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Thomas Jefferson, Lover of Liberty.

By: Borrower's Press.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Winterport, ME:, Borrower's Press,: 1976

Seller ID: IY915-275


LIMITED EDITION of 289 copies, this is number 199. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 3/4 inches. 28 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Jefferson; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark green leather, decorative end papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on limitation statement. SCARCE. Fine. A very brief biography of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 2881. View more info

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Thomas Jefferson, Lover of Liberty.

By: Borrower's Press.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Winterport, ME:, Borrower's Press,: 1976

Seller ID: IY915-276


LIMITED EDITION of 289 copies, this is number 199. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 3/4 inches. 28 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Jefferson; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark green leather, decorative end papers; binding square and tight, inner hinge cracked. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on limitation statement. SCARCE. Fine. A very brief biography of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, ... View more info

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Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Palo Alto, CA:, American West Publishing Company,: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-193


Series: Western Biography Series, No. 5. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (416) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Ralston, black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, dust jacket with minor chipping and shelf wear. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper. Very Good. William C. Ralston was an American businessman and financier. He g... View more info

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The Great Persuader.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City, New York:, Doubleday & Company, Inc.,: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-189


Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), 444 pp. 33 illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth titled in silver, maps in end-papers, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, foxing along inner hinges, dust jacket toned and bruised at spine ends. INSCRIBED by author on title page. Very Good. This is a biography of Collis P. Huntington, the robber baron who built America's first trans-continental railroad. David Lavender researched this g... View more info

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High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area.

By: Eugene A. Rose.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Berkeley:, Howell-North Books,: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: EE516-195


8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. 160 pp. 56 black and white photographs; text clean, unmarked. Light brown cloth titled in brown ink over boards, dust jacket, maps in end papers; binding square and tight, top edge dust soiled, slight shelf wear on dust jacket, sticker residue on front of jacket. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. Orland Bartholomew was the first to solo climb Mt. Whitney in winter. This book is an account of his solo journey, drawing from his diary and including 56 ori... View more info

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My Life as an Artist Blacksmith.

By: Francis Whitaker (1906-1999).

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Francis Whitaker,: 1995

Seller ID: GO617-056


4to. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. (vi), 122 pp. 29 black-and-white photographs, memoriam notice tipped in; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth; binding square and tight, shelf wear, ex library bookplate removed from front paste-down. Ex library copy, stamped on free end papers. Comes with newspaper clippings of Whitaker's obituary. Pall Bohne's copy with his pencil notations on rear pastedown. Very Good. Francis Whitaker was a legendary blacksmith. This autobi... View more info

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The First Native-Born Californian Physician: A Memoir of Dr. Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo.

By: George Dunlap Lyman (1882-1949).

Price: $35.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA:, California Historical Society,: 1925

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: EE516-100


FIRST EDITION. In: Quarterly of the California Historical Society, Vol. IV, No. 3, September, 1925. 8vo. 10 x 6 3/4 inches. Vallejo article: pp. 284-289. Entire issue: [ii], (219)-304 pp. 6 illustrations including a portrait of Platon Vallejo with his father in 1865; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight, covers soiled. Very Good. George Dunlap Lyman's biography of Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (1841-1925). Platon was the son of Gener... View more info

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A Souvenir of Toledo, 1956.

By: Jake Zeitlin (1902-1987).

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Los Angeles:, Wm. M. Cheney,: 1959

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: EE516-263


SECOND EDITION. Pamphlet. 6 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches. [4] pp. 1 sheet of French-fold paper stitched within gray printed wrappers, printed in black ink with red decorations; text clean, unmarked, minor shelf wear. SCARCE. Very Good. "So many requests have come in for copies of this that a reprint has been made for us by Wm. Cheney this 15th day of September, 1959." Recounts Zeitlin's moody visit to Toledo, Spain, in 1956. REFERENCE: Not in Jones, A Los Angeles Typesticke... View more info

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A Souvenir of Toledo, 1956.

By: Jake Zeitlin (1902-1987).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles:, Wm. M. Cheney,: 1959

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: EE516-264


SECOND EDITION. Pamphlet. 6 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches. [4] pp. 1 sheet of French-fold paper stitched within gray printed wrappers, printed in black with red decorations; text clean, unmarked, use wear. Very Good. "So many requests have come in for copies of this that a reprint has been made for us by Wm. Cheney this 15th day of September, 1959." Recounts Zeitlin's moody visit to Toledo, Spain, in 1956. REFERENCE: Not in Jones, A Los Angeles Typesticker. View more info

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Mountaineer: The Life and Times of Marvin Neel and the Backwoods Press.

By: James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003).

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Nappanee, IN:, Private Press of the Indiana Kid,: 1969

Seller ID: GO617-038


LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies. 8vo. 8 x 5 1/2 inches. [iv], ii, (40) pp. Title page illustrated in color, engravings by Neel throughout, 2 photographic plates tipped in, specimen sheet bound in with the covers of Storm Over the Mountains and Chimera I; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth spine, yellow paper boards stamped with a Neel engraving; binding square and tight, small spot of soiling on back cover. Very Good. Printed and bound by the author-compos... View more info

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The Crandall Press: A History-Bibliography.

By: James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003).

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Nappanee, IN:, Private Press of the Indiana Kid,: 1966

Seller ID: GO617-048


LIMITED EDITION of about 250 copies. 8vo. 8 x 5 3/4 inches. (44) pp. Color ornaments throughout, 2 photographic plates, bibliography of the Crandall Press, 4 illustrations tipped in; text clean, unmarked. Light blue paper over boards, illustrations on both covers, printed paper spine label with a duplicate label bound-in at the colophon; binding square and tight, shelf wear, spine faded. Very Good. A biography of Allen Crandall, a history of his press, The Crandal... View more info

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John Muir.

By: John Swett (1830-1913).

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York:, The Century Company,: 1893

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: EE516-225


FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XLVI, New Series 24, May, 1893, pp. 120-123. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches. Engraved portrait of Muir; text clean, unmarked. 3 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutter, Louis Lanzer Books & Prints business card attached to the upper corner. Sold AS IS. Short biography of John Muir by Muir's close friend, John Swett. Swett is considered to be the "Father of the California Public Sc... View more info

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Jessie Benton Fremont: A Biography.

By: Pamela Herr.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York:, Franklin Watts,: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-257


FIRST EDITION, first printing. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xvi), 496 pp. Frontispiece, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled brown cloth spine, white paper boards, pictorial dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Gift inscription from "Dove," November 21, 1987 on front free end-paper. Fine. Jessie Benton Fremont (1824-1902) was the daughter of the powerful U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton, and wife to John Charles Fremont. Outsi... View more info

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Meriwether Lewis: A Biography.

By: Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York:, Coward-McCann, Inc.,: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-208


8vo. 8 1/2 x 6 inches. (xx), 364 pp. Double title page, 16 pages of black-and-white plates, index. Blind- and gilt-stamped brown cloth, decorative end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, spine ends softened, dust jacket price-clipped, toned with small chips. INSCRIBED by author on half-title, "This vol. is said to be my best book. (I'll not argue the point.) R. H. Dillon." Very Good. Meriwether Lewis, of the famed Lewis and Clark Expe... View more info

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The Legend of Grizzly Adams: California's Greatest Mountain Man.

By: Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York:, Coward-McCann, Inc.,: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-209


8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. 223 pp. 16 pages of black-and-white plates; text clean, unmarked. Black-stamped brown cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket with light soiling, spine toned. INSCRIBED by author on half-title. Very Good. This is a biography of Grizzly Adams, born John Adams, a legendary figure in the American West and California history. View more info

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Wells, Fargo Detective: A Biography of James B. Hume.

By: Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York:, Coward-McCann, Inc.,: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-204


8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. 320 pp. 16 pages of black-and-white plates, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket with shelf wear, a rip in the back flap, price lined through in pencil. INSCRIBED by author on half-title. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. "In the distinguished tradition of his prize-winning biographies Meriwether Lewis and Fool's Gold, Richard Dillon re-creates t... View more info

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Humbugs and Heroes: A Gallery of California Pioneers.

By: Richard H. Dillon (b. 1924).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Garden City, New York:, Doubleday & Company, Inc.,: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-207


8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. (xx), 362 pp. 41 black-and-white photographs and line art, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark green cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, rear end-papers soiled, dust jacket with light shelf wear, price-clipped. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper. Very Good. "Sixty-three of the most interesting figures in California's history are the subjects of this fascinating group biography. The author, ... View more info

Keynes: Contemporary Responses to the General Theory

By: Roger E. Backhouse, editor

Price: $30.00

Publisher: South Bend, IN, St. Augustine's Press: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: DBW4298-10


Key Issues Series. Trade Paperback. ix, 257 pp. Figures, bibliography, index; text clean, un-marked. Pictorial wrappers; binding square and tight, some minor shelf wear. Brand-New. Excellent! Your order receives my personal attention. This book makes available the contemporary reactions to John Maynard Keynes' "General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money" (1936). View more info

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A Biographical Directory of the Society of Printers.

By: Society of Printers.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston:, Society of Printers,: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: KSF713-190


FIRST EDITION, a second edition was issued in 1999. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. [vi], 48 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped blue cloth; binding square and tight, minor toning to cloth, else Fine. Muir Dawson's copy. Lists 100 members of the New England-based Society of Printers. This directory was compiled by Charles A. Rheault, Jr., and Rollo G. Silver with the assistance of Christopher C. Kellogg. Design by Michael McCurdy. View more info

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The Remarkable Martin Stone: Remembering the Celebrated Rare Book Dealer and Blues Guitarist.

By: Stephen J. Gertz, editor and introduction.

Price: $200.00

Publisher: McMinnville, OR:, Booktryst,: 2017

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: BT1217-001


LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies with 25 hors commerce, this is copy number 3, designed and printed by Alastair Johnston at the Poltroon Press in Berkeley, CA, binding by John DeMerritt, Emeryville, CA. 8vo. 9 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches. (54) pp. Half-title, frontispiece portrait by Linda Moorcock engraved by Francis Butler, title page printed in purple and black inks, list of contributors; text clean, unmarked. Decorative cloth spine, patterned paper over boards, printed paper ... View more info