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161 Thackeray, William Makepeace. VANITY FAIR.
New York: Hurst and Co., 1907. No edition stated. Pictorial Cover Very Good 
16mo. 688 pages. Lovely pictorial pastedown on front cover. Green boards with faded white titling. White titling completely worn off of spine. Else very good. At the back of the book are excerpts and illustrations from several "Novels by Eminent Hands" in addition to the usual publisher's advertisements for other titles and series.

 
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162 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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163 Townsend, Juliana. SEVEN SPRAYS AND A GOLDEN POPPY: POEMS, A SONG, AND A STORY.
Los Angeles: Press of Times-Mirror Printing and Binding House, 1919. 
16 mo. 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Charming paper-covered, pictorial boards with grey, green, and orange drawing of poppies. Poetry, music, and pictures by a ten-year old girl. Previous owner signature on front endpaper. Near fine.

 
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164 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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165 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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166 Utica Saturday Globe. THE KING OF DESPERADOES IS THE NOTORIOUS OLIVER CURTIS PERRY, WHO ESCAPED LAST WEEK FROM MATTEAWAN (N.Y.,) ASYLUM, WITH THREE RUFFIAN COMPANIONS. HE IS THE MOST SENSATIONAL AND DARING TRAIN ROBBER AND ALL AROUND CRIMINAL OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, OUTDOING JESSE JAMES IN CUNNING AND BOLDNESS.
Utica, NY: The Utica Saturday Globe, ca. 1892. 
4 1/2" x 9". Near-fine broadside advertising the April 20, Utica (NY) Saturday Globe Newspaper: "The Utica Saturday Globe of April 20, will Detail and Illustrate the Startling Career, Desperate Deeds, Life in Prison, and Remarkable Escape of this Gifted Ruffian." The first person to rob a train solo (as opposed to being accompanied by gang of thieves like the James Gang), Oliver Curtis Perry was indeed a "gifted ruffian" and the "king of desperadoes" who outdid "Jesse James in cunning and boldness." In a dramatic and great train robbery involving swinging into a moving train car on a piece of rope while wearing a mask and a red cloak, stealing $78,000 in currency, and stealing a locomotive, Perry made headlines all over the country before he was finally captured. This broadside is undated but details his (temporary) escape from prison and was printed in Utica, NY, the region where this bold crime was committed.

 
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167 Van Cleve, Charlotte Ouisconsin. THREE SCORE YEARS AND TEN: LIFE-LONG MEMORIES OF FORT SNELLING, MINNESOTA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WEST. INSCRIBED.
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Harrison & Smith, (1888) 1895. Third Edition Very Good 
8vo. 176 pp. Green cloth blind-stamped in black with title stamped in gilt. Frontispiece portraits of the author and her husband, General Horatio Phillips Van Cleve. Cloth soiled. Bumping to corners and head and tail of spine. The author, who, according to Howes (V21), was the first white child born in Wisconsin, inscribed this copy, "Wm. F. Broadhead, Feb. 16, '99, From Mrs. Charlotte O. Van Cleve, its authoress, at the request of my old Montana friend A.H. Wilcox of Frazee, Minnesota. Mrs. Van C's address is Minneapolis, Minn., No 6035, 5th Street S.E."

 
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ICONOGRAFIA DANTESCA:  LA RAPPRESENTAZIONI FIGURATIVE DELLA DIVINA COMMEDIA., Volkmann, Ludovico.
168 Volkmann, Ludovico. ICONOGRAFIA DANTESCA: LA RAPPRESENTAZIONI FIGURATIVE DELLA DIVINA COMMEDIA.
Firenze-Venezia: G. Locella, 1898. First Italian Edition 
4to. [i-v]vi-xix], [1]2-166pp. First Italian Edition of this major survey of the figurative representation of The Divine Comedy. Illustrated throughout. Chromolithographic frontispiece, red silk bookmark, gilt floral endpapers. Bound in full, elaborately gilt parchment with the binder's tag of Giulio Giannini, Piazza Pitti, Florence. Except for the usual yawning of the vellum and a small amount of soiling, this is a better than very good copy. Though there is no statement of limitation, Fiske states that this edition was printed in an edition of 250 copies (p.486). This particular copy was given as a gift to American Arts and Crafts binder Fletcher Battershall (Bookbinding for Bibliophiles) by a friend, and bears a dedication to him.

 
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169 Wentworth, May. POETRY OF THE PACIFIC: SELECTIONS AND ORIGINAL POEMS FROM THE POETS OF THE PACIFIC STATES.
San Francisco: Pacific Publishing Co., 1867. First edition Cloth Very Good 
Sm. 8vo. 415 pages. Plum colored cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine, all edges gilt. Fraying to head and foot of spine and corners. Light shelfwear. Light spots on endpapers. Previous owner name penciled on ffep and a blank prelim. Featuring the poetry of Ina Coolbrith and others.

Cowan p. 675 
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170 Wharton, Richard, Esq. M.P. FABLES: CONSISTING OF SELECT PARTS FROM DANTE, BERNI, CHAUCER, AND ARIOSTO. IMITATED IN ENGLISH HEROIC VERSE.
London: Printed by T. Bensley . . . for Payne and Mackinlay, 1804. 
8vo. 199 pp. Inscribed by the author's wife, "Given to Mr. J.W. Phipps by Mrs. Wharton, March 13, 1812." In navy blue embossed leather with gilt decorative devices and gilt letters on spine. A.e.g. Joints and corners heavily rubbed. Corners lightly bumped. Else very good. Though Henry Francis Cary was the first to translate the entire Divine Comedy into English, several English authors translated various cantos of the work into their native tongue prior to him. According to ESTC, the first such partial translation of Dante's poetry into English appeared in 1773. Wharton's 1804 translation of cantos 3 (the description of the entrance to Hell), 32 and 33 (the story of Ugolino, a traitor at the lowest depth of Hell) into English Heroic Verse is one several early appearances of Dante in English. The three cantos translated in this work are among the best known scenes in Inferno. Fables renders select parts of Dante's well-known terze rime in English Heroic verse, imitating the style of English poet, dramatist, and critic, John Dryden. This book, offering selections from several major literary works, is an interesting example of the skimmed milk that was served up to the eighteenth century reader as an example of Dante's poetry. It is best appreciated when compared with the later, complete, and (arguably) more competent translations such as Cary's and Longfellow's. Scarce. ABPC locates no copy offered at auction in the past 30 years. OCLC locates but copies.

 
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171 Wharton, Richard, Esq. M.P. FABLES: CONSISTING OF SELECT PARTS FROM DANTE, BERNI, CHAUCER, AND ARIOSTO. IMITATED IN ENGLISH HEROIC VERSE.
London: Printed by T. Bensley . . . for Payne and Mackinlay, 1804. 
8vo. 199 pp. Inscribed by the author and with the bookplate of Peter Isaac. Gray, paper-covered boards with parchment spine. Corners bumped, gray paper worn away at bottom corners. Else very good. Though Henry Francis Cary was the first to translate the entire Divine Comedy into English, several English authors translated various cantos of the work into their native tongue prior to him. According to ESTC, the first such partial translation of Dante's poetry into English appeared in 1773. Wharton's 1804 translation of cantos 3 (the description of the entrance to Hell), 32 and 33 (the story of Ugolino, a traitor at the lowest depth of Hell) into English Heroic Verse is one several early appearances of Dante in English. The three cantos translated in this work are among the best known scenes in Inferno. Fables renders select parts of Dante's well-known terze rime in English Heroic verse, imitating the style of English poet, dramatist, and critic, John Dryden. This book, offering selections from several major literary works, is an interesting example of the skimmed milk that was served up to the eighteenth century reader as an example of Dante's poetry. It is best appreciated when compared with the later, complete, and (arguably) more competent translations such as Cary's and Longfellow's. Scarce. ABPC locates no copy offered at auction in the past 30 years. OCLC locates but 2 copies.

 
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172 White, Henry . THE MASSACRE OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW, PRECEDED BY A HISTORY OF THE RELIGIOUS WARS IN THE REIGN OF CHARLES IX.
London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1868. 1/2 leather Poor 
8vo. 505 pages. 1/2 leather with marbled boards with leather spine. Top edge gilt. Five raised bands on spine with elegant, highly detailed tooled gilt cartouches. Rear board completely and cleanly detached but present. Front board very loose but still attached. Rubbing to edges of boards. Marbled enpapers. Three full-page black and white illustrations. Foxing to free enpages and light foxing to edges of some pages in the book. No bookplates, markings in book. Text block tight. A good candidate for repair.

 
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173 Wilcox, Ella Wheeler. POEMS OF PASSION.
Chicago: W.B. Conkey Company, 1883. Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 160 pages. Blue boards stamped with blue and gilt floral design on front board and spine. A few white spots on top half of front board. Shelfwear. Brown endpapers. This is perhaps the author's best known book, and it includes her poem, "Solitude", which contains the famous lines, "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone."

 
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174 Wilson, Neill C. 400 CALIFORNIA STREET: THE STORY OF THE BANK OF CALIFORNIA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AND ITS FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS IN THE FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE PACIFIC COAST.
San Francisco: Lawton Kennedy, 1964. Fine in fine slipcase. 
87 pages. Blue cloth with gilt titles in blue slipcase. #12 of an edition limited to 100 copies signed by Charles DeBretteville, then president of the Bank of California. An interesting look at the role this bank played in the financial development of the West.

 
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175 Wilson, Niel C. 400 CALIFORNIA STREET: A CENTURY PLUS FIVE.
San Francisco: The Bank of California National Association, 1969. Second edition Near Fine in Near Fine slipcase 
106 pages. Tan cloth with gilt lettering. #40 of 100 copies of the 2nd edition signed by Charles de Bretteville, then Chairman of the Board and president of the Bank of California. Designed and printed by Lawton Kennedy, this history of the bank is profusely illustrated and is an updated edition of the original, published in 1964. One small spot on spine (1/8") and slip case has some spots on bottom.

 
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176 Wood, Stanley. OVER THE RANGE TO THE GOLDEN GATE. A COMPLETE TOURIST'S GUIDE TO COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, UTAH, NEVADA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON, PUGET SOUND AND THE GREAT NORTH-WEST.
Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Publishers, 1899 (1894). 
Pictorial brown cloth with gilt titles. Very good.

 
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MIRAGE OF MARRIAGE., Woodford, Jack.
177 Woodford, Jack. MIRAGE OF MARRIAGE.
New York: The Woodford Press , 1948. First edition Very Good in Edgeworn/Chipped DJ 
Tan cloth with blue lettering on spine. Spine very slightly cocked. Small dampstain in bottom right corner of front board. Text block fine. In pictorial dustjacket featuring a man and woman embracing inside a wedding rirng, surrounded by other women in dresses that don't leave much to the imagination. Dustjacket is chipped and rubbed but still vibrant. Original price of $1.98 intact. A prolific writer of pulp fiction, Woodford (1894-1971) also wrote several books on writing, including HOW TO WRITE AND SELL A NOVEL. Among his fans (and students of his writing) were the authors Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, and Piers Anthony. His other novels include such racy titles as HERE IS MY BODY, TEMPTRESS, RENTED WIFE, ILLICIT, and SAVAGE HONEYMOON. A nice example of pulp fiction so well-written and so eminently readable that it was published in hardcover.

 
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UNWILLING SINNER., Woodford, Jack.
178 Woodford, Jack. UNWILLING SINNER.
New York: The Woodford Press , 1952. First edition Very Good in Edgeworn/Chipped DJ 
Tan cloth with red lettering on spine. Top-edge stained red. Spine slightly cocked. In pictorial dustjacket featuring, a buxom blonde in a skimpy red dress with a come-hither look in her eye. Dustjacket is chipped and rubbed with a hole in the spine but still vibrant. Original price of $2.00 intact. A prolific writer of pulp fiction, Woodford (1894-1971) also wrote several books on writing, including HOW TO WRITE AND SELL A NOVEL. Among his fans (and students of his writing) were Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, and Piers Anthony. His other novels include such racy titles as HERE IS MY BODY, TEMPTRESS, RENTED WIFE, ILLICIT, and SAVAGE HONEYMOON. A nice example of pulp fiction so well-written and so eminently readable, that it was published in hardcover.

 
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179 Worden, Col. Alfred M. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A FLIGHT TO THE MOON. SIGNED.
New York: Doubleday, 1974. First edition 
Sm. 4to. 64 pp. Near fine book in a bright dustjacket with a few closed tears (repaired on the reverse with tape) and creases. Inscribed by the author, an Apollo 15 astronaut. Written for children (with an introduction by none other than Mr. Rogers), Worden, the astronaut-author, answers such questions as: Why go to the moon? What would you do if you were stuck in space forever? How do you eat in space? How do you go to the bathroom? With a newspaper clipping laid-in, dated Friday,November 8, 1974 and featuring Worden signing copies of the book for children. An interesting space-age souvenir, with children as its intended audience and signed by the author.

 
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180 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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