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The Life and Times of Col. James Fisk, Jr. : being a full and impartial account of the remarkable career of a most remarkable man : together with sketches of all the important personages with whom he was thrown in contact, such as Drew, Vanderbilt, Gould, Tweed, etc., etc., and a financial history of the country for the last three years : embracing also, the lives of Helen Josephine Mansfield, the enchantress, and Edward S. Stokes, the assassin.

By: McAlpine, R. W.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: N.Y., The New York Book Company: 1872

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 5312

Condition: Very Good condition


504 pp., portrait frontis; 8vo; rebound in green fabricoid, spine stamped in gilt; 32 illustrations. The final illustration facing p. 504, and the rear endpaper are fairly chewed at foredge, not affecting illustration. Light foxing to title and prelims, else very clean and tight except for final two pages. View more info

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Spanish John. Being a Memoir, now first published in complete form of the early life and adventures of Colonel John McDonell known as Spanish John when a lieutenant in the company of St. James of the Regiment Irlandia in the service of the king of Spain operating in Italy.

By: McLennan, William.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: N.Y. & London, Harper & Bros.: 1898

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 4604

Condition: Very Good condition


271 pp., illus. frontis; 12mo; original gilt stamped red cloth with armorial decoration front cover. Black & whtie plate illustrations throughout by F. De Myrbach. Moderate scratching/rubbing to front cover with a few spots upper corner near spine; a few spots of foxing to pastedown, front endpapers with one or two on prelims. Old bookseller's circular label rear pastedown for L. H. Cary, 16 Grant Ave., San Francisco. View more info

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Autobiography of John Stuart Mill.

By: MILL, JOHN STUART.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: N.Y., Henry Holt and Company: 1874

Seller ID: 8398

Condition: Good Condition


313 pp., pubs. ads; 8vo; original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt; dark brown pastedowns and endpapers. Ownership name J. Edw. Wright, 1875 penned in a nice hand on verso of front endpaper, and lightly on title. Offset tanning from newsprint pages 38 & 39 at lower eighth of page near hinges. Fairly unobtrusive pencil lines down the margins to mark passages by former owner who gave it a very close reading with a bit of thumbing on a few pages. Otherwise clean and the ... View more info

The Selected Journals. Volumes 1 through 4. Edited by Mary Rubio & Elizabeth Waterston.

By: Montgomery, L. M.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Toronto, Oxford University Press: 1985

Seller ID: 6275

Condition: Overall near fine condition


Four volumes of five published. Volume III, first edition; other volumes later printings. 8vo; cloth in dust jackets; green jacket of volume IV, spine faded to blue; gift inscription red front endpaper volume I. View more info

Polk, The Diary of a President. Covering the Mexican War, the Acquisition of Oregon, and the Conquest of California and the Southwest.

By: Nevins, Allan, editor.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York and Totonto, Longman, Green and Co.: 1929

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 5572

Condition: Very Good condition


412 pp., frontis; 8vo; dark green cloth stamped in gilt; illustrated with plate reproductions including portratis & scenes. Bookplate on front pastedown of Joseph Gregg Layne; front cover of envelope laid in addressed to Judge J. Gregg Layne, Los Angeles, 1932; flap and back cover of jacket laid in, apparently at one time causing offset tanning to pages 401 & 402; moderate foxing to title page at extremities; a few areas of light foxing at margins, text pages. Also laid ... View more info

Noon. An Autobiographical Sketch.

By: Norris, Kathleen.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Garden City, NY, Doubleday, Page & Co.: 1925

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3380

Condition: Near Fine condition in Near Fine jacket


86 pp., original gilt stamped burgundy cloth, in price clipped dust jacket with a few minor chips at edges; spine darkened. Book with moderate foxing to bottom edge, light foxing to foredge. View more info

Bret Harte, A Biography.

By: O'Connor, Richard.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston & Toronto, Little, Brown: 1966

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 5869

Condition: Fine condition in Near Fine jacket, with protective mylar wrap


8vo; brown paper over boards, in price-clipped brown jacket with light soil to white back panel. View more info

Growing Up.

By: Older, Fremont.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Call-Bulletin: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4185

Condition: Fine condition


168 pp., port. frontis; 8vo; original printed brown wrappers, yapp edges. View more info

Texas Ben Thompson.

By: Paine, Lauran.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Westernlore Press: 1966

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 5427

Condition: Good or better condition in Near fine jacket.


215 pp., portrait frontis; red paper over boards with foxing to top edge, in price clipped dust jacket. Great West and Indian Series XXIXII. View more info

The Charity of Charles Dickens His Interest in the Home For Fallen Women and A History of the Strange Case of Caroline Maynard Thompson

By: Payne, Edward F. and Henry H. Harper.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Boston, Printed Privately for Charles E. Goodspeed: 1929

Edition: Limited Edition

Seller ID: 1109

Condition: Near Fine condition


One of 100 copies.100 pp.; 8vo; plain cream boards with paper spine label; in slipcase, also with paper label. Book spine shows slight darkening; about fine in moderately soiled slipcase. View more info

The Swan of Lichfield, being a Selection from the Correspondence of Anna Seward.

By: Pearson, Hesketh, editor.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: N.Y., Oxford University Press: 1937

Seller ID: 5150

Condition: Very Good condition in Good jacket, with Mylar Wrap


8vo; cloth in price-clipped jacket with exterior browning tape reinforcement aroung spine ends and top edges. Includes short biography and preface also by Hesketh Pearson. View more info

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Oscar Wilde, His Life and Wit. (Inscribed by the author).

By: Pearson, Hesketh.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: N.Y., Harper & Bros.: 1946

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 7514

Condition: Good Condition


8vo; blue cloth, without dust jacket. Inscribed by the author "Cordial wishes from Hesketh Pearson" in ruled space below illustration on the bookplate of Arthur Leonard Ross. The bookplate is laid down and covers the whole of the front pastedown. Front endpaper also bears the ownership signature of Arthur Leonard Ross. Laid in are 3 xerox copies of typed correspondence from Pearson to Ross, regarding Pearson's intent to write a life of Frank Harris. Also two xerox copies... View more info

(3 Titles) Pepy's Diary. Selected and Edited by Robert Latham from the Diary of Samuel Pepys, a new and complete transcription, edited by Robert Latham and William Matthew. Together with The Illustrated Pepys, and the exhibition catalog Samuel Pepys Esquire.

By: PEPYS, SAMUEL.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, The Folio Society: 1996

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 4927

Condition: Fine condition in fine slipcase


Reprinting the 1985 Folio Society's single volume, The Shorter Pepys, here published in three volumes with new illustrations and binding. Blue cloth decorated and stamped in gilt in illustrated slipcase. The Illustrated Pepys, also edited by Latham, is a fine hardcover in price-clipped, otherwise fine pictorial jacket. Published by University of California Press, 1978.. Exhibition Catalogue by Richard Barber, UC Press, 1970, fine in near fine price clipped jacket. View more info

Men Who Loved Me. A Memoir in the Form of a Novel.

By: Picano, Felice.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New American Library: 1989

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 4602

ISBN: 0453007007

Condition: Near Fine condition in Fine jacket.


First Printing. 8vo; cloth-backed boards in dust jacket. Light tanning to prelim & page edges; remainder mark bottom edge. View more info

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John Ignatius Bleasdale: A Friend of Wine in New Worlds.

By: PINNEY, THOMAS.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: San Francisco, The Book Club of California: 2006

Edition: Limited Edition

Seller ID: 8686

Condition: Fine condition


67 pp.; 4o; red cloth, paper spine label; decorative chapter title illustrations; photographs and other reproductions. Designed and paged at The Anchor & Acorn Press, Petaluma; composed on the Linotype by Joseph Halton, Printer, Colfax, printed letterpress and offset at Hillside Press, San Francisco, and casebound by A-1 Bindery, Los Angeles."The Reverend John Bleasdale, whose story is the subject of these pages, connects the parallel lines of Victoria (Austr... View more info

Savage Art, A Biography of Jim Thompson.

By: Polito, Robert.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: N.Y., Knopf: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3453

ISBN: 0394584074

Condition: Fine condition in Fine jacket


543 pp., frontis; 8vo; cloth-backed boards, in pictorial dust jacket; black & white photographs. View more info

Boswell and the Girl from Botany Bay.

By: Pottle, Frederick A.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Viking: 1937

Edition: Limited Edition

Seller ID: 5855

Condition: Very Good condition in like slipcase


No. 428 of 500 copies. 56 pp.; 4to; gilt stamped black cloth back and patterned paper over boards, in matching slipcase; folding map; reproductions. Map with 2.5" split from bottom edges at fold, mended with archival tape; moderate tanning along hinges front and back, as well as gutter of title page. Bookplate of book collector Charles Walker Andrews, front pastedown. Externally a very fresh copy. Slipcase darkened at edges.James Boswell, from the first in hi... View more info

Konrad Adenauer, 1876/1976.

By: Prittie, Terence, Horst Osterheld, Francois Seydoux.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Stuttgart, Bonn Aktuell: [1975]

Seller ID: 3107

Condition: Fine condition


8vo; stiff white self-wraps with black & white photographs on and inside flaps and covers; portrait frontis; photographs & reproductions. View more info

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More Than Gold in California, 1849-1933. (Inscribed by the author).

By: RITTER, MARY BENNETT.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Berkeley, By the author: 1933

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 8147

Condition: Near Fine condition


451 pp., post-script; 8vo; patterned green & brown paper over boards, lettered in gilt. Inscribed by the author: "To my friends, Dr. and Mrs. Earl M. Wilbur, with cordial greetings, Mary B. Ritter, New Years, 1943, Berkeley, California." Miniscule wear to corner tips; mild foxing to endpapers. Overall a crisp copy.Dr. Ritter's autobiography - she was a physician and an advocate for women's rights and public health issues in Berkeley. Known as a pioneer in... View more info

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Cesar Ritz, Host to the World.

By: Ritz, Mme. Marie.

Price: $425.00

Publisher: Philadelphia & New York, J. B. Lippincott:

Seller ID: 6760

Condition: Near Fine condition in Good Jacket with protective mylar wrap


360 pp.; 8vo; red cloth; map endpapers; 34 illustrations in doubletone including frontis. Faint, shallow, verticle crease at top portion of half title through prelims, receding to page 20, else fine. In good or better, price-clipped blue & gold jacket, with chips & creasing at corners, particularyly at top of spine; moderate rubbing to foredge and light soil.Reading about the man who gave the world a new word for luxury is like seeing a portrait of an era. The wo... View more info