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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 THE KING'S RIVER REGION SHOULD BE A NATIONAL PARK. FIRST FILM BY THE SIERRA CLUB.
San Francisco: The Sierra Club, 1939. 
In 1939 the Sierra Club produced its first film -- Sky-Land Trails of the Kings -- and published this booklet to promote the establishment of King's Canyon National Park.

 
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3 THE OVERLAND MONTHLY, VOL. XI, NO. 62, SECOND SERIES. FEBRUARY, 1888.
San Francisco: The Overland Monthly Company, 1888. 
Sm. 4to. Bound in tan printed wrappers. Some chipping to head and foot of spine. Small amount of soiling and edgewear. Very good. Article, "Around San Diego Bay" [pp. 113-121] features sketches and photographs of the development of San Diego, including a photograph of the construction of the Hotel Del Coronado. Founded by Bret Harte in 1868, The Overland Monthly aspired to be like Atlantic Magazine. Though it ceased publication in 1875, it returned in January 1883, labelled "Second Series," and was published until July, 1935. Early work written by Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Jack London, and Edwin Markham was published in the journal. Each month the magazine featured profiles of places like Monterey, Fresno, Santa Rosa, Mt. Shasta, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco along with stories of pioneers or those who had been in the gold mining camps. With book reviews and many pages of illustrated advertisements.

 
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4 THE OVERLAND MONTHLY, VOL. XII, NO. 71, SECOND SERIES. NOVEMBER, 1888.
San Francisco: The Overland Monthly Company, 1888. 
Sm. 4to. Bound in tan printed wrappers. Some chipping to head and foot of spine. Small amount of soiling and edgewear. Very good. Article, "Women on School Boards" [pp. 547-554] features the debate over, "admitting women to a share in educational supervision." Founded by Bret Harte in 1868, The Overland Monthly aspired to be like Atlantic Magazine. Though it ceased publication in 1875, it returned in January 1883, labelled "Second Series," and was published until July, 1935. Early work written by Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Jack London, and Edwin Markham was published in the journal. Each month the magazine featured profiles of places like Monterey, Fresno, Santa Rosa, Mt. Shasta, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco along with stories of pioneers or those who had been in the gold mining camps. With book reviews and many pages of illustrated advertisements.

 
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5 THE OVERLAND MONTHLY, VOL. XII, NO. 74, SECOND SERIES. FEBRUARY, 1889.
San Francisco: The Overland Monthly Company, 1889. 
Sm. 4to. Bound in tan printed wrappers. Some chipping to head and foot of spine. Small amount of soiling and edgewear. Very good. Article, "Hydraulic Mining Illustrated" [pp. 113-122] features sketches of mining machinery and processes as well as a thorough explanation of how they were employed. Founded by Bret Harte in 1868, The Overland Monthly aspired to be like Atlantic Magazine. Though it ceased publication in 1875, it returned in January 1883, labelled "Second Series," and was published until July, 1935. Early work written by Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Jack London, and Edwin Markham was published in the journal. Each month the magazine featured profiles of places like Monterey, Fresno, Santa Rosa, Mt. Shasta, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco along with stories of pioneers or those who had been in the gold mining camps. With book reviews and many pages of illustrated advertisements.

 
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6 THE OVERLAND MONTHLY, VOL. XX, NO. 118, SECOND SERIES. OCTOBER, 1892.
San Francisco: The Overland Monthly Company, 1892. 
Sm. 4to. Bound in tan printed wrappers. Some chipping to head and foot of spine. Small tears and edgewear. Large closed tear on front cover. Large piece torn off of back cover. Good. Article, "University of California" [pp. 337-362] features many photos of the then young University of California campus. Founded by Bret Harte in 1868, The Overland Monthly aspired to be like Atlantic Magazine. Though it ceased publication in 1875, it returned in January 1883, labelled "Second Series," and was published until July, 1935. Early work written by Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Jack London, and Edwin Markham was published in the journal. Each month the magazine featured profiles of places like Monterey, Fresno, Santa Rosa, Mt. Shasta, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco along with stories of pioneers or those who had been in the gold mining camps. With book reviews and many pages of illustrated advertisements.

 
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7 A Mother. MY EARLY DAYS: OR, SCENES OF REAL LIFE, REVIVED.
Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, (1851). Good 
Sm. 8vo. Navy blue boards, blind-stamped with elaborate scrollwork. Spin has gilt title and elaborate gilt design. Tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece. Previous owner name in pencil dated 1853. Foxing. Corners worn. Spine slightly cocked. Glassine envelope with old newspaper article about Andrew Carnegie at Skibo Castle laid in along with the calling card of Mr. William Henry Schofield.

 
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8 Adams, E[mma] H[ildreth]. TO AND FRO IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WITH SKETCHES IN ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO.
Cincinnati: W.M.B.C. Press, 1887. First edition 
12mo. 5" x7 1/2". [1-4]5-288 pp. Brown cloth black, blindstamped borders, gilt lettering, and gilt Joshua trees. Cloth heavily rubbed along edges. Previous owner signatures and one previous owner embossed library mark on ffep. Stamped in several places throughout the book, including the title page, are the words A.G. & P. Co., Mare Island. Good. During her travels to Southern California, the author sent letters to several Eastern newspapers (chiefly the Cleveland "Leader and Herald" describing all the events, problems, industries, and people she saw and experienced in Southern California during her time there in 1884 and 1886. She also devotes a few chapters to her travels in Arizona and New Mexico. Rocq 2761.

 
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9 An Old Scout. YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CALL, OR ARIETTA AND THE SMUGGLERS Wild West Weekly, No. 258, Sept. 27, 1907
New York: Frank Tousey, 1907. Very Good in Wraps 


 
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10 An Old Scout. YOUNG WILD WEST'S DUEL WITH DEATH, OR ARIETTA TO THE RESCUE Wild West Weekly, No. 731, Oct. 20, 1916
New York: Frank Tousey, 1907. Very Good in Wraps 


 
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11 Baldy, Lizzie F. THE CALIFORNIA PIONEER AND OTHER POEMS.
San Francisco: Bacon and Company, Book and Job Printers, 1879. Cloth Else fine. 
12mo. 159 pages. Forest green boards blind-stamped with scrolls and rules. Title elaborately stamped in gilt on front cover. Gilt very lightly tarnished on the "C" in "California" and the "ee" in "Pioneer". Previous owner name on front endpaper.

 
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12 Bates, Mrs. D.B. INCIDENTS ON LAND AND WATER, OR FOUR YEARS ON THE PACIFIC COAST. BEING A NARRATIVE OF THE BURNING OF THE SHIPS NONANTUM AND HUMAYOON AND FANCHON, TOGETHER WITH MANY STARTLING AND INTERESTING ADVENTURES ON SEA AND LAND.
Boston: James French, 1857. First edition 
Sm. 8vo. 336 pp. Blindstamped cloth, gilt design of a log cabin in a forest on front cover. Spine lettered in gilt. Spine faded. Mild wear to covers. About very good. The author, the wife of the captain of the Nonantum, set out for California from Boston in 1850 by way of Cape Horn. She describes fire, flood, storms, and shipwreck, and does so before she even gets to California. The stay in California in the years immediately after the Gold Rush includes her views on Captain Sutter, Sacramento, life on the frontier, mining camps, immigrants, and gamblers. Kurutz calls the work "one of the most insightful accounts by a woman in the Gold Rush. She records in detail not only her own situation, but also that of other women." In Six Guns and Saddle Leather, Adams describes the book (167) as "scarce" and says that a "chapter on Murietta is incorrectly numbered XVII; it should be numbered XIV, following XIII and preceding XV. The actual Chapter XVII is in the correct position." This copy conforms to his description.

 
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13 Bixby-smith, Sarah. ADOBE DAYS: BEING THE TRUTHFUL NARRATIVE OF THE EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CALIFORNIA GIRL ON A SHEEP RANCH AND IN EL PUEBLO DE NUESTRA SENORA DE LOS ANGELES WHILE IT WAS YET A SMALL AND HUMBLE TOWN; TOGETHER WITH AN ACCOUNT OF HOW THREE YOUNG MEN FROM MAINE IN EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY-THREE DROVE SHEEP AND CATTLE ACROSS THE PLAINS, MOUNTAINS, AND DESERTS FROM ILLINOIS TO THE PACIFIC COAST; AND THE STRANGE PROPHECY OF ADMIRAL THATCHER ABOUT SAN PEDRO HARBOR.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa: The Torch Press, 1925. First edition Boards Very Good 
SIGNED by the author. 12mo. , [1-11] 208 pp. Half-buckram over boards. Light foxing to endpapers. Light scuff to front board.

 
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14 Carr, Robert V. COWBOY LYRICS.
Chicago: W.B. Conkey Company, 1908. First edition 
12mo. 4 1/4" x 7". [1-4] 5-182 pp. Green ribbed cloth. Previous owner calling card (Alexander T. Leonard) pasted down on front endpaper. A previous owner has also pasted an additional poem, "A Cowpuncher's Farewell" by Charlton Lawrence Edholm, on the rear endpapers. The poem, about a cowboy who loses his beloved "Bronc" in a bet, adds more Western charm to this otherwise near fine book.

 
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CALIFORNIA'S PIONEER CIRCUS., Dressler, Albert.
15 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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16 Farnham, Eliza W. LIFE IN PRAIRIE LANDS.
New York: Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1846. First edition Cloth Very Good 
Sm. 8vo. 408 pp. Nicely rebound in black cloh with gilt lettering. According to Notable American Women , Farnham disdained "to struggle for equality with an 'inferior' sex. Eliza Farnham arrived at a feminist philosophy quite differeent from that of the advocates of women's rights. . . Women, she contended, should strive to elevate society as mothers and homemakers. Far from being downtrodden in America, they formed an increasingly pampered group which played a powerful part in making family decisions and often lived at ease while men toiled." Life in Prairie Land studies the customs and institutions of a rapidly developing frontier democracy in Illinois.

 
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17 Fowler, William W. PIONEER WOMEN OF AMERICA. A VALUABLE AND AUTHENTIC HISTORY OF THE HEROISM, ADVENTURES, PRIVATIONS, CAPTIVITIES, TRIALS, AND NOBLE LIVES AND DEATHS OF THE MOTHERS OF THE REPUBLIC.
Hartford, Connecticut: S.S. Scranton & Company, 1896. Later printing Very Good 
8vo. 527pp. Bright blue cloth stamped in gilt with title and a picture of a woman in a canoe pummeling an Indian in the water with the butt of a rifle. Title and author stamped in gilt on spine. Rubbing to joints, head and tail of spine. Bumped corners. This book begins, "The story of woman's work in great migrations has been told only in lines and passages where it ought instead to fill volumes. " This volume seeks to right that wrong.

 
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18 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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19 Golson, Josephine Polley. BAILEY'S LIGHT: SAGA OF BRIT BAILEY AND OTHER HARDY PIONEERS.
San Antonio, TX : The Naylor Company, 1950. First edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good DJ 
Blue cover with white lettering. Very light shelfwear to head and foot of spine. In lightly chipped pictorial dustjacket. James B. "Brit" Bailey (1779-1832), a veteran of the War of 1812 and one of the Old Three Hundred colonists to receive land grants in Stephen F. Austin's first colony, reportedly remarked, "Bury me standing, facing West, with my gun at my side. All my life I have never looked up to any man, so I do not want it said, 'Here lies old Brit Bailey', but 'Here stands Bailey.'" Though Bailey claimed to have bought his land claim from the Spanish government, his claim was not recognized by Mexico after its independence from Spain, and his controversial reputation as a forger when he had lived in Kentucky preceded him. Eventually, he was ordered to leave the Austin colony, though he remained as a squatter and became known for eccentric behavior and brawls. His ghost is said to appear in Texas in the area known as "Bailey's Prairie" searching for whiskey as a round, white ball of light referred to as Bailey's Light. The ancestors of the author, Josephine Polley Golson, also lived in Stephen Austin's settlement, and much of this story was passed down through her family. An interesting piece of Texana, in the original dustjacket.

 
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20 Habberton, John. SOME FOLKS. (SOLD ONLY BY SUBSCRIPTION).
New York and San Francisco: Derby Brothers (NY) and A. Roman & Co. (SF), 1877 (1877). 
6 1/4" x 9". 9-502 [1] pp. First edition. Terra cotta cloth stamped in black and gilt with an Egyptian design. Head and foot of spine lightly bumped. Else very good. According to Cowan, "Many Californian stories are included in this interesting and entertaining volume. Re-printed as Romance of California Life in 1879." Cowan, p. 256. Wright III, 2355.

 
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