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41 Jephcott, Donald K. & Hudson, Donald E. THE PERFORMANCE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL PLANTS DURING THE SAN FERNANDO EARTHQUAKE
Pasadena, California: California Institute of Technology, 1974. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in blue cloth lettered in gilt to the spine; no dust jacket, as issued. Map enclosed in envelope mounted on rear pastedown. 
Quarto. 606 pages, illustrated with figures, diagrams and photographs. This copy inscribed and SIGNED by author Jephcott to the front free endpaper. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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42 Johnson, Kenneth M. THE STING OF THE WASP: Political & Satirical Cartoons from the Truculent Early San Francisco Weekly, with an Introduction & Comments by Kenneth M. Johnson
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1967. First edition, limited to 450 copies printed at the Plantin Press. Publication #127. Hardcover. Fine in salt-and-pepper cloth with gilt titles (replicating the Wasp logo) to front cover and spine. Folio. 
Twenty color reproductions (five double-spread) of cartoons published in the San Francisco weekly, whose staff boasted Ambrose Bierce as editor and columnist, and illustrators G. Frederick Keller, Solly Walter, Joseph D. Strong, and Henry Barkhaus. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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43 Johnstone, E. McD., text by PACIFIC COAST SOUVENIR
Oakland, California: E.S. Denison, [circa 1888]. No edition noted. Duodecimo. Hardcover. Wear and flecking to red pictorial cloth covers, cracking and separation at front and rear inner hinges. [16] pages of elegantly reproduced half-tones of photographs by Fiske, C.E. Matthews, Taber, H.C. Tibbets, E.C. Watkins and others not identified. 
The photo-views, of natural settings and urban scenes--from Yosemite Valley to San Francisco's Chinatown, are smartly arrayed, often two or more to a page, against delicate floral framing devices. Superb quality reproduction by Forbes Co. of Boston. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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44 Jordan, David Starr THE HIGHER FOOLISHNESS: With Hints as to the Care & Culture of Aristocracy; followed by Brief Sketches on Ecclesiasticism, Science & the Unfathomed Universe
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1927). B00005XFW1 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. A suggestion of shelf wear, else a fresh, fine copy in blue cloth with gilt lettering;in a price-clipped, edge-nicked dust jacket that shows a few dots of stain to rear panel, and two tiny interior chips to spine panel. 
The noted ichthyologist, evolution expert, educator, scientist and peace activist holds forth on sciosophy (a word coined by Jordan to mean The Spontaneous Activity of Shadows). Based upon articles first published in Popular Science Monthly. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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45 Keith, Elizabeth P., compiler and editor SIERRA MADRE VISTAS: A Pictorial History of Sierra Madre
(Sierra Madre, California): Sierra Madre Historical Society, 1976. First edition, first printing. Dated and SIGNED by the author and additionally SIGNED by seven sponsors. Hardcover. Near fine with only mild shelfwear, in brown cloth with spine titles and front cover titles and illustration gilt-embossed; no dust jacket. Quarto. 166 pages; fully illustrated with photos, maps and facsimiles. Zeroxed index sheets & ephemera laid in. 
Pictorial history of Sierra Madre, California with a wealth of vintage photos: includes the founding and history; early government; business development; schools; religious organizations; service and cultural organizations; mountains and recreation, etc. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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46 Kip, Leonard CALIFORNIA SKETCHES; with Recollections of the Gold Mines
Los Angeles, N.A. Kovach, 1946. First edition thus, one of 750 copies. With errata slip. In California Centennial Series. Illustrated with plates printed on coated stock inserts. Hardcover. A whisper of age-toning to textblock, else fine, in dark red cloth lettered in gilt to the spine, with gilt miner device to front cover; in an illustrated dust jacket that shows some rubbing, mild soiling, a few dots of stain, internal nick to rear panel. 
"An extremely rare item of Californiana...a concise, yet interesting, narrative of the observations and experiences of a well-educated young man in the gold rush of '49."--Lyle H. Wright, from his introduction. Kip's memoir was first published in 1850. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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47 Kurutz, Gary F. BENJAMIN C. TRUMAN: California Booster & Bon Vivant
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1984. First edition, first printing. One of 600 copies printed at the Grace Hoper Press (Sherwood Grover). Hardcover. Fine in teal cloth with gilt spine titles; in a fine plain white dust jacket, as issued. Octavo. 89 pages; frontispiece portrait, illustrations, checklist. 
Benjamin Cummings Truman was a prolific and talented writer of books and articles on California subjects. Photographically reproduces the front cover of two of Truman's books. Book Club of California Publication 176. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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48 Lesley, Lewis Burt, editor UNCLE SAM'S CAMELS: The Journal of May Humphreys Stacey, Supplemented by the Report of Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1857-1858)
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1929. B000860RFE First edition, first printing. Bibliography, index, and fold-out map. Introductory and concluding chapters by editor Lesley. Hardcover. Offsetting to all endsheets, and to pages 88-89, else fine; in café-au-lait cloth with gilt-stamped titles to spine, top edge gilt; in a very good plus dust jacket, showing age-darkening (especially to spine panel), minor soiling, very light edgewear. 
Story of the legendary first and last "Camel Brigade" which made its way from San Antonio, Texas, to Bakersfield, California in the late 1850's. Beale was the camel corps' commander, Stacey, a boy of nineteen who went along on the bizarre adventure. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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49 Los Angeles Directory Co. THURSTON'S RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF PASADENA, ALTADENA AND LAMANDA PARK
Los Angeles, Cal.: Los Angeles Directory Co., 1925. First edition. Hardcover. Very good plus to near fine: mild shelfwear to the original tan cloth covers and maroon cloth shelfback; publisher's advertisement lettering in gold, black, and red to the covers and advertising in black to all the shelf edges. Thick quarto. 925 pages. 
Subtitle: "Containing An Alphabetical List of Business Firms and Private Citizens; A Directory of the City and County Officials, Societies, Schools, Churches, Clubs, Etc.; A Street and Avenue Guide and Directory of Householders..." Scarce! 
Price: 500.00 USD
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50 Magee, Harvey White. THE STORY OF MY LIFE
Albany, New York: Boyd Printing Company, (1926). First edition. Corner tips lightly bumped with some slight brown offsetting to the endpapers otherwise a bright very good plus copy. Small 8vo 
Illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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51 Manly, William Lewis DEATH VALLEY IN '49: An Important Chapter of California Pioneer History
New York, Santa Barbara: Wallace Hebberd, (1929). B00085XYX2 First edition thus. With foreword by John Steven McGroarty. Illustrated by Alson Clark. Hardcover. Near fine: a bright, clean, sharp example, with owner's 1930-dated name to half-title, very mild wear, tiny piece of tape to rear pastedown; in green cloth with gilt lettering and rules, map-decorated endsheets; no dust jacket. 
"The autobiography of a pioneer, detailing his life from a humble home in the Green Mountains to the gold mines of California and particularly reciting the sufferings of the band of men, women, and children who gave Death Valley its name." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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52 Meyer, Larry L. CALIFORNIA QUAKE
Nashville, TN: Sherbourne Press, (1977). First edition. Hardcover. Small distribution rubber-stamp on the front endpaper, else fine in dust jacket. 
Contains a foreword by Senator Alan Cranston. 172 pages. Erratum slip laid in. Illustrated. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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53 Muir, John THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA
New York: The Century Co., 1911. First edition thus: new and enlarged edition. Illustrated from Preliminary Sketches and Photographs Furnished by the Author. Hardcover. Owner's discreet signature to front pastedown, soiling to covers, mild wear: thus very good plus; in tan pictorial cloth with gilt titling and gilt-and-black front cover illustration of a California mountain wreathed in pine-coned branches; gilt top-edge. 
The culmination of the ten years Muir spent in the Sierra Nevadas. Muir "invents, by sheer force of his love, an entirely new vocabulary and grammar of the wild . . . a language of ecstasy and exuberance."--Bill McKibben. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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54 Neasham, V. Aubrey WILD LEGACY: California Hunting and Fishing Tales
Berkeley, California: Howell-North Books, (1973). 0831070985 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in yellow linen with titles in black to the front cover and spine; in a fine pictorial dust jacket. 
Methods of hunting and fishing and changes in wildlife in California over a 150-year period are highlighted in this collection of the best stories gathered from the days of New Spain up through the early 1970s. Illustrated with 33 pages of photos. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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55 Nunis, Doyce B., Jr., editor FROM MEXICAN DAYS TO THE GOLD RUSH: Memoirs of James Wilson Marshall and Edward Gould Buffum, Who Grew Up with California
Chicago: The Lakeside Presss/R.R. Donnelly..., Christmas, 1993. First edition thus. Hardcover. Fine fresh copy in uniform brown cloth, titled in gilt on the spine with publisher's decoration also in gilt on the front; top edge gilt. 
Duodecimo. Number 91 of the Lakeside Classics Series. 389 pages, index, frontispiece illustration, plates. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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56 O'Brien, Robert CALIFORNIA CALLED THEM: A Saga of Golden Days and Roaring Camps
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1951). First edition. Hardcover. Older bookplate pasted to the verso of the half-title page, overall a very good plus copy in bright, price-clipped dust jacket with some shelfwear and a closed edge tear. 
Octavo. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Illustrated by Antonio Sotomayor. 250 pages, index, and endpaper maps. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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57 O'Crousley, Pedro Alonso; Galvin, Sean, translator and editor A DESCRIPTION OF THE KINGDOM OF NEW SPAIN. 1774
[San Francisco]: John Howell--Books, 1972. First edition thus. Bound in peacock-blue cloth gilt-stamped with calligraphic titles to front cover and spine; in illustrated dust jacket. Quarto. Hardcover. Fine, with front of jacket showing a 4''x12'' area of nearly invisible offsetting. Sepia and full-color illustrations reproduced from the original manuscript, folded map of 1768 Mexico housed in a rear pastedown pocket, color frontisportrait of author. 
Fascinating view of 18th century Mexico and Baja recorded by the Cadiz-born merchant of Irish descent, who compiled his "Idea compendiosa" during business trips to "Nueva Espana." With enchanting color drawings of Mexican racial mixtures, wildlife, etc. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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58 Offord, Lenore Glen MURDER ON RUSSIAN HILL
Philadelphia: Macrae-Smith-Company, 1938. First edition, first printing. Black cloth with titles in black across red bands. Hardcover. Mild abrasions to the pastedown endpapers, stains to the covers, slight fading to the spine, minor wear and fraying to the spine ends, else about very good; lacking the dust jacket. 
Critically well-received first mystery novel by the author who's fiction is noted for its humor and characterization. From 1950 to 1982 Offord was the mystery critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Set in San Francisco. Scarce! 
Price: 125.00 USD
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59 Perry, E. Caswell and Parcher, Carroll W. GLENDALE AREA HISTORY
Glendale, California: Eric Schneirsohn/Xanadu Galleries, 1981. B0006XUJE8 / 978B0006XUJE4 Second edition. Limited edition No. 20. Inscribed to a patron and SIGNED by the author, Carroll W. Parcher--son of the first mayor of Glendale. Hardcover. About near fine: mild spine slant, spotting to page edges, bumping to one upper corner tip; in black, pebbled cloth, with gilt titles and decoration; no dust jacket. 
Quarto. This history is packed with color and b&w photographs and divided into sections on: the Spanish period and early history; Glendale government; community organizations, company and institutional histories. 222 pages, including index. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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60 Pineda, Manuel and Perry, E. Caswell PASADENA AREA HISTORY
Pasadena: James W. Anderson, 1972. B0006CBE9I First edition, first printing. Quarto. 358 pages, plus index. Printed throughout on coated stock. Illustrated. Hardcover. About fine, in tooled cloth binding with gilt titling and emblem; no dust jacket, as issued. Quarto. 358 pages, plus index. Printed throughout on coated stock. Two-column format. Illustrated. 
Massive history of the California city and surrounding area from 1542 to date of publication. Biographical editor, Caskie Norvell II; Historical Consultant, Elmer C. Smith; Production Consultant, John McIntyre; Photographic Consultant, J. Allen Hawkins. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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