Recent Acquisitions                          November 2019 
                           

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This month we are proud to offer a diverse selection of rare books, pamphlets, photographs and archival materials. Included in this list is a very fun vernacular photo album of farm life in Nebraska, a signed book and ALS by lunar scientist Farouk El-Baz, a colorful map of 18th century Mexico City, and some beautiful Western art books.      

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Extraordinary Vernacular Photo Albums of Farm Life in Nebraska and Colorado

 
Condition: Very Good. An excellent set of two family photo albums from Nebraska dated to the 1910s and 20s. There are also images from Colorado, Kansas and Iowa. The larger album includes 87 numbered pages with approximately 300 snapshots; this album also includes a few pages of newspaper clippings, mostly poetry. Green cloth album covers with "photographs" in gilt lettering on front, string bound. Album covers have light wear and soiling. The smaller album contains 49 numbered pages with approximately 165 snapshots. Plain black cloth album covers. Album has light soiling and all leaves have a slight wave. Almost all photos measure 2 ½" x 4" and are in very good condition; some have light soiling and a slight wave; some are fuzzy but most have good contrast, and all have wonderful composition and subject matter. Overall very good condition. The truly amazing aspect of this set is that all images have been indexed at the front of the album on a few typed sheets; the indices identify the subjects of each snapshot, and many include location and date. This level of detail provides a wonderful story of the people depicted and the world they lived in.  
 
 
The albums primarily depict farming and ranching scenes, such as the harvesting (and eating) of melons and corn, caring for plump hogs and strutting turkeys, and riding (yes, riding) cows; young children posing with animals (cats, dogs, pigs, chickens), playing or being held by a parent; group shots of the whole family or group of friends and neighbors, sometimes showing them swimming, drinking or playing music. Some other highlights captured here include the circus in Hastings, Nebraska with an elephant parade, a gathering to view an airplane, a train wreck near Stratton, Colorado, and a chicken, named Charletta, sitting on a scale (she seemed to really like doing this, there are multiple images of her on the scale). The overall mood of these albums is jovial, the people represented here showing that after all the hard work was done, fun was sure to be had. The amusing nature of the shots and the helpful indices give these family albums more character than most. Oblong 4to 11" - 13" tall.  019838.   $650
 
 
Chase & Sanborn's High Grade Coffees Photograph
Newman, Almeron  

Almeron Newman, Trinidad, CO, 1910. Condition: Very Good. Mounted silver gel photographic print. Photo measures 8" x 6"; mount measures 10" x 8". Photographer's imprint on the mount "Almeron Newman, Trinidad, Colo." Photo has a small chip to the top, right corner, and light soiling; mount has light wear to edges and light soiling.

Almeron Newman (1875-1964) was a photographer out of Trinidad, Colorado who primarily produced panoramic images. He served as the Director of Photography for the U.S. Government at Lowery Field during WWII, and traveled and took photographs throughout the four corners often. This image depicts an attention-grabbing advertising tool for Chase & Sanborn's High Grade Coffees. An immense coffee pot, large enough to fit a grown man inside it (as seen in the photo), was strategically placed at a storefront. The two men pictured in the image are obviously having a fun time. The location of this image is uncertain. Based on limited evidence the large coffee pot may have been out front of Cassells & Company in Grand Junction, Colorado. But it also must be noted that "Trinidad, Colo., Dec. 15th, 1910" is written in manuscript on the back of the mount. A fun image worthy of more research. 019837.   $150 

 
Set of 50 Collier Stereoviews of Rocky Mountain Scenery
Collier, J.     
 
J. Collier. Condition: Very Good. Set of 50 stereoviews depicting Rocky Mountain scenery from multiple series. All have Collier's imprint (either from his studio in Central City or in Denver) on mount, and almost all stereoviews have information about the image and the series on verso. Some of the photos are titled or indexed in the negative. Overall very good condition. A few stereoviews have light soiling; all have very good contrast; mounts are flat with no curve.  
 
Joseph M. Collier (1836-1910) operated a studio in Central City from 1871-1878, and then one in Denver from 1878-1901 (Mautz, p. 191). Stereoviews come from the following series: Monument, Boulder, Manitou, Middle Park, Cache-La-Poudre, Volcano, James Park, Clear Creek, Platte Canon, Grand Canon of the Arkansas, and Pike's Peak. A beautiful sampling of Rocky Mountain scenery from the prolific photographer. ; 7" x 4". 019839.   $525  

C & S Platte Canon Memories & Then Some 
Klinger, Tom and Denise  

 
Tom Klinger, Colorado, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Pictorial boards with image of trains. White lettering on front cover and spine.  
 
A collection of photographs, maps, and facsimile images to illustrate the compelling stories of the railroad system in the state of Colorado. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 336 pp. 019781.   $45
 
Open Country 
Dusard, Jay    
 
 
 
Gibbs Smith, Layton, UT, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Illustrated by Dusard, Jay (illustrator). First Edition. Pink textured boards with silver lettering on front cover and spine. Pictorial dust jacket.  
 
A collection of stunning black and white photographs illuminating the beauty of the southwestern United States. ; B&W Photograph; Oblong Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 72 pp. 019755.   $35





River We Carry with Us--Two Centuries of Writing from the Clark Fork Basin
Stone-Manning, Tracy and Emily Miller   
 
 
Clark Fork Coalition, Livingston, Montana, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Illustrated by Wilson, Mark Alan. First Edition. Green boards with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Pictorial dust jacket.  
 
A compilation of black and white photographs and excerpts of artistic writing and photography of the Clark Fork basin area in Montana. This beautiful publication includes historical pieces, such as a travelogue in Harper's Magazine, to works by Montana's contemporary writers, such as Rick Bass, Dan Flores, Annick Smith, David James Duncan, Ian Frazier and Debra Earling.  ; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 246 pp. 019709.   $150
 
Trout Hunter--The Way of an Angler [Signed]
Harrop, Rene    
 
 
Pruett, Boulder, CO, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Teal green boards with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Green slipcase with gilt lettering on front. Title page is signed by the author. This limited edition copy is number 4/50.  
 
Photographs, stories, and information to bring the reader into the world of fishing for trout. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 205 pp; Signed by Author. 019638. $175 

Frank Stick-- Splendid Painter of the Out-Of-Doors [Signed]
Mordell, Michael F.     
 
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Dark green leather boards with gilt title on front board along with color illustration. Gilt title on the spine. Dark green cloth slip cover with minor wear along the edges. Laid in print. Publishers copy, signed by the author Michael F. Mordell and numbered 14 of 135.  
 
A beautiful book with a colorful history of Frank Stick and many of his gorgeous paintings. ; B&W & Color Photographs/Illustrations; Oblong Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 259 pp. 019741.   $95

 
Saddlemaker to the Stars--the Leather and Silver Art of Edward H. Bohlin
Nottage, James H.   
 
 
Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, CA, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Brown textured boards with silver lettering on front cover and spine.  
 
A history of the intricate saddle making work of Edward H. Bohlin. Stories and information accompany photographs of the subject and his work. ; Color Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 223 pp. 019679.   $55


 
Rory Wagner, Paintings and Drawings-- March 27, 1982 [Signed]
Wigley, Michael    
 
Quail Hollow Galleries, Oklahoma City, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Illustrated by Wagner, Rory. First Edition. Maroon boards with embossed signature by artist on the front cover. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering. Maroon slipcase with gilt signature on one side. One of 50 copies, not numbered. Signed by artist Rory Wagner.  
 
A biography and collection of the stunning work of Western artist Rory Wagner. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 56 pp; Signed by Illustrator. 019774.   $25
 
Spirits in the Art: From the Plains and Southwest Indian Cultures [Signed]
Hanson, James A.   
 
 
The Lowell Press, Kansas City, MO, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Black boards with gilt title and images on front board and spine. Pictorial dust jacket.
 
A pictorial guide to the art of the Southwest Native American culture. Crisp, beautiful photographs of the art and people take you back through time. Signed first edition. ; B&W & Color Photographs; Oblong 4to 11" - 13" tall; 262 pp; Signed by Author. 019678.   $75
 
 
Allan Houser (Ha-O-Zous)
Perlman, Barbara H    
 
 
David R. Godine, Boston, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Green leather boards with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Three rocks glued onto front board. Housed in a green cloth clamshell slipcase with gilt signature of artist. Boards have no wear or soiling present. Text block is clean and binding is tight. Facsimile of the artist's signature on front end paper. Slipcase has no wear or soiling.  
 
This book illustrates the life of Apache sculpture artist, Allan Houser. Includes around 300 b&w and color images of his work. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 263 pp. 019663.   $100
 

Story of Leanin' Tree - Art and Enterprise in the American West
Hedgpeth, Don; Trumble, Ed  
   
 
Leanin' Tree Inc, Boulder, CO, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Limited Edition. Brown full leather binding with glossy title on spine and glossy illustration on front board. Boards have moderate rubbing and scratching to leather; text block is clean. Housed in a light brown cloth slipcase with glossy illustration on one side.  
 
Includes essays by Don Hedgpeth and art commentary by Ed Trumble with many illustrations throughout. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 500 pp. 019750.   $35 
 

Juan Dell--The First Lady of Western Bronze
Wiggins, Walt  


Pintores Press, Roswell, NM, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Brown boards with gilt lettering on front cover and spine.

An illustrated biography of famous female bronze sculptor, Juan Dell. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 80 pp. 019737.   $20
 
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 1 out of 100 copies 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
 
Last Great Frontier Marshall--A Biography of William "Bill" Tilghman
Fischer, Ron W.     
 
 
Ron W. Fischer Enterprises, Tombstone, AZ, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Brown boards with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. White dust jacket with lettering on front cover and spine.  
 
Photograph of Bill Tilghman on the front cover. An illustrated biography of the last peace keeper of the "old" Western United States. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 207 pp. 019745.  $55
 
 
Restoration of San Esteban Del Rey Mission 
 
 
Pueblo of Acoma Historic Preservation Office, Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, 2000. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Large accordion-style pamphlet with one end made of decorative board; illustrations within the pamphlet are pop-up style; housed in a light brown paper-covered box with title label on front.  
 
Pamphlet is double-sided: one side is titled "The Restoration of San Esteban del Rey Mission" and the other is titled "A History of Old Acoma form Ancient Times until the Arrival of Fray Juan Ramirez in 1629." A history of the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall. 019764.   $30
 
 
California Gold Rush History - Featuring the Treasure from the S. S. Central America - A Source Book for the Gold Rush Historian and Numismatist 
Bowers, Q. David    
 
California Gold Marketing Group, Newport Beach, CA, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Limited Edition. Boards are red leather with illustrations and designs gilt on front, and title and illustrations gilt on spine, all edges are gilt. Boards are in very good condition with very light soil to rear board. Black cloth slipcase with red leather edge at opening. Authentic gold dust from the S. S. Central America included. Text block is clean and binding is tight. Gold dust from the S. S. Central America is located in a small window in the front pastedown. Photographs housed in envelope on back pastedown are missing.  
 
This book provides an extensive history of the California Gold Rush and an account of the sinking of the S. S. Central America off the coast of South Carolina in 1857. There are many illustrations, with many photographs of the gold bars found from the shipwreck. Shipping will cost extra due to weight of this item. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 1055 pp. 019696.   $190   
 

Diagram of Oregon
Chapman, W. W.    
 
[Washington], 1860. Map. Condition: Very Good. Detailed map of the newly designated state of Oregon dated to 1860. Map measures 19 ½" x 23" and is hand-colored. Map is from Senate Ex. Doc. No. 1, 2nd Session, 36th Congress; J. Bien was the lithographer. Compiled in Eugene City, September 30th, 1860. The Surveyor General at the time was W. W. Chapman. Map is shrink wrapped and has not been examined out of shrink wrap. Map was trimmed and was folded multiple times; moderate toning at folds and a ¼" chip along top edge.  
 
This map depicts the state of Oregon with topographical depictions of the Cascades, the Coastal Range and the Blue Mountains. Trails and roads shown include the Old, Southern and Northern Immigrant Roads, Wallen's Route, the Trail from California, and the Trail to the Powder River. No copies from this year found in commerce as of November 2019. 019815.   $125
 
 
 
Field Guide Art of Roger Tory Peterson - Western Birds 
Peterson, Roger Tory 
  
 
 
The Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Full leather boards with gilt illustration and lettering; all edges gilt; silk pastedowns and endpapers. Boards have minor chipping along spine, otherwise clean. This volume includes hundreds of beautiful color plates of Western birds by the naturalist and ornithologist, Roger Tory Peterson. ; Color Plates; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 356 pp. 019828.   $40






Field Guide Art of Roger Tory Peterson - Eastern Birds 
Peterson, Roger Tory   

 
The Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Full leather boards with gilt illustration and lettering; all edges gilt; silk pastedowns and endpapers. Boards have minor scratching to front board, otherwise clean. This volume includes hundreds of beautiful color plates of Eastern birds by the naturalist and ornithologist, Roger Tory Peterson. ; Color Plates; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 336 pp. 019827.   $40

 
 
 
Utah Flora 
Welsh, Stanley L. ; N. Duane Atwood; Sherel Goodrich; Larry C. Higgins    
 
 
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Third Edition, Revised. Brown faux leather boards with title and illustration gilt on front, and title gilt on spine.  
 
This weighty book is an in depth study of flora in the Beehive state. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 912 pp. 019777.   $100   
 
 
 
 
Words and Wisdom from Dr. Nature
[Hollie, Theo]    
 
 
Salt Lake City, Utah, 1931. Pamphlet. Condition: Good. Red wraps with black lettering, staple bound. Wraps have moderate creasing along spine and corners, and light soiling; text block has light toning and soiling.  
 
An early Salt Lake City imprint written by Dr. Theo Hollie, known by some as "Dr. Nature." He provides rules to perfect health, "the formula of life", home remedies, and an interesting section on food science ("Good food - a good body, dead food - a sick body"). An entertaining read. Copies found at Yale, University of North Texas, and BYU. ; B & W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 36 pp. 019817.    $50

 
Archive Copies of El Comancho's Teepee Tales 
Phillips, Walter Shelley  

Condition: Very Good. Set of six volumes containing the file or archive copies of El Comancho's Teepee Tales, dated from 1922 to 1925, and one book titled "Teepee Tales" by El Comancho published in 1927 (7 volumes total). Five of the six archive copies have approximately 300 to 350 pages (content on recto only) , and one volume, an index, has approximately 15 pages. String bindings hold together black flexible boards or light green cardstock; titles are in manuscript on front board or on spine, written in black ink. Some of the content is typed but most seem to be copies; light marginalia throughout. The volumes have a title page, a leaf titled "sheet of schedule" with Teepee Tales' titles and release dates, followed by the stories themselves. A title, serial number and release date are included for each tale. Also included is "Teepee Tales" by El Comancho (illustrated Charles Livingstone Bull & the author) published by Reilly & Lee in 1927, which compiles the syndicated Teepee Tales in one volume. Overall this set is in very good condition with moderate wear and toning to bindings; a few leaves have heavy toning, but most are clean or have light toning; the book "Teepee Tales" has light wear at spine.  
 
"El Comancho" was the nom de plume of Walter Shelley Phillips (1867-1940) , a self-educated naturalist, artist, reporter and author. As a child he spent much time with Native American tribes including the Otoes, Pawnees, Omahas, Sioux, Kiowa and others (University of Washington, Special Collections). Throughout his long life he traveled the country, visiting different Native American tribes, lecturing the public on his experiences, and working a varying array of jobs. He wrote and illustrated books, sketched and painted. He wrote professionally for magazines and newspapers such as Forest & Stream, the Seattle Telegraph, and Northwestern Lumberman. But it was El Comancho's Teepee Tales for which he is remembered. The Teepee Tales were nationally syndicated in many newspapers and were tales for children told from the perspective of a Native American chief. A hefty set of records preserving El Comancho's popular tales. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall.
019822.   $875
 
Moon as Viewed by Lunar Orbiter with ALS [Signed]
Kosofsky, L.J.; Farouk El-Baz    
 
 
 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D. C, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Fabulous association copy, with an inscription and ALS by Lunar planning scientist Farouk El-Baz to NASA astronaut Jack Swigert. Volume has green cloth boards with gilt lettering on front and spine; includes a set of stereoscopic viewing glasses housed in a small pocket on the rear pastedown. Inscription on title page reads: "To Jack Swigert, with recognition of your invaluable contributions to lunar exploration. Farouk El-Baz." ALS is on an 8 ½" x 11" sheet, is signed by El-Baz and dated to 6/5/1970. He writes "Dear Jack...Please accept this book as a token of my gratitude for your time and sincere efforts to get us more and better lunar photography on Apollo 13. I am looking forward to working with you again on your next assignment. Sincerely, Farouk." Volume has light wear to edges, otherwise clean; ALS is clean.  
 
The volume includes a selection of Lunar Orbiter program photographs which illustrate the "salient features" of the lunar surface. The program's primary objective was to provide information for a successful manned Apollo lunar landing. There were 5 spacecraft launched for this mission between 1966 and 1967. "Farouk El-Baz was a scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the Apollo missions and the training of astronauts in lunar observations and photography. From 1967 to 1972, El-Baz participated in the Apollo Program as Supervisor of Lunar Science Planning at Bellcomm Inc." (Boston University). Jack Swigert, to whom this book was presented, was an astronaut on the Apollo 13 mission, assigned to the mission just three days before launch. With wonderful association this volume and letter set is truly unique. ; B & W Photographs; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 152 pp; Signed by Author. 019821.   $775
 
 
Plan de la Fameuse et Nouvelle Ville de Mexique
Fer, Nicolas de    
 
 
 
[Paris], 1715. Map. Condition: Very Good. Lovely engraved map depicting Mexico City in the early 18th century. Map is on a 10 ¾" x 15 ¾" sheet that was taken from Nicolas de Fer's "L'Atlas Curieux" of 1715; no content on verso. Date of map was printed in upper margin along with the sheet number "125" and title; content in French. Hand-coloring is still bright. Map has very light toning to edges but is otherwise clean.
 
This detailed map depicts Mexico City when it was surrounded by water and was linked to the mainland by the famous causeways originally designed by the Aztecs. Also pictured are aqueducts and farms, and about 50 locations have been numbered on the map but the key is not present, likely printed on another page in the Atlas. A beautiful map. 019811.   $595