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A PICTORIAL BOOKLET. San Francisco in Ruins.The Spirit of '06 [cover title].
San Francisco: Advergraph Press, no date [1906].,
15.5 x 11.3 cm. Grey card covers printed in gilt. 9 leaves printed both sides in a continuous strip folded accordian style, glued into covers. Covers have soft creases, nicks to fore edges, VG. Captioned photos of the aftermath of the Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$50.00                          Book Number: 9338                          Order / Enquire



SANTA CATALINA ISLAND
Los Angeles: M. Rieder, copyright 1905.,
Oblong format, 8 x 10 inches, green pictorial card covers printed in black, white and gold. [48] pp, stapled. Tanning to margins of covers; creases to lower outer corner of front cover and title leaf; tan soil spots to margin of lower outer corner of first few leaves; two four page gatherings near centre have come loose from the staples, including the double page view of Avalon harbor; light foxing to the title leaf; in all, a good, still respectable copy, no owner names. Captioned photographic views on every page of text, with a map on the last page.The booklet was for sale exclusively by Catalina Novelty Company and H.R. Travilla, Avalon, Catalina Island. The booklet is now protected with a plastic wrapper.
$75.00                          Book Number: 21972                          Order / Enquire



AUSTIN, Mary
ISIDRO. Illustrated by Eric Pape
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905.
Green pictorial cloth stamped in blue and red, gilt lettered. Frontispiece with tissue guard and three other colour plates by Pape, who also designed the binding. Yellowing to page edges, else fine, no owner names. Author's third book and first novel, a California historical novel set around Carmel's Mission San Carlos in the 1830s.
$29.95                          Book Number: 41157                          Order / Enquire



BEDFORD- Jones, H.
THE MISSION AND THE MAN: the story of San Juan Capistrano. Drawings by June Simonds
Pasadena, CA: San Pasqual Press, 1939.
Octavo, maroon cloth spine and blue buckram sides printed in maroon. pp (12). 40, [4]. Ink ownership inscription inside front cover, else fine in lightly used VG jacket. Not in Watters. Bedford-Jones was born in Canada. This famous Catholic mission in Orange County, California, was founded in 1776 but eventually fell into ruins until the arrival of Father St. John O'Sullivan in 1910, who began its restoration. This book is a short account of the mission and Father O'Sullivan.
$50.00                          Book Number: 41905                          Order / Enquire



COBURN, Jesse L.
LETTERS OF GOLD: California Postal History Through 1869
Canton, OH: US Philatelic Classics Society / Philatelic Foundation, 1984.
Quarto, gold cloth. pp x, 389; colour and b&w reproductions in text. Small soft bumps, mild rubbing, to outer corners of covers, else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has rubbing and small tears with cellotape repairs; good. "Letters of Gold recounts and illustrates the postal history of California and the historical background against which the story of the mails evolved. It begins with the Spanish period and ends with completion of the trans-continental railroad, an event which significantlyh changed the character of the west." Note: 2 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
$50.00                          Book Number: 36630                          Order / Enquire



DAVIS, Carlyle Channing and William A Alderson (Helen Hunt Jackson)
THE TRUE STORY OF "ROMONA": its facts and fictions, inspiration and purpose
Toronto: S.B. Gundy, c1914, 1914.
Tall octavo, green pictorial cloth stamped in black & gilt. top edges gilt. pp xx, 266 + frontispiece with tissue guard and numerous other photo plates. Light margin decoration on every page. Spine slightly darkened with gilt lettering dulled; nice private bookplate at front; front inner hinge and inner margin of leaf after title repaired with rice paper; yellowing to fore and bottom page edges; else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names. Many leaves unopened at edges. A book about Jackson's classic American novel ROMONA (1884), a very popular work which showed the mistreatment of the native peoples of Southern California after the Civil War. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$30.00                          Book Number: 42967                          Order / Enquire



FARBER, Thomas
TALES FOR THE SON OF MY UNBORN CHILD: Berkeley 1966-1960
New York: Dutton, 1971.
Brown cloth. Faint pencil price and soft crease to upper outer corner of front free endpaper, else fine, no owner names. White price-clipped jacket has a few nicks, soft creases, along to edge; spine very lightly yellowed; VG+ otherwise. Author's first book. Farber is a very good writer. His short stories deserve more attention. This book is a memoir
$25.00                          Book Number: 42581                          Order / Enquire



GAULT, William Campbell
DEAD HERO
New York: Dutton, 1963.
Orange cloth. Small light damp stain to lower outer corner of front cover and to upper inner corner of rear cover; light sunning to spine tips; else near fine. Jacket spine sunned, with tiny chips, nicks, rubbing to spine tips, light rubbing to folds; light soiling to white rear panel; rubbing to front flap fold; good. A crime novel set in Southern California - his last for a 20 year stretch - and featuring ex-L.A. Ram player Brock Callahan, private detective. Gault is an underr ated crime novelist today. See the strong write-up in TWENTIETH CENTURY CRIME AND MYSTERY WRITERS.
$25.00                          Book Number: 5687                          Order / Enquire



HARTE, Bret
THE POETICAL WORKS
London: Routledge, no date,
Ca. 1890s reprint. Terra cotta cloth, black on grey endpaper ads. (viii), 248 pp. Sept., 1893, ink name to top margin of title page, minor rubbing to the spine imprint, else a fine, bright copy. Number 9 in the publisher's Poets for the People series. Ads at front for the first 50 titles in the series, which incorporated The Excelsior Series. First Routledge edition was in 1872.
$25.00                          Book Number: 13553                          Order / Enquire



HARTE, Bret
POEMS
Toronto: The Canadian News & Publishing Company, 1871.
16mo. Brown cloth decorated in gilt, brown endpapers. viii, (9)-121, (7) pp. + frontispiece and 7 other comic drawings. Book a little leaned; rear inner hinge partially cracked but firm; light damp stains to upper margins of a few plates; spine a bit sunned a near fine, unworn copy otherwise of a scarce edition. BAL 7428. Half-title : "Poems, From 1860 to 1868". Also comes in purple cloth.
$150.00                          Book Number: 3974                          Order / Enquire



HARTE, Bret
GABRIEL CONROY: a novel
Toronto: Belford Brothers, 1876.
Original brown decorate cloth stamped in black and gilt, brown endpapers. pp (ix), (9)-423, Spine has vertical creases and is a bit worn at ends; cloth splits to front hinge reglued; inner hinges cracked but still firm; page edges browned, text paper lightly toned; 1885 ink name of Thomas Conant, Cedar Dale, Ontario, on half-title page; small bookseller ticket of Piddington Bookseller, Toronto. In all, only good externally, VG internally, clean, tight & unworn. BAL 7466. Both US and UK first published in 1876. This Canadian edition doesn't have the Dedication and illustrations found in the US edition, but not in the UK edition either. Thomas Conant was a Canadian author and book collector. Alfred Piddington (1829-1902), who came to Toronto from Warwickshire in 1858 and founded a large binding and bookselling business, including second hand books. He was an early supplier to the Toronto Public Library. "Bret Harte’s Gabriel Conroy, from a historical point of view, was, in fact, the first representative Californian novel." - Alan Silva.
$45.00                          Book Number: 43151                          Order / Enquire



HARTE, Francis Bret
THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP, and Other Sketches.
Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1870.
Second edition. 12mo. Original green cloth, brown endpapers. Spine is darkened, with gilt lettering dull; slight wear to foot of spine; half of the head of the spine cloth is chipped away to a depth of 1/8 inch, and with short tears to head of spine; the front cover is quite spotted from damp and with a few soil spots, lesser spotting to rear cover; contemporary Augusta, Georgia, ink name to front fly leaf; small bookplate to front pastedown; text paper lightly yellowed, with a few scattered soil spots to text margins; a bit leaned; in all just fair externally, but VG internally, inner hinges not cracked, tight in the binding. First published earlier in 1870, this second edition adds one story, "Brown of Calaveras" not contained in the first printing. BAL 7247. Grolier 100 (American before 1900) no. 76. Zamorano 80, number 40. Merle Johnson High Spot. A classic of American literature, containing the famous short stories of the American West "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat".
$35.00                          Book Number: 15114                          Order / Enquire



LEONARD, John
CRYBABY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. A Novel of Petit Guignol in Long Beach, California.
London: Macdonald, 1968.
Octavo, 308 pp. Black boards.n Light yellowing to page edges, else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has rubbing to head of spine, outer corners, and rear flap fold; VG otherwise, flap price intact. Author's third novel, set in Long Beach, California. This British edition preceded the US edition.
$15.00                          Book Number: 39267                          Order / Enquire



Lotchin, Roger W., EDITOR
NARRATIVES OF THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE OF 1906
Chicago: R. R. Donnelley, 2011.
16mo, green cloth gilt, top edges gilt. pp 308. Index 57 illustrations, some in colour. Lakeside Classics no. 109. Very fine copy. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced, depending upon your location.
$15.00                          Book Number: 42774                          Order / Enquire



RAE, W.F.
WESTWARD BY RAIL: the new route to the east
New York: Appleton, 1871.
Octavo, brown cloth, floral endpapers. pp (2), xiv, 391, (1), (2, ads), (2) + colour frontispiece Light scratches to front cover, very lightly darkened spine has a faint damp stain to lower half, light rubbing to outer corners, else a near fine copy, no owner names, hinges not cracked, quite nice. Much on the Mormons, Utah, Nevada, and California.
$75.00                          Book Number: 36730                          Order / Enquire



SHAW, Reuben Cole
ACROSS THE PLAINS IN FORTY-NINE. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife
Chicago: Lakeside Press / R.R. Donnelley, 1948.
16mo, maroon cloth. pp lii, 170, [2] + frontispiece portrait and three other plates, all with tissue guards; map in text; indexed, reproduction of the title page of the original Farmland, Indiana, 1896, edition. Top edges gilt. Fine copy. Lakesides Classics no. 46. California Gold Rush narrative.
$25.00                          Book Number: 41974                          Order / Enquire



STEGNER, Wallace
A SHOOTING STAR
New York: Viking, 1961.
Black cloth and blue boards. Light blue topstain sunned; soft crease to head of spine; else fine. Price-clipped jacket has small tanned spot to top margin of rear flap, else fine. A nice copy of this California novel, with the black matte jacket unrubbed, the yellow jacket lettering not sunned.
$125.00                          Book Number: 6638                          Order / Enquire



TOMPKINS, Juliet Wilbor, 1871-1956
EVER AFTER
Toronto: McClelland & Goodchild, no date (1913), 1913.
Octavo, green decorated cloth stamped in dark green and white. pp (4), (288) + colour frontispiece. 1915 ink name at front; two inch narrow stain to rear joint, yellowing to page edges, else fine and bright, no flaking to the cover stamping. Made from Doubleday, Page sheets. A novel set in California.
$34.95                          Book Number: 39605                          Order / Enquire



WHITE, Stewart Edward
THE MOUNTAINS. Illustrated by Fernand Lungrby Nelson Hahne
Toronto: Morang, 1904.
Octavo, green pictorial cloth stamped in white, beige, and black, top edge gilt. pp [4], (8), 282, [2] + colour frontispiece with tissue guard and 15 b&w plates. Dec., 1904, ink name at front and ink name on second blank at front; yellowing to fore and bottom page edges; spine lightly darkened; else a VG+ bright and tight copy of this handsome book. A fictionalized account of the author's exeriences traveling and camping in the coastal ranges of California and the Sierrra Nevada and the Yosemite Valley. With advice on travel, camping, hunting and fishing. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$50.00                          Book Number: 42963                          Order / Enquire



WHITE, Stewart Edward and Samuel Hopkins Adams
THE MYSTERY. Illustrations by Will Crawford
New York: McClure, Phillips, 1907.
Variant in red ribbed cloth (also comes in green). Colour pictorial cover label by Dan Sayre Groesbeck, spine gilt lettered. pp (viii), 286, [2] + frontispiece with tissue guard and 15 other excellent plates. Yellowing to page edges, small soft bump to lower outer corner of front cover; in all, a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names. Hubin II p 424. Bleiler 1978 p. 207 (inventions), Reginald 00053 "About the ghost ship, Marie Celeste. Takes place on a desert island in the South Pacific, and in San Francisco." - Baird and Greenwood, California Fiction, 2589. A fantasy involving pirates.
$35.00                          Book Number: 42951                          Order / Enquire



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