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11489 . Bonfils, Winifred Black. The Life and Personality of Phoebe Apperson Hearst .
Click for larger imageSan Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1928; Limited edition. Folio, Vellum , Egraved frontispiece and headpieces by William W , [vi], 155 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     William Randolph Hearst commissioned this grand tribute to his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842-1919). Printed by John Henry Nash. One of 1,000 copies, this one not numbered. Comes in its original felt bag. Mild bump to heel of spine, boards somewhat splayed.  

Book #11489
$195.00    order or inquire Fine Presses San Francisco Printers vellum Fine Press hearst castle san simeon California Mining

7888 . Converse, Frank H. The Gold of Flat Top Mountain .
Click for larger imageNew York: Street & Smith, Publishers, (1900). Duodecimo, Full cloth , full page black & white drawings , 264 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     This uncommon adventure story for boys is set in a Western mining town, and was originally serialized in Argosy Magazine in the late 1880s. Bound in black cloth over boards with color-stamped illustration on upper board, gilt-stamped spine title. Shallow bumps to extremities, prior owner bookplate on front pastedown and same owner name pencilled on front free endpaper. A few finger soil marks occasionally in margins. Some light rubs to upper board illustration. Nice copy of this uncommon boys' adventure story.  

Book #7888
$35.00    order or inquire Juv Adventure Gold Rush gold mining Argosy Magazine serialization First Editions boys' series western americana

9282 . Grover, Sherwood. Life and Hard Times, or Sherwood Grover's Twenty-five Years With The Grabhorn Press .
Click for larger image[Bethesda]: Gallimaufry Press, 1970; Limited edition. Quarto, Wrappers , [ii], 12, [2] pages. Condition: Near Fine.
     Interesting anecdotes of the famed San Francisco fine printers, Ed and Bob Grabhorn. One of 200 copies handset and printed by Ken Hammel. Slight ripple to top fore corner of front cover, shallow bump at heel of spine.  

Book #9282
$30.00    order or inquire Fine Presses San Francisco Ed Grabhorn Bob Grabhorn Printing Typography Books About Books California book arts

7699 . Helmich, Mary A. and Pauline G. Spear. A Gold Rush Merchant's Manual or, How to Appear as a Mid-19th Century Store in a 21st Century World .
Click for larger image(S.l.): Office of Interpretive Services, California Depart 1989. Quarto, Wrappers , Black & white drawings, illustrations , [vi], 188 pages. Condition: Very good.
     Excellent source of detailed information on gold rush merchants, their suppliers, how they operated, what the interiors looked like, what the merchandise looked like, how they advertised, and much more. Valuable reference for reenactors, tour guides, movie set designers, etc. Perfect-bound in light blue paper covers with black paper over spine. A few corner creases to front cover, minor edge wear.  

Book #7699
$50.00    order or inquire Gold Rush California Sacramento Business History Merchants Stores Mercantile San Francisco Retail

7141 . Newell, Gordon ad Joe Williamson. Pacific Lumber Ships .
Click for larger imageSeattle: Superior Publishing Company, (1960); First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , Black & White photographs , 192 pages. Condition: Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Profusely illustrated chronicle of sail and steam ships that plied the lumber trade in and out of Pacific ports like Seattle, Tacoma, Eureka, San Francisco, and even Honolulu. An excellent collection of old photographs and salty sea stories. See ALBION, p. 150. Bound in grey cloth over boards with dark blue spine lettering. Jacket has minor extremity rubs, faint old price rewritten at top fore corner of front flap.  

Book #7141
$35.00    order or inquire Lumber Business Sawmills Steamships sailing schooners redwood coast California seattle, Washington Pacific Northwest Logging

8986 . Rudkin, Charles N[athan]. (Compiler). Early California Travels Series: A Chronological Summary Index and Descriptive List .
Click for larger imageLos Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1961; First printing. Duodecimo, Full cloth , Color frontispiece , x, 178 pages. Condition: Fine.
     One of 250 copies. Comprehensive reference to the series, including chronological and numerical lists of the volumes published plus indexes by contributor and subject. Errata page bound in at rear. Grey cloth over boards with gilt title on a red spine label. Foxing to top edge of textblock.  

Book #8986
$50.00    order or inquire CA: Early History Bibliographies Books About Books Indexes Los Angeles reference books California bibliographical

7698 . Russell, Carl Parcher (Foreword by Newton B. Drury). One Hundred Years in Yosemite: The Story of a Great Park and Its Friends .
Click for larger imageBerkeley: University of California Press, 1947. Octavo, Full cloth , black & white photographic plates , xviii, 226 pages. Condition: Near Fine in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     An excellent history of the region and ultimately the establishment and evolution of Yosemite National Park. Many interesting historic photographs. Fold-out map is pristine. Also contains a very good bibliography of other published works about Yosemite. Revised edition of SIX GUNS #1913. Bound in dark green cloth over boards with gilt-stamped lettering on black title block on spine. Prior ownership stamp on front free endpaper. Jacket has a 3/4" tear with some mild associated wrinkling at top edge of front panel, other minor extremity rubs.  

Book #7698
$30.00    order or inquire CA: History Yosemite John Muir Theodore Roosevelt Stephen Mather Sierra Nevada Sierra Club conservation National Parks

11002 . Stellmann, Edith Kinney; illustrated by Louis J. Stellmann. The Exposition Babies: An Idyl of the Fine Arts Colonnade .
Click for larger imageSan Francisco: H. S. Crocker Company, (1915); First printing. Octavo, Original wrappers , Monochrome photographs , iv, 21 pages. Condition: Near fine in a torn glassine jacket.
     Souvenir of the Palace of Fine Arts from the 1915 world's fair--the Panama Pacific Exposition--held in San Francisco. The preparation and hosting of this event gave a tremendous morale boost to the city after it had been nearly destroyed in the great 1906 earthquake and fire. Lovely photographs of cherubic statuary are tipped in throughout the text. Bound in card covers with Yapp edges, front cover illustrated with a photograph laid on. Edges have shallow bumps. Prior owner bookplate on inside cover, contemporary inscription on preliminary blank leaf. Original glassine jacket is torn and worn with large pieces lacking.  

Book #11002
$25.00    order or inquire World's Fair and Expo San Francisco California Panama Pacific garden statues cherubs Fine Arts Palace Golden Gate Park 1906 Earthquake

10308 . Woodruff, Jacqueline McCart. Benicia: The Promise of California, 1846-1889 .
Click for larger image[Vallejo, CA]: (s.n.), (1947). Octavo, Wrappers , black and white sketches , 84 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     History of this port city in northern California, based heavily on original sources. Sketches by Bernice Herger. Minor rubs to extremities, slight browning to spine, small bump at head of spine.  

Book #10308
$50.00    order or inquire CA: History California San Francisco sacramento river Mariano G. Vallejo Robert Semple Thomas O. Larkin Gold Rush Pioneers

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