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Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands. Historical View

By [Reviewed by] R. S. Schreiber, CDR USN

S. l. (San Francisco): s. n., 1966. Softcover. First edition; oblong 6 x 9; pp. [5]; stapled, pictorial wraps in blue and white; illustrated with drawings and photographic images; very minor wear to edges; near fine condition.A small, but informative booklet, it follows the history and statistics of the two San Francisco Bay Area landmark islands - the centuries-old Yerba Buena and the man-made Treasure Island.


Greetings from Monterey, Cal. [Early Post Card]

By Kayser, Albert

Oakland, CA: Oakland Journal, Print, 1898. Softcover. Post card; 3 3/4 x 6 1/4; off-white, glossy stock, illustrated with several miniature, black & white photographs and an intricate border in the upper left corner; a bit of rubbing to corners and a faint crease line to right margin; light age-toning to verso; very good condition.Copyrighted 1898, the card was created prior to July 1, 1898, before the an Act of Congress of May 19, 1898 granted private printers permission to print and sell cards bearing the inscription “Private Mailing Card.†The current card was one from the Pioneer Era in the United States (1893-1898), known today as "Souvenir Card" or "Mailing Card" and requiring a 2-cent adhesive postage stamp to be attached, as opposed to the Government-printed cards, which were the only ones allowed to bear the inscription "Postal Card" and included a printed 1-cent stamp. Messages were not permitted on the address side ("This Side for Address Only"). Writing was allowed on the front, bellow/along the illustration. The photos on this card depicted several Monterey landmarks, including Mission El Carmelo, the Del Monte Hotel, and Midway Point Cypress Drive.


The California Teacher and Home Journal. Devoted to Education, Literature, Science, and Art. Volume 1 - Number 6

By Various

San Francisco: T. E. Flynn & Company, 1883. Softcover. First edition; 9 x 5 3/4; pp. [1], 406-480; grey wraps, printed in black; a few rubbed spots along spine; small signature of previous owner to front wrap; back wrap advertisement illustrated with a woodcut; very good condition.Being the official organ of the Department of Public Instruction, the journal featured new methods and experiments in teaching, new educational devices, poetry, hints and advice on schools and universities, etc. Right around the same time, the Department of Public Instruction led a campaign, through the journal, to take away textbook printing from the major commercial publishers and entrust it to the state. The movement would prove successful, culminating with the famous Perry Amendment to the Constitution of California in 1884.


Blue Ribbon Figs from California. Prepared and Packed in a New Way. A Health Food

By Anonymous

Fresno, CA: California Peach & Fig Growers, 1920. Softcover. First edition, n. d. (ca 1920); two fold brochure, 6 x 10 1/2 unfolded; cream stock, printed in blue; very light foxing to bottom edge; a small cut to fore-edge; illustrated with photographs and drawings; very good or better condition. A pretty pamphlet, extolling the virtues of the Blue Ribbon Figs of the Central Valley of California, it advertises "brownie meat" (packed for children), "Fig Brownies," and "Fig Meat" (12-ounce bricks).


The New religion, with a Chapter on Faith Healing

By Henning, George William

San Jose, CA: By the Author, 1907. Softcover. First edition; 7 3/4 x 6; pp. [7], 6-22; dark gray wraps, printed and ruled in black; two small spots to front wrap, else very minor wear; vignettes at title page and last page; very good to near fine condition. An interesting and a bit bizarre publication by an unknown, albeit passionate citizen of the San Francisco Bay Area, the author of the booklet took a stab at explaining the existence of harmony between modern science and religion. Quoting and referencing simultaneously the Bible, the laws of Evolution, the science of biology, and so on, he gave it his best to prove that "While we cannot do with religion as it is, we cannot do without it." He also touched on the subject of faith healing and its relation to science.


California Artist Louis E. Rea Advertisement Photograph

By Rea, Louis E.

San Francisco, CA: By the Artist, 1925. Softcover. Silver gelatin photograph in printed yellow wraps, tied with a decorative silk string; photo 3 3/4 x 6 3/4, wraps 4 1/4 x 7 1/4; light creasing to wraps; photo subtitled in lower margin; near fine condition. A beautiful advertising piece from the artist's late years, most probably given to potential customers at his studio, the photograph depicted one of Rea's award-winning paintings of Loma Alta - one of the highest points of Marin County in the Bay Area - and was subtitled: "Loma Alta at the end of a perfect day. California State Fair Special Award, 1925. All copyrights reserved by Louis E. rea, Artist." Louis Rea (1868-1927) was born in Flint, Michigan and his family moved to Northern California in 1876, to the small town of Lincoln in Placer County. He exhibited a significant artistic talent at a young age and was known for his refusing to paint any buildings in his art, saying that they detracted from the beauty of the nature in his landscapes. His most famous technique was the shadowing of the foreground and showing the high hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties in the background in bright, dramatic colors. Rea died of appendicitis in San Francisco.


echoes from the Great Beyond. A Sermon Preached by Geo W. Phillips, Sunday Evening, January 19, 1930, Tenth Avenue Baptist Church, Oakland, California

By Phillips, Geo W.

Oakland, CA: Radio Church Office, K T A B, 1930. Softcover. First edition; 7 1/4 x 5; pp. [2], 5-34; textured orange wraps, printed in brown; faint spot to upper margin of front wrap and first blank leaf; illustrated with photograph frontis; very good condition. The sermon, preached by Baptist Minister Geo Phillips, was presented in a question-and-answer form on subjects such as science and immortality, psychic research and the life thereafter, and so on. Phillips would later become embroiled in a lawsuit, when he was drafted under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, although, according to him, he had presented "uncontroverted evidence" that he was a Minister of the Gospel, and therefore entitled to be classified in Class IV-D (Minister of Religion) and exempted.


The Landmarks Club of California, Incorporated 1895. To Save for Our Children and the World the Old Missions and Other Historic Landmarks of California

By Anonymous

S. l. (Los Angeles, CA): The Landmarks Club, 1916. Softcover. First edition; 5 3/4 x 3 1/4; pp. 3-12; glossy, off-white wraps; a few faint crease lines to fore-edge and corners; very good or better condition. Official recognition of historical landmarks in California began in 1895, with the founding of The Landmarks Club under the leadership of journalist, historian, photographer, librarian, and historic preservation activist Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859 - 1928). Initially, the club's efforts were focused on the Spanish Missions, later to expand to other buildings and sites of historic interest. The pamphlet, published in the summer of 1916, presented the history of the club and its achievements to date. It also advertised "Candle Day" at Mission San Fernando, a charity event and celebration of the 147th anniversary of Gov. Portola and Father Crespi's expedition to the valley - the first white men to step foot in it - at which candles were sold and the money were to be used to repair the roof of the great church.


"Maguire's New Theatre" Advertisement Broadside

By Maguire, Thomas

S. l. (San Francisco): Figaro, 1876. Softcover. Small broadside, n. d. (ca 1876); 7 3/4 x 5 1/4; single sheet, printed recto only; small nick to left edge; a few scattered, light spots of foxing; very good condition. An interesting survivor of San Francisco history, the broadside advertised the Fifth Week of the Brilliant Season of the Grand English Opera Company and the performances of Lucia di Lammermoor, Fra Diavolo!, and The Marriage of Figaro. It also listed the casts and the admission prices. In 1850, Irish-American bartender and hack driver from New York City Thomas Maguire arrived in San Francisco and opened an 800-seat theater called the Jenny Lind. He would soon become a pioneer theater manager on the West Coast. It was said that Maguire was profoundly illiterate, but an excellent businessman and his elegant performances of King Lear and Hamlet, in a plush, first class playhouse, captured the hearts of theatergoers as much as the burlesque and minstrel shows, which were flourishing in the booming San Francisco. The Jenny Lind burned down in 1851 and Maguire opened Jenny Lind No. 2, which also burned, in less than a month, prompting the opening of Jenny Lind No. 3. In what was considered a scandalous deal, he sold the building to the city in 1852 and it was used as a City Hall until 1896. He would go on to acquire and manage a number of performing venues, including the San Francisco Theater, later Maguire's Opera House, the Maguire Academy of Music, the first and second Metropolitan Theaters, the Baldwin Theater, and the Alhambra, which would become Maguire's New Theatre. His downfall came when he and one of the greatest pioneers of California business ventures Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin decided to produce and stage "The Passion" at the Grand Opera House in 1879. The play enraged the citizenry and the clergy community and led to San Francisco's first arts censorship battle. Statute #1493 would be passed, forbidding “any person to exhibit, or take part in exhibiting, any play or performance or representation displaying, or intended to display, the life or death of Jesus Christ..." Maguire lost the Baldwin Theater and went back to New York, where he died in 1896.


Californians "As We See 'Em." A Volume of Cartoons and Caricatures

By Various

S. l. (San Francisco): Published by E.A. Thomson from the Press of the Stanley-Taylor Company, 1906. Hardcover. First edition; 11 3/4 x 8 3/4; pp. [7], 8-302; rebacked, with original black leatherette over boards preserved; gilt title to spine and front board; rubbed spots along edges of boards; illustrated with full-page, black & white, engraved plates; overall in very good condition. A spectacular and quite amusing collection of caricatures of early-20th century Californians, with most of them notable railroad barons, politicians, merchants, etc. of San Francisco, but also some from Los Angeles, Sacramento, and a few other cities. Of the more colorful characters pictured are United States Federal Judge William Cary Van Fleet, California entrepreneur and engineer Henry 'H.C' Cutting, and so on. The illustrations are accomplished by 22 renowned San Francisco cartoonists, including Rube Goldberg, Chas Donnelly, Laura E. Foster, and Anna Fulton.


The Land of Oranges

By Various

S. l. (Los Angeles, CA): California Fruit Growers Exchange, 1932. Softcover. First edition thus; 5 3/4 x 4 1/4; pp. 1-12; chromolithographed wraps; small nicks to tips of spine and corners; small closed cut to bottom edge of front wrap; illustrated with b & w drawings and two tables; very good or better condition. A charming, coloring book for children, it told the story of Betty and Billy visiting their Uncle Jim, who lives on a ranch in California and grows orange trees. Kids were supposed to read the story and color the illustrations with crayons and water colors. The booklet also contained height and weight charts for keeping records of the development of its little owners and a list of good health rules. A sad fact of the times was that the prevalent reality of the California citriculture was that it completely relied on immigrant, minority groups, and more specifically Chinese, Japanese, and Mexican workers, while literature and art portrayed the industry as always and only involving white people, including the front wrap illustration of the current book, which showed a white father and his two children gazing contentedly down rows of orange trees.


Report of Stockholders of the Salinas City Bank of Savings for the Year 1906

By Winham, Harry; et al

S. l. (Salinas): Salinas City Bank of Savings, 1907. Softcover. First edition; oblong 4 1/4 x 6 1/4; pp. [3]; yellow stock printed in blue; a few small spots to wraps; slight bleeding of ink; overall in very good condition. An interesting piece of California ephemera, the pamphlet presented a stockholders' report for the year 1906 of a very short-lived Salinas Bank. Incorporated in 1905, it lasted for just 5 years, to be sold to and merged with Salinas City Bank in May of 1910.


"Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California" Advertisement

By Anonymous

Los Angeles, CA: s. n., 1920. Softcover. First edition; accordion-style brochure, three fold, glossy white stock, 4 3/4 x 3 folded; wraps illustrated in b&w; mild wear along spine; light age-toning to margins; illustrated from engravings; very good or better condition. A beautiful advertising brochure for the LA landmark with a rich history. Exposition Park was originally created in 1872 as a 160-acre agricultural park. It received its current name in 1913. The 4 original tenants anchoring the park, and advertised here, were the National Armory, the National History Museum, the California Museum of Science and Industry, and the Sunken Garden (later renamed the Rose Garden). The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park is home to the Los Angeles Raiders, the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the University of Southern California’s Trojans, and The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was the cite of John F. Kennedy’s acceptance speech at the 1960 Democratic National Convention. Also included in the brochure were several miniature illustrations of various building and points of interest in the park, as well as information on accessibility by car and public transportation.


California, the Empire Beautiful. Her Great Bays, Harbors, Mines, Orchards and Vineyards, Olive, Lemon and Orange Groves. Her Men and Women, a Prophecy of the Coming Race

By Various

San Francisco: Mrs. J. J. Owen, 1899. Hardcover. First edition; oblong 9 x 12; pp. 250; tan cloth over boards; gilt title and decorations to front board; small rubbed spots to corners and tips of spine; several spots to boards; illustrated with in-line and full-page photographic plates and steel engravings; light foxing to first and last few pages; text mostly clean with occasional finger smudges to margins; good to very good condition. Published under the auspices of the Native Sons and the Native Daughters of the Golden West - the former a fraternal organization and the latter, their sister organization, dedicated to preservation and documentation of historic landmarks in California - the book is a beautiful pictorial history of California, describing the Golden State in words and photographs.


Side Tracks From the Main Line. Being Occasional Excursions Away From the Business World to Pleasant Places of Literary Recreation [Signed/Inscribed by the Author]

By Shoup, Paul

San Francisco: Compiled and privately printed by certain of his friends, 1924. Hardcover. First, privately printed edition; 10 1/2 x 7; pp. 276; light brown suede over boards; gilt title and vignette to front board; rubbed spots to corners; thin, small cut to head of spine; a few worn spots to fore-edge of boards; illustrated with portrait frontis; overall very good condition. Signed and inscribed by the author on second free leaf. Paul Shoup (1874 - 1946) was President of the Southern Pacific Railroad, founding member of the Stanford University School of Business, and founder of the the City of Los Altos, California. The western stories, included in his current book, were set mostly in mining towns throughout California, Colorado, and Arizona.


Why a Rich Yankee Did Not Settle in California [Signed/Inscribed by William Cubery]

By Awes, Addison [Pseud. of William M. Cubery]

Boston and San Francisco: Cubery and Company, 1900. Hardcover. First edition; 8 1/2 x 6; pp. 115; brown cloth over boards; gilt title; very faint, narrow spot along fore-edge of front board; two small scratches to back board; tips of spine a bit creased; illustrated with b&w plates; very good to near fine condition. Signed and inscribed by the author: "Jeremiah Lynch, from his young friend William M. Cubery." In the 1890s, Addison Awes headed to California from New England - for his wife's health and for his children's education, as he had heard of excellent universities out west. In his book, his only one written, Awes wrote chapters on Yosemite, the railroads, San Francisco, the California millionaires, ranch life, etc. He also clearly expressed his displeasure with "the deplorable condition of one of the grandest states in the Union." He stated that California was full of drunks and corrupt politicians, and he specifically lambasted the California girls, whom he called the 'Sunday Picnic Girls' - "they are immodest, rude, and boisterous, and have a peculiar dare-devil way about them which makes them repulsive to the true gentleman." Needless to say, Californians were not amused and several scathing reviews were published, including one by Bret Harte, in which he wrote: "It was opportune surely though in a somewhat doubtful sense that at this half centennial juncture one should thrust a volume upon the public aiming at the dispraise even the moral arraignment of California. A wise bit of caution has constrained the author to hide his identity under the pseudonym (presumably it is so) of Addison Awes Jr...It lifts the eyebrows a bit to note in the first place the author's admission that the book is published to please some old lady neighbors These dame friends of Addison A Jr and amiable auditors to whom he graciously read his manuscript, were residents of far away Gloucester in Massachusetts by the Atlantic sea, and so had a provincial willingness that California should be thumped and belabored with whatever word-cudgel the author was minded to seise upon." (Bret, H. (1900). A California Jeremiade. Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine, 270-270).


Original Panoramic Photograph of Lake Tahoe

By Bannister, L. H.

Al Tahoe, CA: By the photographer, 1915. Softcover. Silver gelatin photograph, n. d. (ca 1915); 4 ¾ x 14 ¾; removable card stock frame; photo with two minor indents to right margin and a few light spots; very good or better condition. Frame with rubbing to edges and a closed cut to bottom margin. A beautiful panorama of Lake Tahoe, featuring Northeastern view of the water, part of a beach, and the mountains from Al Tahoe – former unincorporated community, now part of South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County. The artist, L. H. Bannister, was a photographer for the Eastman Kodak Company in the 1910s and 1920s.


The Cypress of Monterey. An Historical Sketch

By Guppy, Estella

San Francisco: Sunset Press, 1922. Softcover. First edition; 7 1/2 x 5 1/4; pp. 20; speckled brown wraps, illustrated in green; minor rubbing and creasing to tips of spine and corners; small cut to fore-edge of back wrap; full-page, b & w illustrations by artist Mary DeNeale Morgan; very good condition. Telling the history of the cypress tree in the Monterey region, the book features beautiful illustrations after paintings of noted California artist Mary DeNeale Morgan (1868 - 1948). Named by the editors of "Scribner's Magazine" one of the nation's foremost women artists in 1928, Morgan is greatly revered for her legacy as a painter, teacher, and community organizer.


Historic Old Sacramento

By Various

Sacramento, CA: Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sacramento, 1960. Softcover. First edition, n. d. (ca 1960); 10 x 10; pp. [16]; illustrated, textured wraps; minor wear and creasing to tips of spine and corners; illustrated with drawings and photographs; very good to near fine condition. Documenting the major project of restoring and conserving "Old Sacramento" undertaken by the Redevelopment Agency in the 1960s, the book contains fascinating photographs and drawings of the historic area since its founding in 1839, its history, and the plans for its renovation and preservation.


Arts and Crafts Affairs [Vol. Vi, No. 1]

By Various

S. l. [Berkeley]: California College of Arts and Crafts, 1937. First edition; 9 1/4 x 6; pp. 14; beige wraps printed in black; a bit of age-toning and a small rubbed spot to top edge of back wrap; very good condition. An issue of a magazine, published by a landmark institution in the San Francisco Bay Area and one of the premier fine arts and design schools in the United States, it contains articles and news on events, happenings, and students and members of the faculty. The university was established in 1907 under the name School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts, renamed in 1908 to California School of Arts and Crafts, renamed again in 1936 to California College of Arts and Crafts, and finally in 2003 it received its current name of California College of the Arts. The founder, Frederick Heinrich Wilhelm Meyer (1872 – 1961), was an art educator and one of the most prominent figures in the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Bay Area.


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