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Short Abstracts of Auction Catalogue Fifteen

The Daniel G. Volkmann Jr. Collection of Rare Californiana

CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO & THE WEST:
Rare Books, Maps, Broadsides, Letter Sheets, Ephemera

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1. ACKLEY, Mary E. Crossing the Plains and Early Days in California.... San Francisco: Privately printed, 1928. First edition. Cowan II, p. 2. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 1. Flake 12. Howes A33. ($200-400)    More>>

2. ADAMS, Ansel. “Poplars, Autumn, Owens Valley, California.” Gelatin silver photograph. Signed by Adams. Very fine. ($3,000-6,000)     More>>

3. ADAMS, Ansel. Sierra Nevada and the John Muir Trail. Berkeley: Archetype Press, 1938. Signed twice by Adams. First and only edition, limited edition (500 copies) of one of the rarest and finest of Adams’s photography books. ($3,000-6,000)     More>>

4. [ADAMS, Ansel]. ALINDER, James (editor). Ansel Adams 1902-1984. [Carmel: The Friends of Photography, 1984]. ($20-40)    More>>

5. Artistic Homes of California.... San Francisco, [1888 or after]. 50 artotypes of architecture. Very rare. ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

6. AUGER, Édouard. Voyage en Californie.... Paris, 1854. Original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 9. Cowan II, p. 23. Hill 38. Howes A393. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 24. Monaghan 118. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 7. ($200-400
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7. AUGER, Édouard. Voyage en Californie.... Paris, 1854. First edition, second issue of preceding. ($100-200)    More>>

8. AUSTIN, Mary. California: The Land of the Sun.... London, [1914]. Very fine in a lovely binding. First edition. Cowan I, p. 23. ($150-300)    More>>

9. BAKER & BARBER. Sacramento Illustrated. Sacramento: Barber & Baker, 1855. 33 wood engravings. Original pictorial upper wrapper. First edition, second issue, of the first illustrated history of Sacramento. Cowan I, pp. 11-12: “Contains 32 of the earliest views of Sacramento...excessively rare.” Greenwood 547: “Earliest views of Sacramento.” Howes B127. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 35b. ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

    

10. [BAKER, S. F.(attributed)]. Outline History of an Expedition to California: Containing the Fate of the Get All You Can Mining Association. Designed and Engraved by XOX. New York, 1849. Mordant illustrations of the Gold Rush. Original pictorial wrappers. First edition. Cowan II, p. 466. Howes B50. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 474: “This satirical series of cartoons begins with this vivid warning: ‘The Devil encircles California...and from his magic pipe sends forth his emissaries to fill the place with bait.’” ($3,000-6,000)     More>>

    

11. BARTLETT, John R. Personal Narrative.... New York, 1854. Numerous plates, illustrations, and map. 2 vols. in one, rebound in green morocco. First edition. Basic Texas Books 12. Graff 198: “An essential book for the Southwest.” Plains & Rockies IV:234:1. Wheat, TMW 798; Gold Region 252. ($500-1,000)     More>>

12. BELCHER, Edward. Narrative of a Voyage around the World.... London: Henry Colburn, 1843. Engraved plates and maps. 2 vols., 8vo, contemporary three-quarter leather. First edition. Cowan I, p. 15. Cowan II, p. 44. Ferguson 3564. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1377. Hill 102. Howes B318. Lada-Mocarski 117. During his visit to California, Belcher stopped at San Francisco and San Diego. ($750-1,500)     More>>

13. BIDWELL, John. Echoes of the Past.... Chico, [1914]. 16mo, original wrappers. First separate edition. Cowan II, p. 52. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 35. Graff 292. Howes B432. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 55. Paher, Nevada 127. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 16. ($100-300)     More>>

14. BOGGS, Mae Hèléne Bacon. My Playhouse Was a Concord Coach. [Oakland, 1942]. Profusely illustrated. Folio, original buckram. First edition. Adams, Guns 234. Dykes, Rare Western Outlaw Books 29. Howes B570. ($200-400)     More>>

15. BONNER, T. D. (editor). The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth. New York, 1856. Illustrated. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan II, p. 41. Graff 347: “A classic of pioneer days in the West.” Howes B601. Plains & Rockies IV:272:1. Rittenhouse 72. ($300-600)     More>>

16. BROWNE, J[ohn] Ross. Resources of the Pacific Slope.... New York, 1869. First trade edition, revised and expanded. Barrett 373. Cowan I, p. 27. Cowan II, p. 79n. ($100-300)     More>>

17. BUNNELL, Lafayette Houghton. Discovery of the Yosemite, and the Indian War of 1851.... Chicago, [1880]. Map and illustrations. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan II, p. 29. Currey & Kruska 27. Farquhar 15a. Howes B954. ($100-300)     More>>

18. BUNNELL, Lafayette Houghton. Discovery of the Yosemite.... Chicago: Fleming H. Revell, [1880]. 8vo, original cloth. Author’s presentation inscription. Second edition of preceding, revised. ($100-200)     More>>

19. BURNEY, James. A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean.... London, 1803-1817. 40 engraved plates and maps. 5 vols. in four, 4to, contemporary three-quarter calf. First edition. Cowan II, p. 86: “Many of the early voyages to California, and the adjacent coast, would be nearly inaccessible were they not herein collected.” Ferguson 372. Hill 221. Howes B1002. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 72. Strathern 80. ($10,000-20,000)     More>>

20. CALIFORNIA. ALTA CALIFORNIA. [Broadside commencing]: En el Puerto de Monterrey de la Alta California...La Alta California se declara independiente de Mejico mientras tanto no restablesca el sistema Federal que se adopto el ano de 1824.... [Monterrey: Santiago Aguilar, 1836]. First edition. Cowan, Spanish Press, p. 16. Fahey 22 (locating only this and the Bancroft copy). Greenwood 23. Harding 22. Libros Californianos, p. 26. Streeter Sale 2482 (this copy). The printer of this broadside was California’s second printer. The declaration of independence states that Alta California will be an independent state until the central government of Mexico is reformed. ($7,500-15,000)     More>>

21. CALIFORNIA. ALTA CALIFORNIA. [Broadside commencing]: El Comandante General de la Alta California. Calyfornyos: El gobierno frances que mas de un año...ha declarado la guerra.... [Sonoma, June 12, 1839]. Large and fine woodcut of Mexican eagle at top, ink manuscript rubric of Vallejo. First printing of one of two known copies of this specimen of early California printing on Zamorano’s press at Sonoma by an unknown printer. Cowan, Spanish Press, p. 26. Fahey 53. Greenwood 54. Harding 53. Vallejo orders the populace to unite to resist French aggressions in the wake of the Pastry War. ($4,000-8,000)     More>>

22. CALIFORNIA (Territory). GOVERNOR (Bennet Riley). Proclamation to the People of the District of San Francisco. [San Francisco or Monterey, California, 1849]. Broadside. Provenance: Grabhorn-Streeter-Howell. First printing. Fahey 119. Greenwood 121 (locating only this and the Bancroft copy). Streeter Sale 2556 (this copy). Wagner, California Imprints 32. Riley, acting as military governor of California, denounces an illegal “Legislative Assembly of the District of San Francisco,” stating that they have usurped powers reserved to the U.S. government. ($3,000-6,000)     More>>

23. CALIFORNIA (State). Constitution of the State of California. San Francisco: Printed at the Office of the Alta California, 1849. First edition in book form, first issue of the constitution under which California entered the Union, and one of the early books printed in San Francisco. Cowan I, p. 34. Cowan II, p. 140. Fahey 127. Graff 539. Greenwood 124. Jones, Adventures in Americana 245. Libros Californianos, p. 19. Wagner, California Imprints 37. ($2,000-4,000)     More>>

24. [CALIFORNIA]. The California Star. Yerba Buena [San Francisco], vol. 1, no. 9, March 6, 1847. Small folio. First edition of a very early issue of San Francisco’s first newspaper, edited by Samuel Brannan. Fahey, p. 134. Kemble, p. 276. Kurutz & Mathes, The Forgotten War, p. 127. Contains details relating to the transition of California from Mexican to U.S. rule. ($750-1,500)     More>>

25. [CALIFORNIA]. The California Star. San Francisco, vol. 1, no. 34, August 28, 1847. First edition of a very early issue of San Francisco’s first newspaper, edited by Samuel Brannan. Fahey, p. 134. Kemble, p. 276. Kurutz & Mathes, The Forgotten War, p. 127. Very early detailed report and statistics concerning San Francisco, along with Mexican-American War news. ($900-1,800)     More>>

26. [CALIFORNIA]. The Californian. Monterey, vol. 1, no. 32, March 27, 1847. First printing of the first California newspaper. Fahey, p. 134. Cf. Graff 550. Greenwood 99. Cf. Wagner, California Imprints 1. Early report on the Donner party. ($600-1,200)     More>>

27. [CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH]. For San Francisco, via Chagres. 30th June. The New and Splendid Steamship Crescent City. 1500 tons burthen.... New York: G. F. Nesbitt, [ca. 1848]. Illustrated advertisement. Howell 50, California 101 (this copy): “Exceedingly rare, probably unique.” Haskins, Argonauts, lists several arrivals of this ship in California. ($3,000-6,000)     More>>

28. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEETS]. Album containing 18 lithographed letter sheets, mostly by Britton & Rey, “The Currier & Ives of the West” (Peters). A well-rounded gathering, including an early street map of San Francisco, two rare double-sheet bird’s-eye views of San Francisco, mining towns (including some first or early views of those towns), mining operations, gambling, Chinese miners, life in the mines, and Gold Rush humor. Fine to very fine. (1) Map of San Francisco; Baird 149; (2) Bird’s Eye View Of San Francisco...1852; Baird 12; (3) San Francisco Upper California; variant of Baird 252; (4) San Francisco; Baird 233; (5) City Hall, San-Francisco Cal.; Baird 30; (6) View of the Plaza of San-Francisco, on the 4th. of July 1851; variant of Baird 313b; (7) Mission Dolores; Baird 173; (8) Springfield, Tuolumne County; Baird 257; (9) Sonora from the North...1853; Baird 257; (10) Placerville; variant of Baird 202; (11) Mariposa City; Baird 151; (12) The Miners; Baird 157; (13) The Miners; Baird 158. (14) Celestial Empire in California; Baird 26; (15) Gambling in the Mines; Baird 86; (16) Miners at Work with Long Toms; Baird 159; (17) Bar Room in The Mines; Baird 7; (18) The Mining Business in Four Pictures; Baird 171. ($7,500-15,000)     More>>

29. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. Capt. Sutter’s account of the first discovery of the Gold...1854. Lithograph. Baird 22. A key Gold Rush letter sheet. ($300-600)
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30. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. City of San Francisco.... Metal engraving. Baird 31. An important letter sheet for its early view of San Francisco and because it is one of the earliest letter sheets–issued before February 9, 1850, and possibly in late 1849. ($400-800)     More>>

31. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. Fort Vigilant....Constitution and Address of the Vigilance Committee...1856. Baird 83. ($400-800)     More>>

32. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. San Francisco Past and Present...1854. Wood engraving. Baird 251. Documents the tremendous growth of San Francisco in the early 1850s. ($500-1,000)     More>>

33. CARRILLO, Carlos Antonio. Exposición que el diputado de la Alta California...pidiendo se establezcan...los tribunales competentes para su administracion de justicia. Mexico, 1831. 8vo, later protective decorative wrappers. First edition. Doheny Sale 200 (this copy). Libros Californianos, pp. 21 & 28: “Only two copies are known to us of this early attempt by a native Californian to convince the Mexican Congress to give Alta California more independence through having its own judiciary.” ($5,000-10,000)     More>>

34. CATLIN, George. Salesman’s dummy for Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians.... Philadelphia, 1860. See Plains & Rockies IV:84:20. ($500-1,000)     More>>

35. CHAPPE D’AUTEROCHE, Jean. Voyage en Californie.... Paris, 1772. Copper-engraved plates and map. 4to, contemporary calf. First edition of one of the earliest scientific expeditions to California. Cowan I, p. 46. Cowan II, p. 114. Hill 278. Howes C299. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 61. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 158. ($2,000-4,000)     More>>

36. CHAPPE D’AUTEROCHE, Jean. A Voyage to California.... London, 1778. Copper-engraved map. First English edition of preceding. ($600-1,200)     More>>

37. CHAVANNES DE LA GIRAUDIÈRE, H. de. Les Petits Voyageurs en Californie. Tours: Ad Mame, 1853. Chromolithographs. 8vo, original cloth stamped in gilt and colors. First edition. Cowan II, p. 837. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 125. Gold Rush juvenile. ($500-1,000)     More>>

38. CHERRY, Edgar & Sons. Redwood and Lumbering in California Forests. San Francisco, 1884. 24 mounted albumen prints. 4to, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 186. Cowan II, p. 525. Kurutz, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs 1856-1890 #7. An important work on the technical, practical, and business matters associated with the logging industry. ($3,000-6,000)     More>>

39. CHEVALIER, Michel. Les Mines d’Or de la Californie. [Paris: Journal des Débates, 1849]. 8vo, contemporary sheep over marbled boards. Author’s copy with his bookplate. ($2,500-5,000)     More>>

40. CHORIS, Louis. Voyage Pittoresque Autour du Monde.... Paris, 1820, 1822. Lithographed and engraved plates, charts, map. Folio, new sympathetic calf over contemporary marbled boards. A splendid copy, handsomely bound. First edition, first issue (both 1820 and 1822 title pages present), all plates colored (only 50 copies issued in this preferred state). Cowan I, p.47. Cf. Cowan II, p. 123. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 541: “Spectacular and early lithographically illustrated travel account that has always been considered one of the most beautiful and important colorplate books of the Northern Pacific. It contains more early views of Hawaii, Alaska, and California than any other work of the period.” Hill I, pp. 51-52: “One of the most beautiful books of travel in existence. Lada-Mocarski 84. ($100,000-150,000)     More>>

41. CLARKE, A. B. Travels in Mexico and California.... Boston, 1852. 12mo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 48. Cowan II, p. 128. Doheny Sale 203 (this copy). Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 49. Graff 746. Howell 50:376A: “First printed description of the route north from Camargo, Mexico, through Chihuahua and Sonora to the Gila River of Arizona.” Howes C451. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 138. Plains & Rockies IV:210. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 41. ($1,200-2,400)     More>>

42. CLAVIGERO, D. Francesco Saverio. Storia della California.... Venice, 1789. Copper-engraved map (based on Kino). 2 vols. in one, 8vo, three-quarter parchment paper over marbled boards. First edition of the second published history of California. Cowan I, p. 49. Cowan II, p. 129. Graff 747. Hill 307: “One of the rarest primary sources on the history of Baja California.” Howes C465. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 66. Wagner, CNW 716; Spanish Southwest 172. ($2,000-4,000)     More>>

43. COKE, Henry J. A Ride over the Rocky Mountains to Oregon and California.... London, 1852. 8vo, later tan calf over marbled boards. First edition. Cowan I, p. 50. Cowan II, p. 134. Flake 2449. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1852. Graff 796. Hill 330. Howes C547. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 144. Plains & Rockies IV:211. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 44. ($300-600)    More>>

44. COLTON, Walter. Deck and Port.... New York, 1850. Tinted lithographed plates. 8vo, original cloth. First edition, second issue. Cowan I, p. 52. Cowan II, p. 137. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1769. Hill 340. Howes C624. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 150b. ($100-200)    More>>

45. COOKE, Edward. A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World.... London, 1712. Copper-engraved maps (one showing California as an island). 2 vols., 8vo, contemporary calf. Second edition of vol. 1; first edition of vol. 2 (preferred edition, expanded to 2 vols.). Cowan I, pp. 54-55. Cowan II, p. 141. European Americana 712/42. Hill 372. Howes C733. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 30. Wagner, CNW 499. Cf. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 77. ($3,000-6,000)     More>>

46. COOKE, P. St. G. The Conquest of New Mexico and California.... New York, 1878. Map. 12mo, original cloth. Littell copy. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 54-55. Flake 2499. Graff 869. Howes C728. Kurutz & Mathes, The Forgotten War, pp. 130-131: “Cooke commanded the Mormon Battalion, and his narrative covers the final stages of the conquest of California.... Cooke was highly critical of Frémont.” Plains & Rockies IV:165n. Wheat, TMW 505. ($150-300)    More>>

47. COTTEAU, Edmond. Six mille lieues en soixante jours.... Auxerre, 1887. Map. 8vo, original wrappers bound into modern cloth over marbled boards. Author’s signed presentation copy. Little known, and rare. First edition. ($500-1,000)     More>>

48. CRONISE, T. F. The Natural Wealth of California.... San Francisco, 1868. Plates. 8vo, original cloth. First edition, the preferred issue, with plates. BAL 7243. Cowan I, p. 60. Cowan II, pp. 150-151: “The best and most reliable work of the time.” Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 62-63. ($150-300)     More>>

49. DAMON, Samuel C. A Trip from the Sandwich Islands to Lower Oregon, and Upper California.... Honolulu: Printed at the Polynesian Office, 1849. 4to, later morocco over cloth. Very scarce. First edition, second issue, consisting of the original sheets published in the regular issues of The Friend (Honolulu) vol. 7, nos. 6-12, Sept. 1 through Dec. 20, 1849, with an added title page. Cowan I, pp. 61-62. Cowan II, p. 155. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1726. Graff 994. Hill 413. Howes D44. Littell 244: “One of the rarest and most important of California items.” ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

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DAWSON, W. L. The Birds of California.... San Diego, etc., 1923. Profusely illustrated (including photogravures). 4 vols., 4to, original three-quarter morocco over cloth. First edition, the limited De Luxe Santa Barbara edition (#42 of 100 copies), signed by author, and in the special binding. Ayer, p. 162. Nissen, Birds 225. ($750-1,500)     More>>

51. DELANO, A. Life on the Plains and among the Diggings.... Auburn & Buffalo, 1854. Engraved plates and illustrations. 8vo, original cloth. First edition, first issue. Cowan I, p. 65. Cowan II, p. 163. Graff 1042. Howes D230. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 177a: “One of the great classics of the Overland Trail.” Plains & Rockies IV:238:1. ($250-500)    More>>

52. [DELANO, A]. A Live Woman in the Mines...By “Old Block”.... New York, [1857]. 12mo, original wrappers. First edition, first issue (imprint without price). Cowan II, p. 163. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 178a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 57n. ($50-100)    More>>

53. [DELANO, A.]. The Miner’s Progress.... Sacramento: Published at the Daily Union Office, 1853. Engraved text illustrations by Charles Nahl. 8vo, disbound. First edition of classic Gold Rush humor; author’s first separate publication; second publication with Charles Nahl artwork. Cowan II, p. 163. Greenwood 382. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 179. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 57n. ($400-800)    More>>

54. [DELAVAN, James]. Notes on California and the Placers.... New York, 1850. 2 lithographed plates. 8vo, original brown printed wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 66. Cowan II, p. 164. Graff 1044. Howes D237. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 183a: “One of the most spirited accounts of the journey to California and life in the mines.” Libros Californianos, p. 26. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 58. ($4,000-8,000)    More>>

55. DIETRICH, Dr. [Leopold W.] (attributed). The German Emigrants; or, Frederick Wohlgemuth’s Voyage to California.... Guben, [ca. 1852]. Hand-colored lithographed plates with gesso highlighting. 12mo, original decorated boards. First edition. Cowan II, p. 169. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 194a. ($300-600)    More>>

56. [DIRECTORY: NEVADA COUNTY]. BEAN, Edwin F. Bean’s History and Directory of Nevada County, California.... Nevada City, 1867. 8vo, original leather over pictorial boards. First edition, first directory printed in Nevada County and an early imprint for Nevada City. Cowan II, p. 170. Graff 219. Howes B278. Quebedeaux 36: “By far, the best-known of all California directories. One of the great standard’ county histories...one of the most valuable–content-wise–of all the directories published in the United States.” Wheat, Books of the Gold Rush 13: “Notable compendium of early source material.” ($2,000-4,000)     More>>

57. [DIRECTORY: SAN FRANCISCO]. CAMPBELL & HOOGS (publishers). Campbell & Hoogs’ Directory for February, 1850.... [San Francisco: Faulkner & Allen, 1850]. Folio pamphlet. This sparse ephemeron is a rare survival. First issue. Fahey 152. Graff 565. Greenwood 194. Quebedeaux 71: “Extremely rare. First directory, of any kind, for San Francisco.... The February 15, 1850, issue of Campbell & Hoog’s is still the first directory of any sort, not only for San Francisco, but for California as a whole–unknown to the bibliographers until the Graff and Streeter copies came to light.” Streeter Sale 2625 (this copy). ($5,000-10,000)    More>>

58. [DIRECTORY: SAN FRANCISCO]. Register of First-Class Business Houses in San Francisco. October, 1852. San Francisco: F. A. Bonnard, 1852. 4to, original sheep over cloth. First edition. Cowan II, p. 173. Greenwood 350. One of the most typographically interesting of early San Francisco imprints.
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59. [DIRECTORY: SAN FRANCISCO]. LECOUNT & STRONG. LeCount & Strong’s San Francisco City Directory for the Year 1854.... San Francisco, 1854. 8vo, original sheep over printed boards. First edition. Cowan I, p. 70. Cowan II, 172. Greenwood 506. Quebedeaux 68: “Rare.” ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

60. [DIRECTORY: SAN FRANCISCO]. LANGLEY, Henry G. (compiler). The San Francisco Directory for the Year Commencing September, 1861.... San Francisco, 1861. Lithographed map. 8vo, original sheep over printed boards. First edition. Greenwood 1540. ($750-1,500)    More>>

61. [DIRECTORY: SAN FRANCISCO]. LANGLEY, Henry G. (compiler). The San Francisco Directory for the Year Commencing April, 1876.... San Francisco, 1876. 8vo, original sheep over printed boards. First edition. Cf. Cowan I, p. 70. Cf. Cowan II, p. 172. ($300-600)    More>>

62. [DIRECTORY: SAN FRANCISCO]. HOAG, C. C. (editor & publisher). Our Society Blue Book: San Francisco Blue Book.... San Francisco, 1930. 8vo, original cloth. ($100-200)     More>>

63. [DIRECTORY: TRUCKEE BASIN]. IRONS, C. D. (editor & compiler). W. F. Edwards’ Tourists’ Guide and Directory of the Truckee Basin. Truckee, 1883. Plates. 12mo, original cloth. First edition. Howes E73. Paher, Nevada 539. Quebedeaux 38. ($1,000-2,000)    More>>

64. [DIRECTORY: TUOLUMNE COUNTY]. HECKENDORN & WILSON (compilers). Miners & Business Men’s Directory. For the Year Commencing January 1st, 1856.... Columbia, 1856. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition of an important gold region business directory. Cowan II, p. 174. Graff 1844. Greenwood 693. Howes H389. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 324. Norris 3967: “Excessively rare.... Most of these places have long since disappeared leaving no record other than herein contained.” Quebedeaux 122. ($10,000-20,000)    More>>

65. DOWNIE, William. Hunting for Gold.... San Francisco, 1893. Illustrated. 8vo, original cloth. First edition, mixed issue. Cowan I, p. 71. Cowan II, p. 179. Graff 1143. Howes D448. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 203. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 64: “One of the more important volumes of Gold Rush reminiscence, by the discoverer of the rich diggings at Downieville.” ($300-600)    More>>

66. DU PONT, S. F. Official Dispatches and Letters of Rear Admiral Du Pont, U. S. Navy. 1846-48. 1861-63. Wilmington, 1883. 8vo, original cloth. Rare, privately printed account. First edition, limited edition (50 copies). Cowan II, p. 843. Howes D589. Kurutz & Mathes, The Forgotten War, p. 133. Nevins, Civil War Books I:223. Du Pont commanded the Cyane off the California coast during the Mexican-American War and was instrumental in securing the Californias under U.S. control. ($1,200-2,400)    More>>

67. DUFLOT DE MOFRAS, Eugène. Exploration du territoire de l’Orégon, des Californies et de la mer Vermeille.... Paris, 1844. Plates and maps. Atlas + 2 vols. of text, contemporary half calf. First edition of “one of the great books of the West Coast” (Graff 1169). Cowan I, p. 74: “The atlas [is] superior to any other issued within that decade [and] this work was presumed to be a continuation of Humboldt’s description of the same region.” Cowan II, p. 186. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1461: “A rare and important work on California and Oregon.” Harlow, Maps of San Francisco Bay 26n, 28, 29; Maps of the Pueblo Lands of San Diego 14. Howes D542. Lada-Mocarski 120. Libros Californianos, p. 25. Wheat, Gold Region 19: TMW 474 & II, pp. 185-86: “De Mofras’ map was a landmark.” Zamorano 80 #30. ($20,000-40,000)    More>>

68. DUPETIT-THOUARS, A. A. Voyage Autour du Monde.... Paris, 1840-1844 & 1855. Numerous plates and maps. 4 atlases + 10 vols. text. Contemporary boards skillfully rebacked in calf. Magnificent set. First edition. Bagnall 1750. Fine Bird Books (1990), p. 131. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1198, 1333, 1526, 1586, 1588 & 2132. Hill 518: “One of the most important and complete records of the Mexican period in California.” Howes P267. Nissen, BBI 561; IVB 281; ZBI 1211. The Atlas Pittoresque contains some of the finest lithographs of the nineteenth century, with views and scenes of San Francisco Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Honolulu, Mexico, Sydney, Lima, and other ports. ($50,000-100,000)    More>>

69. ECKFELDT, J. & W. Du Bois. New Varieties of Gold and Silver Coins.... Philadelphia, 1850. Engraved frontispiece, plate of California and Mormon coins, and actual gold samples. 12mo, original red paper boards gilt. First edition. Cowan I, p. 76. Cowan II, p. 191. Doheny Sale 219 (this copy). Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 217a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 67: “Actual samples of California grain’ and bar’ gold, and reproductions of privately minted 1849 gold coins of California and of the Mormons in Utah render this little book an extraordinary and colorful contemporary souvenir of the Gold Rush.” ($5,000-10,000)    More>>

70. EDWARDS, P. L. California in 1837.... Sacramento, 1890. 12mo, original wrappers. Littell copy. First edition. Adams, Herd 747. Cowan I, p. 82: “Apparently limited to a small edition, as the work is rarely seen.” Cowan II, p. 192. Graff 1216. Howes E66. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 18. Reese, Six Score 36: “Narrative of the first recorded cattle drive in California. ($500-1,000)    More>>

71. [ELLIOT, G. H.]. The Presidio of San Francisco: Concepcion de Arguello. [Washington, 1874]. 12mo, original cloth rebacked in black leather. Very rare. Second separate edition. BAL 7272. Cowan I, p. 77: “Having been privately printed, this is one of the scarcest works relating to San Francisco.” Cowan II, p. 194. Howes E97. ($1,000-2,000)    More>>

72. ENGELHARDT, Zephyrin. The Franciscans in California. Harbor Springs, 1897. Plates and map. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 79: “The most complete work upon the colonization and evangelization of California by the Franciscans.” Cowan II, p. 196. Graff 1250. Howes E153. ($100-200)     More>>

73. FARQUHAR, F. P. Exploration of the Sierra Nevada. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1925. Photographic plates. 8vo, original wrappers. Author’s signed presentation copy with corrections. First separate edition, one of 70 author’s copies from an offprint edition of 275. Cowan II, p. 204. Neate, Mountaineering and Its Literature 252. ($150-300)    More>>

74. [FERNÁNDEZ DE NAVARRETE, Martín]. Relación del viage hecho por las goletas Sutil y Mexicana en el año de 1792.... Madrid, 1802. Engraved plates (2 aquatint) and maps. Text and atlas, 8vo and folio, mid-twentieth-century sheep. The fine Doheny copy. First edition. California 49: Forty-Nine Maps 19. Cowan II, p. 198. Doheny Sale 221 (this copy). Graff 1262: “Most important account of the exploration of the Far Northwest coast by the Spanish.” Harlow, Maps of the Pueblo Lands of San Diego 1602-1864 #11. Howes G18 (“dd”). Lada-Mocarski 56: “Unsurpassed in importance.” Libros Californianos, pp. 16 & 24. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 71. Medina, HSA 5934. Wagner, CNW 861 & pp. 225-233, 252-254. ($15,000-30,000)     More>>

75. FERRY, Hypolite. Description de la Nouvelle Californie.... Paris, 1850. Plates and maps. 12mo, contemporary calf over boards. Second edition (Cowan notes that two editions came out in 1851 and they are identical in content). Cowan I, p. 84: “The most complete and extensive work descriptive of California published in France at this time.” Cowan II, p. 207. Howes F101. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 236a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 75n; Gold Region 155 & 156. ($400-800)    More>>

76. FIELD, Stephen J. Personal Reminiscences of Early Days in California.... [San Francisco? 1880?]. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, pp. 84-85. Cowan II, p. 108. Graff 1315. Howes F117. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 237b. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 76. ($150-300)    More>>

77. FISKE, George. Album of Yosemite photographs. 47 mounted numbered, signed albumen photographs, in album, 1880-1890s. Fiske’s ticket on verso of last card. Handsome album by the first photographer to live full-time in the Yosemite Valley. ($3,000-6,000)     More>>

    

78. [FLEMING, G. A.]. California: Its Past History; Its Present Position; Its Future Prospects.... London, 1850. Engraved title page, 2 engraved plates, map (all vividly hand-colored and with gesso highlights). 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Flake 1085. Graff 1347. Howes F178. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 242: “The hand-colored plates are of exceptional quality and the engraved frontispiece is one of the glories of Gold Rush literature.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 4; Gold Region 144. ($1,500-3,000)     More>>

79. FOSTER, G. G. The Gold Regions of California. New York, 1848. Map. 8vo, original wrappers printed in gold. First edition. Cowan II, p. 219. Graff 1387. Howes F287. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 250a: “A useful anthology of some of the earliest reports of the gold discovery.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 77: “One of the earliest [maps] to mention the Gold Region.’” Wheat,
Gold Region 39. ($2,000-4,000)     More>>

80. FOSTER, G. G. The Gold Regions of California.... New York, 1848. Map. 8vo, original wrappers bound in sheep. First edition, varies slightly from preceding. ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

81. FRÉMONT, John C. Geographical Memoir upon Upper California, in Illustration of His Map of Oregon and California. Washington: HR5, 1849. Map. 8vo, recent cloth. First edition, House issue, but with the preferred Senate version of Preuss’s map. California 49: Forty-Nine Maps of California 48. Cohen, Mapping the West, pp. 152-153. Cowan II, p. 223n. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 256b. Paher, Nevada 637. Plains & Rockies IV:150:2. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 78; TMW III, 559 & pp. 55-62: “The one great general map of 1848 was that of Fremont and Preuss.” ($750-1,500)    More>>

82. FRÉMONT, John C. & Jessie Benton. Memoirs of My Life...Vol. 1 (all published). Chicago & New York, 1887. Plates (some by Darley), maps. 4to, original sheep. First edition, in special binding and printed on better paper. Cowan I, p. 91. Cowan II, pp. 224-225. Howes F367. Paher, Nevada 638. Rittenhouse 228. ($250-500)     More>>

83. FRÉMONT, John C. & Jessie Benton Frémont. Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains.... London, 1846. Plates and map. First English edition, unrecorded issue, similar to Plains & Rockies IV:115:6, but with 2 additional plates. Howes F370. Wheat, Gold Region 22n; TMW 481n & II, p. 184. Zamorano 80 #39. ($250-500)     More>>

84. FRIGNET, Ernest. La Californie.... Paris, 1867. Map. 8vo, original wrappers. Second edition (the first edition, published the previous year, did not contain the map). Cowan I, p. 92n. Cowan II, p. 225. Howes F385. Monaghan 710. ($150-300)     More>>

85. FRINK, Margaret A. Journal of the Adventures of a Party of California Gold-Seekers.... [Oakland, 1897]. Portraits. 12mo, original cloth. Rare, privately printed account. First edition, limited edition (50 copies printed). Cowan II, p. 225. Graff 1445. Howes F388. Kurutz, California Gold Rush 258a. ($1,000-2,000)     More>>

86. GARRARD, Lewis H. Wah-To-Yah, and the Taos Trail.... Cincinnati & New York, 1850. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Flake 3509. Graff 1513. Howes G70. Plains & Rockies IV:182. Rittenhouse 236: “One of the great classics not only on the Trail but of the entire Southwest.” ($1,200-2,400)     More>>

87. GAY, F. A. Sketches of California.... [New York, 1848]. 8vo, original wrappers. Rare. First edition. Cowan I, p. 94. Cowan II, pp. 230-231. Graff 1525. ($750-1,500)    More>>

88. GEORGE, Henry. Progress and Poverty.... San Francisco, 1879. 8vo, original purple pebble cloth. First edition, limited edition (200 copies). Adams, Radical Literature in America, p. 54. Cowan I, p. 95. Cowan II, p. 233. Grolier American Hundred 81. Howes G106: “Significant American contribution to economic and sociological thought.” ($1,000-2,000)    More>>

89. GERSTÄCKER, F. W. Scènes de la Vie Californienne. Geneva, 1859. 6 India-proof mounted etched plates. 8vo, original cloth. First edition in French. Cowan I, p. 96. Cowan II, p. 234. Graff 1541. Hill 696: “Charming western scenes.” Howes G135. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 266b. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 81n. ($200-400)    More>>

90. GIFFORD, C. B. & L. Nagel. San Francisco, 1862. From Russian Hill... [label title]: Panoramic View of San Francisco. Lithographed panorama on tinted ground (31.9 x 270.5 cm; 12-1/2 x 106-1/2 inches) folded into contemporary cloth covers, with broadside: Historical Sketch of California. First edition, first state. Baird & Evans 38a. Peters, America on Stone, p. 195 & 291: “Very rare.” Reps, Views and Viewmakers of America 290 & p. 178: “Gifford’s finest and most ambitious view.” ($15,000-25,000)     More>>

91. GLEESON, W. History of the Catholic Church in California. San Francisco, 1872-1871. Plates, map. 2 vols. in one, later three-quarter tan calf. First edition. Cowan I, p. 97: “This work, largely esteemed, is rare, having suffered a destructive fire at the publishers.” Cowan II, p. 239. Howes G204. ($400-800)     More>>

92. GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies.... New York, 1844. Engraved plates and maps. 2 vols., 12mo, original cloth. First edition, first issue. Bennett, American Book Collecting, p. 91: “A key book of obvious importance.” Flake 3716. Graff 1659. Howes G401. Plains & Rockies IV:108:1. Rittenhouse 255. Streeter, Texas, p. 328 (citing the book as one of the most important for a Texas collection) & 1502. Wheat, TMW 482 & I, p. 186: “A cartographic landmark.” ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

93. GREGORY, J. W. Gregory’s Guide for California Travellers.... New York & St. Louis, 1850. 8vo, modern boards. First edition of a rare early guide for California travelers. Cowan I, pp. 99-100. Cowan II, pp. 249-250. Howes G407. Jones 254. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 294a. ($1,200-2,400)     More>>

94. GREGORY’S EXPRESS. Gregory’s Express Pocket Letter Book.... San Francisco, 1851. 24mo, original coated wrappers printed in gold. Unused, as issued. Exceptionally fine. ($400-800)    More>>

95. GREGORY’S EXPRESS. [GOLD RUSH LETTER]. REED, James M. ALs to his wife and sons, Todd’s Valley California, near the American River, April 1, 1855. 14 pp. in Gregory’s Express Pocket Letter Book. Reed outlines a microcosm of difficulties miners faced and the hopes that they held for striking gold. ($500-1,000)    More>>

96. [GUZMÁN, J. M.]. Breve noticia que da al Supremo Gobierno, del actual estado del territorio de la Alta California.... Mexico, 1833. Table. 8vo, plain paper wrappers. First edition. Cowan II, p. 154. Doheny Sale 200 (this copy). Graff 1696. Libros Californianos, p. 15. ($500-1,000)    More>>

97. HAKLUYT, Richard. The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation.... London, 1589. Lacks map. Folio, contemporary calf. First edition, second issue, with Drake insert. Arents (Add) 95. Church 139. European Americana 589/31. Grolier English Hundred 14. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 3. Printing and the Mind of Man 105. STC 12625. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 9 (Drake insert). ($8,000-16,000)     More>>

98. HALLEY, William. The Centennial Year Book of Alameda County.... Oakland, 1876. Plates. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 103. Cowan II, p. 260. ($150-300)    More>>

99. HARLOW, A. F.. Old Waybills: The Romance of the Express Companies. New York & London, 1934. Plates + extra-illustrated with 11 printed ephemera related to California express companies. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Adams, Guns 924. Howes H201. ($100-300)    More>>

100. HARTE, Bret. The Pliocene Skull.... Washington, 1871. Entirely lithographed, with comical illustrations of California gold miner and humorous verse. 4to, original cloth over paper boards, a.e.g. First edition (Kozlay’s B). BAL 7424. Bennett, p. 134. Cowan II, p. 268. ($150-300)    More>>

101. HARTE, Bret. The Queen of the Pirate Isle...Illustrated by Kate Greenaway.... London, [1886?]. Chromolithographed text illustrations. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. BAL 7337. Harte wrote this work after he moved to London, but it is set in California. ($100-300)    More>>

102. HARTFORD UNION MINING & TRADING COMPANY. Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company.... Printed by J. L. Hall, on Board the Henry Lee, 1849. 32 pp. 12mo, original stitching. Presentation from Hall: “Presented to E. A. Upton by Mr. Hall in Rio de Janeiro–April 1849.” Exceedingly rare–only known copy of this 32-page issue. First edition, first issue of the account usually considered the first, and best, printed narrative of an expedition by sea to the gold regions, printed aboard ship. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 305a. Vail, Gold Fever, pp. 25-27 (this copy). ($10,000-20,000)     More>>

103. HARTFORD UNION MINING & TRADING COMPANY. Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company.... Printed by J. L. Hall on Board the Henry Lee [and San Francisco harbor], 1849. 88 pp. (pp. 9-20 in facsimile but with pp. 41-44 in duplicate). 8vo, disbound sheets. Ultra rare–only a handful of copies of the 88-page issues have survived. First edition, third issue (with corrected title page and the last few pages typeset in San Francisco harbor). Cowan I, p. 102. Cowan II, p. 259. Fahey 124. Greenwood 131. Howes W202. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 305a. Libros Californianos, p. 23. Vail, Gold Fever, pp. 25-27. Wagner, California Imprints 84. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 88. John B. Goodman, in Book Club of California, California Printing...1838-1890 I:5: “The first sea journal of the ’49 California Argonauts to be published...largely printed during the long voyage round the stormy Cape Horn from New York to San Francisco.... Today it is one of the keystones, and among the rarest, of all western books. Despite its humble appearance, just to handle this hallowed journal and scan its pages is a riveting experience.” ($10,000-20,000)    More>>

104. HARTFORD UNION MINING & TRADING COMPANY. Around the Horn in ’49.... [Wethersfield, 1898]. Plates. 8vo, original cloth. Presentation copy. Second edition, with the added 96-page appendix; first illustrated edition. Cowan I, pp. 102-103. Cowan II, p. 259. Howes W202. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 305b. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 88n. ($200-400)    More>>

105. [HAVEN, Emily B. N.]. “All’s Not Gold That Glitters”; or, The Young Californian. By Cousin Alice. New York, 1853. Chromolithographed title, plates. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan II, pp. 145-146. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 321a. Gold Rush juvenile. ($50-100)    More>>

106. HEAP, G. H. Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California.... Philadelphia, 1854. Tinted lithographed plates, map in photofacsimile. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 107. Cowan II, p. 273. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 110-111: “The earliest published account of Death Valley.” Graff 1837. Paher 747. Plains & Rockies IV:235. Rittenhouse 290. Includes camel experiment. ($400-800)    More>>

107. HITTELL, John S. A History of the City of San Francisco and Incidentally of the State of California. San Francisco, 1878. 8vo, original cloth. Author’s presentation copy. First edition. Cowan I, p. 111: “The most reliable and standard authority that has yet appeared upon the period it includes.” Cowan II, p. 283. Howes H539. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 99. ($150-300)    More>>

108. HUGHES, John T. Doniphan’s Expedition.... Cincinnati: U. P. James, n.d. [after July, 1854]. Illustrations and maps. 8vo, original wrappers. Later edition from stereotyped plates. Cf. Cowan I, p. 115-116. Cf. Cowan II, p. 295. Cf. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 122. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 149. Graff 2006. Howes H769: “Doniphan’s and Kearny’s conquest gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona.” Plains & Rockies IV:134. Rittenhouse 311: “A classic work.” ($150-300)     More>>

109. HUTCHINGS, J. M. Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California.... San Francisco, [1860]. 93 text illustrations. 8vo, original cloth. First edition, first issue. Cowan II, p. 300. Currey & Kruska 164: “First book length description of the state’s natural attractions...first work to describe the big trees and the Yosemite region in detail.” Farquhar, Yosemite 4A. Greenwood 1275. ($150-300)    More>>

110. HUTCHINGS, J. M. Wonder and Curiosity in California.... London, 1865. 105 text illustrations. 8vo, early twentieth-century three-quarter tan calf. First English edition. Currey & Kruska 164. ($100-200)    More>>

111. IDE, William B. “Proclamation of California Independence Dated 1848.” Sonoma, June 15, 1848. 2 pp. Contemporary manuscript copy, in an unknown hand, of the “Proclamation of California Independence” sent, according to the accompanying documentation by descendent John Lucas Greer, to John Coppinger of the Rancho Cañada de Raymundo. There are only two known copies in Ide’s hand (Sutter’s Fort State Historical Park in Sacramento and Stanford). Ide’s proclamation is a seminal document of the Bear Flag Revolt, which resulted in the short-lived Republic of California. See Bancroft, History of California, V, pp. 150-156, et seq. ($10,000-20,000)    More>>

112. JOHNSON, O. & William H. Winter. Route across the Rocky Mountains, with a Description of Oregon and California, Their Geographical Features, Their Resources, Soil, Climate, Production, &c. &c. Lafayette, 1846. First three leaves in facsimile. 8vo, original cloth over boards. First edition, mixed issue. Cowan I, p. 122: “One of the rarest of the narratives of early overland travel.” Cowan II, p. 315. Graff 2221. Howes J142. Plains & Rockies IV:122. ($1,000-2,000)    More>>

113. JOHNSON, Theodore T. Sights in the Gold Region, and Scenes by the Way. New York: Baker and Scribner, 1849. 8vo, original cloth. Streeter’s copy. First edition. Cowan I, p. 122. Cowan II, p. 315. Graff 2223. Hill 895. Howes J154. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 363a: “One of the earliest, liveliest, and most detailed accounts of the Gold Rush.” Plains & Rockies IV:167g:1. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 112. ($300-600)    More>>

114. JOHNSTON, W. G. Experiences of a Forty-Niner.... Pittsburgh, 1892. Plates and blueprint map. 8vo, original cloth. Author’s signed presentation slip laid in. First edition, limited edition. Cowan I, p. 122, Cowan II, p. 316. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 252. Graff 2229. Howes J173: “Overland narrative, in diary form, of the first emigrant train entering California in 1849.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 364a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 113. ($750-1,500)    More>>

115. KELLY, William. An Excursion to California.... London, 1851. 2 vols., 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 129. Cowan II, pp. 325-326. Flake 4569. Graff 2298. Howes K68. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 370a. Plains & Rockies IV:200:1. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 115: “Lively, entertaining and worthwhile narrative.” ($400-800)    More>>

116. KNEELAND, Samuel. The Wonders of the Yosemite Valley, and of California. Boston & New York, 1872. 10 mounted photographs, maps, illustrations. Large 8vo, original cloth. Second edition, enlarged and extending the text to include two articles largely by John Muir, marking his first appearance in a book. Cf. BAL 14733. Cowan I, pp. 131-132. Cowan II, p. 333. Currey & Kruska 225: “One of the better early guide books to the Yosemite region.” Farquhar, Yosemite 10b. Kurutz, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs 1856-1890 #84. ($750-1,500)    More>>

117. KROEBER, A. L. Handbook of the Indians of California. Washington, 1925. Plates and maps. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan II, p. 336. Howell 50, California 1560: “The most comprehensive one-volume study of the Indians of California ever published...indispensable to any understanding of the history and customs of the Indian cultures.” Howes K268. Libros Californianos, pp. 54, 60 & 74. ($125-250)    More>>

118. LAMBERTIE, Ch. de. Voyage pittoresque en Californie et au Chili.... Paris, 1853. 8vo, modern roan over contemporary marbled boards. Very rare. First edition. Cowan I, p. 134. Cowan II, p. 340. Howes L42. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 388. Monaghan 903. An extremely obscure book by an equally obscure author, who claims his book is the first one like it in French about California. ($3,000-6,000)    More>>

119. [LANG, Herbert O.]. A History of Tuolumne County, California.... San Francisco, 1882. Portraits (including Twain). 8vo, contemporary sheep. First edition. Adams, Guns 361 & 2248: “Rare.” Cowan II, p. 646. Cowan & Dunlap, Chinese Question 6. Howes L71. ($400-800)    More>>

120. LANGSDORFF, G. H. von. Voyages and Travels...1803-1807.... London, etc., 1813. Engraved plates and map. 2 vols. in one, 4to, contemporary calf. First edition in English. Cowan I, p. 135. Cowan II, p. 382. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 435. Graff 2391. Hill 969. Howes L81. Cf. Lada-Mocarski 69: “Represents an important contribution to our knowledge of Russian America and of California at that time.” Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 77n. ($4,000-8,000)    More>>

121. LAUR, M. Du gisement et de l’exploitation de l’or en Californie. Paris, 1863. Plates and map. 8vo, contemporary roan over marbled boards. First separate edition, reprinted from its appearance in the Annales des Mines, vol. 3 (1863). Nasatir, p. 432. Shedd, p. 151. Little-known technical work by a French mining engineer who visited California on a mission from the French government. ($500-1,000)    More>>

122. LE CONTE, Joseph. A Journal of Ramblings through the High Sierras.... San Francisco, 1875. Mounted albumen photographs. 8vo, original cloth. Association copy. First edition. Cowan I, p. 137. Cowan II, p. 387. Currey & Kruska 230. Farquhar, Yosemite 14a. Howes L175. Kurutz, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs 1856-1890 #27. Neate, Mountaineering and Its Literature 451: “One of the greatest classics of early Californian mountain travel.” ($6,000-12,000)    More>>

123. [LETTS, J. M.]. A Pictorial View of California.... New York, 1853. 48 lithographed plates. 8vo, original cloth. Second edition (first edition, 1852, reissued numerous times that year; generally thought to be complete with 48 plates). Cowan I, p. 140n. Cowan II, p. 390n. Graff 2469. Hill 1015. Howes L300. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 398e: “Drawing on his personal experience, Letts produced one of the best accounts of gambling, violence, and life in the mines.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 125n. ($600-1,200)    More>>

124. LLOYD, B. E. Lights and Shades in San Francisco.... San Francisco, [1875]. 17 (of 18) engraved plates. 8vo, original sheep over cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 142: “The best work descriptive of the familiar and unfamiliar features of old San Francisco.” Cowan II, p. 394. Cowan & Dunlap, Chinese Question 294. Howes L404. ($100-200)    More>>

125. [Longworth, Maria Theresa]. Zanita: A Tale of the Yo-Semite. By Therèse Yelverton. New York & Cambridge, 1872. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 255. Cowan II, p. 699. Currey & Kruska 399. Farquhar, Yosemite 11. Fiction based on author’s experiences with John Muir. ($300-600)    More>>

126. LYMAN, Albert. Journal of a Voyage to California.... Hartford, etc., 1852. Wood engravings. 12mo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 145. Cowan II, p. 400. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1887: “An important scarce Gold Rush narrative.” Howes L577. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 411. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 129. ($1,000-2,000)     More>>

127. [LYNCH, James]. With Stevenson to California 1846. N.p., [ca. 1896]. 12mo, original cloth. Author’s ALs laid in. First edition (limited to 100 copies). Cowan I, p.145. Cowan II, p. 401. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 233. Graff 2564. Hill 1050. Howes L583. Firsthand account of the conquest and establishment of U.S. control in California. ($300-600)    More>>

128. [MAP: GOLD REGIONS]. JACKSON, Wm. A. Map of the Mining District of California.... Lithographed map, folded into original pocket folder, with 12-page letterpress text: Appendix to Jackson’s Map of the Mining District of California [New York, 1850]. First edition. California 49: Forty-Nine Maps of California 31. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 358a. Libros Californianos, p. 30. Streeter Sale 2637: “By far the best of the maps of the gold region published to that time.” Wheat, Gold Region 161. ($7,500-15,000)    More>>

129. [MAP: GOLD REGIONS]. [JACKSON, Wm. A.]. Appendix to Jackson’s Map...Bringing Down All the Discoveries since 1849, to the Present Time....Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. New York, 1851. 16 pp. (text only, map not present). 16mo, original cloth. Graff 2178. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 358b. Streeter Sale 2665: “The text has been considerably rewritten and also enlarged.” With this item is a facsimile of Jackson’s 1850 map published by the Grabhorns in 1936. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 358c. ($600-800)    More>>

130. [MAP: GOLD REGIONS]. LAWSON, John T. Lawson’s Map from Actual Survey of the Gold, Silver, and Quicksilver Regions of Upper California.... New York, [1849]. Lithographed map. First edition of the second separately issued map of the Gold Region. Streeter Sale 2541: “Large scale maps, such as this, are the only satisfactory ones for the gold region. From 1849 on almost every map showing California at all indicates the gold region’ in color or otherwise, but, with exceptions, on such a small scale as to be of little value, especially for the use of a miner or prospector.” Wheat, Gold Region 102; TMW 625. ($2,500-5,000)    More>>

131. [MAP: NORTH AMERICA]. COLTON, J. H. Map of the United States the British Provinces Mexico &c. Showing the Routes of the U.S. Mail Steam Packets to California, and a Plan of the Gold Region. New York, 1849. Pocket map and accompanying text (Particulars of Routes, Distances, Fare). Lithographed map, original outline color. First edition. Graff 835. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 149. Plains & Rockies IV:164a. Streeter Sale 2534: “First Colton map showing the gold fields.” Wheat,
Gold Region 70; TMW 591. ($2,500-5,000)    More>>

132. [MAP: OVERLAND ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA]. JEFFERSON, T. H. Lithographed map in 4 sheets: Map of the Emigrant Road from Independence Mo. to St. Francisco...New York...1849. [Printed text]: Accompaniment to the Map of the Emigrant Road from Independence, Mo., to St. Francisco...1849. 16mo, original stitching. Original map case with label. First edition. Cohen, Mapping the West, pp. 154-157. Cowan II, p. 311. Howes J73. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 359a. Miles & Reese, Creating America 36: “One of the rarest guide books to the Oregon and California Trails.” Plains & Rockies IV:168. Wheat, Gold Region 101; TMW 624 & III, pp. 92-97: “Perhaps the most remarkable single cartographic tour de force of its period.” 4 copies are located (Huntington, Yale, Princeton, and private collection, latter purchased at Doheny Sale). A rare opportunity. ($225,000-450,000)    More>>

133. [MAP: OVERLAND ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA]. JEFFERSON, T. H. Map of the Emigrant Road from Independence, Mo., to St. Francisco, California...with an Introduction and Notes by George R. Stewart. San Francisco, 1945. Limited edition (300 copies printed). Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 359b.    More>>

134. [MAP: OVERLAND ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA & OREGON]. HORN, Hosea B. Horn’s Overland Guide, from the U. S. Indian Sub-Agency, Council Bluffs, on the Missouri River, to the City of Sacramento.... New York: J. H. Colton, 1852. Lithographed map with outline color, folded into original cloth pocket folder. First edition, second issue. Cowan I, p. 114. Cowan II, p. 292. Graff 1952. Howes H641: “Best hand-book for the central route available at the time.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 343a. Plains & Rockies IV:214. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 105; Gold Region 221; TMW 751. ($5,000-10,000)     More>>

135. [MAP: SAN FRANCISCO]. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. Map of San-Francisco, California. Lith. & Published by Quirot & Co. corner of California & Montgomery Sts. S-Francisco, [1853?]. Lithographed letter sheet. Early separately published street map of San Francisco. Baird 148 (4 copies located). ($750-1,500)     More>>

136. [MAP: SAN FRANCISCO]. COOKE & LECOUNT. A Complete Map of San Francisco.... [San Francisco, before November 1852]. Lithographed map with original outline hand coloring, folded into original 16mo cloth pocket cover. Among the earliest separately issued printed maps of San Francisco. ($5,000-10,000)    More>>

137. MARVIN & HITCHCOCK, BOOKSELLERS AND STATIONERS. Pioneer Book Store.... [San Francisco, ca. 1850]. Broadside with engraved illustration of the bookstore’s interior from a drawing by Harrison Eastman. ($100-300)    More>>

138. MATTHES, François E. Geologic History of the Yosemite Valley. Washington: GPO, 1930. Plates and maps. First edition. The definitive work on the subject. ($75-150)
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139. McGLASHAN, C. F. Terrible! Thrilling! True! History of the Donner Party. A Tragedy of the Sierra.... Sacramento, [ca. 1879]. Illustrated promotional for McGlashan’s book (see Zamorano 80 #53). ($300-600)    More>>

140. MEXICO. LAWS. PIOUS FUND. Ley y reglamento aprobado de la junta directiva y económica del fondo piadoso de Californias. Mexico, 1833. 20 pp. 8vo, disbound. First edition. Cowan I, p. 179. Cowan II, p. 491. Pivotal law secularizing the great wealth of the California missions. ($600-1,200)    More>>

141. MEXICO & UNITED STATES. TREATY (Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo). Tratado de paz, amistad, limites y arreglo definitivo entre la Republica Mexicana y los Estados-Unidos de America. Mexico: Cumplido, 1848. Treaty in English and Spanish. 8vo, original wrappers. Second edition, first complete edition, with added protocols for concluding the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Cowan II, p. 252. Howes M565. Libros Californianos, p. 29. This resounding treaty ended the Mexican-American War and ceded to the U.S. about half of Mexico’s territory. ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

142. MILLARD, Bailey. History of the San Francisco Bay Region. Chicago, 1924. Plates. 3 vols., 4to, original cloth. First edition. Cowan II, p. 875. Rocq 7967. ($150-300)    More>>

143. M’ILVAINE, William, Jr. Sketches of Scenery and Notes of Personal Adventure, in California and Mexico. Philadelphia, 1850. 16 lithographed plates. 4to, original cloth. Author’s signed presentation copy. First edition, limited edition (400 copies). Cowan II, p. 408. Graff 2615. Howes M112: “The lithographic views of San Francisco and Sacramento are among the earliest drawn on the spot.’” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 134. ($5,000-10,000)    More>>

144. The Miners’ Own Book.... San Francisco, 1858. 27 woodcut text illustrations (many by Nahl). 8vo, original wrappers. First edition, second issue. Cowan I, p. 154. Cowan II, p. 431. Graff 2813. Greenwood 967. Howes M639. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 444a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 141. ($2,000-4,000)    More>>

145. MONTEZ, Lola. Lectures.... New York, 1858. Frontispiece portrait. 12mo, original cloth. First edition. Autobiography of La Grande Horizontelle, including her sojourn in Grass Valley, California. ($75-150)    More>>

146. MORSE, J. F. & S. Colville. Illustrated Historical Sketches of California.... Sacramento, 1854. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 157. Cowan II, p. 444. Graff 2909. Greenwood 482. Howes M844. Rocq 6584. ($600-1,200)     More>>

147. MUIR, John. Letters to a Friend: Written to Mrs. Ezra S. Carr 1866-1879. Boston, etc., 1915. 8vo, original boards. Limited edition (300 copies). BAL 14770. Farquhar, Yosemite 21. Kimes 331. ($300-600)    More>>

148. MUIR, John. My First Summer in the Sierra.... Boston, etc., 1911. Photographic plates and text illustrations. 8vo, original cloth. Author’s signed presentation copy. First edition. BAL 14765. Cowan II, p. 447. Neate, Mountaineering and Its Literature 546. ($500-1,000)    More>>

149. Murder of M. V. B. Griswold, by Five Chinese Assassins; Together with the Life of Griswold.... Jackson, 1858. Portraits. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, pp. 160-161: “This extremely rare work is probably the earliest issue of the press in Jackson.” Cowan II, p. 251. Cowan & Dunlap, Chinese Question 340. Graff 1391. Greenwood 972. McDade 395. An overlooked Gold Rush pamphlet and overland. ($2,500-5,000)     More>>

150. NATIONAL CABLE-RAILWAY COMPANY. National Cable-Railway Company’s System of Traction Rail-Ways for Cities and Towns. New York, 1881. Illustrations, including cable car in San Francisco. 4to, unbound sheets. ($800-1,600)    More>>

151. NERUDA, Pablo. Fulgor y muerte de Joaquín Murieta: Bandido chileno injusticiado en California el 23 de julio de 1853. [Santiago]: Zig-Zag, [1967]. In Spanish and English. Illustrated. 8vo, original cloth. Unusual, if not rare, Murietaiana. ($40-80)    More>>

152. NEWCOMB, Rexford. Old Mission Churches & Historic Houses of California.... Philadelphia & London, 1925. Numerous illustrations. 4to, original cloth. First edition. Weber, California Missions 73. ($100-200)    More>>

153. PALÓU, Francisco. Noticias de la Nueva California. San Francisco: Imprenta de Edouardo Bosqui y Cia., 1874. 18 original mounted albumen photographs. 4 vols., 8vo, contemporary sheep over marbled boards. Limited edition (#21 of 100 copies, numbered and initialed. Cowan I, pp. 170-171. Cowan II, p. 472. Hill 1290. Howes P55. Kurutz, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs 1856-1890 #39. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 168a. ($4,000-8,000)     More>>

154. PARKMAN, Francis. The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life. New York & London, 1849. 2 tinted lithographs by F. O. C. Darley. 8vo, original cloth. First edition of author’s first book. BAL 15446. Cowan I, p. 173. Cowan II, p. 474. Flake 3277. Cf. Graff 3201. Grolier American Hundred 58. Howes P97. Plains & Rockies IV:170. Printing and the Mind of Man 327. Rittenhouse 450. ($2,000-4,000)    More>>

155. PARSONS, G. F. Life and Adventures of James W. Marshall, the Discoverer of Gold in California. Sacramento, 1870. Portrait. 12mo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 173. Cowan II, p. 475. Graff 3204. Howes P105. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 483a Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 153. ($125-250)    More>>

156. PÉRON, [Pierre François]. Mémoires...sur ses Voyages.... Paris, 1824. Maps and plates. 2 vols., calf over marbled boards. First edition. Ferguson 980. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 585. Hill 1330. Howes P240. Lada-Mocarski 89. ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

157. [PORTOLÁ, Gaspar de (attributed)]. Estracto de noticias del puerto de Monterrey.... [Mexico, 1770]. Folio, plain protective wrappers. Exceedingly rare. First edition, the folio issue, for official circulation. Cowan I, pp. 79-80. Cowan II, p. 199. Graff 1264. Libros Californianos, pp. 16, 20. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 56. Medina, México 5330. Streeter, Americana-Beginnings 74n. Streeter Sale 2438: “The first published account of the first permanent settlement in California.” Wagner, Spanish Southwest 150. Zamorano 80 #35. ($45,000-90,000)    More>>

158. [RAILROAD]. The Great Dutch Flat Swindle.... [San Francisco, 1864]. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan II, p. 188. Graff 1632. Sabin 28444. Streeter Sale 2885). ($1,000-2,000)    More>>

159. [RAILROAD]. [WHEELER, Arthur]. The Valley Road.... San Francisco, 1896. Numerous photographs. 8vo, contemporary calf. First edition. Cowan II, p. 521. Rocq 16555. ($200-400)    More>>

160. READ, J. A. & D. F. Read (illustrators). Journey to the Gold Diggins by Jeremiah Saddlebags. Cincinnati, [1849]. 112 engraved comic illustrations. Oblong 8vo, original wrappers. First edition, the Cincinnati issue. Cowan II, p. 523. Graff 3432. Howes R92. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 524a. Among the earliest caricatures of the forty-niners. ($5,000-10,000)    More>>

161. RIDGE, John R. (“Yellowbird”). Poems. San Francisco: Henry Payot & Company [Edward Bosqui & Co., Printers], 1868. Albumen photographic portrait of author. 12mo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan II, p. 533. Graff 3504. Kurutz, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs 1856-1890 #43. ($500-1,000)    More>>

162. RINGGOLD, Cadwalader. A Series of Charts, with Sailing Directions.... Washington, 1851. Plates, maps, profiles, views. 4to, original cloth. Author’s presentation copy. Second edition, second issue, first illustrated edition. Cowan II, pp. 533-534n. Howes R303. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 536c. Peters, California on Stone II, pp. 112-113. Streeter Sale 2679. The most accurate charts up until that time. ($2,000-4,000)    More>>

163. RINGGOLD, Cadwalader. A Series of Charts.... Washington, 1852. Plates, maps, profiles, views. 4to, original cloth. Fourth edition. Cowan II, p. 534: “Best edition.” Hill 1454. Howes R303. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 536e. ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

164. ROBINSON, Fayette. California and Its Gold Regions.... New York, 1849. Map not present. 8vo, original wrappers bound in morocco over cloth. First edition, first issue. Cowan I, pp. 193-194. Cowan II, p. 537. Graff 3527. Howes R366. Jones 1215. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 539b. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 168;
Gold Region 116. ($300-500)    More>>

165. ROGERS, Woodes. A Cruising Voyage round the World.... London, 1718. Copper-engraved maps, including one showing California as an island. 8vo, contemporary calf. Second edition, corrected. Braislin 1575: “One of the earliest works in the English language to describe California.” Cowan I, pp. 194-195. Cowan II, p. 540. European Americana 718/154. Howes R421. JCB V:238. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 31. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 78a. ($1,000-2,000)    More>>

166. ROQUEFEUIL, M. Camille de. Voyage Autour du Monde.... Paris, 1843. Plates and maps. 2 vols., 8vo, contemporary calf. First edition, second issue, with plates added. Rare. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1439. Citations to the first edition: Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 569. Howes R438. Lada-Mocarski 86. Monaghan 1259. O’Reilly & Reitman 790. Sabin 73149. Roquefeuil finds California pleasant but a land of contradictions. ($4,000-8,000)    More>>

167. RYAN, W. R. Personal Adventures in Upper and Lower California.... London, 1850. Plates and text illustrations. 2 vols., 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 197. Cowan II, p. 547. Graff 3626. Hill 1508. Howes R558: “Both the text and the illustrations are among the best of the period.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 548a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 173. ($500-1,000)    More>>

168. [SAGE, Rufus B.]. Scenes in the Rocky Mountains, and in Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas and the Grand Prairies.... Philadelphia, 1846. Map. 12mo, original cloth. First edition, second issue. Cowan I, p. 197. Cowan II, p. 548. Field 1345. Fifty Texas Rarities 30. Graff 3633. Howes S16. Plains & Rockies IV:123:1. Rittenhouse 502. Vandale 148. Wheat, Gold Region 30; TMW 527. ($4,000-8,000)    More>>

169. SAINT-AMANT, Madame [Pierre Charles Fournier] de. Voyage en Californie 1850 et 1851....
Paris, 1851. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 197. Cowan II, p. 549. Graff 3637. Hill 1512. Howes S20n. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 174n. ($200-400)     More>>

170. SAINT-AMANT, [Pierre Charles Fournier] de. Voyages en Californie et dans l’Orégon. Paris, 1854. 2 maps, text illustrations. 8vo, original upper wrapper (lacking spine and lower wrapper). First edition. Cowan I, p. 198. Cowan II, p. 549. Hill 1513. Howes S20. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 552. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 174. ($300-600)    More>>

171. SAN FRANCISCO. Act of Incorporation and Ordinances of the City of San Francisco. San Francisco, 1850. 8vo, original wrappers, First edition of “one of the earliest of the public documents of San Francisco” (Cowan I, p. 199). Cowan II, p. 553. Fahey 192. Greenwood 229. Wagner, California Imprints 76. ($2,000-4,000)    More>>

172. SAN FRANCISCO. Charter for the City and County of San Francisco Proposed by the Board of Freeholders. San Francisco, 1880. 8vo, original sheep. Washington Bartlett’s copy. First edition, limited edition (one of 16 copies signed by all the freeholders). ($400-800)    More>>

173. SAN FRANCISCO. Proceedings of the Town Council of San Francisco, Upper California. San Francisco, 1849-1850. Parts 2-4 (part 1 is not present). 3 (of 4) parts, 8vo, stitched as issued. First edition of the earliest publication of the proceedings of the Town Council. Cowan I, p. 202. Cowan II, p. 563 (noting 200 copies each of parts 2 and 3 were printed). Fahey 162. Greenwood 143, 144, 244 & 245. Libros Californianos, p. 19. Rocq 11755. Wagner, California Imprints 38. ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

174. SAN FRANCISCO. Minutes of the Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the District of San Francisco.... San Francisco, 1860. 8vo, contemporary sheep. Second edition. Cowan I, p. 202n. Cowan II, p. 563n. Greenwood 1364. ($150-300)    More>>

175. SAN FRANCISCO. San Francisco Municipal Reports: 1859-60. [San Francisco], 1860. 8vo, contemporary sheep. First edition. Cowan I, p. 202n. Cowan II, p. 559. ($150-350)    More>>

176. [SAN FRANCISCO]. San Francisco Block Book Fourth Edition.... San Francisco, [1906]. Almost a thousand maps. Folio, contemporary sheep over boards. First published in 1894, this is the first edition following the April 1906 earthquake and fire. Cowan II, p. 554n. ($300-600)    More>>

177. [SAN FRANCISCO]. Visitors’ Guide to San Francisco and Tavern News. [San Francisco, 1926]. 24mo, original wrappers. Map on inside cover. Ephemeral pocket guide. ($30-60)    More>>

178. San Francisco News Letter. 7 Christmas issues (1882-1888). Numerous colored lithographs and text illustrations. 4to, original wrappers bound in quarter roan. Norris 292 et seq. All issues include Ambrose Bierce’s satirical column “The Town Crier.” ($750-1,500)    More>>

179. [SAN FRANCISCO VIGILANCE COMMITTEE]. FARGO, Frank F. A True and Minute History of the Assassination of James King of Wm. and the Execution of Casey and Cora. San Francisco: J. W. Sullivan, [1856]. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 82. Cowan II, p. 202. Graff 1286. Greenwood 679. Howes F31. Streeter Sale 2802. ($750-1,500)    More>>

180. [SAN FRANCISCO VIGILANCE COMMITTEE]. A True and Minute History of the Assassination of James King of Wm. at San Francisco, Cal. Also Remarks of the Press Concerning the Outrage.... San Francisco: Whitton, Towne, 1856. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan II, p. 329. Greenwood 680. Streeter Sale 2808. Sometimes this work is erroneously attributed to Frank F. Fargo. ($500-1,000)    More>>

181. [SAN FRANCISCO VIGILANCE COMMITTEE]. A True and Minute History of the Assassination of James King of Wm.... San Francisco, 1856. 8vo, wrappers in expert facsimile. The Plath-Robbins copy. Another copy of preceding. ($250-500)    More>>

182. [SAN FRANCISCO VIGILANCE COMMITTEE]. Daily Evening Bulletin vol. 2, no. 39. [San Francisco], May 23, 1856. 4 pp., folio. First printing. Kemble, pp. 103-104. Although its editor, James King of William, had been murdered on May 14, 1856, this issue still has his name in the masthead. This is the source of the account of events in A True and Minute History of the Assassination of James King of Wm. (San Francisco: Whitton, Towne, 1856; see preceding two items). ($50-100)    More>>

183. SAWYER, Eugene T. The Life and Career of Tiburcio Vasquez.... [Slug on lower wrapper]: Bacon & Company Book and Job Printers, San Francisco; copyright 1975]. Portraits. 8vo, original wrappers. Second edition (the first edition appeared a few months earlier in San Jose; both editions are very rare and are frequently conflated, both in the bibliographical record and in trade). Adams, Guns 1949. For cites to the San Jose edition, see Cowan I, p. 207. Cowan II, p. 569. Howes S129. ($2,000-4,000)    More>>

184. SAWYER, Lorenzo. Way Sketches.... New York: Edward Eberstadt, 1926. Portrait. 8vo, original parchment over cloth. Presentation copy from Eberstadt to Streeter. First separate edition, limited edition (35 large-paper copies, with Eberstadt’s ink note: “Presentation Copy E”). Cowan II, p. 570. Graff 3687. Howes S133. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 556. Plains & Rockies IV:191n. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 175. ($500-1,000)    More>>

185. SEDGLEY, Joseph. Overland to California in 1849. Oakland, 1877. 66 pp. 8vo, original cloth over boards. First edition (only 25 copies printed). Cowan I, p. 209. Cowan II, p. 575. Graff 3723. Howes S268. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 577. ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

186. [SHALER, William]. “Journal of a Voyage between China and the North-Western Coast of America Made in 1804,” pp. 137-175 in The American Register (vol. 3, part 1). Philadelphia, 1808. 8vo, original roan over marbled boards. First edition of “the first extensive account of California published in the U.S. by an American visitor” (Hart, Companion to California, p. 400. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 396. Howes S324. ($750-1,500)     More>>

187. SHAREHOLDER, A. Mining & Miners, and Diggers & Priggers. London, 1854. Lithographed plates. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Ferguson 15601. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 445: “This satirical piece is based on the experience of the English who invested in California and Australian mines.” ($2,500-5,000)    More>>

188. SHELVOCKE, George. A Voyage round the World.... London, 1726. Copper-engraved plates and map. 8vo, contemporary calf. First edition. Cowan I, pp. 211-212. Cowan II, pp. 581-582. European Americana 726/192. Hill 1557. Leighly, California as an Island 159. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 33. Wagner, CNW 530. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 88. ($1,500-3,000)     More>>

189. SHERWOOD, J. Ely. California: Her Wealth and Resources.... New York, 1848. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 212. Cowan II, p. 583. Howes S408. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 581a. Plains & Rockies IV:155a. Streeter Sale 2531: “One of the first printed guides to California, issued after the gold discovery became known in the East. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 187n. ($6,000-12,000)    More>>

190. SIMPSON, George. Narrative of a Journey Round the World.... London, 1847. Portrait and map. 2 vols., 8vo, later sheep over marbled boards. First edition. Cowan I, pp. 215-216. Cowan II, p. 589: “A model record of travels by an exceedingly able man and keen observer.” Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1670. Gagnon 3316. Graff 3786. Howes S495. Lada-Mocarski 129. Plains & Rockies IV:140. Staton & Tremaine 2548. ($300-600)    More>>

191. SIMPSON, Henry I. The Emigrant’s Guide to the Gold Mines.... New York, 1848. Text illustrations of miners and mining. 8vo, modern morocco over cloth. Lacking map, original wrappers not present. First edition. Cowan I, p. 216: “One of the earliest of the so-called guides.’... Like others of its class it has the real merit of being rare. The map was not issued with all copies.” Cowan II, pp. 589-590. Graff 3788. Howes S497. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 584a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 189. ($2,000-4,000)     More>>

192. SKOGMAN, C. Fregatten Eugenies Resa Omkring Jorden Åren 1851-1853, under befäl af C. A. Virgin. Stockholm, [1854-1855]. Plates and maps. 2 vols. in one, 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 2051. Hill 1578: “Prized for its fine color plates.” O’Reilly & Reitman 1179. The official record of the first Swedish circumnavigation. ($400-800)    More>>

193. [SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD]. Souvenir Playing Cards of the Southern Pacific Lines.... N.p., [after April 1943]. Pamphlet in original printed wrappers, 53 illustrated playing cards, 2 advertising cards, in original cardboard case. ($75-150)
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194. STIMSON, A. L. Express Office Hand-Book and Directory.... New York, 1860. Plates. 8vo, original leather over boards. Fourth edition. Howes S1008 (“best ed., with adds”). Streeter Sale 3106. ($4,000-8,000)
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195. STRATTON, R. B. Captivity of the Oatman Girls.... San Francisco, 1857. Portrait, text illustrations, map. 8vo, modern calf over marbled boards. Second edition, revised and expanded. Cowan I, p. 223n. Howes S1068. Plains & Rockies IV:294:2. ($300-600)
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196. Tahoe Tattler. 24 issues, July 9, 1881-September 7, 1881 (vol. 1, nos. 1-3, 7-10, 12-17, 25, 32, 38, 43, 45, 47-52). 12mo. First printings. Streeter Sale 2978: “The Tattler was apparently the first newspaper to be established at Lake Tahoe. Like similar examples of the beginnings of the press in other localities, it is interesting for local color.’” ($1,200-2,400)     More>>

197. TAYLOR, A. S. Discovery of California and Northwest America.... San Francisco, 1853. 8vo, original wrappers. First book edition of “the first true work of California history to be printed in California” (Greenwood 426). Cowan I, p. 226. Cowan II, pp. 629-630. Graff 4072. Howes T44. ($750-1,500)
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198. TAYLOR, William. California Life Illustrated.... New York, 1858. Plates. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 227. Cowan II, p. 632. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 621. ($75-150)
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199. THOMPSON, R. A. Conquest of California, Capture of Sonoma by Bear Flag Men June 14, 1846.... Santa Rosa, 1896. Plates. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 229. Cowan II, p. 636. Graff 4135. Howes T199. Kurutz & Mathes, The Forgotten War, p. 174. ($75-150)
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200. THOMPSON & WEST. History of Nevada County California.... Oakland, 1880. Lithographed plates and map. Oblong folio, original roan over cloth. First edition. Cowan II, p. 452. Howes N60. Rocq 5957. ($700-1,400)    More>>

201. THOMPSON & WEST. History of Sacramento County California.... Oakland, 1880. Lithographed plates and maps. Oblong folio, original roan over cloth. First edition. Cowan II, p. 548. Howes S9. Rocq 6512. ($600-1,200)    More>>

202. THOMPSON & WEST. History of Santa Barbara County.... Oakland, 1883. Lithographed plates. Large 4to, original calf over cloth. First edition. Adams, Guns 1724. Cowan II, p. 889. Howes S100. Rocq 13462. ($750-1,500)     More>>

203. TORQUEMADA, Juan de. Primera [segunda, tercera] parte de los veinte i un libros rituales i monarchía indiana. Madrid, 1723. Copper-engraved allegorical title pages, copper-engraved map of America. 3 vols., folio, original vellum. Second and best edition, revised, corrected, and augmented. Barrett 2420. Cowan II, p. 642. European Americana 725/195. Hill 1707. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 5. Medina, Hispano-Americana 2491. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 18a. ($5,000-10,000)     More>>

204. TRÉNY. La Californie Dévoilée.... Paris, 1850. Text illustrations. 8vo, original wrappers. Second edition. Braislin 1796. Cowan II, p. 644. Graff 4185n. Howes T347. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 637b. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 210. ($750-1,500)    More>>

205. TYLER, C. M. The Island World of the Pacific Ocean. San Francisco, 1885. Plates and map. 8vo, contemporary morocco over cloth. First edition. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 3941n. ($75-150)    More>>

206. TYSON, J. L. Diary of a Physician in California.... New York & Philadelphia, 1850. 8vo, modern cloth (lacks wrappers). First edition. Cowan I, p. 235. Cowan II, p. 648. Howes T451. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 642a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 211. ($400-800)    More>>

207. UDELL, John. Incidents of Travel to California.... Jefferson, 1856. 12mo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 235. Cowan II, pp. 648-649. Graff 4230. Howes U3. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 644. Plains & Rockies IV:281. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 213. ($250-500)    More>>

208. URCULLA, José de. The California Text-Book.... San Francisco, 1852. 16mo, contemporary sheep over cloth. First edition? Norris 4049: “The first text-book published in San Francisco.” ($150-300)    More>>

209. [VERBIEST, Ferdinand]. Voyages de l’empereur de la Chine dans la Tartarie, ausquels on a joint une nouvelle découverte au Mexique. Paris, 1685. 12mo, contemporary calf. First edition. Cowan I, p. 239. Cowan II, p. 659. European Americana 685/177. Hill 1771. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 58a. The section entitled “Nouvelle descente des Espagnols dans l’isle de Californie L’an 1683” is the account of Isidro de Atondo y Antillón and Father Kino’s failed attempt to establish a Spanish colony in California. ($3,000-6,000)    More>>

210. VISCHER, Edward. Vischer’s Pictorial of California.... [San Francisco, 1870-1872]. 154 albumen photographs. Folio album, original morocco, and 2 text volumes, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 241. Cowan II, p. 662. Cf. Currey & Kruska 376 (third issue, for Mammoth Tree Grove section) & 381 (Format B). Farquhar, Yosemite 5a (for Mammoth Tree Grove section) & 5c. Howes V131, V132. Graff 4492. Kurutz, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs 1856-1890 #67. Streeter Sale 2877, 2930 & 2936. ($7,500-15,000)    More>>

211. [VIZETELLY, Henry]. Four Months among the Gold-Finders in Alta California...by J. Tyrwhitt Brooks, M. D. London, 1849. Map. 8vo, later calf over cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 25. Cowan II, p. 75. Graff 4494. Howes V134. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 653a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 217;
Gold Region 60. ($400-800)     More>>

212. [VIZETELLY, Henry]. Vier Maanden onder de Goudzoekers in Opper-Californie.... Amsterdam, 1849. Map. 8vo, original wrappers in later half calf. First edition in Dutch. Cowan I, p. 25. Cowan II, p. 75. Howes V134: “One of the most remarkable imaginary voyages’ since Defoe.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 653e. Wheat,
Gold Region 63. ($100-300)    More>>

213. [VOLLMER, C. G. W.]. Kalifornien och Guldfebern.... Stockholm, [1862]. Chromolithographed plates, 50 text illustrations. 8vo, original morocco over brown boards. First edition. Cowan II, p. 900. Flake 9491. Howes V140. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 655a. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 238n. ($300-600)    More>>

214. WALPOLE, Fred. Four Years in the Pacific.... London, 1849. Plates. 2 vols., 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 243. Cowan II, p. 667. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1757. Hill 1815. Howes W62. ($300-600)    More>>

215. WHEELER, Alfred. Land Titles in San Francisco.... San Francisco, 1852. Map. 4to, original calf over boards. First edition. Cowan I, p. 246. Cowan II, p. 677. Greenwood 369. Howes W315. Streeter Sale 2728 (this copy): “One of the foundation books on California land titles.” ($1,500-3,000)    More>>

216. WHITNEY, J. D. The Yosemite Book.... New York, 1868. 28 albumen photographs (by Carleton E. Watkins and William Harris), 2 maps. 4to, original cloth. First edition, limited edition (250 copies). Cowan II, p. 699. Currey & Kruska 60. Farquhar, Yosemite 7a. Kurutz, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs 1856-1890 #88: “A masterful combination of important scientific data and fine photography.” Graff 4646. Howes W389. Neate, Mountaineering and Its Literature 896. ($7,000-14,000)    More>>

217. WIGHT, S. F. Adventures in California and Nicaragua.... Boston, 1860. 8vo, original cloth. First edition. Cowan I, p. 248. Cowan II, p. 683. ($100-300)    More>>

218. WILKES, Charles. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition.... Philadelphia, 1845. Plates, maps. 6 vols., folio, contemporary roan over cloth. First edition, mixed issue (official issue sheets with unofficial issue title pages). Cowan I, pp. 248-249n. Cowan II, p. 683. Ferguson 4209. Cf. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1573. Cf. Haskell 1 & 2A (text); Haskell 17A (atlas). Howes W414. Tweney 89 #83. ($3,000-6,000)    More>>

219. WILKES, Charles. Western America.... Philadelphia, 1849. Maps. 8vo, original wrappers. First edition. Cowan I, p. 249. Cowan II, p. 683. Graff 4656. Howes W416: “The first Pacific coast guide.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 679a. Plains & Rockies IV:175a:1. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 229;
Gold Region 134 & 135; TMW 654 & 655. ($1,500-3,000)     More>>

220. ZAMORANO, Agustín J. V. ALs to Ignacio Peralta, ordering that he return horses and arrest or fine Antonio German. Monterey, September 27, 1832. 2 pp., 8vo. This letter was written by Zamorano, the first California printer. At the time this letter was written, Zamorano was acting governor of California. ($750-1,500)     More>>

221. [ZAMORANO, Agustín J. V. (printer)]. Unused sealed paper. [Monterey, California: Agustín J. V. Zamorano, 1831]. 1 p., folio, with printed signatures and ink manuscript parafs of Manuel Victoria and Juan Bandini. “The first dated printing in California, Monterey, 1831” (Howell 50, California 258). Fahey, pp. 7-12. Harding, Zamorano, pp. 184-191. ($750-1,500)    More>>

222. [ZAMORANO, Agustín J. V. (printer)]. PEÑA, Manuel. AMs to his commander requesting that he be taken off active duty because of an injury he has suffered. San Francisco, June 20, 1833. 1 1/4 pp., folio, on sealed paper for 1831-1832 that has been overprinted for 1833-1834 at top. [Monterey, California: Agustín J. V. Zamorano, 1833]. With ink manuscript parafs of officials at top. ($600-1,200)    More>>

223. [ZAMORANO, Agustín J. V. (printer)]. ALVA, Manuel. ALs requesting a demission for Francisco Vicente Miramontes due to injuries to his hand. Monterey, August 12, 1835. 1 p., folio, on sealed paper [Monterey, California: Agustín J. V. Zamorano, printed July 28 or after, 1834]. This is an early example of Zamorano’s printing on his new Ramage Press using new types from the Boston Type and Stereotype Foundry. ($500-1,000)    More>>

224. [ZAMORANO, Agustín J. V. (printer)]. Unused sealed paper. [Monterey, California: Agustín J. V. Zamorano, printed July 28 or after, 1834]. 1 p., folio, with printed signatures and ink rubrics of Figueroa and A. Ramírez. ($500-1,000)    More>>

225. [ZAMORANO PRESS]. MALARÌN, Juan. AMs transmitting a report concerning a survey of Monterey jails. Monterey, November 29, 1843. 1 p., folio, with letterhead of “Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Departamento de California.” The printed heading on the stationery of this letter was printed on Zamorano’s Ramage press after his death in October 1842. ($300-600)    More>>


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