October 6th, 2020
      
 
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This week we focus on rivers of the West and the people that ran them. There are also a handful of items that feature the Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon.  Included is a nice photo archive depicting the Salmon River in Idaho, an unpublished account of a trip down the Colorado, and many signed books about the Colorado and Green Rivers in fabulous condition.   
      
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Photographic Archive Circa 1912 Plan and Profile Survey for the Salmon River Salmon River, Idaho  

Photographs. Collection of 19 photographs (3 duplicates) likely taken during the survey for the production of Plan and Profile Maps for the Salmon River. Maps were published in 1914 under the direction of R. B Marshall in the USGS Water Supply Paper 347 titled Profile Surveys Snake River Basin Idaho. Photographs measure 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches with one exception which is 3 x 5 1/4 inches. Most of the photos are lightly toned. One photo is captioned on front in ink but most are captioned in pencil on verso. Three photos have remnants of mount on verso and one is tipped onto a mount in two corners. Strong contrast and well focused photos.

This small collection documents the survey crew along the Salmon River in Idaho. Identified locations include Freedom and North Freedom, Red Canyon, Slate Creek, Eagle Creek, Rattlesnake Hill, Blue Canyon, Whitebird Creek, and Wapshilla Creek. The helpful captions not only list crew members but also provide a small bit of narrative: "mouth of Slate Creek Canyon showing jump hole rapids where we lost the only boat on the trip and boatman Dwyer and Green had to swim out last November." Perhaps to replace the lost boat a later caption states: "ready to launch a boat built where it lays in Blue Canyon." This posed photo shows nine men aboard what I would describe as an amphibious tank, looking very heavy and unwieldly. I'm no boatman and maybe these guys were not either. All men are identified on verso. Five views show crew and boats with remaining showing natural scenes. At least two photos are obvious winter scenes. Plan and Profile maps were created on many western rivers, usually with an eye towards building dams. Today, the Salmon remains free-flowing through a vast wilderness in one of the deepest gorges on the continent. Its granite-walled canyon is one-fifth of a mile deeper than the Grand Canyon, and runs more than a mile deep for over 180 miles. 021646.    $600

 
Ten Days Down the Colorado River Rapids--A 300 Mile Raft Trip Through the Grand Canyon From Lees Ferry to Lake Mead
Douglass, Lathrop

Lathrop Douglass, 1970. 78pp. Very Good. 78 page typed copy of unpublished account of a 1970 river trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Brad-bound with transparent plastic cover and black back cover. Cover is lightly rubbed and soiled. Title page is lightly foxed and pages are toned along edges.

A lively account of Lathrop Douglass' 1970 trip down the Colorado River with a group organized by the Chalet Club, who hired Grand Canyon Expeditions to lead the trip. Douglass was a noted architect best known for his designs of shopping centers in the United States and Europe, and major office buildings. In 1956, he received first prize at the Festival International d'Architecture in Paris for his design the Creole Petroleum Building in Caracas, Venezuela. Douglass graduated from Yale University where he illustrated geologic textbooks by Longwell and Dunbar. His geology background is evident as he gives us a running narrative of the geologic wonders of the Grand Canyon throughout the river trip. This unpublished narrative describes the thrills and adventures of a canyon trip including losing a motor in Hance Rapid. The lead boatman was long-time Grand Canyon Expedition Guide Rick Petrillo, joined by John Sohrweide and Jim Tedford. Along with the geologic narrative, Douglass gives us a nice history of human activity in the canyon and briefly speaks about Glen Canyon Dam, "was the dam really justified?" Repeated references to John Wesley Powell's 1869 trip fill the pages. He also gives us a short primer on Grand Canyon wildlife and vegetation. The highlights of the report clearly are his descriptions of running rapids. Without going over the top, the reader truly feels each riffle and rapid. "Up a giant wave and breathlessly through its spray, then down in a sickening slide to the bottom. Then up, up, up, up again and over the top and down."  021644.   $250
 
 
Diary Kept During the Upriver Conquest of the Colorado River, June-July, 1960 [Signed]
Hamilton, Joyce 
 
Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. White wraps with b&w illustration on front, staple bound. Signed by author Joyce Hamilton and her husband Jon Hamilton. Wraps have light soiling, else very good.  
 
Joyce Hamilton's diary contains daily entries while on the famous jet boat adventure going UP the Colorado through the Grand Canyon.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 30 pp; Signed by Author. 021778.   $150



 
White Water the Colorado Jet Boat Expedition - 50th Anniversary Edition 1960-2010 [Signed] 
Hamilton, Joyce

Joyce Hamilton & Tony Kean, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Signed by author, Joyce Hamilton, and member of the crew, Margie Mannering on half title page. 50th Anniversary edition, first published in 1963 by the Caxton Press, New Zealand now re-published and embellished with new photographs and includes DVD. Pictorial dust jacket with mylar covering; black boards with gilt lettering; illustrated pastedowns and endpapers. In fine condition.

Many b&w and color photographs illustrate this tale of a famous jet boat adventure.  ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 264 pp; Signed by Author(s).
021770.   $175

High, Wide, and Handsome: The River Journals of Norman D. Nevills
Webb, Roy, ed.

 
Utah State University Press, Logan, UT, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Now out of print. Pictorial dust jacket with mylar cover; brown cloth boards. Like new.  
 
There are the river journals of Norm Nevills, pioneering commercial whitewater river guide through Glen and Grand Canyons. ; B & W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 308 pp. 021779.   $48
 

A Voyage on the Colorado - 1878 
Berton, Francis 

Glen Dawson, Los Angeles, CA, 1953. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Limited Edition. Brick red boards with line drawing on front and title on spine. Light wear to corners and head/foot of spine. Tight binding and clean interior. Early California Travel Series Vol. XVIII, one of 300 copies.  
 
Reprint of 1878 edition, translated by Charles N. Rudkin. Farquhar 29, Howes B-394. Original 1878 edition was limited to 50 copies and is virtually impossible to acquire--perhaps the most difficult Farquhar Books of the Colorado River to find. ; Book; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; 103 pp. 021839.   $45
 
 
 
 
 
 

Raging River, Lonely Trail - Tales Told by the Campfire's Glow [Signed] 
Short, Vaughn

Two Horses Press, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Illustrated by Coleman, Joanna. First Edition. Tan dust jacket with brown illustration and red lettering; signed and inscribed by the author on half title page; "special printing" numbered 170/500 (printed on inside of front pastedown). Dust jacket has light soiling and wear; boards have light wear; light toning to endpapers.  
 
Classic series of poems and tales told on river trips; much loved by river guides of today and becoming hard to find. ; B & W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 156 pp. 021846.   $75
 

A Step and a Half: The Trials and Tribulations of Vaughn Thomas Short [Signed]
Short, Vaughn

2000. Softcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Limited Edition. Pictorial cover with perfect bound binding. Fine condition with no flaws noted except for previous owners' embossed stamp on title page.

River rat Vaughn Short is well-known for his collections of poetry and stories "Raging River, Lonely Trail" and "Two Worlds." This, a limited edition, self-published memoir was printed for his family and friends for a 2000 family reunion. Extra copies were then distributed by Vaughn to personal friends. Included are stories of serving in the military, river-running, and exploring the canyon country. Pages are unnumbered, chapters out of order, typos throughout. Inscribed by author to previous owner, Dan Cassidy of Five Quail Books. Includes a handwritten note from Vaughn Short in wish he regrets using the chosen printer for the book; he was not happy with the final product, especially the size of font used and the fact that "they scrambled some things up." A scarce copy of unpublished stories that can't be found anywhere else. ; Book; B & W Photographs; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; Signed by Author(s). 021837.   $85


First to Journey through the Grand Canyon: the Life Story of James White [Signed]
Smith, Brad 
 
Brad Smith, Cochise, Arizona, 2001. Pamphlet. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Limited Edition. Cream staple bound pamphlet with black imprint on front. 
 
The story of James White as the first white to float the Colorado River. His trip in 1867 is shrouded in mystery leaving historians to argue today as to whether White actually made it through the Grand Canyon. Brad smith argues that he indeed did make the trip and lived to tell about it. Copy 38 of 100. Signed by author. ; 28 pp. 021834.   $25

 
Grand Canyon Rapids - Running the Green & Colorado Rivers [Signed]
Smith, Muriel W. 

Self Published, 2004. Spiral bound. Condition: Fine. Pictorial wraps, spiral bound; plastic cover protects front wrap. Signed by author on last page (white-out underneath her signature).  
 
This book was revised from the author's original "Grand Canyon Rapids" published in 1990. This is a compilation of articles about the Green and Colorado Rivers and the people that ran them. ; B&W & Color Photographs/Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 99 pp; Signed by Author. 021827.   $42

 
Glen Canyon Betrayed - A Sensuous Elegy [Signed]
Lee, Katie 
 
Fretwater Press, Flagstaff, 2006. Softcover. Condition: Fine. Pictorial wraps; signed by Katie Lee on half title page; Katydid Books and Music promotional laid in. This book was first published as "All My Rivers Are Gone" in 1998. This is the first edition of this issue. Like new.
 
"Glen Canyon was one of the most beautiful places on earth, but today this exquisite eden lies drowned under billions of tons of water Katie Lee was among a handful of men and women who knew the 170 miles of Glen Canyon very well. She'd made sixteen trips down the river, even named some of the side canyons. Her descriptions of a magnificent desert oasis and rich archeological ruins are a paean to paradise lost. Glen Canyon and the river that ran through it were the loves of her life Katie Lee tells us what there was to love about Glen Canyon and why we should miss it." The fabulous Katie Lee passed away at the age of 98 in November 2017. ; B & W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 276 pp; Signed by Author.  021816.   $50

 

We Swam the Grand Canyon - The True Story of a Cheap Vacation That Got a Little out of Hand
Beer, Bill 

 
Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Pictorial dust jacket with mylar cover; light brown boards with gilt lettering.  
 
Bill Beer tells the story of the time he and a friend took the risky plunge and swam (!) the rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 171 pp. 021852.   $45
 
 
 
First Through Grand Canyon - The Secret Journals and Letters of the 1869 Crew Who Explored the Green and Colorado Rivers [Signed]
Ghiglieri, Michael P.
 
Puma Press, Flagstaff, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Pictorial dust jacket over black cloth boards with gilt lettering. Signed by author on half title page.

This book is the definitive history of the epic first expedition down the Colorado River in 1869, with writings from Powell and the other ten members of the crew. ; B & W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 11" tall; 342 pp; Signed by Author. 021847.   $40

 
Grand Obsession - Harvey Butchart and the Exploration of the Grand Canyon
Butler, Elias; Tom Myers
  
Puma Press, Flagstaff, AZ, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Pictorial dust jacket with mylar cover; pictorial pastedowns and endpapers. Fine condition.  
 
"Harvey Butchart, legendary Grand Canyoner, climbed, hiked, floated, and bushwhacked 12,000 pioneering miles below the rim during a 43-year obsession with the world famous gorge. Here for the first time is Harvey's life story-his years as a fatherless child in the mountains of China, his struggles during the Great Depression, and finally, his all-consuming drive for greatness by exploring one of the West's last unknown wildernesses." ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 457 pp. 021848.   $60
 
 
Canyon of Midget Horses
Ritter, E. W. 
 
Ernest W. Ritter, Pasadena, California. Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Buff wraps with brown lettering; staple bound. No publication date. [6pp]. Wraps have light toning, else very good.  
 
This publication relates a tale "as heard over Old Ranger's Death Valley Days program and American Weekly". It recounts a story about a herd of miniature horses found in a side canyon of the Grand Canyon. They were said to have only been about the size of a dog. An entertaining tale. One copy found at Southern Methodist University as of September 2020. ; 24mo 5" - 6" tall. 021819.   $45
 
 
 
 

Grand Canyon Tourist Business of the W. W. Bass Family
Madsen, Lisa 
 
1980. Spiral bound. Condition: Very Good. Tan wraps, spiral bound; content on recto only. Wraps have light wear, else very good.  
 
This thesis was submitted in partial fulfillment for the requirement of a M.A. in Recreation at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. William Bass moved to the Canyon's South Rim in 1885. For the benefit of his tourist business he built over 50 miles of trails, used a small ferry to cross the Colorado River, and lobbied for the railway to extend its line all the way to the canyon. The business was active until 1919 when the Canyon was designated a National Park and the Frank Harvey Company was made the primary concessionaire. ; B & W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 99 pp. 021823.   $50
 
 
 
If We Had a Boat: Green River Explorers, Adventurers and Runners [Signed]
Roy Webb 
    
Univ of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 1986. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Pictorial wraps. Signed and inscribed by Roy Webb to fellow author and western historian Dove Menkes, on title page. Front wrap has light wear, else very good.  
 
A definitive recounting of the range of explorers, wanderers, trappers and river runners of the Green River. A must read for any river enthusiast. ; B & W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 194 pp; Signed by Author. 021777.   $45
 
 
Discovery of the Green River [Signed]
Crampton, C. Gregory
 
Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Tan wraps with black lettering. Paginated [299]-312pp. No date. Signed by author on front wrap. Light soiling to front wrap and light sunning to rear wrap, otherwise clean.  
 
Reprint from the October, 1952 Utah State Historical Quarterly. A succinct history of the discovery of the Green River on the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition in 1776. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author. 021766.   $35
 
 
Powell of the Colorado
Darrah, William Culp 

 
Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1951. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Colorful dust jacket with mylar cover; gray cloth boards with green lettering, top edge dyed green. Dust jacket has moderate creasing and minor chipping and soiling; top and bottom edges of dust jacket have been reinforced on verso; boards have light soiling; text block is clean.  
 
A crisp, readable narrative containing "the life story of Major John Wesley Powell, who organized and led two great expeditions down the Colorado to chart its course and collect scientific data." ; B&W Plates; Large 8vo 9" - 11" tall; 426 pp. 021795.   $65


Kawich's Gold Mine--An Historical Narrative of Mining in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and of Love and Adventure Among the Polygamous Mormons of Southern Utah
Gibbs, Josiah F. 
 
Josiah F. Gibbs, Salt Lake City, UT, 1913. Paperback. Condition: Good.  First Edition. Red stringbound book in wrappers with black imprint on front. Wrapper is fairly worn on spine yet still intact. Light soiling and wear. Binding holding well; several signatures are slightly pulling. All edges lightly soiled. Interior is clean.  
 
From the author of "Lights and Shadows of Mormonism" and "Mountain Meadow Massacre", this account is Gibbs' least known work and most seductive title for which he was excommunicated from the Church for apostacy against the chief conspirators for the political as well as spiritual control of Utah, and for general neglect of duty. A fictional account. Not common on the market. Flake Draper 3551 ; B & W Illustrations & Photographs; Oblong 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 228 pp.  021841.   $325
 
  
 
Two Great Canyons - Excerpts from Letters Written on a Western Journey  
Cole, Cyrenus 
 
The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1908. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Gray-green paper boards with gilt lettering; fore edge deckled. Boards have light sunning and wear; ½" tear along top edge of half title page (not affecting content).  
 
This publication presents excerpts of letters written for the Cedar Rapids Republican and the Evening Times about Cole's trip west in 1908. Descriptive and elegantly written, Cole tells of his visits to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon, and his travels through Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 41 pp. 021845.   $125  
 

Canyon of Lodore [Signed]
Dellenbaugh, F. S.

Condition: Very Good. 8vo  8" - 9" tall. 6pp. Pamphlet.  Gray wraps with black lettering. Signed and inscribed by Dellenbaugh on front wrap. Wraps have light sunning along spine; a couple manuscript annotations on page 1 (contemporary).  This publication was reprinted from the Colorado Magazine, September 1930.

The canyon of Lodore is located in northwestern Colorado on the Green River, and is protected by the National Park Service. Dellenbaugh gives a glowing description of the beautiful canyon and supplies a brief human history of it as well. Copies found at NY Public Library, Arizona Historical Society, Utah State Historical Society, and three at the British Library in the UK.  021769.   $150
  
   
 
Riders to the Rainbow Traders to the People [Signed]
Holloway, Winona Johnson  
 

Shadow Butte Press, Live Oak, California, 1998. Trade Paperback. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Pictorial wrappers; book in fine condition.  
 
Story of an Anglo family who operated the Rainbow Lodge and Trading Post on the slopes of Navajo Mountain in 1952. First hand account of running the last regular mule trips to Rainbow Bridge and Navajo Mountain in what was (before Glen Canyon Dam) the most isolated part of Arizona. Signed by the author. Hard to find signed. ; Book; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; 221 pp; Signed by Author. 021840.  $35
 
 
They Called It Potato Valley - A History of Escalante, Utah
Alvey, Edson B. 
 
Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Green boards with gilt lettering. [1968]. Like new.  
 
A mixture of fact and folklore by an Escalante old-timer. Includes a list and description of place names, a section called "They Said It Here" containing short anecdotes from residents, and quite a few b&w illustrations. ; B & W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 104 pp. 021830.   $125
 
 
G. Wharton James's Magnificently Illustrated Lectures  
 
 
Ephemera. Condition: Good. Promotional has duotone illustrations. No publication information. [4pp]. Moderate chipping and tears to all edges and light soiling.  
 
A promotional for the lectures of George Wharton James concerning "The Snake-Dancers of the United States," "Into the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River of Arizona," and "The Sun-Worshipers and their Cliff City of Acoma." We could find no copies of this piece on OCLC as of September 2020. ; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall; 4 pp. 021788.   $225 

 
Boxed Set of Grand Canyon Stereoviews in Color
 
 
    
Keystone View Company. Condition: Very Good. 3 1/2" x 7".  A boxed set of Grand Canyon stereoviews published by the Keystone View Company, brilliantly colored. Set contains 18 stereoviews, as called for, and are housed in original box and slipcase. Does not contain the descriptive book. Published circa 1904; copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood. All stereoviews, except one (number 9 in the set), are beautifully hand-colored. Images are on curved grey Keystone View Company mounts; numbered and titled on the mount; all have printed descriptions on verso except one. Light wear to edges of mounts; views are crisp and color is bright.  
 
Although this boxed set is seen on the market and OCLC, we have not been able to find it in color. The colors make these iconic images of the Canyon even more striking. 021743.  $450