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1 California of the South, A History, Biographical. Volume III, Illustrated.
Chicago, Los Angeles: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1933. Hard Cover, Fine condition 
Vol. 3 only; 501 pp., indexed; 4to; brown fabrikoid, spine titles stamped in gilt; full page black & white portrait photographs throughout. Approximately 250 prominent citizens of Southern California represented, along with brief histories of several institutions such as the Santa Monica Writer's Club, Mount Saint Mary's College, Ventura County Free Library, Redondo Union High School, and Riverside Public Library.

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A Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California, Illustrated. Containing a History of this Important Section of the Pacific Coast from the Earliest Period of its Occupancy to the Present Time, together with Glimpses of its Prospective Future..., (Cover Title: Pen Pictures of the Garden World).
2 (Cover Title: Pen Pictures of the Garden World). A Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California, Illustrated. Containing a History of this Important Section of the Pacific Coast from the Earliest Period of its Occupancy to the Present Time, together with Glimpses of its Prospective Future...
Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1891. 1st Edition. Hard Cover, Very Good condition 
637 pp. Illustrated with 34 plates (including 30 steel-engraved portraits, 1 wood-engraved, and 3 from a photographs), including frontispiece. 11x9, original full decoratively embossed brown morocco, decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt with a gilt-vignette on the front cover, inner gilt dentelles, gilt-patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Front cover lettered "Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World" and the spine is lettered "Northern California, Illustrated." Rubbing to covers at edges; moderate rubbing to a faded spine, otherwise a very clean, solid copy.

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3 (Gosse, Sir Edmund William). Father and Son, Biographical Recollections.
N.Y.: Scribner's, 1908. Hard Cover, Very Good condition 
8vo 355 pgs. Bookplate on front paste-down Dark green cloth, slight wear at corners, otherwise a bright copy.

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4 (Robert Louis Stevenson). Stevenson's Baby Book: Being a Record of the Sayings and Doings of Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson. .
San Francisco: Printed for John Howell by John Henry Nash, 1922. Limited Edition. Very good or better condition 
No. 126 of 500 copies printed. 58 pp., photo portrait frontis of little Stevenson; 8vo; decorated paper over boards, blue cloth spine with paper spine label. Reproducing the records kept by Stevenson's mother for the first year of his life. Rubbing & minor bumping to leading corner tips. Introduced with 'A Note to the Reader' by Stevenson's stepdaughter, Katherine D. Osbourne. Two penned inscriptions on front endpaper: "To Frederick H. Randall with kind regards, Katherine D. Osbourne, New York City, 1923", this is lined out followed by an inscription "To Eleanor Muggley from Katharine D. O - In the back wash, June 21 - 1927." They do not appear to be from the same hand.

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5 (Shuck, Oscar T.). Sketches of Leading and Representative Men of San Francisco : being original sketches of the lives of the prominent politicians, lawyers, divines, pioneers, merchants, orators, etc., etc., of San Francisco. Edited by eminent editors and authors of California ; beautifully illustrated with portraits by the finest artists in America.
London & N.Y.: London and New York Pub. Co.; News Companies, 1875. 1st Edition. Hard Cover, Fair condition 
[iv], [703]-1073 [i.e. 1075], [8] p., 4 plates of heavy card stock with 4 original albumen portrait photographs of Gen. H. A. Cobb, Wm. M. Gwin, A. P. Hotaling, Esq., and Captain R. L. Ogden. Full red calf, lettered & decorated in gilt. Spine and edges well rubbed and chaffed; joints cracked, particularly the front which appears to have undergone some repair, both somewhat tender, but hinges solid so holding well. Portrait photographs appear to be in uniformly good condition with minimal fading. "Surpressed Edition" written in pencil at top of title page; occassional margin brackets marking paragraphs and sections, also in pencil. [Cowan, p. 586; Rocq 12156.]

A continuation of and paged consecutively with: Representative and Leading Men of the Pacific, 1870, also edited by O.T. Shuck, but illustrated with steel engravings as opposed to the actual photographs found here. Also contains added material such as a eulogy of William Ralston, a speech by Gen. O. H. LaGrange, and some additional biographies. Very scarce compared to the 1870 edition.. 
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6 Adamic, Louis. With a forward by Garth Sherwood Jeffers. RJ, Robinson Jeffers A Portrait.
Covelo, California: The Yolla Bolly Press, 1983. Limited Edition. Hard Cover, Fine condition 
The edition was limited to 265 numbered copies and 20 presentation copies. Signed by Garth Jeffers on the colophon. This presentation copy is lettered T. [60] pp.; 8vo; flexible boards covered in gray German bookcloth; pasted labels front & spine; designed by James and Carolyn Robertson and set by hand in Frederic Goudy's Californian types, on Rives and Italian Fabriano papers; title page initials and section numerals colored by hand; reproducing 16 photographs from the Jeffers family collection, never before published; and with the addition of a reminiscence of the period covered by Adamic's essay written by Garth Jeffers, the poets surviving son. This is the first publication of The Yolla Bolly Press.

"In July of 1928, two writers, Louis Adamic and Carey McWilliams, drove north from Los Angeles to meet Robinson Jeffers. The poet's remarkable verse was already making a national stir along with tales of his solitary and reclusive personality." The strong impressions of the meeting at Tor House were later recorded by Adamic in what is one of the most vivid and detailed description of the poet ever written. The essay was first published in 1929 by the University of Washington Bookstore in a chapbook series.. 
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7 Andrews, Wayne. Germaine, A Portrait of Madame De Stael.
N.Y.: Atheneum, 1963. 1st Edition. Hard Cover, Very Good condition in Good jacket, with Mylar Wrap 
237 pp., portrait frontis; 8vo; green cloth with moderate foxing bottom edge; in price clipped, lightly soiled blue jacket wear at corners & edges; loss up to a half-inch top of spine.

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8 Arguello. Diary.
Friendso of the Bancroft, Wrappers, Fine condition 

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9 Aron, Raymond. Memoirs, Fifty Years of Political Reflection.
N.Y. & London: Holmes & Meier, 1990. 1st U.S. Edition. Hard Cover, Near Fine condition in Near Fine jacket 
509 pp., includes index; 8vo; brown cloth back, and tan paper over boards; in cream dust jacket. Minor bump to top front corner to book & jacket.Translated by George Holoch.

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10 Boulard, Garry. "Just a Gigolo", The Life and Times of Louis Prima.
Lafayette, LA: The Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1989. First Edition. Hard Cover, Near fine condition in fair jacket, in protective mylar wrap. 
182 pp.; 8vo; red cloth stamped in gilt, in pictorial red jacket; black & white photographs. Light soil to front endpaper; jacket heavily creased at bottom and top edges with with chips and some loss including a 1" square piece out near heal of spine.

. 0984940490 
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11 Buddicom, Jacintha. Eric and Us. A Remembrance of George Orwell.
London: Leslie Frewin, 1974. 1st Edition. Hard Cover, Fine condition in Near Fine jacket, with protective mylar wrap 
8vo; paper over boards; in brown dust jacket with fading at spine; illustrated with photographs & other reproductions.

. 0856320765 / 9780856320767 
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12 Burgess, G. H. O. The Curious World of Frank Buckland.
London: John Baker, 1967. 1st Edition. Fine condition in Near Fine jacket 
8vo; gilt stamped green cloth in green jacket, with light wear at edges & corners. Black & white photos.

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13 Cate, Curtis. George Sand, A Biography.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975. First Edition. Hard Cover, Fine condition in Near Fine jacket, with protective mylar wrap 
812 pp.; 8vo; cloth in price clipped dust jacket; illustrated with photographs.

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Chambliss' Diary; or, Society As It Really Is., Chambliss, William H.
14 Chambliss, William H. Chambliss' Diary; or, Society As It Really Is.
N.Y.: Chambliss & Company, 1895. First Edition. Hard Cover, Very Good condition 
xiv, 408 pp., portrait frontis; 8vo; original blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, front cover lettering stamped in silver with gold & silver illustration. Illustrated with over fifty copper-plate half-tones and photo-engravings, including twenty-five society pictures by Laura E. Foster. Moderate soil to covers; rubbing to spine ends; front endpaper with moderate soil; slight thumbing to title at foredge; rear hinge slightly cracked but firm.

William H. Chambliss (b. 1865), a Mississippian, came to California as a member of the crew of the U.S. Essex in 1886 and made San Francisco his home base for the next five years as he shipped out on a succession of merchant vessels. He then tried to make his way in the city in advertising. Chambliss' diary (1895) describes his years at sea and voyages to Japan, China, Australia, Hawaii, and other Pacific ports of call as well as his life as a San Francisco man-about-town. The book consists largely of gossip and scurrilous rumors about leaders of San Francisco's "parvenucracy" of the late 1880s and 1890s: the Crockers and De Youngs and less-well-known pretentious upstarts, cardsharps and gambling hustlers, and society publicists like E.M. Greenway. His virulent racism regarding "the negro ex-slave" is accompanied by two reproductions of unambiguously demeaning illustrations of the day to underscore his unadulterated opinion on the matter in case the gobsmacked had any doubts. And don't get him started about girls bathing at the Hotel Del Monte.. 
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15 Coe, George W., as related to Nan Hillary Harrison. Frontier Fighter. The Autobiography of George W. Coe, Who Fought and Rode with Billy the Kid.
Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1951. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover, Fine condition in Very Good dust jacket, in protective mylar wrap 
220 pp., portrait frontis; 8vo; burgundy cloth lettered in light blue; six plates containing photographs. In dust jacket with chips & a few closed tears at edges, corner; minute loss at rear top corner tip; paper label remnant inside front flap top edge.

2nd ed. of Six-Guns, 458. "Though a good friend of Billy the Kid, the author was never considered an outlaw. As a participant in the Lincoln County Wars, he gives, I believe a fairly accurate account of the affair and the Kid's activities. . .". 
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Mademoiselle Libertine, A Portrait of Ninon de Lanclos. Together with, Ninon, A Courtesan of Quality., Cohen, Edgar H.; Day, Lillian.
16 Cohen, Edgar H.; Day, Lillian. Mademoiselle Libertine, A Portrait of Ninon de Lanclos. Together with, Ninon, A Courtesan of Quality.
N.Y. & London: Houghton Mifflin; Jarrolds, 1970 & 1978. 1st Editions. Hard Cover, Very Good condition in Very Good jackets 
Two separately published volumes; cloth with light scattered foxing to edges. In dust jackets with protective mylar wraps.

Portraits of the seductive and witty seventeenth-century Frenchwoman who believed in freethinking, free love and who resolutely practiced both.. 
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17 Collins, John. The Two Forgers, a biography of Harry Buxton Forman & Thomas James Wise.
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll, [1992]. First Edition. Hard Cover, Fine condition in Fine jacket 
317 pps., index; 8vo; dust jacket; black & white photos, reproductions.

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18 Connolly, James B. Master Mariner, The Life and Voyages of Amasa Delano.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1943. First Edition. Hard Cover, Very Good condition in Good jacket, with Mylar Wrap 
324 pp., portrait frontis, includes index; cloth; 8vo; map endpapers; blotches of foxing to extremities of prelims and title page; in price clipped jacket with creasing, chips, closed tears primarily to top edge.

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19 Cramer, C. H. Royal Bob. The Life of Robert G. Ingersoll.
Indianapolis & N.Y.: Bobbs-Merrill, 1952. 1st Edition. Hard Cover, Very Good condition in Very Good jacket, with protective Mylar Wrap 
314 pp., portrait frontis; 8vo; lightly faded blue cloth; in pictorial, pric-clipped jacket with light wear at corners, spine ends; foxing inside jacket spine.

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20 Dakin, Edwin Franden. Mrs. Eddy. The Biography of a Virginal Mind.
N.Y.: The Freethought Press, 1929. Hard Cover, Good condition in Good jacket, in protective mylar wrap. 
"This Special Edition . . . is printed in defiance of the amazing attempt to suppress this book by fanatical Christian Scientists who prefer delusion to truth!" Signed by the author on front endpaper. 553 pp., portrait frontis; 8vo; red cloth, spine stamped in black; in brown paper dust jacket printed and ruled in red. Foxing stains to verso of half-title, edges of both sides of frontis plate, top & foredge of title page, diminishing to faint foxing on small part of top leading corner of dedication and forward page. Jacket spine age toned & spotted; rubbing to edges, with soil and thumbing mainly to front cover. Otherwise a tight copy with clean text pages.

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