July 14th, 2020
              
 
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This week we feature some fun archaeological reports, Hayden's Twelfth Annual Report with the Atlas volume, and a beautiful serigraph of a Navajo Blanket by Jack Silverman. Enjoy!

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Classic Navajo Third Phase Chief Blanket, Numbered Serigraph  
Silverman, Jack

 
 
1984. Serigraph. Condition: New.  Illustrated by Jack Silverman. 29 1/2 x 41 1/2 inch serigraph on Arches 140 pound moulded paper. Print is numbered (76 of 100) but not signed. In this superb example, the bold design and restrained size of the diamonds strikes an elegant balance with the striped field. The result is an icon of the 19th century Navajo Third Phase Chief Blanket weaving. This serigraph is the result 65 to 100 screen applications on Arches handmade paper. In speaking with the artist, he explained how he perfected his printing craft by adding layer after layer until he felt he had the richness and depth he was after. He was particularly proud of achieving the three-dimensional feel to his serigraphs. Each ripple and fold in the blanket is tangible and unique. One can actually 'feel' the multiple layers of ink on these masterpieces.

During the second half of the 19th century, the primary market for Navajo blankets shifted from other Native American tribes to Anglo-Americans. While Native Americans had preferred Navajo Blankets featuring simple arrangements of horizontal stripes, Anglo Americans found the relative simplicity of first and second phase chief's blankets uninspiring, Anglo Americans also preferred bordered compositions to unbordered compositions, probably because most Oriental carpets featured bordered compositions. In response to the Anglo American preferences, Navajo weavers introduced the concentric diamond to their chief's blankets. The chief's blanket's traditional, horizontally striped field was decorated by the arrangement of a full central diamond surrounded by eight partial diamonds. This gave the chief's blanket a focal point, and the suggestion of a border. Almost overnight, the diamond pattern (or "third phase" pattern, as it is more commonly known) became extremely popular among Anglo American tourists, settlers, military personnel and merchants throughout the Americana west. ; Serigraph; 24" x 36". 021484.    $450 

 
 
Arizona Territory Post Offices & Postmasters
Theobald, John and Lillian
 
Arizona Historical Foundation, Phoenix, 1961. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Green leather boards with gilt imprint; housed in original pictorial slipcase. Signed by publisher, Barry Goldwater on publisher's note. Boards have a few minor scratches; slipcase has light toning and moderate wear. 
 
This is the first publication of the Arizona Historical Foundation and "should find a welcome place among the source books of Western pioneer history. It provides the first known compilation of several thousand pioneer postmasters, men and women who made history as they kept Arizona's early settlers and soldiers in mail communication with their friends and loved ones far away." ; B & W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 178 pp.  021474.   $75   
 
 
Seven H. P. Mera Booklets on Navajo Rugs, Blankets and Basketry: Bulletin No. 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13
Mera, H. P.
 
Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM. Pamphlets. Brown staple-bound wrappers with brown imprint on front. Booklets are generally clean with light edge wear. 
 
Included in this broken set are the following: So-Called "Chief Blanket" Bulletin No. Two, Navajo Blankets of the "Classic" Period Bulletin No. Three (second printing) , The "Slave Blanket" Bulletin No. Five, Pictorial Blankets Bulletin No. Six (second printing) , Navajo Rugs of the Crystal and Two Gray Hills Type Bulletin No. Ten, The Serrate Designs of Navajo Blanketry Bulletin No. Eleven, The Chinlee Rug Bulletin No. Thirteen. Author of many books on archeology of the American southwest, here Mera compiles these nifty little booklets highlighting indivdual blanket designs (plus some silverwork, pottery and basketry) in the collections at the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe. At least 18 of these booklets were published in the 30's and 40's, mostly printed by Clarks Studio in Santa Fe or the Rydal Press. Each booklet includes text and photos. A fun project to pull an entire run together. ; B&W Photographs; 16mo 6" - 7" tall. 
021468.   $70  
 
 
Twelfth Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories; A Report of Progress of the Exploration in Wyoming and Idaho for the Year 1878. In Two Parts, Plus Atlas.
Hayden, F. V.  
 
Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., 1883. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Brown government binding with gilt title on spine. Binding and condition better than usual for these massive volumes. Spine on Part 1 somewhat faded. Both volumes show light bumping to corners and rubbing to boards. Frontis and tissue in Part 2 is loosening with boards beginning to pull from spine. One signature loose in volume one. Several plates are incorrectly bound and one signature is bound upside down. All plates and maps fully collated with the exception of the Lower Geyser Basin map in volume 2 and one missing plate. Illustrated with in text figures, plus numerous lithographic plates and maps (some folding).  
 
These two volumes like many early government reports are simply remarkable in their breadth and scope. These volumes cover the Geology, Paleontology, Thermal Springs, and Topography of the Yellowstone area. The many many plates truly are beautiful works of art. This set includes the Atlas volume with all map as called for plus three additional maps, which is not uncommon with this set. Maps are generally in very good condition with typical small splits at corners and folds. The cloth folder for the maps is missing the tie and shows moderate wear to corners and at base of spine. Gilt on front of folder is sharp, only marred by a small stain. Truly remarkable set of early Yellowstone surveying. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 809; 490 pp. 021480.   $950

Archaeological Studies at Tonto National Monument, Arizona 
Steen, Charlie R. ; Lloyd M. Pierson; Vorsila L. Bohrer; Kate Peck Kent 
 
 
Southwestern Monuments Association, Globe, Arizona, 1962. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Black and white wraps. Previous owner's name on front endpaper; light wear and toning.  
 
This study includes "Excavations at the Upper Ruin, Tonto National Monument" by Steen, "Excavations at Lower Ruin, Tonto National Monument" by Pierson, "Ethnobotanical Materials from Tonto National Monument" by Bohrer, and "An Analysis and Interpretation of the Cotton Textiles from Tonto National Monument" by Kent. ; B & W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 176 pp. 021470.   $25


Indian Myths of South Central California
Kroeber, A. L. ; Robert H. Lowie (editors)
 
 
The University Press, Berkeley, 1907. Softcover. Condition: Good. Gray wraps, yapp edges. Leaves are uncut. Paginated 168-250. Wraps have minor chipping along edges and light toning; text block has light toning. University of California Publications, American Archaeology and Ethnology, Vol. 4, No. 4.  
 
This publication relates the myths of the Costanoan, Miwok, Yokuts, and Shoshonean peoples of South Central California. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. 021477.   $17
 

Saguaro National Monument - An
Archaeological Overview 
Stacy, V. K. Pheriba; Julian Hayden   
 
 
Arizona Archaeological Center, National Park Service, Tucson, Arizona, 1975. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Tan wraps, staple bound. Wraps have light soiling.  
 
This report includes a brief overview of archaeological studies in the Monument, and outside of the Monument in the Gila River Basin, Tucson Basin and Desert Papagueria. ; B & W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 54 pp. 021471.   $30
 

 
Mesa Verde National Park Welcome Booklet 
 
Softcover. Condition: Good. This is a welcome booklet for new rangers at Mesa Verde National Park. Staple bound, gray wraps; content on recto only. Also included is a separate pamphlet titled "Operating Procedures for Radios." Likely published in the late 1950s-early 1960s. Previous owner's name on front wrap; wraps have moderate toning; annotations found in Radio pamphlet.  
 
This manual contains a message from the Superintendent, basic policies, rules and regulations, and history of the park. The cataloguer of this piece was an interpretive park ranger at Mesa Verde, and finds that the basics of running this glorious park haven't changed much in the last 60 years. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 10 pp. 021469.    $35
 
Pictorial Post Cards of the Southwest Set No. 8 Ranchos de Taos Church
Gilpin, Laura
 
 
Gilpin Publishing Company, Colorado Springs, CO. Postcards. Condition: Very Good. Set of five 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch photogravure postcards in fine condition enclosed in original printed envelope which has soiling and wear.
 
Five views include: Doorway, Nave, Los Ranchos De Taos Church, Santos on Alter and West View of the Church. Gilpin was one of the preeminent photographers of the American Southwest in the 20th century, best known for her views of the Navajo and Puebloan peoples and the landscapes in which they lived. 021465.   $30 
 

Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co...Manufacturers of Colt's Revolvers, Automatic Pistols, Automatic Machine Guns, 1919

Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., 1919. Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Trade catalog and price list for Colt Patent Fire Arms. Trade catalog is dated to 1919 (A-61) and laid in price list is dated to January 1922 (PL-1-4th). Catalog has tan wraps and text block has many illustrations. Previous owner's notes in pencil on front wrap and inside of front wrap; wraps have light soiling; price list was at one time folded in half.  
 
This catalog includes double and single action revolvers, automatic pistols, fancy arms, and a price list of component parts. The price list includes information regarding Colt revolvers, automatic pistols and fancy stock. ; 4" x 5" ; 40 pp. 021479.   $75

 
Book of 1600 Ornamental Iron Designs Showing Details of Materials Used in Fabrication [Four Volume Set] 
Cunningham, R. J. 
 
 
 
R. J. Cunningham Designs, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1964. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Four volume set. Gray wraps with black lettering. Volume 4 is copyrighted to 1959, all other volumes are copyrighted to 1964. "Sater Blacksmith Shop, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa" rubber stamp on each front wrap and title page. These volumes were put to use and have heavy soiling to wraps, but text blocks are clean.
 
 
These volumes contain a comprehensive set of designs for ornamental wrought iron. Some of the many designs include handrails, gates, porch columns, mailbox stands, door grills, fences, interior room dividers, bike stands, head boards. Each design includes specs, an illustration and notes. ; B & W Illustrations; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 414 pp. 021466.   $95
  
 
Maynard Dixon: Painter of the West 
Millier, Arthur; Dixon, Maynard 
 
 
Privately Printed, Tucson, Arizona, 1945. Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Illustrated wraps. Unpaginated. Light wear and toning to wraps; plates are bright and clean.  
 
Introduction to Dixon's art and life by Arthur Millier. Eight color and fifteen b&w plates span the years of the artist's work. Interior of wraps printed with Dixon's words on the purpose of art. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall. 021482.   $45 
 

Pictorial Guide through Southern California 

 
 
Curt Teich & Co. Inc, Los Angeles, CA, 1948. Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Colorful wrappers for staple-bound booklet. Light edge wear with tight binding and clean interior.
   
A colorful tour  of the highlights of southern California using the Colortone process so popular post-war. A nice example. ; 24mo 5" - 6" tall. 021475.   $19 
 
E Clampus Vitus Hoax Goes Awry - Sir Francis Drake's Plate of Brasse [Signed]
Chandler, Robert J.; James M. Spitze; Stephen Zovickian; David Holmes (Editor) 
 
The Grand Council of E Clampus Vitus and El Barbareño Publishing, 2017. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Cloth boards with gilt imprint; signed by David Holmes on title page. Bottom edge and rear board have moderate wear, else very good.
 
"Drake's Plate of Brasse, discovered in 1937, has long been rumored to have been an E Clampus Vitus hoax but there was never definitive proof as to who masterminded one of California's most embarrassing and effective hoaxes on record. [This volume] lifts the veil of secrecy from the 'Grand Wheeze' and lays out the most plausible timeline for the hoax and the motivation behind it." No copies in commerce and only 4 copies in OCLC as of July 2020. ; B & W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 74 pp; Signed by Editor. 021464.   $40
 
Four plans from the Emory Report on the Mexican War 
 
 
Wendell & Van Benthuysen, 1847. Condition: Very Good. Set includes 4 plans from the Emory Report on the Mexican War, published by Wendell & Van Benthuysen, 1847. All disbound in very good condition with previous fold marks. Verso blank on all four maps.  021370.   $300
 
 
 
 
 
 
Set includes:  
1. "Sketch of the Actions fought at San Pascal in Upper California between the Americans and Mexicans Dec. 6th & 7th, 1846" - Detailed Mexican War Battle plan, depicting one of the very few battles fought in California during the Mexican War. The battle, which occurred not far from the present site of the San Diego Wild Animal Park in North San Diego County, is depicted in great detail, including the various positions of the Mexicans and Americans during the two day battle, routes, and encampments. The San Pascual Indian Village is also shown. The battle was led by Stephen Kearny, with 400 men. When he ran into difficulties, another 40 marines were sent from San Diego by Commodore Stockton. Mexican War Battle plans are relatively uncommon.  
2. "Sketch accompanying Col. Price's Despatch of 18 April, 1847" - This battle plan depicts the route of the Col. Sterling Price's movements during the Mexican-American War on 18th April,1847 along the road from Santa Fe to Canada, near the Rio Chicito (Little Colorado River or Flax River). The movements of the army are clearly marked with topography beautifully depicted and enemy positions marked.  
3. "Sketch accompanying Col. Price Despatch. Map of the Siege of the Pueblo de Taos" - Centered on the pueblo with the Red Willow Creek running through it, the map illustrates the deployment of Colonel Sterling Price's men as he laid siege to the Pueblo de Taos, the final stronghold of the insurrectionists that started the Taos Revolt only a few weeks prior to the siege with the murder of Territorial Governor Charles Bent.  
4. "Sketch accompanying Col. Price's Despatch of 15th Feb. 1847" - This battle plan depicts the route of the Col. Sterling Price's movements during the Mexican-American War in 1847 between Embudo and La Joya, Mexico near the Rio del Norte. The movements of the army are clearly marked. 
 
 
William McLane's Narrative of the Magee-Gutierrez Expedition, 1812-1813
Walker, Henry P.


Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Green wraps, staple bound. Wraps have light sunning and soiling along spine. Reprinted From the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXVI. No publication date.

The Magee-Gutierrez expedition was a filibustering expedition into Spanish-held Texas during the early years of the Mexican War of Independence. ; B & W Illustration; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 60 pp. 021476.   $18
 
  
Map of the City of Colorado Springs, the Town of Colorado City, and the Corporations of West Colorado Springs, La Verne, East Colorado City, Glen View, Grand View and Calvert Heights  
 
1888. Wrappers. Lithographed map. (10x12 inches) , folding into original pink printed wrappers. Bottom corner of wrapper bumped; shows very light soiling. Scarce, early map of Colorado Springs, only two copies listed in OCLC of similar promotional maps. Wrappers bear promotional material for Edward Ferris, Real Estate Broker complete with numerous references on back of wrapper by bankers and businessmen in the east.  
 
We could find no retail listings of maps of Colorado Springs dated earlier than 1930. Shows street names, block numbers, railroads, and land ownership. There is an inset of the Burlington Route, which is impossible to read due to size. The small size and scale of city map makes route finding potentially difficult but still an early and apparently rare Colorado Springs map. 021483.   $495  
 
 
 

Los Angeles Souvenir Pillow Cover

Condition: Very Good. Silk/satin pillow cover depicting scenes from Los Angeles, California. Likely created in the early 20th century. Pillow cover measures 16" x 17". Light soiling, else very good. 
 
The creator of this unique souvenir is unknown. Scenes from around the famous city are depicted on the front, including the Los Angeles County Hospital, Union Station, Wilshire Boulevard and Westlake Park, Griffith Park, the Planetarium, City Hall, the Public Library, and orange groves.  $45   
 
Fort Douglas, Utah Souvenir Pillow Cover  
 
 
Condition: Very Good. Souvenir pillow cover from Fort Douglas, Utah. Likely created in the early 20th century. Pillow cover measures 17" x 17". Light wear and soiling.  
 
This pillow cover reads: "United States Army, Fort  Douglas, Utah. In the service for my country and you! Sister, other verses may be longer or a bit more stylish sis - but they can't bring more good wishes than were tucked away in this!" $45
    
 
Laws of the State of New Mexico Passed by the Fifth Regular Session of the Legislature of the State of New Mexico...
Martinez, Manuel  [prepared by]
 
"Published by Authority", [1921]. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Gray wraps with black lettering. Minor chipping along spine, light soiling and toning to wraps.  

Some interesting acts that this cataloguer came across while paging through this document include: "An act to regulate junk dealers and other persons, firms and corporations engaged in the business of buying and selling second hand articles and metals commonly known as junk" (p.33); "An act to regulate and limit the hours of employment of females in any mechanical or mercantile establishment..." (p. 386); and "An act to provide additional protection to wild birds and game" (p 201). ;  8vo 8" - 9" tall; 555pp.  $35  
 
Grand Canyon Hand-Colored Photo Print  

Condition: Very Good. Large hand-colored photographic print. Late 19th/early 20th century. Measures 16" x 20". Backed on thick cardstock. Pencil marginalia from previous owner on verso. 1" x ½" piece missing along right edge and minor chipping at corners. The photographer of this photo is unknown.  
 
A striking image of a Native American man sitting on the rim of the Grand Canyon.  $225

 
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
 
Three Maps from Wallace Stegner's library depicting American Indian Reservations and Territories (sold separately)
 
Indian Territory, 1887
Strum, G. P.  
 
Government Printing Office, Washington. Condition: Very Good. Color map of Indian Territory in very good condition. Map was once bound into "Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution to July, 1885 - Part II" and was published at the Government Printing Office, Washington, 1886. This map was once part of Wallace Stegner's library, although it is not marked as such. Map is folded and measures 25 ¼" x 33". Within the margin it reads, "To accompany George Catlin Indian Gallery by Thomas Donaldson"; no content on verso. Map has light toning to a few fold lines, and minor glue and paper residue where once bound into volume. The bright colors of the map delineate Indian reservations, and other features include the name of the tribe that occupied the area, townships, roads, military reservations, and the treaty or enacting legislation date of the creation of the reservation and its corresponding location within the volume. A nicely preserved map with good association. 019283.   $295  
 
Map Showing the Location of the Indian Within the Limits of the United States and Territories  
Brodie, Paul (Draughtsman)
 
Government Printing Office, Washington. Condition: Very Good. Color map compiled in 1885 depicting the Indian Reservations within the United States. Map was once bound into "Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution to July, 1885 - Part II" and was published at the Government Printing Office, Washington, 1886. This map was once part of Wallace Stegner's library, although it is not marked as such. Map is folded; measures 22 ½" x 34 ½"; no content on verso. Overall map is in very good condition with a clean 4" tear on one fold line, and minor chipping where once bound into volume. This map depicts the entire United States and its territories and focuses on Indian reservations and agencies, military stations, towns, and railroads. A detailed overview of Indian Reservations in 1885. 019284.   $225  
 
Outline Map of Indian Localities in 1883 
Caitlin, G.
 
Condition: Very Good. Detailed folded map depicting locations of Native American tribes found throughout the United States in 1833. This map was once bound into "Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution to July, 1885 - Part II" and was published at the Government Printing Office, Washington, 1886. This map was once part of Wallace Stegner's library, although it is not marked as such. Map measures 14 ¼" x 9 ¼" and was folded twice; no content on verso. Other than minor glue and paper residue on verso where map was once bound in, it has no wear or soiling present. This map is detailed and represents the local of each tribe with a teepee, cities with small houses, buffalo ranges with small dots, and many mountain ranges and rivers. Please call for more images. 019280.   $125  
 

Arizona -- Prehistoric-Aboriginal-Pioneer-Modern --The Nation's Youngest Commonwealth Within a Land of Ancient Culture [Volumes I, II, III]
McClintock, James H. 
 
 
Three volume set. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1916. Hardcover. Condition: Good. First Edition. Green boards with black spine and corner edges. Gilt lettering on spine. Coloring on the boards are fading. Marbled green page edges. Green and gilt endpapers.   
 
A complete history of the state of Arizona as of 1916 featuring photographs, portraits, and illustrations. ; Oblong Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 953 pp. 020818.   $300

 
In Poetic Silence - The Floral Paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp [Signed] 
Minckler, Thomas 
 
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. Light yellow leather boards with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Purple slipcase with gilt lettering.  
 
Of two thousand copies, this is one of one-hundred signed by the author. It is not numbered. This book provides insight into the life and work of Native American painter JH Sharp. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 226 pp. 019614.  $55