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LOS ANGELES TOURIST:  A BOOK FOR THE TRAVELER AND THE PLEASURE SEEKER. Vol. 1, Number 12.
1 LOS ANGELES TOURIST: A BOOK FOR THE TRAVELER AND THE PLEASURE SEEKER. Vol. 1, Number 12.
Los Angeles: Browne and Hair, June, 1910. Periodical Staplebound Wraps Very Good + in Wraps 
Promotional pamphlet. The Los Angeles Tourist was published every month, given away free, and distributed to all passengers on Santa Fe trains. Includes information about places of interest in Los Angeles, map, list of things to do while visiting Los Angeles, and advertisements for an ostrich farm, Santa Catalina Island, hotels, housing, and hot air balloon excursions. A nice piece of history. Better than very good condition, with the top right corner bent (but not creased) and a small smudge mark on the lower front cover .

 
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2 Authors American and Foreign. POPULAR RECITATIONS.
Chicago: Regan Publishing Corporation, 1925. Original Wraps Fair 
Green wraps with black and red titling. Tightly bound. A lot of soiling, discoloration and browning to front and back cover and edges of pages. Previous owner's name written in ink across top of front cover, as well as inside front cover and top of title page. Small black check marks marked next to several selections in the table of contents. Still, an unusual little book. Contents include favorites such as Casey at the Bat, The Girl with the Blue Velvet Band, and The Face on the Bar-room Floor.

 
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3 Cabot, Elizabeth Dwight (1830-1901). LETTERS OF ELIZABETH CABOT, VOL. I AND VOL. II.
Boston: Privately Printed by the Rockwell and Churchill Press, 1905. 
8vo. Illus. Two volumes. Suede. Elizabeth Dwight Cabot was a member of the large Cabot family of Boston. Rare two-volume set of correspondence. Inscribed, "Lydia Lyman from Phillip and Gertrude Cabot, Christmas 1939. This is on e of the few remaining copies of my mother's letters privately printed. They are interesting in the selves and give a good picture of the women of the governing class in this country half a century ago." Privately printed. The lifetime of a woman from a prominent Boston family in letters, written 1844--1901 from Boston and elsewhere in New England and the U. S. and from abroad. We find no record of this title offered at auction in the past 30 years.

 
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4 Cuyler, Rev. Theo L. GOLDEN THOUGHTS ON MOTHER, HOME, AND HEAVEN FROM POETIC AND PROSE LITERATURE OF ALL AGES AND ALL LANDS.
New York: E.B. Treat, 1878. Very Good 
[ii], 414 p., [3] leaves of tissue-guarded plates, including frontispiece, illustrations ; 23 cm. Blind stamped brown leather embossed with gilt design of an angel hovering a mother and her two small children next to the hearth. Elaborate gilt titles and designs on spine. Gilt on spine faded. Rubbing on joints, corners. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Lovely presentation page filled out in a fine contemporary script. Laid in is an old photograph of a house, labelled, "Birthplace of W.H. Stokes. Town Porter Rock Co., Wis., Built in the year 1842.

Note of interest to fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder: a copy of this title was given to Laura by her husband, Almanzo Wilder in THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS (check). Book contains inspiration prose and poetry around the themes of making a happy home, child-rearing, and religion. Contributors include Lydia Sigourney, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alexander Pope, and Benjamin Franklin, among others. 
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CALIFORNIA'S PIONEER CIRCUS., Dressler, Albert.
5 Dressler, Albert. CALIFORNIA'S PIONEER CIRCUS.
San Francisco: H.S Crocker Co., 1926. First edition Cloth Else fine 
8vo. 98 pages. This copy is #381 of 1,250 copies, 50 of which were reserved for private distribution. Association copy inscribed by the editor: "To Irene Simpson, from Albert Dressler, San Francisco, July 31, 1947. " Irene Simpson was a woman of numerous talents, not the least of which was being the first woman president of the California Historical Society (1970). She graduated from Stanford and later worked for Wells Fargo Bank and Union Trust Company. She spent almost 30 years compiling and documenting a mixed collection of books, artifacts, pamphlets, photographs, articles, and ephemera on the era between Wells Fargo's founding in 1852 and the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. She became nationally known as a speaker on Wells Fargo and the American West. She later married historian Aubrey Neasham, a restorer of Old Sacramento. Numerous illustrations and facsimiles. This book details the Pioneer Circus of Joseph Andrew Rowe, who travelled with his circus to the cities and gold camps of California from 1849 to 1858. An interesting documentation of an unusual business during the Gold Rush era. Bright blue boards with bright gold decorative borders and titles. Gold picture of a circus ringmaster and four horses also on front cover. Slight age toning to endpapers. Very light shelfwear to head and tail of spine.

 
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6 Edmonds, S. Emma E. (1841-1898). NURSE AND SPY IN THE UNION ARMY: THE ADVENTURES AND EXPERIENCES OF A WOMAN IN HOSPITALS, CAMPS, AND BATTLE FIELDS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS.
Hartford, Connecticut: W.S. Williams and Co., 1865. First edition About very good. 
8vo. 384pp. Gilt stamped on brown cloth. Wear to cloth and spine, including a stain to the top of the front cover and a tear to the top of the cloth covering the spine. Light foxing. Tightly bound. Previous owner name inscribed on ffep. Sarah Emma Edmonds is one of about 400 women known to have served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. Her uniqueness is that she not only succeeded in remaining in the army for several years, but was also eminently successful as a Union spy -- all while impersonating a man. She disguised herself as a man, and served in various capacities as a Union soldier, "male" nurse, and spy. She went so far as to cross enemy lines and entered the Confederacy as a black man, using silver nitrate to darken her skin for disguise. This story is a fictionalized account of her adventures. Published in 1865, the book makes reference to "the present crisis" in our country's history. An amazing story and an unusual subject matter.

 
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NATURE., Emerson, Ralph Waldo.
7 Emerson, Ralph Waldo. NATURE.
New York: Duffield and Company, 1909. Hardcover Fine in Very Good DJ 
12mo. 53 pages. In very good transparent cellophane (?) vellum (?) dustjacket with some small creases and closed tears at the top and small chips out of head and tail of spine. Black spine with brown boards. Edges of boards have a trace of fading. Titles stamped on boards in bright gilt, black and red. Gilt and red stamped leaves and a large (almost 2" )bright gilt square outlined in black. Inside the square are stamped the initials R.S. Each printed page in a decorative red border.

 
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8 Fowler, William, W. WOMAN ON THE FRONTIER A Valuable and Authentic History of the Heroism, Adventures, Privations, Captivities, Trials, and Noble Lives and Deaths of the "Pioneer Mothers of the Republic"
Hartford: S.S. Scranton and Co., 1877. First edition Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 527 pages. 16 leaves of plates. Copyright date is 1876 and imprint date on title page is 1877. Very scarce in first edition. Not in Sabin. Not in Howes. Eberstadt shows an 1878 date. Dark green blindstamped boards with bright, intact gilt titles on front board and spine. Shelfwear, corners bent. Fraying beginning at top of spine. Foxing to illustrated half-title page and its tissue guard. Slight rubbing to boards. Else very good.

 
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9 Leonard, Elizabeth Jane. THE CALL OF THE WESTERN PRAIRIE.
New York: Library Publishers, 1952. First edition Cloth Very Good+ in Near Fine DJ 
8vo. 339 pp. Green cloth binding. Frontis photograph of Buffalo Bill at the Battle of Wounded Knee and other inserted plates. Bit of soiling to top edge. Beautiful pictorial white, blue, and green dustjacket is in near fine condition.

 
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10 Payne, John Howard. HOME SWEET HOME.
Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers, 1881 (1880). 
Sm. 8vo. All edges gilt. Bright gilt pictorial design stamped on brown cloth. A fine copy in a scarce 1881 dustjacket. Dustjacket has done its job. It is chipped, torn in two at the spine, and creased on the rear panel. A previous owner name dated 1880 is inked across top of the dustjacket. According to John Carter (ABC for Book Collectors), “The earliest recorded dust jacket dates from 1832 (many decades earlier than most people would guess). But its history till the end of the century is almost entirely unexplored , and surviving examples earlier than the mid-eighties are very uncommon indeed. This is natural enough, since dustjackets were — and functionally still are — ephemera in the most extreme sense: wrappings intended to be thrown away before the objects they were designed to accompany were put to use.” A superior copy in an uncommon 19th century dustjacket. This edition, with illustrations by Miss L.B. Humphrey contains the lyrics to the famous song, "Home Sweet Home". Perhaps more famous than the song is one of its well-known lyrics, whic has lasted as long as the dustjacket: "Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."

 
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11 Sangster, Margaret E. WITH MY NEIGHBORS.
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1896. First edition 
12mo. 4 3/4" x 7". [i-vii] vii-ix, 256 pp. + 4 pp. ads at the end of the book. Top edge gilt. Green cloth with a floral decorative device stamped on the front board and the spine in pink, green, beige, and gold. Gold-gilt floral device on rear board. Better than very good, with just a slight amount of shelfwear.

 
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12 Tasistro, L.F., late of the State Department. MORRISONS' STRANGER'S GUIDE FOR WASHINGTON CITY; WITH ETIQUETTE TO BE OBSERVED IN CALLING UPON THE PRESIDENT, OFFFICERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, FOREIGN MINISTERS &C. ILLUSTRATED WITH WOOD AND STEEL ENGRAVINGS, ENTIRELY RE-WRITTEN, AND BROUGHT DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME.
Washington DC: W.H. & O.H. Morrison, 1866. 
24mo. 3 3/4 "x 5 3/4". 71pp. Sixth edition. Blind-stamped green cloth with gilt lettering. Light foxing, corners bumped. With two fold-out maps of the floorplan of the Capitol Buidling and three fold-out engravings, including a birds-eye view of "Washington City". Very good. Rewritten not long after the Union was made whole again at the end of the Civil War, this guide contains, "the essential rules of polite society" in the metropolis of Washington, DC. According to the authors, "It is believed that no work of the kind embraces a greater amount of valuable information for stangers and citizens in so short a compass."

 
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13 Unknown. FOUR PAGE FRAGMENT OF A LETTER FROM A SOLDIER DESCRIBING A BATTLE IN WHICH HE FOUGHT DURING THE CIVIL WAR.

5” x 8”. Four-page fragment of a holographic letter from a Union soldier describing his participation in a battle on April 16. The letter fragment is not dated, but based on his description of fighting with the Fourth Regiment from Vermont on April 16, it is possible that the skirmish of which he writes took place in 1862, when the Fourth Vermont Regiment saw conflict at the Battle of Lee's Mill (also known as the Battle of Yorktown) on April 16, 1862. The author, who signs this letter to his mother only as “George” describes his own role in the battle: “I must say that on the day of the battle, April 16th, the day when the artillery shelled the rebels out of their works, four company's of the Vermont Regt. (I think it was 4th Co.) undertook to cross the creek and drive the rebels from their rifle pits but did not succeed. They lost in killed and wounded about 150, the next day our Co. was sent out to cover the Sharp Shooters, but instead of covering them we crawled down to the edge of the creek so as to have a chance at them ourselves. I kept well under cover of the trees and had at last found a nice, large pine close to the creek that I could get behind and see their rifle pits and the men at work behind it as it was not much higher than a man's waste in that place. I crawled along on my breast till I got to it and then looked out around to see if they had any chances to give in to me besides the one I had seen and within 6 feet of me layed the body of one of the poor Vermonters. I stayed their all day and at night with three others brought up the body.” Next, he describes being shot at by Confederate forces, saying, “They knocked the bark off of the tree but did not hit me. One chap went by on a white horse. I dropped the horse and how he swore and damned the Yankee's. Then came a whole volley into the tree tops not hitting a man and then we sent back a mocking laugh at them. I call it a fair specimen of Indian warfare.” In an effort to make sure his mother doesn't worry, “George” ends the letter with: “I have given you a rather hard description of our work out in this place, but I hope you will not let it excite you and make you sick for it does not make me so. I am as cool as a cucumber and calculate my distance just the same as I would if I was deer hunting on the Bluffs at the Mississippi.” An intriguing firsthand account of the heat of battle from the American Civil War. Please email for full text of letter.

 
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14 Unknown. SCHOOL GIRL'S HOLOGRAPHIC AUTHOGRAPH BOOK, 1890-91, WITH HAND-PAINTED COVER.
Grant, Iowa: 1890-91. 
A school girl's autograph book from 1890-91 with a hand-painted cover. The cover features a dainty. romantic scene of people in a rowboat on a placid lake. The painting is framed by an elaborate circular floral border. At the bottom right corner of the cover are drawn in a cruder hand an elephant "ready for work" and (somewhat humorously) a pig "after dinner". Among the various inscriptions in the book are nuggets of children's wisdom such as this: "School is long and boys are plenty. Don't get married until you're twenty." A bit ragged around the edges but a very good example of the thoughts of school children in the 19th century.

 
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15 Wragg, Hester A. HOLOGRAPHIC LETTER FROM A MOTHER DESCRIBING HER SON'S SURVIVAL OF THE BATTLE OF CEDAR CREEK AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S 1864 RE-ELECTION.
Paterson, NJ: 1864. 
5” x8” 2pp. Holographic letter from Hester A. Wragg of Paterson, NJ to her friend Mrs. Drake, dated November 8, 1864, shortly after Abraham Lincoln's re-election. In addition to discussing her own life, she describes “the splendid turn out here for Mr. Lincoln” and how the city of Paterson “is all in an uproar. The Copperheads have been parading the streets all day yesterday and all night last night.” The Copperheads were a vocal group of Democrats in the Northern United States who opposed the American Civil War, wanting an immediate peace settlement with the Confederates. The name Copperheads followed from their practice of cutting the Liberty heads from copper pennies and wearing them as lapel pins. Their opponents also associated them with the venomous copperhead snake. Wragg goes on to give thanks that her son, “Sammy” has survived the crucial Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864. The Battle of Cedar Creek, or The Battle of Belle Grove, October 19, 1864, was one of the final, and most decisive, battles in the Valley Campaigns of 1864 during the American Civil War. The final Confederate invasion of the North, led by Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early, was effectively ended and the Confederacy was never again able to threaten Washington, D.C., through the Shenandoah Valley, nor protect the economic base in the Valley. The reelection of Abraham Lincoln was materially aided by this victory and Union Army Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan received lasting fame. Email for full text of letter.

 
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