California, The West & Mexico
California and the West
Arthur Bloomfield. The San Francisco Opera 1923-1961. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1961. First printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/good.
Very near fine hardcover in a good dust jacket. Black cloth covered boards gold-stamped title on spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, chipped along top edge. DJ reads 09-61. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 251 pp. Large octavo, 6 x 9 1/2 inches tall.
“Roster of performances and singers during nearly forty years is accompanied by an account of the development of the company.”
Michael P. Cohen. The history of the Sierra Club, 1892-1970. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books 1988. First edition/First printing.
Fine 1st edition/ 1st printing hardcover. Indigo paper boards with quarter book cloth spine with gilt title. Clean and crisp. In a fine dust jacket. Appears to have been unread. 550 pp. Octavo, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches tall. Fine DJ. Hardcover (0871567326).
A. A. Gray. History of California from 1542. Maps and photos throughout. Boston: D.C. Heath and Co., 1934.
Fine, with no DJ as issued. Deep green leatherette boards with orange stamping, and one previous owner’s signature on the fep. “3 A 8” under copyright date, no edition information given. Octavo, 5 3/4 x 8 inches tall. 655 pp. with index and pronouncing vocabulary.
Written as a textbook, but still held by libraries with California collections. Hardcover.
Charles Kelly. Salt Desert Trails: A History of the Hastings Cutoff and other early trails which crossed the Great Salt Desert seeking a shorter road to California. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Printing Company, 1930. First edition. Signed.
A very-good+ /near fine, signed, first edition save for the 2 previous owner’s signatures on title page, and author’s signature dated 1930 on second flyleaf. No DJ. Green pictorial limp leatherette cover with green and gilt stamping of a pioneer wagon, and author’s name embossed at foot of cover. Minor shelf wear at corners, head and tail of spine, and along spine edges where the book has ben opened and read. Western map endpapers. Pages show only the mildest toning, Binding is sturdy and sound. No tears, no soiling.
Charles Kelly’s first book, interesting for California and American history and the opening of the West, including the Donner Party tragedy. The previous owner’s signature is C.F. Hartmeyer, “a grandson of the last member of the Donner party to be rescued…” (p. 145).
178 pp. plus index. Octavo, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches tall. [Howes K59; Flake-Draper 4565; Paher K1020].
Harold McCracken. Portrait of the Old West; with a biographical check list of western artists. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1952. Stated first edition.
Hardcover. Near Fine/missing dust jacket. A near fine, stated first edition hardcover in teal boards with gilt stamp of cow skull on cover and title on spine. With photos, color plates, b/w plates, sketches, and other illustrations throughout by Frederic Remington, Paul Kane, George Caitlin, John Mix Stanley, and others. 232 pages including index. Small quarto, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches tall.
C. F. (Charles Fayette) McGlashan. History of the Donner party: A tragedy of the Sierra. 8 b/w photos, illus. San Francisco: CA T.C. Wohlbruck, 1934. New edition, illustrated. First thus.
Near fine. Ochre covers with photo on front. Tight, solid copy with good boards, intact cloth, but mild toning to pages. Owner’s name inked on flyleaf. Ad for Lookout Point inside front cover. “Press of the city printing company, San Diego, California” on last page. 234 pp. Large duodecimo, 5 1/2 x 8 inches tall.
Zamorano 80 book. Based on true account of cannibalism in pioneer America. No DJ as issued. Hardcover.
Ann F. Rowland, ed. Los Angeles County Almanac 1975: A Guide to Government. Fourteenth edition. Los Angeles: The Republican Central Committee of Los Angeles County, 1975. First edition thus. Hardcover. Very Good +.
A beautiful edition of the LA almanac, hard bound in beige cushioned book cloth. Tight binding, no marks, no soiling. Only flaw is a 1/4″ closed tear to tail of spine caused by bumping of cover. Illustrated with maps, plans, charts, & graphs. 280 pp. Small quarto, 8 1/2 x 11 inches tall.
Hal Schell. Hal Schell’s Delta Images. No. 1. A Picture Tour of the 1,000-Mile Delta. Stockton: Schell Books, 1982. Limited edition.
Near fine softcover. Would be fine except for owner’s name inscribed on FEP. Illustrated with b/w photos throughout (no plates). Privately printed in a limited run by the author. 128 pp. Small quarto, 8 1/2 x 11 inches tall.
“A fascinating look at the unique California delta by its number one river rat photographer.”
Jorge E. Hardoy; Judith Thorne, trans. Pre-Columbian Cities. New York: Walker & Company, 1973. First English language edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good.
A fine, first English translation of an important work on the cities and monumental architecture of the Maya, Inca, Toltec, and Olmec. Binding is tight and sound, pages are clean and bright with no tears or markings. Immaculate orange cloth boards with title stamped in black on spine. Very good dust jacket, price-clipped with moderate chipping, curling and closed tears, and one scuff on front. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Illustrated with maps and sketches. 602 pp. Large octavo, 7 x 10 inches tall.
A scholarly examination of Teotihuacán, Tula, Monte Albán, Uxmal, Chichen Itzá, Tikal, Palenque, Pachacamác and Machu Picchu.