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1 (Anonymous) NORTHWEST COAST OF AMERICA & CALIFORNIA: 1832, Letters from Fort Ross, Monterey, San Pedro, and Santa Barbara, by an Intelligent Bostonian
Los Angeles, Glen Dawson, 1959. First edition: One of 180 copies printed at the Plantin Press, Los Angeles. Early California Travels Series #48. Hardcover. Near fine in teal cloth over decorated boards, with paper spine label that shows a very tiny nick. 24mo. 
Some of the earliest accounts of California published in the U.S. were offered by the "Intelligent Bostonian" in letters which were extracted for the May 21, 1833 edition of the Washington D.C. National Intelligencer. First book publication. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2 (Brooks, Edmund D.) Lucas, E.V. A GROUP OF LONDONERS
Minneapolis: Privately Printed for Edmund D.Brooks&His Friends, 1913. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine, uncut copy in pale grey boards backed with dark green cloth; leaves untrimmed. 
Glitteringly urbane essay about London collectors and dealers of books and pictures. From the private press of storied Minnesotan bookman Edmund D. Brooks. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 (Brooks, Edmund W./Reed Pale Press). Shelley, Percy Bysshe ADONAIS: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats
London: [Reed Pale Press], 1935. First edition thus, limited to 250 numbered copies; this (#116) is 1 of 220 printed on handmade paper, bound in unbleached vellum with blue silk ties A thumbtack-sized spot of stain to free front endpaper which has ghosted onto the pastedown and the flyleaf; else, fine with gilt spine titles, top edge gilt; text in red and black; binding is by Sangorksi & Sutcliffe. Printed at the Chiswick Press. 
This copy is housed in a cardboard slipcase that shows the vagaries of time. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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4 (Brooks, Edmund W./Reed Pale Press). Shelley, Percy Bysshe ADONAIS: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats
London: [Reed Pale Press], 1935. First edition thus, limited to 250 numbered copies; this (#216) is 1 of 220 printed on handmade paper, bound in unbleached vellum with blue silk ties. In light pencil to the rear pastedown are the words ''Mrs. Brooks/Paris'' and the date ''13/7/36''; else, fine with gilt spine titles, top edge gilt; text in red and black; binding is by Sangorksi & Sutcliffe; printed at the Chiswick Press. 
Shelley's lyric in a fine press rendition that was the swan song of Brooks's Reed Pale. Colophon printed in red and followed by a double shield device, one shield with pale, the other containing a three-armed cross with the initials E.W.B. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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5 (Brooks, Edmund W.; Reed Pale Press). Lamb, Charles THE CHILD ANGEL: A Dream
London: [Reed Pale Press], 1928. First edition thus, limited to 160 copies. 24mo. Hardcover. AS NEW, uncut copy in tan cloth-backed blue-gray boards with paper label to front cover upon which is printed the title within a narrow decorative border. Hand-set and printed on a hand press by Edmund W. Brooks. Text initials in red, green and blue. 
Lamb's lyrical miniature essay recounts a dream. Debut production of Brooks's Reed Pale Press--named for Caxton's "Sign of the Red Pale"--and identified by a shield device with a heraldic red pale (a single verticle stripe occupying the shield's center.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 (Dean, Mallette). Cervantes, Miguel de THE DIALOGUE OF THE DOGS
(Kentfield, California): (The Allen Press), (1969). First edition thus, limited to 140 copies. Large quarto. In original clear acetate jacket. Hardcover. Fine, bound in hand-printed cloth of the design ''El Prado'' (a pattern of red poppies on a field of yellow and white) from the Costa del Sol Collection; hand-set, printed damp on an 1846 Columbian hand-press on hand-made rag paper with the Allen watermark. 
One of Cervantes' waggish "Exemplary Novels" written in 1704, here presented in a singular fine press edition; 15th Century decorative initials, and ornaments engraved by Mallette Dean (many depicting canines!) border every page. Allen Press Biblio #33. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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7 (Dean, Mallette). LeConte, Carrie E. YO SEMITE 1878: Adventures of N and C; Journal and Drawings by Carrie E. LeConte
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1964. First edition, limited to 450 copies. Designed and printed by Mallette Dean. Book Club of California publication #117. Hardcover. Fine, in olive-colored linen over decorative boards illustrated with a pattern of pine-needle clusters; paper spine label; in undecorated olive dust jacket that shows a hint of sunning to spine. Introduction by Susanna B. Dakin. 
14-year-old LeConte's chronicle of a camping expedition with friend Nona Dibble (N) and pere LeConte to Yosemite in 1878. Eight reproductions in color of the author's sketches throughout the text, and facsimiles of 11 pages of her journal. Sweet. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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8 (Hertzog, Carl). Compiled by Al Lowman PRINTER AT THE PASS: The Work of Carl Hertzog
San Antonio, Texas: University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, 1972. First edition, first printing. In gilt-lettered black cloth over terra-cotta boards; no dust jacket, as issued. With an essay by William R. Lowman. Hardcover. About near fine: a few tiny dots of ink to fore-edge, fading to spine cloth, mild splaying of boards, abrasion at lower corner tips; lacks the mylar jacket. 123 pages, including index. Illustrated with reproductions of Hertzog's work. 
Catalogue of the 1970-1971 exhibition of the work of the French-born, Texas-based typographer, book designer, and publisher. Hertzog's work has been lauded as a model of imagination, taste, subtlety and painstaking craft. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 (Nonesuch Press). Meredith, George THE LETTERS OF GEORGE MEREDITH TO ALICE MEYNELL with annotations thereto 1896-1907
London and San Francisco: The Nonesuch Press, 1923. First edition. Limited to 850 numbered copies, of which 780 were for sale. This is number 55. Hardcover. Tiny chip missing from the lower corner of the rear endpaper, lower corner tips lightly bumped, else a near fine, mostly uncut and unopened copy in gilt-titled quarter pale-green buckram over brown boards; in dust jacket (mildly worn at the spine crown). 
Royal octavo. 102 pages. Delicately composed in Garamond types on Ingres paper, this collection of George Meredith's letters to Alice Meynell (annotations by Meynell) with additional contributions, form the second book from this fine press. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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10 (Shakespeare Head Press) ENGLANDS HELICON: Reprinted from the Edition of 1600 with Additional Poems from the Edition of 1604
London: Printed for Frederick Etchells and Hugh MacDonald, 1925. First edition thus: one of 900 copies printed at the Shakespeare Head Press on Kentish All-Rag paper; our copy is designated ''out-of-series.'' Hardcover. A fine copy in half-brown cloth over teal boards with spine titles gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed; no dust jacket. An excellent copy without the rubbing associated with this volume. Tall octavo. 
A page by page type-facsimile that faithfully reproduces this important pastoral anthology, first published by John Fasket in a quarto volume of 1600. The general level of the poetry brought together in this volume far exceeds that of earlier anthologies. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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11 (Ward Ritchie Press) Parkes, Dow GOD'S BARN
(Los Angeles, California): The Ward Ritchie Press, (1943). First edition. One of 100 copies printed, SIGNED by the author to the colophon. Hardcover. Pale brown offsetting to the endsheets, mild staining and soiling to the covers, spine displays some tanning, else a very good copy in tan cloth with a red-embossed cover illustration, framed in black with black titles; no dust jacket. Small 8vo. 38 pp. 
Novellette in hobo dialect with title-page design by Ward Ritchie and cover and title-page sketch by Cas Duchow. The typography is by Joseph Simon, David Welles Palmer, Joseph Lica, and E.G. Davies. Selected as one of the Western Books of the War Years. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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12 Book Club of California CAIFORNIA ON CANVAS: A Portfolio of Paintings of Early California Scenes by Contemporary Artists
(San Francisco): The Book Club of California, 1941. First edition. Limited to 600 sets. Mild creasing to the corners of two of the keepsakes, else fine; in a pale blue two-part slipcase with slightly worn dark blue leather spine labels. The slipcase exhibits some minor fading and scattered marks, else near fine. 
8 color folding plates with annotation issued monthly as keepsakes; complete, as only 8 of the projected 12 were issued in 1941. Each is an historic painting of a early California scene reproduced in color and printed on fine paper by the Grabhorn Press. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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13 Bowen, Helen Gilman MOUNT SHASTA OR BUST
Los Angeles: Printed at the Plantin Press, (1978). First edition. Hardcover. Fine fresh copy in green silk, lettered and decorated in gilt, in a fine pictorial dust jacket. A gorgeous book, the presswork of Joseph Simon and Lillian Marks. 
A family travelogue in the 1890's of an excursion to Mount Shasta by horse-drawn camp wagon. 189 pages, photographic plates, endpaper maps and sketch by Ernest Maxwell (EMAX). 
Price: 25.00 USD
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14 Bowen, Helen Gilman MOUNT SHASTA OR BUST
Los Angeles: Printed at the Plantin Press, (1978). First edition. Hardcover. Fine fresh copy in green silk, lettered and decorated in gilt, in a price-clipped and lightly spotted dust jacket featuring a line illustration of a camp wagon. A gorgeous book, the fine presswork of Joseph Simon and Lillian Marks. 
SIGNED by the author on the title-page. Travelogue of a Southern California excursion to Mount Shasta by horse-drawn camp wagon. 189 pages, photographic plates, endpaper maps showing route. Map and sketches by Ernest Maxwell (EMAX). 
Price: 30.00 USD
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15 Browne, J. Ross THE INDIANS IN CALIFORNIA
(San Francisco): (The Colt Press), (1944). First edition thus: one of five hundred copies issued. Colt California Classic #2. Hardcover. Very nearly fine, in sand-colored cloth over decorated boards; with paper spine label that shows a hint of rubbing. Accompanied by three of Browne's superb drawings. Twelvemo. 
Drawn from Browne's CRUSOE'S ISLAND: WITH SKETCHES OF ADVENTURE IN CALIFORNIA AND WASHOE. Browne was appointed Inspector of Indian Affairs on the Pacific Coast in 1855, and authored a number of lively and important chronicles of early California. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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16 Busch, Briton Cooper, editor FREMONT'S PRIVATE NAVY: The 1846 Journal of Captain William Dane Phelps
Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1987. First edition: limited to 500 numbered copies, SIGNED by the editor. This copy is outside the limitation and is unnumbered. Hardcover. Fine in green cloth, lettered in gilt, without dust jacket. 
Octavo. Editor Busch also contributes an introduction to this handsomely produced volume. 79 pages, index. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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17 Chandler, Raymond RAYMOND CHANDLER'S UNKNOWN THRILLER
New York: The Mysterious Press, (1985). First edition, limited issue: one of 250 numbered copies SIGNED by introducer Robert B. Parker. This is number ''6''. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket; housed in grey cloth slipcase with some light soiling. 
Screenplay for an unproduced film was "cannibalized" by Chandler for his last novel, but this publication demonstrates the significant differences between the two; preface by James Pepper, and introduction by Chandler "collaborator" Parker. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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18 Cunningham, Captain William H. LOG OF THE COURIER 1826-1827-1828
Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1958. First edition, limited to 200 copies printed at Paul Bailey's Westernlore Press. Hardcover. Fine in gilt-stamped indigo cloth over decorative boards. With tipped-in photographic frontispiece portrait of the Courier; interior illustrations by Don Louis Perceval. With a foreword by publisher Glen Dawson. 
The Courier was an American ship trading on the coast of the Golden State in the early years of the nineteenth century. This is the log's first appearance in print. One of the most attractive entries in Dawson's Early California Travels series (#44). 
Price: 95.00 USD
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19 de la Fontaine, Jean; Miller, Patrizia, translation by THE CAT AND THE OLD RAT
Canoga Park, California: Orirana Press, (1986). First edition. Hardcover. Fine, in blue cloth stamped in red foil with tiny rat to the front cover; no dust jacket, as issued. Small square 16mo. 
Appealing fine press issue of the Gallic fable, offered in the original French, in a literal translation, and in Miller's rendering; essay by Linda C. Fairbanks; and with an assortment (five slips) of amusingly fey Paw-notes, cattenda and rratta, laid in. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20 Drury, Clifford Merrill RUDOLPH JAMES WIG: Engineer, Pomona College Trustee, Presbyterian Layman
Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1968. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in green buckram with the dust jacket only very lightly faded at the spine. 
Octavo. With a warm inscription to the author's "dear friend," SIGNED. 320 pages, bibliography 1910-1917, index, frontisportrait, illustrated with full-page plates. Another splendid Arthur H. Clark production printed on deckle-edged paper. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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