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An Historical Account of the Incorporated Society for the Propogation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts...
Humphreys, David, D.D.
London Joseph Downing 1730 xxxi, 356pp, 2 folding maps. Full leather, hinges expertly reinforced. Pages slightly browned, maps bright. The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts was an Anglican missionary created in 1701 to restore spirituality to the church in America. The labors of the society embraced the British colonies from the Carolinas to New England. This volume was compiled from papers transmitted to the Society by Governors of colonies, religious congregations, missionaries, or persons of note abroad. It contains accounts of Yamassee and Tuscaraora wars in Carolina, the New York slave insurrections of 1712, the Four Indian Kings who traveled to England, and a 1715 New York edition of a Mohawk prayer book. The maps are important. They are A Map of the Province of Carolina Divided into its Parishes &c. and A Map of New England. New York, New Jersey and Pensilvania (sic). Both are by Herman Moll, approximately 14 by 15 inches, and are dated 1730. Sabin 33801, Siebert Sale 141 (where it realized $3,185), Howes H795.

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The Wonders of the Yosemite Valley and of California
Kneeland, Samuel
Boston: Alexander Moore, 1872. "Third edition, revised and enlarged." 97pp, 10 original photos tipped onto individual pages with tissue guards. Original embossed boards with gilt title, aeg. Pages slightly browned, gift insc on ffep, extremities slightly rubbed, else a very good copy. According to Currey and Kruska this is, "...one of the better early guide books to the Yosemite region. It is an especially attractive book due to the inclusion of an excellent series of mounted photographic images... Kneeland made every effort to obtain current and accurate information and each of the later editions of the guide incorporates new material." Among other experts, the book quotes John Muir at length, and the bibliographers hint that the photos might be images by Edward Muybridge. Currey & Kruska Bibliography of Yosemite 225.

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History of Nevada with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Thompson & West
Oakland: Thompson & West, 1881. 680pp, illus. Rebound in quarter leather, it appears that the rebinder attempted to stain the edges, the effect being uneven with slight bleeding, one page with an old tape repair, another with a couple of places of lost paper not effecting the text, overall a very good copy. Stanley Paher says, "This classic work is the most used and quoted history of any ever issued of the state. It is likely to remain forever the all time Nevada book, for nothing issued since compares to its exhaustive coverage. There is very little worth knowing about Nevada before 1881 that cannot be found in this first statewide Nevada history" Not much I can add to that other than to point out the many engraved portraits of prominent Nevadans and lithographic views of buildings, farms and scenes throughout the state. Paher 27, Howes A273 "b."

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Three Years' Hunting and Trapping in America and the Great North-West.
Turner-Turner, J.
London: Maclure & Co.; 1888. viii, 182pp, advts, 2 maps, illus. Bright, near fine copy in a plain dust jacket with a fabulous cover illustration beneath. Turner-Turner was an English big game hunter. After some American adventures he and his wife determined to settle on Vancouver Island. A side trip to Metlakatla Pass provided chances for trapping and observing Indian life up the Skeena River. Excellent drawings of Indian artifacts add to an interesting account of west coast and Rocky Mountain settlements. A porting classic in remarkable condition. Lande 1490.

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Tour from the City of New-York to Detriot in the Michigan Territory Made Between the 2nd of May and the 22nd of September, 1818.
Darby, William
NY: Kirk & Mercein, 1819. 228pp, lxiii, index, 3 folding maps (only one in some copies). Rebound in quarter leather, moderate foxing, else very good. In a series of letters, William Darby (1775-1854), who describes himself as a member of the New-York Historical Society, chronicles his journey up the Hudson, across New York to Ogdensburg and Sackett's Harbor (on Lake Ontario), and on to Buffalo and Detroit. Along the way, he spends time in Rhinebeck, Utica, Geneva, Niagara Falls, and other points of scenic or economic interest. He also discusses the St. Lawrence River and its commercial traffic at length, analyzing development on both shores and comparing the United States's and Canada's growth. Darby made the trip across Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit on the schooner Zephyr, stopping at such towns as Dunkirk, Cleveland, and Sandusky. His return trip to New York took him back along the American shore of Lake Erie to Buffalo and Albany (by way of Auburn, the Finger Lakes, and Schenectady). Appended to these letters are "general remarks" (which include excerpts of a speech by Governor Clinton to the New York State Legislature), a description of Ballston Spa, and a letter Darby received about the not-yet-opened Erie Canal. Darby tells us primarily about the geology and natural features of the areas he visits as well as their current and future economic prospects. He provides some demographic information and occasionally mentions local accommodations with brief remarks upon remarkable events and characters giving interest to different places. Darby was a peripatetic traveler and prolific writer; a geographer who participated in surveys of the United States boundaries with both Texas and Canada. Howes D66.

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Cache la Poudre
Myrick, Herbert
NY: Orange Judd Company 1905. 202pp, illus. Some of the tipped in illustrations have their corners creased, else very good. This the limited edition, one of 500 bound in "Indian Smoke tanned buckskin" with a fringe. The illustrations are by Schreyvogel, Deming and Fangel along with many documentary photographs. The text combines fiction with history; many of the photos are of real characters of the old west and cowboy life. There is much on Custer, and while fictional, Dustin comments "...there is a realism that does not offend." Dykes nominates it as a High Spot of Western Illustration (#36). The fringed leather binding is unusual and attractive. Herd 1596 "rare", Dustin 476, Howes M935.

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Fort Thornburgh, Utah.
(Military)
Washington: U.S. House of Representatives, 1882. 47th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 90. 3pp, 27 folding sheets of architectural plans. Removed from the Serial Set and bound in cloth. Some edge chipping to the text and fold separations on the sheets, overall very good. The history of Fort Thornburgh began with the removal of the Ute Indians in Colorado to Utah following the hostilities of 1879. Secretary of War Robert T. Lincoln decided to construct a fort to hold the Utes on the reservation and to quiet any potential hostilities between the Indians and the white population. A final site for the site was selected in the spring of 1882 about 6.5 miles northwest of present day Vernal, Utah. Secretary of War Lincoln proposed an elaborate $84,000 fort consisting of thirty-two brick and frame buildings to house two companies of cavalry and two of infantry. This document is the proposal with elevations, sections, foundation plans, and floor plans for the major buildings, the largest 22 by 18 inches, most smaller. Plans include the post headquarters, officers' quarters, guard house, stables, and many more. The active army seems to have been unimpressed by the proposal. Gen. W. T. Sherman commented in his letter of transmittal, "The necessity for this post was forced on the War Department by the removal of the Utes from Colorado to Utah, but as this is their last ditch, the present Fort Thornburgh will have some chance of permanency. At all events, troops must be maintained there or thereabouts, and cannot exist without shelter." Sherman was wrong about permanency. Congress appropriated but $1,500 for the fort in 1883 and what there was of Fort Thornburgh was officially abandoned sometime during the winter of 1883 or spring of 1884. What remains is this interesting presentation of military architecture never realized.

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Dakota Land or the Beauty of St. Paul.
Hankins, Col.
New York: Hankins & Son, Publishers, 1868. First edition. 460pp, [xxiv] advts, illus, folding map. Original printed boards. Some soil and wear to extremities with minor loss of cloth on the spine. Binding sound, internally clean, AEG. A conglomeration of local history, fact and fancy, dreams and revelations, and word pictures of the area. Despite the inventions, the book has value to the historian in its contemporary descriptions of the city and of Minnesota during the 1860's. The folding map (13 by 17 inches) titled Map of the Great North West is by Colton and shows all of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, along with much of Iowa and the eastern portion of a single Dakota. It is not present in all issues. Handcolored. There is a short tear at the gutter and a couple of misfolds, but is bright and crisp.

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Wisconsin and Its Resources; With Lake Superior, its Commerce and Navigation.
Ritchie, James S.
Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1857. First edition.312pp, illus, 2 folding maps, [xii advts]. Original embossed cloth. Light edgewear, minor foxing, remarkably near fine with the gilt spine title and cover emblem still bright. This is the scarce first edition of an emigrant guide to Wisconsin, then only nine years a state. There are chapters on early history, agriculture, geology, lumber, principal towns, counties, land grants and public lands, and more. A ninety page section describes the environs of Lake Superior including mineral resources, principal towns and a tour around the lake. The folding maps (being A New Map of the State of Wisconsin, 16 x 13 inches; and Map of Lake Superior with its Rail Road & Steamboat Connection, 8 x 10 ) both by Desilver have some misfolds along the gutter edge but are otherwise bright and crisp, just like the rest of the book.

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Minnesota and Dacotah: Letters descriptive of a Tour through the North-West, in the Autumn of 1856...
Andres, C. C.
Washington: Robert Farnham, 1857. First edition. 215pp. (Howes calls for a map, but I can find no record of a copy with a map and John Jenkins in a catalog states that he has never seen one thus.) Original embossed cloth, some external wear with minor loss at the top of the spine, library stamp on title page, slightly cocked, withal a very good copy. This is Andrews' account of his travels in a series of letters. He describes the scenery, settlers, Native Americans, and potential of the region. A lawyer himself, he has an entire chapter on the bar of Minnesota and "chances for lawyers in the West." A short concluding chapter deals with "The Proposed New Territory of Dacatoah." Howes A253.

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The Great Lakes or Inland Seas of America...
Disturnell, J.
New York: Charles Scribner, 1863. 192pp, illus, folding map. Original boards, some rubbing and internal browning. The binding is tight and the folding map crisp. The subtitle reads in its entirety (deep breath), "Embracing a full description of Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie, and Ontario; Rivers St. Mary, St. Clair, Detroit, Niagara, and St. Lawrence, Lake Winnipeg, etc.: together with the commerce of the lakes, and trips through the lakes: giving a description of cities, towns, etc. forming altogether a complete guide for the pleasure traveler and emigrant." A tall order, to be sure, but this little book does a pretty good job of providing information on the lakes and surrounding features. The large folding map shows (13.5 x 25 inches) much of the northeastern U.S. and upper Midwest, and the final twenty-nine pages of advertising offers many options for transportation and lodging. An interesting regional guide.

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A Kansas Hell, or Life in the Kansas Penitentiary.
Reynolds, John H.
Atchison, KS: 1889. frontis, 255pp. Spine lightly faded, slightly cocked, previous owner's name on front ffep, possibly original owner, dated 1889 and original bookstore stamp on fpd, else a very good copy. Reynolds spent sixteen months in residence at the Kansas State Penitentiary for fraud and this is his account. Included are several sketches of fellow inmates and guards, as well as the sufferings of hard labor. A scarce item. Adams missed it in Six-Guns and Saddle Leather (although he does list Reynolds' second book on prison life), it appears in none of the usual bibliographies, and the Eberstadts never offered it.

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Edward's Great West and Her Commerical Metropolis...History of St. Louis...
Edwards, Richard and M. Hopewell, M.D.
NY: Edward's Monthly, 1860 [53]-604pp, illus. Full leather with decorative gilt embossing. Expertly recased with original boards and spine, new endpapers, aeg. There is a presentation from Edwards to the Governor of Missouri dated Dec. 24, 1860. A history centering on St. Louis, but with much on the fur trade, early days in the west, Indian fights, the commercial development of St. Louis, and many biographies of prominent citizens. The full page engravings offer bird's eye views of several western cities including Pittsburgh, Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. Certainly one of the more decorative bindings we have had. It is full red leather with much gilt decoration still bright, all edges gilt, and a silver hasp. Howes E69.

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Indian and White in the Northwest; or, A History of Catholicity in Montana.
Palladino, L.B.
Baltimore: John Murphy & Company, 1894. 1st edition. xxv, 411pp, illus, folding map. Hardcover in original half leather and marbled paper on boards. Repair to top of spine, hinges strengthened, library stamp on tp, prev. owners' names, else clean and very good. History of the missions among the Blackfeet, Piagans, Cheyennes and Crow. Also information on early white settlement in the region. Howes P40.

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Life in the New World.
Postl, Karl
NY: New World Press, 1844. 2nd edition hardcover, original half leather and marbled paper over boards. Extremities worn, interior foxed. Binding tight, a good copy. Postl (1793-1864 who wrote as Charles Sealsfield) was a German monk who fled his order and traveled extensively in the southwest before returning to Europe where he lived quietly until his death. He wrote several short novels with American settings. Five are included here. One of note is The Squatter Chief; or, The First American in Texas (pp. 269-349). It ranks among the first pieces of fiction set in the Republic, and has the advantage of being written by one who had actually been there. The other novels are set in other locales in America. Howes P504, Streeter Texas 1532A.

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The American Beaver and His Works
Morgan, Lewis H.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1868. 330pp, illus, folding map. Inscribed by the author. Original cloth, spine faded with minor loss at the top and bottom, internally clean and very good. With the possible exception of Mickey Mouse, the beaver is the most important rodent in American history. In the early and mid-nineteenth century, the search for beaver was practically synonymous with the exploration of North America. This is the first full scale work on the animal, including even a chapter on beaver psychology. Howes M802.

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The Cabin Book: or, National Characteristics.
Sealsfield, Charles
London: Ingram, Cooke, & Co., 1852. [vi], 296, [iv]pp, illus. First UK edition, some browning, boards worn, else good hardcover. Howes P502.

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Idaho; A Guide in Word and Picture.
WPA Federal Writers' Project
Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, Limited, 1937. Second printing. 436pp, illus, maps (3 folding in text, one large folding map in back pocket). Spine faded, front board somewhat rubbed effecting the decorative printing, internally very good. Idaho produced the first state guide under the direction of the Federal Writers' Project, a branch of the Depression era Works Progress Administration. The first printing sold out almost immediately, and this second printing was issued the same year as the first with a few changes, a couple significant. Except for two or three chapters, the guide was entirely the work of novelist Vardis Fisher. The first printing made no mention of him; in this printing his name appears on the title page and following the foreword (making it the preferable edition for Fisher collectors). Also, the first printing lacked the large folding highway map included with the second. It is often missing, but is present here in a bright and crisp copy. Scarce in either printing. Howes F153.

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Tour on the Prairies.
Irving, Washington
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea &: Blanchard, 1835. 274pp, [12 advts]. Rebound in brown leather w/marbled end papers, fine. First American edition. Irving and his nephew accompanied Indian Commissioner Henry L Ellsworth on a tour of the southern Great Plains in 1833. This is his account of the journey. Irving has been accused of romanticizing the west, and in this little book he misses the great changes thta were taking place in facor of describing the scenery and the colorful characters he saw. Still, he was reporting on a region that was new to him and to most Americans.

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Miscellany: Consisting of Essays, Biographic Sketches, and Notes of Travel.
Morris, T.A.
Cincinnati: L. Swormstedt & A. Poe, 1854. Later printing. Frontis, 390pp. Original stamped boards. Spine faded, cloth at top of spine chipped, owner's name on front pastedown, minor foxing. Morris was an itinerant Methodist preacher, and most of this is his account in the form of letters of travels from 1826 to 1849. Of interest is his journey from Missouri to Austin, Texas 1841-2 and an 1844 trip to Tahlequah. Howes M832, Clark III 214, Graff 2902.

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La Cause Perdue, Histoire de la Guerre des Confederes; D-apres des Rapports Officels et des Documents Authentiques.
Pollard, Edward A.
New Orleans Publiee par la Renaissance Louisianaise, 1867. 420pp, 8 plates, 1 (of 3) maps. Recent cloth binding. Foxed and browned throughout, some sections very much so. Plates dampstained. Text complete and legible. This translation of Pollard's The Lost Cause was done for the French speaking residents of Louisiana, and the poor quality paper is probably a result of the shortage of resources immediately after the war. Published in English in 1866, Nevins notes that Pollard was the first to narrate the history of the Civil War from the south's point of view. A flawed copy, but scarce. Howes P455.

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The Great West and Pacific Coast...
Rusling, James F.
NY: Sheldon & Company, 1877. Later edition, with the addition of an index. 515pp, illus, folding map. Original printed boards. Extremities worn, internally clean and very good. In 1866 Rusling, a brevet Brigadier-General, was commanded to conduct a rigorous inspection of Army posts in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Arizona Territory. In carrying this out he logged some 15,000 miles managing to include Utah, Colorado and New Mexico in his travels as well. This is his popular account, very different from the dilettante travelers through the west. Rusling devotes two chapters to the Mormons. In New Mexico he met Kit Carson (Whom he considers the best friend the Indians ever had) and William Tecumseh Sherman who through that the country should sell the Territory back to Mexico and lend them the money to do it. Flake 7453, Paher 1078, Herd 1964.

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A History: Greeley and the Union Colony of Colorado.
Boyd, David
Greeley, CO: The Greeley Tribune Press, 1890. 448pp, illus, errata slip. Original boards. Light scraping to boards, owner's bookplate, else near fine. Laid in is a clipped signature of David Boyd and a letter of transmittal from his son, a gravure image of Boyd, and a couple of more or less relevant newspaper clippings. The Union Colony of Colorado (also called the Greeley Colony and The Union Temperance Colony) was a joint stock company formed to promote agricultural settlement in the South Platte River valley in the Colorado Territory. Organized in October 1869 by Nathan Meeker in order to establish a religiously-oriented utopian community of "high moral standards," the colony was founded the following year at present-day Greeley, Colorado, which was established by the colony in March 1870. It was financed and promoted by New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley, a prominent advocate of settlement of the American West. The colony greatly advanced homesteading and irrigation usage in northern Colorado, demonstrating the viability of cultivation at a time when agriculture was emerging as a rival of mining as the basis for the territorial economy. The company eventually dissolved (although Greeley remained dry until 1972) and the town became a routinely prosperous agricultural town. This is a detailed history of the experiment by one of the participants. Herd 296, Henkle 1220.

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Souvenir Pictorial History of Local Union No. 104 San Francisco, California.
(California)
San Francisco: Executive Board of Local No. 104, (1910). 121pp, illus. Printed boards. Minor wear and staining, else very good. Local 104 was a sheet metal workers' union, and this was issued in commemoration of its twenty fifth year. The pictures consist mostly of mug shots of officers and a few of union halls. The text consists of a history of the union, laudatory descriptions of member businesses, and the organization's by-laws.

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On the Frontier; Reminiscences of Wild Sports, Personal Adventure, and Strange Scenes.
Campion, J.S.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1878. Second edition (having the same date and collation as the first, ex-library stamps on half title and title pages, rebound in tan cloth with gilt titles and new endpapers, very good. Campion was an English gentleman and this is his account of a sporting trip across Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Arizona in the early 1870's. In addition to doing much hunting, the party encountered Ute, Cheyenne and Mojave Indians and there are several chapters on the Apache. Howes C105.

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Preliminary Report on the Geology and Agriculture of the State of Mississippi.
Harper, L.
Jackson, MS: E. Barksdale, 1857. 350pp, folding map plus 4 single page, hand colored county maps, plates and illus. Original stamped boards, some foxing and a the map and some of the plates are quite browned. Minor loss along one edge of the map. Overall, tight and very good. Covers economic geology (i.e., the value of various deposits) in addition to descriptive geology with some discussion of agriculture. The geological map of the state (14 by 9 inches) is hand colored.

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La Breche aux Buffles.
Mandat-Grancey, Le Baron E. de
Paris: Librairie Plon, 1889. xvi, 292pp, illus. 1st edition. Some rubbing, interior very good. Adams states this was originally published in wrappers; this copy is in contemporary cloth and paper covered boards. The Baron, an ardent French monarchist, sportsman, and horse fancier, settled near Buffalo Gap on the Fleur de Lis ranch in 1884. His book deals with the Black Hills, and with Black Hills characters. He apparently was fed some pretty tall tales by the locals, and Adams says some of his outlaw stories are frankly ridiculous. In French. 6 Guns 1437, Herd 1436, Howes M245, Jennewein 156

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Minnesota and the Far West.
Oliphant, Laurence
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1855. xiii, 306, 16pp, illus, folding map. Rebound in utilitarian brown cloth, bottom corner of text block bumped, clean and very good. Presentation copy inscribed by the author. Oliphant was briefly Superintendent General of Indian Affairs in Canada and made a tour of the northwestern frontier as part of his official duties. The folding map (Map of the North-Western Provinces of America Including Minnesota, 8 x 10 inches) describes his route from Toronto across Lakes Huron and Superior, into Minnesota to the headwaters of the Mississippi, down that river and across Illinois and Michigan toward home. His observations are colorful and insightful with much on the fur trade on the frontier and on the various Indian tribes he encountered. Howes O64.

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The Pacific Tourist; Williams' Illustrated Trans-Continental Guide of Travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean
Williams, Henry T., ed
NY Henry T. Williams, Publisher, 1879 [3], 342, [6]pp, illus. Original stamped boards, quite a bit of fading to the spine and edges, else a good copy. Williams produced on of the most detailed travel guides of the route of the Central and Union Pacific Railroads from Omaha to San Francisco. It includes the usual station to station description of stops on the line as well as greater and lesser articles on major cities, significant sites and side trips. There are many engravings, several by Thomas Moran.

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The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi.
Pittman, Captain Philip
Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark, 1906. Hardcover in original cloth no dj, spine faded, minor repairs to top and bottom of spine and rear board, interior and maps very good. Gilt on top edge. One of a numbered edition of 549. Reprint of the very rare 1770 first hand account of the Floridas and Illinois country. Pittman was a surveyor, and his maps include a chart of the Mississippi as well as plans of Mobile, New Orleans, Kaskaskia, and Fort Rosalia. The narrative is rich in political, social and military detail on the territory newly acquired by Great Britain through the Peace of 1763. It is the earliest English account of these settlements. Pittman describes the importance of the far west possibly to strengthen England's hold on the area. Howes P394, Clark & Brunet 191.

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To and Fro in Southern California with Sketches in Arizona and New Mexico
Adams, Emma H.
Cincinnati: W. M. B. C. Press, 1887. 288pp. Light wear to extremities, slightly cocked, else clean and very good. A lady's letters to eastern newspapers describing the west with emphasis on the civilizing effects of schools, ranching and agriculture in the Los Angeles area, and how women have become land owners and "cultivators of the soil" in southern California. Several chapters on her travels on New Mexico and Arizona.1st ed. 288pp. Very good in original cloth.

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California-Album. Eine Erinnerung com Strande des Stillen Meeres.
Brick, C.J.
San Francisco: Drud von Rofenthal & Rocjdj; 1883. Hardcover, some wear to extremities, generally clean and very good in original cloth. An odd mix of illustrated guide and bi-lingual (German-English) poetry book. There are poems by Joaquin Miller, Heinrich Heine, Longfellow and others. Cowan p71.

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Foretaste.
Church, Peggy Pond
Santa Fe, NM: (Rydal) Writers' Editions, 1933. 1st ed., 1/250 copies, signed, near fine in near fine cloth lacking dj.

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The Seat of Empire.
Coffin, Charles Carelton
Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1870. vii, 232, [11-advts], large folding map. Slight wear to extremities and fading to spine, front hinge reinforced, else very good. A promotional for land in the northwest thinly disguised as a first person travelogue. Coffin describes mostly the riches of Minnesota and Dakota but there are a couple of chapters on Montana and the Pacific slope. The large folding map (15 x 41 inches) could easily hold its own in the map section, but clearly belongs with the book. It shows southern Canada and the northern U.S. from Atlantic to Pacific. The route of the Northern Pacific RR is clearly marked crossing the continent, and the large size allows much detail. Boundaries are hand colored. Several repairs to separations on folds, but complete and bright.

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Narrative of Nicholas "Cheyenne" Dawson (Overland to California in '41 & '49, and Texas in '51).
Dawson, Nicholas
San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1933. Illus., sl. fading to spine, blemish on rear board, else near fine. Issued without dj. Printed by Grabhorn Press, a reprint of 1901 of which only two or three copies are known. Dawson was of the 1841 Bidwell-Bartleson party that crossed to California. An important reminiscence. Mintz 118, Howes D159.

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The Reverend Uncle Bert; A Biography.
Dittmer, Bernice
El Paso: The Church of St. Clement, 1970. xv, 322pp, illus. "Centennial Edition", #24/25 copies, signed by the author, gilt edged, leather bound, silk pastedowns and ffeps, near fine.

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Summer Etchings in Colorado.
Greatorex, Eliza
NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1873. 96pp, illus. Full leather with gilt cover and spine title, AEG. Extremities rubbed, owner’s inscription on the ffep, one of those ghastly personal blind stamps to the title page, else very good. Born in Ireland, died in France, and best known for her etchings of New York, Eliza Greatorex spent the summer of 1873 at Fountain Colony, the name of the settlement founded by William J. Palmer that became Colorado Springs. The product of that visit was this attractive book in which she described her experiences and illustrated them with her etchings (here reproduced by lithography). In her day Greatorex was a well-known illustrator, the first woman elected to the National Academy of Art. Her visit made her one of the first professional artists in Colorado.

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The Locomotive Engine and Philadelphia's Share in its Early Improvements.
Harrison, Joseph Jr.
Philadelphia: George Gebbie, 1972. Illus., including two splendid fold out engravings of early locomotives. Rebound, internally very good. Prev. owner's inscription. Stated "revised edition"; the first publication was in The Journal of the Franklin Institute. Thus, this is the first appearance in book form. A history of the locomotive engine 1829-1843, de facto the story of the Baldwin Locomotive works. The author's claim that this is "the most important machine of modern times" is probably no overstatement.

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Wooed by a Sphinx of Aztlan; The Romance of a Hero of our Late Spanish-American War and Incidents of Interest from the Life of a
Hartmann, George
Prescott, AZ: George Hartmann, 1907. [x], 125 pp, frontis. Illustrated cloth covered boards, light shelfwear, else very good. Hartmann came to the United States from Germany in 1867, then crossed the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico and Arizona. This book records some of his adventures (although he advises us not to believe a word of it) and concludes with an odd chapter memorializing William Owen O'Neill, an Arizona officer killed in the Spanish American War.

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The Wonders of the Colorado Desert (Southern California) Its Rivers and its Mountains, its Canyons and its Springs, its LIfe an
James, George Wharton
Boston: Little, Brown, and Compant, 1906. First edition. Two volumes. xliv, 270pp, illus, folding map; xiv, 271-547pp, illus. Some external wear and soil, spines faded, hinges starting, overall a very good set. The extended title continues, "Including an Account of a Recent Journey made down the Overflow of the Colorado River to the Mysterious Salton Sea." James (1858-1923) was an indefatigable self-promoter, observer, and writer, having penned some 40 books and innumerable articles and pamphlets many on the American Southwest. His writing leans toward romanticism, and enthusiasm for natural environments, idealization of aboriginal lifeways, and health faddism. The "mysterious" Salton Sea of the title was caused by the Colorado River breaching an Imperial Valley dike in 1905 after a year of heavy rainfall and snowmelt. It took two years to restore the rivers' previous channel and was thus still filling when James visited. Farquhar says of the account, "The best starting point for any study of he Colorado Desert, which paradoxically is closely associated with the River. The illustrations, both those from sketches and those from photographs, are of considerable historical importance, as are the chapters relating to the Salton Sea." Farquhar The Books of the Colorado River & Grand Canyon 85, Howes J44.

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An Accompaniment to Mitchell's Reference and Distance Map of the United States.
Mitchell, Samuel A.
Philadelphia: Mitchell and Hinman, 1834. First edition. 324pp. Original half leather and paper covered boards. Externally rubbed, internally foxed, withal a very good copy. Intended to accompany a wall map, the first 176 pages of this book serve as a finding key to places and rivers. The last third of the volume describes individual states, including a narrative description, population statistics, and internal improvements (stage lines, canals, and rail roads). Of particular interest are the chapters on the western territories of Oregon, Missouri (that area north of the State of Missouri between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains), and "Ouisconsin" Territory. Howes M684.

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Cities of the American West; A History of Frontier Urban Planning.
Reps, John W.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1979. pp. xii, 827, illus. Thick, oblong quarto. Near fine in slipcase. A massive history of urban planning on the frontier. Reps' argument is that rather than being produced by random growth, western towns were carefully planned and that they preceded agriculture as the driving force of settlement. With 500 illustrations (32 in color) this is virtually an historical atlas of western towns.

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The Mohave Desert Region California.
Thompson, David G.
Washington, DC: GPO, .1929. xi, 759pp, maps and illus including 7 folding maps in a rear pocket. Cloth. Owner and library stamps on endpapers, else clean and very good. Subtitled "A geography, geologic, and hydrologic reconnaissance." U.S.G.S. Water-Supply Paper 578 describing south-eastern California in more detail than seems possible.

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Appletons' General Guide to the United States and Canada... Part II, Western and Southern States.
(Travel).
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1883. xiv, 265-502pp, illus, 8 folding maps bound in, folding map in rear pocket, errata slip, plus unpaginated advertising front and back. Original printed boards, some soil to edges, else very good. A detailed guide to the places and routes along America's railroads; although, the railroad map of the United States in the back pocket clearly shows that the south and west are relatively under served compared to the north and east. Only one transcontinental route is shown on the map, but the text makes reference to the recently completed Texas Pacific route. There is much of interest, including a grand tour to the Rocky Mountains on the Union Pacific for $38 round trip.

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Life and Exploits of S. Glenn Young; World-Famous Law Enforcement Officer.
Young, Mrs. S. Glenn
Herrin: Mrs. S. Glenn Young, N/D (1925). 253pp, illus. Original boards, some wear and spotting, some internal soiling. S. Glen was a lawman who worked in Oklahoma and Texas, but seems to have spent much time in the St. Louis and southern Illinois areas. He was heavily involved in the Ku Klux Klan, and the anonymous author makes a heavy pitch for that patriotic, honest, law-abiding, God fearing, tea-totaling, crime fighting, (not to mention white and Protestant) organization. 6 Guns 2468, "Scarce."

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Outpost of Empire; The Story of the Founding of San Francisco.
Bolton, Herbert E.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First edition. xxi, 334pp. xvii index, plates, maps (6 folding). Some external rubbing, internally clean and near fine. this is essentially the same book as the introductory volume to Bolton's translation of Juan Bautista de Anza's California journals. Thus - subtitle notwithstanding - it deals with the entirety of Anza's land expedition to California, even rating a citation in Farquhar's Grand Canyon bibliography. Farquhar 7a.

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Early California Justice.
Cosgrave, George
San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1948. 1st edition. 1 of 400. (x), 97pp, 7 facsimile documents tipped in. Cloth, no dust jacket, spine title chipped and slightly discolored, some pages stained, else tight and very good. Previous owner's name on ffep. A history of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, 1849-1944. A Grabhorn Press imprint.

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James Boys and their Daring Deeds.
Edgar, James
Baltimore: I. & M. Ottenheimer, Publishers, 1911. frontis, 182pp, [8, advts]. Pictorial wraps. Pages browned and brittle, small chips from front wrap. One of many dime novels that were issued on the James gang. Right off let's establish that this pulp outlaw book is pretty much worthless as far as historic content is concerned. Ramon Adams deals with several in his bibliography Six Guns and Saddle Leather using phrases like, "hack writer", "most unreliable", "sensational, but historically worthless", and "exaggerated sensationalism." Further, we will spare you the revisionist deconstruction of the texts as symbolic of the clash of changing cultures on the frontier and the struggle of oppressed classes blah, blah, blah. So what's left? Well, you just gotta love it as an object. The cover art is thrilling, there are equally dramatic illustrations inside, and the condition is just short of incredible. It was printed on the cheapest paper, bound with the flimsiest materials, and sold to consumers who gave little thought to its survival. This one is further distinguished because the author was brave enough to put his name to it (although Adams gets it wrong, listing it as Edgar James not James Edgar as it appears on the title page. (I don't trust people with two first names.) 6 Guns 1140.

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Illustrated History of the Union Stockyards.
Grand, W. Jos.
Chicago: W. Jos Grand, 1901. 2nd edition, enlarged and revised. 362pp, viii (advts), illus. Recased with original boards and new endpapers. Extremities rubbed and boards faded, internally clean and very good. An early, interesting account of the yards describing characters and practices. Herd 915, Reese 120-48.

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The New Almaden Quicksilver Mine.
Johnson, Kenneth M.
Georgetown, CA: Talisman Press, 1963. #53 of 75 numbered and signed copies in special paper and hardcover binding. Near fine. Two ephemeral pieces relating to New Almaden pasted on rear pastedown.

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