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Beautiful California a Sunset Pictorial
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Beautiful California a Sunset Pictorial

By KRELL Dorothy, editor

Menlo Park, California: Lane Magazine & Book Company, (1969). Revised edition. pictorial colored cloth lettered in white, glazed. Very slightly rubbed at edges, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (some slight rubbing and creasing). Small folio. Profusely illustrated “This book, as never before, portrays the almost unbelievable scenic diversity of this vast and magnificent state ... In the 280 photographs in this book you will see the work of sixty-two famous photographers ... this book brings into your home, in words and pictures, the full beauty of California - to have and enjoy at your leisure.” from dust jacket Chapter on Santa Barbara, pp 114-125..

$10.00

San Francisco Confidential. Tales of Scandal and Excess from the Town That’s Seen Everything

By MUNGO Ray

New York: Carol Publishing Group, (1995). First edition. blue cloth spine lettered in pink over light olive boards. Slight spotting of top edges, remainder mark at lower edge, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (slight rubbing). Quarto. Illustrated with photographs and charts, with illustrated title page “Since its earliest beginnings, in the fever of the Gold Rush, San Francisco was built under the spell of criminal anarchy and wild living...Nothing is sacred in Baghdad by the Bay...or in San Francisco Confidential, an outrageously tempting chronicle of mayhem and eccentricity.” -from the dust jacket.

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Fifteen Decisive Events of California History
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Fifteen Decisive Events of California History

By HUNT Rockwell D

Los Angeles: Historical Society of Southern California, 1959. First trade edition. Historical Society of Southern California Special Book Publication Number 4. black cloth with green lettering. Lettering faded at spine, slight soiling of top edges, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (spine browned, some wear). Large quarto. Illustrated with frontispiece and photographs “California was discovered by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on September 28, 1542. In 1945, the United Nations was born in San Francisco. These are the first and last decisive events in Dr. Hunt’s selection of the Fifteen Decisive Events of California History.” -from the dust jacket.

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John Sutter and a Wider West
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John Sutter and a Wider West

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (1994). First edition. tan cloth with green lettering. Slight spotting of top edges, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (some rubbing). Octavo. Frontispiece illustration “This volume begins with Sutter’s own account of his American experience. Five leading historians then consider particular aspects of his activities: entrepreneur, management, relationships, developer, and prototype for failure.” -from the dust jacket.

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The Golden Crucible. An Introduction to the History of American California: 1850-1905

By ROSS Blake

San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, 1930. Second printing. tan cloth spine lettered in gilt over green marbled boards and faded staining of upper edges. Some silverfishing, else fine/dust jacket (worn, with missing portions of the spine). Quarto. Illustrated with drawings Uncut foredges “First Prize Essay, James D. Phelan Historical Essay Contest, Held under the auspices of the San Francisco Branch, League of American Pen Women.” -from the title page.

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San Francisco: Mission to Metropolis
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San Francisco: Mission to Metropolis

By LEWIS Oscar

Berkeley: Howell-North Books, 1966. First edition. tan cloth with black lettering and color pictorial endpapers. Spine slightly sunned, slight spotting of top edges, else fine. Quarto. Profusely illustrated with frontispiece, photographs, drawings, facsimiles, and maps “Although it was founded less than two centuries ago...it has been the scene of a greater number of picturesque and exciting and significant happenings than scores of far older communities...due to a large number of men and women unable--or unwilling--to follow conventional patterns of behavior.” -from the Preface.

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The MGM Story. The Complete History of Fifty Roaring Years

By EAMES John Douglas

New York: Crown Publishers, (1977). 1977 Reprint. brown textured boards with silver lettering and pictorial endpapers. Boards slightly scuffed, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (slight rubbing). Folio. Profusely illustrated with photographs, color photographs, and facsimiles “This book is the first to detail, discuss and illustrate the entire output of one of the great movie companies...including the history, the legends, and the inside stories about the company’s triumphs and failures.” -from the dust jacket.

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The Heroine or the Horse. Leading Ladies in Republic’s Films

By SWANN Thomas Burnett

South Brunswick: A. S. Barnes and Company, (1977). First edition. dark green textured boards with white lettering. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (slight rubbing). Small folio. Illustrated with frontispiece and photographs “The history of Republic, its rapid rise and its ultimate fall, is largely revealed in its use of its actresses.” -from its dust jacket.

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Official Negligence. How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD

By CANNON Lou

New York: Times Books, (1997). Second printing. black boards with silver lettering. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (some rubbing). Quarto. Illustrated with photographs Inscribed by the author “Official Negligence illuminates all the characters and events surrounding what went wrong in Los Angeles. In so doing, it lays bare the ethnic, racial, and economic fault lines that divide American society at the approach of the millennium. It is an extraordinary feat of reporting, a gripping and cautionary tale for our time.” -from the dust jacket.

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Classics of the Gangster Film

By BOOKBINDER Robert

Secaucus: Citadel Press, (1985). First edition. black cloth spine lettered in gilt over red boards. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (slight wear). Small folio. Profusely illustrated with frontispiece, photographs, and facsimiles “Classics of the Gangster Film is a comprehensive retrospective of more than fifty years of this type of film.” -from the dust jacket.

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The California-Mexico Connection

By LOWENTHAL Abraham F., Editor and BURGESS Katrina, Editor

Stanford: Stanford University Press, (1993). First edition, softcover issue. glossy paper wrappers with brown, orange, and teal lettering. Fine. Quarto. Illustrated with tables, charts, and graphs “Not since the early nineteenth century, when California was still part of Mexico, have there been such close ties between Mexico and its former northern territory, Today, on Californian in five is of Mexican heritage, compared with fewer than one in ten in 1970.” -from the back cover.

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Wagons West. The Epic Story of America’s Overland Trails

By MCLYNN Frank

New York: Grove Press, (2002). First U.S. edition. black spine lettered in gilt over yellow boards. Slight soiling of top edges, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (slight rubbing). Quarto. Illustrated with photographs and maps “This is a stirring history of the settling of the American West, from 1840-49, the years between the era of the fur trappers and the beginning of the gold rush.” -from the dust jacket.

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The Lost Cement Mine

By WRIGHT James W. A

Mammoth Lakes: Genny Smith Books, (1984). First edition thus. black paper wrappers with gilt lettering. Slight spotting of top edges, else fine. Illustrated with frontispiece and drawings by Nina Kelley, and maps “New material in this edition consists of: three historic maps, additional notes, Mark Twain’s full account o f the Cement Mine and Nina Kelley’s illustrations.” -from the Publisher’s Preface to This Edition.

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Golden Odyssey. John Stroud Houston. California’s First Controller and the Origins of State Government

By GRENIER Judson A

Los Angeles: Historical Society of Southern California, 1999. First edition. black cloth with gilt lettering. Slight spotting of top edges, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (spine slightly browned). Quarto. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait, photographs, drawings, facsimiles, and maps “In 1849, before it officially became a state, California installed a government that lacked precedent, authority, or money. To start the mechanism and keep it going was the responsibility of the state’s first controller, John Stroud Houston.” -from the dust jacket.

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The Pattern of California History

By STANIFORD Edward

San Francisco: Canfield Press, (1975). First edition. orange cloth with white lettering. Some rubbing of boards, else fine. Quarto. Illustrated with photographs, tables, and maps “The elements of California, though American in form, were influenced by an Indian, Spanish, and Mexican heritage...The evolution of California’s distinctive society is the theme of this book.” -from the Preface.

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The Bonanza Kings. the Social Origins and Business Behavior of Western Mining entrepreneurs, 1870-1900

By PETERSON Richard

Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, (1991). First edition thus. Pictorial paper wrappers with gold, red, black, and white lettering. Fine. Octavo. Illustrated with tables “Despite the mining camps of the California gold rush...the sophisticated industrialist rather than the primitive prospector deserves most of the credit for developing the economic and community base of the mining frontier.” -from the Preface to the Paperback Edition.

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Into the West. The Story of Its People

By NUGENT Walter

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. First edition. maroon spine lettered in gilt over tan boards. Wear at lower edge of spine, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (fine). Quarto. Illustrated with photographs, tables, facsimiles, and maps “Walter Nugent offers a new and fascinating perspective on all the groups who settled and transformed the region. He explains how California became not only the most urban state in the West but also the most populous and most ethnically mixed state in the country.” -from the dust jacket.

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A Journal of the Overland Route to California
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A Journal of the Overland Route to California

By ALDRICH Lorenzo D

N.p.: Readex Microprint Corporation, (1966). First edition thus. Great Americana Series. black leatherette with gilt lettering. Fine. Octavo. “Originally published in 1851,[this journal], a very rare tract, describes the southern route from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to San Diego, California. It is one of the earliest reports of this route.” -from the Foreword.

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Off at Sunrise. The Overland Journal of Charles Glass Gray
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Off at Sunrise. The Overland Journal of Charles Glass Gray

By GRAY Charles Glass

San Marino: Huntington Library, (1976). First edition. blue cloth with gilt lettering and map endpapers. Slight soiling of top edges, else fine/dust jacket (quite silverfished). Quarto. Illustrated with facsimiles of the journal and line drawings by Goldsborough Bruff “This is a vivid and literate account of an overland journey during the gold-rush year of 1849.” -from the dust jacket.

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Rooted in Barbarous Soil. People, Culture, and Community in Gold Rush California

Berkeley: University of California Press, (2000). First edition, softcover issue. California History Sesquicentennial Series, Volume 3. color pictorial paper wrappers with black lettering. Spine slightly sunned, else fine. Small folio. Illustrated with photographs, color photographs, tables, drawings, and facsimiles “Perhaps never in the time-honored American tradition of frontiering did ‘civilization’ appear to sink so low as in gold-rush California...[This] is the only book of its kind to examine gold-rush society and culture, to present modern interpretations, and to gather up-to-date bibliographies of its topics.” -from the back cover.

$10.00

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