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  • Dana, Richard Henry. Lucid, Robert F. (editor)
    The Journal of Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (3 Volume Set)

    First Edition

    Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1968. pp. 1-406, 407-837, 838-1201. ISBN: B000OKSUV2.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copies in yellowish cloth covers in cloth over boards slipcase. Bookplate on front pastedown "From James D. Hart's Collection of Books Concerning Richard Henry Dana, Junius." Accompanied by a typed letter signed from Clarence Gohdes, editor, to Hart, sending the books with a request for a review. Accompanied by 3 page typed review by Hart with single sheet of holograph pencil notes taken by Hart. Nice association copy.

    Book ID: 264259
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  • Los Pastores: An Old California Christmas Play by Bynum, Lindley (foreword). Translation by Maria Lopez de Lowthar. Illustrations by Don Louis Perceval
    Bynum, Lindley (foreword). Translation by Maria Lopez de Lowthar. Illustrations by Don Louis Perceval
    Los Pastores: An Old California Christmas Play

    First Edition

    Hollywood: Homer H. Boelter, Lithography, 1949. Unpaginated, 66 pages. Illustrations in color. ISBN: B071H7H26M.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in illustrated orange cardboard covers.

    Book ID: 263419
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  • The California Diary by Colton, Walter
    Colton, Walter
    The California Diary

    First Edition Thus

    Oakland: Biobooks, 1948. 261 pages. Limited edition, 1/1000. Colton played a very large role in early California, as Alcalde of Monterey in 1846-48; editor and publisher of the 'Californian,' the first California newspaper, in 1846-7; visiting the mines in 1848, and causing the erection of a school house in Monterey, named for him Colton Hall. ISBN: B0044BHK40.

    First edition thus. Near fine copy in red pebbled cloth with gilt illustration and lettering. Spine lettering is discolored. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 263394
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  • The Coming of Justice to California: Three Documents by Galvin, John (editor). Translated from Spanish by Adelaide Smithers
    Galvin, John (editor). Translated from Spanish by Adelaide Smithers
    The Coming of Justice to California: Three Documents

    First Edition

    San Francisco: John Howell-Books, 1963. 80 pages. With 2 maps, 1 folding. Limited to 750 copies. ISBN: B000SNPEVY.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in red cloth covers with bright gilt lettering on spine. Acetate wrapper with small tear at top of spine.

    Book ID: 263391
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  • Life and Adventures in California, and Scenes in the Pacific Coast by Farnham, Thomas J.
    Farnham, Thomas J.
    Life and Adventures in California, and Scenes in the Pacific Coast

    New York: Wm. H. Graham, 1847. 416 pages. Originally published as "Travel in the Californias and Scenes in the Pacific Coast" in 1844. Farnum was an explorer and author of the American West. He led a wagon train on the Oregon Trail and spent time in the Willamette Valley, California and Mexico. ISBN: 281AIB1048237.

    Later printing. A very good copy in leather covers with title in gilt on spine. Covers scuffed with edge and corner wear. Former owner name and date on label on front pastedown. Hinges cracked but binding is tight. Rear free endpaper is missing the lower third. Foxing to endpapers.

    Book ID: 263255
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  • An Early California Christmas in the Year 1775 taken from the Manuscript Diaries of J'n Bautista de Anza and Father Pedro Font by de Anza, Juan Bautista. Translation by Herbert Eugene Bolton. Narration by Lindley Bynum. Decoration by Don Louis Perceval
    de Anza, Juan Bautista. Translation by Herbert Eugene Bolton. Narration by Lindley Bynum. Decoration by Don Louis Perceval
    An Early California Christmas in the Year 1775 taken from the Manuscript Diaries of J'n Bautista de Anza and Father Pedro Font

    First Edition

    Los Angeles: Homer H. Boelter, n.d. Color illustrations by Don Louis Perceval. ISBN: 281AIB1047535.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in illustrated wrappers (paperback), stapled.

    Book ID: 262115
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  • California Caravan: The 1846 Overland Trail Memoir of Margaret M. Hecox by Hecox, Margaret M. Edited and introduced by Richard Dillon
    Hecox, Margaret M. Edited and introduced by Richard Dillon
    California Caravan: The 1846 Overland Trail Memoir of Margaret M. Hecox

    First Edition

    San Jose, California: Harlan-Young Press, 1966. 70 pages. One of 625 copies. Margaret, her ague-ridden husband Adna, three daughters, and an infant son were members of an early overland party guided by mountain man Caleb Greenwood. Mattes 184; Mintz 221. ISBN: B002DFD58O.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; lacking the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 262073
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  • Vizcaino and Spanish Expansion in the Pacific Ocean 1580-1630 by Mathes, Michael
    Mathes, Michael
    Vizcaino and Spanish Expansion in the Pacific Ocean 1580-1630

    First Edition

    San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1968. 186 pages. Vizcaino's 1602 charting expedition resulted in definitive maps and descriptions of the California coast which were used for Pacific navigation for the next two centuries. ISBN: B000GR8Y7I.

    Signed by Helen Weber Kennedy, the great grand-daughter of Captain Weber who founded Stockton, California. First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in red and blue cloth with bright gold decoration and lettering. Dust jacket with mild edge wear and small pieces missing from base of spine.

    Book ID: 261020
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  • A Naval Campaign in the Californias 1846-1849: The Journal of Lieutenent Tunis Augustus MacDonough Craven by Craven, Tunis Augustus MacDonough. John Haskell Kemble (editor)
    Craven, Tunis Augustus MacDonough. John Haskell Kemble (editor)
    A Naval Campaign in the Californias 1846-1849: The Journal of Lieutenent Tunis Augustus MacDonough Craven

    First Edition

    Los Angeles: The Book Club of California. Ward Ritchie Press, (1973). 124 pages. Limited to 400 copies. Craven participated in naval activities along the Pacific Coast during and after the Mexican War. Frontispiece portrait of the author and three reproductions of water colors drawn by Gunner William H. Meyers. ISBN: B000O94NV4.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in bright blue cloth with gilt stamping. Slight edge wear. Very good clear cream paper dust wrapper

    Book ID: 260878
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  • The Conquest Of California: A Biography of William B. Ide by Ide, Simeon
    Ide, Simeon
    The Conquest Of California: A Biography of William B. Ide

    First Edition Thus

    Oakland: Biobooks, 1944. 188 pages. Map of Sonoma County 1877 tipped-in at rear. Limited edition, 1/500. Printed by Grabhorn Press. ISBN: B00B2OHJ16.

    First edition thus. Near fine copy in red cloth over boards and cream cloth with paper spine label. Mild edge wear, else near fine. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 260869
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  • Report of the Debates in the Convention of California on the Formation of the State Constitution in September and October, 1849 by Browne, J. Ross
    Browne, J. Ross
    Report of the Debates in the Convention of California on the Formation of the State Constitution in September and October, 1849

    First Edition

    Washington: John T. Towers, 1850. 479, {1}, xlvi, {2} pp. Appendix (xlvi). Includes a list of members of the convention, the constitution of the state, and a digest of the laws of Mexico. "This work preserves in detail the workings of California's 1849 constitutional convention in Monterey and consequently may be regarded as the most important printed document pertaining to government in the Golden State." - Gary Kurutz, Sloan Z80:11. (Cowan II pg. 79; Howell 50, California 26; Rocq 5633; Sabin 8661; Zamorano Eighty #11). ISBN: 281AIB1047204.

    Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper, "Caleb Lyon of Lyonsdale with compliments of J. Ross Browne." The town of Lyonsdale, New York was named after Caleb Lyon. Very good copy in brown cloth. Water staining to pages.

    Book ID: 260868
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  • A Description of California in 1828 by Bandini, Jose. Translated by Doris Marion Wright
    Bandini, Jose. Translated by Doris Marion Wright
    A Description of California in 1828

    First Edition

    Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1951. 52 pages. Bandini settled in San Diego in the 1820's and his report discusses in detail many of the outstanding features of California - presidios and pueblos; missions; mountains, lakes and tule-covered plains; and the inhabitants, particularly the Indians. Limited edition, 1/400. Text in English and Spanish. ISBN: B0007ENLGE.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued.

    Book ID: 260776
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  • California in 1846 Described in letters from Thomas O. Larkin, "The Farthest West," E.M. Kern, and "Justice." by Lewis, Oscar (notes and introduction)
    Lewis, Oscar (notes and introduction)
    California in 1846 Described in letters from Thomas O. Larkin, "The Farthest West," E.M. Kern, and "Justice."

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1934. 64 pages. Includes Larkin's report on conditions in California on the eve of Conquest; a contemporary account of events printed in "The Farthest West," 1846; a letter from E. M. Kern giving contemporary views of a partcipant in the early stages of the Conquest; and a letter from Lieut. Colonel Cooke in command of the Mormon Battalion. Grabhorn Second Series of rare Americana, Number 5. (Grabhorn:209). Frontis portrait of Commodore Stockton, 4 facsimile lithographs, 5 facsimile documents. ISBN: B009OWTJCK.

    First Edition. A fine copy. Original gilt-stamped blue boards, blue paper spine label printed in black on black cloth spine. Small ownership label of prior owner on front pastedown. Publication announcement from Grabhorn Press laid in. Acetate wrapper.

    Book ID: 260774
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  • California: The Name by Putnam, Ruth
    Putnam, Ruth
    California: The Name

    First Edition

    Berkeley: University of California Press, 1917. 73 pages. University of California Publications in History Vol. 4, No. 4, pp: 293-365. Map pasted in on title page. ISBN: B00EXO383K.

    First edition (first printing). Fine copy rebound in black cloth with gold lettering on front cover and spine.

    Book ID: 260773
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  • Malaspina in California by Cutter, Donald C.
    Cutter, Donald C.
    Malaspina in California

    First Edition

    San Francisco: John Howell, 1960. 96 pages. 1000 copies. Printed by Lawton Kennedy. The book details the 1791 California portion of the extensive expedition of Malaspina (1789-1784). ISBN: B0007EEFLE.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in acetate dust jacket. Acetate jacket has tears and is creased.

    Book ID: 260771
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  • General M.G. Vallejo and the Advent of the Americans: A Biography by Rosenus, Alan
    Rosenus, Alan
    General M.G. Vallejo and the Advent of the Americans: A Biography

    First Edition

    Albuquerque: Univ of New Mexico Press, (1995). 292 pages. ISBN: 9780826315861.

    Signed by the author. First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 260766
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  • The Diary of Philip Leget Edwards, the Great Cattle Drive from California to Oregon in 1837 by Edwards, Philip Leget
    Edwards, Philip Leget
    The Diary of Philip Leget Edwards, the Great Cattle Drive from California to Oregon in 1837

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1932. 47 pages. Color lithograph opposite title page. "The story of the great cattle drive presents a picture of early western life, of hardships and obstacles, told in forceful yet simple language, which give it a lasting place in the literature of the American conquest of this continent." - from the introduction by Douglas Watson. ISBN: B003ID403E.

    First edition. Very good copy in marbled paper over boards with paper label on spine. Slight bowing of covers. Paper notification of publication from Grabhorn Press laid in.

    Book ID: 260693
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  • A Down-Easter in the Far West: The Reminiscence of James Neall in Oregon & California, 1845-50 by Neall, James
    Neall, James
    A Down-Easter in the Far West: The Reminiscence of James Neall in Oregon & California, 1845-50

    First Edition

    Ashland: 1977. 132 pages. Publication of the Oregon Book Society, no. 5. One of 350 copies printed by Sherwood and Katharine Grover at the Grace Hoper Press in Aptos, California. Neall's memoirs were edited by Martin Schmitt and K. Keith Richard. ISBN: B0006CP8FE.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a very good example of the unprinted dust jacket, with minor loss to the spine head and a bit grubby on the rear panel where the clear glassine jacket is missing a 7 by 2-1/2 inch piece. Copy number 217.

    Book ID: 244340
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  • The Overland Journey of Joseph Francl: The first Bohemian to cross the plains to the California gold fields by [Brautigan, Richard, introduction] Francl, Joseph
    [Brautigan, Richard, introduction] Francl, Joseph
    The Overland Journey of Joseph Francl: The first Bohemian to cross the plains to the California gold fields

    First Edition

    San Francisco: William P. Wreden, 1968. 55 pages. Introduction by Richard Brautigan. Illustrations by Patricia Oberhaus. Typographic design by Jack Werner Stauffacher, the Greenwood Press, San Francisco. Francl, a native of Bohemia, in the Czech republic, was an early pioneer in the American west (he is credited - online - with being the first Czech in Nebraska as well as the Gold Country. This book is based on his diary. Edition limited to just 540 copies. ISBN: B002K9TY56.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Still in the publisher's mailing box.

    Book ID: 147589
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  • 1830: On the Ambitious Projects of Russia in Regard to North West America, with Particular Reference to New Albion & New California by [Anonymous] "By an Englishman"; introduction by George P. Hammond
    [Anonymous] "By an Englishman"; introduction by George P. Hammond
    1830: On the Ambitious Projects of Russia in Regard to North West America, with Particular Reference to New Albion & New California

    First Edition

    (San Francisco): Book Club of California, 1955. 79 pages. A warning to the British about Russian designs for the Pacific Coast of North America. Printed from the (then?) unique copy of the 1830 edition held by the Bancroft Library. One of 350 copies printed by Lewis and Dorothy Allen at the Allen Press. ISBN: B001GEGB8Y.

    First edition (first printing). Spine slightly tanned, else near fine in a near fine clear acetate dust jacket with a small tear at the top of the spine. With the original prospectus laid in.

    Book ID: 97009
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