California, The West & Mexico

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).

Julian Dana. The Sacramento: River of Gold. Ill. by J. O’H. Cosgrave II. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1939. First edition. Signed edition.

A fine, signed, first edition, with date on the copyright page and the Farrar & Rinehart circular colophon on the copyright page, signed by the author with date (1939). Name penned over inner board endpaper on the map title. Otherwise clean and bright.

Beautiful illustrations including map endpapers, by John O’Hara Cosgrove II. A lovely signed copy of The Rivers of America series, edited by Constance Lindsay Skinner. Missing DJ. Hardcover.

Leonard M. Davis. The story of Roseville, California: Milestones & Memories, 1850-2000. Roseville, Calif.: Roseville Arts Center, 2002. First edition. Signed edition.

Hardcover. Near fine hardcover, 1st edition, signed by author in near fine DJ. Tail shows some minor shelf-bending, otherwise clean and bright. Illustrated throughout with B/W photos. All glossy paper. Blue cloth boards with silver stamped title and spine. Dedicated and signed by author in 2002. 166 pp. Quarto, 9 1/2 x 12 inches tall.

Paul De Kruif. Kaiser Wakes the Doctors. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1943. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good +.

Very good+ hardcover first edition, first printing. Blue cloth boards, no DJ. Lightest sunning to spine. Gift inscription from previous owner on title page. Binding is square and tight. Mild, even toning to pages. 158 pp. Duodecimo, 5 x 8 inches tall.

History of corporate insurance as it began in California. “Kaiser” here is Kaiser Permanente insurance.

Carl Gohs. Ed Quigley, Western Artist. Portland, Oregon: Geneva Hale Quigley, ca. 1971. Hardcover. Near Fine/good +. Near fine first edition. Signed by Quigley.

Near fine first edition. Signed by Quigley with the words “1st Edition,” along with gift inscription on first free endpaper. Near fine copy showing minor edge toning. Publisher’s morocco-grain cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. Dust jacket is not price-clipped and shows 1971 sale advertisement. DJ has a 2 closed tears on front (2-3″) and minor tear on the back cover. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Numerous illustrations of the artist’s work, many in color. 168 pp. Large quarto.


Milton Goldstein. The Magnificent West: Yosemite. With 60 photos. in color. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, [1973]. Sixth printing.

Hardcover. Near Fine/very good +. Full-color photograph oversized book. Near fine except for previous gift inscription (“May 1988…”).

In burnt sienna cloth boards with silver foil stamping on cover and spine. Heavy, very good+ dust jacket reads: “Milton Goldstein. With 60 photographs in full color. Selections from the writings of John Muir. The magnificent West: Yosemite.” Dust jacket has impressions where someone may have used book as a firm writing surface with paper on top of cover, minuscule snag on bottom spine area of DJ; gloss on dust jacket mildly shelf worn. Sienna map endpapers and large color plates throughout. Sixth printing. The numbers “9 8 7 6” appear under “Printed in Japan” on copyright page, n.d. A handsome copy. 210 pages, with index. Quarto, 10 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches tall.

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.

Steve Hubbard. Images of America [series]: Powerhouses of the Sierra Nevada. Illustrated. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2007.

Fine softcover, clean and crisp. Appears to have been unread. Chiefly ill., maps. 128 pp. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches tall.

The historic powerhouses of the Sierras have been powering much of California’s growth for the past hundred years or so. Located in canyons where water can be dropped thousands of feet from ridges above, they were California’s first source of electrical power. The oldest powerhouses were built by survivors of the original gold rush, who turned metalworking and pipe-fitting skills to the task of generating electricity. The resulting machines were curious amalgamations of steam valves, riveted pipes, waterwheels, and rudimentary electrical devices imported from the East Coast.

These views show how miners chipped out a small ledge on a granite cliff hundreds of feet below Spaulding Lake dam to create an anchor point for a powerhouse that seems embedded in the rock itself. They also celebrate the genius of mining-camp tinkerer Lester Pelton, who, in 1880, invented a more efficient waterwheel capable of spinning a generator shaft at high speed. His invention bore his name, and the basic design is used to this day throughout the world. Softcover. (9780738547572 ).

J. Paul Getty Museum. The J. Paul Getty Museum handbook of the collections. Color ill. throughout. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007. 7th [2007].

Fine softcover, clean and crisp. Appears to have been unread. 320 pp., index, fully illustrated in color. Small octavo, 5 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches tall.

Presents a visual journey through the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. This title marks the historic moment when the Museum opened its doors at two sites simultaneously – the Getty Center in Brentwood, California and the re-imagined Getty Villa in Malibu which is devoted to Western antiquities. Softcover (9708892368877 ).

Katharine Berry Judson. Early Days in Old Oregon. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1916. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good +.

A very good plus hardcover first edition, first printing “with numerous illustrations and four maps.” Brown cloth boards with black, gold, and orange stamping on cover, gold stamping on spine. No dust jacket. Prior owner’s name on first free endpaper and gift inscription on title page, even toning to pages. Title page shows publication date of 1916, matching copyright page, “Published June, 1916.” Tight text block and cover, minor bumping to head and tail of spine. Unnumbered preface, 6 pp. l., 263 pp., including index and appendix, “A Brief Summary of the History of the Old Oregon Country from Original Sources,” plus a bibliography. Small octavo, 5 1/4 x 8 inches tall.

History of the Oregon Territory, the Pacific Northwest, and what later became the states of Washington & Oregon. Includes images and information on native Americans then living in the Territory. Written by a librarian as a child’s introduction to the settling of the Oregon Territory, including “materials from sources which have never before been made accessible.”


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].

Oscar Lewis. The Big Four: The Story of Huntington, Stanford, Hopkins, and Crocker, and of the Building of the Central Pacific. Plates, portraits, facsimiles. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. First edition/Fifth printing [1938].

A fine copy in bright blue boards with gilt stamping, owners name on inside board, small 1″ sq. label from Levinson’s bookstore on inside rear board. In a fair but original dust jacket: large tears were repaired on the jacket with scotch tape long ago. This is an early printing from December 1938, (not a 1st printing, which would have been August 8, 1938). “Part of this book appeared in the Atlantic monthly under the title, Men against mountains.” 418 pp. plus index. Octavo, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches tall.

Railroad, financial, and California history. Hardcover.

Dan Madigan. Letters from the hearth. [Sacramento, CA]: Sacramento Food Bank Services, [1997].
Proof (?), ed. unknown.

Fine softcover, clean and crisp. Appears to have been unread.

Letters from Father Dan Madigan, founder and president of Sacramento Food Bank Services, to food bank volunteers and supporters. The letters date from 1976 t 1998. Small quarto.

This is an earlier edition than any found in WorldCat, and may be a proof or draft. No ISBN, no copyright, and letters end in 1997 instead of the common 2001 edition.

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.

Lois H. McDonald. This Paradise We Call Home. Photos and maps throughout. Paradise, Calif.: Gold Nugget Museum. 2000.

A fine, clean and bright copy. Small quarto, 8 1/2 x 11 inches tall. 117 pp.

History of the Northern California gold rush town from the first peoples to 2000. Softcover. (970504209 ).

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.

Robert Mohle. Adventure kayaking trips from Big Sur to San Diego includes the Channel Islands fully illus. with b/w maps and photos. Berkeley, CA: Wilderness Press, 1998. First ed. / First printing.

Fine softcover, clean and crisp. Appears to have been unread. First printing July 1998. Octavo, 6 x 9 inches tall. 278 pp.

Popular California guidebook. Softcover (899972241).

Rosenberg Bros. & Co. Years mature. San Francisco, CA: Rosenberg & Bros., 1943.

A very good plus paper board covered special issue. Owner’s name on inside front cover, lower left, and unobtrusive. Some scratches to the green and gold paper cover, and a light impression of a stamp or ink doodle 1″ square. Otherwise in very good condition with no tears or marks to book. 111 pp. Small quarto, 8 1/2 x 11 inches tall.

History of a major San Francisco California fruit company. Softcover.

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.


Sacramento Bee [newspaper]; ed. by Don Stanley & Frank McCulloch. The Sting of the Bee: 125 Years of Editorial Cartoons from The Sacramento Bee, 1857-1982. Sacramento, Calif.: The Sacramento Bee, 1982. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good +/very good +. Illustrated by Anon., Arthur Buel; Harold J. Wahl; Newton Pratt; and Dennis Renault.

A very good + book in a very good+ dust jacket. One page shows fingermarks, otherwise near fine. Dust jacket shows one small closed tear of less than 1/2″ with no other flaws. Assumed first edition, title page shows 1982 date, matches copyright page, no additional printings listed. Taupe endpapers. Red cloth boards with title stamped in gilt on spine. now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 285 pp. including index. Long quarto, 12 x 9 inches tall.

Editorial cartoons of Arthur Buel, Harold J. Wahl, Newton Pratt, and Dennis Renault and unknown early cartoonists. Satire and political commentary.

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.”

Lee M. A. Simpson. Images of America [series]: East Sacramento. Illustrated. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004. Reprint [2005].

Fine softcover, clean and crisp. Appears to have been unread. 128 pp. : chiefly ill., maps. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches tall.

In the 1890s, the Sacramento Electric Power and Light Company extended streetcar tracks eastward, thereby creating a suburban oasis that developers Charles Wright and Howard Kimbrough sold as “just a 15 minute ride from downtown.”

Today’s East Sacramento boasts some of the more desirable real estate in and around California’s capital city, including McKinley Park and the “Fabulous Forties,” a collection of upscale homes from 40th to 49thStreets–where Ronald Reagan resided when he was governor. Also located in East Sacramento is the campus of California State University, Sacramento, where a young Tom Hanks got his start in The Cherry Orchard. Softcover. (738529311).

Lee M. A. Simpson. Images of America [series]: Sacramento’s Oak Park. Illustrated. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.

Softcover. Fine, clean and crisp. Appears to have been unread. Chiefly ill., maps. 128 pp. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches tall. (073852932x).

Mark Twain. Roughing it (in one volume). Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1880 [1882]. Authorized edition

Good copy with owner’s name, J. Goldberg, Heidelberg Oct. 13 1883 written on end paper. 295 pgs. Worn hardcover, original publisher’s green boards (scuffed) with quarter cloth spine. Corners bumped and cloth worn away on corners. Spine bumped. Front hinge separating, back hinge beginning to separate. Endpapers and FEP front and back show off-set toning. Spine reads: “Roughing it Mark Twain” on a hand-written spine label. Conforms to Todd & Bowden for 1882 issue b. Zamorano 80 list. Duodecimo, 5 x 6 1/2 inches tall.

Zamorano 80 list. Publisher’s boards — these were the boards items were shipped in with the expectation the book would be custom-bound by the owner for their personal library.

Evelyn Wells. Champagne Days of San Francisco. Illustrated. New York, London Appleton Century Co., 1939. First edition.

Hardcover. A very good copy, tight pages, pencil markings in back. Inner jacket slip laid in showing price of $3. Orange cloth with gilt tooling. Sunning to spine. Slight toning to pages. 284 pp. Small octavo, 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches tall.


Nigel Davies; Norman Hammond. Empires of Early Latin America: The Incas; The Aztecs; The Maya. London: The Folio Society, 2010. Folio. Slipcased 3 volume edition. Ninth printing.

New/new. 2010, 9th printing of a pristine set. Burgundy, blue and purple cloth covers, respectively, with gold cover designs by Simon Noyes. Indigo slipcase with gold-blocked lettering. Color and B&W Illustrations. 1136 pp. Large octavo, 7 x 10 1/4 inches tall. All three volumes and the slipcase are in perfect condition.

The Incas by Nigel Davies is widely regarded as the definitive work.

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.

T. Philip Terry; Robert C. Terry. Terry’s Guide to Mexico, the New Standard Guidebook to the Mexican Republic The railways, airways, bus lines, and ocean routes to Mexico and the automobile roads in the republic. Hingham, Mass.: Rapid Service Press, 1947. Revised edition. First thus.

Very Good +. First edition of 1947 revised edition. Maroon leatherette flexible boards; with large advertising section at rear of book listing shops, hotels, banks, restaurants, products, and promotions. All maps present and perfect; yellow ribbon bookmark; 20 tour plans. Red speckled edge decoration. Some rubbing to the spine on front cover, otherwise tight and sound, with only a tiny, neat owner’s name and date on inner board. No other markings, appears barely read. 932 pp. + ads. Large sextodecimo, 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches tall.

Includes tourist information plus history, timelines, maps, art, food and drink, the Spanish language and other cultural information. Section of vintage ads is complete. Wonderful resource for the history of Mexico as well as an interesting travel guide snapshot of Mexico in the 1940’s.

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