature to endpapers & title, light foxing throughout, still good. $125. ¶ Fourth Edition. Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826), American clergyman and the “father of American geography,” held a virtual monopoly in the publishing of geography texts during his day. His son Sidney Edwards Morse carried on his geographical work upon his death and his other son, Samuel Morse, achieved great fame as an inventor.
MUIR, John. A THOUSAND-MILE WALK TO THE GULF. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1916. 8vo, xxvi, 220pp, color gravure frontispiece, 17 plates. Cloth backed boards, leather label. Some dampstaining to text and backstrip. Good copy with the bookplate of Roger Larson. $150. ¶ First Edition, large paper edition limited to 550 numbered copies. Muir travelled from Indianapolis through Kentucky and the Cumberland Mountains, to Georgia and Florida, and Cuba. The journey ended in California with his first excursion to Yosemite. “Muir’s early writing included in this volume is important in disclosing his nature-oriental philosopy of life and the direction in which it was taking him… [The journal] contains Muir’s innermost thoughts as he pondered the problem of man’s place int he universe.” Kimes 339.
MURPHY, Robet Cushman. BIRD ISLANDS OF PERU. The Record of a Sojourn on the West Coast. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1925. 8vo, numerous photographic plates. Orig. lightly worn green cloth, gilt, slight foxing & browning to early leaves, front signature pulled, very good. $40. ¶ First Edition, scarce.
MURRAY, Hugh. AN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF BRITISH AMERICA; Comprehending Canada, Upper and Lower, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, The Bermudas, and the Fur Countries… Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1839. 3 vols, sm. 8vo, each with engraved half-title & a few illus. in text. I: 352pp, large folding frontis. map (a seciton separated but present), 4 full-page engraved maps; II: 35ppp, 2 eng. plates; III: 388pp, folding frontis. map. 19C half calf, marbled boards, a bit rubbed, overall very good. Binder’s tickets of John Lovell, Montreal. $500. ¶ Second edition. Sabin 51501.
NAVARRO, Moises Gonzalez. LA COLINIZACION EN MEXICO. Mexico: Talleres De Impression De Estampillas y Valores, 1960. Large 8vo, wrappers. Jacket worn with small tearing alone head at both to p and bottom. Fair. $20. ¶ Starting with Palacios inquiry into the possibilities of Mexico’s colinization in 1877, Navarro tracks the development of Mexican land division primarily with regards to the United States. Black and white photography illustrates the development along with various charts and tables.
NELSON, William Hamilton. ALLURING ARIZONA. Being a Series of Connected Sketches of the Youngest State in the American Union, and the Oldest in the World. San Francisco: William Hamilton Nelson, 1927. 8vo, xiii, 133pp, frontispiece, 9 b&w photo-plates, decorated initials. Brick pictorial cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, $45. ¶ First Edition, a Presentation Copy, inscribed and signed by the author. “Beginning with the primitive inhabitants, the Cliff Dwellers, telling of the coming of the Spanish explorers; the discovery of the Grand Canyon; the description of it. A description of the Petrified Forests; Painted Desert; the Indian petroglyphs, or picture writing; something about Hopi Indian architecture, and the Hopi Snake Dance; then the story of the Apache Trail and finally, Arizona today presenting a pageant of rogress, and painting a picture of Arizona from the mystic past to now” (from the title page).
(New England). NEW ENGLAND VACATION RESORTS. Seashore, Mountain and Lake Regions…A Detailed List of Hotels and Boarding-Houses Reached via the Boston and Maine Railroad. Including Steamer Connections. Boston: General Passenger Department, 1913. Tall 8vo, 72pp, frontis., large color folding map. Orig. color pictorial wrappers, a very good & bright copy. $125. ¶ A very attractive piece of New Englandiana.
NEWCOMB, Rexford. THE OLD MISSION CHURCHES AND HISTORIC HOUSES OF CALIFORNIA. Their History, Architecture Art and Lore. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1925. 4to, xvii, 379pp, color frontis., 217 illus., 24 line drawings. Orig. green cloth, gilt, dustjacket, tears to backstrip, otherwise internally clean in good binding in like dj. $125. ¶ First edition of this beautiful book, the result of six years of field work by this noted architectural historian.
NIBLEY, Preston. BRIGHAM YOUNG. The Man and Leader. Address Delivered at Salt Lake City, May 31, 1925. (Independence, Missouri: Missions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in America, 1925). 12mo, 16pp, self-wrappers. Staples loose, very good. $25. ¶ Rare pamphlet. Flake 5816.
NOBLE, Peter (comp.). THE CINEMA AND THE NEGRO 1905-1948. Compiled by… (London: Sight and Sound), 1948. 8vo, 21pp. Printed wrappers, very good. $100. ¶ Sight and Sound Special Supplement Index Series No.14, a checklist with credits and notes for each entry. Scarce.
NORDLAND, Ole J. COACHELLA VALLEY’S GOLDEN YEARS; The Early History of the Coachella Valley County Water District and Stories about the Discovery and Development of this Section of the Colorado Desert. Indio: Desert Printing, 1978. 4to, 120pp, b/w photo-illus. throughout. Orig. yellow, photo-illus. wrappers, faint soiling at top margin upper wrapper, otherwise very good. $35. ¶ Revised edition of this fascinating miscellany filled with early photographs.
OAKES, Maud. BEAUTYWAY: A Navaho Ceremonial. Myth Recorded and Translated by Father Berard Haile. With a Variant Myth Recorded by Maud Oakes. And Sandpaintings Recorded by Larua A. Armer, Franc J. Newcomb, and Maud Oakes. Edited with Commentaries by Leland C. Wyman. (New York: Pantheon Books [for the] Bollingen Series, (1957). Sm. 4to, xii, 218pp, 16 color plates, 7 illustrations with 8vo supplement in wrappers: viii, 83pp. Orig. 2-color linen. Very good in worn dust jacket. $200. ¶ First Edition, complete with the “Supplement.” The work presents a Navaho ceremonial through literary and graphic media. The narrative is recorded by Berard Haile, a distinguished student of Navaho language, and the sixteen sandpaintings are reproduced in seriagraph made after tempera painting.
ODENS, Peter. PIONEERLAND BELOW THE SEA... With Photographs by the Author. Sketches by Buachom Odens. Calexico: Calexico Chronicle, 1970. 8vo, 55pp, b/w photo-illus. throughout. Orig. pictorial yellow wrappers, lettered in orange and red, bookplate and errata slip mounted verso upper wrapper, sig. at title, a very good copy. $30. ¶ Boldly signed by the author on the title page.
(Pacific Railway Survey - Vol. VIII). REPORTS OF EXPLORATIONS AND SURVEYS to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the pacific Ocean. Made Under the Direction of the Secretary of War in 1853-6... Washington: Beverly Tucker, Printer, 1857. 4to, 757pp, 42 lithographic plates (numbered 17-28 & 30-60. Orig. cloth, lacking backstrip, 3 plates quite foxed, otherwise good. $200. ¶ Volume VIII only of the Pacific Railyway Survey, Senate issue, containing the Report upon the Zoology of the Several Pacific Railroad Routes, in 4 parts: I Mammals; II Birds; III. Reptiles; & IV Fishes.
PALLADINO, L.B. INDIAN AND WHITE IN THE NORTHWEST. A Study of Catholicity in Montana 1831-1891. With an Introduction by Right Reverend John B. Brondel. With Portraits and Other Illustrations. Lancaster, PA: Wickersham, 1922. 8vo, xx, 512pp, frontispiece, 92 half-tones. Brown cloth, blocked in blind and stamped in gold, white, and green, marbled edges, lt.-mod. wear at extremities, spine tail chipped, otherwise tight, sound, clean, very good. $120. ¶ Second (most desirable) Edition, Revised and Enlarged. “A history of all Catholic missions in the region - among the Blackfeet, Piegons, Cheyennes and Crows and in the white settlements of Montana.” Howes P40.
PARKINSON, Edward S. WONDERLAND; Or, Twelve Weeks In and Out of the United States. Brief Account of a Trip Across the Continent - Short Run Into Mexico - Ride to the Yosemite Valley - Steamer Voyage to Alaska, the Land of Glaciers - Visit to the Great Shoshone Falls and a Stage Ride Through the Yellowstone National Park. Trenton, N.J.: MacCrellish & Quigley, 1894. 8vo, 259pp, frontispiece, 23 b&w photo-illus. Green cloth, gilt lettered, very good. $125. ¶ Second edition, originally published 1893 and as scarce as the first. Not in Howes, Cowan, or Currey-Kruska.
PARKMAN, Francis. THE DISCOVERY OF THE GREAT WEST. Boston: Little, Brown, 1869. 8vo, xxi, (3), 425pp. Orig. green cloth, gilt, a little worn, front hinge cracked, bookplate. Good. $75. ¶ First Edition. BAL 15458. Foley p.217. Stone p.150.
PARKMAN, Francis (illus. by Frederic Remington). THE OREGON TRAIL. Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life. Illustrated by Frederic Remington. Boston: Little Brown, 1892. 8vo, xvi, 411pp, with a tinted frontispiece, several plates & illus, throughout by Remington. Bound in the publisher’s full brown calf, upper cover & spine decoratively stamped in gilt and colors, spine ends restored. A very good copy. $2500. ¶ First Edition, the deluxe calf bound issue, together with a 2 page autograph letter from Parkman to the editor of the Century Magazine, dated 1870. A classic account of the Old West, “of the greatest historical value” (Hill). The accounts of Native American life before the invasion of the West are of surpassing interest. BAL 15484. Rittenhouse 450. Sabin 58801. Wagner-Camp 170.
PATRON, Pablo. LIMA ANTIGUA... Estudio Biografico del Autor por Evaristo San Cristoval. Lima: Libreria e Imprenta Gil..., 1935. 8vo, viii, 33pp, 2 color and 36 b/w hors-texte plates. Cream wrappers, lettered in red and black, red floral borders, mild soiling at wrappers, half-title and title moderately foxed, otherwise a very good, clean copy. $50. ¶ First Edition of this brief history of the city founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. The 38 plates feature reproductions of early photographs, drawings, engraved illustrations and antique documents. Although the author was trained as a physician, “las disciplinas historicas eran las que atraian a Patron.”
PECKHAM, Howard H. (ed.). NARRATIVES OF COLONIAL AMERICA 1704-1765. Edited by Howard H. Peckham. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1971. 12mo. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original.
PENAFIEL, Antonio. NOMBRES GEOGRAFICOS DE MEXICO. CATALOGO ALFABETICO de los los Nombres de Lugar Pertenecientes al Idioma "Nahuatl." Estudio Jeroglifico de la Matricula de los Tributos del Codice Mendocino… [with] ARTE MEXICANA compuesta Por el Padre Antonio del Rincon…en Mexico en Casa de Pedro, Balli, 1595. Mexico: La Secretaria de Fomento, 1885. 2 vols bound in 1, 4to, text: 260, (4)pp. Atlas: 2 color title leaves, 39 plates lithographically printed in color. Half morocco, gilt. A very good set. $600. ¶ First Edition of this major source book. The 39 plates contain 462 color facsimiles of glyphs of Aztec cities, states and provinces, mainly from the Codex Mendoza. The text contains descriptions of each glyph by the celebrated Mexican scholar Penafiel, who provides etymology of place names and an analysis of the forms of the glyphs. Eames II, 1084: “The first national gazetteer of ancient Mexico…” Bernal 1921. Glass p.672. Palau 226012. Ramos 3655. Ugarte 305A.
(Pennsylvania). HILDEBURN, Charles R. THE ISSUES OF THE PRESS OF PENNSYLVANIA 1685-1784. New York: Burt Franklin, (1968). 2 vols, 4to, xv, 392; 516pp. Original green buckram, nearly fine. $75. ¶ Reprint, originally published in 1835. Chronologically arranged listings of all known printed books, pamphlets & broadsides, with collations, descriptions & index.
PETERS, Harry T. AMERICA ON STONE, The Other Printmakers to the American People, A Chronicle of American Lithography other than that of Currier & Ives, from its Beginning Shortly before 1820, to the Years when the Commercial Single-Stone Hand-Colored Lithograph disappeared from the American Scene. (New York: Arno Press, 1976). Quarto, 18 color & 136 b/w plates. Cream buckram. Very good. $300. ¶ Good reprint of the rare 1931 limited edition.
PHELPS, McKinnie L. (comp). THE INDIAN CAPTIVITY OF MARY KINNAN 1791-1794... Edited and with an Introduction by Jack D. Filipiak. Boulder: Pruett Press, 1967 8vo, xxviii, 138pp, plates. Green cloth stamped in black, fine. $40. ¶ One of 750 numbered copies signed by Phelps. The first edition of A True Narrative of the Sufferings of Mary Kinnan was published at Elizabethtown in 1795.
(Photography - American). IMAGE OF AMERICA. Early Photography 1839-1900. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1957. Tall 8vo, viii, 88pp, photo-illus. throughout. Photo-illus. wrappers, mild shelf darkening and soiling, otherwise very good. $25. ¶ First Edition of an attractive catalogue produced for the title exhibition in February, 1957 at the Library of Congress in conjunction with that year’s International Exposition of Photography. With an essay by Beaumont Newhall.
(Plantin Press). HARTE, Bret. A NIGHT AT WINGDAM. Together with a Letter from the Author to Dr. J.L.Ver Mehr and a Foreward by Idwal Jones. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1936. 8vo, 12pp, printed in black & brown. Original beige sewn wrappers, covers browned near edges, tiny closed tear to back panel, very good. Laid in typed publisher’s note. $25. ¶ One of 500 copies printed at the Plantin Press, with decorations by Henry Shire. No. 6 of The California Literary Pamphlets, the club’s 1936 series of keepsakes.
PORTER, Dorothy. EARLY NEGRO WRITING 1760-1837. Selected and Introduced by ... Boston: Beacon Press, 1971. 8vo, xiii, 658pp, frontispiece. Quarter black cloth over grey blindstamped boards, purple lettered, dustjacket, fine in near fine dj. $75. ¶ First Edition.
POTTER, Elizabaeth Gray & Mabael Thayer Gray. THE LURE OF SAN FRANCISCO. A Romance Amid Old Landmarks. Illustrated by Audley B. Wells. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1915. 8vo, 96pp, frontis., 7 tipped-in plates by Wells. Orig. pictorial cloth, pictorial dust jacket, a fine copy. $50. ¶ An attractive work on the city's Spanish past. The illustrations are in the Mathews style.
POWELL, Donald M. ARIZONA FIFTY. A list of fifty books about Arizona published since Statehood. Tuscon: [n.p.], 1962. Small 8vo, 22pp. Booklet. Fine. $25. ¶ First Edition. Powell has chosen what he believes are the fifty best books about Arizona and has summarized the contents of each. A must for any collector of Western Americana.
POWELL, Lawrence Clark & W W. Robinson THE MALIBU. I. Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit. An Historical Approach by W. W. Robinson. II. Personal Considerations: Essays by Lawrence Clark Powell. Illustrations by Irene Robinson. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1958. 4to, 86pp, 18 color illus by Irene Robinson (plus others in black or one color) including a fold-out map. Quarter cloth. Slight foxing to rear endpapers, otherwise fine. $750. ¶ One of 320 copies signed by Saul and Lilliam Marks, LCP and W W Robinson
PUMPELLY, Raphael. ACROSS AMERICA AND ASIA. Notes of a Five Years’ Journey around the World and of Residence in Arizona, Japan, and China. New York: Leypoldt and Holt, 1870. 8vo, xvi, 454pp, with a frontispiece and 24 plates and illustrations, and four folding maps. Orig. green cloth gilt, a little worn but quite good. $175. ¶ First Edition of this scarce and early account of Japan and China, and also interesting for its details of life in Arizona. The most interesting and least recognized section of the book is on art. Pumpelly turned to his friend the artist John La Farge to write a chapter on Japanese art for his section on his excursion to Japan, thereby commissioning the first article by an American to appear on Japanese art; it is illustrated with four facsimile plates after Hokusai. La Farge was one of the first Americans, along with Morse and Fenellosa, to bring Japanese aesthetics to American art. This chapter, secluded as it was in a travel diary, has been somewhat overlooked. Howes P-650. Weisberg, Japonisme, 38.
QUAIFE, Milo Milton (ed.). PICTURES OF GOLD RUSH CALIFORNIA. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1949. 12mo, red cloth, gilt lettered bookplate, near fine. $30. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
(Quakers). GRIFFITH, John. A JOURNAL OF THE LIFE, TRAVELS, AND LABOURS IN THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY. [bound with] SOME BRIEF REMARKS Upon Sundry Important Subjects, Necessary to be Understood and Attended to by All Professing the Christian Religion. Principally Addressed to the People Called Quakers by…[same printer], 1781. London: Printed: Philadelphia: Reprinted by Joseph Crukshank, 1780. 8vo, iv, 426, (8), 112pp. Contemporary full calf, raised bands, contemporary owner’s inscription to ffep, stains to t-p through first few leaves, age-toning throughout, some wear, overall a tight, good copy. $200. ¶ First American Edition. The journal of English Quaker minister, born in Wales in 1713, brought up in Pennsylvania from the age of 13, returning to England in 1747 before going back to settle his affairs in America, then back to England to live in Essex, includes valuable information on his travels through the North and Mid-Atlantic states as well as England. Includes Quaker doctrines, discussion of Quaker meetings, etc., with his account of his capture by privateers on the high seas. An interesting American Revolutionary War imprint. Smith I, 871. Sabin 28825. Evans 16793.
QUAST, Emilie. AN INDEX & BIBLIOGRAPHY TO DOUGLAS C. MCMURTRIE’S A HISTORY OF PRINTING IN THE UNITED STATES. New York: Burt Franklin, (1974). 8vo. 94pp. Original peach cloth, gilt, somewhat scuffed; interior very good. $20. ¶ Useful companion volume to McMurtrie’s history, with checklists of bibles, almanacks, and serials cited in the work.
QUICK, Herbert & Edward. MISSISSIPPI STEAMBOATIN’: A History of Steamboating on the Mississippi and its Tributaries. New York: Henry Holt, (1926). 8vo, xvi, 342pp, b&w plates. Original grey buckram, spine stamped in navy & gold, very good. $35. ¶ First Edition.
RAMOS ARIZPE, Miguel. MEMORIA QUE EN CUMPLIMIENTO DEL ARTICULO 120 de la Constitucion Federal de los Estados-Unidos mexcianos. Leyo el Secretario do Estado y del Despacho Universal de Camara de Diputados el dis 3 y en la de Senadores el dia 4 de enero de 1826, sobre los ramos del Ministerio de su Cargo. [Mexico City]: Imprenta del Supremo Gobierno en Palacio, . 4to, (2), 19, (1 blank)pp. Half morocco. Small wormholes throughout, affecting a few letters, 2 marginal tears repaired, edge lightly rubbed, otherwise very good. $600. ¶ First Edition of an important document on the administration of laws in New Mexico and the Californias, issued during a critical period in Southwestern history. Ramos Arizpe reports that new judical districts have been set up in the territories of New Mexico and Upper California and discusses whether new bishoprics should be established in New Mexico and Sonora. Palau 160880 & 160828. California Missions p.8. Not in Sabin.
RAMOS MEJIA, Francisco. EL FEDERALISMO ARGENTINO. Fragmentos de la Historia de la Evolucion Argentina. Buenos Ares: La Cultura Argentina, 1915. 8vo, wrappers. Some staining and spotting, small tears along edges of cover. $20. ¶ Ramos Mejia covers the evolution of Argentina.
REICHARD, Gladys. DEZBA. Woman of the Desert. New York: J.J. Augustin, (1939). Sq. 8vo, xxvi, 161pp, frontispiece & 55 plates. Orig. tan cloth, vignette to front cover, tape marks to front boards, otherwise fine in a very good dust jacket. $50. ¶ First Edition of this wonderful narrative by an author who lived on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona. “The flow of daily life on the Navajo Reservation centered in the activities of the matriarch of the family group, vividly and poetically told by a sympathetic observer of the The People. Though the account is fictionalized to the extent that it does not describe any living person, there is probably more truth here than in many scientific reports” (Powell, Arizona Fifty, 38).
REICHARD, Gladys. DEZBA, Woman of the Desert. New York: J.J. Augustin, (1939). Sq. 8vo, xxvi, 161pp, frontispiece & 55 plates. Orig. tan cloth, a little soiled, in good jacket with some wear to backstrip and corners. $135. ¶ First Edition, insccribed by the author to her publisher: “To J.J. thru ‘thick & thin’/ Gladys.” “The flow of daily life on the Navajo Reservation centered in the activities of the matriarch of the family group, vividly and poetically told by a sympathetic observer of the The People. Though the account is fictionalized to the extent that it does not describe any living person, there is probably more truth here than in many scientific reports” (Powell, Arizona Fifty, 38).
REID, Hugo. THE INDIANS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY. Los Angeles: Privately Printed, 1926. 8vo, 70pp. Brown wrappers. Slight sun staining. $125. ¶ First Edition thus, originally issued as a series of letters in the Los Angeles Star, here gathered and printed by Arthur Ellis in an edition of 200 copies. Reid published his Account of the Indians of California in 1885. Cowan p.528. Rocq S612.
REMINGTON, Frederick. REMINGTON’S FRONTIER SKETCHES. Chicago: Werner, (1898). Oblong 4to, (8), 15 b&w plates w/tissues guards. Illus. boards, beveled edges, aeg, lt soiling, mild wear, otherwise near fine. $600. ¶ First Edition. Dykes, Remington 327. McCracken, Remington Bibliographical Check List p.145. Howes R206.
(Remington). GARLAND, Hamlin. THE BOOK OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN. Pictured by Frederic Remington. New York: Harper, 1923. 4to, ix, 274pp, with a color frontis. and 34 plates. Orig. quarter black cloth, upper cover with plate and lettering, a very good copy. $75. ¶ Good edition of this famous work.
REPS, John W. VIEWS AND VIEWMAKERS OF URBAN AMERICA, Lithographs of towns and Cities in the United States and Canada, Notes ont he Artists and Publishers, and Union Catalog of their Work, 1825-1925. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1985. 4to, cloth, dust jacket. Very good copy. $125.
RICHARDS, Elizabeth. ...A LOOK INTO PALM SPRINGS PAST... (Palm Springs: Santa Fe Federal Savings, ca. 1960). 4to, (38)pp including wrappers with die cut oval. Light crease to wrappers, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ Designed and written by Elizabeth Richards on the occasion of the opening of the bank’s Palm Springs building at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive.
RICKARD, T.A. JOURNEYS OF OBSERVATION. San Francisco: Dewey, 1907. 2 vols in one, lg 8vo, xvi, 255, frontispiece, 120 b&w illus, vii, 130pp, 71 b&w illus. Gray pictorial cloth, untrimmed, mod. wear to extremities, mild rubbing and soiling to boards, front hinge starting, overall very good. $150. ¶ Among the Mines of Mexico: Being the record of a journey from New York to Mexico, together with a description of the mining industry of El Oro, Pachuca,and Guanajuato, as observed in October 1905, and Across the San Juan Mountains: Being the account of a ride over the mountainous mining regions of Southwestern Colorado, in September 1902. This beautifully printed volume has a cover illustration by Maynard Dixon.
RIVERA, Diego; Enrique Gual. 50 YEARS OF THE WORKS OF DIEGO RIVERA. Text by Enrique Gual. Oils-Water Colors. 1900-1950. Mexico: Editorial Fischgrund, (1950). Folio, 11 loose color plates printed on glossy sheets with captions on versos; 3 page introductory text laid-in. Orig. titled dust wrapper pasted-over stiff paper portfolio, interior fold-over flaps taped down at corners, light soiling to margins of a few plates but not affecting images, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. Scarce portfolio of the Mexican artist’s paintings finely reproduced by Eduardo Casas, accompanied by a brief biography. Incomplete copy, with 11 of 14 plates present.
ROA, Fernando Gonzalez. EL PROBLEMA FERROCARRILERO Y LA COMPANIA DE LOS FERROCARRILEROS NACIONALES DE MAXICO. Mexico: Caranza e Hijos, 1915. 8vo, 324, 116 index, (2)pp, 8 foldout charts. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, fine. $125. ¶ First Edition.
ROBERTS, Edwards. SANTA BARBARA and Around There. With Illustrations by H.C. Ford. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1888. 12mo, 193, (3 ads)pp. Orig. grey cloth stamped in red and black. Very nice copy. $375. ¶ An early tourist guidebook for Santa Barbara and the surrounding coast, with illustrations by the California artist Henry Chapman Ford. Cowan p.535. Rocq 13651.
ROBINSON, W.W. MAPS OF LOS ANGELES, From Ord’s Survey of 1849 to the End of the Boom of the Eighties. Los Angeles: Dawson’s, 1966 Folio, 27 fold out maps (including two in rear pocket). Cloth with printed paper label, lettered in gilt, pictorial medallion on front cover. Fine. $350. ¶ First Edition. One of 380 copies printed at the Plantin Press, signed by the author. Finely reproduced color facsimiles of maps including the 1850 Hancock Survey map and the H.J. Stevenson survey map (1200 feet per inch) of the city of Los Angeles in 1884.
ROBINSON, Will H. THE WITCHERY OF RITA and WAITING FOR TONTI. Phoenix: Berryhill, 1919. 8vo, 71pp. Original quarter green cloth over green boards, lightly worn, contemporary gift inscription, very good. $25. ¶ First Edition of these stories set in a Spanish mission and amid the cliff dwellers of the old Southwest.
ROVIROSA, Alfonso Salazar. CRONOLOGIA DE BAJA CALIFORNIA. Del Territorio y del Estado de 1500 a 1956. (Mexico): Cuadernos Bajacalifornianos de Geografia…, (1957). 12 vols in 1, 8vo, (approx. 1000 non-continuous)pp, frontispieces, maps, b&w text illus. throughout. Brown leather grained-cloth, gilt lettering, original wrappers preserved, tight, as few sm rubbed spots extremities, otherwise near fine. $175. ¶ First Editions of pamphlet nos. 1-12, nicely bound together.
SAMUELS, Captain S. FROM THE FORECASTLE TO THE CABIN. Illustrated. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1887. 8vo, xviii, 308, (4)pp as adv., frontispiece, 23 b&w plates. Blue cloth, gilt lettered and illustrated with silver highlights, light-mod. wear at spine extremities, head corner bumped, mild soiling, overall unusually bright within very good condition. $75. ¶ First Edition. Autobiographical account of the Atlantic packet-ship lines between New England and Liverpool. Samuels ran away to sea at age eleven, was shanghaied, chased by pirates, sailed around the world in a haunted ship, was master on a Yankee quarterdeck by age twenty-one, fought cannibals, and commanded The Dreadnought in seventy-eight trans-Atlantic voyages.
(Santa Barbara). APPLETON’S JOURNAL, A Monthly Miscellany. New Series No. 1, July, 1876. 4to, wrappers, wear to spine. $30. ¶ Contains a seven page sketch of life in Santa Barbara by Albert F. Webster, together with Out of London by Julian Hawthorne.
SAPPINGTON, John. THE THEORY AND TREATMENT OF FEVERS…Revised and Corrected by Ferdinando Stith… Arrow Rock [Missouri]: the Author, 1844. Sm. 8vo, 216pp. Contemp. calf, label, some scuffing, armorial bookplate. Very good copy. $500. ¶ First Edition of this rare work, believed to be the first medical book published and printed west of the Mississippi. It was Sappington who introduced quinine to the early settlers of Missouri, who were greatly troubled by malaria. Born in 1776 and died in 1856, he was raised in Tennessee and practised medicine there with his father; it was his recognition of the value of quinine that brought an albeit slow end to the bleedings, pukings and purgings of the time. He distributed over a million boxes of his antifever pills. Cordasco 40-1154. Cushing S-73. Heirs of Hippocrates 1321. Sabin 76909.
SCHEPPIG, Richard. ANCIENT MEXICANS, Central Americans, Chibchas, and Ancient Peruvians. Compiled and Abstracted by Richard Scheppig New York: D. Appleton, (1874). Folio, 72pp, with two large folding tables. Orig. boards, worn. $125. ¶ A curious work forming part of Herbert Spencer’s Descriptive Sociology. Not in Sabin.
SCHOEMBS, Jakob. AZTEKISCHE SCHRIFTSPRACHE. Grammatik (mit Lautlehre), Text und Glossar. Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1949. 8vo, 210pp. Orig. printed wrappers, paper browned and fragile, ink signature at front. $35. ¶ First Edition of this grammar, with phonetical texts and parallel translations and a dictionary at the end.
SEAVER, James E. LIFE OF MARY JEMISON: Deh-He-Wä-Mis. Buffalo: Printing House of Matthews & Warren 1877. 8vo, 303pp, frontispiece, 9 b&w plates, tissue guards intact. Brown cloth with black trim border, gilt lettered, aeg, beveled edges, black stamped ruled borders, internally clean, a good copy. $300. ¶ Fifth (“most complete” - Howes) Edition, with an Appendix and extra material by William Cullen Bryant, etc. First issued in 1824, certainly one of the most interesting and authentic of captivity narratives, told by one who spent a long life among the Senecas and was the first white woman to travel down the Ohio river. Among the best resumes we have of incidents in the history and common life of the Senecas. Howes S263. Sabin 78682. Newbury Library, NARRATIVES OF CAPTIVITY AMONG THE INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA 260. Cf. Field 1380; Field, Captivity Narratives 258.
SETTLE Jr., William A. JESSE JAMES WAS HIS NAME. Or. Fact and Fiction Concerning the Careers of the Notorious James Brothers of Missouri. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, (1967) 8vo, 263pp, frontispiece, 20 plates, 3 maps. Cloth, dust jacket, fine in very good dj. $35. ¶ First Edition, a Review Copy with publisher’s notice laid in. Second Printing.
SHEPARD, Odell. THE HARVEST OF A QUIET EYE. A Book of Digressions. With Illustrations by Beatrice Stevens. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1927). 8vo, 282pp, frontispiece, misc. full page and text illus. Brown dec. cloth, black lettered, dust jacket, illus. endpapers, partially unopened, fine in very good dj. $40. ¶ First Edition of Shepard’s wistful observations of smalltown America.
SIMPSON, [Sir] George. JOURNAL OF OCCURANCES IN THE ATHABASCA DEPARTMENT BY GEORGE SIMPSON,1820 and 1821, and Report. Edited by E.E. Rich with an Introduction by Chester Martin. London: The Hudson’s Bay Record Society, 1938. Tall 8vo, lix, 498pp, frontispiece, 4 maps in rear pocket. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, partially unopened, maps pristine, minor soiling to cloth, otherwise very good+. $125. ¶ First Edition, no. 241 of a limited edition. Simpson (1787-1860), Governor-in-Chief of the Hudson Bay Company’s territories in North America locum tenens while current governor William Williams was under criminal investigation, spent the winter of 1820-21 in Canada’s Athabasca district where competition with the North West Company was bitter. OCCHL p 765. Howes S495. TPL 4866. Wagner-Camp 140, note.
SMITH, Dwight L. (ed.). JOHN D. YOUNG AND THE COLORADO GOLD RUSH Edited by Dwight L. Smith. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1969. 12mo. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
SOLLID, Roberta Beed. CALAMITY JANE. A Study in Historical Criticism. [Helena]: Western Press/Historical Society of Montana, 1958. 8vo, xiv, 147pp, 26 b&w photoplates. Tan cloth, red lettered, dust jacket, fine in spine sunned dj with lt wear to spine head. $80. ¶ First Edition, limited to 2000 numbered copies of which this is number 90. Dispels the myths surrounding Martha Cannary aka “Calamity Jane.” In unusually fine condition.
SPECK, Gordon. BREEDS AND HALF-BREEDS. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1969. 8vo, xvi, 361pp, 50 b/w illus. & 15 maps. Cloth, dust jacket, very good in like dj. $25. ¶ First Edition.
STEELE, James. OLD CALIFORNIA DAYS. Chicago: Belford-Clarke, 1889. 8vo, 227pp, woodblock illustrations throughou. Orig. gray-beige cloth, gilt. Very good. $85. ¶ First Edition. Cowan p.612: “Chiefly historical, concerning Indian and mission life in the days of the padres.”
STEPHENSON, Terry E. CAMINOS VIEJOS. Tales Found in the History of California of Especial Interest to Those Who Love the Valleys, the Hills, and the Canyons of Orange County, its Traditions and its Landmarks…Illustrated with Photographs, with Maps and with Woodcuts, the Latter by Miss Jean Goodwin and Arthur Ames. Santa Ana: Thomas E. Williams at the Santa Ana High School and Junior College, 1930. 8vo, (18), 110pp, frontis., 8 plates, 3 maps (1 folding). Orig. faux-leather cloth, blocked with gilt vignette, pictorial endpapers. Slight rubbing, owner’s signature on half-title, a nearly fine copy. $200. ¶ One of 500 de luxe numbered copies, signed by the printer and the author.
(STEVENS, Henry). RARE AMERICANA. A Catalogue of Historical & Geographical, Books, Pamphlets & Manuscripts relating to America. London: Henry Stevens, Sons & Stiles, (1926). 8vo, (4), vii, 578pp, frontis & 46 illus. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. with author and subject indexes. $125. ¶ Famed catalogue, with interesting and useful annotations of 2156 items.
STOWE, Harriet Beecher. DRED; A TALE OF THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP. In Two Volumes. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co., 1856. 2 vols, 12mo, vi, -329, (1), (6)pp as adv., v, -370pp. Original publisher’s brown cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, some wear to spine feet, otherwise very good. $300. ¶ First American Edition, first state (both vols), binding A. BAL 19389. Wright 2391.
(Streeter sale). THE CELEBRATED COLLECTION OF AMERICANA Formed by the Late Thomas Winthrop Streeter. NY: Parke-Bernet Galleries. Volume One [thru] Volume Seven [and the] Index. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries: 1966-1970. 7 vols + index, 8vo, illus with facsimiles. Gilt lettered blue boards. Very good. $800. ¶ The greatest private collection of Americana ever to appear at auction.
STREETER, Thomas W. AMERICANA - BEGINNINGS, A Selection from the Library of Thomas W. Streeter shown in Honor ov a Visit of the Hrowswitha Club on May 3, 1951. Morristown, New Jersey, reprinted Martino, 1999. 8vo, xix, 97pp, plates. Cloth. Fine. $35. ¶ Highlights of the famed collection, with full collations and notes.
(Sutro Tunnel). REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS AND EVIDENCE TAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE ON MINES AND MINING OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN REGARD TO THE SUTRO TUNNEL, Together with the Arguments and Report of the Committee, Recommending a Loan by the Government in Aid of the Construction of Said Work. Washington, D.C.: Gov’t Printing Office/M’Gill & Witherow, 1872. 2 vols, 8vo, 450, 11 tipped-in large foldout maps and plans, 988pp. Red cloth, green cloth, with gilt lettering and matching gilt vignettes, aeg, owner’s stamps, heavy rubbing, repairs to spine extremes of vol 1, hinges starting, a few loose leaves, a few tears to maps, otherwise fairly good copies. Rubber stamps of Sutro and James F. Lewis, signature of Adolph N. Sutro in vol. 2. $1000. ¶ First Editions - Sutro family copies. Adolph Sutro (1830-1898), later mayor and benevolent patriarch of San Francisco, made a fortune by accomplishing a formidable but largely useless feat of engineering, to wit, the Sutro Tunnel, designed to provide access to otherwise inaccessable ore deposits within the Comstock Lode and transport them to nearby towns for refinement. Sutro lobbied the Federal government for loans, which he received and then sold his holdings at their peak, leaving the government holding the bag when the Comstock Lode yielded its last nuggets of silver in the late 1870s, obviating the need for the newly completed tunnel. The issue by the Government Printing Office is possibly the true first edition and is not noted by Paher; its text matches that of the M’Gill & Witherow issue (save for 10pp at rear) but is set in smaller type, printed on finer paper, includes the maps and plans, and is signed by Adolph N. Sutro, Adolph Sutro’s son, who inherited the volumes from his father. The M’Gill & Witherow edition is found at Paher 2028.
TAYLOR, Joseph Henry. KALEIDOSCOPIC LIVES, A Companion Book to Frontier and Indian Life. Washburn, N.D.: By the Author, 1902. 8vo, 206, (6 as adv.)pp, frontispiece, 32 plates. Blue cloth, gilt lettered and dec., some wear to extremities, staining to cloth, otherwise a tight, very good copy. $400. ¶ Second Edition, Signed by Theo. Taylor, a descendant of the author. Rare history of the Dakotas and the Upper Missouri, with much on the northern plains Indians, and material on lawlessness and Dakota vigilantes. Purchased from Taylor’s great grandson. Adams, Six-Guns 2184. Graff 4088. Howes T67. Luther 143.
TAYLOR, Joseph Henry. KALEIDOSCOPIC LIVES, A Companion Book to Frontier and Indian Life. Washburn, N.D.: By the Author, 1902. 8vo, 206, (6 as adv.)pp, frontispiece, 32 plates. Green cloth, gilt lettered and dec., some scuffing to extremities, staining to cloth, front hinge starting, otherwise a near very good copy. $400. ¶ Second Edition, Signed by Jessie Taylor deCamp, a descendant of the author, with a newspaper clipping dated 12/7/47 tipped-in containing a paragraph on Taylor’s cabin. Rare history of the Dakotas and the Upper Missouri, with much on the northern plains Indians, and material on lawlessness and Dakota vigilantes. Purchased from Taylor’s great grandson. Graff 4088. Howes T67. Adams, Six-Guns 2184. Luther 143.
TAYLOR, Joseph Henry. BEAVERS. Their Ways And Other Subjects. Washburn, N.D.: By the Author, 1906. 8vo, 218, (4 ads)pp, frontispiece, 25 plates. Black cloth, gilt lettered and dec., mild sunning to spine, lt wear at corners, otherwise tight, clean, very good. $450. ¶ Second Revised and Enlarged Edition. Taylor was a prosperous beaver trapper for many years, until his fondness for and curiosity about the animals caused him to renounce his trade and become active in protecting the beavers. The first half of this book provides a detailed description of the beaver and of beaver-trapping; the second half includes memoirs of trapping various species in Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota in the 1860s-1870s, along with other material on local natural history and game laws. Purchased from Taylor’s great grandson. Graff 4086. Howes T-66.
THOMPSON & WEST. HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA… With Introduction by W.W. Robinson. Berkeley: Howell-North, 1959. Oblong 4to, 192pp, 86 plates, 1 colored map. Black cloth stamped in gilt. Fine copy. $110. ¶ First reprint of the scarce 1880 original, with a new introduction by W.W. Robinson. Cf. Howes W531.
THWAITES, Reuben Gold. THE STORY OF WISCONSIN. Illustrations by L.J. Bridgeman. Boston: D Lothrop, (1890). 8vo, 389, (4 adv.)pp, frontispiece, 28 illus. and inits., 1 folding map. Pictorial cloth, very good. $40. ¶ First Edition.
[TICKELL, Richard]. LA CASSETTE VERTE DE MONSIEUR DE SARTINE, Trouvée chez Mademoiselle du Thé. Cinquième Edition revue et corrigée sur celles de Leipsic et d’Amsterdam. The Hague [i.e. London]: la Veuve Whiskerfield, 1779. 8vo, (4) 71pp, stitched as issued. A very good copy, uncut in orig. state. $350. ¶ First Edition, no earlier printing in French recorded. This famous political and bibliographical hoax on the French interest in a successful American Revolution includes spurious letters from Ben Franklin and numerous other amusing American references. The text purports to be the secret papers found in a dispatch box belongint to M. de Sartine, French Minister of Marine, which exposed the motives of the French government in aiding the US and ssatirize Franklin’s activities in Paris and the English sympathizers of the cause. Tickell (1751-1793) was a political satirist and dramatist of considerable talent; Sheridan was his brother-in-law. After his first wife’s death he remarried badly and committed suicide shortly thereafter. Butterfield (in the bibliography appended to his edition of Anticipation, pp.85-97) erroneously states the English edition preceded. Adams, The American Controversy, 79-107a. Ford, Franklin Bib. 975. Gay-Lemonnyer I, 488. Sabin 96793.
TOMKINS, William. UNIVERSAL INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE of the Plains Indians of North America. Together With a Simplified Method of Study, a List of Words in Most General Use, a Codification of Pictographic Symbols of the Souix and Ojibway; a List of Synonyms, a History of Sign Language, Chapters on Smoke Signaling, Use of Idioms, Etc., and Other Important Co-Related Matter. San Diego: William Tomkins, 1929. 8vo, 96pp, frontispiece, illus. throughout. Illustrated wrappers, staple bound, near fine. $85 ¶ The American Indian Souvenir [Fourth] Edition Boy Scout World Jamboree England, 1929 with signed frontis, with three warm signed inscriptions by the author. Rare in this condition.
TOMPKINS, Frank. CHASING VILLA. The Story Behind the Story of Pershing’s Expedition into Mexico. (Harrisburgh, Penn.): Military Service Publishing Co., 1934. 8vo, xx, 270pp, frontispiece portrait, 31 illustrations (most photos). Orig. yellow cloth pictorially blocked in green, maps on endpapers, very good copy with the back panel of the dj laid in. $80. ¶ First Edition of Tompkins’ exciting account of Pershing’s foray into Mexico in search of Pancho Villa in 1916, after Villa’s bloody raid on Columbus, New Mexico. Tompkins himself was in charge of a legendary small force of 29 cavalrymen who pursued 2500 Mexicans under the leadership of the famous bandit. Tompkins’s force killed 75 bandits and captured many horses and supplies without losing a single American soldier — one of the most romantic raids in the history of the United States Cavalry.
TORRES, Ramón Mata. PEREGRINACION DEL PEYOTE. (Guadalajara): La Casa de las Artesanias del Gobierno de Jalisco, [ca. 1968]. 8vo, 127pp, 20 photographic plates. Orig. pictorial wrappers, front cover rubbed, otherwise very good. $50. ¶ A fascinating anthropological description of the Fiesta del Toro, Fiesta del Peyote, the Peregrinación a Wirikuta, the Canto de Wirikuta, and the experiences of indigenous peoples with peyote. The photographs probe the most mysterious aspects of these festivals and the use of peyote.
TOWNSHEND, F[rederick] Trench. TEN THOUSAND MILES OF TRAVEL, SPORT, AND ADVENTURE. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1869. 8vo, xiv, 275, (16 ads)pp, frontispiece of buffalo & mounted hunter, title-page vignette. Orig. black cloth, gilt and blind stamped, sealing wax device on spine. Recased, new endpapers, a very good copy with an extra wood-engraving (of Salt Lake City) mounted to verso of title. $250. ¶ First Edition. The author accompanied Generals Sherman and Augur on a five month journey across the Prairies to California, returning from San Francisco via Acupulco and Panama. Cowan p.642. Graff 4175. Howes 322.
TRIENENS, Roger J. PIONEER IMPRINTS FROM FIFTY STATES. Washington: Library of Congress, 1973. 4to, 87pp, with fifty illustrations incl. many fascimiles. Origl red buckram, very good. $25. ¶ First Edition. A survey of the earliest imprints in the Library of Congress from each state.
TRIPLETT, Frank. THE LIFE, TIMES AND TREACHEROUS DEATH OF JESSE JAMES. With an INtroduction by Joseph Snell. Original Paintings by Jerry Vallez. Said to be an Authentic Reprint of the Long Suppressed, 1882 Edition. Truth Is More Interesting Than Fiction. Chicago: Sage Books/ Swallow Press, 1970. 8vo, xxxvii, 344pp, 12 illus. Pictorial cloth, dust jacket, f.ine in like dj.. $40. ¶ First Edition thus, a Review Copy with publisher’s notice laid in. Originally published the month following James’ murder in 1882.
TWITCHELL, Ralph Emerson. OLD SANTA FE. The Story of New Mexico’s Ancient Capital. Compiled, Edited and Written By... Chicago: Rio Grande Press, 1963. 8vo, 488pp, frontispiece, 47 b&w plates. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, mild wear to spine head and tail, otherwise near fine. $35. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the 1925 first edition. Cf. Howes T444.
UBBELOHDE-DOERING, Heinrich. KUNST IM REICHE DER INCA. Tübingen: Ernst Wasmuth, (1952). 4to, 240pp, color frontispiece, 3 color plates, 240 b&w photoplates, plate desc. in rear pocket. Red linen, gilt lettered, gilt vignette, dust jacket, mild sunning to spine, otherwise fine in very good dj. $75. ¶ First Edition.
VAN DUSEN, W.W. BLAZING THE WAY; Or, Pioneer Experiences in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Cincinnati: Jennings and Graham, (1905). 8vo, 199pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, very good. $110. ¶ First Edition, inscribed by the Author. Smith, Pacific Northwest Americana 10512.
VAN ORMAN, Richard A. A ROOM FOR THE NIGHT. Hotels of the Old West. Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, (1966). 8vo, xiii, 162pp, 22 b&w illus. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, fine in very good dj. $30. ¶ First Edition.
VESTAL, Stanley. KIT CARSON. The Happy Warrior of the Old West. A Biography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1928. 8vo, xii, 297pp. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, very good in good dj. $65. ¶ First Edition.
(Vroman) MAHOOD, Ruth (editor). PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE SOUTHWEST. Adam Clark Vroman, 1856-1916. Introduction by Beaumont Newhall. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie, 1961. 4to, 34pp text, pp.37-127 plates. Original cloth, dustwrapper slighty worn, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition of this pioneering study of the Pasadena photographer.
WALKER, Ardis M. THE MANLY MAP and the Manly Story. Palm Desert: Desert Magazine Press, 1954. 8vo, 24pp, b&w map. Illustrated wrappers, staple bound, black lettered, fine. $30. ¶ First Edition, Death Valley ‘49ers, Inc., Publication No. 2.
WALTER, Frank K. & Virginia Doneghy. JESUIT RELATIONS and Other Americana in the Library of James F. Bell. A Catalogue Compiled by… Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1950. 8vo, xiv, 419pp, frontisportrait, illustrations throughout. Orig. red cloth, very good. $85. ¶ First Edition. The collection consists primarily of fundamental accounts of the discoveries of America. The most important single group of books in the collection is the original editions of the Jesuit Relations, issued from 1632-1672. These were annual reports from the Superiors of the Jesuit Missions in Canada to the Provincials of the order in France. Best sellers in their day, they provided much first-hand information about the natural resources and Indian relations in the regions.
WALTON, Clyde C. (ed.). PRIVATE SMITH’S JOURNAL Recollections of the Late War. Edited by Clyde C. Walton. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1963. 12mo. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25. ¶ Reprint of the original, part of the Lakeside’s series of reprints of important Americana.
WASSON, R. Gordon. THE WONDROUS MUSHROOM, Mycolatry in Mesoamerica. New York: McGraw-Hill, (1980). Sm. folio, xxv, 248pp, plates, many in color. Green morocco, buckram boards printed in black & green, slipcase. Fine copy in original shipping box. $600. ¶ First Edition, one of 501 copies signed by the author. Wasson’s history of the use of psilocybin mushrooms in Central America from pre-Columbian times to the present. “The Wassons had undertaken their first expedition to the Mazatec country in 1953, but not until 1955 did they succeed in overcoming the shyness and reserve of the Mazatec friends they had managed to make, to the point of being admitted as active participants in a mushroom ceremony. R.Gordon Wasson and his companion, the photographer Allan Richardson, were given sacred mushrooms to eat at the end of June 1955, on the occasion of a nocturnal mushroom ceremony. They thereby became in all likelihood the first outsiders, the first whites, ever permitted to take teonanacatl” (Albert Hofmann).
WEBSTER, Daniel. A DISCOURSE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE LIVES AND SERVICES OF JOHN ADAMS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON… Boston: Cummings, 1826. 8vo, 62(2)pp. Orig. printed wrappers, bound into recent cloth backed boards, typed paper label, edges slightly chipped, partly browned & spotted, good. $75. ¶ First Edition of this well known address by the renowned American statesman and expounder of the American Constitution. Webster’s (1782-1852) speech, in reply to Hayne (1830), is considered the most renowned American oration of the 19th century (Howes 200). Palgrave III, p.662. Sabin 102269.
WELSCH, Roger. SHINGLING THE FOG AND OTHER PLAINS LIES. Chicago: Sage Books/Swallow Press, (1972). 8vo,160pp. Cloth, dust jacket, fine in near fine dj. $35. ¶ First Edition, with publisher’s review slip and press release laid in.
WERNER, M[orris] R. BRIGHAM YOUNG. London: Jonathan Cape, (1925). 8vo, xvi, 478pp, frontisportrait & 21 illustrations. Orig. red cloth, very good. $45. ¶ First British Edition of this complementary and readable biography. Flake 9697.
WESTCOTT, Thompson. CENTENNIAL PORTFOLIO: A Souvenir of the Internatonal Exhibition at Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Thomas Hunter, 1876. Oblong 4to, 52 tinted lithographs each with letterpress descriptions. Brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt and black, beveled edges. Spine ends slight worn, split in top joint unprofessionally glued, otherwise very good. $650. ¶ First Edition. Cf. Hitchcock 1365.
WHATMAN, Susanna. HER HOUSEKEEPING BOOK. Introduced by Thomas Balston. Decorated by Lawrence Josset. (Cambridge): (Brooke Crutchley), (1952). Tall 8vo, vii, (1), 39, (1)pp, frontispiece, 14 engravings with tissue guards. Black cloth, gilt lettering to maroon cloth board label, light wear to extremities, bookplate, otherwise near fine. $125. ¶ First Edition. One of 250 copies on Whatman paper printed for presentation to friends of the printer, Brooke Crutchley, at Christmas 1952.
WHITE, Stewart Edward. BLAZED TRAIL STORIES and Stories of the Wild Life. New York: McClure, Phillips, 1914. 8vo, (6), 260, (5, ads)pp, color frontispiece. Orig. green cloth, pictorially blocked in black & gilt, spine lettered in gilt, t.e.g. Barest wear, signature, very good. $45. ¶ First Edition, scarce, of these stories, so-named to capitalize on the author’s success with his novel The Blazed Trail. Stewart Edward White (1873-1946) was author of more than fifty books, most based on his adventures in gold mines, lumber camps, and hunting experiences in the West. Toward the end of his life he became interested in spiritualism, publishing several works, including The Betty Book, allegedly dictated by his deceased wife in the other world.
WHITE, Stewart Edward. THE HOLD-UP. With a Foreward by the Author. San Francisco: Book Club of California, February 1937. 8vo, (2), 25, (1)pp, title printed in orange & black. Original light brown wrappers, edges lightly worn, oil stains to front wrapper, very good. $25. ¶ No. 1 of Contemporary California Short Stories, the Book Club of California’s 1937 series of keepsakes, with club’s letter laid-in. Stewart Edward White (1873-1946) was author of more than fifty books, most based on his adventures in gold mines, lumber camps, and hunting experiences in the West. Toward the end of his life he became interested in spiritualism, publishing several works, including The Betty Book, allegedly dictated by his deceased wife in the other world.
WILKIE, Franc B. DAVENPORT PAST AND PRESENT; Including the Early History, and Personal and Anecdotal Reminiscences of Davenport; Together With Biographies, Likenesses of its Prominent Men; Compendious Articles Upon the Physical, Industrial, Social and Political Characteristics of the CIty; Full Statistics of Every Department of Note or Interest, &c. Davenport: Luse, Lane & Co., 1858. 8vo, 333, (1)pp, double-frontispiece, 19 plates. Publisher’s original brown cloth, gilt lettered, elaborately blindstamped decoration and ornamentation, some wear to extremities, spotting to boards, otherwise nearly very good. $250. ¶ First Edition. Mott, Iowa, p.55. Graff 4658. Moffit 402. Bradford 5850.
WILLARD, Charles Dwight. A HISTORY OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. Los Angeles Kingsley-Barnes & Neuner, (1899). 8vo, 322pp, illus throughout. Tan cloth, gilt, light wear. Very good. $75. ¶ First Edition. The second half is devoted to biographical sketches of members of the chamber, along with brief outlines of their businesses. Not in Cowan.
WILLIS, N[athaniel] P[arker]. CANADIAN SCENERY. Illustrated in a Series of Views by W.H. Barlett. London: Virtue & Co., [no date, 1858]. 2 vols, 4to, extra engraved titles, map, 116 steel-engraved plates, first plate of vol. 1 bound as frontispiece. Orig. red cloth, expertly recased, corners and speine ends restored. $1000. ¶ Lacking the plate of Montmorency Cove called for at p.50 of vol.1 although possibly lacking in this issue as there is no evidence of removal. Hunnisett, Steel-Engraved Book Illustration in England, p.98. BAL 22928, noting only a leather bound issue.
WILSON, Herbert Earl. THE LORE AND THE LURE OF THE YOSEMITE, The Indians, Their Customs, Legends and Beliefs, Big Trees, Geology, and The Story of Yosemite. San Francisco: Schwabacher-Frey, (1925). 12mo, 135pp, photo. illus. throughout. Boards. Very good. $35. ¶ Third Edition, inscribed by the author. Cowan p. 689.
WINTERICH, John T. EARLY AMERICAN BOOKS AND PRINTING. New York: Dover Publications, 1981. 8vo, brown wrappers, very good. $15.
WOODS, John. TWO YEARS’ RESIDENCE ON THE ENGLISH PRAIRIE OF ILLINOIS By John Woods. Edited By Paul M. Angle. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1968. 12mo. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, near fine. $25.
[WORCESTER, Noah]. THE FRIEND OF PEACE, In a Series of Numbers: Together with a Solemn Review of the Custom of War, as an Introduction to Said Work. By Philo Pacificus. [Schenectady:] Published by Isaac Stevens - I. Riggs Printer, (1817). 8vo, (6) 3-28, 36, 36, 36, 36, 34, 32, 35; “Solemn Review” with separate title dated 1817. Old sheep, edges worn. Good. $125. ¶ Early collected edition of The Friend of Peace in seven numbers; Sabin also records an 1817 edition published in Greenfield, Mass. A Solemn Review was for first issued in 1814 and gave impetus to the founding of peace socieities throughout the world. Worcester (1758-1837), called the “Friend of Peace,” regarded war, whether offensive or defensive, as unjustifiable and promoted a doctrine of non-resistance for both individiuals and nations. Sabin 105261. Shaw & Shoemaker 11484 record only an edition printed at Ballston Spa in 1822.
WROTH, Lawrence C. THE COLONIAL PRINTER. Charlottesville, NC: Dominion Books, (1964). 8vo, wrappers with blue labeled spine, very good. $20.
YOUNG, Egerton R. ON THE INDIAN TRAIL. And Other Stories of Missionary Work among the Cree and Saniteaur Indians. London: Religious Tract Society, [ca. 1900]. 8vo, 230, (2 ads)pp, incl. plates. Original red pictorial cloth, rubbed, spine faded, good. $30. ¶ Recollections of a late nineteenth century missionary.
(Zamorano 80.) THE ZAMORANO 80. A Selection of Distinguished California Books Made by Members of the Zamarano Club. Los Angeles: The Zamorano Club, 1945. 8vo, x, (2), 66pp, folding frontispiece facsimile, 12 additional facsimile leaves in text. Brick cloth, dust jacket chipped, name on endpaper, otherwise very good. $275. ¶ First Edition, one of 500 numbered copies.