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1 (Vroman, Adam Clark); edited by Ruth I. Mahood PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE SOUTHWEST: Adam Clark Vroman, 1856-1916
(Los Angeles, California): The Ward Ritchie Press, 1961. B0006AXDNA First edition, first printing. Quarto. 127 pages, printed throughout on coated stock. 104 photo-reproductions. Hardcover. Very minor bump to one lower corner tip, else fine, in pictorial boards; in a very lightly edgeworn, slightly rubbed photo-pictorial dust jacket with some tiny nicks to the flap folds and corners. 
"The photographic record of the Southwest is not only historically important but...reflects an understanding of the region and an artistic awareness which give the pictures value beyond their obvious worth as Westeriana."--Robert Kirsch. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2 Alexander, Diane PLAYHOUSE
Los Angeles: Dorleac-MacLeish, (1984). 0916329003 / 9780916329006 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Precis of the book's reviews tipped in to front free endsheet, else fine, in black cloth with silver debossed lettering and star device; in a very lightly worn, very nearly fine, photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Star-drenched history of the storied State Theatre of California, the Pasadena Playhouse. Illustrated with photographs reproduced on a coated stock insert gallery. Foreword by Raymond Burr. SIGNED by the author. 205 pages. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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3 Anonymous CALIFORNIA: Special Limited Supplement
[Chicago]: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1926. First edition. Hardcover. Some very minor wear to the covers, the expected mild tanning to the internals, else a near fine copy; in three-quarter leather over marbled boards, marbled endsheets, top edge gilt, gilt stamping to spine; large quarto. 243 pages, including index. 
Apparently the supplement to Lewis's 5-volume CALIFORNIA AND CALIFORNIANS, this is a biographical encyclopedia, each California notable is afforded a 2-3 page capsule life with full-page tissue-guarded photogravure portrait. Splendidly produced. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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4 Ardies, Tom PALM SPRINGS
Garden City: Doubleday, 1978. First edition. Hardcover. Lower corner tip lightly bumped, else near fine in dust jacket. 
A novel of super-wealth, power and sex. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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5 Austin, Mary THE FLOCK
Sante Fe, New Mexico: William Gannon, 1973. 0883075091 / 9780883075098 First edition thus: Facsimile reprint. Hardcover. Fine, in rough-woven, dark brown cloth with gilt spine titles; in a mildly spine-faded, otherwise fine, illustrated dust jacket. 266 pages; illustrated by E. Boyd Smith, with b&w frontispiece, intext drawings, chapterheads and decorations. 
Classic of California history tells the story of shepherding beginning with the original flocks of Spanish California. Based on Austin's personal observations (circa 1900), as well as her conversations with the men who made shepherding their way of life. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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6 Austin, Mary; Pape, Eric, illustrator ISIDRO
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905. First edition. Hardcover. Shelf-wear to lower edges and spine head, a spot of erasure wear to first blank leaf, else very good plus in sage green cloth, with exquisite red-and-blue-and-gilt embossed pictorial covers, lettered in gilt to the front cover and spine; no dust jacket. 
Color frontispiece and three color plates by Eric Pape. Austin worked to preserve Native American culture and used that knowledge in her third book, and first novel, which tells the story of a heiress disguised as a shepherd boy in Carmel, California. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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7 Ayres, Noreen CARCASS TRADE
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., (1994). 068810875X / 9780688108755 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 
The second Smokey Brandon mystery featuring the ex-stripper--currently working forensics at the Orange County, California, Sheriff-Coroner's Department. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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New York: William Morrow, (1992). First edition. Hardcover. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with traces of shelfwear at the edges. 
A Smokey Brandon mystery. The author's debut novel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Berkeley, California: Howell-North, (1966). 083107034X / 9780831070342 Third printing, so stated on copyright page. Quarto. 900 illustrations, 7 pictures in full-color. Index, Appendix, Maps and Memorabilia. Hardcover. Mild spine slant, faint soiling to fore-edge and to covers, faint age-toning to pages, thus very good plus; in a very good minus dust jacket: nicked, creased, with quite a few tiny edge tears, some separation at folds, age-toning. 
The story, in words and pictures, of the far-flung Southern Pacific Railroad system that dominates the West Coast of the U.S. from Oregon to L.A. and then heads across Texas for New Orleans, and also of the Central Pacific that was its earliest component. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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10 Breen, Jon L. HOT AIR
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1991). 0671681052 / 9780671681050 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in dust jacket. 
A Jerry Brogan horse racing mystery. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Breen, Jon L. & Ball, John, editors MURDER CALIFORNIA STYLE
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1987). 0312006209 / 9780312006204 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a very nearly fine, illustrated dust jacket. 
Twenty-two short stories by members of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. With an introduction by John Stevenson and work by Howard Browne, Maxine O'Callaghan, Joseph Hansen, John Ball, Robert Bloch, among others. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Oakland, California: Cliffhanger Press, (1986). 9780912761060 First edition: Trade Paperback Original. Trade Paperback. Page edges slightly foxed, else very good plus in illustrated wraps. 8vo. 
Real estate dynamo Cassandra Howard and Detective Agent Mike Pederson are featured in this debut novel filled with descriptions of historic and funky old buildings in Pasadena, California. Brown is a Pasadena, California resident. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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13 Burke, Jan FLIGHT
New York: Simon & Schuster, (2001). 0684855526 / 9780684855523 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine; in a fine dust jacket. SIGNED by the author to the title-page. 
Burke won the 2000 Edgar Award for BONES. FLIGHT is the eighth book in her Irene Kelly series and the first to be told from the point of view of Irene's husband, Detective Frank Harriman. New evidence and a new murder open a ten-year-old case. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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New York: Simon and Schuster, (1996). 0684803437 / 9780684803432 First edition, first printing. Inscribed, SIGNED and dated by the author to the title-page. Hardcover. Fine in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
The fourth Irene Kelly mystery in the successful series. Irene's much revered college instructor turns up in Las Piernas homeless and accused of murder and blackmail. When he disappears, Irene is quick on the case. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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15 Burton, John THE PATH OF THE WIND
San Francisco: The James H. Barry Company, Publishers, 1929. B00005XO8Y First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very minor separation at front inner hinge, else near fine; in black half-cloth over green boards with front and spine paste-on labels--both labels are somewhat age-darkened and show a tiny bit of edge-nicking. 
Inscribed and SIGNED by the California poet to the title-page. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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16 Burton, John THE PATH OF THE WIND
San Francisco: The James H. Barry Company, Publishers, 1929. B00005XO8Y First edition, first printing. Hardcover. About near fine, a bit shaken, mildly worn, stain-fading to upper paged edges, lightly used; in black half-cloth over green boards with front and spine paste-on labels--the spine label is a bit nibbled; no dust jacket. 
This copy of the California poet's collection is inscribed and SIGNED by the author to the title-page; the inscribee's bookplate adorns the pastedown. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 Calder, James KNOCKOUT MOUSE
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (2002). 0811834999 / 9780811834995 First edition: Uncorrected Proof. Proof. Fine in color illustrated, glossy wraps. 
The first in a literary mystery series set in the Silicon Valley and featuring Bill Damen, a filmmaker and failed dotcom-worker-turned-sleuth. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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18 Cameron, Sue LOVE, SEX, AND MURDER
(New York, NY): Warner Books/A Time Warner Company, (1996). 0446518522 / 9780446518529 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very close to fine, in a like illustrated dust jacket. 
"Cameron comes on like Jackie Collins on smart drugs in this glitzy slice of California sleaze. The murder of the title arrives first, when Nikki Easterly, six, finds her celebrated actress mother bound to the bedposts, dead."--PW. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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19 Cameron, Sue LOVE, SEX, AND MURDER
(New York, NY): Warner Books/A Time Warner Company, (1996). 0446518522 / 9780446518529 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
"Nikki Easterly, illegitimate daughter of a beautiful movie star, has become a lawyer and moved to La La land. Nikki takes a pro bono case involving a young man wrongly accused of murder."--Dawn L. Anderson. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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PARADISE LOST, Cannon, Taffy
20 Cannon, Taffy PARADISE LOST
Palo Alto/McKinleyville: Perserverance Press/John Daniel & Company, 2005. 1880284804 / 9781880284803 First edition, first printing: a trade paperback original. Trade Paperback. Fine in illustrated wraps. SIGNED by the author at an event in our shop. 
Suspense novel opens with the kidnapping of two women from a Santa Barbara spa--a college student and a famous actress. Local cop Suzanne Mathis, aided by agents from the FBI, searches for the bad guys while also trying to curb a blood-thirsty press. 
Price: 13.95 USD
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