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Auction 7 Catalogue

Lots 101-150


101. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 3 titles, including:

BOLTON, H. E. Outpost of Empire: The Story of the Founding of San Francisco. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 31.

Plus 2 others.

(3 vols.)

($100-200)

102. CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 4 titles, including:

BRUFF, J. Goldsborough. Gold Rush: The Journals, Drawings, and Other Papers of J. Goldsborough Bruff. April 2, 1849-July 20, 1851. Edited by Georgia Willis Red and Ruth Gaines. New York: Columbia University Press, 1944. 2 vols. lxxii, 749 pp., frontispiece, plates (3 folding), illustrations, facsimiles, maps. 4to, original terracotta cloth. Second edition, without the earlier diaries, but with added information not in the first edition. Howell 50:1473: “An extraordinary Gold Rush document–one of the most comprehensive and informative sources extant, not only for life in the mines, but also for its vivid and detailed narrative of the overland crossing. Lavishly illustrated with Bruff’s own drawings and sketches.” Howes R91: “Most elaborate of overland narratives.” Libros Californianos, p. 75n. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 25n. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 36: “Death Valley material of primary importance–the diary of Louis Nusbaumer, entitled ‘A Little Light on Death Valley.’”

CAUGHEY, John Walton (editor). Rushing for Gold. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1949. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 44.

FOREMAN, Grant. Marcy & the Gold Seekers: the Journal of Captain R. B. Marcy, with an Account of the Gold Rush Over the Southern Route. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1939. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 87-88.

LONG, Margaret. The Shadow of the Arrow. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1941. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 159: “A vigorous, first-hand contribution to Death Valley literature; one of the best...that has ever been made available. I would rate it among the first half-dozen Death Valley items of paramount importance.”

(5 vols.)

($200-400)

103. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 14 titles, including:

CAMP, Charles L. Desert Rats: Remembered by Charles L. Camp. Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1966. No. 14 in the series of keepsakes issued by Friends of the Bancroft Library for its members. Not in Edwards.

CAMP, Charles L. New Light Shed on Mr. Pegleg Smith. [San Francisco: Lawton & Alfred Kennedy], n.d. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 39-40: “Authentic, definitive, impeccable account.”

CLEMENTS, Lydia. The Indians of Death Valley. [Hollywood: Hollycrofters, 1953]. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 51: “Essential Death Valley material.”

KNOTT’S BERRY FARM. Calico Ghost Town: S. California’s Greatest Silver Camp. Ghost Town, California: [Knott’s Berry Farm], [1952]. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 144: “Overall plan of restoration.” Uncommon.

PALMER, T. S. (editor). Place Names of the Death Valley Region in California and Nevada. N.p., 1948. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 188: “Ranks high on the list of basic items having to do with Death Valley.”

STEPHENS, L. Dow. Life Sketches of a Jayhawker of ’49. [San Jose], 1916. Adams, Guns 2136; Herd 2160. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 230: “Source material...particularly valuable in tracing the movements of the 1849 pioneers.” Graff 3972. Howes S941.

WEIGHT, Harold O. Twenty Mule Team Days in Death Valley. Twenty-nine Palms, California: Calico Press, [1955]. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 251: “The all-inclusive saga of the 20-mule teams of Death Valley’s colorful borax episode.”

WEIGHT, Harold O. Lost Mines of Death Valley. Twenty-nine Palms, California: Calico Press, [1953]. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 250: “First authentic history of Breyfogle’s gold.”

WEIGHT, Harold O. et. al. Lost Ship of the Desert: A Legend of the Southwest. Twenty-nine Palms, California: Calico Press, 1959. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 250-51: “Many have written of the fabled ‘Lost Ship of the Desert,’ but none more realistically than Harold Weight.”

WHEAT, Carl I. Trailing the Forty-Niners Through Death Valley. San Francisco: [Sierra Club], 1939. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 255: “Foundational work on Death Valley.”

WHEAT, Carl I. Pioneer Visitors to Death Valley After the Forty-Niners. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1939. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 255: “Material on various early-day groups that entered Death Valley subsequently to the emigrants of 1849.”

Plus 3 others.

(14 vols.)

($250-500)

104. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 7 titles, including:

CHALFANT, W. A. Tales of the Pioneers. Stanford: Stanford University, [1942]. Edwards. Enduring Desert, p. 46.

CHALFANT, W. A. Gold, Guns, & Ghost Towns. Stanford: Stanford University Press, [1947]. Adams, Guns 404. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 46: “Vivid tales relates mostly to ghost mining camps and characters of California and Nevada.”

CHALFANT, W. A. Death Valley: The Facts. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1930. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 45-46: “The recognized handbook of Death Valley and, as such, assembles a veritable treasure-trove of informative material. An essential item in any desert collection.”

CHALFANT, W. A. Outposts of Civilization. Boston: Christopher, [1928]. Adams, Guns 405. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 45: “Scarce, important, and a worthy addition to any desert collection.”

Plus 3 others.

(7 vols.)

($100-200)

105. CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. CLARKE, A. B. Travels in Mexico and California: Comprising a Journal of a Tour from Brazos Santiago through Central Mexico by way of Monterey, Chihuahua, the country of the Apaches, and the River Gila, to the Mining Districts of California. Boston: Wright & Hasty’s Steam Press, 1852. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 110-11: “Clarke’s description of the desert crossing is dramatically impressive.” Wright & Hasty, Printers.’ Cowan, p.48. Graff 746. Howes C451. Plains & Rockies IV:210. Streeter, 1202n.

(1 vol.)

($1,500-3,000)

106. CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 13 titles, including:

CLELAND, Robert Glass. The Cattle on a Thousand Hills: Southern California 1850-1870. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1941.

HILL, Joseph J. The History of Warner’s Ranch and Its Environs. Los Angeles, 1927. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 116: “The story of Warner’s Ranch is closely interwoven with the history of the Southern California desert.” Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, 11a: “This book is included because of Chapters 6 and 7 in which are summarized the approaches to California by way of the Gila and the Colorado, a valuable contribution to a subject upon which information is scattered and obscure.”

KENNAN, George. Salton Sea: An Account of Harriman’s Fight with the Colorado River. New York: Macmillan, 1917. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 142-43: “Ably presents the role of the Southern Pacific in the memorable fight against the Colorado River break in 1906-1907.”

LEE, Bourke. Death Valley. New York: Macmillan Company, 1930. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 157: “This is the story of T. S. Harris and his experience in Panamint as editor of the notable old mining town newspaper, The Panamint News.”

LINGENFELTER, Richard and Richard Dwyer. The Nonpareil Press of T. S. Harris. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1957. Limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 142-43: “Ably presents the role of the Southern Pacific in the memorable fight against the Colorado River break in 1906-1907.”

MARTIN, Douglas D. Yuma Crossing. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1954. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 142-43: “Martin gives a resume of the more notable of the historic crossings – from the first recorded expedition of Captain Hernando de Alarcon to the coming of the railroad.”

PEIRSON, Erma. The Mojave River and Its Valley. Glendale, Ca.: Arthur H. Clark, 1970. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 196: “A notable contribution to desert literature.”

PUTNAM, George Palmer. Death Valley and Its Country. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 205: “Account of Death Valley region by a well-known writer who lived in the Valley and studied it first hand.”

STONE, Irving. Men to Match My Mountains: The Opening of the Far West, 1840-1900. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1956. First edition, limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 276. Signed by author.

TERRELL, John Upton. War for the Colorado River. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1965. Too late for inclusion in Edwards, but a definitive work on the prolonged Colorado River water dispute.

Plus 3 others.

(14 vols.)

($250-500)

107. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. CLEMENS, Samuel L. Roughing It by Mark Twain. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1872. xviii [19]-591 [1, ad] pp., 2 engraved frontispieces, plates, numerous text illustrations. 8vo, original three-quarter dark brown morocco over brown cloth, marbled edges. Binding rubbed and joints just beginning to split at top, hinges cracked, a few signatures slightly loose. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of J. P. Jones dated March 14, 1872. Scarce in the morocco binding.

First American edition, with the ad on p. 592 and p. 242 with lines 20-21 reading “premises--said he / was occupying his” (Blanck notes that State A probably came first). Adams, Guns 443. BAL 3337. Cowan, p. 130. Graff 762. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 1289. Hill, pp. 377-78. Howell 50:378. Howes C481: “Valuable as an autobiographical chapter in the author’s life and as a vivid portrayal of Nevada mining life in the ‘60s.” Johnson, Twain, pp. 13-16. Libros Californianos (Hanna list), p. 66. Paher 350: “This is one of Nevada’s all time books.” Powell, California Classics, pp. 92-102. Wright II:554. “A rambling reminiscence of the author’s journey by overland stage from Missouri to Nevada, together with his sojourns in the latter state, California, and the Hawaiian Islands, in the course of which a projected trip of three months lengthened to one of seven years. The author’s delightful humor has taken in its stride ‘the eternal Spring of San Francisco,’ ‘the deathless Summer of the Sacramento Valley,’ Twain’s literary labors for the Golden Era and the Californian, ‘pocket mining’ in old Tuolumne, and has endeared him to all confirmed Californians with perhaps the finest and certainly one of the best known descriptions of Mono Lake.”—Leslie E. Bliss. Edwards. Enduring Desert, p. 239: “The section of immediate desert interest is ‘Roughing it at Mono Lake.”

(1 vol.)

($250-500)

108. CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 4 titles, including:

CONKLING, Roscoe P. and Margaret B. Butterfield Overland Mail: 1857-1869. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1947. 3 vols. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 110-11: “An exhaustive treatise of the historic Butterfield route (1857-1869), a portion of which extended through our Southern California deserts.”

HAFEN, LeRoy R. Overland Mail: 1849-1869...Promoter of Settlement, Precursor of Railroads. Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark, 1926. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 174.

Plus 2 others.

(6 vols.)

($500-1,000)

109. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 13 titles, including:

COOKE, P. St. George. Conquest of New Mexico and California. Oakland: Biobooks, 1942. Limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 54-55: “Represents the view point of the non-Mormon leader of the historic Mormon Battalion.”

GRANGER, Lewis. Letters of Lewis Granger. Early California Travels Series. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1959. Limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 96: “Granger followed the trail across Mojave Desert and over Cajon Pass.”

PALOMARES, Jose Francisco. Memoirs of Jose Francisco Palomares. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1955. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 190: “Pertinent to the subject of our desert bibliography is the author’s version of the “Battle of San Pasqual.”

PEARSON, Gustavus C. (editor). Overland in 1849. from Missouri to California by the Platte River and the Salt Lake Trail. Los Angeles: Cole Holmquist Press, 1961. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 194-95: “Pearson’s route took him over the Mojave Desert.”

REID, John C. Reid’ s Tramp, or a Journal of the Incidents of Ten Months Travel through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Sonora, and California. Austin: Steck Co., 1935. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 209: “Reid started his tramp in 1856 with the Mesilla Valley Co. The ultimate purpose was to explore the Gadsden Purchase.”

SITGREAVES, Captain L. Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Chicago, 1962. Facsimile of the 1853 original. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 225: “Interesting material relating to the Colorado Desert...one of the relatively few references to the historic Palm Springs Oasis in the Carrizo Corridor.”

UDELL, John. Journal Kept During a Trip Across the Plains Containing an Account of the Massacre of a Portion of His Party by the Mojave Indians in 1859. Los Angeles: N. A. Kovach, 1946. Limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 240. Howes U4. Plains & Rockies IV 346a.

WHIPPLE, A. W. The Whipple Report: Journal of an Expedition from San Diego, California, to the Rio Colorado, from Sept. 11 to Dec. 11, 1849. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1961. Limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 256: “Contains a vocabulary of the Yuma Indians. Present(s) a group traveling from west to east. One of the best of our overland narratives.”

Plus 5 others.

(13 vols.)

($150-300)

110. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. COUES, Elliott (editor). On the Trail of a Spanish Pioneer: The Diary and Itinerary of Francisco Garcés (Missionary Priest) in his Travels through Sonora, Arizona, and California 1775-1776. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1900. 2 vols. Limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 91.

(2 vols.)

(250-500)

111. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 13 titles, including:

Death Valley Scotty’s Castle: A Description of the Castle and its Furnishings, as given by the Castle Guides. [Death Valley]: Castle Publishing Co., [1941]. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 55: “Perhaps no other publication gives so detailed an account of the castle’s construction and its appointments.”

BAILEY, Philip A. Golden Mirages. New York: Macmillan, 1940. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 17: “A classic in the realm of lost-treasure tales.”

COOLIDGE, Dane. Death Valley Prospectors. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1937. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 55: “Activities of notable Death Valley characters.”

LEE, Bourke. Death Valley Men. New York: Macmillan, 1932. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 154.

MILLIGAN, Clarence P. Death Valley and Scotty. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1942. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 172.

WYNN, Marcia Rittenhouse. Desert Bonanza: The Story of Early Randsburg, Mojave Desert Mining Camp. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1963. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 265: “Considerable importance desert-wise.”

Plus 7 others.

(13 vols.)

($100-200)

112. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. DOMENECH, Abbe Em. Seven Years’ Residence in the Great Deserts of North America. London: Longman, Green, 1860. 2 vols. Graff 1121. Howes D410. Plains & Rockies IV:356:1. Raines, p. 70.

(2 vols.)

($300-600)

113. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 5 titles, including:

EDWARDS, E. I. Desert Harvest. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1962. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 73: “Synthesis of twenty-five years of exploring and writing about the Southwest.”

EDWARDS, E. I. Desert Voices: A Descriptive Bibliography. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1958. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 72-73: “First comprehensive reading bibliography of California deserts with over 1,500 separate citations and comments on the staggering amount of mysterious area of the Great West.”

EDWARDS, E. I. Valley Whose Name is Death. Pasadena: San Pasqual Press, 1940. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 74-75: “Nearly 600 items are conveniently classified by author, title, and description, together with critical comments, and relative significance.”

EDWARDS, E. I. Lost Oases Along the Carrizo. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1961. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 73: “The Carrizo Corridor, located in the Anza Desert, is on the early southern emigrant route from the Colorado River crossing to Warner’s Ranch, past Carrizo Creek, Vallecito, and San Felipe Valley.”

EDWARDS, E. I. Into an Alkali Valley: the First Written Account of Death Valley. Los Angeles: Edwards and Williams, 1948. Limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 73 “Story of Death Valley parties of 1849, together with an account of the first written description of Death Valley.”

(5 vols.)

($200-400)

114. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 2 titles, including:

ELLENBECKER, John G. The Jayhawkers of Death Valley. Marysville, Kansas: Privately printed, 1938. [2] 130 pp., numerous photographic illustrations. 8vo, original brown printed wrappers. Fragile wraps with short marginal tears, and small section of spine lacking.

First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 75-76: “Contained in this remarkable book are numerous photographs of the Death Valley pioneers and their descendants. A thesaurus of information. An imperishable personal record of the majority of those intrepid pioneers who immortalized Death Valley. Now hard to come by.”

Plus 1 other.

(2 vols.)

($150-300)

115. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 10 titles, including:

EMORY, W. H. Lieutenant Emory Reports. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1951. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 76-77: “Follows the march of Kearny’s Army of the west across the Colorado Desert.”

BOLTON, H. E. Font’s Complete Diary: A Chronicle of the Founding of San Francisco. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1931. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 86: “A superb diary – one of the best in all Western Hemisphere history. specifically describing the expedition’s experiences in crossing the Imperial Valley.” Howes B585.

GRAY, A. B. A. B. Gray Report: Survey of a Route on the 32nd Parallel for the Texas Western Railroad, 1854 and Including Reminiscences of Peter R. Brady Who Accompanied the Expedition. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1963. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 97-98: “The Third Division, embracing the region from the confluence of the Gila and Colorado Rivers to San Diego or San Pedro on the Pacific coast, ties in the report directly with our Southern California desert area. The survey was in 1854.” The original edition of 1856 is exceedingly rare. We sold a copy in 1984 for $10,000.

GREEN, Robert B. On the Arkansas Route to California in 1849: The Journal of Robert B. Green of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Bucknell University, 1955. Second edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 97-98: “The most delightfully distinctive journal in my entire collection.”

HAFEN, LeRoy R. & Ann W. Old Spanish Trail: Santa Fe to Los Angeles. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1954. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 101-02.

HAFEN, LeRoy R. & Ann W. (editors). Far West and Rockies: General Analytical Index to the Fifteen Volume Series and Supplement to the Journals of Forty-Niners Salt Lake to Los Angeles. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1961. Edwards. Enduring Desert, pp. 102-03 (including supplement diaries relating to the desert.)

SWEENY, Thomas W. Journal of Lt. Thomas W. Sweeny 1849-1853. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1956. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 263: “Early descriptions of the southwest desert country.”

WALLACE, Edward S. The Great Reconnaissance: Soldiers, Artists and Scientists on the Frontier 1848-1861. Boston: Little, Brown, 1955. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 244-45: “The relationship of this work to the subject of our California deserts is tantamount to that of an introduction to a book, of a synopsis to a chapter, of a syllabus to a course of study.”

WOODWARD, Arthur. Lances at San Pascual. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1948. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 235: “Earliest and perhaps most graphic account of Fort Yuma [with] frequent text references to the Colorado Desert crossing.”

Plus 1 other.

(10 vols.)

($200-400)

116. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 8 titles, including:

FOREMAN, Grant. Adventures of James Collier; First Collector of the Port of San Francisco. Chicago: Black Cat Press, 1937. 8vo, original blue cloth (slightly rubbed). Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 87: “Collier and his party were among the 1849 westward-bound emigrants who came into the gold fields via the southern route—across the Colorado River westward over the Colorado Desert.”

HUFFORD, D. A. Death Valley; Swamper Ike’s Traditional Lore: Why, When, How? Los Angeles: D.A. Hufford & Co., 1902. Fragile pictorial wraps lightly worn. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 122: “An early and peculiar account by one who claims to have journeyed into Death Valley shortly after the turn of the century. My personal opinion is that its contents border on the apocryphal. Some of the weird incidents described would impress one as being in the nature of desert aberrations.”

LAPHAM, Macy H. Crisscross Trails: Narrative of a Soil Surveyor. Berkeley: Willis E. Berg, 1949. Fine in original dark green cloth. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 274.

OLIVER, Harry. Desert Rough Cuts: A Haywire History of the Borego Desert. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1938. Large 8vo, original beige cloth over tan pictorial boards. Fragile boards a bit rubbed, otherwise fine. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 185: “Here is humor, desert humor, by that notorious perpetrator of desert tales—the Sage of Good Fort Oliver.”

SAUNDERS, Charles Francis. With the Flowers and Trees in California. New York: McBride, Nast & Co., 1914. 8vo, blue pictorial cloth gilt. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 219: “Numerous desert references.”

TALLACK, William. California Overland Express: The Longest Stage Ride in the World. [London, 1861]. Pp. 11-15, 21-23, 43-45, 59-64 (wood engravings in text). Large 8vo, later grey library board. [Extract from The Leisure Hour]. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 235-36: “Narrates his trip from San Francisco to St. Louis.”

Plus 2 others.

(8 vols.)

($150-300)

117. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT). Lot of 2 titles.

FRÉMONT, John Charles & Jessie Benton. Memoirs of My Life by John Charles Fremont Together With a Sketch of the Life of Senator Benton in Connection with Western Expansion.Vol. 1. Chicago: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1887. Profusely illustrated by Darley and other leading artists, maps. Large 4to, original brown pictorial cloth. Lower cover stained and worn, front hinge cracked, fine internally, and with the large folding map.

First edition. Cowan, p. 224. Howes F367. Howes F367: “Embraces his first three exploring expeditions and the part played by him in the conquest of California.” Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 45-46 (citing Frémont’s 1845 Report and giving a good synopsis of desert content): “A great book and an important one. An early narrative of overland adventure [which] infused tremendous enthusiasm into the hearts of men everywhere to consort with excitement and danger by venturing out upon the vast surge of westbound migration.” Plains & Rockies IV:115:1n. Zamorano Eighty 39. Becker notes that this volume contains material on all five of Frémont’s exploratory expeditions (all but the first expedition contain desert material). With this lot is a copy of Frémont’s 1845 report (lacking map).

Plus 1 other.

(2 vols.)

($250-500)

118. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 10 titles, including:

GARCÉS, Francisco. A Record of Travels in Arizona and California 1775-1776.... [San Francisco: Lawton & Alfred Kennedy for] John Howell-Books, 1965. Folio, original cloth. Fine. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 91.

TERRELL, John Upton. War for the Colorado River.... Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1965. 2 vols. Very fine in dust jackets.

WEIGHT, Harold O. Lost Mines of Death Valley. Twentynine Palms: The Calico Press, 1953. Fine in wraps. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 250.

WEIGHT, Harold O. Twenty Mule Team Days in Death Valley. Twentynine Palms: The Calico Press, 1953. Fine in wraps. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 251: "The all-inclusive sage of the 20-Mule Teams of Death Valley's colorful borax episode."

Plus 6 others.

(11 vols.)

($100-200)

119. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. HAFEN, LeRoy R. and Ann W. (series editors). The Far West and Rockies Historical Series, 1820-1875. Glendale, California: Arthur H. Clark, 1954-1961. 15 vols.

(15 vols.)

($1,000-2,000)

120. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 2 titles, including:

HEAP, Gwinn Harris. Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California: Journal of the Expedition of E. F. Beale, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in California, and Gwinn Harris Heap, from Missouri to California, in 1853. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo: London: Trübner and Co., 1854. 136 [46, ads] pp., 13 lithographed plates (some tinted). 8vo, original brown cloth. Very slight shelf wear and spine a bit light, generally very fine, the text pristine and the plates exceptionally bright and fresh. Map supplied in facsimile (copies of the book with the map are the exception). Bookplate of Louis Laurin. First British edition. Cowan, p. 273. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 110-11: “The most significant desert reference...relates to an account given by the Rev. James W. Brier – one of the original pioneer emigrants who crossed Death Valley in 1849...the earliest published account of Death Valley...of all the journals and diaries telling of the Mojave desert crossing, none appears comparable to the Heap in sheer readability and in picturesque descriptive quality.” Graff 1873: “Some of the areas explored are here described for the first time.” Howes H378: “Map not inserted in all copies.” Plains & Rockies IV:235 (not noting this English issue). Rittenhouse 290.

Plus 1 other.

(2 vols.)

($250-500)

121. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. HOBBS, James. Wild Life in the Far West: Personal Adventures of a Border Mountain Man. Hartford: Wiley, Waterman & Eaton, 1872. Adams, Guns 997. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 117-18: “About [1868] he travels into Death Valley, and supplies information of a most startling and unusual nature. He tells of a lost emigrant party who perished there in 1852 – all but one survivor, that is.” Cowan, p. 286. Graff 1914. Howes H550. Rittenhouse 299.

(1 vol.)

($150-300)

122. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. KELLY, Charles. Salt Desert Trails: A History of the Hastings Cutoff and Other Early Trails Which Crossed the Great Salt Desert Seeking a Shorter Road to California. Salt Lake City: Western Printing Co., 1930. Mint in original brown decorated stiff wrappers. Author’s signed presentation copy. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 87: “Mr. Kelly explains that the present Great Salt Lake, in Utah, is but an insignificant remnant of a once mighty inland sea of fresh water... Across the seemingly endless monotony of this Salt Desert traveled many of the California emigrant parties. Some mention of Death Valley.” Howes K59.

(1 vol.)

($150-250)

123. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 5 titles, including:

KELLY, Charles. Salt Desert Trails: A History of the Hastings Cutoff and other Early Trails which Crossed the Great Salt Desert Seeking a Shorter Route to California. Salt Lake City: Western Printing Company, 1930. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 142. Howes K59.

LUMMIS, Charles F. Some Strange Corners of Our Country: the Wonderland of the Southwest. New York: Century Co., 1892. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 161.

LUMMIS, Charles F. Mesa, Canon and Pueblo. New York: Century Co., 1925. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 160.

MAJORS, Alexander. Seventy Years on the Frontier: Alexander Majors’ Memoirs of a Lifetime on the Border...edited by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1893. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 161-62: “One of the very early accounts of Death Valley.”

Plus 1 other.

(5 vols.)

($250-350)

124. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 4 titles, including:

MANLY, William Lewis. Death Valley in ’49: Important Chapter of California Pioneer History. San Jose: Pacific Tree and Vine Co., 1894. Graff 2675. Howes M255.

Plus 3 others.

(4 vols.)

($150-300)

125. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 2 titles, including:

MARCY, Randolph B. Prairie Traveler: a Hand-Book for Overland Expeditions. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1859. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 165 (citing routes provided crossing deserts), “Authentic, definitive, impeccable account.” Cowan, p. 414. Graff 2676. Howes M279. Plains & Rockies IV:335:1. Rittenhouse 399.

Plus 1 other.

(2 vols.)

($300-500)

126. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 3 titles, including:

MORGAN, Dale L. Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1953. First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 177. Signed by author. Rittenhouse 425.

MORGAN, Dale L. and Carl I. Wheat. Jedediah Smith and His Maps of the American West. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1954. Maps. Limited edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 177n.

SMITH, Jedediah. Travels of Jedediah Smith: A Documentary Outline, Including the Journal of the Great American Pathfinder. Santa Ana: Fine Arts Press, 1934. First edition of a previously unpublished manuscript, limited edition. Howes S1127: “First printing of Smith’s own account of his entrance into the fur trade in 1822, his journey up the Missouri to the Rockies, his trip to Salt Lake and across the Mojave desert and up the Sacramento in 1827-28.” Plains & Rockies IV:34n: “Although Smith’s original diary and notes were lost long ago, a transcript of his narrative has survived [present work]. He includes portions of Smith’s account and a copy of a contemporary printed map by David H. Burr. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 234: “Portions of the text tell of Smith’s journey across the Mojave to the San Gabriel Mission in 1826.”

(3 vols.)

($400-800)

127. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 2 titles, including:

MYRICK, David F. Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California. Berkeley: Howell-North Books, 1962. 2 vols. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 180: “This superb work is a classic in literature of our western deserts. Primarily, it is the definitive account of western railroads.” Paher 1130.

Plus 1 other.

(2 vols.)

($70-150)

128. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. PALMER, William J. Report of Surveys Across the Continent in 1867-’68, on the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-second Parallels, for a Route Extending the Kansas Pacific Railway to the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco and San Diego. Philadelphia: W. B. Selheimer, 1869. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, 24: “The comprehensive map on which a marked improvement is shown in plotting the course of the river and on which “Grand Canyon” appears for the first time as a place name...further distinction in that a few copies are known in which there are twenty plates from photographs, notably, in State Historical Society of Colorado, Denver, and in the Huntington Library.” Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 189-90: “Insofar as I have been able to determine, [Palmer’s report] constitutes the first printed account of the High Desert region where now flourish the attractive communities of Twenty-Nine Palms, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Morongo Village. Another noteworthy feature distinguishes this important item. Death Valley receives copious mention throughout the text, with a nonchalant disregard for the fact that the Report is one of the very earliest book references to this desert area and one of the first to designate it by name.” Graff 3177. Howes P54.

(1 vol.)

($200-400)

129. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. POWERS, Stephen. Afoot and Alone: A Walk from Sea to Sea by the Southern Route. Hartford: Columbian Book Company, 1872. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 202: “Chs. 18 and 19 give a rambling and incoherent account of that portion of the author’s journey extending over the Colorado Desert.”

(1 vol.)

($150-300)

130. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 13 titles, including:

[ROBERTS, Oliver]. The Great Understander: True Life Story of the Wells Fargo Shotgun Express Messengers compiled by William W. Walter. Aurora, Illinois: William W. Walter, 1931. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 211-12: “After being ruthlessly chased over the desert by a huge rattlesnake, the author came to Death Valley. And then things really began to happen.” Guns 2299.

CARUTHERS, William. Loafing Along Death Valley Trails. Ontario, California: Death Valley Publishing, 1951. Adams, Guns 387. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 42: “One of the top-level items on Death Valley.”

CARUTHERS, William. Loafing Along Death Valley Trails. Palm Desert, California: The Desert Magazine Press, 1951.

EGAN, Howard R. Pioneering the West 1846 to 1878. Richmond, Utah: Howard R. Egan Estate, 1917. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 75: “The Sand Walking Company moved out of Salt Lake in 1849.” Howes E76. Graff 1221.

GLASSCOCK, C. B. Gold in Them Hills: The Story of the West’s Last Wild Mining Days. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, [1932]. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 93-94: “Choice material on the early mining fields surrounding Death Valley.”

JACKSON, Joseph Henry. Bad Company: The Story of California’s Legendary and Actual Stage-robbers, Bandits, Highwaymen and Outlaws From the Fifties to the Eighties. New York: Harcourt, Brace, [1949]. First edition. Adams, Guns 1120. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 126-27: “Of interest are the desert depredations of Tiburcio Vasquez.”

JAEGER, Edmund C. California Deserts: A Visitor’s Handbook. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1933. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 127: “This is the book one should slip in his pocket when he goes out upon the desert.”

MITCHELL, John D. Lost Mines of the Great Southwest: Including Stories of Hidden Treasures. Glorieta, New Mexico: Rio Grande Press, Inc., 1970. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 173-74.

NUSBAUMER, Louis. Valley of Salt, Memories of Wine: A Journal of Death Valley, 18495. Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1967. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 183-84: “Nusbaumer was one of the Death Valley pioneers of 1849, and his Diary imparts historical information of the utmost importance.”

WILSON, Neill C. Silver Stampede: the Career of Death Valley’s Hell-Camp, Old Panamint. New York: Macmillan, 1937. Adams, Guns 2419. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 260: “This desert item is packed full of absorbing interest combined with historical accuracy. Here is an authentic saga of old Panamint – the roaring ‘hell camp’ of Death Valley.”

WYNN, Marcia Rittenhouse. Desert Bonanza: The Story of Early Randsburg, Mojave Desert Mining Camp. Culver City, California: M. W. Samuelson, 1949. First edition. Adams, Guns 2460. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 265: “Initial effort to assemble primary material.

Plus 2 others.

(13 vols.)

($150-300)

131. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. SPEARS, John R. Illustrated Sketches of Death Valley and Other Borax Deserts of the Pacific Coast. Chicago & New York: Rand, McNally, 1892. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 227-28: “An intimate word-picture of Death Valley as it appeared in 1891 noted for its early photographs which may be the first pictures ever published–perhaps ever taken–of the Death Valley region.” Howes S821.

(1 vol.)

($250-500)

132. [CALIFORNIA (DESERT)]. Lot of 10 titles, including:

WESTERNERS BRAND BOOK (Los Angeles). The Westerners Brand Book, Los Angeles Corral. Los Angeles: The Westerners, 1947-1964. TEN VOLUMES: No. 11 (1964); 1947. 1948. 1949.1950; Book 5 (c1953); Book 6 (c1956); Book No. 7 (c1957); Book 8 (c1959); Book 9 (c1961). Limited. Lacking Nos. 10 & 12, but with the important No. 11 devoted to “The California Deserts,” Adams, Guns 2364. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 253-54.

(10 vols.)

$600-1,200)

133. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH)]. Lot of 49 titles, including:

BLACK, Eleanora, and Sidney Roberson (compilers). Gold Rush Song Book. San Francisco: The Colt Press, 1940.

BREYFOGLE, J. D. Diary of J. D. Breyfogle, Sr. Covering His Experiences During His Overland Trip to California During the Gold Rush In 1849. N.p., n.d. Not in Kurutz.

BROWN, John Henry. Life and Times of Henry Smith, First American Governor of Texas. Dallas: A. D. Aldridge & Co., 1887. Generally considered a Texas book, but the latter part contains an account by Smith, first Anglo-American Governor of Texas, of his 1849 overland journey from Brazoria, Texas to California.

HOWE, Octavius Thorndike. Argonauts of ’49. [Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1923]. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush, 106: “Annals and adventures of the Massachusetts companies which headed for California in 1849 and 1850.”

MISSOURI. Missouri Valley Historical Society Publication Vol. 1, No. 2: Annals of Kansas City. Kansas City: Missouri Valley Historical Society, 1922. Not in Kurutz. Contains the author’s account of his overland journey to Sacramento in May of 1849 with a company of Wyandotte Indians and twenty-five wagons and mining on the American River.

WILTSEE, Ernest A. The Pioneer Miner and The Pack Mule Express. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1931. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush, 233: “An informative discussion of the transportation systems which developed to serve the miner of the California diggings.”

WILTSEE, Ernest A. Gold Rush Steamers (of the Pacific). San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1938. x [2] 367 [1] pp., color frontispiece, plates, facsimiles, endpaper maps. Thick 8vo, original beige linen over terracotta cloth, printed paper spine label. Very fine. First edition, limited edition (500 copies). Grabhorn (1915-40) 293. Howell 50:1443: “An important study with illustrations of various ships, portraits of owners, and a selection of specimens of mail propaganda hand-stamps used by the steamship companies.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 232: “Detailed study of an important phase of the Gold Rush.”

Plus 42 others.

(49 vols.)

($400-800)

134. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH)]. POLK, James K. Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Thirtieth Congress. Washington, D.C.: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, 1848. 13 (index) [3, blank] 1257 pp., 8 folding lithographed maps (one in full color), charts. Thick 8vo, original sheep. Upper cover detached, spine loose, binding very worn and scorched. Miraculously, the interior is fine, and the important maps are in excellent condition save for a few splits at folds (no losses).

First edition. Cowan, p. 426 (calling for 4 maps). Howes P446. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 105 (listing only 6 maps): “Includes the official announcement of the discovery of gold. This volume also contains Colonel Richard B. Mason’s famous report of his trip to newly discovered placers. It ranks as one of the most important eyewitness accounts of the Gold Rush.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 30; Transmississippi West 562, 565 & III, pp. 52: “Word of the discovery of gold in California did not reach the East Coast until August, 1848, and he would have been a venturesome map publisher who on the basis of the first reports would have hazarded the fortunes of his house by a big promotion in ‘gold region’ maps. None of the maps thus far mentioned having incidental reference to the gold discoveries was issued before October, 1848, and possibly none before December, when President Polk’s message to Congress gave the news official authentication”; Maps of the California Gold Region 51, 52. The maps in this ponderous volume are quite extraordinary, including Ord’s Topographical Sketch of the Gold & Quicksilver District of California, July 25th, 1848. Also of interest is the large colored untitled map of the United States after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo by E. Gilman. Wheat (TMW 561) records the map, but does not give this government document as its source.

(1 vol.)

($1,000-2,000)

135. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH: FIRST HAND NARRATIVES)]. Lot of 11 titles, including:

ALRIC, Henry, J. A. Sketches of a Journey on the Two Oceans and to the Interior of America. Baja California Travels Series. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1971. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 12d (original edition, Mexico, 1866): “During his short stay in Sonora, Alric wrote in moving terms of the terrible violence meted out against Mexican miners.” Translated by Norah E. Jones.

ANDRE, Alexander. Frenchman at the California Trinity River Mines in 1849. New York: The Westerners New York Posse, 1957. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 16b (original edition, Paris, 1913): “Disillusioned by his experiences [at the Trinity mines], the Frenchman called it quits, Andre did, however, provide a good description of the Indians.”

DERBEC, Etienne. A French Journalist in the California Gold Rush: The Letters of Etienne Derbec. Georgetown, California: The Talisman Press, 1964. Slipcase. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 190: “Best account of French activities in the Gold Rush.”

DIETRICH, Dr. German Emigrants: Or Frederick Wohlgemuth’s Voyage to California. Stanford: James Ladd Delkin, Stanford University, 1949. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 194b (original edition, Guben, ca. 1852). “Republished for the California Centennial Celebration.”

GARNIER, Pierre. Medical Journey in California. Los Angeles: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, 1967. 500 copies printed. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 264b (original edition, Paris, 1854): “In particular, he wrote of medical conditions and services in the cities, towns, and mining camps.” Howes G68.

GERSTÄCKER, Friedrich. California Gold Mines. Oakland: Biobooks, 1946. 500 copies printed. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 267f (original edition, Stuttgart & Tubingen, 1853): “In addition to providing excellent observations of daily life, Gerstäcker’s narrative is invaluable for documenting the activities of Germans in the gold fields, the difficulties of being a foreigner, and the miner’s tax.” Howes G135.

LIENHARD, Heinrich. Pioneer at Sutter’s Fort, 1846-1850. Los Angeles: California Society, 1941. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 399c (original edition, Zurich, 1898): “‘The Pepy’s diary of Sutter’s Fort.” Howes L332.

PFEIFFER, Ida. A Lady’s Visit to California, 1853. Oakland: Biobooks, 1950. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 501h (original edition, London, 1855): “World traveler Ida Pfeiffer took a rather cynical view of what she saw in the gold country.”

WINDELER, Adolphus. California Gold Rush Diary of a German Sailor. Berkeley: Howell-North Books, [1969]. D.j. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 689: “Mining in the Yuba and Feather River areas from 1850 to October 1853.”

Plus 2 others.

(11 vols.)

($200-400)

136. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH: FIRST HAND NARRATIVES)]. Lot of 29 titles, including:

BALDRIDGE, M[ichael]. Reminiscence of the Parker H. French Expedition through Texas & Mexico to California in the Spring of 1850. Los Angeles: Privately printed, 1959. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 30. Southern route with the miserable Parker French company: New York to San Francisco via Mexico.

BIEBER, Ralph P. (editor). Southern Trails to California in 1849. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1937. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 27-28: “The section on the John E. Durivage ‘Letters and Journal’ is the book’s most important contribution to the source records of overland travel via the southern route.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 56: “Carl Wheat calls this the definitive discussion of the southern trails.”

CANFIELD, Chauncey L. (editor). Diary of a Forty-Niner. San Francisco: Morgan Shepard Co., 1906. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 114a: “Wheat points out: ‘Fiction, but of notable quality as a depiction of Gold Rush life and times.’” Graff 571. Howes C111.

COLTON, Walter. Glances into California. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1955. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 150i (original edition, New York, 1850): “Colton correctly predicted: ‘Not one in ten of all the thousands who have, or may go to California to hunt for gold, will return with a fortune.’”

DELANO, Alonzo. Old Block’s Sketch Book. Santa Ana: Fine Arts Press, 1947. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 179b (original edition, Sacramento, 1856). Zamorano Eighty 29n: “Few volumes have a truer flavor of the Mother Lode.” Gold Rush classic, with the delightful pen pictures of Delano and illustrations by Nahl.

ECCLESTON, Robert. Mariposa Indian War 1850-1851: Diaries of Robert Eccleston: The California Gold Rush, Yosemite, and the High Sierra. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1957. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 215: “Serves as the sequel to Eccleston’s overland narrative [see next item]. “

ECCLESTON, Robert. Overland to California on the Southwestern Trail 1849. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1950. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 216: “Eccleston was a member of the Fremont Association. He left New York in the ship Benj. R. Milam on April 3, 1849, and arrived in Galveston, Texas, in April 27. From Port Lavaca, the association traveled overland to El Paso and followed the Southern Trail.”

GREENLEAF, Benjamin. California Almanac for 1849. San Marino: Friends of the Huntington, 1942. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 293b (original edition, Boston 1849): “Features a section entitled ‘Goldiania’ [with] a general overview of California and the gold region based on standard sources such as Mason, Larkin, Frémont.”

HUTTON, William Rich. Glances at California: 1847-1853. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1942. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 351: “Official journey through the gold country, Sutter’s Fort, Mormon Island, Sutter’s Mill, and south to Angels Camp and the Stanislaus River.”

JOHNSON, Kenneth M. San Francisco As It Is: Gleanings From the Picayune. Georgetown, California: Talisman Press, 1964. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 161: “This handsome volume reproduces the text of one of San Francisco’s most important Gold Rush era newspapers.”

MANLY, William Lewis. Death Valley in ’49: An Important Chapter of California Pioneer History. New York: Wallace Hebberd, [1929]. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 427b (original edition, 1894): “While Manly’s classic work is known for the Death Valley account, he also penned important observations on prospecting and mining in the Mother Lode.” Howes M255.

MANLY, William Lewis. The Jayhawkers’ Oath and other Sketches. Los Angeles: Warren F. Lewis, 1949. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 428. Only appearance of Mrs. Edward Burrel’s “Across the Plains in 1849.”

PARSONS, George Frederic. Life and Adventures of James W. Marshall, the Discoverer of Gold in California. Sacramento: James W. Marshall & W. Burke, 1870. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 483b: “Parson’s biography has been called one of the most important works of California history. Much of the book details only Marshall’s famous discovery but also the ‘curse’ that dogged him much of his life.” Cowan, p. 475. Howes F105.

QUAIFE, Milo Milton (editor). Pictures of Gold Rush California. Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1949. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 520: “Presents a general view of the Gold Rush by reproducing the words of several of the finest observers.”

SOULE, Frank, John H. Gihon, & James Nisbet. The Annals of San Francisco. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1855. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 594: “Recognized as one of the most important reference books on the period, The Annals of San Francisco not only gives an outstanding narrative history of San Francisco but also supplies much information on mining and its impact on this instant city. The text illustrations and plates, some based on daguerreotypes, form one of the best pictorial records of Gold Rush California.”

SUTTER, John A. New Helvetia Diary: A Record of Events Kept by John A. Sutter and His Clerks at New Helvetia, California, from September 9, 1845, to May 25, 1848. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1939. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 612. Handsome Grabhorn Press imprint containing Sutter’s diary entry regarding discovery of gold.

SWAN, John A. Trip to the Gold Mines of California in 1848. San Francisco: Book Club of California, [1960]. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 614: “Jack Swan, ‘a baker of pies and boarding house keeper’ wrote this narrative around 1870 [and] Bancroft relied heavily on it for preparing his own history of the first year of the Gold Rush.”

WHITE, Charles. Letter From San Jose, California March 18, 1848. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1955. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 675: “White served as the alcalde of San Jose, and this position gave him an unusual perspective.”

WOOD, Harvey. Personal Recollections of Harvey Wood. Pasadena: Castle Press, 1955. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 694b (original edition, Angel’s Camp, 1896): “Wood and his associates in the Kit Carson Association sailed from New York to Galveston in 1849, thence via steamer to Corpus Christi, and via wagon to Laredo, arriving in Los Angeles in July.” Another account with Southern Route interest, crossing the Colorado in June 1849.

Plus 10 others.

(29 vols.)

($500-1,000)

137. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH: FIRST HAND NARRATIVES)]. Lot of 16 titles, including:

BERTHOLD, Victor M. Pioneer Steamer California, 1848-1849. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1932. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 51: “Berthold assembled in this valuable work contemporary newspaper accounts, official letters [etc.] documenting the steamer’s historic trip to California.”

BROMLEY, George Tisdale. Long Ago and the Later On. San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1904. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 78: “A portion of this Bohemian Club member’s reminiscences takes in his Gold Rush era experiences. He left New York in November 1850, reached the Isthmus of Panama, boarded the steamer Tennessee on the Pacific side, and arrived in San Francisco on January 8, 1851. Only 150 copies of this book were printed.” Graff 408. Cowan, p. 73.

COOK, Elliot Wilkinson. Land Ho: The Original Diary of a Forty-Niner. Baltimore: Remington-Putnam Book Co., [1935]. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 155: “Cook served as treasurer of the Niagara and California Mining Company.”

DEXTER, A. Hersey. Early Days in California. Denver: Tribune-Republican Press, 1886. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 192: “Filled with anecdotes. To California from New York in the ship Susan Drew on September 22, 1849.” Cowan, p. 168. Graff 1077. Howes D312.

DOBLE, John; edited by Charles L. Camp. John Doble’s Journal and Letters From the Mines. Mokelumne Hill, Jackson, Volcano and San Francisco 1851-1865. Denver: Old West Pub. Co., [1962]. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 197 (First edition): “Next to Bruff, probably the best of the published Gold Rush diaries’ (quoting Gudde).” Via Nicaragua in 1852.

DOWNIE, William. Hunting for Gold. Palo Alto, California: American West Publishing Co., [1971]. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 203n (original edition, San Francisco, 1893): “Dale Morgan called this one of the best Gold Rush reminiscences. From Boston to New Orleans on the clipper Architect and reached San Francisco on June 27, 1849.”

FLINT, Thomas. Diary of Dr. Thomas Flint; California to Maine and Return, 1851-1855. Los Angeles: Historical Society of Southern California, 1923. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 245a: “Flint left Maine for California via the Panama route. on May 31, 1851.” Plains & Rockies IV:242n.

GARDINER, Howard C. In Pursuit of the Golden Dream: Reminiscence of San Francisco and the Northern and Southern Mines, 1849-1857. Stoughton, Mass.: Western Hemisphere, [1970]. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 262n: “Gardiner left New York City on the steamer Crescent City in March 1849, crossed the Isthmus of Panama, took the brig Sylph to San Francisco. A monumental edition of an important and eloquent reminiscence.”

INGALLS, John. California Letters of the Gold Rush Period: The Correspondence of John Ingalls, 1849-1851. Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1938. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 354: “Exceptional letters. Advises his friend to come to California via the Isthmus, and not around Cape Horn.”

ISBELL, F. A. Mining & Hunting in the Far West 1852-1870. Burlingame, California: William P. Wreden, 1948. 200 copies printed. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 330 (original edition, Middletown, ca. 1871): “From Woodbury, Connecticut by way of Cape Horn on March 2, 1852. Stockton and Southern mines.” Howes I87.

RUSS, Carlyn Hale. Log of a Forty-Niner: Journal Kept by Richard L. Hale. Boston, Mass.: B. J. Brimmer, 1923. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 301a (original edition, Rochester, 1851): “New York to Sacramento Valley via the California Trail in 1849.”

SHIRLEY, Dame (Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe). Shirley Letters from the California Mines 1851-1852. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 133c (originally published in The Pioneer, 1854-55): “‘Dame Shirley’ sailed around Cape Horn to San Francisco and went off for the diggings at Rich Bar. ‘These superlatively readable and informative letters may well be accorded first place in any gathering of notable Gold Rush literature’ (quoting Wheat).”

WEBSTER, George G. & Linville J. Hall. Journal of a Trip Around the Horn as Written and Printed on the Ship ‘Henry Lee.’ Ashland: Lewis Osborne, 1970. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 305d (original edition printed aboard the Henry Lee in 1849): “Greenwood and Howes state that this is regarded as the first printed journal of a California gold seeker, and Goodman calls it the first sea journal of ’49 California Argonauts.” Howes W202.

Plus 3 others.

(16 vols.)

($300-600)

138. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH: FIRST HAND NARRATIVES)]. Lot of 12 titles, including:

BOLIN, C. Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Major C. Bolin, Alias David Butler, as Related by Himself to A. A. Sargent. Palo Alto: Lewis Osborne, 1966. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 63b (original edition, Nevada, 1858): “Tells of his drinking and gambling exploits in Placerville, Rough and Ready, Grass Valley, Forest City and Downieville.”

BOOTH, Edmund. Edmund Booth (1810-1905) Forty-Niner. Stockton: San Joaquin Pioneer Society, 1953. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 64: “Lengthy and articulate letters from 1850 to 1853, written primarily from Sonora in Tuolumne County.” To California via the Platte River.

BROOKS, Elisha. A Pioneer Mother of California. San Francisco: Harr Wagner Publishing, c1922. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 79b (original edition, San Francisco, 1922): “Recollections of the overland trek to California [in 1852] from St. Joseph County, Michigan.” Graff 412. Howes B808.

BRUFF, J. Goldsborough. Gold Rush: The Journals, Drawings, and Other Papers of J. Goldsborough Bruff. April 2, 1849-July 20, 1851. Edited by Georgia Willis Red and Ruth Gaines. New York: Columbia University Press, 1949. lxxii, 749 pp., frontispiece, plates (3 folding), illustrations, facsimiles, maps. 4to, original terracotta cloth. Fine in d.j.

Second edition, without the earlier diaries, but with added information not in the First edition. Howell 50:1473: “An extraordinary Gold Rush document – one of the most comprehensive and informative sources extant, not only for life in the mines, but also for its vivid and detailed narrative of the overland crossing. Lavishly illustrated with Bruff’s own drawings and sketches.” Howes R91. Libros Californianos, p. 75n. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 25n. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 93b (original edition, New York, 1944): “‘The most elaborate of overland narratives’ [quoting Howes]. Bruff was the draftsman of the U. S. Bureau of Topographical Engineers.”

CLARK, Bennet C. Diary of a Journey From Missouri to California in 1849. Columbia, Missouri: State Historical Society, 1928. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 135: “Clark was one of the few emigrant company captains to keep a diary.” From Cooper County, Missouri, over the California Trail to San Francisco.

DECKER, Peter. Diaries of Peter Decker: Overland to California in 1849 and life in the mines, 1850-1851. Georgetown, California: Talisman Press, 1966. Double slipcase. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 174: “Decker served as the secretary of the Columbus and California Industrial Association. They started their journey from Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio on April 4, 1849, and arrived at Sutter’s Fort on August 9, 1849. Decker was one of the first to arrive in the remote Trinity mining district.”

FAIRCHILD, Lucius. California Letters of Lucius Fairchild. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1931. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 228: “‘One of the finest contributions to Gold Rush literature’ [quoting Gudde]. Fifty-eight letters date from April 1849 to May 2, 1855, cover the overland trek and six years’ labor in the mines.” Edited with notes and introduction by Joseph Schaf.

FERGUSON, Charles D. Experiences of a Forty-Niner During Thirty-Four Years’ Residence in California and Australia. Cleveland: Williams Publishing Co., 1888. First edition. Adams, Guns 707. Graff 1305. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 235: “‘A highly interesting account, mainly of 1850’ [quoting Gudde]. The first half of the book is devoted to his overland trek and California.”

PHILLIPS, Catherine Coffin. Cornelius Cole. California Pioneer and United States Senator. San Francisco: [John Henry Nash], 1929. Slipcase. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 145: “Vivid recollections.” Lodi, New York, to Sutter’s Fort, over the California Trail in 1849.

Plus 3 others.

(12 vols.)

($300-600)

139. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH: FIRST HAND NARRATIVES)]. Lot of 2 titles, including:

COLTON, Walter. Deck and Port; or, Incidents of a Cruise in the United Sates Frigate Congress to California, with Sketches of Rio Janeiro, Lima, Honolulu and San Francisco. New York: Barnes, 1850. 408 [20, ads] pp., engraved frontispiece portrait, map, 4 tinted lithographic plates by Sarony & Major, text illustrations. 12mo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth, gild pictorial spine. Joints cracked, spinal extremities repaired with sympathetic cloth, corners bumped, mild to moderate foxing.

First edition, variant issue, with printed endpapers as in first issue, but with map present and lithos with Sarony & Major, as in the second issue. Borba de Moraes, pp. 193-4. Cowan, p. 237. Howes C624n. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 150. Tutorow 3351: “Deals with the Bear Flag incident, Fremont in California.” The attractive lithographs are city views of Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Valparaiso, and San Francisco. Peters (California on Stone, p. 185) describes the latter as “a charming little lithotint view of the peaceful and sylvan settlement of San Francisco before the deluge of Forty-niners.” With this lot is the Dawson-Grabhorn 1955 reprint.

Plus 1 other.

(2 vols.)

($150-250)

140. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH: FIRST HAND NARRATIVES)]. Lot of 11 titles, including:

GEIGER, Vincent, & Wakeman Bryarly. Trail to California: The Overland Journal of Vincent Geiger and Wakeman Bryarly. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1945. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 265n): “Both Geiger and Bryarly served in the Mexican War. After news of the gold discovery, they joined the well-organized and well-provisioned Charlestown, Virginia Mining Company.” From Virginia to St. Joseph, Missouri in 1849 via the California Trail.

HALE, John. California As It Is. N.p., 1954. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 301 (original edition, Rochester, 1851): “Hale left North Bloomfield, New York on April 18, 1849 followed the California Trail, and reached the Sacramento Valley by way of the Lassen Cutoff.” After a year of disenchantment, Hale returned home but wrote this account as a warning to others seeking the elephant. Howes H31. Plains & Rockies IV:198a.

HICKMAN, Richard Owen. An Overland Journey to California in 1852: The Journal of Richard Owen Hickman, Edited by M. Catherine White. Missoula: State University of Montana, [1929]. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 329: “Hickman, with a party of thirty-two men, left Independence, Missouri on May 5, 1852. On August 15 the party arrived in the mining region and on August 17 in Nevada City. Detailed account of the crossing.”

HILL, Jasper S. The Letters of a Young Miner: Covering the Adventures of Jasper S. Hill During the California Gold Rush, 1849-1852. San Francisco: John Howell Books, 1964. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 330: “Hill joined the Mt. Pleasant Mining Company from Iowa and began the overland trek on May 1, 1849. Nunis notes: ‘His Gold Rush letters give the reader an intimate account of the ordinary young miner’s life while laboring in the gold fields. Everyday social and business activity at Dry Diggings, Placerville (Hangtown), and Nevada City.’”

JOHNSON, Theodore T. Sights in the Gold Region, and Scenes by the Way. New York: Baker and Scribner, 1849. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 363a: “One of the earliest, liveliest, and most detailed accounts of the Gold Rush. Johnson began his journey on February 5, 1849 on board the steamer Crescent City sailed for Panama City, and entered San Francisco Bay April 1. Observations of camps and towns, prominent individuals, Indians and their mistreatment, Peruvians, social life, mining methods, and the natural wealth of California. Plains & Rockies IV:167g:1. Howes J154. Cowan, p. 315.

KELLER, George. Trip Across the Plains and Life in California. Oakland: Biobooks, n.d. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 367b (original edition, Massillon, 1851): “The Wayne County Company left St. Joseph on April 10, 1850. The group followed the California Trail and entered California via Lassen’s Cutoff. A fire in the town of Massillon, Ohio, probably destroyed most copies.”

KILGORE, William H. The Kilgore Journal of an Overland Journey to California in the year 1850. New York: Hastings House, 1949. Slipcase. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 376: “Mattes rated Kilgore’s journal as ‘one of the most valuable records of 1850,’ especially for the account of the destruction of the old Mormon Winter Quarters on the west bank of the Missouri.” Iowa to California via North Platte route.

KIP, Leonard. California Sketches; With Recollections of the Gold Mines. Los Angeles: N. A. Kovach, 1946. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 379b (original edition, Albany, 1850): “Excellent descriptions of San Francisco, Stockton, mining camps, and life in the diggings around the Mokelumne River area.”

LEEPER, David Rohrer. The Argonauts of ’Forty-nine: Some Recollections of the Plains and the Diggings. South Bend, Indiana: J. B. Stoll & Company, 1894. First edition. Cowan, p. 388. Graff 2447. Howes L226. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 396: “Leeper, in a party of six, sets out for California from South Bend, Indiana on February 22, 1849. The party crossed into California via the Lassen Cutoff. Leeper provides an excellent description of Sutter’s Fort and mining activities at Hangtown Creek, Kelsey’s Canyon, and the Trinity Diggings.”

LOCKLEY, Fred. To Oregon by Ox-team in ’47. Portland: Fred Lockley, n.d. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 345n: “The Hunt family pioneered in Oregon. In the spring of 1849, G. W. Hunt started for the California mines.”

(11 vols.)

($300-600)

141. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH: FIRST HAND NARRATIVES)]. Lot of 18 titles, including:

KNOWER, Daniel. Adventures of a Forty-niner. Albany: Weed-Parsons Printing Co., 1894. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 381b: “Set sail in New York for California on the ship Georgia on July 1, 1849. After crossing the Isthmus of Panama, he boarded the steamer Panama and landed in San Francisco on August 18. He planned to make money by selling prefabricated houses that he shipped to the Golden State [but] formed a partnership with Colonel J. D. Stevenson in the lumber business.” Cowan, p. 334.

M’COLLUM, William. California As I Saw It: Pencillings by the Way of Its Gold and Gold Diggers and Incidents of Travel by Land and Water. Los Gatos, California: Talisman Press, 1960. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 417b (original edition, Buffalo, 1850): “Left Lockport, New York, as a member of the California Company on January 28, 1849. Boarded the steamer Crescent City on February 5 and headed for the Isthmus of Panama and arrived in San Francisco on July 5, 1849. Survived by practicing the healing arts.”

MASSETT, Stephen C. “Drifting About,” or What “Jeems Pipes of Pipesville” Saw and Did. An Autobiography. New York: Carleton, 1863. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 431a: “Massett has been called California’s first Bohemian and San Francisco and Sacramento’s first entertainer. In January 1849, he boarded the schooner Sovereign in Baltimore and crossed the Isthmus. He then sailed on the John Ritson to San Francisco and arrived on May 18.” Cowan, p. 419. Wright II: 1678.

PERKINS, William. Three Years in California. William Perkins’ Journal of Life at Sonora, 1849-1852. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1964. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 496b (original edition, Buenos Aires, 1937): “Perkins, a Canadian living in Cincinnati, began his Gold Rush adventure by taking a steamboat to New Orleans and Punta Isabel and thence traveling across Mexico to Mazatlan. From Mexico, he sailed to San Francisco and arrived on June 9, 1849. ‘An extraordinary account of life in Sonora, the heart of the Southern Mines, with a society wholly different from any seen elsewhere in California. The foreign element and the larger number of women among the population gave Sonora a quality all its own’ [quoting Morgan].”

STILLMAN, Jacob D. B. Around the Horn to California in 1849. Palo Alto, California: Lewis Osborne, 1967. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 420b (original edition, New York, 1877): “Stillman devoted three chapters to life in Gold Rush California in which he described traveling on the rivers as far north as Red Bluff, living in Sacramento, visiting with Bayard Taylor, surviving the rainy season and threat of flood.” Foreword by Kenneth M. Johnson.

TAYLOR, Bayard. Eldorado. Palo Alto, California: Lewis Osborne, 1968. 2 vols. Slipcase. Limited edition.

TAYLOR, William. Seven Years’ Street Preaching in San Francisco, California. New York: Carlton & Porter, 1857. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 622b (original edition, New York, 1857, the present work being designated “Fifth Thousand 1857”): “One of the best examples of Christianity amid the gambling hells.” The Methodist missionary author arrived in San Francisco by sea in September of 1849.

TYSON, James L., M.D. Diary of a Physician in California. Oakland: Biobooks, 1955. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 642b (original edition, New York, 1850): “One of the foremost accounts of the Northern Mines in the summer of 1849.” Baltimore to California via Chagre route. Index and foreword by Joseph A. Sullivan Howes T451.

WARD, Samuel. Sam Ward in the Gold Rush. Stanford: Stanford University Press, [1949]. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 662: “Two years in the Southern Mines.” New York to California on the side-wheeler Panama.

WOODS, James, Rev. Recollections of Pioneer Work in California. San Francisco: Joseph Winterburn, 1878. First edition. Adams, Guns 2448. Cowan, p. 694. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 697: “Much more than an ecclesiastical history. An articulate and human picture of life in [the Stockton] gateway to the Southern Mines.” New York to San Francisco via the Horn.

WYMAN, Walker D. (editor). California Emigrant Letters. New York: Bookman Associates, [1952].

Plus 7 others.

(18 vols.)

($400-600)

142. [CALIFORNIA (GOLD RUSH: FIRST HAND NARRATIVES)]. Lot of 19 titles, including:

MOORMAN, Madison Berryman. Journal of Madison Berryman Moorman 1850-1851. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1948. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 451): “One of the few diaries kept while taking the Hastings Cutoff. Extensive notes and bibliography add to the value of this articulate overland narrative.” Tennessee to Placerville via Hasting’s Cutoff in 1850.

MATTES, Merrill J. (editor). Alexander Ramsay’s Gold Rush Diary of 1849. N.p., 1949. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 522: “Mattes writes: ‘Unlike many others of its genre, Ramsay’s journal is for the most part unadorned with superfluous asides, soliloquies, and rhetorical flourishes.’“ Indiana to Sacramento in 1849 via perilous Lassen Cutoff.

PAGE, Elizabeth. Wagons West. A Story of the Oregon Trail. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, [1930]. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 476: “[Page’s] great uncle was a member of the Green and Jersey Company of Emigrants.” Also includes the overland of Joseph Hackney.”

PAUL, Rodman W. California Gold Discovery. Sources, Documents, Accounts and Memoirs Relating to the Discovery of Gold at Sutter’s Mill. Georgetown, California: Talisman Press, 1966. Slipcase. First edition, limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 485: “The dj blurb offers a fine description of this handsome volume’s contents: ‘The most comprehensive book ever published on the California gold discovery, containing a detailed mass of accounts and sources relating to that momentous event.’”

PERKINS, Elisha Douglass. Gold Rush Diary. Being the Journal of Elisha Douglass Perkins on the Overland Trail in the Spring and Summer of 1849. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1967. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 494: “‘Mattes calls this ‘one of the premier daily journals of the California gold rush. Rich and revealing in its detail.’” Ohio to Sacramento via the California Trail in 1849.

PRITCHARD, James A. Overland Diary of James A. Pritchard, from Kentucky to California in 1849. Denver: Fred A. Rosenstock, Old West, 1959. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 519: “This overland diary certainly ranks as one of the most important, not only because of Pritchard’s observations, but also because of the scholarship of editor Dale Morgan. Pritchard’s meticulous descriptions are enchanted by his identification of dozens of overland outfits.” Petersborough, Kentucky to Coloma via the California Trail in 1849. 4 copies.

READ, Georgia Willis (editor). A Pioneer of 1850: George Willis Read, 1819-1880: The Record of a Journey Overland from Independence, Missouri, to Hangtown (Placerville), California, in the Spring of 1850. Boston: Little, Brown, 1927. xxvi, 185 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates (from nineteenth-century prints), folding map. 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in d.j. First edition.

Cowan, p. 523. Eberstadt 125:185. Graff 3431. Heckman 293. Howes (1954 edition) 8420. Kurutz, California Gold Rush 523: Mattes 937. Mintz 386. Rader 2766. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 163. The book includes Dr. Read’s diary of his journey to California in 1849, his capture by a Confederate raider while in route from New York to California via Panama in 1862, and his visit to the Nevada mining district in 1863. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 523: “Mattes questions the authorship of the journal and suggests that it may have been copied from the diary of William Black, who traveled to California in the same company.” From Missouri to Placerville across the Sierra Nevada by way of Carson Pass.

ROOT, Riley. Journal of Travels from St. Josephs to Oregon. Oakland, California: Biobooks, 1955. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 543b (original edition, Galesburg, 1850): “This journal is one of the few known from the emigration of 1848. Information on the Oregon reaction to the Gold Rush, geography and geology of the gold district, varieties of gold, mode of searching for gold, and a general description of California.” Illinois to Oregon in 1848, arriving in California in the spring of 1849.

SAWYER, Lorenzo. Way Sketches Containing Incidents of Travel Across the Plains. New York: Edward Eberstadt, 1926. First edition, limited edition. Cowan, p. 570. Graff 3687. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 556: “One of but two known contemporarily printed accounts of the migration across the plains in 1850. Has long been a lost book in Plains literature.” To the Placerville region via the California Trail in 1850, crossing the Sierra via Carson Pass. Howes S133. Plains & Rockies IV:191n.

SHAW, D. A. Eldorado, or California as Seen by a Pioneer 1850-1900. Los Angeles: B. R. Baumgart, 1900. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 269: “Shaw came overland from Marengo, Illinois, to California via the California Trail in 1850. Once in the mining region, he described life at Johnson’s Ranch, Placerville, Sacramento, Coloma, and such topics as Judge Lynch, claim jumping, and the fires and floods that ravaged some of the principal mining towns.”

SMITH, C. W. Journal of a Trip to California: Across the Continent from Weston, Mo., to Weber Creek, Cal. in the summer of 1850. New York: The Cadmus Book Shop, [1920]. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 587: “Smith left Centreville, Indiana, on April 2, 1850, and took the California Trail, crossing over the Sierra via the Humboldt-Carson Route. He arrived at Pleasant Valley, El Dorado County on August 2.”

STEELE, John. Across the Plains in 1850. Chicago: The Caxton Club, 1930. First edition. Howes S393. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 597: “Mattes wrote, ‘Here is one of the great overland classics.’ Steele traveled overland to California in 1850 in company with a group of lead miners. He crossed the Missouri River at Council Bluffs on May 16, 1850, and followed the California Trail. He then crossed over the Sierra Nevada by way of the Truckee River and Donner Pass and arrived in Nevada on September 23, 130 days after departure.” Plains & Rockies IV 246.

WARE, Joseph E. The Emigrant’s Guide to California. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1932. Howes W104. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 663b (original edition, St. Louis, 1849): “Ware was the first to attempt a complete description of the best route for the forty-niners.” Plains & Rockies IV 175.

WEBSTER, Kimball. Gold Seekers of ’49: A Personal Narrative of the Overland Trail and Adventures in California and Oregon from 1849 to 1854. Manchester, New Hampshire: Standard Book Co., 1917. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 667: “A member of the Granite State and California Mining & Trading Company, Webster left Boston on April 17, 1849, for the gold fields [traveling] via the California Trail [arriving] at the Feather River mines on October 17.”

WOLVERINE RANGERS. The Gold Rush: Letters from the Wolverine Rangers to the Marshall, Michigan, Statesman 1849-1851. Mount Pleasant, Michigan: The Cumming Press, [1974]. First edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 692: “The second half of the book consists of detailed letters by the Rangers about life in the Feather River Mining District, middle and south forks of the Yuba River, and Bidwell’s Bar.” Overland from Independence via the California Trail crossing Lassen’s Cutoff.

WOOD, Harvey. Personal Recollections of Harvey Wood. Pasadena, California: Castle Press, 1955. Limited edition. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 694 (original edition, Angel’s Camp, 1896): “Wood and his associates in the Kit Carson Association sailed from New York to Galveston in 1849, thence via steamer to Corpus Christi, and via wagon to Laredo, arriving in Los Angeles in July.” Reprint published for members of the Zamorano Club.

Plus 3 others.

(19 vols.)

($400-800)

143. [CALIFORNIA (LOCAL HISTORY)]. Lot of 14 titles, including:

BUCKBEE, Edna Bryan. Saga of Old Tuolumne. New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1935.

COY, Owen C. Humboldt Bay Region: 1850-1875. Los Angeles, 1929.

HAMMOND, George P. and Dale L. Morgan (eds.). Captain Charles M. Weber: Pioneer of the San Joaquin. Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1966. Designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy,

McCARTHY, John Russell. These Waiting Hills: The Santa Monicas. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Press, 1925.

McLANE, Lucy Neely. Piney Paradise by Monterey Bay. San Francisco: Lawton Kennedy, 1952.

WOOD, J. W. Pasadena, California Historical and Personal. [Pasadena]: J. W. Wood, 1917.

Plus 8 others.

(14 vols.)

($150-300)

144. [CALIFORNIA (LOCAL HISTORY)]. Lot of 8 titles, including:

Los Angeles, the Metropolis of Sunny Southern California, “As I Saw It.” Los Angeles: H. H. Tammen Co., 1913.

HARLOW, Neal. Maps and Surveys of the Pueblo Lands of Los Angeles. Los Angeles: [Designed and Printed by Grant Dahlstrom for] Dawson’s Book Shop, 1976. xvii [3] 169 [2] pp., frontispiece, numerous charts & maps (mostly folding). Folio, original olive cloth over patterned boards. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (375 numbered copies, signed by author and printer). A finely printed and detailed history of the cartography of Los Angeles from 1781 to 1881, with extensive commentary on the complex land claims, surveys, and boundary questions, as well as the extensive legal transactions involved in Los Angeles’ growth from an isolated Spanish-American pueblo to an emerging major U.S. city in the 1880s.

RENSCH, Hero Eugene, and Ethel Grace Rensch. Historic Spots in California: The Southern Counties. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1932.

Plus 5 others.

(8 vols.)

($200-400)

145. [CALIFORNIA (LOCAL HISTORY – SAN FRANCISCO)]. Lot of 26 titles, including:

ELDREDGE, Zoeth Skinner. Beginnings of San Francisco [Vol. 1-2]. San Francisco: Zoeth S. Eldredge, 1912. 2 vols.

HITTELL, John S. A Guide Book to San Francisco. San Francisco: Bancroft Co., 1888.

TAMMEN. San Francisco the Exposition City 1915 “As I Saw It.” Los Angeles: H. H. Tammen Co., 1913.

Plus 23 others.

(27 vols.)

($200-400)

146. [CALIFORNIA (MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR)]. Lot of 10 titles, including:

PORTER, Valentine Mott. General Stephen W. Kearny and the Conquest of California, 1846-7. Los Angeles: Society, 1911: Historical Society of Southern California, 1911.

The California Star. Yerba Buena and San Francisco. Vol. 1, 1847-1848. Berkeley: 1965. Reproductions of issues of the newspaper published.

ROGERS, Fred B. Bear Flag Lieutenant: The Life Story of Henry L. Ford. San Francisco: Historical Society, 1951.

UNITED STATES. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 35th Congress, 1st Session. Correspondence Between the Late Secretary of War and General Wool. Ex. Doc. No. 88. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1858.

ROGERS, Fred B. Soldiers of the Overland: Being Some Account of the Services of General Patrick Edward Connor & His Volunteers in the Old West. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1938.

Plus 5 others.

(10 vols.)

($150-300)

147. [CALIFORNIA (NATIVE AMERICANS)]. Lot of 6 titles, including:

HODGE, Frederick Webb (editor). Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico in Two Parts. Washington: GPO, 1907-1910. 2 vols.

Plus 5 others.

(7 vols.)

($150-300)

148. [CALIFORNIA (OUTLAWS)]. Lot of 17 titles, including:

BENNETT, William P. First Baby in Camp. Salt Lake City: Rancher Publishing, 1893.

COBLENTZ, Stanton A. Villains and Vigilantes: The Story of James King of William and Pioneer Justice in California. New York: Wilson-Erickson, Inc., 1936.

CURRAN, J. J. Mr. Foley of Salmon: A Story of Life in a California Village. San Jose, 1907.

GOSS, Helen Rocca. The California White Cap Murders: An Episode in Vigilantism. Santa Barbara, 1969.

SAWYER, Eugene T. Life and Career of Tiburcio Vasquez the California Stage Robber. Oakland: Biobooks, 1944. Limited edition.

SCHERER, James A. B. Lion of the Vigilantes: William T. Coleman and the Life of Old San Francisco. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1939.

Plus 11 others.

(17 vols.)

($200-400)

149. [CALIFORNIA (SPANISH)]. Lot of 33 titles, including:

BEATTIE, George William. California’s Unbuilt Missions: Spanish Plans for an Inland Chain. N.p., [1930].

Drake’s Plate of Brass: Evidence of His Visit to California in 1579. San Francisco: California Historical Society, [1937].

BAEGERT, Johann Jakob. Observations in Lower California. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1952.

CHAPMAN, Charles E. History of California: The Spanish Period. New York: Macmillan Co., 1921.

CUTTER, Donald C. Malaspina in California. San Francisco: John Howell Books, 1960. Limited edition (1000 copies).

DUNNE, Peter Masten. Juan Antonio Balthasar: padre visitador to the Sonora Frontier 1744-1745. Tucson: Arizona Pioneers Historical Society, 1957. Limited edition.

ELDER, Paul. Old Spanish Missions of California. San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, [1913].

ENGELHARDT, Zephyrin. The Franciscans in California. Harbor Springs, Mich.: Holy Childhood Indian School, 1897. Cowan, p. 196. Howes E153.

FAGES, Pedro. Historical, Political and Natural Description of California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1937.

HOLMES, Maurice G. From New Spain by Sea to the Californias, 1519-1668. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1963.

MARIA, Vicente. First Spanish Entry into San Francisco Bay 1775. San Francisco: John Howell-Books, 1971.

PALOU, Francisco. First California Missions Under the Spiritual Guidance of the Venerable Padre Fray Junipero Serra. San Francisco: Nueva California Press, 1934.

PALOU, Francisco. Expedition into California of the Venerable Padre Fray Junipero Serra and His Companions in the Year 1769. San Francisco: Nueva California Press, 1934. First book to be published by the Press. Howes P56.

PALOU, Francisco. Historical Memoirs of New California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1926. 4 vols. Cowan, p. 471. Howes P55.

WAGNER, Henry R. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo: Discoverer of the Coast of California. San Francisco: [Lawton R. Kennedy for] California Historical Society, 1941. Limited edition. Howes W8.

Plus 12 others.

(36 vols.)

($500-1,000)

150. [CALIFORNIA (TRANSPORTATION)]. Lot of 43 titles, including:

BEEBE, Lucius. Mansions on Rails. Berkeley: Howell-North, 1959. Limited edition. Slipcase.

BRADLEY, Glenn D. Story of the Pony Express. Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1913.

DODGE, Grenville M. How We Built the Union Pacific Railway. Denver: Sage Books, 1965.

MORGAN, Gene. “Westward the Course of Empire.” Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1945. First edition.

MUMEY, NOLIE. Hoofs to Wings: The Pony Express. Boulder: Johnson Publishing Co., 1960. 2 vols. Limited edition (200 numbered and signed copies). With Mumey’s book is a facsimile edition of the Pony Express Bible.

SABIN, Edwin L. Building the Pacific Railway. Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1919. First edition.

WAGNER, Henry R. First American Vessel in California, Monterey in 1796. Los Angeles: Dawson, 1954. Limited edition.

Plus 36 others.

(44 vols.)

($250-500)


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