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21 Hafen, Mary Ann. RECOLLECTIONS OF A HANDCART PIONEER.
Denver, Colorado: Privately printed for her descendants, 1938. 
Sm. 8vo. 117pp. Textured green boards with gold lettering. Foredge of boards worn and frayed. Else very good. Printed in an edition of only 50 copies, this book provides a woman's perspective on pioneering. "The author was the niece of the Utah pioneer, John Stucki, and mother of historian LeRoy R. Hafen. The work is one of a very few personal narratives of those who crossed the plains with handcarts. It describes the family's immigration from Switzerland to Utah and their subsequent settlement in Bunkerville, Nevada. " Includes black/white photographs.

 
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22 Houghton, Eliza P. Donner. THE EXPEDITION OF THE DONNER PARTY AND ITS TRAGIC FATE.
Los Angeles: Grafton Publishing Corporation, 1920. Cloth Very Good 
8vo. xxxvi, 375 pp. Green cloth with bright gilt lettering. Photos and illustrations throughout. Tipped into the rear of the book is a three page magazine article, "Epic of Endurance" dated 1939, which summarizes the ordeal of the Donner Party. Title page has the label of Arthur H. Clark company pasted over the original publisher information (Grafton).

This copy is an example of one of the practices of the publishing industry in the early Twentieth Century. When unsold copies of a book were remaindered by the publisher, another publisher often purchased these books. Sometimes, the buyer, (A.H. Clark in this instance) would paste a cancel over the original publisher's imprint on the title page. Additionally, if the remainder copies were unbound, the buyer would have them bound with his own imprint on the spine (as appears to be the case with this copy). 
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23 Johnstone, E. S. PACIFIC COAST SOUVENIR.
Oakland: E.S. Denison, 1888. 
Sm. 8vo. Cloth. Corners rubbed, gilt ttitles a bit faded. Pencil gift inscription on title page dated 1890. 28 pages of photos, 12 pages of "descriptions of views". Includes Yosemite, Carmel and Santa Barbara Missions, Hotel Del Monte, Lakes Donner and Tahoe, Mt. Shasta, Portland, Cliff House, Tehachapi Loop, San Francisco, Chinatown, and the Wells Fargo stage.

 
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24 Lake, Carolyn, editor. UNDER COVER FOR WELLS FARGO: THE UNVARNISHED RECOLLECTIONS OF FRED DODGE. INSCRIBED TO WELLS FARGO HISTORIAN.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1969. First printing Near Fine in Very Good DJ 
[i-vi] vii-xx, 280 pages. Foreword by Neil Morgan. Illustrated with photographs. Brown cloth-covered boards featuring Fred Dodge's facsimile signature on front cover. Spine printed in black, red, and gilt. Pictorial dustjacket. Book is in near fine condition. Dustjacket, in very good condition, has faded spine panel and small tears at top and bottom of spine panel. Adams - Six Guns (Revised) #2484. This first printing is inscribed on the half-title page to Irene Neasham from the author. Irene Simpson Neasham 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. According to Lake, Fred Dodge, whose recollections are featured in this book, was "a dead ringer for Wyatt Earp . . . an undercover man for Wells Fargo, a friend to Earp, a detective who brought many desperadoes to book, a fast man with a gun, and a good man to have on your side in a fight."

 
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25 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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26 Lewis, Oscar, et al. SEVEN (7) PIONEER SAN FRANCISCO LIBRARIES.
San Francisco: Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, 1958. First edition Very Good + 
One of 500 copies designed and printed by Lawton Kennedy. Stiff blue wraps. Very light fading to spine. Foreword by Oscar Lewis. Better than very good.

 
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27 Mighels, Ella Sterling (aurora Esmeralda). LIFE AND LETTERS OF A FORTY-NINER'S DAUGHTER. SIGNED.
San Francisco: Harr Wagner, 1929. First edition/ Ltd. to 1600 copies 
Sm. Quarto. xv, 371pp. with "The Story of Her Life Told with the Aid of the Camera" after page 371. Green cloth with titles stamped in gilt. Gilt faded on spine. Few scuffmarks to front board. Wear to corners, head and foot of spine. Front hinge just beginning to weaken. Signed. #115/1600 copies. Aurora Esmeralda is the pen name of Ella Sterling Mighels, daughter of forty-niner Sterling B.F. Clark (HOW MANY MILES FROM ST. JO?). Though born after the death of her father, Ella writes eloquently of the "stained glass radiance of my life" and in 1919 became the first Literary Historian of California. The addenda at the back contains poetry, a song written by Mighels, and photos of the author and other Gold-Rush era Californians.

 
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28 Muir, John. THE STORY OF MY BOYHOOD AND YOUTH.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1913. Later printing Cloth Very Good 
Sm. 8vo. 294 pages. May 1947 printing. Green cloth with black titles, pine tree, and decorative borders. Shelfwear to head and tail of spine and corner tips. Portrait frontispiece of John Muir and nine black and white plates illustrated by the author. The front interior panel of the dustjacket is laid in the book. This panel promotes eight other titles written by eminent naturalist Muir.

 
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29 Neuhaus, Eugen. THE ART OF THE EXPOSITION: PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE ARCHITECTURE, SCULPTURE, MURAL DECORATIONS, COLOR SCHEME, AND OTHER AESTHETIC ASPECTS OF THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION.
San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, August, 1915. Third edition, revised Very Good 
[i-vi] vii-x, 91 pages plus illustration of the official poster of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, ground plan of the Exposition, and colophon. Tan colored cloth with gilt titles. Gilt darkened at top and bottom. Some pages unopened. Many tipped in plates with photographs of views of the Exposition. Light shelfwear.

 
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30 Neuhaus, Eugen. THE ART OF THE EXPOSITION: PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE ARCHITECTURE, SCULPTURE, MURAL DECORATIONS, COLOR SCHEME, AND OTHER AESTHETIC ASPECTS OF THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION.
San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, August, 1915. Second edition, revised Very Good in Good DJ 
[i-vi] vii-x, 91 pages plus illustration of the official poster of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, ground plan of the Exposition, and colophon. Tan colored cloth with gilt titles. Many tipped in plates with photographs of views of the Exposition. Light shelfwear. Dustjacket has some small chips and closed tears with some spotting. Book is in better than very good condition.

 
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31 Neuhaus, Eugen. THE GALLERIES OF THE EXPOSITION: A CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE PAINTINGS, STATUARY, AND THE GRAPHIC ARTIS IN THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS AT THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION.
San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, July, 1915. Very Good 
[i-v] v-xii, 96 pages plus floor plan of Palace of Fine Arts and Colophon. Tan boards with gilt lettering. Some age darkening to spine. Light shelfwear. Includes tipped-in photographic plates of the art of the Panama Pacific Exposition.

 
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32 Nunis, Doyce B., Jr. THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY'S FIRST FUR BRIGADE TO THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY: ALEXANDER MCLEOD'S 1829 HUNT.
Fair Oaks, California: The Sacramento Book Collector's Club, 1968. First edition Near Fine 
Quarto. 59 pp. Map. Bibliography. Index. Designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy. Near fine in beige boards with gilt titles. This copy bears the ownership inscription of Aubrey Neasham, a historian and a restorer of Old Sacramento.

 
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33 Potter, Elizabeth Gray And Gray, Mabel Thayer. THE LURE OF SAN FRANCISCO.
San Francisco: Paul Elder & Co., 1915. 
First Edition. Near fine in very good dustjacket with a 1" tear on front panel. Eight tipped-in illustrations. A page or two in the table of contents rather clumsily opened and extremely "deckled" on the edges.

 
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34 Ritter, Mary Bennett. MORE THAN GOLD IN CALIFORNIA.
Berkeley, California: The Professional Press, 1933. First edition Very Good in Good DJ 
8vo. 451 pp. plus addenda tipped in at end. Green paper over boards. Paper covering boards is torn at the top inch of the joint covering the back cover. Joint and hinge are strong. Dustjacket, green paper stamped with gilt, has several large chips and creases. The story of a female doctor.

 
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35 Ropes, Hannah Anderson. SIX MONTHS IN KANSAS. BY A LADY.
Boston: John P. Jewett and Co., 1856. First edition, fourth thousand Cloth Very Good 
Sm. 8vo. 231pp. Blind-stamped brown cloth. Ex-library, with call number on spine and library stamp on two pages. Moderate wear to cover. Small amount of dampstain throughout. Wagner-Camp-Becker (279c) reports, "This glowing account of conditions for settlement in Kansas consists of a series of letters written in 1855-56 from Lawrence. It contains a full account of the immigration of 1854. "

 
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36 Sharp, Dallas Lore. WHERE ROLLS THE OREGON, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS FROM PHOTOGRAPHS.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, June, 1914. 
Sm. 8vo. 5" x 7 1/2". [i-vii]vii-ix, [1-3],4-251pp. Moss green cloth. Lettered in gilt, with two tall gilt pine trees surrounding a color vignette of two men climbing a mountain. Lacking dustjacket. Near fine. Dallas Lore Shar, a popular nature writer in his time, left his home in Boston to join writer and wildlife photographer William L. Finley in Oregon in 1912. During their travels, Finley and Sharp covered much of Oregon including climbing Three Arch Rocks off the Oregon coast in order to observe sea bird colonies, crossing the high desert to Malheur Marsh, seeking Big Horn Sheep inthe Wallowa Mountains, and scaling Mt. Hood. WHERE ROLLS THE OREGON is an exciting recount of their adventures.

 
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37 Stenhouse, Mrs. T.B.H. [Fanny]. "TELL IT ALL" THE STORY OF A LIFE'S EXPERIENCE IN MORMONISM.
Hartford, CT: A.D. Worthington & Co., Publishers, 1875. 
8vo. 623pp. Green cloth with decorative gilt stamping to backstrip and decorative blind stamping to boards. Frontis. Faint rubbing to corners, frontis and tissue guard foxed. Name in small ink on front free endsheet. Better than very good.

 
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38 Stewart, George R. ORDEAL BY HUNGER: THE STORY OF THE DONNER PARTY.
Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin: The Riverside Press, 1960. Revised - first published in 1936 Cloth Very Good + in Very Good DJ 
In a moderately worn and slightly chipped dustjacket with original price intact. Black cloth boards with silver lettering. Book is in better than very good condition, and has five maps and twelve illustrations. Laid in is a notecard that says, "With Compliments of the Publishers, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. Pub. date August 19, 1960. Ordeal by Hunger, revised ed." Previous owner's signature on ffep. Previous owner was Aubrey Neasham, an historian and a restorer of Old Sacramento. A nice association copy for the history buff.

 
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39 Students of the University of California. UNDER THE BERKELEY OAKS: STORIES BY THE STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.
San Francisco: A.M. Robertson, 1901. 
12mo. 5" x 7 1/4". 227 pp. Navy blue cloth with gilt stamped pictorial design and title on front board. Corners still sharp, though gently rubbed. Head and tail of spine lightly rubbed, with head just beginning to fray. Very good. Published in order to raise money to start a fund to "erect a fountain on the campus of the University of California to be in harmony with the great Hearst architectural plan", this collection of stories was selected by the Editorial Staff of the University of California Magazine. Includes stories by Frank Norris, Ralph E. Gibbs, Richard Walton Tully, James Hopper, Gertrude Henderson, and more.

 
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40 Theobald, John and Lillian. WELLS FARGO IN ARIZONA TERRITORY. INSCRIBED TO WELLS FARGO HISTORIAN.
Tempe, Arizona: The Arizona Historical Foundation, 1978. First edition 
Green boards with gilt titles. Pictorial endpapers. Green pictorial dustjacket with one small (1/2") chip to rear panel, one closed tear to rear panel, and four small (1/8" each) closed tears to top of spine panel. Inscribed on the half-title by Lillian Theobald and the book's editor, Bert M. Fireman: "To our dear friend Irene Neasham, who so generously gave us assistance and encouragement. With love and best wishes, Lillian Theobald and Bert M. Fireman." Irene Simpson Neasham 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.

 
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