Auburn: William J. Moses, 1859. Hardcover. Very Good. Third edition. 418 pp, in original blind-stamped brown cloth. Corners rubbed through, spine ends chipped, minor foxing. A Methodist Episcopal preacher and ardent abolitionist, Long was forced to leave his home state of Maryland due to hostility from his flock and fear that his own children were absorbing proslavery sentiments. After moving to Philadelphia in 1856, Long wrote about his personal experiences and observations of slavery in an effort to combat apparent indifference to the institution among many of his fellow Methodists. His work was well received by the abolitionist community, but not by his Methodist brethren, who did not appreciate the negative attention drawn to the church. Work, p 323; Blockson 9842; Sabin 41882.
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New York: John S. Taylor, 1838. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo, 382 pp; original cloth. Boards faded and lightly soiled, endpapers foxed, binding sound, text clean. Lovejoy (1802-1837) was a reform-minded evangelical preacher and editor of the religious newspaper The Observer. His vocal support for the abolitionist cause and refusal to back down under pressure resulted in attacks on his printing press by angry mobs in both Missouri and Illinois. On the fourth such occasion, Lovejoy was shot and killed while trying to prevent his building being set on fire. Though previously obscure, after his "martyrdom" Lovejoy was widely hailed as both an abolitionist and a defender of freedom of the press. Sabin 42366; Howes L-522.
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1901. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Two volumes, continuously numbered, xxvii, 383 pp, indexed. Complete with 39 color plates from paintings of landscapes, birds, mammals, and flowers, 76 photogravure plates and 4 maps (2 on one folding plate). Original green cloth stamped in gilt. Some edgewear and fraying; hinges starting, staining and chipping to title page of Volume I, a few private library markings; text and plates clean and bright. Organized and financed by railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman, the Harriman Alaska Expedition included 25 scientists and naturalists, as well as sizeable team of photographers and artists, among them Edward Curtis, Frank Dellenbaugh, and Louis Agassiz Fuertes. During the summer of 1899, the party cruised the waters off southeastern and southern Alaska and the eastern Aleutians, making numerous stops for scientific investigation and collecting. The Narrative, which recounts the party's transcontinental train journey and voyage from Seattle via the Inside Passage (with descriptions of the scenery, glaciers, villages, native people, and fauna and flora), was written by Burroughs. Muir authored the section on glaciers, Grinnell wrote about the natives of the Alaska coast region, and Dall provided a history of exploration in Alaska. Arctic Bib. 2544; 6676; Wickersham 4013; Kimes 229.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 58th Congress 2d Session, Senate Document No. 155. 8vo, 325 pp, with many plates from photographs. Specially bound in 3/4 navy morocco and navy cloth, gilt spine and marbled edges. Partial cup ring on front board, internally very clean, but bound with margins a bit close to the gutter. Bookplate of Emery L. Frazier on front pastedown and his name stamped on rear pastedown. Frazier (1896-1973) was a Kentucky politician who worked for many years as Clerk and then Secretary of the United States Senate. Beginning in August 1899, the Nunivak operated as a revenue and patrol boat to serve the large population brought to the Yukon Valley by the gold rush. Its crew had the primary responsibility of enforcing customs and navigation regulations on the Yukon River and a secondary mission to enforce the laws of the United States and render assistance (such as providing medical aid) where needed. This work includes a narrative describing the vessel and notable incidents during two years of service; general information about the Yukon Valley regions; information on mines and mining; ethnological notes; and a report by B.H, Camden on a reconnaissance of the Koyukuk River. Appendices include a comparative vocabulary of the Eskimo and Ingalik tribes, notes on natural history, a meteorological record, and a list of vessels engaged in commerce. Arctic Bib. 18403; Wickersham 7607.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1887. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 4to, 102 pp, with two large folding maps, 4 chromolithograph plates (1 bird, 1 plant, 2 fish) and 38 b/w plates, many of an ethnographic nature. Original brown cloth; corners lightly bumped, a few nicks and tiny spots on the cloth, on the whole quite clean and sound. Healy (1839-1904) patrolled the 20,000 miles of Alaskan coastline for more than 20 years, earning great respect from the natives and seafarers alike. While at the helm of the Corwin, he enforced liquor laws, protected seal and whale populations under treaty, delivered supplies and medical assistance to remote native villages and shipwrecked whalers, returned deserters to merchant ships, collected weather data, enforced federal laws, and accomplished exploration work. This Report includes shorter accounts by expedition members who were sent to complete the survey of the Kowak (Kobuk) River (J.C. Cantwell) and explore the Noatak River (S.B. McLenegan). C.H. Townsend contributed an article on the natural history and ethnology of northern Alaska. Arctic Bib. 18401; Wickersham 7596.
Washington: James Anglin & Co., 1883. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 4to, 120 pp, with 12 plates (9 in color). Original black cloth, title stamped in gilt on front board. Rubbing to extremities; binding sound, text and plates very clean. Between June and October 1881, the Corwin cruised the waters north and west of the Bering Strait searching for the Jeannette (which had departed San Francisco in July 1879 in an attempt to reach the North Pole via the Strait) and two missing whaling vessels. The ship also carried a scientific party, including John Muir, who later chronicled the expedition in The Cruise of the Corwin (1917). This volume provides the first reports on the scientific and anthropological studies conducted on the expedition. Rosse's account includes much detail on the native populations, including the diseases that afflicted them, effects of alcohol and climate, diet, linguistics, costume, and intelligence. Muir's botanical notes provide simple lists of plants found at each of 12 locations visited. Nelson's article on birds provides an annotated list of 192 species. Several of the color plates, particularly the birds and an image of two tatooed men, are quite striking. Arctic Bib. 13899; Kimes 160; Wickersham 7594.
Boston: Eastern Publishing Company, 1900. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 5.5" x 8.25". 276 pp, pictorial cloth, with 25 illustrations from photographs credited to A. Brooks, F.C. Schrader, A. Beverly Smith, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Spine chipped at head and lightly sunned, small ink stain on front board. An engaging account of Spurr's experiences on an exploratory trip made for the USGS in 1896. He traveled via Dyea and the Chilkoot Pass to the upper Yukon River and down its course to St. Michael, encountering natives, traders, missionaries, prospectors, whiskey smugglers, and other colorful characters along the route. He published the scientific findings of the expedition as Geology of the Yukon Gold District in 1898. Arctic Bib. 16657; Tourville 4273; Wickersham 4417.
Kensington: Cayme Press, 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Number 91 of 100 copies printed. 8vo, 272 pp, with frontis portrait, 2 maps, and many sketches by the author. Original cloth with leather spine label; top edge gilt. Edges rubbed, mild foxing to endpapers; internally tight and clean. Teichmann was sent to Alaska in 1868 (just after it became an American territory) to protect the interests of his employers, J.M. Oppenheim and Company, who had negotiated a lucrative contract for Alaskan furs with the Russian American Fur Company. He was situated in Sitka, and much of the diary provides a lively and detailed account of the area and the commercial and recreational activities and cultural interactions of the region's potent multinational mix of prospectors, traders, settlers, speculators, and native peoples. There is also a short account of his journey from New York to San Francisco via Panama (with several illustrations of Acapulco), and much detail on the journey up the west and through the Inside Passage, with accounts of the settlements visited along the way. Tourville 4477; Graff 4096; Howes T88; Smith 10161.
Salem, MA: Newcomb and Gauss, Printers, 1900. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 251 pp, with frontispiece and many sketches by the author (which are rather amateurish, but charming). Mild marginal dampstain to the first few pages, boards a bit scuffed, rubbed at corners and spine ends. The author joined the Lynn Mining Company and departed from Massachusetts in November 1897, traveling via the Schooner "Abbie M. Deering" to Bahia, Brazil and on to San Francisco. From there the party secured passage to Seattle and then St. Michael, eventually traveling up the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers to the Arctic Circle. Includes detailed and colorful description of the outfitting process and the vicissitudes of travel and prospecting. Wickersham 80; Tourville 4919; Graff 4712; Howes W556; Smith 11106, Arctic Bibliography 19606.
New Brunswick, NJ: I. Riley & Co., 1806. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Printed by William Eliott, New Brunswick, NJ. viii, (1)-246, + index and 8 plates. Recently rebound in quarter calf with red spine label, marbled boards; new endpapers. Dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, in appreciation of the President's "peculiar respect for the advancement and welfare of agriculture." Jefferson corresponded with Johnson and had a copy of the book in his library (Sowerby Catalogue I: 532). The first American treatise on rammed-earth construction, this work draws heavily on the writings of influential French agriculturalist Francois Cointeraux. After experimenting with rammed-earth techniques in constructing a house in New Brunswick, Johnson supplemented that work based on his own ideas and experience, providing illustrations and an outline of basic tools, materials and techniques. Also noteworthy is a 45-page section "On the Culture of the Vine," which provides practical directions for cultivating grapes on American soil, as well as recommendations on harvesting, fermentation, and bottling. An appendix includes recipes for currant wine, elder wine, ginger wine, and orange wine, and plate VII illustrates various stages of growth and pruning. Not in Amerine & Borg; Not in Sabin.
Middlebury, VT: Knapp & Jewett, 1836. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 3.25" x 5.5", pp. (5), 6-73. Rebound in modern quarter-cloth with paper spine label, marbled boards, new endpapers. Bookplate of most recent owner on front pastedown, minor restoration to title page, occasional foxing. The author acknowledges that there are already many treatises on bees, but finds them "not to be the result of so much experience as vague and conjectural speculation." In contrast, "the following work is comprised of a set of plain, concise, rules by which, if strictly adhered to and practised, any person, properly situated, may cultivate bees, and avail himself of all the benefits of their labors." Weeks (1788-1858) was the designer of the popular Vermont Beehive, an important modernization of the traditional hive, providing (according to a contemporary newspaper account) "an easy and safe method of preserving the lives of the bees through the winter without destroying any." This treatise was written to accompany the Vermont hive. It went into several editions and sold more than 20,000 copies, but the first edition is quite scarce.
Cincinnati: Methodist Book Concern, 1868. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 325 pp; original brown cloth. Stamp of W.W. Henry, Ashland, IL on front board (only just visible) and front free endpaper, extremities rubbed; a few pages soiled. A circuit riding preacher in Indiana and Illinois in the 1820s and 1830s, Beggs played a brief role in the Black Hawk War when his cabin was converted into a makeshift fort to protect the residents of Plainfield, IL. His book, which Thomson (79) praised for containing "much matter of historical value," paints a lively portrait of early frontier Methodism through autobiographical and secondhand anecdotes and brief sketches of several pioneer preachers.
Edinburgh: Constable and Co., 1831. Hardcover. Very good. Four volumes (complete): 4" x 6.5", pp. xcvi, 271; ix, 334; viii, 329; x, 362 + a six-page manuscript index tipped in at the end. Frontis portrait of Wilson and one plate (bald eagle) in Vol. I; frontispiece in each additional volume (night hawk, scarlet ibis, wild turkey). Bound in 3/4 red morocco, marbled boards and endpapers. Minor rubbing to extremities, occasional minor foxing; attractive and sound. This is the first European edition of Wilson's work, as well as the first edition issued with the supplementary text by Bonaparte. Jameson re-ordered the material for this edition in order to "render the work of more easy reference than the original edition" and make it "equally accessible to the general reader and the ornithologist." The complete text of both original works is included, but only 4 plates, uncolored. An Appendix includes a "systematic catalogue of the American birds drawn and described by Audubon," and a "catalogue of the new species of American birds described by Richardson and Swainson" [ie, more than 100 pp excerpted from Fauna Boreali Americana, then being prepared for publication]. "A work of evident genius by a virtually self-taught author, [American Ornithology] represents the first scientific description and listing of American birds" (ANB). Sitwell, Fine Bird Books p. 157.
n.p.; n.d., c. 1939. 8 7/8" x 12 3/4" broadside printed in black on thin tan paper. One-inch closed tear to the top edge, old folding creases, very good. Photograph at upper left of Dolly the two-headed cow, "the world's only creature ever to live any length of time with two normal heads on one body." A Holstein born in April 1936 at Blue Ribbon Dairy in San Diego, Dolly had three horns and was, according to her promoter (J. Elvin Thomson of National City, CA), not only the largest cow in the world, but also "the most remarkably marked animal in the world," with images on her sides of a camel, a lamb, a map of the United States, a seagull, a woodpecker, and a two-headed dog (among other things). No doubt they never had to make good on their promise to pay ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS to anyone who can find another like her.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1862. First American Edition. Hardcover. good. 8vo, xii, , 574+  ads. Illustrated with engravings; 3 maps on one folding sheet. Blue cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Spine darkened, fraying to spine ends, corners rubbed, front hinge partially cracked. Embossed library stamp on a few pages, bookplate on front pastedown; otherwise unmarked. Provenance: From the collection of Burton scholar and bibliographer James Casada. Written a few years after Burton's celebrated account of his journey to Mecca and Medina, this book describes the explorer's 1860 visit to Salt Lake City. Burton, who met Brigham Young on the trip, applied his characteristic ethnographic eye to Mormon ways, and his work offers a detailed and sympathetic portrait. The appendix contains a number of Mormon documents and a Mormon chronology. Wagner-Camp 370:2; Howes B1033; Flake 1029.
Sacramento: State Office. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. pp xv, 302, in original printed wrappers. Very near fine, with a few small chips. An important and influential document, recording several years of hearings and testimony asserting the inherently inferior and vicious nature of the Chinese character and its deleterious effect (both economic and moral) on Californian society. A year later, the new California constitution banned the Chinese from employment by corporations and municipalities, and in 1882 Chester Arthur signed the federal Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited all immigration of Chinese laborers.
San Francisco: H. Tibbitts, c. 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 9.75" x 11.5", oblong, in original flexible morocco with "Hon. Ben Johnson" stamped in gilt; 29 leaves printed rectos only on thick stock, 25 with gelatin silver photographs (image size 6 x 8 in.) of San Francisco, the Bay Area, and other parts of California. Some marginal foxing, first image faded, pages curling at top and bottom edges, slightly musty; but a presentable copy of an uncommon item. A marketing tool designed to stimulate interest in the Exposition, this book was produced in a very limited run and distributed to people of influence. The recipient of this copy, Ben Johnson, was a United States Representative from Kentucky (1907-1927) who served on the House Appropriations Committee. The brief text touts San Francisco as "naturally the one fitting point where a great celebration of this world event [completion of the Panama Canal] should be held," owing to its "superb harbor and growing Oriental trade." It notes that great investment has been made since the earthquake of 1906, so that now one finds "block after block of business buildings, hotels, apartment houses, and private residences, all new, substantial and artistic, with every modern equipment [and]..ample accommodations for fully 100,000 visitors." The photographs are presumably by H.C. Tibbitts, a San Francisco photographer who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and traveled extensively in the American west, documenting local scenes to help promote the railroad through its magazine, Sunset. Each image is captioned in the lower margin. In addition to many scenes from San Francisco (Post & Kearny, Lotta's Fountain, Hotel St. Francis, Market St, Golden Gate Park, Bank of California, Chinatown, Powell & Geary, Union Square, etc), there are views of Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Mt. Shasta, Lake Tahoe, Mission San Miguel, and the California State Capitol.
Fresno, CA: Fresno County Chamber of Commerce, c. 1906. Softcover. Near fine. 4.5" x 6.5",  pp, stapled wrappers, with a map and more than 20 illustrations from photographs. Closed tear to front cover with internal tape repair, otherwise minimal wear. Uncommon promotional booklet detailing the assets of Fresno County (soil, climate, natural resources, towns, agricultural bounty, proximity to markets). The county is described as an area settled by "thrifty and energetic farmers" whose hard work attracted other like-minded people and built a thriving economy. And you, too, can live the dream: "there are hundreds of thousands of acres of good land waiting for the touch of man's hand to transform them into garden sports and bring immense returns as investments, not to the rich man alone, but to the industrious settler with small means who diligently cares for them." Rocq 1900.
San Francisco: Published by the Author, 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo, 174 pp, with 5 plates from photographs, 2 full-page wood engravings, 1 chromolithograph plate, and additional illustrations in the text. Original white pictorial cloth, with image of California poppies in gilt, green, and orange. Early ownership signature (Robert John Tupper) on front flyleaf. Light soiling to rear board, corners bumped, color plate chipped at the fore edge, but on the whole an exceptionally clean and sound copy of this scarce early California children's book. Incidents in the life of a young girl and her family, who live in the San Joaquin Valley and spend summers at a cottage in Yosemite near the Sylvan Hotel (clearly modeled on Wawona). Life is generally good for Polly, who makes doughnuts, picks wildflowers, has a birthday party, and gets lovely presents her parents have bought in San Francisco. But one night in Yosemite, she becomes lost while fetching water from the spring and is forced to take shelter in an abandoned cabin. The lion of the title is a mountain lion that comes to the door and threatens to attack her, before being shot (and later stuffed) by a handsome young friend of the family.
Ojai, CA: Ojai Publishing Company, 1927. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 6.5 x 10 in., 48 pp, stapled wrappers, with 3 maps and more than 40 photographs by Leslie T. White Studios, Ventura. Light handling wear; very good. An uncommon and nicely illustrated promotional booklet describing the Ojai Valley's climate, geology, water supply, agriculture, hotels and resorts, churches, educational institutions, residences, and recreational opportunities (day trips, horseback riding, golf, tennis, social clubs, music, dancing), and even the activities of local Theosophists ("Owing to its beauty and its ideal location...it is natural that the Ojai Valley should attract as residents people belonging to organizations of an idealistic type"). Rocq 15511.
Yerba Buena [San Francisco]: Samuel Brannan, 1847. First edition of a rare early issue of San Francisco's first newspaper. Small folio, single sheet (13.5 x 20.5 in.) folding to  pp, each printed in three columns. Framed between two sheets of glass (entire issue can be read). Old folding creases, dampstain to one corner, a few small tears with minor losses not affecting readability. Good to very good overall. The California Star was the second newspaper printed in California, following closely behind The Californian, published in Monterey. While The Californian followed an editorial policy of strong support for the American military government, The California Star was critical of the American administration of Yerba Buena in the immediate aftermath of the Mexican-American War. This issue includes an editorial titled "Love of Power," which minces no words, calling California's new military governor, Robert F. Stockton, a "pompous, bloated, demagogue" who has been "puffing and blowing about the country like stranded grampus ever since his arrival." More favorable attention is given to the arrival in Yerba Buena of Stockton's rival for command of California, General Stephen Kearny. The issue also carries details of the capture of Monterey; a proclamation (printed in English and Spanish) from Commander John B. Montgomery prohibiting enslavement of California Indians, but requiring that all Indians "obtain service and not be permitted to wander about the country in an idle and dissolute manner;" notice that owing to "the interruption caused to agricultural pursuits...by the late unsettled state of the country," certain foodstuffs (flour, sugar, beef, etc) will be allowed into the ports of California duty free; an account of a public meeting held to debate the proper disposition of the city's beachfront property (asserting that "a nasty little clique" of "a few designing individuals" are attempting "to appropriate the whole of this valuable property for purposes of speculation"); and a letter to the editor demanding better representation in the territorial government for Americans, who have "done vastly more than any others in conquering the enemy... [and] who have encountered all the dangers and privations of a long and toilsome journey" but find themselves subject to the will of Californians, "whose interests are in all things opposed to ours." Classified advertising includes notice of an auction of prize goods seized by the USS Cyane and a want ad placed by John Sutter for "two Thrashing Machines for wheat of a size and sufficient power for a crop of some 40000 bushels." Little did he know his farmland would soon be overrun in the quest for a more precious harvest.
New York: F.J. Needham, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 299 pp, in original decorated cloth. Spine slightly faded, else a fine copy, with a small advertising sheet from John J. Newbegin, Bookseller (San Francisco) offering this as "A Fine Item for Californiana Collectors" laid in. Mulford arrived in California in 1856 and remained for 16 years. His "charming story" (Cowan, p. 447) recounts his voyage from New York to San Francisco as a hand on the clipper Wizard, and (among other things) prospecting for gold and copper, working as a ship's cook, and a 10-month whaling voyage in Marguerita Bay, off the coast of Mexico. Howes M882; Graff 2929.
New York: George P. Putnam, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Two volume set. Volume I: 19.1cm, pp [i]-xii, -251, with 4 colored plates. Volume II: 19.4 cm. pp , 2-3 [4-6], [5 (sic)]-251 + 45 page publisher's catalogue, paginated as in BAL (19638) variant A. The Mazatlan plate in Vol. II is not on p. 8 (where it is listed in the table of illustrations), but on p. 80, as in the Volkmann copy catalogued by Dorothy Sloan. Original green cloth stamped in blind, gilt lettering on spines. Both spines mildly slanted, lettering faded but legible, otherwise a very nice, sound set with minimal foxing. Provenance: each front pastedown bears the attractive bookplate of Goshen, Kentucky stock breeder, economist, and state representative (1924-28, 34-35) William Burke Belknap (1885-1965) and his wife, Helen Strong Belknap. Taylor, a correspondent for the New York Tribune, made this trip to California as gold fever reached its height. He describes his outbound journey via the Isthmus of Panama and his return by way of Mexico, but the work is most noteworthy for its detailed and lively description of life in the mines and camps, as well as in early Sacramento and San Francisco. Howes (T-43) lauds this book for its "unexcelled description of California's gold rush" and Gary Kurutz (Sloan Zamorano 80 Catalogue p. 259) writes that "Taylor's command of the language and the scenes he witnessed make Eldorado one of California's greatest books." Zamorano 80 #73; Graf 4073; Rocq 16098; Cowan p 630; Hill 1674, Sabin 94440, Streeter 2654.
Sonora, CA: J.A. Van Harlingen & Co., Printers and Publishers, 1909. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Issued by the Union Democrat, under the auspices and direction of the Supervisors of Tuolumne County. 8.5 x 11.25 in., oblong, pictorial wrappers, 112 pp, with approximately 100 illustrations from photographs, 3 maps (one folding). Some chipping and mild staining to the front wrap and spine; internally clean and tight. Promotes Tuolumne County as the "garden spot of California, most blessed of the blest by God and nature...rich in all that goes to make up health, wealth, and happiness." The text is quite detailed and includes much on the Tuolumne Water Power Company, agriculture, gold mining (with brief descriptions of more than 60 individual mines), marble and limestone quarries, and lumber companies, as well as description of each of the principal towns and many of the businesses in Sonora. Cowan p. 646; Rocq 15413.
San Francisco: Village Press. Softcover. Very good. c. 1915. 7" x 10",  pp, pictorial wrappers, attractively illustrated in color. Minor soiling, some chipping and short tears to the wrappers, fine internally. Promotional booklet for "The City of Gold," which is "proud to claim more De Luxe industries than any other section of the United States...producing millions of gold annually; an orange industry that is second to none in quality and price; the largest ripe olive plants in the world; a big sugar pine industry; the only silk farm in the United States with more than one million silk worms at work this year; a fruit district that produces successfully every fruit that will grow in the temperate or semi-tropical zones; marvelous scenery; outdoor sports, and recreation unexcelled in the country." Who wouldn't want to live there? Rocq 1347.