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California\'s Hidden Gold: nuggets from the State\'s rich history [signed]
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California's Hidden Gold: nuggets from the State's rich history [signed]

By Pryor, Alton

Roseville: Stagecoach Pub, 2002. Paperback. 202p., index, illustrations, personal inscription signed by the author, very good first edition trade paperback in pictorial wraps.

$15.00

Sacramento and the Trail of \'49
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Sacramento and the Trail of '49

By Kimball, J. N.

New York: Underwood Typewriter Company, 1928. Paperback. 24p, 6x9 inches, illustrated with a dozen portrait photos (contestants) and ads, good booklet in stapled green pictorial wraps. Covers bear some dust and handling-grime, text a few pencilled tic-marks. This booklet contains the copy used in the 1928 International Typewriting Championship Contest. The story contained in this booklet is reprinted with the permission of the author and distributed with the compliments of the Underwood Typewriter Company. Edition reproduces copy as employed in this so-called International Typewriting Contest, each line showing an accumulated number of key-strokes. The contest, surely underwritten by Underwood, was ballyhooed (palms greased?) by MGM stars Norma Shearer and John[ny] Mack Brown, shown with "the champions;" and by California State governor C.C. Young (yes, there's a photo), who hosted them on the steps of the state capitol.

$12.00

Six Months in the Gold Mines from a journal of three years\' residence in upper and lower California 1847-8-9
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Six Months in the Gold Mines from a journal of three years' residence in upper and lower California 1847-8-9

By Buffum, E. Gould, edited with an introduction by John W. Coughey

[Los Angeles]: Ward Ritchie, 1959. Hardcover. xxiii, 145p., introductions, very good first Ward Ritchie Press printing in black and yellow checked boards, black cloth spine and gilt titles, lightly-chipped mylar jacket.

$15.00

The California Star 1847 - 1848: San Francisco\'s first newspaper
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The California Star 1847 - 1848: San Francisco's first newspaper

By Ricketts, Norma Baldwin

Mesa: self-published, 1996. Pamphlet. 27p., 5.5x8.5 inches, notes and illustrations, very good first edition pamphlet stapled tan pictorial wraps. Booklet prepared for the sesquicentennial commemoration of the arrival of the ship Brooklyn at Yerba Buena. Story of the newspaper that told the world about the discovery of gold in California.

$15.00

The Gold Rush: The Letters from The Wolverine Rangers to the Marshall, Michigan, Statesman 1849-1851
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The Gold Rush: The Letters from The Wolverine Rangers to the Marshall, Michigan, Statesman 1849-1851

By The Wolverine Rangers

Mount Pleasant: The Cumming Press, 1974. Hardcover. xii, 154p., introduction, very good first edition thus limited to 487 copies in orange cloth boards and gilt. One of several books in a series.

$25.00

The Gold Rush: The Letters of David Wooster from California to the Adrian, Michigan, Expositor 1850-1855
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The Gold Rush: The Letters of David Wooster from California to the Adrian, Michigan, Expositor 1850-1855

By Wooster, David

Mount Pleasant: The Cumming Press, 1972. Hardcover. vi, 85p., introduction, very good first edition thus in black cloth boards and gilt. One of several books in a series.

$25.00

The Gold Rush: The Letters of Dr. James Delavan from California to the Adrian, Michigan, Expositor 1850-1856
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The Gold Rush: The Letters of Dr. James Delavan from California to the Adrian, Michigan, Expositor 1850-1856

By Delavan, Dr. James

Mount Pleasant: The Cumming Press, 1976. Hardcover. xxvi, 98p., introduction, very good first edition thus limited to 487 copies in green cloth boards and gilt. One of several books in a series.

$25.00

The Gold Rush: Voyage of the Ship Loo Choo Around the Horn in 1849
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The Gold Rush: Voyage of the Ship Loo Choo Around the Horn in 1849

By Goodman, John B., editor

Mount Pleasant: The Cumming Press, 1977. Hardcover. xxxii, 61p., introduction, very good first edition thus in red cloth boards and gilt. One of several books in a series.

$25.00

The Journal of a Trip Around the Horn as written and printed on the Ship Henry Lee by George G. Webster and Linville J. Hall 1849
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The Journal of a Trip Around the Horn as written and printed on the Ship Henry Lee by George G. Webster and Linville J. Hall 1849

By Webster, George G. & Linville J. Hall

Ashland, OR: Lewis Osborne, 1970. Hardcover. 62p., 7.25x10.75 inches, preface, introduction, illustrations, list of voyagers and their occupations, very good limited first edition thus #241/650 copies bound in white buckram cloth boards and gilt and retaining the original shipping white dj.

$30.00

Pioneers of the Sacramento: a group of letters by & about Johann Augustus Sutter, James W. Marshall & John Bidwell
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Pioneers of the Sacramento: a group of letters by & about Johann Augustus Sutter, James W. Marshall & John Bidwell

By Sutter, Johann Augustus, James W. Marshall & John Bidwell, introduction by Jane Grabhormn

San Francisco: printed by Edwin & Robert Grabhorn for the Colt Press & The Book Club of California, 1953. Hardcover. xii, 34p., 9.25x12.5 inches, foldout map of the Sacramento, gilt initial drop-caps, letter-sheet, introduction, five letters, very good first edition limited to 400 copies bound in marbled boards and black quarter-cloth backing, paper title label on spine, folded list of Book Club publications available as Christmas gifts laid-in. The label is very slightly wrinkled, as we had to tack down (with archival-grade paste) a corner that had worked free. Publication no. 84.

$40.00

Alonzo Delano\'s California correspondence being letters hitherto uncollected from the Ottawa (Illinois) Free Trader and the New Orleans True Delta, 1849-1852
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Alonzo Delano's California correspondence being letters hitherto uncollected from the Ottawa (Illinois) Free Trader and the New Orleans True Delta, 1849-1852

By Delano, Alonzo, edited with an introduction and notes by Irving McKee, maps by Stewart Mitchell & decorations by Harry O. Diamond

Sacramento: printed by the Castle Press in Pasadena, CA for the Sacramento Book Collectors Club, 1952. Hardcover. xxv, 155p., 7.5x11 inches, endpaper maps, frontis, introduction, decorations, maps, very good limited edition of 310 copies bound in brick cloth boards and gilt. Journalist's letters to his newspapers, AKA "Old Block

$50.00

A dangerous journey
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A dangerous journey

By Browne, J. Ross, foreword by Ferol Egan

Ashland: Lewis Osborne, 1972. Hardcover. 84p., 7.5x11 inches, rubricated and decorated title page, foreword, vintage illustrations, hardbound in black openweave cloth boards, spine- and cover-titled gilt. Expect a light small stain to bottom edge and a sunned spine panel (titling remains legible), otherwise a very good copy of this limited edition, #168/600. Browne was an Irish-American adventurer who took a job as Postal Agent in California that placed him in contact with surviving members of the Donner party and in the proximity of a famous mass-murder in San Miguel - a true story - to which he adds embellishment.

$22.00

Alonzo Delano\'s California correspondence being letters hitherto uncollected from the Ottawa (Illinois) Free Trader and the New Orleans True Delta, 1849-1852
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Alonzo Delano's California correspondence being letters hitherto uncollected from the Ottawa (Illinois) Free Trader and the New Orleans True Delta, 1849-1852

By Delano, Alonzo, edited with an introduction and notes by Irving McKee, maps by Stewart Mitchell & decorations by Harry O. Diamond

Sacramento: printed by Grant Dahlstrom at the Castle Press for the Sacramento Book Collectors Club, 1952. Hardcover. xxv, 155p., 7.5x11 inches, endpaper maps, frontis, introduction, decorations, maps, very good limited edition of 310 copies bound in brick cloth boards and gilt, plain tan dj. Journalist's letters to his newspapers, AKA "Old Block

$60.00

I Heard of Gold at Sutter\'s Mill: five Gold Rush ballads
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I Heard of Gold at Sutter's Mill: five Gold Rush ballads

Carmichael, CA: The Press of the Winding Way, no date. 16p., 5.5x8.5 inches, illustrated with vintage drawings from magazines of the period, fine booklet in stapled yellow pictorial wraps. "Selected from 'Put's Golden Songster' and other collections of lusty popular ballads, published by Appleton & Co. in San Francisco (1853-1861). They were compiled by John A. Stone, 'Old Put, ' who crossed the plains in 1850, seeking gold; he was 'at home with either pick or pen.'"/ "Illustrations from Hutchings' Galifornia Magazine--a San Francisco publication of the same time

$25.00

The library of Dr. Roger K. Larson in four volumes cover title Ex Libris Roger K. Larson
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The library of Dr. Roger K. Larson in four volumes cover title Ex Libris Roger K. Larson

By Larson, Roger K.

San Francisco: Pacific Book Auction Galleries, 1995. Hardcover. Four volume set, unpaginated, 8.5x11 inches, catalogs of the four separate auctions held in 1995 & 1996, illustrations, bid sheets at rear, #25/100 copies, fine in blue cloth boards with reproduction of Larson's bookplate affixed front cover, gilt titles on spine. Introductions by Richard H. Dillon (3 pages) and Lawrence Clacrk Powell (half page). This is the special limited hardbound set of catalogs for the several auctions; the auction gallery issued this set at $45 each volume or $150 for all four. These include Exploration of the American West, The History of California, The Native American, The Fur Trade, The Gold Rush, The Yosemite Valley Literature, Photographs, Paintings, Manuscripts and Ephemera. Reissued later as a five-volume trade paperbound set.

$150.00

The gold digger\'s song book: containing the most popular humorous and sentimental songs composed by M. Taylor and sung by his original company with unbounded applause throughout California
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The gold digger's song book: containing the most popular humorous and sentimental songs composed by M. Taylor and sung by his original company with unbounded applause throughout California

By Taylor, M., composer

San Francisco: Cranium Press for The Book Club of California, 1975. Leather Bound. xii+34p., introduction, bibliography, one of 450 copies printed at the Cranium Press for the Members of the Book Club of California, unopened pages, fine in quarter calf with map-design paper boards, illustrated endsheets and a paper-vellum dj (toned where touching calf) with gilt titles. Publication no. 148. Reprint of the original published in 1856 in Marysville by the Marysville Daily Herald. Note the last song, "John Chinaman," longing to return to the homeland after abuse in California.

$25.00

The overland journey of Joseph Francl the first Bohemian to cross the plains to the California gold fields
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The overland journey of Joseph Francl the first Bohemian to cross the plains to the California gold fields

By Francl, Joseph, introduction by Richard Brautigan, illustrations by Patricia Oberhaus

San Francisco: Greenwood Press SF for William P. Wreden, 1968. Hardcover. 55p. [iv] illustrated with 7 plates from drawings, rubricated title page, introduction, afterword by Wreden, the first separate (or "book") appearance. Also a Brautigan first, as well as another feather in the Jack Stauffacher (Greenwood's maestro) cap. Limited to 540 copies bound in brown pictorial boards and lightly dust-soiled plain white publisher's shipping jacket. Find the 4-panel 8.5x11 inch prospectus in original envelope laid-in. A pre-fame Brautigan first edition, a carefully-considered and earnest essay of five substantial pages; after all, pre-fame Brautigan could doubtless use the Wreden largesse; Greenwood's description of him is simply that he is a poet/novelist living in San Francisco. Brautigan is here only occasionally snarkily hip; he read the text carefully, it's a worthwhile piece. As for Oberhaus' ink sketches, she has a predilection for human skull imagery, and gloom (Francl's troubles were indeed gloomy). Either Wreden or Stauffacher chose her preternaturally prognostic portrait of a Charles Manson face (the murders were 1969) to feature on the quarter-titlepage and the prospectus.

$75.00

California gold discovery: Centennial papers on the time, the site and artifacts
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California gold discovery: Centennial papers on the time, the site and artifacts

By Knowland, Joseph R., Aubrey Neasham, Robert F. Heizer & Franklin Fenenga

San Francisco & Oakland: Westgate Press for the California Historical Society, 1947. Hardcover. 56p., frontis, rubricated title page, introduction, footnotes, illustrations, plates; several leaves unopened. Light sunning to head of spine and across the top of front board, else very good first edition thus in red cloth boards and gilt. California Historical Society Special Publication no. 21 reprinted from the California Historical Society Quarterly vol. XXVI, #2. Find photo-facsimiles of such items as on-site sketches of Sutter's mill made by James Marshall; other period visuals; and site-photos taken as the 1940s archaeologists dug up foundations and artifacts.

$30.00

A trip to the gold mines of California in 1848
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A trip to the gold mines of California in 1848

By Swan, John A., edited with an introduction & notes by John A. Hussey

San Francisco: designed and printed by Taylor & Taylor for The Book Club of California, 1960. Hardcover. xxxv, 51p., introduction, notes, frontispiece and title page illustration, very good first edition limited to 400 copies bound in marble boards with green cloth/leatherette backing and gilt, light wear to corners of the boards.

$25.00

Sacramento Illustrated, A Reprint of the Original Edition Issued by Barber & Baker in 1855; With an Introductory Note by Caroline Wenzel
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Sacramento Illustrated, A Reprint of the Original Edition Issued by Barber & Baker in 1855; With an Introductory Note by Caroline Wenzel

By Barber, Edmund Lorenzo, and George Holbrook Baker; Allan R. Ottley, preface, Caroline Wenzel, introduction

Sacramento: Printed by Grant Dahlstrom at the Castle Press for the Sacramento Book Collectors Club, 1950. xiv, 135p., folio hardbound in 12.5x9.5 inch cinnamon-brown buckram titled gilt, top edge tinted, semi-trimmed foredge. title page and chapter heads rubricated in sepia. Largely unopened, and where opened done neatly. One of a run of 300 only. Faintest signs of any handling or age (minuscule signs at extremities), spine gilt is uniformly intact and bright (tiny smudge near one letter), no ownership or any other marks, a clean, sound, near-fine copy. Publication no.4.

$125.00

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