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    Kentucky miners fight by Gannes, Harry

    New York: Workers International Relief, 1932. Pamphlet. 31p., staplebound pamphlet, very good condition, 5x6.5 inches. Back cover depicts a man with a machine gun, captioned "This is what the Kentucky miners are facing in their fight for bread. You must help them..." Small rubberstamp of the Workers Book Shop in Grand Rapids. "An account of the struggle of the coal miners in Harlan and Bell counties in eastern Kentucky. The story of the strike there, the activity of the National Miners Union, and the violence against strikers and against the Workers' International Relief food kitchens are told in this appeal for help." *Seidman G13.


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    An Empire of Silver by Brown, Robert L

    (Denver, Sundance Publications, 1984). First Edition. Quarto. 224pp. An illustrated history of mining in the San Juans of the Rocky Mountains. Includes photographs of Telluride, Ouray and others including one of Alfred Packer the noted cannibal. Bound in pictorial paper covered boards, backed in silver paper lettered in black. Previous owner's bookplate.


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    St. Clair, a nineteenth-century coal town's experience with a disaster-prone industry. With maps and technical drawings by Robert Howard by Wallace, Anthony F.C

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987. xvii, 519p., maps, illus., dj. Pennsylania town.


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    $95.00

    Central Arizona Ghost Towns by Spude, Robrt L., Stanley W. Paher and Roy Purcell

    Las Vegas, NV; (1978): Nevada Publications. First Edition. Quarto. First printing of this deluxe limited edition, limited to 100 copies signed by Robert L. Spade, Stanley W. Paher and artist Roy E, Purcel, with his original etching of "the mule packers" , also limited and signed. Both items are number 3. The history of the lost or forgotten ghost towns in Arizona, most were mining camps. The book is illustrated with many early photographs of mines, the towns, people. The towns are listed alphabetically. A very nice copy bound in 1/4 light brown cloth over pictorial gilt paper covered bards, spine lettering gilt, in publisher's slipcase. Very nice.


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    The Story of De Beers : With Some Notes on the Company's Financial, Farming, Railway and Industrial Activities in Africa, and some Introductory Chapters on the River Diggings and Early Kimberley by Chilvers, Hedley A ; Oppenheimer, Sir Ernest (foreword)

    Cassell and Company., Ltd, 1939. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fair/Poor. 344 pages (complete). A generous book. The front paste-down has a presentation card affixed: "To Mr A H Stander. A token of appreciation and good wishes from the Diamond Fields Branch of the S.A.T.A. Kimberley 23rd March .40". The dustjacket is much worn, tanned and scuffed all about. It is enclosed in a clear cellophane protective cover. It is intact and secure. The cloth cover has wear to the spine. Within, the sepia pages and photogravures are clean and clear, competent and certain, comfortable and content. A pleasing, well-kept copy. fk


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    $55.00

    Treasure Hill, Portrait of a Silver Mining Camp by Jackson, W. Turrentine

    Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1963. First Edition. Octavo. 254pp., index. B&W maps and newspaper facsimiles. " In 1868 in eastern Nevada, on the crest of a 9,000-foot elevation, the discovery of rich silver ore raised the curtain on a drama of human energy which closed in a setting of ghost towns twenty years later. With it closed another chapter in the world-wide migration of 19th-century British capital which was poured into Treasure Hill by the millions until failure inevitably loomed." Bound in dark blue cloth, spine lettering silver, Near fine in very good unclipped pictorial dust jacket wth fading to spine.


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    Northern Pacific Tour: From the Lakes & Mississippi River to the Pacific Including Puget Sound & Alaska by Riley, W.C

    St. Paul; nd (ca.1900): W.C. Riley. . 29 pages. Expanded and revised after W.C. Riley took over the Northern Pacific and controlled the publication of this edition to include a number of Alaska images from Sitka, Juneau, Fort Wrangle to reflect the Yukon Gold Rush and others. There are also images from Butte Montana on mining, and birds-eye photograph of Spokane Falls, Washington Territory. Bound in 1/4 black cloth (old cloth tape repair) over maroon decorative cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, edges rubbed. Very nice illustrations.


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    Trail to the North Star, a Sequel to "Black Sand and Gold". True Story of the Alaska-Klondike Gold Rush by Martinsen, Ella Lung

    Portland, Maine: Metropolitan Press, 1969. First Edition. Octavo. 359 pp. Photographic illustrations. The story of author's parents, Edward B. and Velma D. Lung, who kept diaries and wrote memoirs of their quest for gold while raising three children in a primitive cabin near Dawson City on the Yukon River. Author was the first white child born at Dominion Creek. A true adventure story. Bound in gray cloth lettered in purple, spine lettering purple, previous owner's name, Purple stamp on front free endpaper "Dawson City Yukon Canada" very good copy in clipped pictorial dust jacket with rubbing along the edges and wear to spine ends.


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    Association of Mine Managers of South Africa : Papers and Discussions 1978-1979

    The Chamber of Mines of South Africa, 1981. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 460 pages (complete). A neat and tidy copy. The boards are healthy and smart. The contents are clean, clear, diligent and very competent. A most pleasing copy. fk


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    Golden Treasures of the San Juan (Inscribed By Temple H. Cornelius) by Marshall, John B. And Temple H. Cornelius

    Denver; (1961): Sage. 235p. This is a book about lost mines and hidden treasures in the San Juan region. There are seventeen stories and forty-four illustrations, mostly photographs and maps. Cornelius was one of the old timers who knew those who were there when gold was discovered in 1860. He remembered the accounts of the Indians, Mexicans, miners and the harsh penalties of the miners courts and vigilance committees. Much of what was called "lost treasure" was, in fact, stolen treasure. The photographs here help show the difficult terrain where gold made a few men rich leaving others with vast disappointments. From Turkey Head, Molas Lake, Engineer Mountain to the place where the Baker Brothers seam existed these photographs show areas not shown in previous books. In the one of the Needle Mountains, the ear of Cornelius' burro's shows the Carson Mine. Bound beige paper covered boards lettered in dark brown, just a hint of toning to edges in unclipped pictorial dust jacket rubbed with some fading to spine.


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    A Student Reverie An Album of Saxony Days (Freiberg Near Dresden) by Corning, Frederick Gleason

    NY: Frederick Gleason Corning. Good. 1920. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Top board embossed lower right: "J. Parke Channing", presumably his copy. Maroon cloth, gilt. foxing outer leaves, sound and square. Recollections of Freiburg the City, the Freiburg Mines, Freiburg Royal Mining Academy. Many b/w plates, portraits, one shaken. Top edge gilt. ; B&W Photographs; 4to ; 98 pages .


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    Growing Up in Chisholm on the Mesabi Iron Range by Kosiak, Michael (Mike)

    (North Star Press, St. Cloud, MN. 2005). First Edition. Octavo. xiii, 235 pages. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page. The author who passed away in 2012, was born and raised in Chisholm became a navigator on a B-24 bomber in World War II and after the war entered the University of Minnesota where he graduated from both the college and medical school. He describes what life was like in small iron-mining town in northern Minnesota where the education was unique with more than 50% of the population was foreign born. He describes the effects both of the Great Depression and World War II. Since working on the Iron Range was the main job for everyone, the locals called themselves "Rangers". Since this book was issued in a small print run it is relatively uncommon.


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    Mining Engineers & the American West: The Lace-Boot Brigade, 1849-1933 by Spence, Clark C

    New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1970. Beautiful, gift-quality copy, with owner's book plate inside front cover. Title page inscribed by author, else textblock and binding immaculate and tight, lightly edge-rubbed. Dust jacket lightly edge and corner rubbed. 407p., including index.. Inscribed By Author. First Edition. Yellow Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine (in mylar). Illus. by Black and White Photos. 8vo - Over 7 3/4" -9 3/4 " Tall. Hardcover.


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    Souvenir of Graham County, Arizona: A Collection of 138 Graham County Views by Segal, A.N

    Rochester, New York, nd. (ca.1900): Vredenburg & Co. Oblong Quarto. 100 leaves, all illustrations (138 images). This work which is the largest early photographic editon of Graham County and includes photographs of smelters, factories, copper mining, drug stores, railroad stations, landscapes, libraries, small businesses as well as school buildings. While more than half are devoted to mining, it has many pictures of locations in Graham County which have appeared nowhere else. Two smaller editions were done by newspaper publishes with 30 to 50 pages with mostly text. Here the printing was done by the Electric City Engraving Company of Buffalo which had pioneered Illustrated with half tones by Simon Werner. As is the case with the earliest Arizona Territorial Books, the printing processes for better illustrations were either done in San Francisco or in New York. Bound in brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Inner hinges cracked but holding quite well, lacks rear free endpapers. Rare in very good condition, most copies with serious defects and often missing plates.


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    Tin: Describing the Chief Methods of Mining, Dressing & Smelting it Abroad with Notes Upon Arsenic, Bismuth and Wolfram by Charleton, Arthur G

    London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1884. Octavo. xi, 83 pages with extensive plans (some folded, part double). The reason this became the major book on mining tin, Charleton's drawings were carefully laid down to scale after he had made original sketches. Since most of the serious mining of tin was done in Bohemia and Saxony in the Ore Mountains where metals had been retrieved back to the Bronze Age, he went to those locations and made deliberate notes about their innovations. The relative scarcity and importance of tin makes the process essential. This work changed the English conception and influenced the British search for tin sources throughout their extensive empire. Bound in brown cloth lettered i gilt, spine lettering gilt, chip to head, edges rubbed, previous owner's bookplate. A very good copy.


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    Western Mining, An Informal Account of Precious-Metals Prospecting, Placering, Lode Mining, an Milling on the American Frontier From Spanish Times to 1893 by Young, Otis E., Jr., With Technical Assistance By Robert Lenon

    Norman, OK; (1970): The University of Oklahoma Press. First Edition. Octavo. Inscribed by the author prior to public sale release dated Dec. 26, 1970. 342pp. Illustrated. The author describes the early days of Spanish and Indian mining and the wild era inaugurated by the American prospector who rushed west to get rich quick. Bound in brown pictorial cloth stamped in black, spine lettering gilt and black, tape mend to underside of jacket. A fine bright copy in very good unclipped pictorial dust jacket with small closed edge tear to rear panel.


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    The miners did it! Introduction by Gus Hall by Shields, Art

    New York: Political Affairs Publishers, 1974. Pamphlet. 19p., wraps. Reprinted from the April 1974 Political Affairs.


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    Coal and Unionism, a History of the American Coal miners' Unions by McDonald, David J. And Edward A. Lynch

    (Lynald Books. Cornelius Printing Co., Silver Spring, Maryland, 1939). First Edition. Octavo. 226pp.,(1)pp. bibliography and (1)pp. miner's wages, Inscribed "Richard Lamb, who wrote a better review, than I did a book." David McDonald.This is the story of the United Mine Workers Union which began in 1890 through the gold anniversary in 1940. It gives the highlights of this period, and of the major milestones which dot the path of this union through a half-century of vigorous American history. Bound in blue cloth lettered in gilt, spine lettering gilt. A very good copy in pictorial dust jacket which lacks its front flap, chipping and creasing to front and rear panels.


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    Organized labor; its problems, purposes and ideals and the present and future of American wage earners by Mitchell, John

    Philadelphia: American Book and Bible House, 1903. xii, 436p., front., illus., rebound in dark red buckram, ex library. Mitchell was international president of the UMWA from 1899 to 1908.


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    Comstock Mining and Miners by Lord, Eliot

    Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. Quarto. xiv, 451 pages, three maps (two large folding), It is from this book we learn that the miners in the Gold Hill District created their own political sub-parties to protect their interest and wrote there would be no banking schemes (which in past cases and caused major frauds on miners in the west). It was not unusual in the long section on the Gold Hill area (132-180) for miners to stake claims and move stakes for a slightly better advantage. The lawlessness and the opportunity for the larger concerns to move in and take control became the rule. Bound in full calf, red and black contrasting spine labels gilt, joints a bit tender, tap to foot of spine, corners worn, front blank nearly detached, internally clean.


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    Fires in Collieries and Gold Mines : papers presented at two symposia on mine fires held on 10th March and 21st April, 1977

    The Chamber of Mines of South Africa, 1979. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. boards are a bit shelf rubbed. light marks. no inscriptions. well bound. good copy.[S.K]


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    Mining of Gold Ores in California by Hammond, John Hays

    Sacramento, CA: State Mineraologist of California, 1890. Octavo. 32 pages. No copies recorded on OCLC. John Hays Hammond had earlier written on Milling in the Gold Mines. This item appeared in the 10th annual report of the State Mineralogist. Hammond was a mining engineer and businessman who upon completing his studies at Yale studied in Germany at the Royal School of Mines and became a major mining consulting engineer and mine value. Beginning in 1880 he gave most of his attention to the gold fields in California and became the Consulting Engineer for the Empire and North Star Mines in Grass Valley. The then was sought after by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco and began working as a consultant for the Southern Pacific Railroad. His later report was on the auriferous gravels of California and the current item. Copies were essential for existing mines and very few ended up in the public domain. Hammond soon became the major engineer for mining in South Africa which led to deep mining and the incredible wealth of that country. Bound in original wrappers printed ib black, corners chipped, some chipping along upper edge and spine. A very good copy of this scarce publication.


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    Gold Metallurgy On The Witwatersrand by King, A

    Transvaal Chamber Of Mines, 1949. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. Boards are worn and marked.Previous ownership inscription.Tanning.Excellent binding.[R.K]


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    The Assayer's Manual, an Abridged Treatise on the Docimastic Examination of Ores, and Furnace and Other Artificial Products, Illustrated By Eighty-Seven Engravings by Kerl, Bruno; William T. Brannt; F. Lynwood Garrison

    Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, 1889. Octavo. 2nd American Edition. translated from the German by William T. Brannt, edited with extensive additions by F. Lynwood Garrison. xx, 354 pages, index, bibliography. Illustrated with87 engravings. expanded from the smaller 1883 edition. These were the advances beginning to be used in the expansion of American mining. The 31 page catalogue of Baird books on science and technology also gives a glimpse into the growing technology at the end of the 19th century. Bound in publisher's dark brown embossed cloth, decorative endpapers, some chipping to corners and spine. A very good copy without foxing, name stamp of J. Hoar, school of mines, Adelaide, S. [A]ustralia.


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    Engine House Assessment. Minerals Tramways Project. An Historical, Architectural and Structural Assessment of Surviving Engine Houses and Arsenic Calciners in the Minerals Tramways Project Area, Cornwall by Sharpe, Alan; Lewis, Rose; Chris Massie and Partners

    Truro: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. A little corner creasing. 1991. First Edition. Illustrated laminated card cover. 300mm x 210mm (12" x 8"). 200pp. Line drawings. .


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