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  • My Own Story by Davie, John L.
    Davie, John L.
    My Own Story

    First Edition

    Post-Enquirer Publishing Company, 1931. 174 pages. Davie, a four-term mayor of Oakland, was, over the course of his 81-plus years, a "Canal boy, law student, 'perambulating butcher,' buckaroo, rancher, inventer, actor, opera singer, 'bouncer,' miner, lawyer, crusader, merchant, bookseller, organizer, shipowner and politician." Adams Six Guns 560; Rocq 766. ISBN: 281AIB1024157.

    Signed by the author on front free endpaper. First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Spine with slight tanning, covers mildly scuffed at edges.

    Book ID: 106974
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  • Rosa, the Educating Mother: Written for Mothers and Young Ladies of Age by Cottinger, H. M. [Henry Marcus]
    Cottinger, H. M. [Henry Marcus]
    Rosa, the Educating Mother: Written for Mothers and Young Ladies of Age

    First Edition

    San Jose, CA: The Author, 1887. 300 pages. A curious collection of short pieces, written in the voice of the author's late wife, about education. An uncommon, relatively early San Jose imprint. ISBN: B003OM2E3W.

    First edition (first printing). A very good to near fine copy in brown cloth stamped in gilt on the front board.

    Book ID: 129766
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  • The Giant Judge: or The Story of Samson, the Hebrew Hercules by Scott, W. A. [William]
    Scott, W. A. [William]
    The Giant Judge: or The Story of Samson, the Hebrew Hercules

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Whitton Town & Co, 1858. 324 pages. William A. Scott was a California pioneer and one of the founders of the San Francisco Theological Seminary. ISBN: B009OWTE98.

    Embossed covers with faded gold lettering to spine. A very good copy. Water staining to lower 1/4 of covers and pages. Binding tight, gutters intact. Wear to edges with fraying to spine ends. All illustrations present. Signed by author to his son, Benjamin F. Scott, and dated 29 January 1858, San Francisco, in pencil on front pastedown.

    Book ID: 65307
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  • Utility of Beauty in Home and Town by Wickson, Edward J.
    Wickson, Edward J.
    Utility of Beauty in Home and Town

    First Edition

    [Berkeley?]: (n.p.), 1881. 3 pages (single sheet folded in half; back page blank). "An address delivered at the annual meeting of the Berkeley Association for the Encouragement of Neighborhood Improvements, Berkeley, Alameda County, Cal., July 1881.Wickson, the editor of the Pacific Rural Press argues for the beautification of Berkeley: "To beautify Berkeley is a duty which should be cheerfully assumed. It is a disgrace to a town to be a blot upon a fair landscape." Uncommon, with one holding in OCLC, appropriately at Berkeley. ISBN: 281AIB1039855.

    First edition (first printing). Very good, with some creasing and a few light stains on the black back page.

    Book ID: 202086
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  • Miss Kate: Kate Douglas Wiggin in San Francisco by Rather, Lois
    Rather, Lois
    Miss Kate: Kate Douglas Wiggin in San Francisco

    First Edition

    Oakland: Rather Press, 1980. 91 pages. Kate Douglas Wiggin started the first kindergarten in San Francisco and later a training school for kindergarten teachers. She wrote 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms' and other children's stories. ISBN: B06ZZXW9SC.

    Signed by the author on front free endpaper, "Affectionately, Lois." First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in decorated paper over boards and red cloth covers. No dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 264611
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  • Bonanza Theater by Rather, Lois
    Rather, Lois
    Bonanza Theater

    First Edition

    Oakland: Rather Press, 1977. 115 pages. The author recounts the history of William Ralston's Bonanza Theater in San Francisco. Illustrated from black-and-white photographs. ISBN: B004XN1GYO.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy. Signed by the author and her husband, Clifton Rather on front free endpaper. Limited edition, #30/150.

    Book ID: 80972
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  • Mosaic Gleanings: A Souvenir for 1877 by Frazier, Mrs. R. (editor)
    Frazier, Mrs. R. (editor)
    Mosaic Gleanings: A Souvenir for 1877

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Bacon & Co, 1877. 352 pages. An anthology of articles on a number of topics (poetry, travel, Civil War, idleness, dishonesty), including a journey from Sacramento through Oregon written by the editor. ISBN: B003OJZKTU.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in faded (spine faded completely) purple cloth covers.

    Book ID: 77857
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  • Real Estate Taxes - 1893 - for City and County of San Francisco Relating to the Rancho San Miguel by (Adolph Sutro)
    (Adolph Sutro)
    Real Estate Taxes - 1893 - for City and County of San Francisco Relating to the Rancho San Miguel

    City and County of San Francisco, 1893. 6 sheets. Rancho San Miguel was a 4443 acre Mexican Land Grant in present-day San Francisco given to Jose de Jesus Noe in 1845. Adolph Sutro purchased the northwesterly portion of the rancho in 1880. The real estate tax sheets are for 6 parcels totalling 1246+ acres, with each parcel described "commencing...then runs," etc. Sheets measure 12 x 10.5 inches. ISBN: 281AIB1032197.

    All sheets are very good plus. The first sheet has been cut horizontally below the entered data, the other sheets are complete sheets.

    Book ID: 144985
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  • To Remember Albert M. (Micky) Bender: Notes for a Biography by Lewis, Oscar; with an appreciation by Elsie S. Haas
    Lewis, Oscar; with an appreciation by Elsie S. Haas
    To Remember Albert M. (Micky) Bender: Notes for a Biography

    First Edition

    [San Francisco]: (Robert Grabhorn & Andrew Hoyem), 1973. 38 pages. Frontispiece portrait by Ansel Adams. One of 200 copies. ISBN: B0092GTQLW.

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

    Book ID: 96595
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  • Early Master Teachers. History of Music in San Francisco Series. Volume Six: 1940 by Lengyel, Cornell (editor)
    Lengyel, Cornell (editor)
    Early Master Teachers. History of Music in San Francisco Series. Volume Six: 1940

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Works Project Administration, 1940. 149 pages. Includes six photographic plates on individual pages of von Hartmann, Heyman (with Saint-Saens), Mansfeldt, Weil, Pasmore, and Alverson, Lisser, Waybur, and Hinrichs (the last 4 on a single plate). ISBN: 281AIB1047819.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). This copy has a real photograph, 10.5 x 8 inches, of Franz Listz and his 1894 pupils (including Hugo Massfeldt of San Francisco) taken July 5, 1884 on the occasion of a dinner. The group is gathered on the steps outside where the event was held.

    Book ID: 262671
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  • San Francisco: A Brief Biographical Sketch of Some of the Most Prominent Men Who Will Preside Over Her Destiny for at Least Two Years by Blake, Evarts I. (compiled and edited by)
    Blake, Evarts I. (compiled and edited by)
    San Francisco: A Brief Biographical Sketch of Some of the Most Prominent Men Who Will Preside Over Her Destiny for at Least Two Years

    First Edition

    Pacific Publishing Company. Cover title: San Francisco and Its Municipal Administration, 1902. 223 pages. The city's politicians and bureaucrats, most pictured, with biographies. Rocq, California Local History, 8321. Uncommon. ISBN: B003Y5GQBA.

    First edition (first printing). A very good hardcover copy. Faint evidence of old dampness along top edge (extending a millimeter or two), cloth just beginning to split at the very top of the spine; else a very good copy, bound in black cloth.

    Book ID: 72539
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  • Katherine Felton and Her Social Work in San Francisco by [Felton, Katharine] Burton, Jean
    [Felton, Katharine] Burton, Jean
    Katherine Felton and Her Social Work in San Francisco

    Stanford University, CA: James Ladd Delkin, 1947. 275 pages. A biography of the "Jane Addams of the West," a social reformer in early 20th century San Francisco. ISBN: B0007ENJD4.

    A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. There is a pencil inscription on the front end paper. An uncommon book.

    Book ID: 78142
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  • Diary of My European Trip by Fleishacker, Delia Stern
    Fleishacker, Delia Stern
    Diary of My European Trip

    First Edition

    New York: Publishers' Printing Company, 1903. 74 pages. Delia Stern married Aaron Fleishacker in San Francisco in 1857. Aaron founded Fleishacker and Company. Carrie Fleishacker Schwabacher is their daughter. ISBN: 281AIB1050270.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in flexible blue covers with bright gilt title and author name on front cover and title on spine. Signed Carrie Schwabacher" on front free endpaper.

    Book ID: 266778
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  • Architect George Livermore Reminisces About the Pioneering Livermore Family, 1850-1999 by Livermore, George S.; interviewed by Caroline C. Crawford.
    Livermore, George S.; interviewed by Caroline C. Crawford.
    Architect George Livermore Reminisces About the Pioneering Livermore Family, 1850-1999

    First Edition

    Regional Oral History Office, the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1999. 174 pages. 8-1/2 by 11 inches, reproduced from typescript. Livermore was a San Francisco architect very active in civil causes (the town of Livermore was named for an unrelated English sailor). ISBN: 281AIB1030171.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. An unnumbered copy of what was certainly a small print run.

    Book ID: 137407
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  • Historic Archaeological Testing Program, San Antonio Plaza Redevlopment Project, San Jose, California, for City of San Jose, California. Prepared Under the Direction of Larry S. Kobari, Colin I. Busby, and James C. Bard, Principal Investigators by Fee, David J.; Larry S. Kobari; and Donna M. Garaventa
    Fee, David J.; Larry S. Kobari; and Donna M. Garaventa
    Historic Archaeological Testing Program, San Antonio Plaza Redevlopment Project, San Jose, California, for City of San Jose, California. Prepared Under the Direction of Larry S. Kobari, Colin I. Busby, and James C. Bard, Principal Investigators

    First Edition

    Hayward, California: Basin Research Associates, Inc, 1981. 290 pages. The report discusses and describes the results of an archaeological testing program conducted in Test Area B, Block 1 and Test Areas E and F, Block 2 of the San Antonio Plaza Redevelopment Project. Includes 90 figures and 7 tables of findings. ISBN: 281AIB1017310.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). Comb-bound with clear plastic protector over front cover.

    Book ID: 77707
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  • Dunsmuir House by Rather. Lois
    Rather. Lois
    Dunsmuir House

    First Edition

    Oakland: The Rather Press, 1982. 75 pages plus one page "Printer's Progress", detailing the creation of the book. Limited to 150 copies. Woodcuts by Stan Cohen. Alex Dunsmuir built this 37-room mansion on 48 acres in the Oakland hills for his-to-be bride, Josephine Wallace. Tragically, Alex never lived in the house. He died on his honeymoon after 41 days of marriage. Josephine lived in the house for only 18 months before her own death. ISBN: 281AIB1049082.

    Signed by the author on front free endpaper: "The last 'major' work of the Rather Press. Lois." First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in decorated paper over boards and green cloth covers. Some staining on lower rear pages.

    Book ID: 264553
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  • Arbuckle, Clyde. Illustrations by Ralph Rambo
    Santa Clara Co. Ranchos

    First Edition

    San Jose: (Harlan-Young Press), 1968. 46 pages. Five black-and-white illustrations and one map in book. Folding map, Santa Clara Co. Ranchos, in rear pocket. Additional map, facsimile of a diseno of the Rancho Santa Teresa, is loose in book. 12.5 x 8.75 inches. ISBN: B003T8PFPA.

    Signed by the illustrator on limitation page. Limited edition, #81/300. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Dust jacket with edge wear and small edge chips. Map is fine.

    Book ID: 96980
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  • San Francisco: Her Foreign Trade by San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
    San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
    San Francisco: Her Foreign Trade

    First Edition

    San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 1920. Unpaginated, 16 pages. B/W photographs. Promotional brochure promoting the value of SF's port for foreign trade. Oblong format: 12 x 9 inches. ISBN: 281AIB1049011.

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

    Book ID: 264470
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  • Election Year by [Zephyrus Image] Energy Hustler Ro Non So Te
    [Zephyrus Image] Energy Hustler Ro Non So Te
    Election Year

    San Francisco: Hermes Free Press, 1972. 2-3/4 by 4 inches. 8 pages. An election year screed decrying oil company influence in politics. A Hermes Free Press (Zephyrus Image) imprint. ISBN: 281AIB1041764.

    Very good in wrappers.

    Book ID: 210007
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  • San Jose Historical Museum Training Manual: Walking Tour of Historic Downtown San Jose by Garboske, Ellen (compiler and editor)
    Garboske, Ellen (compiler and editor)
    San Jose Historical Museum Training Manual: Walking Tour of Historic Downtown San Jose

    First Edition

    San Jose Historical Museum, (ca,. 1985). 182 pages. Six walking tour options are described with a photo and historic information, historic registrations, and general information given for each site. Photographic illustrations are in black-and-white and generally of poor quality for details. ISBN: B00071INSI.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). Comb-bound.

    Book ID: 77706
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