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Pingenot Auction, Lot 364

364. [CALIFORNIA]. Lot of 11 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

CARPENTER, Ford A. Los Angeles County To-Day. Los Angeles: Wayside Press for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 1929. Maps, many photographic illustrations. Wrappers. Very good.
         Pingenot: An interesting promotional with gobs of informational and statistical data to feed a historian’s computer but equally valuable for the fine array of vintage photographs from the twenties that highlight the city, its industries, and environs.

DERBY, George H. Phoenixiana: A Collection of the Burlesques & Sketches of John Phoenix, Alias John P. Squibob, Who Was, In Fact, Lieut. Geo. H. Derby.... San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1937. Illustrations, facsimiles. Cloth and pictorial boards, paper label on spine. Very fine.
         First edition (550 copies). One of the Fifty Books of the Year. Cowan II, p. 167. Heller & Magee, Grabhorn Press Bibliography 277. Wheat 63. Pingenot: Although best known for his humorous writings under the pseudonyms of John Phoenix and Squibob, Derby served with distinction as a topographical engineer with the U.S. Army, creating an important map of the California gold regions and performing the first reconnaissance of the Colorado River. This work, a reissue of his 1856 collection and a best-seller in its time, contains several hitherto uncollected nuggets of humor. The sequence of "hunting scenes" is here published for the first time.

DERBY, George H. The Squibob Papers. By John Phoenix [Capt. Geo. H. Derby.] Author of "Phoenixiana" with Comic Illustrations by the Author. New York: Carleton, 1865. Colored frontispiece, illustrations. Brown cloth, gilt lettered spine. Fine.

DILLON, Richard. Humbugs and Heroes: A Gallery of California Pioneers. New York, 1970. Illustrations. Cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Sixty-three interesting individuals in California history are the subjects of this group biography. While the sketches include such well-known names as Frémont, Stanford, Lummis, Sutter, and Sutro, the story of Harry Love, the man credited with the killing of Joaquin Murieta, is of special interest to Texans. Before coming to California, Love spent time in Texas as a scout, Indian fighter, El Paso express rider, and Mexican War veteran. He also led a government sponsored exploring expedition up the Rio Grande in 1850 in a keel boat named the "Major Babbitt."

HILL, Lawrence L. La Reina: Los Angeles in Three Centuries. Los Angeles: Security Trust & Savings Bank, 1929. Illustrations. Wrappers. In original mailing envelope.

IRVINE, Leigh. Santa Clara County, California. San Jose: Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County, California [1912]. Color illustrations, map. Original wrappers. Fine.
         First edition. Rocq 13805. Contains material on vineyards.

KELSEY, Harry. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1986. Illustrations. Cloth. Fine in d.j.
         First edition.

PARSONS, George F. The Life and Adventures of George W. Marshall, the Discoverer of Gold in California. San Francisco: George Fields [Grabhorn Press], 1935. Frontispiece, folding illustrations.
         Limited edition, reprint (500 copies). Cowan. Howes 7768. Wheat 153.

PHILLIPS, Catherine Coffin. Cornelius Cole, California Pioneer and United States Senator.... San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1929. Etched frontispiece, 27 plates, elaborate headpiece illustrations within text. 4to, original marbled cloth, leather label. A very fine, bright copy with publisher’s matching marbled slipcase.
         First edition, limited edition (1,000 copies). Cowan, p. 483. Howes P308. O’Day, pp. 88-89. Pingenot: Cornelius Cole (1822-1924) came to California during the Gold Rush, settled in Sacramento, and became an important figure in the political affairs of the state. He served in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and remained active in the Republican Party. Until his death at the age of 102, Cole had lived during the lifetime of every president of the United States except Washington.

REVERE, Joseph Warren. Naval Duty in California. Oakland: Biobooks, 1947. Illustrated with color plates after sketches by the author, endpaper map. 8vo, cloth. Fine.
         Limited edition (1,000 copies). A reprint of Revere’s A Tour of Duty in California, first published in 1849. Howes R222: "Description of the gold fields and authoritative particulars on the California conquest." Wheat 165. Zamorano 80, #63. "One of the most valuable works of the period" (Cowan I, p. 189 & II, p. 530).

STEWART, George R. John Phoenix, Esq., the Veritable Squibob: A Life of Captain George H. Derby, U.S.A. New York: Holt, [1937]. Frontispiece portrait, plates. Tan cloth.

(11 vols.)
($200-400)