March 1st, 2022
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In February we attended two antiquarian book fairs in California, one in Pasadena and the other in Oakland. This list is filled the new material we acquired at those fairs. Selections include a few Christian texts in Native American languages, a signed Allen Ginsberg poetry collection, and a nice array of photography and ephemera.

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Iu Wejibuewisi Mamawi Anamiawini Mazinaigun
(Ojibwa Prayer Book)
Kah-O-Sed, Edward C.
New York: The New York Bible and Common Prayer Book Society, 1911. Hardcover. 24mo; 280 pp. Condition: Very Good. Black cloth boards with blind stamp cross on cover and “Ojibwa Prayer Book” in gilt on spine. Slight toning to spine; very minor shelf wear and soiling. Tight binding and clean interior. Small tears to edges of a couple pages. Red stamp from J.D. Morrison, the Bishop of Duluth who appointed the translator, on front pastedown. 11 copies found in OCLC as of February, 2022; very scarce in commerce.

This is the Book of Common Prayer translated into Ojibwa by “Indian Priest” Edward C. Kah-O-Sed. Ojibwa is a North American indigenous language that is part of the Algonquian language family with dialects spoken in both Canada and the United States. Content is largely in Ojibwa with English captions and notes. $300
Exodus & Leviticus in Dakota [Cover Title]
Williamson, Thos.
New York: American Bible Society, 1869. Hardcover. 16mo; 112 pp. Condition: Very Good. Single volume combining two books. Full titles read as follows: “Exodus, The Second Book of Moses, in the Dakota Language, Translated from the Original Hebrew” (65 pp.) and “Leviticus, The Third Book of Moses, in the Dakota Language, Translated from the Original Hebrew” (47 pp.) with the translator credited as “Thos. Williamson, A.M., M.D., Missionary of the A.B.C.F.M.” Titles are printed in both Dakota and English while the rest of the text is only in Dakota. Stiff black leather boards with blind stamped borders and title in gilt on cover. Front board is slightly warped; some scuff marks and rubbing; small chips to spine. Tight binding and clean interior. Around 20 copies found in OCLC as of February, 2022; very scarce in commerce.

Thomas S. Williamson was a physician and missionary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He lived among the Dakota people in what is now western Minnesota from 1835 until the Dakota War of 1862. Williamson helped found the Lac qui Parle Mission and made it his life’s work to translate the Bible “into the language of the Sioux nation,” which he accomplished about three months before his death in 1879 (Yale Obituary Record). This volume presents Exodus and Leviticus – the second and third books of the Old Testament – in Dakota, a Siouan language that is now considered critically endangered. Darlow and Moule, #3142 and #3143 (Historical Catalogue of the Printed Editions of Holy Scripture in the Library of the British and Foreign Bible Society. Volume 2, Part 1). $850
Dakota language Roman Catholic Catechism
Circa 1920 [Cover Title]
No publication information or translator listed. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Pale grey boards quarter bound with orange cloth. Light yellow label with title in black affixed to cover. Text block is string-bound with pages printed single-sided on onionskin. Includes three thicker endpapers on each side of the text block. Content is almost entirely in Dakota with occasional titles in English. Measures about 8 ½ x 5 1/2 inches. Some toning and staining to boards; shelf wear to edges. Binding is tight, but one page has torn loose and is still present. Interior has occasional small stains and corrections that were both typed and added later in pen. The rear three endpapers have what appears to be parts of an unfinished diagram drawn in pencil. A very scarce item that this cataloger was not able to find in commerce, auction records, or OCLC (as of February, 2022).

This catechism, or summary of doctrine, of the Roman Catholic Church in the Dakota language was created by an unknown translator around 1920. Dakota is a Siouan language that is considered critically endangered. $750
New Testament in the Cree Language
Mason, William
London: Printed by W.M. Watts for the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1862. Hardcover. 8vo; 292 pp. Condition: Fair. Except for publisher’s information on the title page and page 292, the entirety of the text is in Cree syllabics. Title transliteration: “Oski / testament / ketipeyichikeminow mina kipimachiyiweminow / Chisas Knist. / Emiskochiitasinahat neiyawewinik / issi / William Mason, ayamiewikimow.” Direct translation of title: “New / testament / our lord and savior of Jesus Christ. / Translated these same / are / William Mason, minister.” (Pilling, 339). Contemporary brown sheepskin leather covered boards in fair condition only. Leather is quite dry and shows significant signs of wear. Cracking, chipping, and loss of leather to spine and along edges. Cracked hinges have been repaired and the spine stabilized. Front and rear free endpapers are glued to gutters. Interior is in very good condition with only minor toning and very slight chipping to page edges. Small sticker reading “Watkins Binder” on rear pastedown. Multiple copies found in OCLC as of February, 2022 (appears in Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library), but very scarce in commerce with no recent auction records for this edition.

Reverend William Mason was a missionary who worked in the Rupert’s Land territory of British North America between 1840 and 1870. He worked closely with Reverend James Evans, a missionary known for creating the syllabic writing system for the Cree language. In 1843, Mason married Sophia Thomas, the daughter of a Cree woman and a governor for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and together they began a years-long process of translating the Bible into her native tongue. Mason returned to England in 1856 to oversee the publication of the “Cree Bible” and made the decision to only list his own name as translator on the title page. James C. Pilling’s Bibliography of the Algonquian Languages (pp. 339-340) discusses in detail the claims concerning the various people who deserve credit for this translation. It quotes from an 1886 letter Mason wrote to Pilling, in which he credited his wife and others for assisting with the translation. The Darlow and Moule entry for this volume (Historical Catalogue of the Printed Editions of Holy Scripture in the Library of the British and Foreign Bible Society. Volume 2, Part 1. #3130.) reads in part, “Translated by W. Mason, assisted by his wife, Sophia Mason, H. Steinhauer (an Indian pastor), J. Sinclair (a half-breed), and other natives… The O.T. and the N.T. were both issued separately, as well as bound together.” Regardless of translator, this is a striking and very early printed example of what is now the most widely spoken indigenous language in Canada. $2500
Diyin God Bizaad: Aha'deet'a Aniidiii [New Testament in Navajo]
American Bible Society, 1985. Hardcover. 8vo; 542 pp. Condition: Very Good. Black pebbled leather boards with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Mild soiling from dust; very slight rubbing to edges. Tight binding and clean interior. Small sticker on rear pastedown. Includes three pages of black and white maps of Palestine and Paul's journeys in the Mediterranean. Content is all in Navajo except for the preface.     
Navajo is one of the most widely spoken Native American languages, used primarily on the Navajo Nation of the Southwestern United States. This book presents the entirety of the New Testament translated into Navajo. $25
 Kaddish and Other Poems 1958-1960
Ginsberg, Allen
Signed First Edition
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1961. Softcover. 16mo; 100 pp. Condition: Good. Signed first edition, likely second issue. Ginsberg’s signature on title page along with circled “AH” and the date 5/27/94. Black and white wrappers. Some toning, especially to spine; mild soiling; wear along edges and hinges. Gutters show signs of repeated openings. One page signature is cracked, but binding is tight elsewhere. Interior is clean. Identified as second issue by seven line statement and price of $1.50 on rear wrapper as well as the lack of an imprint for Villiers on page 100.

This poetry collection by counterculture icon and Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg was number 14 in City Lights’ famed Pocket Poets Series. The lead poem “Kaddish,” considered one of Ginsberg’s finest, is a stunningly emotional and confessional celebration of his mother’s life and lamentation of her death. $900
Bartleby's Review [Vol. 1, No. 1]
Stainton, Albert [Ed.]
Machias, ME: Bartleby's Review, 1972. Softcover. 8vo; 48 pp. Condition: Very Good. Volume 1, Number 1 of this obscure literary magazine, published in Fall 1972. Tan wrappers with black lettering and illustration on cover. Very slight shelf wear and creasing along spine and edges; mild soiling. Staple binding is tight. Interior is clean.

This magazine features three poems by Charles Bukowski ("Burning," "40,000 Flies," and "We Can't") as well as contributions from James Bertolino, Theodore Enslin, Barbara Holland, Ron Padgett, Anne Waldman, and many others. $20
Pasadena: The Crown of the Valley
Los Angeles: The Passenger Department of the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, ND. Softcover. 16mo; unpaged. Condition: Very Good. White wrappers with black lettering and color illustration on cover. Slight shelf wear along edges and spine; very mild soiling. Staple binding is tight and not rusted. Interior is clean. Includes black and white photos and yellow illustrations throughout. No date, but likely printed circa 1910 given the opening line, “Nearly forty years have passed since the first settlement was made in Pasadena” (The Indiana Colony was founded in 1874). Very scarce, this cataloger found no current listings in commerce, only one auction record from 2012, and five copies in OCLC (as of February, 2022).

This booklet promotes the city of Pasadena, including the famous “New Year’s Day Rose Tournament,” and advertises “a delightful journey with beautiful scenery” from Chicago to Pasadena by train on the Salt Lake Route. $125
Glendora and Vicinity:
A Descriptive Booklet Issued by the Glendora Board of Trade
Glendora, CA: Glendora Board of Trade, ND. Softcover. 48mo; unpaged. Condition: Very Good. Yellow wrappers with illustration in brown on cover. Wrappers have started to split with a small tear at tail of spine; very slight creasing; mild toning and soiling. Staple binding is tight and not rusted. Interior is clean. Features numerous black and white photos taken by B.D. Jackson. No date is printed, but the listing on OCLC dates this pamphlet to 1909, which fits given that the booklet cites statistics from November, 1908. Very scarce, with five copies in OCLC (as of February, 2022) and no listings in commerce or auction records.

This small oblong booklet promotes Glendora, California, a town at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains (referred to as the Sierra Madre in the booklet) about 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles. At time of this booklet’s publication, Glendora had a population of 1500 people. $175
Map of Fresno City
Fresno: Progressive Map Service, ND. Folding Map. Condition: Good. Folding map contained in brown wrappers with black lettering. Wrappers have some creasing and slight wear along edges and spine. Map is glued to inside of back wrapper and measures approximately 34 ½ x 23 ½ inches when open. The map is in good condition with a few spots of toning from glue and some small breaks and tears along the folds. Printed in blue ink. No date is printed, but there is a price of 35 cents on the cover.

The Progressive Map Service was a map publishing company run by Dan W. Chamberlin that operated in Fresno, California from around 1910 to 1945. This map offers a detailed street view of the city of Fresno as well as a city directory.
Handbook for Campers in the National Forests of California
Greeley, William B.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1921. Softcover. 16mo; 48 pp. Condition: Good. U.S. Forest Service pamphlet with staple-bound beige pictorial wrappers. Wrappers are splitting apart along the spine; some toning and staining, mostly to back wrapper; very slight creasing. Staples have started to rust, but are still holding tight. Interior has some toning and foxing. Includes a black and white map and a few diagrams.

This is Department Circular 185 from the Forest Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It describes the various national forests located in California and offers camping advice such as what gear to bring, how to build a camp fire, ideas for Dutch oven recipes, first aid tips, and of course, how to prevent forest fires. $75
Atlas of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Connecticut
This bound volume of fire insurance maps created by the Sanborn Map Company includes the Connecticut communities of East Hartford, Manchester, Naugatuck, Rockville, Southington, Thomaston, and Windsor Locks. Maps date to the 1920s, some with tipped in corrections from as late as 1931. Volume measures approximately 25 ½ x 23 inches with maps on similarly sized sheets. Most maps have content on recto only. Overall in good condition. Grey cloth boards with dark leather on corners and beige labels on cover and spine. Boards have numerous large stains and spots of soiling; some rubbing and shelf wear; cloth on top end of rear hinge is torn; label on spine is badly chipped and starting to peel off. Metal binding is rusted but still holds maps tightly. Maps vary in condition with most only having some wrinkling and creasing as well as minor toning, foxing, and soiling. A few maps, particularly some of those for Rockville and Southington, have significant chipping and tearing. The number of sheets and their dates are as follows: East Hartford – 30 sheets from 1927 (corrected 1931); Manchester – full-page index plus 35 maps from 1926 (corrected 1931); Naugatuck – 23 maps printed on verso and recto of thicker sheets from 1923 (not corrected), Rockville – 14 sheets from 1921 (corrected 1929); Southington – 22 sheets from 1923 (corrected 1931); Thomaston – 16 sheets from 1924 (not corrected); Windsor Locks – seven sheets from 1925 (not corrected).

The Sanborn Map Company published maps of cities and towns throughout the U.S. that were used by fire insurance companies to assess their liabilities. These specialized and highly detailed maps outline building and property footprints; label streets and addresses; and even show building materials and the locations of doors, windows, and other features. The large-scale maps were lithographically printed and hand colored. They include an index for each city and also feature some general information such as population and prevailing wind direction as well as details specifically relevant for insurance companies like overviews of water facilities and fire departments. Daniel A. Sanborn founded the company in 1866, and by 1916 it had bought out all the competition and virtually become a monopoly. The company reached its peak in the 1920s then steadily declined as insurance companies consolidated and found alternative methods of underwriting. It created its last new map in 1961 and issued its final update in 1977. As with all Sanborn maps, this atlas is a fantastic resource for those interested the country’s urban development. Due to the large weight and size of this item, there will likely be an additional charge for shipping. $800

Gammon’s Polled Hereford News [Vol. 1, No. 1]
Single sheet folded to create a four page newsletter. Vol. 1, No. 1 printed in Des Moines, Iowa in November, 1922. Measures 11 x 8 inches when folded. In very good condition with two horizontal creases, slight creasing to edges, and mild soiling. Includes a few black and white photos. No copies found in OCLC as of February, 2022.

Polled Herefords are a breed of hornless cattle created by breeder Warren Gammon around 1900. This newsletter published by Gammon includes arguments for the advantages of hornless cattle, a few articles and advertisements, and a photo of Pearl, a Polled Hereford cow that was “Grand Champion in the California State Fair.” $35
Astoria, New York Real Estate Auction Broadside [1890]
Small broadside advertising a real estate auction for the Woolsey Estate in Astoria on Long Island, New York dated Tuesday, May 6th, 1890. Black lettering printed on a thin, light brown sheet that measures approximately 9 x 6 inches. Sheet has been folded in half both vertically and horizontally. Two inch tear running down vertical crease from top of sheet. One and a half inch diagonal tear on right side starting on horizontal crease. A few small creases and tears along edges. No copies found in OCLC as of February, 2022.

This broadside announces a public auction to be held by “J. Davidson, Real Estate Auctioneer,” to sell 800 building lots “upon the well known Woolsey Estate” in Astoria, what it calls “The Prettiest Spot in America!!” $35
19th Century Astrology Manuscript
Hand-written horoscope reading for a subject born on “Midnight, Feb. 29th, 1856, Chicago, Ill.” 24 beige sheets with legible cursive writing in black ink on recto only. Sheets are bound together with a pale green ribbon between two pieces of similarly colored cardstock. Measures approximately 9 ¼ x 7 inches. Cover sheets have moderate soiling and staining; slight shelf wear and creasing to edges. Ribbon binding still holds tight. Interior is largely clean except for the occasional small stain or crease. The author and the subject of the horoscope are unknown. Likely written in 1895, when the predictions begin.

This 19th century manuscript contains a detailed horoscope reading filled with astrological glyphs and predictions ranging a few years into the future. It is a write-up for a natal birth chart and historical transits, though the chart itself is not present in the manuscript.  The first section (11 pages) describes how the positioning of the planets during the subject's birth influence their aptitudes and temperaments. "The sign Scorpio + the nature of Mars inclines to make the native forceful, energetic, determined, + often hasty, impulsive, and rash." The second section features predictions for 1895 to 1900 based on "Planetary Influences." One prediction for 1899 reads, "The influence for trouble is more likely to be stronger about Mar - April when some sickness may occur, or some trouble connected with domestic life or through friendship." A unique item that should be fascinating for those interested in astrology and its history. $250
Good Men and True
Rhodes, Eugene Manlove
First Edition, First Printing
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1910. Hardcover. 12mo; 177 pp. Condition: Very Good. First edition, first printing with "Published August, 1910" and no additional printings on copyright page. Dark red cloth boards with image of a revolver hanging by a hook on cover. Black lettering on cover and spine. Spine is somewhat faded; slight rubbing to edges; mild bumping to corners. One page signature has cracked, but binding is still fairly tight. Interior is clean. Features two black and white illustrations by H.T. Dunn on plates. Also includes eight pages of advertisements for other books.

This is the first book published by the "cowboy chronicler" Eugene Manlove Rhodes. The short western novel is set in El Paso and Juarez and follows cowboy Jeff Bransford as he is embroiled in mystery involving an attempted murder and a wealthy politician. $200
Wm. F. Reese [with original sketch]
Balcomb, Mary N.
First Edition 
Bellevue, Washington: Blue Raven Publishing, 1984. Hardcover. Oblong 4to; 151 pp. Condition: Fine. Limited first edition. Numbered 24/250 copies with original signed sketch by William Reese. Sketch is framed in cloth covered boards, matching the book. Signed by Reese and Balcomb on half title page. Housed in slipcase with plastic window to view the sketch. Slipcase has light soiling and saran wrap holding up the plastic window, else fine.

A premier plein air artist, William F. Reese (1938-2010) worked in oil, pastel, watercolors and other mediums, and his work celebrated the Northwest. $575 
Hill's Improved Eureka Gang Plow Broadside
19th century broadside with red, green and black lettering, and an illustration. Broadside measures 7 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches. No content on verso. Broadside has light fold marks, light soiling and a ½ inch tear along the bottom edge, not affecting content, and a 1 inch tear along a fold line, affecting content. Overall very good.

The Hill's Improved Eureka Gang Plow was manufactured by the Sweepstake Plow Company of San Leandro, California and sold by Baker & Hamilton, Agents in San Francisco and Sacramento. It was printed in San Francisco by Crocker & Co.'s Chromatic Press likely in 1876. The broadside declares that the Eureka Gang Plow was again pronounced "the champion gang plow of the Pacific Coast." No copies found in OCLC or in commerce as of February 2022. $495
Bass Adventures in the Canyons of the Colorado
White, James; W. W. Hawkins; William Wallace
Grand Canyon, Arizona: Published by the Authors, 1920. Softcover. 8vo; 38 pp. Condition: Very Good. Tan wraps with black lettering. Inscription by author on frontispiece reading "Cordially yours, W. W. Bass, Grand Canyon, July 16th 1921." Previous owner has written lengthy notes in ink on the title page, has written a couple lines of notes on p. 10 and has underlined throughout most of the text block in pencil. Wraps have light wear and soiling, overall very good.

This publication was written by two early Anglo explorers of the Grand Canyon, James White and W. W. Hawkins. The introduction and notes were written by early Grand Canyon guide William Wallace Bass, namesake for Bass Canyon and the North and South Bass trails. Text block includes a few b&w photos and reproductions of correspondence. $325 
Green River - Dragon-Vernal Stage [19th Century Mounted Photograph]
Mounted gelatin silver photograph likely taken in the late 19th century. Photograph measures 5 x 6 ¾ inches and mount measures 7 x 9 inches. No photographer information. No content on verso. Mount has light wear, else very good.

This photograph depicts a driver and two men in a stagecoach. The stagecoach is on the muddy road of the Dragon-Vernal line and the Green River in the background. We found one other photograph of the Dragon-Vernal stage line taken for Uintah Railroad (found at the Denver Public Library), but we cannot confirm this was the case for this photograph. A rare shot of a Utah stage line. $425
Miller-Hoppin Electric Company, Denver, Colorado
[Early 20th Century Photograph]
Bevington, Wm. 
Denver: Wm. Bevington. Mounted gelatin silver photograph likely taken in the first decade of the 20th century. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and mount measures 10 x 12 inches. Photographer's imprint stamped on verso reads "Wm. Bevington Room 14 Iron Building, Cor. 18th and Arapahoe Sts. Denver, Colo." Mount has light wear to edges. Photograph is crisp. Overall very good.

This photograph depicts a group of men posing at the Miller-Hoppin Electric Co. store front in Denver, Colorado. Miller-Hoppin Electric Company was owned by J. B. Hoppin, F. S. Miller and J. S. Bowden, and was housed between a laundry and an undertaker. The previous owner has written "1721 Arapahoe Denver c. 1900-1906" on the back of the mount but we found a directory showing this company to be located at 1721 Champa Street in Denver (which is located very close to Arapahoe). An excellent photograph. $125 
Construction Scene in Downtown Astoria, Oregon
[Early 20th Century Mounted Photograph]
Mounted gelatin silver photograph likely taken in the 1910s or 20s. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches; mount measures 11 x 14 inches. Photographer is unknown. Previous owner's name and address written on verso "V. Weld 1189 Jerome Ave Astoria, Oregon" along with a note "around the time of the fire which burned from 6th to 17th St. Early 1900's possibly 1922". Mount has light wear and photo is slightly washed out in the background. Overall very good.

Photograph depicts a construction scene in downtown Astoria, Oregon, possibly 12th Street, before the 1922 fire. Much of this waterfront city was built on wooden pilings, here seen mid-construction. Workers are grouped at the left of the image and there is great signage on the storefronts. Some signs that can be read include "Lower Columbian, an Independent Weekly", "American Express Co." and "John Raitanen, Tailor". In December 1922 a large fire swept through 24 blocks of downtown Astoria, its speed attributed to the wood pilings. A unique image with excellent detail. $135
Mounted Photograph of General Store with Amazing Floor Display
Greene, Alfred 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Alfred Greene, Photographer. Mounted gelatin silver photograph likely taken in the early 20th century. Photo measures 7 ½ x 9 ¾ inches and mount measures 12 x 13 ¾ inches. Photographer's imprint stamped on verso. Imprint reads: "Alfred Greene, photographer, 0914 Boulevard, Sunnyside, Calgary, Alberta, Canada." Mount has moderate dampstaining and wear to corners; photograph has light scratching. Overall very good.

This photograph depicts a general store with amazing floor displays of canned goods. Ten male employees dressed in white shirts and aprons, one woman at the cash register and two men in suits pose in the photograph. A tower of canned fruit, stacked from floor to ceiling, makes for an impressive display at the center of the store. Displays of canned goods also line the walls and are stacked on the counter tops. Definitely a great moment to capture. $250 
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