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  • A PICTORIAL BOOKLET. San Francisco in Ruins.The Spirit of '06 [cover title].

    San Francisco: Advergraph Press, no date [1906]. 15.5 x 11.3 cm. Grey card covers printed in gilt. 9 leaves printed both sides in a continuous strip folded accordian style, glued into covers. Covers have soft creases, nicks to fore edges, VG. Captioned photos of the aftermath of the Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Book: Very Good, Binding: Card covers

    Book ID: 9338
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  • A SHOOTING STAR by STEGNER, Wallace
    STEGNER, Wallace
    A SHOOTING STAR

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Viking, 1961. Black cloth and blue boards. Light blue topstain sunned; soft crease to head of spine; else fine. Price-clipped jacket has small tanned spot to top margin of rear flap, else fine. A nice copy of this California novel, with the black matte jacket unrubbed, the yellow jacket lettering not sunned.

    Condition: Book: Near Fine, Dust Jacket: Near fine, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 6638
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  • SHAW, Reuben Cole
    ACROSS THE PLAINS IN FORTY-NINE. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife

    Edition: First of this edition

    Chicago: Lakeside Press / R.R. Donnelley, 1948. 16mo, maroon cloth. pp lii, 170, [2] + frontispiece portrait and three other plates, all with tissue guards; map in text; indexed, reproduction of the title page of the original Farmland, Indiana, 1896, edition. Top edges gilt. Fine copy. Lakesides Classics no. 46. California Gold Rush narrative.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 41974
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  • McMinn, Howard E.
    An Illustrated Manual of California Shrubs

    Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, no date. 8th printing, ca 1970s reprint of the 1939 edition. Green cloth. pp (xii), 663. Illustrated, index. Fine in fine jacket. Now out of print. 1.5 kg

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 46770
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  • LEONARD, John
    CRYBABY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. A Novel of Petit Guignol in Long Beach, California.

    Edition: First printing

    London: Macdonald, 1968. Octavo, 308 pp. Black boards.n Light yellowing to page edges, else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has rubbing to head of spine, outer corners, and rear flap fold; VG otherwise, flap price intact. Author's third novel, set in Long Beach, California. This British edition preceded the US edition.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 39267
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  • DEAD HERO by GAULT, William Campbell
    GAULT, William Campbell
    DEAD HERO

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Dutton, 1963. Orange cloth. Small light damp stain to lower outer corner of front cover and to upper inner corner of rear cover; light sunning to spine tips; else near fine. Jacket spine sunned, with tiny chips, nicks, rubbing to spine tips, light rubbing to folds; light soiling to white rear panel; rubbing to front flap fold; good. A crime novel set in Southern California - his last for a 20 year stretch - and featuring ex-L.A. Ram player Brock Callahan, private detective. Gault is an underr ated crime novelist today. See the strong write-up in TWENTIETH CENTURY CRIME AND MYSTERY WRITERS.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 5687
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  • HARTE, Bret
    GABRIEL CONROY: a novel

    Edition: First Canadian edition

    Toronto: Belford Brothers, 1876. Original brown decorate cloth stamped in black and gilt, brown endpapers. pp (ix), (9)-423, Spine has vertical creases and is a bit worn at ends; cloth splits to front hinge reglued; inner hinges cracked but still firm; page edges browned, text paper lightly toned; 1885 ink name of Thomas Conant, Cedar Dale, Ontario, on half-title page; small bookseller ticket of Piddington Bookseller, Toronto. In all, only good externally, VG internally, clean, tight & unworn. BAL 7466. Both US and UK first published in 1876. This Canadian edition doesn't have the Dedication and illustrations found in the US edition, but not in the UK edition either. Thomas Conant was a Canadian author and book collector. Alfred…

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    Toronto: Belford Brothers, 1876. Original brown decorate cloth stamped in black and gilt, brown endpapers. pp (ix), (9)-423, Spine has vertical creases and is a bit worn at ends; cloth splits to front hinge reglued; inner hinges cracked but still firm; page edges browned, text paper lightly toned; 1885 ink name of Thomas Conant, Cedar Dale, Ontario, on half-title page; small bookseller ticket of Piddington Bookseller, Toronto. In all, only good externally, VG internally, clean, tight & unworn. BAL 7466. Both US and UK first published in 1876. This Canadian edition doesn't have the Dedication and illustrations found in the US edition, but not in the UK edition either. Thomas Conant was a Canadian author and book collector. Alfred Piddington (1829-1902), who came to Toronto from Warwickshire in 1858 and founded a large binding and bookselling business, including second hand books. He was an early supplier to the Toronto Public Library. "Bret Harte’s Gabriel Conroy, from a historical point of view, was, in fact, the first representative Californian novel." - Alan Silva.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 43151
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  • ISIDRO. Illustrated by Eric Pape by AUSTIN, Mary
    AUSTIN, Mary
    ISIDRO. Illustrated by Eric Pape

    Edition: Firsr printing

    Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905. Green pictorial cloth stamped in blue and red, gilt lettered. Frontispiece with tissue guard and three other colour plates by Pape, who also designed the binding. Yellowing to page edges, else fine, no owner names. Author's third book and first novel, a California historical novel set around Carmel's Mission San Carlos in the 1830s.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 41157
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  • Lotchin, Roger W., EDITOR
    NARRATIVES OF THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE OF 1906

    Edition: First edition

    Chicago: R. R. Donnelley, 2011. 16mo, green cloth gilt, top edges gilt. pp 308. Index 57 illustrations, some in colour. Lakeside Classics no. 109. Very fine copy. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced, depending upon your location.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 42774
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  • ALLAN A. SCHOENHERR, C. ROBERT FELDMETH and MICHAEL J. EMERSON
    Natural History of the Islands of California

    Edition: First paperback printing

    Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. pp (xii), 491 + colour photos. Line drawing, maps, index. Very soft cover creases at fore edges, else fine, no owner marks. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 47081
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  • HARTE, Bret
    POEMS

    Edition: First Canadian edition

    Toronto: The Canadian News & Publishing Company, 1871. 16mo. Brown cloth decorated in gilt, brown endpapers. viii, (9)-121, (7) pp. + frontispiece and 7 other comic drawings. Book a little leaned; rear inner hinge partially cracked but firm; light damp stains to upper margins of a few plates; spine a bit sunned a near fine, unworn copy otherwise of a scarce edition. BAL 7428. Half-title : "Poems, From 1860 to 1868". Also comes in purple cloth.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 3974
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  • SANTA CATALINA ISLAND

    Los Angeles: M. Rieder, copyright 1905. Oblong format, 8 x 10 inches, green pictorial card covers printed in black, white and gold. [48] pp, stapled. Tanning to margins of covers; creases to lower outer corner of front cover and title leaf; tan soil spots to margin of lower outer corner of first few leaves; two four page gatherings near centre have come loose from the staples, including the double page view of Avalon harbor; light foxing to the title leaf; in all, a good, still respectable copy, no owner names. Captioned photographic views on every page of text, with a map on the last page.The booklet was for sale exclusively by Catalina Novelty Company and H.R. Travilla, Avalon, Catalina…

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    Los Angeles: M. Rieder, copyright 1905. Oblong format, 8 x 10 inches, green pictorial card covers printed in black, white and gold. [48] pp, stapled. Tanning to margins of covers; creases to lower outer corner of front cover and title leaf; tan soil spots to margin of lower outer corner of first few leaves; two four page gatherings near centre have come loose from the staples, including the double page view of Avalon harbor; light foxing to the title leaf; in all, a good, still respectable copy, no owner names. Captioned photographic views on every page of text, with a map on the last page.The booklet was for sale exclusively by Catalina Novelty Company and H.R. Travilla, Avalon, Catalina Island. The booklet is now protected with a plastic wrapper.

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    Condition: Binding: Stapled in wrappers

    Book ID: 21972
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  • FARBER, Thomas
    TALES FOR THE SON OF MY UNBORN CHILD: Berkeley 1966-1960

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Dutton, 1971. Brown cloth. Faint pencil price and soft crease to upper outer corner of front free endpaper, else fine, no owner names. White price-clipped jacket has a few nicks, soft creases, along to edge; spine very lightly yellowed; VG+ otherwise. Author's first book. Farber is a very good writer. His short stories deserve more attention. This book is a memoir

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 42581
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  • WILSON, Edmund
    THE BOYS IN THE BACK ROOM. Notes on California Novelists.

    Edition: First printing

    San Francisco: Colt Press, 1941. In the first binding. Black cloth spine with paper label, pale green decorated boards. Shelf wear along upper and lower edges of boards; small bruises to upper corners of boards; near fine otherwise. Jacket separated along spine fold (internally repaired with archival paper tape); some darkening to spine; uneven darkening to panels; shallow chips along top edge; some rubbing to folds; just good. An edition of 1500 copies (there were also 100 signed copies). Discusses the work of James M. Cain, John O'Hara, Steinbeck, Hans Otto Storm, Saroyan, and Fitzgerald.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 447
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  • HARTE, Francis Bret
    THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP, and Other Sketches.

    Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1870. Second edition. 12mo. Original green cloth, brown endpapers. Spine is darkened, with gilt lettering dull; slight wear to foot of spine; half of the head of the spine cloth is chipped away to a depth of 1/8 inch, and with short tears to head of spine; the front cover is quite spotted from damp and with a few soil spots, lesser spotting to rear cover; contemporary Augusta, Georgia, ink name to front fly leaf; small bookplate to front pastedown; text paper lightly yellowed, with a few scattered soil spots to text margins; a bit leaned; in all just fair externally, but VG internally, inner hinges not cracked, tight in the binding. First published earlier in…

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    Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1870. Second edition. 12mo. Original green cloth, brown endpapers. Spine is darkened, with gilt lettering dull; slight wear to foot of spine; half of the head of the spine cloth is chipped away to a depth of 1/8 inch, and with short tears to head of spine; the front cover is quite spotted from damp and with a few soil spots, lesser spotting to rear cover; contemporary Augusta, Georgia, ink name to front fly leaf; small bookplate to front pastedown; text paper lightly yellowed, with a few scattered soil spots to text margins; a bit leaned; in all just fair externally, but VG internally, inner hinges not cracked, tight in the binding. First published earlier in 1870, this second edition adds one story, "Brown of Calaveras" not contained in the first printing. BAL 7247. Grolier 100 (American before 1900) no. 76. Zamorano 80, number 40. Merle Johnson High Spot. A classic of American literature, containing the famous short stories of the American West "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat".

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 15114
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  • BEDFORD- Jones, H.
    THE MISSION AND THE MAN: the story of San Juan Capistrano. Drawings by June Simonds

    Edition: First edition

    Pasadena, CA: San Pasqual Press, 1939. Octavo, maroon cloth spine and blue buckram sides printed in maroon. pp (12). 40, [4]. Ink ownership inscription inside front cover, else fine in lightly used VG jacket. Not in Watters. Bedford-Jones was born in Canada. This famous Catholic mission in Orange County, California, was founded in 1776 but eventually fell into ruins until the arrival of Father St. John O'Sullivan in 1910, who began its restoration. This book is a short account of the mission and Father O'Sullivan.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 41905
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  • WHITE, Stewart Edward
    THE MOUNTAINS. Illustrated by Fernand Lungrby Nelson Hahne

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Morang, 1904. Octavo, green pictorial cloth stamped in white, beige, and black, top edge gilt. pp [4], (8), 282, [2] + colour frontispiece with tissue guard and 15 b&w plates. Dec., 1904, ink name at front and ink name on second blank at front; yellowing to fore and bottom page edges; spine lightly darkened; else a VG+ bright and tight copy of this handsome book. A fictionalized account of the author's exeriences traveling and camping in the coastal ranges of California and the Sierrra Nevada and the Yosemite Valley. With advice on travel, camping, hunting and fishing. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 42963
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  • THE MYSTERY. Illustrations by Will Crawford by WHITE, Stewart Edward and Samuel Hopkins Adams
    WHITE, Stewart Edward and Samuel Hopkins Adams
    THE MYSTERY. Illustrations by Will Crawford

    Edition: First printing

    New York: McClure, Phillips, 1907. Variant in red ribbed cloth (also comes in green). Colour pictorial cover label by Dan Sayre Groesbeck, spine gilt lettered. pp (viii), 286, [2] + frontispiece with tissue guard and 15 other excellent plates. Yellowing to page edges, small soft bump to lower outer corner of front cover; in all, a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names. Hubin II p 424. Bleiler 1978 p. 207 (inventions), Reginald 00053 "About the ghost ship, Marie Celeste. Takes place on a desert island in the South Pacific, and in San Francisco." - Baird and Greenwood, California Fiction, 2589. A fantasy involving pirates.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 42951
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  • KYNE, Peter B.
    THE PARSON OF PANAMINT and other stories

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Copp Clark, no date. Presumed first Canadian issue, ca. 1929 or 1930, printed from plates of the 1929 US edition. No copies on AMICUS with a title page date. Octavo, green cloth lettered and bordered in black. pp (10), 387, (3). Fine, bright copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has light rubbing to very lightly darkened spine, a few nicks, crease and one inch tear at top of rear panel, near fine otherwise, very attractive. 10 short stories about a Califonia mining town not far from San Francisco. Dust jacket flaps advertise a 1928 book at front and a 1927 book at rear. Basis of a 1941 film.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 39621
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  • HARTE, Bret
    THE POETICAL WORKS

    London: Routledge, no date. Ca. 1890s reprint. Terra cotta cloth, black on grey endpaper ads. (viii), 248 pp. Sept., 1893, ink name to top margin of title page, minor rubbing to the spine imprint, else a fine, bright copy. Number 9 in the publisher's Poets for the People series. Ads at front for the first 50 titles in the series, which incorporated The Excelsior Series. First Routledge edition was in 1872.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 13553
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