November 23rd, 2021
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This week's list features a 19th-century menu for Thanksgiving Dinner at Denver's Grand Central Hotel, a couple of nice view books, a signed Wendell Berry Broadside Poem, some compelling photography, and many other intriguing items.

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Thanksgiving Dinner, November 27, 1879.
Grand Central Hotel, Denver, Colorado. D. A. Gage & Co. [Menu]
Folded menu on light pink card with a detailed illustration on the front. Title was found on the inside of the front cover. Thanksgiving Dinner, November 27, 1879. Measures 4 ½ x 7 inches when folded. Menu has moderate soiling, else very good.

The Grand Central Hotel in Denver was located on the corner of 17th and Lawrence Streets, about a block from Union Station. One photograph of the hotel found at the Denver Public Library shows a large building with a tower and arched dormers. The highlights of this 1879 Thanksgiving dinner included Turkey with oyster sauce, Turkey with cranberry sauce, Boned turkey with aspic jelly, and many desserts such as pumpkin pie, mince pie, fromage de Brie cheese, Albert biscuit, and small fancy cakes. No copies found in OCLC as of October 2021. 023265. $250
Walker House, Salt Lake City, Utah - G. S. Erb, Proprietor [Menu]
Folded menu on pink card stock. Nice graphic on the front. 5 ½ x 3 ¼ inches when folded. 3pp. Sunday, May 20, 1883. Menu has light soiling and wear, and previous owner's name "Pettibone" is written on the front cover. Overall very good.

The Walker House was built in 1872 and located in downtown Salt Lake City on South Main Street. It had a good reputation and attracted guests such as President Ulysses S. Grant during his 1875 tour of the west. The hotel was torn down around 1900 and replaced with the David Keith Building in 1902. Menu highlights include Pineapple Salad with Champagne Sauce, Lambs Tongue Saute a la Chasseur, and Viennoise Pudding with Brandy Sauce. On the last page of the menu is a list of train departures and arrivals, hours of meals for guests, and hours of meals for children and servants. One copy dated to 1879 at the University of Utah as of October 2021. 023260. $150
Administrator's Sale Estate of P. S. Murphy
Grass Valley, California Liquor Inventory
Murphy, S. P.
Grass Valley, CA: S. P. Murphy, 1886. Broadside measuring 10 x 7 inches on newsprint. Several folds with slight chipping at top edge. Verso is blank; remnants of glue on verso at top edge. Manuscript letter A in brackets at top plus stamped numbers '241'.

According to McKenney's Pacific Coast Directory, P. S. Murphy was a saloon owner in Grass Valley. We also find numerous records of Mrs. P. S. Murphy winning ribbons at the California State Fair. Murphy's administrator, S. P. Murphy hired M. Tracy & Son on Mill Street in Grass Valley to auction the personal property of P. S. Murphy consisting wholly of liquor and cigars, including 30 gallons of Arlington Rye Whisky, 17 gallons Black Swan Gin and 13 gallons Port wine, plus additional bottles. 1650 Millstone Cigars also were up for bid. Unrecorded and ephemeral broadside from the gold country town of Grass Valley, California. No printer noted on broadside. 023262. $575
Album of Colorado Views
Denver, CO: Chain & Hardy, 1879. Hardcover. One sheet folded into 18 panels with 30 illustrations from photographs. Bound accordion style and housed in brick red album covers with gilt lettering on front. Cover measures 3 1/2 x 5 inches. Boards have light wear to edges and a library stamp is on verso of the last panel. Illustrations are in fine condition. Overall very good.

This view book depicts scenes from across Colorado including Manitou Springs, Ute Pass, Garden of the Gods, Glen Eyrie, the U. S. Signal Station on Pike's Peak, Royal Gorge, the Sawatch Range, Dump Mountain and Mule Shoe Curve on the Denver & Rio Grande R'Y, and a trail in the San Juan Mountains. A clean and bright copy of a 19th century view book. 023302. $195
Views of Utah and Tourists' Guide
Savage, C. R.
Salt Lake City, UT: C. R. Savage, 1887. Hardcover. This view book contains one folded sheet with 16 panels with 22 views, and 30pp of text "containing a description of views and general information for the traveler, resident and the public generally, from authentic sources." Bound accordion style and housed in red cloth boards with gilt lettering. Cover measures 4 1/4 x 6 inches. Boards have moderate wear, and text block has moderate toning and last leaf is starting to separate from binding. Overall good.

This 19th century view book contains views such as the Mormon Temples and Temple Block, Salt Lake City from Prospect Hill, Walker Opera House, Zion's Co-Operative Store, and Camp Douglas. Charles Roscoe Savage was an English-born Mormon convert who was famous for his western photography, particularly of the Union Pacific railroad. 023303. $100
Pan-American Wall Paper & Paint Co.
Oakland Division Sample Catalogue Circa 1935
Oakland, CA: Pan-American Wall Paper & Paint Co. Massive wallpaper sample catalogue (18 x 13 x 1.5 inches) with embossed and textured front wrapper and textured back wrapper. Wrappers in very good condition with light wear to edges and small chip to base of spine. Interior pages very good; several pages noted with small chips to the fore edge. Approximately 100 sheets plus up to 70 additional borders interspersed. The verso of each sheet includes style information, codes, dimensions and other information important to the sales person and likely client. Overall, this catalogue is in much better condition than many we have seen.

Save for one frontispage of advertisements, the entire catalogue is comprised of sample wallpaper pages and patterned trim. The first 37 sheets have no trim samples and certainly were not produced--early samples in the book are more muted and not heavy on graphic elements. Later samples are more colorful including some extremely bright gaudy screened samples bright enough to require sunglasses. No date noted but we feel it to be from the mid 1930s. Classic item of Americana. 023259. $375
1919 Manual--Instructions for the Setting Up, Operation, Care, and Maintenance of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Instructions for Assembling and Attaching the Harley-Davidson Sidecar and Parcelcar
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Milwaukee, WI: Harley-Davidson, 1919. 8vo; 98 pp. Tan staple-bound wrappers which have become detached from booklet. Wrappers are lightly soiled front and back. Small chip missing on spine. Interior binding is holding. Fore-edge soiled, likely by grease-stained mechanic's hands; light soiling to interior. Overall a presentable copy of a hard-to-find Harley-Davidson manual from 1919.

Harley-Davidson began making motorcycles in 1903 out of a garage, building a small factory in 1906. In 1907, they turned out 150 motorcycles. By 1920, Harley-Davidson was the largest motorcycle company in the world. This booklet includes schematics for use and repair and a two-page fold out lubrication chart at back, plus an exhaustive maintenance schedule for the home mechanic. 023313. $250
Fairmont Gun Shop Calendar with "Off Guard" by Philip R. Goodwin
1942 calendar for the Fairmont Gun Shop in Fairmont, Minnesota with artwork by Philip R. Goodwin titled "Off Guard". Sheet measures 14 x 21 ½ inches; artwork is printed on the sheet and measures 8 ½ x 11 ¼ inches; tear-off calendar measures 6 ¾ x 10 ½ inches. The calendar goes from December 1941 - December 1942 and shows holidays and important dates in U. S. History. Sheet has moderate dampstaining, affecting illustration, moderate creasing, a 1 1/2 inch tear along the bottom edge and a ½ inch tear along the right edge. Overall good.

Philip R. Goodwin (September 16, 1881 - December 14, 1935) was an American commercial artist and illustrator known for his outdoor hunting and fishing scenes. He illustrated Jack London's Call of the Wild at the age of 22 in 1903. He sold his artwork to periodicals, publishers, and ammunition manufacturers, but was best known for his calendar art. Without exaggeration, it is safe to say most hunting cabins and lodges displayed Goodwin calendars. Ephemeral in nature, calendars often were thrown away at the new year hence it is difficult to find them in good condition. Goodwin's art slipped into obscurity after World War II only to be revived by the publication of Larry Len Peterson's masterful monograph "Philip R. Goodwin; America's Sporting and Wildlife Artist" published in 2001. Today, all forms of Goodwin art is collected and prized. 023238. $125
Jack Bruce & Friends and Johnny Winter Psychedelic Poster
Singer, David


Poster for Jack Bruce & Friends, Johnny Winter, Mountain, and Eric Mercury 'Birthrite', Winterland, Filmore West, 2/26 and 3/11/70. Poster is an original printing and measures 14 x 22 inches. Poster has light wear to the corners and light creasing to bottom left corner, else very good.

This poster was designed by David Singer and this is one of his only posters designed without the "window collage" at the center. 023236. $65
Manifesto: the Mad Farmer Liberation Front Broadside
Berry, Wendell


Larkspur Press, 2011. Broadside poem signed in pen by Wendell Berry. One of 250 copies, unnumbered. Third printing. Measures approximately 19 x 10 ½ inches. Features a woodcut illustration by Wesley Bates. Fine condition with no notable defects. Only one copy found in OCLC as of November, 2021.

Wendell Berry is an award-winning writer, environmentalist, and farmer from Kentucky. He is known for his agrarian values, political activism, distrust of technology, and deep reverence for the natural world. This poem is reprinted from his Collected Poems: 1957-1982 and touches on his signature themes regarding the drawbacks of modern life and the necessity of bringing people into harmony with nature.  023330. $200
Map of Yosemite Valley Yosemite National Park
California Mariposa County 1913
Douglas, E. M., F. E. Matthes and R. B. Marshall
United States Geological Survey, 1913. Topographic Map of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park 1913 measures 16 1/2 x 38 inches mounted on linen with wooden dowels at top and bottom. Retains hanging material incorporated into the dowel. Some light fraying from backing linen. Map uniformly toned. While linen mounting has preserved the integrity of map there are several tears in upper left corner with 1/2 x 1 inch piece missing but no content lost. These tears would be a simple archival repair. Verso has several inked notations "Topo Map Yosemite Valley D-12".

This well preserved and beautiful map of Yosemite Valley stems from surveys in 1905-1906 in cooperation with the State of California. This edition has a 1/24,000 scale with 50 foot contours. Original edition in 1907, this copy re-printed in 1913. The 1 to 24,000 scale makes for an aesthetically pleasing map and includes all the noted Yosemite natural landmarks plus existing roads, trails and buildings within the valley. Just a beautiful map. 023283. $225
Pike's Peak Topographic Map 1909
United States Geological Survey, 1909. Topographic map of Pike's Peak and surrounding area of Colorado measures 24 x 17.5 inches and is dated 1909 edition. We find no earlier printings of this particular map, which is 1/48,000 with 50 foot contours and is labeled "Pike's Peak Special" in print, bottom right hand corner. Overall map in good condition. Because it is linen backed any damage to chips and tears to the edges has been somewhat mitigated. There are still small visible tears, especially in the upper right corner and top and right margin. Small amount of title content loss in upper right hand corner. Map is mounted on two wooden dowels and has been stored rolled. Retains the string used to hang the map.

Map is quite beautiful. Includes an area from Colorado Springs on the east, Pike's Peak to the west, the famous Ute Pass (known for numerous William Henry Jackson photos) to the north and to the south a good portion of the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek Railroad. Area surveyed in 1906-1907. Verso indicates this map was once property of Western Illinois University and in manuscript, twice at the top "USGS Map Pike's Peak Special (Denver)". A hard to find and aesthetically pleasing USGS topographic map. 023289. $125
2nd Inf. U.S.A., Camp Dodge, Dec. 1918
St. Paul, MN: Craft Studio, 1918. Silver gel panoramic photograph of the 2nd Infantry at Camp Dodge, Iowa in December of 1918. Photograph measures 60 x 8 inches; title and photographers information in the negative; photographer's imprint stamped on verso. Photograph has moderate yellowing and light silvering; light wear to edges and light soiling on verso. Overall very good condition.

During WWI the fort was used as a national training center, processing new draftees and providing basic training, and in 1918 underwent a massive construction effort when the federal government took over the camp. After WWI, Camp Dodge was transferred back to the state as a National Guard training ground. In the foreground of the image is the 2nd Infantry, at the far left of the image is the Infantry's band, and in the background are the grounds of the camp including numerous barracks, storehouses and other buildings. Only one copy found at National WWI Museum and Memorial as of November 2021. 017957. $375
Cabinet Card of Paddle Boats Loading/Unloading Cotton Bales Plus Horse Drawn Wagon with Bale in Foreground
Albumen print measuring 4 3/16 x 6 1/8 inches mounted on a beveled gilt edged cabinet card which measures 4 3/16 x 6 1/2 inches. Photo has light toning on left side and light soiling; more so on verso. Verso is blank; no back mark. My guess is this photo was mounted on a previously used cabinet card. The card was sold to us as a scene from the south with snow on the ground. Upon examination it is more likely that the light shaded roadway is cobbles with no snow. No date, no place, no photographer. Circa 1900.

The photo is a remarkable image with at least three steamboats docked in the background with large cotton bales adjacent (two of the boats are mostly obscured by the foreground image). The foreground shows a two-wheeled horse drawn cart with loaded bale(s) of cotton and an African-American man standing next to the cart. Foreground and background are mostly sharp. A tantalizing image. 023314. $125
Cabinet Card of Young African-American on Horse
Dark grey cabinet card (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches) with silver gel photo measuring 5 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches. Both photo and mount have light foxing and soiling. Verso is blank. Card edges show wear and light chipping. No place, no date or photographer noted.

An exceptional image of a young African-American astride a horse with a backdrop of moss laden trees in winter. Rider and horse have saddle, bridle and reins. View is fairly crisp with some light silvering to photo. If only we had the back-story of this image. 023315. $175
Mounted Photographs of Transcontinental Railroad Town
Sherman, Wyoming [19th Century]
Set of 14 mounted albumen photographs dated to 1899. Mounts measure 5 ½ x 6 ½ inches; albumen photos measure 4 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches. No photographer information but all mounts have captions on verso. 9 of the 14 captions read "Near Sherman, Wyo., November, 1899". Other locations noted include Dale Creek, Wyoming and Ogallala, Nebraska. Mounts have moderate soiling and are slightly bowed; photos have light yellowing and fading. Overall good.

A fun set of mounted photographs from southeastern Wyoming at the turn of the 19th century. Nine images depict the rugged mountain scenery of Sherman, Wyoming, a small town located in the Laramie Mountains. Sherman is best known for the being the summit of the original grade of the transcontinental railroad. In one image depicting the railroad tracks and station, a sign reads "Summit of the Rocky Mountains" in bold lettering. At most only a few hundred people lived in Sherman; by 1918 the railroad tracks had moved a few miles south, the railroad station closed and the town ceased to exist. Images of note include a man doing a headstand on a boulder in the middle of wilderness, a photo captioned "An unsuccessful attempt to photograph Long's Peak, sixty miles distant," the underside of the Dale Creek Bridge just west from Sherman Summit (the longest bridge on the Union Pacific Railroad), and nicest composed photograph depicts a young man, Mr. John W. Leastater or Castater, walking the railroad tracks in Ogallala, Nebraska with the photographers shadow seen in the image. A great set of 19th century photographs from along the transcontinental railroad. 023317. $750
Jack London Ranch Album [Collector's Edition]
Haughey, Homer L.; Connie Kale Johnson
Heritage Publishing Company, 1985. 4to; 48 pp. Hardcover. Collector's Edition numbered 289/350 and signed by Becky London, Jack London's daughter. Imitation suede with silver lettering. Impact mark at foot of spine and pages 2 and 3 are stuck together along the fore edge. Very good condition.

This is a pictorial account of the Jack London Ranch from its development to the 1980s. The proceeds from this limited edition went to the restoration of the ranch. Famed American author Jack London (1876-1916) wrote over 50 books of fiction and nonfiction, hundreds of short stories, and was best known for "The Call of the Wild", "White Fang" and "How to Build a Fire." London was a romantic figure; he was an oyster pirate as a child, a vagrant during the depression of 1893, joined the Klondike Gold Rush, worked as a war correspondent in the Japan, and lived on a ranch in Sonoma County, California. London's full life contributed to his success as an author, and he was one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing.  023254. $60
30 Programs from the Babcock Theatre in Billings, Montana [1915] 
Set of 30 programs from the Babcock Theatre in Billings, Montana from 1915. No publication information. From content we find that 3 programs were published in the same, unknown year, (likely earlier than 1915) and 27 programs were published in 1915. Each year has a different illustration on the front wrap, and three copies were printed in blue or purple ink. There is one duplicate for May 10th, 1915. Programs are between 6 and 12 pages. Wraps have light to moderate soiling and creasing, many have rust stains from staple binding, and a few have minor tears at corners. Overall good.

Completed in 1907, Billings' Babcock Theatre stood four stories high, seated 1,250 guests, and was considered the finest theatre in Montana. These programs contain the weekly showings at the Babcock Theatre including stage shows and concerts. Shows found in these programs include "Marcus Loew's Empress Vaudeville", "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine," "The Girl and the Tramp," "S & C Vaudeville," "The Girl in Yellow" and many, many more. Each program has many local advertisements including Merchant's National Bank, Billings Book Bindery, Glacier Water Company, the Rex Bar, Billings Laundry Company and the Luzon Café. No copies were found in OCLC or in commerce as of November 2021. 023318. $225
A Concise Hopi and English Lexicon
Albert, Roy; David Leedom Shaul


John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1985. First Paperback Edition. 8vo; 204 pp. Orange wrappers with black lettering on cover and spine. Slight shelf wear and rubbing to hinges and edges of wrappers. Tight binding and clean interior. Faint stamp on inside of front cover. Very good condition.

This book is a succinct research tool for those interested in the Hopi language, providing some grammatical information and a list of translations for common vocabulary.  023327. $100
Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers
Sitgreaves, Lorenzo
Washington, D.C.: Robert Armstrong, Public Printer, 1853. 8vo; 198 pp. Hardcover. First edition with "32d Congress, 2d Session." on title page and Robert Armstrong listed as the publisher. Dark green boards with blind stamped imprint on cover and rear and somewhat faded gilt lettering on spine. Slight shelf wear to edges with fraying to head and tail of spine; corners bumped; mild soiling. Binding is tight. Interior has foxing and toning throughout, but is still very readable. Small sticker with number on front pastedown. There are 79 plates present as called for, first is folding. However, as is common with this printing, bird plate 2 is missing, and there is an extra botanical plate that is not listed. The folding map titled "Reconnaissance of the Zuni, Little Colorado, and Colorado rivers" is laid in and measures about 47 x 27 ½ inches. Map is in good condition with a large chip missing from one side; light toning; and numerous small closed tears where folds intersect. Overall a complete copy of an important piece of Western American history in good condition.

Following the Mexican Cession of 1848, there was strong interest in mapping the United States' newly acquired territory. In 1851, Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, a U. S. Army officer in the Corps of Topographical Engineers, led a scientific and military mission to explore the area's largest rivers and determine their navigability. The party of more than 50 people set out from Zuni Pueblo in northern New Mexico, traveled west across Arizona, and then followed the Colorado River south to California. This report to the U. S. Senate recounts the treacherous journey, interactions with Native Americans, and describes the various flora and fauna they encountered. The detailed and largely accurate map that the expedition produced is the report's most notable feature. Wagner-Camp 230: 1. Howes S-521. 023298. $500
 Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Junction of the Grand and Green Rivers of the Great Colorado of the West, in 1859, under the Command of Capt. J. N. Macomb... with Geological Report by Prof. J. S. Newberry
Macomb, John N.; J.S. Newberry
Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1876. 4to; 152 pp. Hardcover. First edition printed in 1876. Dark brown cloth boards with faded gilt lettering on spine. Spine is quite faded and gilt has largely worn away; hinges partially cracked; head of spine is frayed and split and has been glued back in place. Scuffing and shelf wear to boards; rubbing to edges, which has exposed the boards at the corners. Binding is surprisingly tight. Interior is toned but readable; some foxing, mostly to page edges; slight chipping to some page edges, does not impact content. Small bookplate from previous owner on first free endpaper, small number sticker on front pastedown. All 22 plates are present with 11 chromolithographic landscape views (all with tissue guards) , three other landscape views in black and white, and eight black and white plates with fossils. Plates are in very good condition with occasional foxing. Folding map that measures 36 x 30 ½ inches is bound in and in very good condition. Map has two tears where it is attached to the text block (neither impacts content) , slight toning, and a few small breaks at the intersections of folds. Overall good condition.

In 1859, Captain John N. Macomb led an expedition northwest from Santa Fe along the Old Spanish Trail in search of a route for transporting military supplies into Utah, eventually reaching the confluence of the Green and Grand rivers. Most of the text is J. S. Newberry's geological report while F. B. Meek contributed descriptions of Cretaceous fossils. Publication of the report was delayed until 1876 because of the Civil War. A fascinating report known for its detailed map and striking chromolithographic plates including the view of Shiprock that Farquhar called "one of the most pleasing of the scenic views made in that epoch." Farquhar 23. Howes M179. 023308. $900

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