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1 FARNSWORTH, R. W. C. (ed.). A Southern California Paradise, (in the suburbs of Los Angeles.) Being a historic and descriptive account of Pasadena, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, and La Cañada; with important reference to Los Angeles and all Southern California, and containing map and illustrations.
Pasadena, CA: R.W.C. Farnsworth, 1883. 1883 Signed
Thin 4to. vi, 132 pp. Numerous figs., map of Pasadena, directory of Pasadena residence. Printed in double columns; minor dampstain to bottom gutter, p. 35 with margin tear effecting 2 lines, six small ink ticks on contents page. Original gilt-stamped purple pebbled cloth (rear cover stamped in blind). Inscribed "To my dear friend Josephine Michener from Winifred Farnsworth Hall." Generally very good. RARE. FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST HISTORY OF PASADENA.. This self-published promotional book about Pasadena, the San Gabriel Valley, and Southern California in general, contains many articles by famous California writers, i.e. John Muir ("The Sierra Madre Mountains" (pp. 64-66)), M.M. Bovard (President of USC, then in its third year of operation), and Abbot Kinney. Also included is a directory of prominent citizens of Pasadena. Mention is also made of Charles Nordhoff's book on California. With contributions by John Muir (on the Sierra Madre mountains), Alice P. Adams ["San Gabriel"], Perry M. Green ["History of Pasadena"], Abbot Kinney, William D. Martin, E.T. Pierce ["Sierra Madre"], Clinton B. Ripley ["Homes"], Mrs. R.P. Waite, Dr. J.P. Widney, and many others. John M. Radebaugh offers "Pasadena as a Health Resort." George McK. Bancroft, "First Impressions of Pasadena." An unsigned article: "Water Supply of Pasadena." BIOGRAPHICAL: Winifred Farnsworth Hall lived 1872-1955. Josephine Rigden Michener grew up in Pasadena, married to Harold Michener (electrical engineer); their son was Charles D. Michener who became a known entomologist and works in Kansas (1918- ). She earned a PhD from Berkeley "working on systematics of marine dinoflagellate protozoa." She worked under Charles Atwood Kofoid (1865-1947) as his laboratory assistant and scientific illustrator. She quit her studies after marriage. This copy passed from Josephine Michener to her decedents. REFERENCES: Cowan, 167 (1964 additions); ROCQ 4610. See: Taylor, F.J.R. Unpublished observations on the thecate stage of the dinoflagellate genus Pyrocystis by the late C.A. Kofoid and Josephine Michener. Pycologia 11, no. 1 (1972): 47-55. First Edition. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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2 MOREHOUSE, A. G., & C. E. ELSTNER (publishers). Pen Sketches of Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles: Elstner-Morehouse, 1896. 1896 
Large oblong 4to. Not paginated. 36 full page illustrations of Los Angeles with related adverts on the opposite pages, 15 full page photos of individual Los Angeles Buildings. Original full gilt stamped brown cloth; inner hinges neatly repaired. Early inscription to Arthur Ellis, 1927. Early Ownership signature of Sam Behrendt, Los Angeles, 1925. Fine. EXTREMELY SCARCE. BEAUTIFUL COPY OF THIS VERY RARE LOS ANGELES SKETCHBOOK. With 36 full-page plates depicting early Los Angeles buildings. This unequaled record of the central Los Angeles business district, was created, according to the preface, in order "…to show the active business portions, together with a few of the more pretentious of the office buildings and manufactories". Arthur Ellis was a founding member of the Zamorano Club. Provenance: Sam Behrendt, the son of Los Angeles pioneer Caspare Behrendt* (d.1913) (the discovery of gold brought him to California), "acquired his education in the Spring Street and Eighth Street Grammar Schools at Los Angeles, and after he was fifteen years old spent one year in a business college. For to years he clerked in a grocery and cigar business, and remained there until 1900. Selling out and returning to Los Angeles, he became connected with the San Gabriel Electric Company, later merged with the Pacific Light and Power Company. He was employed as a collector and later solicited new contracts for three years. On leaving that corporation, Mr. Behrendt entered the insurance business for himself, and in 1907 took in Mr. I. O. Levy as a partner under the name Behrendt-Levy Company, and they incorporated the business in 1908. This is a general insurance agency and the establishment now employs twenty-one people. Mr. Behrendt is also a director of the Union Bank and Trust Company and a director of the Shiff, Lang & Company." He is a member of Hollenbeck Lodge no. 119, a Scottish Rite Mason, and Shriner, Elk, Corona Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West, B'nai Birth, Los Angeles Athletic Club, San Gabriel Country Club, City Club, Chamber of Commerce, Merchants and Manufacturers Association, and the Friars Club of New York. At Oakland, Ca., he married Sadie Mosbacher. Together they had a son George (b.1904). Behrendt was also known to be a friend of film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, holding a dinner in his honor at the Alexandria Hotel February 12, 1917. – McGroarty. John Steven McGroarty, Los Angeles from the mountains to the sea: with selected biography, vol. II, p. 422; James Miller Guinn, A history of California and an extended history of Los Angeles and … 1915, page 124; Harris Newmark, Sixty Years in Southern California. 
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3 U.S. House of Representatives. Report of the Superintendent of the Coast Survey, Showing the Progress of the Survey During the Year 1856.
Washington: Cornelius Wendell, 1856. 1856 
Series: House of Representatives, 34th Congress, 3d Session, Ex. Doc. No. 18. Thick 4to. xix, errata [1], 358 pp. 67 fold-out maps and diagrams, index; pages browned, some foxing, tears to plate No. 1 mended. Dark tan cloth, blind stamped decorative title borders on covers, gilt-stamped cover and spine titles; extremities rubbed. Bookplate: "With the compliments of Prof. A. D. Bache, Supt. U.S. Coast Survey". Very good. Scarce. "[Alexander Dallas] Bache is clearly one of the founders of the scientific community in the United States. His administration of the Coast Survey established a model for large-scale scientific organization that was followed either implicitly or explicitly by later groups. Bache and his close friend Joseph Henry established many of the patterns of interaction of science and the federal government. Perhaps most significant of all was the way pure science, in Bache's scheme of things, became the necessary antecedent and companion of applied science, rather than purely a philosophical endeavor." [DSB, I, p. 364]. "The primary aim of the Coast Survey was to furnish, with the fullest possible accuracy, all the geographical, topographical, and hydrographical data that may in any way be needed for the navigation and defence [sic] of the coast… These field operations involve heavy office work, reduction of observations, map-drawing, engraving, and printing. The scientific preparation, the practical knowledge, and the administrative talent, necessary for the successful conduct of operations of such magnitude and complexity could have been found in few men: it is not too much to say that Bache possessed all these requirements… By husbanding the strength at his disposal, Bache, who was a hard worker and genially encouraged hard work in others, widely extended the range of subjects originally embraced by the Survey: he organised magnetic observations, and recorded the meteorological data, earthquake phenomena, and, for a time, the appearance of Sunspots… His annual reports to Congress, increasing in extent and fullness as his labours neared completion, embrace an invaluable repertory of physical investigations, while they form a step-by-step history of the progress of a survey as certainly the most accurate as it is obviously the most extensive that has yet been produced or called for by any nation in the world." [C., J., "Obituary: Alexander Dallas Bache", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 28, November 1867-June 1868, p. 73-74]. This voluminous work contains numerous maps, charts and diagrams illustrating the work and progress of the survey in the year 1856. Highlights include maps of several of the Channel Islands off the coast of California. No. 47 features "San Clemente island, harbor of refuge at southeast end" and contains a small lithographed sketch of the coastline by James Ackerman. No. 48 features "Anacapa and part of Santa Cruz island" and contains another small lithograph of Anacapa's most noticeable natural feature, the Arch Rock, a 40 ft high natural bridge. Of interest as well is No. 49, "Entrance to San Francisco Bay, (preliminary chart.)" which offers sailing directions and warns of several potential dangers to be avoided. 
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4 WARE, Joseph E. The Emigrants’ Guide to California.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1932. 1932 
Sm. 8vo. xxiv, 63, [1] pp. Large folding map, index. Original deep red gilt-stamped cloth, printed dust-jacket; jacket torn and large chipping at extremities - cloth covers are fine. Originally published in 1849, this issue includes an introduction and notes by John Caughey. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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5 [BERNIER, R. L., publisher] PORTER, Bruce, et al Art in California. A survey of American art with special reference to Californian painting, sculpture and architecture past and present particularly as those arts were represented at the Panama-Pacific International exposition. Being essays and articles by the following contributors
San Francisco: R. L. Bernier 1916 hardcover 4to. 183, [3] pp. 251 plates (some color), indexes. Modern quarter morocco, maroon cloth sides, raised bands, gilt spine, t.e.g. 
San Francisco:: R. L. Bernier. 1916. hardcover. 4to. 183, [3] pp. 251 plates (some color), indexes. Modern quarter. morocco, maroon cloth sides, raised bands, gilt spine, t.e.g.. Bookplate of Dr. Leon Kolb and gift inscription on front paste-down.. Fine. SCARCE.. The major resource for the early history of California art. An important illustrated catalogue of the work of the representatives of the Golden State at the Panama Pacific International Exposition with illustrations of works by Maren Froelich, Maynard Dixon, William Wendt, William Keith, and many more. . 1 
Price: 850.00 USD
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6 [California; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; G. A. FLEMING]. CALIFORNIA: ITS PAST HISTORY, its present position, its future prospects: containing a history of the country from its colonization by the Spanish to the present time ... including a history of the rise, progress, and present condition of the Mormon settlements: with an appendix containing the official reports made to the government of the United States.
London: Printed for the proprietors (M'Gowen and Co.), 1850. 1850 
Small 4to. viii, 270 pp. GORGEOUS HAND COLORED FRONTISPIECE AND HALF TITLE VIGNETTE, COLOR MAP facing p. 33; lacking plate 3. Original blind stamped brown cloth; worn, joint cracked, else very good. Rare. FIRST EDITION. One of the earliest and most important accounts of the 1849 California Gold Rush. Anonymously written, but "G. A. Fleming is the author according to a presentation copy owned by B. E. Waters" (Storm/Graff, item 1347). The hand-colored plates, which Kurutz calls of "exceptional quality", are in fine detail, vivid color and in excellent perspective. These include: [1] A color frontispiece titled, Emigrant Party on the Road to California (depicts a caravan of wagons along mountain scene), [2] a color half title vignette titled Scene on a Branch of the Sacramento (depicts panning for gold and ornamental typography), [3] a color map facing p. 33. Not all copies have the gold area colored in yellow, (first noted by Wheat, p. 144), as so in our copy. The third illustration, titled, Encampment in the Valley of the Sacramento is lacking. Storm/Graff states that some copies are "found with the nine plates instead of the present three" (Storm, item 1347). Sloan describes such a copy (Auction 16, Lot 63), where many of the additional plates referred to New Zealand or could be generic for travel to either place. Many copies vary with the number of plates present. However the New Zealand plates are not called for with this edition about California. Sloan speculates the plate variation may have been caused by London printers rushing to meet the demand for guide books for both California and New Zealand during the mid- 19th century. Published in London for the English immigrant, this account is currently read for its historical value to this day. However it is scarce to find a first edition. The book begins "with a review of English law and regulations concerning ships carrying emigrants, [then] it soon moves to a general description of the area and its history, mostly drawn from secondary sources, such as Fremont and Vizetelly. Written principally for the poor…the author puts forth the proposition that those who can successfully practice a trade in California will ultimately proper more than those who merely seek gold." (Sloan). "One of the fullest and most interesting of the contemporary accounts" (Howes) on the California gold rush. REFERENCES: Robert Clarke [booksellers]. Bibliotheca Americana, 1893: Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of ..., Issue 4, no.1746; Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 36734; Holliday, J. S. Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California University of California Press; First edition June 8, 1999. p 159; Howes F178; Kurutz, Gary. The California Gold Rush: A Descriptive Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets Covering the Years 1848-1853. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1997; Richard Thomas Stillson, Spreading the Word: A History of Information in the California ... 2006, p. 259; Sabin 9973; Sloan, Dorothy. Auction 15, lot 78 and Auction 16, lot 63; Storm, Colton. A Catalogue of the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana. University Of Chicago Press, 1968. Item 1347; Wheat, Carl I. The maps of the California gold region, 1848-1857: A biblio-cartography of an important decade. 1942. First Edition. 
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7 [POWELL, J. W. (director)] Geologic atlas of the United States, Lassen Peak folio California.
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Geological Survey, 1895. 1895 
Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey, J. W. Powell, director. Folio 15. Folio. (Unpaginated, 8 ff. 3 color maps, 9 figs., text illus. Self-wraps; folded crease across width of folio. Good to very good. [J3456LV] 
Price: 100.00 USD
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