September 1st, 2020
              
 
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This week we offer cabinet cards, boudoir cards, and stereoviews by John K. Hillers and William Henry Jackson, and tales from the Colorado River, trading posts on the Navajo Reservation,  and mining in the California desert.

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Cattle on the Conejo 
Russell, J. H.

 
Ward Ritchie Press, 1957. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Paper over boards with maroon spine and gilt on spine. Boards have the brand of the Russell Ranch on front and back. Jacket is not price-clipped and replicates the brand as on boards. Light soiling to jacket. Previous owners name on first endsheet. Endsheets have a map of the Russell Ranch. Tight binding and clean interior.  
 
Autobiographical look at cattle ranching on the old Rancho el Conejo Spanish land grant of southern California. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 135 pp. 021619.   $28 

  
Tracks Along the Pecos 
Leftwich, Bill 
 
Pecos Press, Pecos, Texas, 1957. Softcover. Condition: Good. First Edition. White wraps with black lettering and illustration; b&w illustrations and photos throughout. Wraps have light soiling and wear; page 34 is folded vertically near the center affecting content, otherwise text block is clean.  
 
A history of Pecos, Texas "from the Indian times to up to the early 1900's." Six-Guns 1316. ; B & W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 70 pp. 021661.   $20 
 
Pack Train Summit of Pikes Peak Boudoir Card 
Walker, W. H.  
 
 
 
W. H. Walker, West Denver, CO. Photograph. Albumen print on cardstock mount which measures 5 x 8 inches; photo measures 4 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches. Mount lightly toned.  
 
Strong exposure and good clarity of a donkey train at the summit of Pike's Peak. 9 or 10 donkeys in view with 4 packers and one dandy looking guy in the background. W. H. Walker worked in a Denver studio located at 710 Santa Fe Avenue from 1887-1897. Caption written in the negative plus Colorado in cursive on mount. 021653.    $95  
 
 
Rebel of the Colorado--The Saga of Harry Leroy Aleson [Signed, Limited]
Russell, Renny
 
Animist Press, Questa, New Mexico, 2019. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Illustrated by Renny Russell (illustrator). Limited Signed Edition. Pictorial dust jacket with the iconic triptych of William Henry Holmes' View From Point Sublime'. Book bound in black cloth with silver imprint of a river motif on front and title on spine. Signed by the author, in black cloth slipcase with sliver graphic design on front. One of a limited number of collector's editions in the slipcase (not numbered).  
 
From the review from Herm Hoops: "I will guarantee that if you love rivers, Southwestern river history, art, and a well written book. And if you have a coffee table, this book should be on it. Rebel of the Colorado would not have been written without Harry Aleson's spirit looking over Renny s shoulder to be sure he got it right. An artist, naturalist, and writer, Renny Russell would prefer to be "on the loose, " rather than trodden through his beloved Southwest, or rowing his dory Seedskadee than to be stacked between the pages in some research library. But when Renny takes on a project it seems like food and sleep are only minor distractions in his determination to overcome the occasional frustration, hopelessness, and other obstacles he encounters. For the last decade Renny worked on his latest project, Rebel of the Colorado: The Saga of Harry Le Roy Aleson, a biography of eccentric river runner Harry Aleson. Anyone who remembers, or is sad about the loss of Glen Canyon, will be moved by what may be the definitive book on Colorado River runners in the Golden Age of river running during the 1940s and through to 1965. It is a large format book embellished with striking photographs taken prior to the flooding of Glen Canyon, many by P. T. Reilly, with illustrations by Renny. But it's much more, as Rebel of the Colorado chronicles the iconic river runners Aleson ran with from Norm Nevills to Georgie White, both Colorado River legends. It follows Harry's footsteps through the trials and tribulations he encountered hardships that we cannot imagine today. This book is not a pedantic rewriting from historical documents. Russell knew Aleson, and draws his lyrics from that personal attachment." ; B&W & Color Illustrations & Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 285 pp; Signed by Author. 021615.    $65
 
 
Chasm of the Colorado
Hillers, [John K. ]



Condition: Very Good. U.S. Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, Views on the Colorado River, Grand Canon Series, No. 227. Bright yellow card with imprint on verso. Photo has light silvering and mount has light soiling and wear.  
 
Image depicts a man standing on the edge of a cliff in the Grand Canyon. Photo taken circa 1873 by second Powell expedition member John K. Hillers. Although originally hired as a boatman, the German-born Hillers assisted Beaman and became the most prominent photographer of the expedition due to his enthusiasm for learning the techniques and willingness to carry heavy equipment. Powell had intended that his cousin Clem would assist, but he proved unenthusiastic. Powell fired Beaman, and hired another photographer Fennemore, who left the expedition because it was too physically strenuous. At this point, Powell made Hillers the head photographer, and after the Colorado River expeditions, he continued to work for Powell at the USGS and Bureau of Ethnology until his retirement.; 4 1/2" x 7". 021649.   $225
 
 
Looking Up the River 
Hillers, [John K. ]

   
 
Stereoview. Condition: Very Good. U. S. Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, Views on the Colorado River, Grand Canon Series, No. 191. Bright yellow card with imprint on verso. Photo has light soiling and mount has light soiling and wear.  
 
Beautiful image of the Colorado River and the canyon walls. ; 4 1/2" x 7". 021650.   $225

 
Plaza, Santa Fe New Mexico Cabinet Card
Jackson, William Henry 
 
 
William Henry Jackson, Denver, CO. Photograph. Cabinet card on mount of the Plaza in Santa Fe New Mexcio. Mount lightly toned as is albumen photo.  
 
Photo depicts buildings along two sides of the plaza with the open plaza in the foreground, complete with gazebo and monument. The monument was installed in 1868 as a tribute to Union forces and to those who fought in the Indian wars. Title is in negative with Jackson's imprint on front with a long printed history of Santa Fe on verso.  021655.   $175
 

P. N. Curl, Groceries & Dry Goods Photograph 
 
 
 
Photograph. Condition: Good. Mounted silver gel depicting the business of P. N. Curl on Main Street in New Albany, Indiana. Photographer is unknown. Likely taken late 19th, early 20th century. Photographic print measures 4 ½" x 6 ½". Previous owner's annotations on verso. Light soiling and minor scratching to photo; light soiling, wear and dampstaining to mount.  
 
A nice image of Main Street focusing on the P. N. Curl building and grocery. A group of men stand out front of the buildings and seem to be unloading goods for the store. 021654.   $175


Peter Lassen - Northern California's Trail-Blazer
Swartzlow, Ruby Johnson
 
California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA, 1940. Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Tan wraps with black and sienna lettering. Staple-bound. Moderate toning on rear wrap, else very good.
 
Reprinted from the California Historical Society Quarterly's December 1939 issue, this essay provides a brief biographical sketch of early California pioneer Peter Lassen.; B&W Photographs and illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 24 pp. 021663.   $35

 
Trip to the Mining Regions in the Spring of 1859 - "California Staats-Kalender" in the Leap Year, A. D. 1860
Vischer, Eduard
 
Reprinted from the Quarterly of the California Historical Society, Vol. XI, Nos. 3 and 4, 1932. Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Grey wraps with black lettering; b&w illustrations throughout. Wraps have light toning and wear to edges, else very good.  
 
Edward (or Eduard) Vischer was a German who first came to California 1842 and settled in San Francisco in 1849. He made sketches of California scenes and published many reproductions of these sketches. Here he recounts his travels in the mining regions of California.  ; B & W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 11" tall; 41 pp. 021662.   $32
 
Redwoods of Coast and Sierra 
Shirley, James Clifford  
 
 
University of California Press, Berkeley, 1940. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Second Edition; Second Printing. Tan dust jacket with dark green lettering over flexible paper and cloth covered boards; dust jacket has mylar covering. Dust jacket has moderate soiling, moderate chipping to all corners (some have been reinforced with archival tape), and inside flap of has been price clipped (and taped to the mylar covering by previous owner); boards have light sunning to top and bottom edges; text block is clean.  
 
This volume contains "reliable information for all who are interested in the tallest, biggest, oldest, most famous trees in the world." ; Large 8vo 9" - 11" tall; 84 pp. 021664.   $20  
 
 
Los Fundadores
Rowland, Leon 
 
Academy of California Church History, Fresno, CA, 1951. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Green cloth with gilt lettering; index is not paginated. Boards have light wear; previous owner's signature on front endpaper; text block has minor toning.  
 
From the title page: "Herein are listed the first families of California and also all other persons with family names that were in California 1769-1785, except those who died at San Diego in 1769." Names are organized alphabetically and each has information regarding birth and death, marriage, and when the family settled in California. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 46 pp. 021660.   $85
 
 
 
 

Camp and Camino in Lower California
 
North, Arthur Walbridge
 
 
Rio Grande Press, Glorieta, NM, 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. North, Arthur Walbridge. Camp and Camino in Lower California. Rio Grande Press (1977). Octavo. 346 pages. Fine hard cover in salmon-colored cloth with blue and green lettering on front cover and silver lettering on spine. Minimal wear.  
 
Originally published in 1910. Foreword by Admiral Robley D. Evans. A record of the adventures of the author while exploring Baja California. Author of "The Mother of California". Complete with folding maps and photographic endpapers. ; Book; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; 346 pp. 021618.   $23


 
San Gabriel Mission and the Beginnings of Los Angeles
Engelhardt, Zephyrin
 
Mission San Gabriel, San Gabriel, California, 1927. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Maroon boards with decorative gilt imprint on front and title on spine. Tight binding and clean interior.  
 
History of the iconic, and recently damaged by fire, Mission of San Gabriel. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 369 pp. 021617.   $18
 
 
Manual of Navaho Grammar 
Haile, Berard
 
 
 
St. Michaels, Arizona, 1926. Softcover. Condition: Good. Grey wraps with black lettering on front wrap. Wraps have moderate chipping, toning and soiling; all edges have light toning and soiling; text block is clean.  
 
This publication was arranged by Berard Haile, a Franciscan missionary, linguist, and anthropologist, who was recognized for his dedication in preserving Navajo culture.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 324 pp. 021658.   $175
 
 
Harry Oliver's Desert Rat Scrap Book Packet Two of Pouch Two
Oliver, Harry
 
Harry Oliver, Thousand Palms, CA. Newspaper. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Black and rust ink on card-stock. Very good condition. Light toning and soiling.  
 
Contents include: Mojave Desert Packet with articles on Death Valley, Ghost Towns, Mirages, Lost Mines, Burros and Gold. From Wikipedia we find a wealth of information on Harry Oliver and his quirky little 5-page newspaper: "The Desert Rat Scrap Book (or DRSB) was a (roughly) quarterly, southwestern humor publication based in Thousand Palms, California. DRSB was published in editions of 10,000 to 20,000 copies, whenever its creator, Harry Oliver had sufficient material, and money enough to pay the printer. Forty-six issues were printed and distributed via Southern California bookstores and newsstands, and by mail worldwide. DRSB was devoted to lore, legends, lies and laughs of the American Southwest region, especially featuring prospectors and other desert rats. The publication was launched in late 1945 and ran through early 1967. Each issue was a 'packet'; each volume was a 'pouch'. The first issue, dated FALL 1946 (but possibly printed on Oliver's birthday of 4 April 1946) was not numbered. The second issue, dated WINTER 1946 47, was numbered PACKET TWO OF POUCH ONE. All further editions were undated, and numbered as PACKET XXX OF POUCH YYY. Sometimes more than three months passed between editions, which is why PACKET TWO OF POUCH TWELVE (the final issue) appeared in 1967, over 20 years from the first." ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 5 pp. 021627.   $30

 
Desert Fever - An Overview of Mining in the California Desert
Vrendenburgh, Larry M.; Gary L. Shumway; Russell D. Hartill 
 
 
Living West Press, Canoga Park, California, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Tan cloth with brown lettering and illustration; laid in note handwritten by author Gary L. Shumway. Boards have light soiling and spine is slightly cocked; "Maze Library" is written in ink on front endpaper. Limited to 1,000 copies, this copy is not numbered.  
This study of California mining covers the area of Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern and Inyo counties. It includes a glossary of mining terms, an index, and a summary of mining in the California desert. ; B & W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 323 pp. 021665.   $120


 
Long Valley
Steinbeck, John 
 
Viking, New York, 1938. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Dust jacket has rubbed and lightly chipped edges, sunned spine, light soiling and rubbing. Not price clipped. Rust colored boards with tan linen spine and rust imprint. Linen gutters are darkened as are inside gutters. 1/2" piece of gutter missing from inside front board but no loosening. Fairly minor blemish. Light soil on edges, top stain red with light soiling. Interior clean and binding is tight. A perfectly decent copy.  
 
A collection of 12 stories, including "The Red Pony" and the first public printing of "St. Katy the Virgin." Holmes A12a. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; 303 pp. 021616.   $225
 

Tales from Wide Ruins - Jean and Bill Cousins, Traders [signed]
Cousins, Jean and Bill; Mary Tate Engels (editor)


Lubbock, Texas, Texas Tech University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Colorful dust jacket with mylar cover; grey boards with silver lettering; signed and inscribed by Bill Cousins to Tobe Turpen, a fellow trading post owner. Light sunning to spine of DJ, else fine.

The first-hand account of early 20th century trading life in the Navajo Reservation by Jean and Bill Cousins. B & W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 244pp. 021666.   $25