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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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  • 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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  • American Places by Stegner, Wallace and Page Stegner
    Stegner, Wallace and Page Stegner
    American Places

    First Edition

    New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981. 224 pages. 10-3/4 by 12-3/8 inches. Essays on the human and natural histories of the United States, ranging from Maine to the plains and the Rockies to the Pacific Northwest. Illustrated with 96 color photo reproductions by nature photographer Eliot Porter. ISBN: 9780525053903.

    First edition (first printing). Spotted at the edges, thus a near fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to a fellow writer: "For Howard Lachtman, from his friend / Wallace Stegner." A large, heavy book.

    Book ID: 178547
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  • Dictionary of the Intertribal Indian Language Commonly Called Chinook by Bartlett, Laura B. Downey
    Bartlett, Laura B. Downey
    Dictionary of the Intertribal Indian Language Commonly Called Chinook

    First Edition

    Tacoma: Smith-Digby Co, 1924. 93 pages. The author was a member of a pioneer family in Steilacoom, Washington, a lawyer, and supposedly a fluent Chinook speaker. A relatively scarce book on the lingua franca of Northwest American trade and perhaps the only one compiled by a woman. ISBN: B000X6OOEY.

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

    Book ID: 134590
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  • Charles F. Lummis: Editor of the Southwest by [Lummis, Charles] Bingham, Edwin R.
    [Lummis, Charles] Bingham, Edwin R.
    Charles F. Lummis: Editor of the Southwest

    First Edition

    San Marino: The Huntington Library, 1955. 218 pages. Biography of the writer, magazine editor, and Native American rights activist. Illustrated with black-and-white photo reproductions. ISBN: B000HEEF8C.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a dust jacket with toning to spine and a small chip to the spine head.

    Book ID: 72488
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