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  • Click on Image to expandAdney, Tappan:  The Klondike Stampede Of 1897-1898.  New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1900. First Edition. Very good+ in its original red cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and with black borders and gilt text on the front board. A small octavo of 8 by 5 1/8 inches with both front and rear hinges professionally repaired and with a small black paint smudge at the upper portion of the spine above the gilt lettering. Without a dust jacket. 471 pages including appendix and text. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs three of which, for Bonanza creek, Dawson and Skagway, fold-out. A number of line drawings are also shown within the text. A very clean and tight copy with no prior ownership markings. Colton Storm in his bibliography of the Everett D. Graff Collection refers to this title as: "One of the better contemporary accounts of The Klondike 'rush"". An exceptionally uncommon title on the Alaskan Gold Rush. (Graff, 22; Ricks/Haycox, p3, )
    TB29377  $600.00


  • Andersen, Kurt:  Heyday.  New York: Random House, 2007. First Edition, First printing. Fine in black paper covered boards with gilt text on the spine. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 622 pages of text.
    TB21894  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandBidwell, John:  Echoes of the Past About California & In Camp and Cabin.  Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1928. First thus. Near fine in decorated red cloth covered boards with a gilt top edge to the text block and with very slight rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. The fold-out map which precedes page xv in the historical introduction is present and in fine condition. A Lakeside Classic issued in 1928. In Camp and Cabin was authored by John Steele. Both books were combined and edited by Milo Milton Qauife. This is the first year that the Lakeside Press changed the binding color to denote the end of the first 25 books in the series.
    TB29432  $55.00


  • Click on Image to expandBrands, H. W.:  The Age of Gold The California Gold Rush and The New American Dream.  New York: Doubleday, 2002. First Edition, First printing. Fine in black and yellow paper covered boards with gilt text on the spine and map end papers. In a fine unclipped dust jacket. 547 pages including an index, bibliography, sources, text and illustrated with two sections of black and white photographs of contemporary works of art and portraits.
    TB20121  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandBruff, J. Goldsborough:  Gold Rush The Journals, Drawings, And Other Papers Of J. Goldsborough Bruff Captain, Washington City and California Mining Association April 2, 1849 - July 20, 1851.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1944. First Edition, First Printing. Both volumes of this two volume set are near fine in 1/4 black cloth and gray-brown paper covered boards with gilt text on the spines. Both are small quartos of 10 by 7 1/4 inches with a prior owner's small book plate on the front paste downs and a small gift tag on the paste down of volume II. Without dust jackets as issued and lacking the issued slip case. One of only 1,250 printed copies. Edited by Georgia Wilis Read and Ruth Gaines and with a forward by F. W. Hodge. Volume I: Washington City to Bruff's Camp contains 630 pages of text illustrated with a color frontispiece, line drawings, maps and drawings by the author. Volume II: Buff's Camp to Washington City contains 631 to 1404 which includes an index for both volumes and is illustrated with drawings within the text, the author's sketches. Howe's in his bibliography, U.S.Iana states this title to be "Most elaborate of overland narratives." and also a title which he considers "quite scarce". In all the two volumes contains 86 pages of cellotypes, plus 3 of which fold out, 68 line illustrations and 4 maps. (Howes, R-91; Kurutz, 93a; Decker, 35-160 & 36-42; Wheat: Gold Rush, 25)
    TB29471  $325.00


  • Cutler, Carl:  Greyhounds Of The Sea The Story Of The American Clipper Ship.  New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930. First Edition, First printing. Good+ in blue cloth covered boards with faded gilt text on the spine and gilt text on the front board, with map end sheets and with a gilt top edge to the text block. The cloth is rubbed and worn at the head and heel of the spine and at the edges of the boards. The front hinge is starting and the tipped-in title page is beginning to part. There is a closed tear to page 319/320 which does not impact on the text. Without its issued dust jacket. A small quarto measuring 10 1/2" tall by 7 1/2" deep containing 592 pages including an index, bibliography, notes and references and appendices of ship measurements, the China-To-England Trade, record ship passages, California voyages, ship and sail plans. 118 illustrations consisting of 4 photogravures, 8 color plates, 51 half-tones, and reproductions of pen and ink drawings. Albion states: "The best single account, combining spirited style with full factual data on construction, dimensions, owners, masters and speed performances of each ship." (Albion, p. 31)
    TB22505  $35.00


  • Click on Image to expandDietz, Arthur:  Mad Rush For Gold In Frozen North.  Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Priting and Binding House, 1914. First Edition, First Printing. Very good in the publisher's original, decorated light blue cloth covered boards with the remnants of bold gilt text stamping on the spine and red, white and gilt text and decorations on the front board. A small octavo measuring 7 3/4" by 5 1/4" with a prior owner's name faintly written on the first free end page. The cloth at the head and heel of the cloth are rubbed and worn as is the upper edge of the front board. Simply signed by the author - "Arthur A. Dietz | 1916" on the first free end page. 281 pages illustrated with line drawings from photographs by W. A. Sharp.
    TB26701  $200.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesDownie, Major William:  Hunting For Gold Reminisences Of Personal Experience And Research In The Early Days Of The Pacific Coast From Alaska To Panama.  San Francisco: The California Publishing Co., 1893. . Good+ in its original 1/2 black, pebbled leather and black cloth covered boards with gilt text and blind stamping on the spine and gilt text on the front board. An octavo o 8 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches with the leather at the head and heel of the spine chipped in several areas down to the edge of the text block and the leather rubbed and worn through over the tips of the boards. The hinges and joints are tight, strong and show no signs of weakness. The contents are clean and save for a few pages are generally free of foxing and tanning. 407 pages which includes tables of contents at the rear of the book. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of the author and with engravings and reproductions of photographs throughout. A native of Scotland, the author heard about the discovery of gold in California while in Buffalo, He shipped around Cape Horn and arrived in San Francisco on June 27th 1849 and subsequently worked mines around the Sacramento area. He discovered gold on the Yuba River at a place now named Downieville. He continued to hunt for gold in Canada, Alaska and Panama. (Kurutz, 203) Howe's in U.S. Iania states of this title: "Unassuming but valuable reminiscences of an inveterate miner and pioneer." Considered by Howes to be "quite scarce". (Howes, D-448, Cowan, p179)
    TB29640  $225.00


  • Click on Image to expandEberstadt & Sons, Edward:  Books of the California Gold Rush 1849 (Catalogue 125).  New York: Edward Eberstadt & Sons, 1949. . Near fine in printed, tan paper wraps over a double staple binding. An octavo measuring 8 3/4 by 5 7/8 inches. Without a dust jacket as issued. 12 pages of text listing 245 items relating to the California Gold Rush. A second copy of this catalogue (also in near fine condition) is also included with one item excised from the last page of the catalogue.
    TB28488  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandEno, Henry:  Twenty Years On the Pacific Slope Letters of Henry Eno from California and Nevada, 1848-1871.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965. First Edition, First Printing. Fine in 1/4 brown cloth and yellow paper covered boards with gilt text stamped on the spine and a gilt border on the front board. A small octavo measuring 7 7/8 by 5 inches. In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket with 1/4 inch closed tear at the upper edge of the front panel. 224 pages including an index, bibliography and text. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Eno and a facsimile of one of his letters. This is volume 8 of Yale's Western Americana Series. Edited by W. Turrentine Jackson who also wrote the preface and 98 page introduction. A handsome, tight clean copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB28901  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandGardiner and Dale L. Morgan (Editor), Howard:  In Pursuit Of The Golden Dream Reminiscences of San Francisco and the Northern and Southern Mines, 1849-1857.  Stoughton, Mass.: Western hemisphere, Inc., 1970. First Edition, First Printing. Fine in bright red cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine and on the front board. A small quarto measuring 11" by 9". Without a dust jacket as issued. Although a modern publication this is an important first person narrative of mines and mining during the California Gold Rush. 390 pages including an index followed by a tipped-on map at the rear pastedown. Illustrated with maps, line drawings and black and white photographs. This copy has been unread as all of the pages are uncut. A fine, tight and beautiful copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind. (Kurutz, 262)
    TB26940  $90.00


  • Click on Image to expandGarner, William Robert:  Letters from California 1846-1847.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1970. First Edition, First Printing. Fine in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. These letters (originally sent under the identity of only "W. G." were sent to newspapers on the east coast just before the Gold Rush. They describe in great detail the customs, events and landscape of the area around Monterey and San Francisco Bay. Edited, with a sketch of the life and times of the author of these letters. 262 pages including an index, bibliography and text. Illustrated with maps, one section of black and white photographs and reproductions of earlier works of art.
    TB26456  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandGeiger and Wakeman Bryarly, Vincent:  Trail To California The Overland Journal Of Vincent Geiger And Wakeman Bryarly.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1945. First Edition, First Printing. Very good+ in light green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. A small octavo of 9 1/4 by 6 inches with light rubbing and wear to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and to the cloth over the tips of the boards. There is modest wear to the fore edge of the fold-out map. Without a dust jacket. 266 pages including an index, a fold-out map, bibliography, appendices and text. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Bryarly and the aforesaid map. Volume XX of the Yale Historical Publications Manuscripts And Edited Texts. (Kurutz, 265; Wheat, Books of the Gold Rush, 80)
    TB29520  $40.00


  • Harte, Bret:  Tales of the Argonauts, and Other Sketches.  Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1875. First edition, second state. Very good in decorated red-brown cloth covered boards with blind embossing on the front and rear boards, gilt text stampings on the spine which is slightly rolled, the remnants of a book plate removed from the front end paper, a prior owner's book plate on the second free end paper. The end papers are brown coated. (BAL, 7280)
    TB15305  $20.00


  • Howe, Octavius Thorndike:  Argonauts of '49 History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts 1849-1850.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1923. First Edition, First printing. Very good in 1/4 dark blue cloth and blue-gray paper covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. The exterior areas of the boards are slightly faded and there is a prior owner's name written in pencil with a date of "1923" on the first free end paper. Without a dust jacket. 221 pages including a bibliography, appendix, text and illustrated with photographs of ship models and reproductions of contemporary works of art.
    TB19069  $75.00


  • Jochum, Helen Parker:  Alaskan Journey.  no city stated: Self Published, 1980. First Edition, First printing. Fine in blue cloth covered boards with white text on the spine. In a fine dust jacket. The author provides an historical account of her father's venture to Alaska during the gold rush of 1899 to assist in the development of a bank to safeguard the gold found by the miners. 153 pages including a bibliography, text, reproductions of contemporary photographs & illustrations by Janet K. Monteith.
    TB13511  $45.50


  • Click on Image to expandKelly and Dale Morgan, Charles:  Old Greenwood The Story of Caleb Greenwood: Trapper, Pathfinder, and early Pioneer..  Georgetown, Calif.: The Talisman Press, 1965. Revised Edition. Near fine in in black cloth covered boards with gilt text stamped on the spine and with illustrated end sheets. An octavo measuring 9" by 6" with faint rubbing to the cloth at the corners of the boards. In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket. One of only 750 copies printed. A complete rewrite of the original publication of 1936, with new information by the same author in partnership with Dale L. Morgan. Quoting the author: "...this edition has been extensively revised... only paragraphs here and there survive from the original book." 361 numbered pages including text and appendices followed by an extensive index. Illustrated with a four page section of photographs and a fold-out map at the end of the text.
    TB27729  $125.00


  • Click on Image to expandKurutz, Gary:  The California Gold Rush.  San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1997. First Edition. Fine in royal blue buckram cloth with a large gilt on black title label on the spine. A small quarto measuring 11 3/4" tall by 7 3/8" wide containing 771 pages including an index, a list of references consulted with 705 titles. Without its issued plain white dust jacket. One of only 1,000 copies printed. Quoting from the title page: "A descriptive Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets Covering the Years 1848-1853."
    TB27350  $175.00


  • Click on Image to expandLetts, J. M.:  California Illustrated: Including A Description Of The Panama And Nicarauga Routes.  New York: R. T Young, 1853. Reprint of 1853. Very good in it original light brown, gilt decorated and blind embossed cloth covered boards with gilt text and images on the spine and on the front board. An octavo measuring 9" by 6" with heavy wear and rubbing to the cloth at the heel of the spine. There is an early prior owner's name and date of 1859 in pencil on the first free end page. 224 pages of text. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 12 plates even though 48 are called for. Considered "quite scarce" by Howes. (Howes, H-300) Howes also states: ""Number of plates vary in copies of all issued but 48 is the proper complement."
    TB28324  $195.00


  • Click on Image to expandLewis, Oscar:  Sea Routes To The Gold Fields The Migration By Water To California in 1849-1852.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First Edition. Very good+ in blue cloth covered boards with gilt text and decorations on the spine with the cloth at . the extreme lower edge of the front board worn through; else, near fine. In a very good- unclipped dust jacket with 1/4" deep chipping to the upper edge of the spine area and numerous shallow chips to the fold to the front flap. 286 pages including a bibliography followed by an index and a fold-out map showing the gold regions of California from a broadside of 1850.
    TB28469  $15.00


  • Quaife, Milo Milton:  Pictures of Gold Rush California.  Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1949. First thus. Very good+ in red cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and gilt decorations on the front board and with gilt on the top edge of the text block with minor light rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. A Lakeside Classic issued in 1949. A collection of contemporary accounts which highlight the perils of overland travel to the gold fields of California. 383 pages including an index.
    TB18026  $35.00


  • Click on Image to expandRichards (Editor), Benjamin:  California Gold Rush Merchant The Journal of Stephen Chapin Davis.  San Marino, Calif.: The Huntingon Library, 1956. First Edition, First printing. Fine in 1/4 brick red cloth and striped paper covered boards with a paper label on the spine. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". Without a paper dust jacket as issued, but protected by an acetate covering. Signed and inscribed to "my fishing buddy, Bill" by the author on the first free end page. 124 pages including an index, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with a facsimile copy of a map of "the Gold Region of California" drawn by Robert H. Ellis in 1850.
    TB27751  $60.00


  • Click on Image to expandRobinson, Zirkle:  The Robinson-Rosenberger Journey To The Gold Fields Of California 1849-1850 The Diary of Zirkle D. Robinson.  Iowa City: The Prairie Press, 1966. First Edition. Fine in 1/4 brown cloth and paper covered boards with copper colored text stamping on the spine. A small octavo measuring 8" by 6". In a very near fine, unclipped dust jacket, with two short closed tears at the upper edges of the front panel at the folds to the spine area and the front flap. Edited with an introduction by Francis Coleman Rosenberger. 26 pages of text preceded by 15 pages of introduction.
    TB25860  $40.00


  • Click on Image to expandSargent (Editor), Shirley:  Seeking the Elephant, 1849 James Mason Hutchins' Journal of his Overland Trek to California.  Glendale, Calif.: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1980. First Edition, First Printing. Fine in red cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine and on the front board. A small quarto measuring 9 1/4" by 6 1/4" with the ghost of a 4" by 1 3/4" label on the first free end page. Without a dust jacket. One of only 750 copies printed of the first edition. The full title page reads: "Seeking the Elephant, 1849 James Mason Hutchins' Journal of his Overland Trek to California Including his Voyage to America, 1848 and Letters from the Mother Lode." 209 pages of text illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and a photographic reproduction of Hutchings" first issue of California Magazine. This is the 12th volume in the American Trails Series by The Arthur H. Clark Company.
    TB26375  $65.00


  • Smith, Dwight:  John D. Young and the Colorado Gold Rush.  Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1969. First thus. Fine with top edge gilt and with the boards covered with dark blue cloth with gilt text stamping on spine. A Lakeside Classic issued in 1969. From an unpublished manuscript titled: "A Trip to the gold regions of the Rocky Mountains in the summer of 1860" by John D. Young. Edited by Dwight L. Smith.
    TB26506  $30.00


  • Click on Image to expandStillman, J. D. B.:  The Gold Rush Letters of J. D. B. Stillman.  Palo Alto: Lewis Osborne, 1967. Limited Edtion, First printing. Fine in tan buckram cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and with a gilt hand with a quill on the front board and with map end sheets. A small quarto measuring 10 1/2" by 7". In a fine, plain white dust jacket. Laid-in is the original prospectus for this puplicationl One of only 2,350 copies printed. (75) pages of text which are illustrated with line drawings and engravings and with an introduction by Kenneth Johnson. First published in San Francisco in part in 1877. (Wagner-Camp, 222; Graff, 1788)
    TB24969  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandTaylor, Robert:  The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters.  Franklin Center: Franklin Press, 1979. Franklin Edition. Fine in decorated full red-brown leather covered boards with two raised bands on the spine and with gilt text and decorations stamped in the compartments and on the front and rear boards. The end papers are silk there is a matching silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine and all edges of the text block are gilt. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel of 1959 and one of the volumes in the Franklin Press' series of books of Pulitzer Prize winners. A fascinating novel of a father and son's cross country trip to the California gold fields in 1849. 478 pages of text with illustrations by Charles Hamrick.
    TB26739  $80.00


  • Click on Image to expandWatson, Douglas:  The Life of Johann August Sutter.  San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1933. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in heavy light brown printed paper wraps with a thread sewn binding. A folio measuring 14" by 9 1/4" with minor creasing at the lower fore corner and with a dent through the wrapper and all the pages measuring approximately 1/8" in diameter which is about 3/4" from the lower edge and 1 1/2" in from the fore edge. This dent (tear) does not impact the text on any page. 5 pages of text. Printed by The Grabhorn Press in 1933 for the "Members of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco." This is not one of the print-on-demand, facsimile copies.
    TB24487  $125.00


  • Click on Image to expandWheat, Carl:  The Maps of the California Gold Region 1848-1857.  Storrs-Mansfield, Conn.: Maurisio Martion Publishers, (1994). Facsimile reprint, First printing. Fine in yellow cloth covered boards with a red on cream colored text block on the spine. There is minor, inconsequential soiling to the cloth on the spine. Without a dust jacket as issued. A quarto measuring 12 by 8 7/8 inches containing 153 pages including an index, text and illustrated with facsimiles of early California maps. A limited edition facsimile reproduction of the Grabhorn Press first edition of 1942 limited to 350 copies. 153 pages including several indexes, text and numerous maps. A clean, tight and handsome copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29419  $95.00


  • Click on Image to expandWienpahl (Editor), Robert:  A Gold Rush Voyage on the Bark Orion from Boston around Cape Horn to San Francisco, 1849-1850.  Glendale, Calif.: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1978. First Edition. Fine in light blue cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9 1/4" by 6" with a remainder mark on the top edge of the text block. In a very good+, unclipped dust jacket with a small closed tear to the front panel over the gutter of the book. 298 including an index, bibliography, appendices and text. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Foster Hooker Jenkins (one of the authors of the four journals consulted), and four maps, one of which is a fold-out chart of the voyage).
    TB27933  $30.00




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