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1 GHENT, William James (1866-1942). The Road to Oregon, a chronicle of the great emigrant trail.
London…: Longmans, Green, 1929. 1929 
First edition. 8vo. xvi, 274 pp. Frontis., 32 illus., a map, appendix, index; foxed. Blind and gilt-stamped navy cloth, pictorial pastedowns. Very good. "It is singular that no comprehensive historical treatment of the Oregon Trail has until now been attempted. … of the great wealth of recently discovered material that compels the rewriting of much of the history of the Far West, little has been added to the early documentation of the Trail…" (introduction). First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2 HOLMES, Steven J. The Young John Muir: An Environmental Biography.
(Madison): University of Wisconsin Press, (1999). 1999 0299161501 / 9780299161507 
First printing. 8vo. xv, 309 pp. Frontis., illustrations, index. Burgundy cloth, white stamped spine title. Burndy bookplate. Fine. ISBN: 0299161501 First Edition. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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3 IVES, Joseph C. Report upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858 by Lieutenant Joseph C. Ives, Corps of Topographical Engineers, Under the Direction of the Office of Explorations and Surveys, A. A. Humphreys, Captain Topographical Engineers, in Charge. By order of the Secretary of War. [with]: Hydrographic Report. [with]: Geological Report. [with]: Botany. [with]: Zoology. [with]: Appendices.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1861, 1860. 1861 
5 parts in 1 (with each section heading) volume. Senate issue: 36th Congress, 1st Session. 4to. 131, 14, 154, 30, 6, [2], 31, [1] pp. Beautifully enriched with fine illustrations: 2 large folding lithographed maps "Rio Colorado of the West", 8 fine folding panoramic views, 8 chromolithographic plates [facing pages 31, 44, 54, 66, 94, 120, 121, 128], and 17 lithographed plates of views (including frontispiece and 3 fossil plates) from sketches by Baldwin Mollhausen [frontis., 27, 49, 63, 74, 80, 100, 107, 108, 110, 119; 20, 30, 54, I, II, III], and 1 "profile" plate, with numerous steel engravings; minor tears to maps repaired, some browning, spotting and engraving off setting, p. 108 glue spot on plate has pulled some facing text, title page with small perforated "LC" and dated (1908) rubber stamp on verso, otherwise clean pages. Original pictorial gilt and blind stamped dark brown cloth covers, with recent new spine of similarly toned cloth. Library of Congress bookplate. Very good: an unusually clean and well maintained copy. FIRST EDITION. "[This] report is one of the most desirable books in the Colorado River field" - Francis P. Farquhar. An important and desirable work in the history of the mapping and early descriptions of US territories, resources, etc. Complete with all plates, maps, wood cuts and panoramic views: includes eight colored lithographic plates of the Indians of the southwest. Baldwin Mollhausen (1825-1905), artist and traveler, born in Bonn, travelled across the western United States, and died in Berlin. He was wounded by Indians but, after five months, navigated the Mississippi River to New Orleans. His time in the US was around 1850-1854. His chromolithographic images of the west are highly prized. Joseph Christmas Ives (1829-1868), soldier, botanist, explorer of the Colorado River in 1858, was born in New York City on Christmas Day, 1829 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1852. As a Second Lieutenant from 1853 to 1854 he was appointed by the U.S. Army to the Topographical Engineers as assistant to Lt. Amiel Weeks Whipple in the Pacific Railroad survey along the 35th parallel. From 1857 to 1858 Ives commanded an expedition to explore the Colorado River from its mouth. At Robinson's Landing he built the 54 foot paddlewheel steamboat Explorer to map and survey the river. His party included Smithsonian associate John Strong Newberry as geologist. He led his party up the Colorado River to the lower end of the Grand Canyon, then struck out across the desert to Fort Defiance, Colorado. Ives reported his findings in his 1861 Report upon the Colorado River of the West. The Ives expedition produced one of the important early maps of the Grand Canyon drawn by Frederick W. von Egloffstein, topographer to the expedition. Flake 4287; Howes I-92; Paher, Nevada: An Annotated Bibliography, 952; Sabin 35308; Wagner-Camp-Becker 375; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, 947, 948. First Edition. 
Price: 1400.00 USD
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4 O’CROULEY, Pedro Alonso. A Description of the Kingdom of New Spain, 1774. Translated and edited by Seán Galvin.
[San Francisco]: John Howell—Books, 1972. 1972 
4to. xviii, 148 pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, 2 maps (one folding, loose in pocket at rear of book), bibliography, index. Gilt-stamped blue cloth, dust-jacket; small front jacket tear. Near fine in very good jacket +. Translation of the O’Crouley’s original Idea compendiosa del Reyno de Nueva España, housed in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid. O’Crouley’s family emigrated to Spain from Ireland in the 18th century to escape English rule. As both the Irish and Spanish were Catholic, and Ireland was widely thought to have been settled by men from the Iberian peninsula some thousands of years before, they were treated as Spaniards. He became a merchant, academic, and collector of antiquities, possessing at the time of his death thousands of Greek and Roman coins and over 200 paintings by artists ranging from Van Dyck to Velázquez. O’Crouley frequently traveled to New Spain pursuing business ventures. His “Idea compendiosa mirrors much of the crisis of the missions and northern frontiers in the years when he was in Mexico. The presidios inherited from earlier decades as a system of frontier defense were unable to protect the northern settlements from fierce Apaches. …O’Crouley was interested in both past and present of the land he was visiting. He gathered information from whatever sources were available to him, naming the older histories of Solís, Herrera, and Acosts; Archbishop Lorenzana’s book…[as well as] gleaning information from travelers, tax collectors and other likely persons” (p. ix). 
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5 ROSSI, Paul A. & David C. HUNT. The Art of the Old West. From the collection of the Gilcrease Institute.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. 1971 Signed
Folio. 335 pp. Beautiful illustrations (1 folding), bibliography. Full calf, gilt-stamped spine, stamped front cover buffalo pictorial, illustrated paper-backed board publisher’s slipcase; spine ends rubbed, slipcase corners rubbed with spine ends slightly torn. SIGNED by both authors in ink at limitation page. Near fine in very good case. LIMITED FIRST EDITION—280 of 450 copies. First Edition. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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6 VIOLA, Herman J. Exploring the West.
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, (1987). 1987 0810908891 / 9780810908895 
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 256 pp. Profusely illustrated (many images in color), index. Brown cloth, copper stamped spine title, dust-jacket. Bookplate of the Burndy Library. Fine. ISBN: 0810908891 First Edition. 
Price: 2.00 USD
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7 WHITE, Richard. “It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own”: A History of the American West.
Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, (1991). 1991 0806123664 / 9780806123660 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. xix, 644 pp. Illustrations, maps, 18 tables, index. Light blue paper boards, red stamped spine title, dust-jacket. Bookplate of the Burndy Library. Near fine. ISBN: 0806123664 First Edition. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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8 [GLAZIER, Colonel Willard] OWENS, John Algernon. Sword and Pen; or, Ventures and Adventures of Colonel Willard Glazier, (Soldier, Author and Explorer), in War and Peace, Including stories of his childhood and student-life; success as a teacher …
Philadelphia: Franklin Book Co, 1900. 1900 Signed
Three hundredth edition. 8vo. xxi, [1], 23-640 pp. Profusely illustrated; both hinges undone, endleaves loose. Original decorative blind and black stamped brown cloth; extremities worn. Ink inscribed on front and rear free endpaper "Parker Atwood, 352 Howard Ave.- New Haven Conn., From papa 1905" and rubber ink stamped with same name and address in several places, including bottom fore-edge. As is. This Franklin Book Co. issue is scarce. [Complete title: Sword and Pen; or, Ventures and Adventures of Colonel Willard Glazier, (Soldier, Author and Explorer), in War and Peace, Including stories of his childhood and student-life; success as a teacher; remarkable career as a soldier and author; wit an account of his unprecedented journey from ocean to ocean on horseback; his discovery of the true source of the Mississippi River, and canoe voyage thence to the Gulf of Mexico; his second expedition to the headwaters of the Mississippi; the Raising of a regiment by him for the was with Spain, and his tour of the West Indies.] 
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9 [MASALPINA, Alejandro (1754-1810)] David CUTTER. Masalpina in California.
[San Francisco]: John Howell—Books, 1960. 1960 
4to. viii, 96 pp. Frontispiece map, 18 plates, 2 folding tables, index. Gilt-stamped beige cloth, front cover pictorial. Fine. LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies designed and printed by Lawton Kennedy of San Francisco. Masalpina “was an Italian nobleman who spent most of his life as a Spanish naval officer and explorer. Under a Spanish royal commission, he undertook a voyage around the world from 1786 to 1788, then, from 1789 to 1794, a scientific expedition (the Masalpina Expedition) throughout the Pacific Ocean, exploring and mapping much of the west coast of the Americas from Cape Horn to the Gulf of Alaska, crossing to Guam and the Philippines, and stopping in New Zealand, Australia, and Tonga” (Wikipedia). Masalpina “and José Bustamante y Guerra made Monterey, California, a port of call and of scientific investigation in September, 1791. This visit by an expedition which was probably Spain’s greatest exploratory contribution to the age of enlightenment placed California under the scrutiny of men of science, and left the most extensive compiled record of data from the Hispanic periods. Many first’s in California’s history can be clearly claimed by this exploring party during its stay in Monterey. In an intensive fortnight the men of the Descubierta and Atrevida investigated many facets of early Spanish California” (p. v). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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