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  • Three California Schoolhouse Maps with Oak Map Case: Lentell's Map of California, 1894 / Denny's Official Map of the County of Humboldt California, 1911 / J. N. Lentell Map of Eureka Humboldt County, Cal., 1904
    Three California Schoolhouse Maps with Oak Map Case: Lentell's Map of California, 1894 / Denny's Official Map of the County of Humboldt California, 1911 / J. N. Lentell Map of Eureka Humboldt County, Cal., 1904

    1894 - 1911. Oak map case, 70 by 10-1/4 by 4-1/2 inches. Case mounts to the wall; hinged door opens to hang down and reveal 3 maps on tin rollers. A fourth roller is empty.

    Map 1: Lentell's New Railroad, Township & Educational Map of the State of California compiled from the latest official & authentic sources, adapted for use in institutions of learning, business offices, libraries, etc. 1894. 69-3/4 by 62-3/4 inches. Color map with multiple insets and informational tables. OCLC lists one holding at UCLA. Mounted on cloth with tears to the bottom edge in need of repair.

    Map 2: Denny's Official Map of the County of Humboldt California showing Township Sections and Property…

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    1894 - 1911. Oak map case, 70 by 10-1/4 by 4-1/2 inches. Case mounts to the wall; hinged door opens to hang down and reveal 3 maps on tin rollers. A fourth roller is empty.

    Map 1: Lentell's New Railroad, Township & Educational Map of the State of California compiled from the latest official & authentic sources, adapted for use in institutions of learning, business offices, libraries, etc. 1894. 69-3/4 by 62-3/4 inches. Color map with multiple insets and informational tables. OCLC lists one holding at UCLA. Mounted on cloth with tears to the bottom edge in need of repair.

    Map 2: Denny's Official Map of the County of Humboldt California showing Township Sections and Property Ownerships compiled from official surveys, Records and Private data, 1911. Edward Denny & Co. San Francisco. 54-1/4 by 72-1/2 inches. Mounted on thin cloth. Inset of Eureka and Humboldt Bay, and inset of California showing counties. Shows Indian Allotments (Dawes Act). With Historical and Descriptive two-column text. Very nice condition. 5-1/4-inch uneven toning along bottom edge. No holdings listed in OCLC.

    Map 3: J. N. Lentell Map of Eureka Humboldt County, Cal. 1904. 54 by 57-1/4. One map on four sheets mounted to a cloth backing on tin rollers. Probably made from an earlier map; printed cancels cover the year and several ownership blocks. Showing block and lot numbers. Earliest printing of this map on OCLC is 1888. Lentell was an engineer. 2-inch hole at bottom of map (but not through cloth backing) at border not affecting text. Vertical seam a bit off on top half. ISBN: 281AIB1047404.

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    Oak case in nearly fine condition. Several screw holes to rear panel for mounting. Eye hook latches on sides secure door when closed. **Please contact the store for shipping options**

    Book ID: 261966
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  • Public Utilities Commission of the State of California
    Distance Table 6. Book of Maps [Cover Title]

    First Edition

    (N. Pl. but San Francisco): Public Utilities Commission of the State of California, 1967. 33 maps. 23 x 17-1/4 inches. Table of Contents divided into: Sectional Maps (4); Metropolitan Area Maps (3); Composite Map (1); Zone Maps: San Francisco Area (12 ), Los Angeles Area ((6), San Diego Area (2); and Extended Area Maps (5). Scarce, WorldCat locates 3 copies. ISBN: 281AIB1049007.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in 4-bolted quarter cloth over paper-covered boards as issued, paste-down cover label on front board. Covers with some mild soiling and scuffing. Maps are near fine.

    Book ID: 264467
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  • Noticia de la California y de su conquista temporal y espiritual hasta el tiempo presente. Sacada de la historia manuscrita, formada en Mexico ano de 1739 [3 volumes] by Venegas, Miguel
    Venegas, Miguel
    Noticia de la California y de su conquista temporal y espiritual hasta el tiempo presente. Sacada de la historia manuscrita, formada en Mexico ano de 1739 [3 volumes]

    Mexico: L. Alvarez y Alvarez de la Cadena [Editorial Layac], 1943-1944. Three volumes. 169, 348, 255 pages, plus six folding maps (2 in vol. 2 and 4 in volume 3). A reprint of the 1757 original, newly typeset with decorative chapter headings. Volume 3 includes texts by Andres Marcos Burriel, Sebastian Vizcaino, and Ferdinand Konsag, as did the original. An attractive and scarce reprint of a hard-to-obtain Zamorano 80 title (no. 78), published during the Second World War, with maps not included in the original. The book mostly relates to Baja California. ISBN: 281AIB1030883.

    Spotting to spine of volume two; one map with a tear in the margin, repaired on the verso (back) with tape. A nice set, seldom encountered. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 139981
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  • California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State by Durham, David L.
    Durham, David L.
    California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State

    First Edition

    Clovis, California: Word Dancer Press, (1998). 1676 pages. ISBN: 9781884995149.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in illustrated covers. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 260886
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  • Looters of the Public Domain... Embracing a Complete Exposure of the Fraudulent System of Acquiring Titles to the Public Lands of the United States by Puter, S. A. D. and Horace Stevens
    Puter, S. A. D. and Horace Stevens
    Looters of the Public Domain... Embracing a Complete Exposure of the Fraudulent System of Acquiring Titles to the Public Lands of the United States

    First Edition

    Portland, OR: Portland Printing House, 1908. 495 pages. The author lived in Humboldt County, California (mostly on a ranch on the Mad River), and learned to cut and survey timber in the Douglas fir and redwood forests near his home. While working for a surveyor, he started selling inside information on the value of plots about to be made available to homesteaders.

    This was Puter's first exposure to the rampant fraud in government sales of timberland. About the turn of the century, he moved a couple hundred miles north, to Oregon, where he expanded his fraudulent land dealings by overtly hiring men to claim timberland and then transfer the title. The fraud eventually resulted in the indictment…

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    Portland, OR: Portland Printing House, 1908. 495 pages. The author lived in Humboldt County, California (mostly on a ranch on the Mad River), and learned to cut and survey timber in the Douglas fir and redwood forests near his home. While working for a surveyor, he started selling inside information on the value of plots about to be made available to homesteaders.

    This was Puter's first exposure to the rampant fraud in government sales of timberland. About the turn of the century, he moved a couple hundred miles north, to Oregon, where he expanded his fraudulent land dealings by overtly hiring men to claim timberland and then transfer the title. The fraud eventually resulted in the indictment of both of Oregon's Congressional representatives and one of its senators. Puter was also indicted and convicted of fraud, and he wrote this tell-all expose from the Multnomah County jail.

    The book was edited and supported by Horace Stevens, a former federal land agent, who implores the federal government to invalidate the many fraudulent timber holdings in the Northwest. Despite naming names and testifying in court, Puter's efforts to come clean had little impact. He was pardoned by Theodore Roosevelt prior to the book's publication as a reward for testifying against others in land fraud trials. An uncommon title. ISBN: B0016M36WK.

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    First edition (first printing). Rear hinge cracked, front hinge starting, cloth worn at base of spine, thus good only, but believe it or not, better than usual for this title. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 67814
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  • In the Land of the Grasshopper Song: A Story of Two Girls in Indian Country in 1908-1909 by Arnold, Mary Ellicott and Mabel Reed
    Arnold, Mary Ellicott and Mabel Reed
    In the Land of the Grasshopper Song: A Story of Two Girls in Indian Country in 1908-1909

    First Edition

    Vantage Press, 1957. 313 pages. In 1908 two New York women (who were also life partners) set off for the Karuk tribe in far Northern California acting as Federal Field Agents. Their mission to bring Native Americans into the 20th Century would forever change their lives. ISBN: 281AIB0094989.

    Stated first edition. Gray cloth covers with black lettering to spine. Binding tight. Some offsetting to endpapers. Contents fine. In a dust jacket with light scuffing to the covers and short tears to the spine ends.

    Book ID: 49108
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  • Before the Gringo Came by Atherton, Gertrude
    Atherton, Gertrude
    Before the Gringo Came

    First Edition

    New York: J. Selwin Tait & sons, 1894. 306 pages plus ads. Eleven stories of old California. Atherton included many of these stories in her Zamorano 80 collection published a few years later, The Splendid Idle Forties. ISBN: B0006AEBA4.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in the publisher's gray cloth. One ad page at rear. A particularly nice copy of a less-than-common book.

    Book ID: 198508
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  • Davis, Ellis A.
    Davis' Commercial Encyclopedia of the Pacific Southwest: California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona

    Berkeley, CA: Ellis A. Davis, 1911. ISBN: 281AIB0134875.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 61053
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  • In the Land of the Grasshopper Song: A Story of Two Girls in Indian Country in 1908-1909 by Arnold, Mary Ellicott and Mabel Reed
    Arnold, Mary Ellicott and Mabel Reed
    In the Land of the Grasshopper Song: A Story of Two Girls in Indian Country in 1908-1909

    First Edition

    Vantage Press, 1957. 313 pages. In 1908 two New York women (who were also life partners) set off for the Karuk tribe in far Northern California acting as Federal Field Agents. Their mission to bring Native Americans into the 20th Century would forever change their lives. ISBN: 281AIB0094989.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a dust jacket with uneven fading and creased tears to the cover, and toning to the folds and edges. Former owner's name on front pastedown.

    Book ID: 168023
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  • Seeking the Golden Fleece; A Record of Pioneer Life in California: To Which Is Annexed Footprints of Early Navigators, Other Than Spanish, in California; with An Account of the Voyage of the Schooner Dolphin by Stillman, J. D. B.
    Stillman, J. D. B.
    Seeking the Golden Fleece; A Record of Pioneer Life in California: To Which Is Annexed Footprints of Early Navigators, Other Than Spanish, in California; with An Account of the Voyage of the Schooner Dolphin

    First Edition

    San Francisco: A. Roman and Co, 1877. 352 pages. Frontispiece plus three plates. ISBN: B004XUBD04.

    First edition (first printing). Purple spine faded to brown; rebacked, with the original spine laid down; endpapers renewed.

    Book ID: 49098
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  • History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California: An Historical Study of the State's Marvelous Growth from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time [Preface dated December 1904] by Guinn, J. M.
    Guinn, J. M.
    History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California: An Historical Study of the State's Marvelous Growth from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time [Preface dated December 1904]

    Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co, 1904. 1500 pages. A history of California with biographies of leading citizens with photographic reproductions of many of them. ISBN: 281AIB1039399.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 200002
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  • Denver, the Man: The Life, Letters and Public Papers of the Lawyer, Soldier and Statesman [Autograph edition] by Barnes, George C.
    Barnes, George C.
    Denver, the Man: The Life, Letters and Public Papers of the Lawyer, Soldier and Statesman [Autograph edition]

    First Edition

    Wilmington, OH: (n.p.), 1949. 372 pages. Autograph Edition.

    A biography of the man who gave Colorado's capital its name -- a land speculator named his settlement after James W. Denver, then governor of the Kansas Territory, which included present-day Colorado. Denver also served as a general during the Civil War and as the Secretary of State of California.

    This is one of a small number of copies of this book bound with an original autograph letter. The letter is written on thin tissue paper, which was removed from a copy press book - an early letter copying technology. The writer wrote his letters using a special slow drying ink in a book of thin paper…

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    Wilmington, OH: (n.p.), 1949. 372 pages. Autograph Edition.

    A biography of the man who gave Colorado's capital its name -- a land speculator named his settlement after James W. Denver, then governor of the Kansas Territory, which included present-day Colorado. Denver also served as a general during the Civil War and as the Secretary of State of California.

    This is one of a small number of copies of this book bound with an original autograph letter. The letter is written on thin tissue paper, which was removed from a copy press book - an early letter copying technology. The writer wrote his letters using a special slow drying ink in a book of thin paper sheets. After the letter was finished, the writer's letterhead was placed below the tissue paper and a special oiled paper was inserted in front of the tissue paper and behind the letterhead, to prevent the ink from spreading to other sheets of paper. The copy book was placed in a modified bookpress for a few seconds, which forced the ink through the copy paper and onto the letterhead sheet. In this way, the writer kept the original and sent the copy on letterhead. ISBN: 281AIB0027262.

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    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy, no dust jacket. A bit of wear to the spine ends and small scuffs to the rear cover. Signed letter by Denver in printed envelope affixed to front free endpaper. The letter in this copy was written in 1870 regarding a land patent in Santa Cruz, California. At the time the letter was written, Denver was an attorney in private practice in Washington, DC.

    Book ID: 16874
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  • Wheat, Carl; James D. Hart; and Paul A. Bissinger (officers)
    In Remembrance Joseph Henry Jackson

    First Edition

    [San Francisco]: The Book Club of California, 1955. A single sheet folded to make four pages; printed on one page only. A short memorial resolution adopted by the club after Jackson's death. Reportedly (per OCLC) only of 20 copies printed by the Allen Press. Paper watermarked Richard de Bas. The Allens printed a book for the club in 1952 on de Bas's paper. ISBN: 281AIB1021988.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 97339
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  • Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada by King, Clarence
    King, Clarence
    Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

    Boston: James R. Osgood, 1875. 308 pages. This is a geological history of the Sierras and recounts King's experiences as a mountain climber and a member of the Whitney expedition. A classic of mountaineering that stands out for having been so well written. Folded map opposite title page. Howes K-148. ISBN: 281AIB1047266.

    Later edition. A very good copy in marbled paper over boards and leather covers with gold lettering and decorations on spine. 5 bands on spine. Mild wear to edges and corners. TEG

    Book ID: 260946
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  • Davis, Ellis A.
    Davis' Commercial Encyclopedia of the Pacific Southwest: California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona

    Berekely, CA: Ellis A. Davis, 1914. ISBN: 281AIB0134883.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 61052
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  • Passing Farms, Enduring Values: California's Santa Clara Valley by Jacobson, Yvonne
    Jacobson, Yvonne
    Passing Farms, Enduring Values: California's Santa Clara Valley

    First Edition

    Los Altos: William Kaufmann, Inc, 1984. 240 pages followed by an index. Oblong, 11-1/4 by 9-1/4 inches. Foreward by Wallace Stegner. The agricultural history of today's Silicon Valley. Profusely illustrated, mostly in black-and-white. ISBN: 9780865760455.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Signed by the author. Spotting to page block and inside jacket flap, jacket corners a bit worn. Book has gentle bend. From the collection of Stegner scholar and collector Maurice Dunbar, with Dunbar's bookplate on the front pastedown. Photo of Stegner tipped in on the at the Foreword, with Dunbar's neat hand-written caption, dated February 19, 1989. Signed by Stegner on the final Foreward page. Colberg B146.

    Book ID: 178528
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  • Spanish Colonial or Adobe Architecture of California 1800-1850 by Hannaford, Donald R. and Revel Edwards
    Hannaford, Donald R. and Revel Edwards
    Spanish Colonial or Adobe Architecture of California 1800-1850

    First Edition

    New York: Architectural Book Publishing Company, Inc, (1931). 110 pages. The book presents a full descrition of the Monterey-type house and demonstrates that the style was not Spanish but an adaptation of the mission architecture by New England pioneers on the coast. Well illustrated with black-and-white photographic plates and drawings. ISBN: 281AIB1047222.

    Signed by the authors on front pastedown and dated June 7, 1931. A very good copy in orange cloth with slight edge wear. Newspaper notice pasted on front free endpaper. Dust jacket poor with edge and corner chips, large chip missing from upper front cover, not affecting title, and portions of spine missing.

    Book ID: 260888
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  • A Journey to California With Observatiuons about the Country, Climate and The Route to this Country by Bidwell, John. Introduction by Herbert Ingram Priestley
    Bidwell, John. Introduction by Herbert Ingram Priestley
    A Journey to California With Observatiuons about the Country, Climate and The Route to this Country

    First Edition

    San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1937. 48 pages. Day-by-day record of the journey from May 18, 1841, to November 6, 1841. ISBN: B00085UR78.

    Signed by John Henry Nash and Herbert Ingram Priestly on front pastedown. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bancroft Library bookplate on front pastedown with withdrawal stamp.

    Book ID: 260770
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  • California and Californians. (Four Volume Set) by Hunt, Rockwell D. (editor)
    Hunt, Rockwell D. (editor)
    California and Californians. (Four Volume Set)

    First Edition

    San Francisco: The Lewis Publishing Co, 1932. Four Volume Set: 569, 590, 580, 579 pages. Volume I: The Hispanic Period; Volume II: California: An American Commonwealth; Volume III & IV: Biographies, with B/W illustrations, many with tissue guards. ISBN: B0008743JE.

    First edition (first printing). Very good copies uniformly bound in brown embossed illustrated covers. Marbled page edges. Decorated endpapers. Edge and corner wear. Bottom spine edges worn.

    Book ID: 265021
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  • Spanish Colonial or Adobe Architecture of California 1800-1850 by Hannaford, Donald R. and Revel Edwards
    Hannaford, Donald R. and Revel Edwards
    Spanish Colonial or Adobe Architecture of California 1800-1850

    First Edition

    New York: Architectural Book Publishing Company, Inc, (1931). 110 pages. The book presents a full descrition of the Monterey-type house and demonstrates that the style was not Spanish but an adaptation of the mission architecture by New England pioneers on the coast. Well illustrated with black-and-white photographic plates and drawings. ISBN: 281AIB1047222.

    Signed by the authors on front pastedown. A very good copy in orange cloth covers with black lettering. Spine slightly faded. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 261040
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