Recent Acquisitions                          April 2019 

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From territorial Dakota photo prints to an early publication about the Pacific Crest Trail, we   offer something for everyone this month! A few other items of note include a pencil sketch of Canyon de Chelly by Edgar Payne, a justice's court record from a current ghost town in California, and a beautiful poster on wildfire prevention published by the U.S. GPO. Enjoy!
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Great Falls, Montana Photo Album 
Condition: Very Good. Photo album of Great Falls, Montana circa 1900. Photographer is unknown. Album includes 14 albumen prints, mounted on white or grey cardstock with captions in manuscript. Photographs measure between 6 ½" x 3 ¾" to 6 ¾" x 4 ¾" and some are oval-shaped. Grey paper album covers, string bound. Overall very good. Album covers have light wear to all edges; some photos have light yellowing.  
Dated between 1898-1908. Images of surrounding scenery include Giant Spring, Rainbow Falls and Great Falls of the Missouri, Tenderfoot Creek, and the Belt Mountains. One image depicts Black Eagle Falls and B&M Copper Smelter (Black Eagle Dam is not pictured). In the late 19th century the B&M Copper Smelter (of the Boston and Montana Consolidated Copper and Silver Mining Company) was the most powerful mining and refining company in Montana. In the background of this image, atop a hill, a small smokestack is seen. It would be replaced by a 506-foot-high "Big Stack" in 1908. Images of the town of Great Falls include a wagon bridge heading into the town, a Great Falls Street Railway car, three scenes of Central Avenue showing businesses such as The Park Hotel, Porter Bros. & Book Store, and the Great Falls Meat Company. The images are so clear and detailed that signage and wares in shop windows can be seen. Although containing just 14 images, the album portrays a detailed, comprehensive look at the burgeoning city. 018236.   $595  
Dakota Territory Albumen Prints
Condition: Very Good. Set of 11 mounted albumen prints from the 19th century, depicting scenes from Dakota Territory including Groton and surrounding area, which would become Brown County, South Dakota. No photographer or publication information present. Albumen prints are on dark brown mounts with gilt edges and measure 7 ¾" x 4 ½" (with mounts 8 ½" x 5 ¼"); most views have notes in black ink on verso of mount, giving a brief description of the scene. Views are detailed, crisp, and in very good condition. All have light wear to edges and light soiling, some have light yellowing.  
The content of these views is fabulous. Views depict the main street of Groton, Dakota looking north from the rail depot, signs can be read and people seen milling about the stores; a railway depot with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul in the background; household goods and large piles of lumber stacked alongside the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railcars, stashed there while settlers chose a home site; the residence of W.J. Brewster, a pioneer of Brown County, who settled in the area in the early 1880s and was reported to be a harness dealer; two men, Jim and Will, cleaning out a well; the well is again seen nearby a "shanty" also called "rose cottage" and "Sodom"; a couple views depict a small shed or barn with Will feeding a calf; three views depict "Will, Jim and H.D.B." plowing with oxen and harrow. Many white settlers started to arrive in what is now Brown County, South Dakota in the early 1880s and were eager to establish themselves. As seen in a couple of the views, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company was of great importance in the development of the territory, the Company platting at least 23 towns in that area between 1880 and 1884. These photos give us a brief view into the beginnings of permanent establishments in the area, and is an excellent record of white settlement in the Dakota Territory. 018116.   $2,200  

Four Albumen Prints of Navajo Indian Mission Hospital, Fort Defiance, Arizona
Condition: Very Good. Four albumen prints depicting the Navajo Indian Mission Hospital near Fort Defiance, Arizona circa 1905. Albumen prints measure 6¾" x 4 ½"; mounts measures 10" x 8". All have contemporary manuscript on mount, describing the scene. Two images depict the buildings of the Mission Hospital with Navajos and Miss Thackara, the other two depict Navajos in the Hospital; no content on verso. Photographer is unknown. All prints have moderate yellowing but still show nice detail; mounts have light soiling and wear to edges.   
Eliza W. Thackara was the first superintendent of the Navajo Indian Mission Hospital near Fort Defiance, Arizona (also known as the Hospital of the Good Shepherd Mission). Originally from Florida, Thackara began working at the Good Shepherd Mission as a teacher and was recommended for the position of superintendent in 1894 when the hospital was just starting to gain traction. The site of the hospital was chosen by a group of Navajo and they assisted with its construction, and the hospital finally opened its doors in 1897. Although at first she was not a trained nurse, Thackara was efficient, hardworking, and trusted by many Navajo in the area. She was later known as "the life and soul of the Hospital of the Good Shepherd" ( Good Shepherd Mission to the Navajo, J. Rockwood Jenkins). The images in this collection include: "Miss Thackara's return from Reservation trip bringing patient to the Hospital"; "Navajo Indian Mission Hospital near Fort Defiance, Ariz." ; "Patients receiving instruction in the Interpreter's House - Navajo Indian Mission Hospital, Fort Defiance, Ariz." ; "A Corner in the Women's Ward - Navajo Indian Mission Hospital."  018359.   $1,275  
Head and Face Masks in Navaho Ceremonialism 
Haile, Berard    
The St. Michaels Press, St. Michaels, AZ, 1947. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Buff dust jacket with title in navy blue lettering on spine and front; red buckram boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board; includes a laid in booklet titled "Legend to Color Chart of Navaho Mask Combinations" (12pp). Limited edition, 258/500 copies. DJ has light soiling and creasing at corners, and has been repaired with archival tape on verso; boards have light wear to edges; text block is clean. Laid in booklet has moderate creasing. This publication presents the masks which the gods left behind for the use of the Navajo people. Includes many b&w and color illustrations. ; B&W & Color Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 122 pp. 018350.   $295 
Turn in Canyon De Chelley - Arizona
Payne, Edgar A.     
Condition: Very Good. Pencil sketch by Edgar Payne depicting Canyon de Chelly. Pencil sketch is backed on a 1955 yearly calendar made of cardstock and has been taped to a burlap mount. Pencil sketch is signed by Edgar Payne on bottom right corner in pencil. Pencil sketch measures 9 ½" x 7 ¾"; mount measures 16" x 14". A 3 ½" x 2" card is included which states the title, number and price of the sketch. Sketch is not dated. In very good condition with light toning to sketch (has not been examined off of mount); mount has moderate wear and toning.  
Edgar A. Payne (1883-1947) was a self taught artist famous for his paintings of Canyon de Chelly and the Sierra Nevada. This study of Canyon de Chelly likely gave way to some incredible paintings including "Indians on Horseback, Canyon De Chelley, Arizona" which depicts a similar scene: two people meandering through the sheer cliffs of Canyon de Chelly, showing the scale and beauty of that special place. 018328.   $1,900

Escape to Reality: The Western World of Maynard Dixon 
Gibbs, Linda Jones; Rasiel, Deborah Brown    
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Black boards with grey text on cover and spine. Illustrated dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Full-color reproductions of Brigham Young University's extensive collection of Maynard Dixon paintings accompanied by some informational text. Jacket, boards and interior are very clean, sharp and tight with no notable flaws. ; Book; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 018234.   $60   

History of the Sierra Nevada 
Farquhar, Francis P.    
University of California Press, Berkeley And Los Angeles, 1966. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition; Third Printing. Illustrated, textured dust jacket; blue boards with white illustration printed on cover and gilt text on spine. DJ has light wear to edges and is price clipped; boards have light wear to all edges and are slightly bowed; endpapers and pastedowns have light toning and foxing. A clear and thorough history of the Sierra Nevada from notable historian Francis P. Farquhar. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 262 pp. 018319.   $42

Pacific Crest Trailway, The 
Clarke, Clinton C.   
Pacific Crest Trail System Conference, Pasadena, CA, 1945. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine; 12 illustrations of scenes from the trail and 8 b&w maps of the PCT laid in as called for. Boards have light sunning to spine and light wear to edges; text block has light toning; maps and illustrations are fine.  
Written and compiled by the "father of the PCT" this publication is complete with details of the 2,156 mile Pacific Crest Trailway, topography, geography, flora and fauna. ; B&W Illustrations and Maps; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 126 pp. 018365.   $238

John Muir in Southern California
Pomeroy, Elizabeth    
The Castle Press, Pasadena, California, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dark green cloth boards with gilt lettering and illustration; decorative endpapers. Fine. 1/500 copies. Generously illustrated with many photographs. ; B & W Illustrations & Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 66 pp. 018374.  $38

Women in the Life of Southern California - An Anthology Compiled from Southern California Quarterly [Signed]
Nunis, Doyce B. (editor); Jennifer A. Watts (pictorial editor)    
Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine housed in matching brown cloth slipcase. ; B & W Illustrations & Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 431 pp; Signed by Editors.  018323.   $15

Reminiscences of a Ranger or Early Times in Southern California 
Bell, Major Horace    
Wallace Hebberd, Santa Barbara, 1927. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Thus. Pink dust jacket with black lettering and illustration; green cloth boards with gilt lettering. DJ has light sunning and chipping to spine; boards have light soiling and moderate wear to all edges; text block has light toning; pencil marginalia throughout. Howes B-325. ; B & W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 499 pp. 018324.   $55

Archaeological Explorations on San Nicolas Island
Bryan, Bruce    
Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering and illustration; decorative endpapers and pastedowns. Boards have light wear to edges and light soiling. This book provides the author's account of his explorations on this archaeologically rich island off the coast of California. ; Southwest Museum Papers: Number Twenty-Two; B & W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 160 pp. 018371.   $15

Mojave Road in Newspapers 
Casebier, Dennis G.   

Tales of the Mojave Road Publishing Company, Norco, CA, 1976. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Book six of the "Tales of the Mojave Road" series. Brown boards with gilt lettering on spine and illustration in front board; decorative pastedowns and endpapers. Edges have light soiling. Includes laid in limitation page reading: "The Mojave Road in Newspapers was printed in a very small edition. Less than 400 copies are available " The articles selected for this publication provide a contemporary description of the Old Mojave Road in the words of the people who used it. ; Tales of the Mojave Road, Number Six; B & W Illustrations & Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 97 pp. 018342.   $68  

Mission Music of California - A Collection of Old California Mission Hymns and Masses
Da Silva, Owen    
Warren F. Lewis, Publisher, Los Angeles, California, 1941. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Printing. Buff dust jacket with mylar covering; quarter burlap over green paper boards with gilt lettering and illustration. Numbered 186/975. Dust jacket has moderate toning and soiling, moderate chipping to all edges and has been repaired with archival tape on verso; boards have light soiling and light toning to spine; "Sinsheimer Family Library" bookplate on front pastedown. This publication on California Mission hymns, masses and motets includes chirography and accompaniments by Arthur M. Bienbar, mission sketches by Paul Melvin Moore, and a forward by John Steven McGroarty. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 132 pp. 018311.   $85

Maru Cult of the Pomo Indians - A California Ghost Dance Survival
Meighan, Clement W.; Francis A. Riddell    
Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, California, 1972. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Bright red buckram with gilt lettering and black illustration. Boards are slightly cocked and have light wear to all edges; text block is clean. The authoritative work on the Maru cult of Pomo Indians with many illustrations. ; Southwest Museum Papers: Number Twenty-Three; B & W Illustrations & Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 134 pp. 018332.   $15
Justice's Docket for Justice's Court Eureka Township, Nevada County, California 
Eureka, CA. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Three-quarter red leather over black pebbled boards. Leather is flaking and missing bottom two inches. Gilt title on spine still legible. Worn corners. Binding itself is still intact with several signatures pulling slightly. 74 pages out of 2400 pages filled out of Justice's Court records for the now ghost town of Eureka, California, also known as Fir Cap.  
At time of use, Eureka was part of Nevada County, 26 miles NE of Nevada City. Re-drawn county boundaries later placed Eureka in Sierra County. The 1867 Beans Directory notes 300 residents in Eureka, situated on the summit of the divide between the South and Middle Forks of the Yuba River. Both placer mining and quartz mining took place in and around the town. This docket covers 1881-1885. Three Justice of the Peace are recorded including Henry McNulty, John Rich and William Hearne. Recorded complaints include dog bites, domestic violence, rape and aiding and abetting in the crime of rape, debts owed, verbal assault, failure to appear, assault and battery, willfully and maliciously biting and lacerating a finger, and theft of gold. There is also an inquest into the death of a man found dead near Moore's Flat, found in a ditch. A telegraph from Forest City is laid in attesting to the identity of the victim, based in part on the identification of the victim's boots. We also find a number of Chinese surnames involved in the theft of gold. The most common complaint is failure to pay Board and Lodging to Mrs. John Shea. Fascinating reading of a wild west gold town and full of potential research nuggets for a historian of the gold country. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 240 pp. 018367.   $2,000
Great Western Consolidated M. & M. Co., General Office: Colorado Springs, Colorado 
Great Western Consolidated M. & M. Co., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1909. Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Buff wraps with brown lettering, staple bound. [21pp]. Wraps have moderate soiling; text block has light soiling. Prospectus for the Great Western Consolidated Mining and Milling Company which had claims on Badger Mountain in the Pulver Mining District of Colorado. This pamphlet also provides information on the Great Western Concentrating, Smelting & Refining Co. which had property adjoining the Great Western Consolidated Mining and Milling Company. Nicely illustrated with b&w photographs of mining activities and properties on verso of each leaf. No copies found on OCLC as of March 2019.; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall. 018263.   $300

Rhyolite-Beacon Gold Mines Company 
Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Brown wraps with black lettering, illustration and border in black, red and green; lettering in text block is in black and red; staple bound. Published circa 1904. Wraps have moderate toning and light soiling; text block has light foxing and soiling. Prospectus for a mining company located a few miles north of Cripple Creek, Colorado on Rhyolite Mountain. Assays of the area were reported to be very prosperous, this publication providing maps, photographs, and mining engineer reports to support them and make prospective investors purchase their share. One copy found at Northern Illinois University. ; B & W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 47 pp. 018262.   $225
Glenwood Springs and Hotel Colorado

Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Folded pamphlet on one sheet; lettering is in brown and blue, photographs and illustrations are sepia-toned. No publication information but early 20th century. Unpaginated. Pamphlet has light soiling and light wear to folds. The mineral waters of Glenwood springs are praised, and the landscape and hotel are nicely illustrated. Three copies in OCLC as of March 2019. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall. 018264.   $45

Panoramic Views Along the Line of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad - The Scenic Line of the World [cover title]  
Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Folded pamphlet on one sheet; color illustration spanning the length of the sheet (51 inches) , on verso. [1893]. Unpaginated. Pamphlet has moderate soiling and light wear to edges and at folds; color illustration is still bright. The content of this pamphlet describes the "Scenic Line of the World," the color illustration depicting Manitou, Garden of the Gods, Marshall Pass, Canon of the Grand River, Glenwood Springs, Toltec Gorge, Cathedral Spire and Castle Gate. Image depicts a portion of the illustration. Nine copies found on OCLC as of March 2019. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 018267.   $175  
Little Book Cliff Railway - The Life and Times of a Colorado Narrow Gauge 
Lampert, Lyndon J.; Robert W. McLeod    
Pruett Publishing Company, Boulder, Colorado. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Buff dust jacket over brown boards with gilt lettering on spine. Dust jacket has light sunning to spine. This narrow gauge traversed an eleven mile stretch of high desert between Grand Junction, Colorado and the Book Cliff coal mine, and now takes its place in the literature of Colorado's rich rail heritage. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 191 pp. 018375.   $25
Grass Makes Wool, Meat, Leather..Protect It. Prevent Range Fires.
U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1947. Condition: Very Good. Poster depicting a colorful western scene of cowboys lounging in grass with a herd of sheep nearby. Poster measures 18" x 13" and is very good condition. Poster has been folded twice, pin holes at all corners; "Picture Collection Public Library Santa Barbara" rubber stamp on verso. Spreading the message of wildfire prevention, these posters were usually bright, eye-catching, and had memorable slogans. No copies found in OCLC or in commerce as of March 2019. Image is slightly cropped. 018213.   $200

Missile and Radiation Safety Posters

Norton Air Force Base, California. Condition: Very Good. Set of three posters about missile and radiation safety, published in the 1960s by the United States Air Force. All are in color and have been folded; no content on verso. Posters include: "The Rule of 7's May Save Your Life!" (1962); measures 21" x 32"; folded twice, otherwise clean. "T.O. Use Reduces Missile Abuse" (1964); measures 11" x 17"; folded once, otherwise clean. "Your Breath of Life - Know It! Inspect It! Use It!" (1964); measures 21" x 32"; folded twice, otherwise clean. 018360.    $175
An Ode to Harvard and Other Poems [Signed] 
Bynner, Witter    
Small, Maynard & Company, Boston, 1907. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Full leather binding with gilt title on front board and spine; boards are pliable; fore edge deckled, top edge gilt. Boards have light wear and chipping to all edges and spine; light toning to edges; some leaves are uncut. This was the author's copy of his first published book and includes a prospectus, laid in. Witter Bynner's bookplate on front pastedown and author's initials and date "November 21 1907" written in ink on front endpaper. An Ode to Harvard, came out in 1907. From the prospectus, this poem was "a personal interpretation, in verse, of undergraduate life and sentiment, of the little things that mean much and the big things with which they are connected." ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 119 pp; Signed by Author. 018160.   $675  
Taos Pueblo [Signed]
Niatum, Duane    
Greenfield Review Press, Greenfield Center, New York, 1973. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Buff wraps with lettering and illustration in a rusty-orange; staple bound. Inscription by the author on title page, "For Willy, Poet and friend, Duane, Harvest Moon 1973, New York City"; also included is a laid in TLS to Willy from Duane Niatum on Harper & Row Publishers letterhead (dated to 1973). Wraps have light toning and moderate foxing; text block is clean; TLS is clean. Second collection of poetry by this Native American author. ; B & W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 25 pp; Signed by Author. 018356.    $325