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California A History of the Golden State: from earliest Spanish explorations in the Sixteenth Century to the present
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California A History of the Golden State: from earliest Spanish explorations in the Sixteenth Century to the present

By Warren A. Beck; David A. Williams

1972. First Edition. Cloth. Near fine/very good. A near fine first edition in the original unclipped dust jacket. Dust jacket was covered in the past with a clear adhesive covering which shows ome creasing..With 34 black and white photgraphs, 17 maps, sources and index. 552pp. including index. Octavo.

$25.00

The Hunting Grounds of the Great West A Description of the Plains, Game, and Indians of the Great North American Desert
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The Hunting Grounds of the Great West A Description of the Plains, Game, and Indians of the Great North American Desert

By Richard Irving Dodge

London: Chatto & Windus, 1877. First Edition. Three quarter leather. Very good +. Ernest Griset. A very good plus first separate edition. Scarce. Parisian binding by Brentano's is solid, tight, and square. 3/4 leather over marbled boards. Five raised bands and gilt title stamping on spine. Scuffs to leather on spine. Minor wear to edge of boards. Gilt top edge. Modest foxing on fore edge and bottom. Marbled endpapers. Previous owner's bookplate. Protected frontis of the author with lithographic author inscription. Numerous illustrations by Ernest Griset. Complete with foldout map, map showing a 3/4 in tear at gutter. Some spotting to pages. 440 pages plus 32 page catalog from March of 1877. Octavo 6 x 9 inches tall. LieutenantColonel Dodge displays a great knowledge of the lands inhabited ,by the remaining Indan tribes, of the game and hunting yet left in these regions in spite of the recklessness of modern sportsmen and of skin-traders, and, what is more interesting to intelligent per sons, of the manner of life and customs of the Indians themselves; although, as an of cial, he certainly is disposed to do them scant justice. He has asked Mr. Blackmore to write a preface to the book ; and it is curious to see how far the colleagues differ as to facts and principles, and yet agree as to conclusions. It is to be feared that almost all Americans look upon the extinction of the Indians as an immutable decree of nature. Mr. Blackmore says that three great mistakes have been made in the relations between the United States Government and the Indians : that the Government has not ful lled its treaty engagements; that the “Indian agents” perpetrate frauds which constantly enable them to retire quickly with good fortunes; and that the whites make encroachments on the Indians. Mr. Dodge says that three mistakes are: that the Government has failed to enforce its treaty obligations ; that it has dealt with the Indians through two departments; and that it has yielded too much to the sentimental humanitarian element of the country. Mr. Blackmore appeals to the happy experience of the Canadian Government, which reconciles and civilises the Indians of the Dominion by fair treaties fairly adhered to. Mr. Dodge says that the treaty system is entirely a wrong one, and is not adopted in Canada. Mr. Dodge also admits the frauds committed on the Indians,'and wishes the tribes to be as rapidly as possible sub jected to the ordinary laws of the United States; to punish “cohabita tion, miscalled marriage (of white men) with Indian women ;” to dis courage most distinctly the introduction of “liquors, arms, ammunition, and property of any kind taken without authority into the Indian country for traf c with Indians;” to reform the Indian agencies, and severely to restrict Indians to “reservations.” Then he thinks the Indians may be civilised. Mr. Blackmore looks upon their disappearance as certain, but that may only be because he despairs of their receiving justice, much more kindness. The volume is a valuable book of reference for all whose hearts are stirred by the pressing question whether these aboriginal tribes are or are not to be driven off the face of the earth by the only too frequently unscrupulous white man. It may not be t for a guide, but it is certainly the exponent of a large mass of opinion." --- The Westminster Review

$325.00

Emperor Norton The Mad Monarch Of America
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Emperor Norton The Mad Monarch Of America

By Allen Stanley Lane

Caldwell: The Caxton Printers, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/very good +. A very near fine first edition in a very good plus original dust jacket. Bold orange, gilt and black cover. Pictorial endpapers. Previous owner's names inscribed on first free endpaper. Dust jacket frayed and creased at spine. Modern Norton memorabilia laid in. Illustrated with photos and document facsimiles. 286 pp. Octavo. Joshua Abraham Norton (February 4, 1818 – January 8, 1880), known as Emperor Norton, was a citizen of San Francisco, California, who proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States" in 1859. He later assumed the secondary title of "Protector of Mexico". Norton was born in England but spent most of his early life in South Africa. He sailed west after the death of his mother in 1846 and his father in 1848, arriving in San Francisco possibly in November 1849. Norton initially made a living as a businessman, but he lost his fortune investing in Peruvian rice to sell in China due to a Chinese rice shortage. He bought rice at 12 cents per pound from Peruvian ships, but more Peruvian ships arrived in port which caused the price to drop sharply to 4 cents. He then lost a lawsuit in which he tried to void his rice contract, and his public prominence faded. He re-emerged in September 1859, laying claim to the position of Emperor of the United States. Though Norton received many favors from the city, merchants also capitalized on his notoriety by selling souvenirs bearing his name. “San Francisco lived off the Emperor Norton,” Norton’s biographer William Drury wrote, “not Norton off San Francisco.” Norton had no formal political power; nevertheless, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honored in the establishments that he frequented. Some considered him insane or eccentric, but citizens of San Francisco celebrated his imperial presence and his proclamations, such as his order that the United States Congress be dissolved by force and his numerous decrees calling for the construction of a bridge and tunnel crossing San Francisco Bay to connect San Francisco with Oakland. On January 8, 1880, Norton collapsed at the corner of California and Dupont (now Grant) streets and died before he could be given medical treatment. Upwards of 10,000 people lined the streets of San Francisco to pay him homage at his funeral. Norton has been immortalized as the basis of characters in the literature of Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christopher Moore, Morris and René Goscinny, Selma Lagerlöf, and Neil Gaiman. --- Wikipedia

$185.00

Inaugural Ceremonies at the Opening of the New "Pioneer Hall," Eighth of January, 1863.
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Inaugural Ceremonies at the Opening of the New "Pioneer Hall," Eighth of January, 1863.

By Society of California Pioneers

San Francisco: Alta California Book and Job Office, 1863. First Edition. Original wraps. Very good +. A very good plus, original softcover booklet. Green loose dust cover over string binding. Octavo. Established in 1850, The Society of California Pioneers is dedicated to the study and enjoyment of California art, history, and culture. Founded by individuals arriving in California before 1850 and thriving under the leadership of several generations of their direct descendants, The Society has continuously served the academic community and the public. As the oldest organization west of The Mississippi, The Society opened one of the first libraries in California, as well as a grand hall for meetings, lectures, and social events. Today we operate a museum on The Main Post of The Presidio of San Francisco, free museum education programs, and The Alice Phelan Sullivan research library, all as a nonprofit organization designed to support scholarship and to encourage new interpretations that both illuminate and honor the diverse experiences of those who came before us." --- The Society's web page

$100.00

Transactions of the Society of California Pioneers. January 1st to May 7th, 1863. Part I, Volume II
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Transactions of the Society of California Pioneers. January 1st to May 7th, 1863. Part I, Volume II

By Society of California Pioneers

San Francisco: Alta California Book and Job Office, 1863. First Edition. Original wraps. Very good +. A very good, original softcover booklet. Dust stained cover. Tear to cover at top and bottom edge. Octavo. Established in 1850, The Society of California Pioneers is dedicated to the study and enjoyment of California art, history, and culture. Founded by individuals arriving in California before 1850 and thriving under the leadership of several generations of their direct descendants, The Society has continuously served the academic community and the public. As the oldest organization west of The Mississippi, The Society opened one of the first libraries in California, as well as a grand hall for meetings, lectures, and social events. Today we operate a museum on The Main Post of The Presidio of San Francisco, free museum education programs, and The Alice Phelan Sullivan research library, all as a nonprofit organization designed to support scholarship and to encourage new interpretations that both illuminate and honor the diverse experiences of those who came before us." --- The Society's web page

$20.00

Emperor Norton of San Francisco
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Emperor Norton of San Francisco

By William M. Kramer

Los Angeles: Westland Printing Company, 1974. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. A very good plus former library book, limited to 300 copies. Purple cloth boards, marked "discarded" from Nevada County Library with book plate and labels on front pastedown and endpaper, previous owner's name inscribed. Square solid binding, no bumps or fraying. Pages are clean and bright. 66 pp. 6 x 8 inches tall, octavo. Joshua Abraham Norton (February 4, 1818 – January 8, 1880), known as Emperor Norton, was a citizen of San Francisco, California, who proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States" in 1859. He later assumed the secondary title of "Protector of Mexico". Norton was born in England but spent most of his early life in South Africa. He sailed west after the death of his mother in 1846 and his father in 1848, arriving in San Francisco possibly in November 1849. Norton initially made a living as a businessman, but he lost his fortune investing in Peruvian rice to sell in China due to a Chinese rice shortage. He bought rice at 12 cents per pound from Peruvian ships, but more Peruvian ships arrived in port which caused the price to drop sharply to 4 cents. He then lost a lawsuit in which he tried to void his rice contract, and his public prominence faded. He re-emerged in September 1859, laying claim to the position of Emperor of the United States. Though Norton received many favors from the city, merchants also capitalized on his notoriety by selling souvenirs bearing his name. “San Francisco lived off the Emperor Norton,” Norton’s biographer William Drury wrote, “not Norton off San Francisco.” Norton had no formal political power; nevertheless, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honored in the establishments that he frequented. Some considered him insane or eccentric, but citizens of San Francisco celebrated his imperial presence and his proclamations, such as his order that the United States Congress be dissolved by force and his numerous decrees calling for the construction of a bridge and tunnel crossing San Francisco Bay to connect San Francisco with Oakland. On January 8, 1880, Norton collapsed at the corner of California and Dupont (now Grant) streets and died before he could be given medical treatment. Upwards of 10,000 people lined the streets of San Francisco to pay him homage at his funeral. Norton has been immortalized as the basis of characters in the literature of Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christopher Moore, Morris and René Goscinny, Selma Lagerlöf, and Neil Gaiman. --- Wikipedia

$75.00

Reproduction of Thompson and West's History of Sacramento County California With Illustrations With Introduction By Allan R. Ottley With Illustrations of Its Scenery, Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Manufactories
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Reproduction of Thompson and West's History of Sacramento County California With Illustrations With Introduction By Allan R. Ottley With Illustrations of Its Scenery, Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Manufactories

By George F. Wright; Allan R. Ottley (Introduction)

Berkeley: Howell-North Books, 1960. Facsimile. Cloth. Fine/missing. A fine facsimile of Thompson & West's 1880 edition. Black cloth with bright gilt title stamping on cover and spine. Binding is sturdy and square. Gift inscription on front pastedown. Pristine color foldout map of Sacramento County. Missing dust jacket. Long folio, 14 x 11 inches tall.

$90.00

A Pathfinder In The Southwest The Itinerary of Lieutenant A.W. Whipple During His Explorations for a Railway Route from Fort Smith to Los Angeles in the Years 1853-1854 [American Exploration and Travel series]
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A Pathfinder In The Southwest The Itinerary of Lieutenant A.W. Whipple During His Explorations for a Railway Route from Fort Smith to Los Angeles in the Years 1853-1854 [American Exploration and Travel series]

By Grant Foreman

Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1941. Stated First Edition. Cloth. Very good +/very good +. A very good plus first edition, as stated in a like, price-clipped dust jacket. Rust colored cloth boards with silver insignia on cover and silver title-stamping on spine. Toning to end papers. Previous owner's signature inked on first free end paper. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. Spine of dust jacket is sunned, with a tiny closed tear at bottom edge. Pristine fold out map. xv, 298 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches tall.

$45.00

Juan Maria de Salvatierra, S. J.: Selected Letters about Lower California (Baja California Travels Series 25)
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Juan Maria de Salvatierra, S. J.: Selected Letters about Lower California (Baja California Travels Series 25)

By Juan Maria de Salvatierra; Ernest J. Burrus, trans.

Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1971. Limited Edition. Cloth. Very good +. A very good plus copy limited to 600 printed. Blue cloth boards. Top right corner bumped. Gilt title stamping on spine. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. 279 [1] pp. Octavo.

$30.00

Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813
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Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813

By Felix D. Almaraz, Jr.

Austin: University of Texas Press, 1971. First Edition. Cloth. Very good +/very good. Very good plus first edition, which would be fine except for the previous (large) owner's name blacked out on first free end paper. Blue cloth boards with silver title stamping on spine. Gray end papers. In a very good, original, unclipped dust jacket with tiny price sticker. Dust jacket shows minor loss in an otherwise closed small tear on rear jacket. vii, 206 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 x 8 3/4 inches tall.

$20.00

Joshua Pilcher: Fur Trader and Indian Agent
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Joshua Pilcher: Fur Trader and Indian Agent

By John E Sunder

Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968. First Edition. Cloth. Very good +/very good +. Very good plus first edition, as stated. Black cloth with yellow and blue title stamping on spine. Binding is sturdy and square. Offsetting to end papers and pastedowns from older Brodart cover. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. In a very good plus, original, unclipped dust jacket which shows mild wear. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Black and white photos, map. Octavo.

$25.00

Adventure on Red River: Report on the Exploration of the Headwaters of the Red River by Captain Randolph B. Marcy and Captain G. B. McClellan
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Adventure on Red River: Report on the Exploration of the Headwaters of the Red River by Captain Randolph B. Marcy and Captain G. B. McClellan

By Grant Foreman, ed.

Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968. Second Printing. Cloth. Very good/very good. A very good second printing in a custom leather book jacket with title stamped on spine. Would be fine except that leather jacket offset onto first and last free end papers. In original very good, price clipped dust jacket, sunning to spine of dust jacket. Offset of leather to dust jacket flaps. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Binding is sturdy, tight and square. Red cloth with white title label on spine. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. xxxi, 199 pp. including index. Duodecimo, 5 x 7 3/4 inches tall.

$20.00

Pedro Vial and the Roads to Santa Fe (The American Exploration and Travel Series)
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Pedro Vial and the Roads to Santa Fe (The American Exploration and Travel Series)

By Noel M. Loomis; Abraham Nasatir

Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967. First Edition. Cloth. Near fine/very good. A near fine first edition, as stated. In a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. Brown cloth boards with yellow and white title stamping on spine. Spine ends show minute shelf wear. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. Very good dust jacket shows one short closed tear on front top edge and one shorter one on back edge, plus chipping at tail of spine. Sunning to dust jacket spine. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Illustrated. xxix, 569 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall. Pedro Vial, or Pierre Vial, (born ca. 1746, Lyon, France—died October 1814, Santa Fe, New Mexico), was a French explorer and frontiersman who lived among the Comanche and Wichita Indians for many years. He later worked for the Spanish government as a peacemaker, guide, and interpreter. He blazed trails across the Great Plains to connect the Spanish and French settlements in Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, and Louisiana. He led three Spanish expeditions that attempted unsuccessfully to intercept and halt the Lewis and Clark Expedition. - wikipedia

$37.00

The Gila Trail. The Texas Argonauts and the California Gold Rush [The American exploration and travel series]
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The Gila Trail. The Texas Argonauts and the California Gold Rush [The American exploration and travel series]

By Benjamin Butler Harris; Richard H. Dillon, ed.

Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1960. First Edition. Cloth. Very good +/very good +. A very good plus first edition, as stated, in a very good plus dust jacket. Ochre cloth boards with black and red title stamping on spine. End papers toned, but text is clean and bright. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. Top edge painted. Binding is sturdy and square. Unclipped dust jacket showing tape residue on front and two small nicks. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Illustrated with black and white plates. xv, 175 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 x 9 1/4 inches tall.

$19.00

Adventures of Zenas Leonard Fur Trader
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Adventures of Zenas Leonard Fur Trader

By Zenas Leonard; John C. Ewers, ed.

Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1959. First Thus. Near fine. A near fine first edition thus from 1959. The original work, "Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard," was published in 1839. Edited by John C. Ewers. Black cloth, top edge painted lime. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. End papers toned. In a very good, price clipped dust jacket. Dust jacket showing two closed tears on back edge, and rubbing at upper corners. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Illustrated with black and white plates, maps. 172 pp. including index and catalogue at back. Octavo. Howes describes the "Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard" as a "Completely trustworthy account of Rocky Mountain trapping, 1831-7, including experiences with Walker's expedition from Salt Lake to California, 1833, of which it is the chief first-hand authority." --- Howes, 264.

$35.00

The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, Volume 2
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The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, Volume 2

By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Torch Press, 1912. First Edition. Cloth. Good +. A good plus first edition of volume 2 only. [HOWES T-443]. Red cloth boards showing rubbing at extremities. Hinges and joint repaired with matching book cloth from the underside. Corners rubbed. Top edge gilt. Deckle fore edge showing folds. Rear end paper showing erasures. Missing one map [New Mexico in 1912] at end of volume. Illustrated with maps and numerous b/w plates. xxii, 631 pp. including index. Thick octavo, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches tall

$60.00

Prairie and Mountain Sketches
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Prairie and Mountain Sketches

By Field, Matthew C.; Collected By Clyde & Mae Reed Porter; Kate L. Gregg and John Francis McDermott, eds.

Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1957. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/very good +. A fine first edition in a very good plus dust jacket. Beige cloth boards with green title stamping on spine. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. Dust jacket shows two small closed tears on back cover at head and tail of spine. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. liv, 239 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 x 9 1/4 inches tall.

$20.00

San Francisco Bay. Discovery and Colonization, 1769-1776
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San Francisco Bay. Discovery and Colonization, 1769-1776

By Theodore Treutlein

San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1968. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/very good +. Fine first edition in a very good plus, original, unclipped dust jacket. Blue quarter cloth under green cloth boards. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. Dust jacket creased at top edge and showing a tiny chip on back cover. Fold out map intact and pristine. 152 pp. Octavo 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches tall.

$20.00

Missionary in Sonora, The Travel Reports of Joseph Och, S.J. 1755-1767
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Missionary in Sonora, The Travel Reports of Joseph Och, S.J. 1755-1767

By Joseph Och, S.J.; Theodore E. Treutlein, trans.

San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1965. First Edition. 1/4 cloth. Near fine/very good. A near fine first edition. Brown quarter cloth under yellow cloth boards with gilt motif. Gilt title stamping on spine. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled near front hinge. In a very good, original, unclipped dust jacket. Dust jacket showing a 1 inch closed tear and a crease. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Illustrated with maps and drawings. 196 pp. including index. Octavo. Och's comments on Spanish life and customs, both in the Old World and in the New, provide many a gem of human interest. He finds fault with the Spanish people for their failure to take advantage of business opportunities, with Spanish officials for graft and greed, with Spanish sea captains for inefficiency, and with Spanish miners for waste and incompetence. But ultimately he gives the Spanish their due: "I must admit that in my fourteen years among the Spaniards I experienced more honor, love, service, generosity, politeness and friendliness than I did during my whole life among my countrymen, brothers, and friends!' With the keen eye of an interested traveler he describes the mint in Mexico City and the problems of coinage and currency, the sale and manufacture of cigarettes, the problems of stockmen and miners on the frontier, and the secularization of missions. He dwells at length on almost every aspect of Indian culture: their virtues and vices, their skills and aptitude for learning, their dress, food, drink, dances, medicine, etc. But the most important part of this missionary's journal is his account of the expulsion of the Jesuits from New Spain. It is one of the most valuable primary sources on the subject and richly deserves translation into English. There is no substitute for the freshness, vividness, and realism of a well-written, firsthand report. ---California Historical Society Quarterly

$35.00

Journal of Travels Over the Rocky Mountains
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Journal of Travels Over the Rocky Mountains

By Joel Palmer

Fairfield, Washington: Ye Galleon Press, 1986. Reprint of the 1847 edition. Leather bound. Near fine. A very good plus 1986 reprint of the 1847 edition. Red leather boards with gilt title stamping on cover and spine. Western end papers. Back page overglued. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled at edge of half title. 186 pp. including index. Octavo, 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches tall. . Includes information for the emigrant on travelling West, essential words from the Nez Perce and Chinook languages

$20.00

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