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Autograph letter, signed to \
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Autograph letter, signed to "Dear Mr. Whittington

By [WHITE William Allen] . WHITE Sallie L

Emporia, Kansas: May, 1946. black ink on note paper lettered in red. Envelope a tad browned, else fine. The carbon copy letter browned with celoo tape at top. Approximately 6.5 x 5.25 inches. With carbon copy typed letter from Mr. Eugene Whittington to William Allen White, asking him to autograph a copy of White's book "The Court of Boyville" published in 1899. The letter also talks about a family relationship to White The letter from Mrs. White talks about her husband's book, and also about family relationships and he says "Some of the happiest hours of my very happy life were spent visiting my grand mother (name) in Bloomfield. ...." William Allen White (February 10, 1868 – January 29, 1944) was a renowned American newspaper editor, politician, author, and leader of the Progressive movement. Between 1896 and his death, White became the iconic spokesman for middle America. He attended the College of Emporia and the University of Kansas, and in 1892 started work at The Kansas City Star as an editorial writer. In 1895 White bought the Emporia Gazette for $3000 from William Yoast Morgan and became its editor. Young White was a political conservative at this stage of his career. In 1896 a White editorial attracted national attention with a scathing attack on William Jennings Bryan, the Democrats, and the Populists titled "What's the Matter With Kansas?" White sharply ridiculed Populist leaders for letting Kansas slip into economic stagnation and not keeping up economically with neighboring states because their anti-business policies frightened away economic capital from the state. White wrote: "There are two ideas of government," said our noble Bryan at Chicago. "There are those who believe that if you legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, this prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up and through every class and rest upon them." That's the stuff! Give the prosperous man the dickens! Legislate the thriftless man into ease, whack the stuffing out of the creditors and tell the debtors who borrowed the money five years ago when money "per capita" was greater than it is now, that the contraction of currency gives him a right to repudiate. The Republicans sent out hundreds of thousands of copies of the editorial in support of William McKinley during the intensely fought United States presidential election, 1896, giving White a national reputation. With his warm sense of humor, articulate editorial pen, and commonsense approach to life, White soon became known throughout the country. His Gazette editorials were widely reprinted; he wrote syndicated stories on politics; and he published many books, including biographies of Woodrow Wilson and Calvin Coolidge. "What's the Matter With Kansas?" and "Mary White" — a tribute to his 16-year-old daughter on her death in 1921, portraying her as an anti-flapper — were his best-known writings. Locally he was known as the greatest booster for Emporia. He won a 1923 Pulitzer Prize for his editorial "To an Anxious Friend," published July 27, 1922, after being arrested in a dispute over free speech following objections to the way the state of Kansas handled the men who participated in the Great Railroad Strike of 1922. -wikipedia .

$30.00

Wallace Stegner. His Life and Work
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Wallace Stegner. His Life and Work

By [STEGNER Wallace] . BENSON Jackson J

New York: Viking Press, (1996). First edition. black cloth spine lettered in metallic copper colour, over pale tan boards. As new/pictorial dust jacket (as new). Octavo. Illustrated In a career spanning more than fifty years Wallace Stegner (1909 - 1993) emerged as our greatest contemporary writer of the American West -the author of more than two dozen works of history, biography, essays, and fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize winning “Angle of Repose” and the bestselling “Crossing to Safey.” Jackson J. Benson’s “Wallace Stegner: His Life and Work” is the first full-dress biography of this celebrated “Dean of Western Writers.” -from the dust jacket.

$10.00

The Pioneer Preacher. Incidents of Interest, and Experiences in the Author’s Life
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The Pioneer Preacher. Incidents of Interest, and Experiences in the Author’s Life

By BRISTOL Sherlock

Urbana: University of Illinois Press, (1989). First edition thus. green cloth with gilt lettering. Fine. Quarto. Illustrated with drawings by Isabelle Blood. Includes illustrated title page “Bristol himself was not an important leader of the frontier mission...but the relatively artless autobiography of this Congregationalist preacher on the frontier vividly portrays the everyday events and attitudes that illustrated and shaped culture and religion in western America.” -from the Introduction.

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The Sandlotter. An original political cartoon
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The Sandlotter. An original political cartoon

By PARRISH Joe

N.p.: April, 1945. on off white cardboard. Slight smudging in margins, else fine and bright. Approximately 12 x 12 inches image area; with margins 17 x 14-1/2 inches. Executed in water colour in browns, red, green, yellow and gray Signed lower right "J. Parrish." Also inscribed and signed in lower right margin by Parrish. Artwork stamped on back "received Tribune Engraving Room 1945 Apr 4PM 7 25 Caricatured among the "Big World Star Diplomats" are Franklin D. Roosevelt (who would die six days after the cartoon's publication) and others. The cartoon was featured on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune Friday, April 6, 1945. The conference opened in San Francisco 25 April, 1945 with 46 nations to which were added the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, the newly liberated Denmark and Argentina, thus delegates of fifty nations in all. The Charter was unanimously approved 25 June, and signed the next day. "Copyright 1945 By the Chicago Tribune" printed at foot of illustration in the newspaper.

$1250.00

The Red River in Southwestern History
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The Red River in Southwestern History

By TYSON Carl Newton

Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, (1981). First edition. original brown cloth lettered in silver. Top edges a little dust soiled, else as new/pictorial dust jacket (spine lightly faded, rear fold with some sliverfishing). Octavo. Illustrated In this book Carl N. Tyson reveals the character of the mighty Red River as he traces its place in history from the time of the Spanish and French explorers to the present day.

$10.00

Western Apache Language and Culture
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Western Apache Language and Culture

By BASSO Keith H

Tucson: University of Arizona Press, (1990). First edition. gray cloth lettered in silver. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (slightly rubbed). Octavo. Illustrated “These essays illustrate not only the complexity of a particular cultural world... but also the natural movement from the study of grammatical categories to that of language use and on to the study of the conceptual system underlying it” -from the dust jacket.

$10.00

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, Willamette Meridian
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Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, Willamette Meridian

By [OREGON]

N.p: U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, 1988. printed in colours on both sides. Fine. Approximately 36 x 40 inches. A very comprehensive map of the National Forest, with lost of textual information and statistics.

$10.00

Watercolors of the Rio Grande
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Watercolors of the Rio Grande

By FRARY Michael

College Station: Texas AM Uiversity Press, 1984. First edition. brown cloth lettered in brown. As new/pictorial dust jacket (fine). 11.4 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches. 134 pages Profusely illustrated Watercolors of the Rio Grande.

$10.00

City Map of Los Angeles and Environs
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City Map of Los Angeles and Environs

By [LOS ANGELES]

North Hollywood: Mitock & Sons, 1971. printed in blue and orange on two sides. Fine. Approximately 32 x 24 inches. Illustrated with photographs The map is very detailed and shows bus routes, places of interest, has an index of streets, etc. .

$10.00

Women Who Dare
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Women Who Dare

By LIBRARY OF CONGRESS KNOWLEDGE CARDS

(Washington): Library of Congress, 1996. plastic coated paper, in cardboard box. Fine. 4 x 3-3/4 inches. Illustrated Drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress, these Knowledge Cards pay tribute to forty-eight inspiring women who have exhibited the courage and determination to reach beyond the ordinary and expected, often braving seemingly insurmountable sexual and political tyrannies in the process. -from the box.

$20.00

The First Spanish Entry Into San Francisco Bay 1775.  The Original Narrative, Hitherto Unpublished,  by Father Vincent Maria and Further Details by Participants in the First Explorations of the Bay’s Waters Together with Four Contemporary Maps and Six Illustrations in Full Colour From the Brush and Pencil of Louis Choris Who Was at San Francisco in 1816
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The First Spanish Entry Into San Francisco Bay 1775. The Original Narrative, Hitherto Unpublished, by Father Vincent Maria and Further Details by Participants in the First Explorations of the Bay’s Waters Together with Four Contemporary Maps and Six Illustrations in Full Colour From the Brush and Pencil of Louis Choris Who Was at San Francisco in 1816

By SANTA MARIA Vincent

San Francisco: John Howell-Books, 1971. blue cloth, pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (some silverfishing). Small folio. Illustrated by Louis Choris One of 5,000 copies designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy With an index and glossary.

$15.00

California Land of Promise. An Informal History of California from Discovery to Statehood, 1542 to 1850 including the exciting days of The Gold Rush of ‘49
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California Land of Promise. An Informal History of California from Discovery to Statehood, 1542 to 1850 including the exciting days of The Gold Rush of ‘49

By NELSON Maidee Thomas

Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1962. First edition. orange cloth with black lettering. Spotting of top edges, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (browning at spine, slight wear, mended lower right corner at back). Octavo. Illustrated with frontispiece, photographs, and maps “In the pages of California, Land of Promise is recounted the history of the discovery and early settlement of the Golden State, 1542-1850.” -from the dust jacket.

$10.00

Ghost Town Album

By FLORIN Lambert

New York: Bonanza Books, (1962). Bonanza Books reissue. brown stamped spine over peach cloth revealing peach lettering. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (some rubbing). Small folio. Illustrated with frontispiece and photographs, maps and drawings by David C. Mason “Author Florin and his constant companion, Dr. David Mason, are making new discoveries nearly as exciting and much more lasting, not of golden metals but golden memories...These were the days when the Utes tried to stop the prospectors and the preachers tried to stop sin. The Gulches spewed forth riches, and drama and tragedy rode the burros into the sagebrush.” -from the dust jacket.

$10.00

Autograph letter, signed
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Autograph letter, signed

By MASON A. E. W

[London]: November 12, 1915. off white paper, printed in black, written in black ink. Slight fading to some of the words, still very legible. Approximately 7x 5inches (half of a note paper). Signed by Mason Alfred Edward Woodley Mason (1865 - 1948) was born in Dulwich, London and was a British author and politician. He is best remembered for his 1902 novel "The Four Feathers." He studied at Dulwich College and graduated from Trinity College, Oxford in 1888. He was a contemporary of fellow Liberal Anthony Hope, who went on to write the adventure novel "The Prisoner of Zenda.

$20.00

Act of Piracy
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Act of Piracy

By O'BRIAN Frank

New York: Dell Publishing, (1975). First edition. original pictorial coloured wrappers, all edges stained green. Wrappers very slightly dust soiled, else fine. 12mo. [S & W 886a].

$45.00

Adolph F. Bandelier’s The Discovery of New Mexico by the Franciscan Monk, Friar Marcos de Niza in 1539
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Adolph F. Bandelier’s The Discovery of New Mexico by the Franciscan Monk, Friar Marcos de Niza in 1539

By BANDELIER Adolph F

Tucson: University of Arizona Press, (1981). First edition. brown cloth with gilt and white lettering. As new. Quarto. Illustrated with frontispiece and maps “Bandelier’s combination of methodological sophistication and control of the archival data makes the Marcos de Niza paper important, not only as a landmark in Southwestern ethnohistory but as a work of scholarship in its own right. This French version of Marcos (far more detailed and much longer than the commonly cited English version) gives insights on Cabeza de Vaca, Marcos, and on early Southwestern exploration that are valid today.” -from the Forword.

$10.00

Edward Burton
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Edward Burton

By WOOD Henry

Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers, (1890). First edition. original brown cloth lettered in gilt. Spine ends a tad rubbed, slight foxing of edges, very slight spotting of rear cover. 12mo. [Wright, American Fiction 1876-1900 #6062 (7 copies0].

$100.00

Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practical and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean Made Under the Direction of teh Secretary of the War, in 1853-4, According to Acts of Congress of March 3, 1853, May 31, 1854, and August 5, 1854
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Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practical and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean Made Under the Direction of teh Secretary of the War, in 1853-4, According to Acts of Congress of March 3, 1853, May 31, 1854, and August 5, 1854

By [PACIFIC RAILROAD SURVEY]

Washington: A. O. P. Nicholson, 1857. black leather spine lettered in gilt over marbled boards. Spine worn, lacking label and with some loss of leather, boards worn at edges and unevenly faded, interior clean. Large quarto. Volume VII only Illustrated with than 8 plates of scenery, 10 paleontology plates, 14 plates of geology, 2 coloured maps (folding): Geological Plan ...San Francisco to Los Angeles and Geologic Plan...Rio Grande to Pimas Villages (a little creased and with light tears where affixed), and 8 botanical plates, 11 metereological plates (all plates and maps present here) House of Representatives, 33rd Congress, 2nd Session, Executive Document 91. Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War at the time of the Survey expedition. A large number of issues surrounding the whole project existed still when he finally got appropriation to fund the project with the assistance of Senator Gwin, California. Some of the questions were: Where to build it? Where to begin and where to end? Which states to go through? As can be readily imagined the political and regional pressures were enormous. Finally, four routes were selected to be explored. The one most favoured by Jefferson Davis himself was the fourth route from Texas along the Gila River to San Diego; another supported by Senator Thomas Hart Benton followed the Kansas River to Arkansas to Salt Lake along the 37-39th parallels. Yet another proposed “middle route” ran from Arkansas through across New Mexico and Arizona and finally crossed the Mojave Desert in California. The northernmost route proposed came along the Missouri River across the Northern Rocky Mountains to Puget Sound, staying along the 47-49th parallels. In addition, of course, there were surveys on the west coast suggesting routes to link San Diego, San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. When the reports were complete they encompassed much more than just a railroad survey, they also included natural history, topography and geology of the territories surveyed, and were amply illustrated with plates and maps. John M. Stanly was the most prominent of the eleven illustrators accompanying the expedition and he illustrated more plates than any of the others. The plates show scenery, native inhabitants, flora, fauna, archaeological interests, as well as numerous maps. There are also many plates of birds of all kinds. The reconnoisances made possible the first reasonably accurate topographical map of the West. Published by the Federal Government, these reports provide the single most important contemporary source of knowledge for the geography of the West. The set is a corner stone work in a Western Americana collection and is considered one of the most important works on the Transmississippi West for its published reports on the explorations and the data collected during the surveys[Wagner-Camp The Plains and the Rockies, p. 262].

$200.00

The Indian Frontier of the American West 1846-1890
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The Indian Frontier of the American West 1846-1890

By UTLEY Robert M

Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, (1984). First edition. navy cloth spine lettered in gilt, navy boards. Small remainder mark on top edges, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (fine). Quarto. Illustrated Histories of the American Frontier Series “The dramatic events of the final half-century of conflict between Indians and whites in the American west” -from the dust jacket.

$10.00

Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill
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Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill

By MUYBRIDGE Eadweard

San Francisco: Morse's Gallery, 1877. First edition. original burgundy cloth lettered in gilt. Expertly rebacked and refurbished, preserving original cloth, interior with minimal brown spots and foxing. Quarto (covers). 11 albumen prints, approx. 88 inches altogether when opened, each photo approximately 7.5 by 8 inches, mounted on linen and accordion folded This iconic panorama, 360 degrees, of San Francisco was created by Muybridge the summer of 1877 and consists of eleven photographs. The center panel has a printed title, photographer's credit and publisher's informaiton. The panorama was photographed from the tower of the unfinished residence of Mark Hopkins, the railroad king, at California Street hill, now known as Nob Hill. The view was captured over a period of several hours and is a remarkable technical achievement since it took a number of complex calcuations to accurately orient each exposure in order to assemble a continuous image.

$38500.00

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