Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on Americana, for sale at Horizon Books.
BAIRD, Spencer, John Cassin, George N. Lawrence; Reports of Explorations & Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable & Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, . . . in 1854-5. Volume IX. General Reports Upon Zoology of Several Railroad Routes Birds. Washington, House of Representatives, 1858, , 4to [30 x 24 cm]; lvi, 1005 pp, numerous tables, index, contemporary leather-backed boards, rubbed, edge wear, joint cracking but strong, spine title lettering faded, interior is quite clean and very good.
This report was reprinted verbatim for the Cassin bird book, The Birds of North America, published 1860, that became a classic work on the birds of the western US. Zimmer 646: 'The most important work on North American birds up to its date since Audubon and Wilson. The work consist of a critical, descriptive account of all the birds of North America, north of Mexico, and is not restricted to the species collected by the Pacific Railroad Surveys'. Hasse p. 62. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West: 'The massive volumes of the Pacific Railroad Reports represented the combined efforts of the topographical engineers and a sizable contingent of the country's foremost scientists. Not since Napoleon had taken his company of savants into Egypt had the world seen such an assemblage of scientists and technicians marshaled under one banner'.
US$70. bookID # 11519
BIRMINGHAM, George A.; From Dublin to Chicago; Some Notes on a Tour in America. New York, George H. Doran Company, , First Edition, 8vo [20.5 x 14 cm]; 320 pp, original cloth, gilt lettering on cover and spine, very good, clean.
The travels of this Irish writer through the United States with some interesting social descriptions.
US$12. bookID # 3475
BOYD, C. R. [Charles]; Resources of South-West Virginia, showing the Mineral Deposits of Iron, Coal, Zinc, Copper and Lead; also the Staples of the Various Counties, Methods of Transportation, Access, etc. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1881, third edition, 8vo [24 x 15 cm]; xiv, 321 pp, 13 plates including frontis, large [32 x 24 inches] colored folding map (few repairs of tears on verso), other illustrations including geological cross-sections, tables, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, spine end frayed, bookplate removed from front endpaper, a clean sound copy, very good or better.
Each county is described in detail including mineral resources, agriculture, water power, scenery, cattle and sheep, towns, schools, transportation, timber, manufacturing, etc. The plates include Hale's Falls, Montgomery White Sulphur Springs, Wythe mines, Washington Springs, Falls of Mill Creek, Holston Springs, Beatrice Falls, views, etc. The large map also has a view of Penington's Gap, Lee County. Copies were not traced in Sabin or in Library of Congress Catalogue. No copies were traced at auction in the last 25 years.
US$120. bookID # 8854
BRODHEAD, Michael J.; A Soldier-Scientist in the American Southwest; Being a Narrative of the Travels of Brevet Captain Elliott Coues, through Kansas, Territories of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, to Coast of California; together with observations of Natural History, Avifauna. Tucson, The Arizona Historical Society, Historical Monography no. 1, , First edition, 8vo [25 x 17.5 cm]; [vi], 74 pp, two portrait plates of Coues including frontis, color and other plates from original works, other illustrations, full-page maps, bibliographical notes, original pictorial heavy paper wraps with title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, unmarked.
Coues was the first trained naturalist to travel through and observe the southwest of what is now the USA in 1864-65 and became a leading naturalist and author, including editor of the exploration journals of Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, Henry, Fowler, Garces, etc. He provided a unique view of the region, the animals and birds, plants, native peoples, etc.
US$22. bookID # 13488
CAMPBELL, W. G.; The New World; Recent Visit to America, together with Introductory Observations for Tourists and Four Appendices Containing All Suitable Information for Emigrants, &c.. London, Elliott Stock, 1871, First edition, 12mo [19 x 12 cm]; xvi, 208 pp, engraved frontis portrait, signed in the plate, tissue guard, appendices, original orange cloth with gilt design on front cover and gilt lettering on spine, all edges are gilded over marble, spine joint repaired, new endpapers, very good, clean copy.
Not traced in Sabin, Howes or TPL, nor in the on-line catalogs of British Library or Library of Congress. No copies in auction records of last 25 years. The author travelled and described New York, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Niagara, Lockport, Toronto, Montreal, and many smaller towns in between. He describes society, the economies and religion in some detail.
US$150. bookID # 6197
CHAMBERLIN, Everett; Chicago and Its Suburbs. Chicago, T. A. Hungerford & Co., 1874, First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; 468, [ii, ads] pp, frontis of Chicago Water Works, 62 illustrations including full-page and other maps, tables, folding map, index, original green blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, a bit rubbed at spine ends and corners but clean near fine copy.
A well-illustrated work covering Chicago and surrounding area with history, commerce, railroads, manufactures, institutions, trade, real estate market, land titles, streets, newspapers, statistics, parks, suburbs and surrounding towns, with some ads of local merchants.
US$180. bookID # 9233
CLARK, Thomas D.; Travels in the Old South, A Bibliography. Norman, University of Oklahoma, , First edition was 1956, this being the second printing, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 3 volumes, xix, 327; xv, 289; xviii, 403 pp, illustrations, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, gilt decorations, very fine and clean (as new) in original slipcase with original printed labels (fine with small repair at corner).
A major bibliographical work undertaken by twelve experts in the area, the set lists and describes over one thousand travels books published up to 1860. Volume one deals with the formative years, 1527-1783, from the Spanish explorations through the American revolution. Volume two, on the expanding south, 1750-1825, covering the Ohio Valley and the cotton frontier. Volume three on the ante bellum south, 1825-1860, with a focus on cotton, slavery and conflict. Detailed and critical descriptions of each entry are provided.
US$140. bookID # 12661
CORNEY, Peter; Voyages in the Northern Pacific; Narrative of Several Trading Voyages from 1813 to 1818 Between the Northwest Coast of America, the Hawaiian Islands and China, with a Description of the Russian Establishments on the Northwest Coast. Honolulu, H. I., Thos. G. Thrum, 1896, First separate printing, first edition was in the Literary Gazette of 1821, 12mo [18.5 x 12 cm]; x, [ii], 84, 74A-84A, 85-138, v [index], [i, ad] pp, irregular pagination but complete with chapter IX, with pages numbered 74A to 84A, original pictorial printed heavy paper wraps, chipped at spine ends & small chip to rear cover edge, front cover and endpaper with moderate foxing, touch of foxing on some other leaves, but clean, very good copy.
Hill p. 65: 'English firms fitted out the schooner Columbia for the fur trade between the northwest coast of America and China. Peter Corney sailed as first lieutenant on this voyage which lasted more than four years. The ship was finally purchased by King Kamehameha of Hawaii. The voyage provides much interesting information concerning Hawaii and the abortive Russian settlement on Kauai. Howes 785 describes the work as 'very rare'. The title continues: 'Early Account of Kamehameha's Realm; Manners and Customs of the People, etc, and Sketch of a Cruise in the Service of the Independents of South America in 1819, with a Preface and Appendix of Valuable Confirmatory Letters Prepared by Prof. W. D. Alexander'
US$500. bookID # 8587
DALE, Edwin L. Jr.; Conservatives in Power, a Study in Frustration. Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, 1960, First edition, small 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 214 pp, original cloth, dj (bit rubbed), near fine in vg dj.
US$3. bookID # 4531
DE ROOS, F. Fitzgerald; Personal Narrative of Travels in the United States and Canada in 1826 with Remarks on the Present State of the American Navy. London, William Harrison Ainsworth, 1827, third edition, published the same year as the first edition, 8vo [21.5 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 235 pp, large foldout frontis of Quebec, 13 plates and maps, index, contemporary half calf, gilt spine title lettering and decorations, marbled boards rubbed, engraved armorial bookplate of Brisbane of Brisbane, slightly foxed on few leaves, but interior is clean & fine, very good overall with excellent plates.
A description of the shipyards of Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and with a narrative of his travels through eastern Canada and the United States. The plates include Bristol in Delaware, Waterloo Inn, the first stagecoach from Baltimore to Washington, view of Philadelphia, New York harbour, Chester Massachusetts, Montmorency Falls, Halifax, Montreal street scene, and several of Niagara Falls from both the Canadian and American sides, with plans and maps of the area. TPL 1392. Sabin 19677. Lande 1724. Howes D268. Abbey Travel 614. Dow I, 163.
US$350. bookID # 12341
DELAND, Margaret; Florida Days. Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1889, First edition, 8vo [22 x 16 cm]; xviii,  - 200 pp, 4 colored plates (chromolithographs) including frontis, 2 fine etched plates, tissue guards, other plates from drwgs, numerous other illus, title page vignette, original two-part pictorial cloth with gilt title lettering on cover and spine, top edge gilted, cover bit faded, light shelf wear, engraved bookplate of Charles L. Hutchins on endpaper, interior clean and fine in vg cover.
Clark, New South 302. Bennett p. 32, citing a 1899 edition: '4 lovely full page plates of Florida scenes in bright colors'. The author describes the first town in Florida at St. Augustine and the country along the St. Johns River, the woods, swamps, and the people. The fine illustrations by Louis K. Harlow evoke the place as it was before the massive development and commercialization.
US$130. bookID # 7913
DOUGLAS, William O.; My Wilderness; East to Katahdin. Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, , , 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 290 pp, illustrations from drawings by Francis Lee Jaques, 13 maps on endpapers, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, dj (light wear, spine a little faded), fine in good dj.
A narrative of the author's travels through primitive areas of the US including Maroon Bells in Colorado, Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, North Fork of Virgin river in Utah, Baboquivari in Arizona, Quetico-Superior, Florida Everglades, Great Smokies, White Mountains, the Allagash, etc.
US$5. bookID # 10203
EDWARDS, William Seymour; In To the Yukon. Cincinnati, The Robert Clarke Company, 1904, First edition, 8vo [20 x 14 cm]; xii,  - 312pp, frontis, numerous illustrations on plates from photos, original pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, tiny hole in internal hinge, a clean fine copy.
Wickersham 3914. A narrative of travel in a series of letters from the Great Lakes to St. Paul, Winnipeg, Banff, Vancouver, Skagway, Atlin, down the Yukon to Dawson and the Klondike, where the author describes the people, prospectors, dogs, searching for gold, etc, and his return via Seattle, Williamette, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Denver and Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, all of which are described.
US$160. bookID # 10382
EWAN, Joseph; Rocky Mountain Naturalists. Denver, University of Denver Press, , First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xv, 358 pp, portrait plates, bibliog, roster, index, original cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, minor foxing on margins of some plates, very good overall.
The book includes detailed biographies and photos of nine leading naturalists of the rocky mountain area (Edmund James, Fremont, Parry, Greene, Patterson, Porter, Jones, Penard, etc) and a comprehensive roster in biographical dictionary form of all known naturalists, collectors, etc, from 1600 to 1932, consisting of about half the book, with further references.
US$15. bookID # 12925
FELDMAN, Stephen; Van Gordon Sauter; Fabled Land, Timeless River; Life along the Mississippi. Chicago, Quadrangle Books, 1970, , 4to [28 x 28 cm]; 179 pp, numerous photos, original cloth, bit dusty, dampstain in margin of few leaves, else very good.
US$3. bookID # 4559
FRANCK, Harry A.; Roaming in Hawaii; A Narrative of Months of Wandering Among the Glamorous Islands that May Become Our 49th State. New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1927, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; xiii, 349 pp, frontis with tissue guard, 77 illustrations from photos on plates, 6 maps including folding, endpaper maps, original pictorial cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, small bookplate of Fred J. Rumplik, near fine, clean interior.
The author, one of the most prolific travel writers of his time, describes his travels through Hawaii, the people, conditions as they were, in this very well-illustrated account.
US$15. bookID # 12077
GIFFITHS, D.; Two Years in the New Settlements of Ohio. np, Readex Microprint, , , 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; [x], viii, -197 pp, plate, original simulated leather, gilt lettering, fine.
A facsimile reprint of the London 1835 first edition. The author describes his trip by steerage from Liverpool to Ohio and gives details of life there for prospective emigrants from England, landing in America 1832.
US$5. bookID # 3262
GOLDSMITH, J.; The Present State of the British Empire in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, containing The Religion, Policy, Customs, Government, Trade, Commerce, Manufactures, with the Natural & Artificial Curiosities, of the Respective Parts of our Dominions. . .. London, W. Griffin, J. Johnson, W. Nicoll and Richardson and Urquhart, 1768, , 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; vii, 486 pp, with the half title page, tables, later half green calf, marbled boards, gilt spine title lettering on red leather label, gilt ruled on raised bands, edges lightly rubbed, half title with short tear, interior clean and fine, without the usual foxing.
Howes G227. Sabin 27718 mentions the first edition of 1767 with maps but this edition has the same text. The British Library copy description for the 1768 edition does not list the presence of maps. There is about 135 pages on America including 32 pages on Florida. The work also includes a list of the English company's forts and factories. A good description of British colonies in the world at that time. No copies were traced at auction in the last 26 years.
US$300. bookID # 10680
HEDGES, Isaac A.; Sorgo or the Northern Sugar Plant by the Pioneer Investigator in the Northern Cane Enterprise with an Introduction by William Clough. Cincinnati, Applegate & Co., 1863, First edition, 12mo [18 x 12.5 cm]; xviii,  - 204, [x, ads of related equipment with illus] pp, 13 plates, large folding lithographed plate, three-color plate, wood engraved decorative title page, other engraved illus, tables, index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering still bright, light stain on cover, bit rubbed, light foxing on few leaves, few margins with light stain, still very good sound copy.
A detailed study giving history, cultivation and production methods, including much on types of plants, equipment, apparatus, details of making sugar, etc, with good illustrations, the large folding plate shows production methods of sorghum sugar powered in part by horses. Sabin 31222.
US$220. bookID # 10463
HILL, Ralph Nading, illustrations by George Daly; Contrary Country, a Chronicle of Vermont. Brattleboro, The Stephen Greene Press, , Second edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; vii, 254 pp, illustrations from drwgs, index, original cloth, dj, signature, fine.
US$2. bookID # 4558
HOLLISTER, Paul M, introduction by Julian Street, illustrations by James Preston; Famous Colonial Houses. Philadelphia, David McKay Company, 1921, First edition, 4to [31 x 23.5 cm]; 170 pp, 12 attractive color plates from paintings by Preston, original cloth decorated in gilt with gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, top edge gilted, edges rubbed, ex-library with bookplate on endpaper and a few very small inkstamps, else very good and clean.
The houses, where American history was made, each with a colored plate, include Monticello, the Haunted House, Doughoregan Manor, Jumel Mansion, Mount Vernon, Quincy Homestead, Timothy Dexter Mansion, Kendall House, Longfellow House , Cliveden, Wentworth Mansion, Pringle House.
US$5. bookID # 9128
HOWELL, Warren, John Howell; California, Catalogue 50; The Library of Jennie Crocker Henderson. San Francisco, John Howell Books, 1979, First edition, 8vo [26.5 x 17.5 cm]; 3 parts, [viii], 334 [continuously paginated] pp, illus, vignettes on title pages, original printed heavy paper wraps with border and vignette in brown, black title lettering, fine, clean and unused condition, with the printed slip 'Complements of Warren R. Howell' included loose as issued.
Part I is on California, Spanish Exploration to American Statehood, with the other parts covering 1850 to the twentieth century. 963 items are described in detail, with collations, references, annotations, with most of the classic works on California included, making this an excellent reference on the subject.
US$20. bookID # 6904
JAMES, Bushrod W.; Alaskana or Alaska in Descriptive and Legendary Poems. Philadelphia, Porter & Coates, 1893, second edition, expanded with additional legends, 12mo [19.5 x 13 cm]; [ii], 402 pp, frontis, plates from photos, appendix, original pictorial gilt decorated cloth, all edges gilted, spine bit darkened, fine.
Nicely illustrated. Ricks p. 130. Wickersham 5337. Smith 5103.
US$18. bookID # 5052
JESUP, Th. S.; I. I. Stevens; Reports of Explorations & Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable & Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, made under the Secretary of War in 1854-5. Volume I. From Sacramento Valley to Columbia River. Washington, House of Representatives, 1855, , 4to [30 x 24 cm]; viii, 134, vii, 651 pp, tables, index, contemporary calf spine, marbled boards, spine title label partly lacking, joints cracked, edges rubbed, wear, small bookplate on endpaper, interior is clean and very good.
Besides the introductory material to the 12 volume set of Pacific Railroad Reports, this volume also contains the detailed report of I. I. Stevens, entitled Report of Explorations for a Route for the Pacific Railroad, near the forty-seventh and forty-ninth Parallels of North Latitude, from St. Paul to Puget Sound. Hasse p. 61. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West: 'The massive volumes of the Pacific Railroad Reports represented the combined efforts of the topographical engineers and a sizable contingent of the country's foremost scientists. Not since Napoleon had taken his company of savants into Egypt had the world seen such an assemblage of scientists and technicians marshaled under one banner'.
US$140. bookID # 11515
JOHNSON, Clifton; New England and Its Neighbors. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1902, First edition, 8vo [21 x 16 cm]; xv, 335, [iv] pp, frontis plus 32 plates plus many illustrations from the author's paintings and photos, original pictorial cloth with gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, very light edge wear, inscription on endpaper, a very good copy, internally clean and solid.
A description of the author's extensive travels in the rural areas and the back roads.
US$15. bookID # 7383
KANE, Harnett T.; Gone are the Days; An Illustrated History of the Old South. New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1960, First edition, 4to [28.5 x 21 cm]; viii, 344 pp, numerous illustrations from original sources, bibliog, index, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, spine edges worn, ex-library with bookplate on endpaper and small inkstamps, solid complete good copy.
Notable for its many illustrations from old sources.
US$4. bookID # 9111
MARCUS, Jacob R. (introduction); numerous authors; Critical Studies in American Jewish History; selected Articles from American Jewish Archives [3 volumes complete set]. Cincinnati, New York, American Jewish Archives; Ktav Publishing, , First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; 3 volumes, xii, 296; xi, 260; xi, 373 pp, original cloth, fine set.
A detailed work on Judaica, American Jews, history.
US$8. bookID # 2160
MAUDSLAY, Anne Cary and Alfred Percival Maudslay; A Glimpse at Guatemala, and some Notes on the Ancient Monuments of Central America. London, John Murray, 1899, First edition, 4to [29 x 23 cm]; xx, [i, errata], 289 pp, complete with half-title, errata sheet, 43 fine plates including photogravures, 2 color plates (chromolithographs), 21 maps & plans including 10 folding or double, numerous other illus, index, later cloth, gilt spine title lettering and number, faint blind-stamps on title and margins of many plates, a map with tear, a tight clean copy.
Welch 63. Humphreys 1748. Griffin 1189: 'Charming narrative of the Maudslay's early travels in the Guatemala highlands and the Maya lowlands. Contains smaller reproductions of some of the fine photos from Biologia Centrali Americana'. The authors travelled extensively in the country including Antigua, Godines, Lake of Atitlan, Rio Negro, Vera Paz, Zacapa, Copan, Quirigua, and the ruins of Ixkun, Chichen Itza, Laguna, Palenque, Tikal, Menche, etc, with detailed descriptions of the countryside, the people, textiles, the ancient ruins (for which Maudslay was an expert), etc. The work is 'the highlight of the 19th century English accounts of Guatemala, both from the archaeological point of view, and that of travel and adventure.' (James Andrews). The first edition of a cornerstone work on Central American archaeology, beautifully produced, with fine and detailed plates and plans. Larned 40n: "This volume is easily worth all the other books which have appeared or are likely to be published for many years, as a guide to things which make Central America of general world interest".
US$1350. bookID # 12532
MAUDSLAY, Anne Cary and Alfred Percival Maudslay; A Glimpse at Guatemala, and some Notes on the Ancient Monuments of Central America. Indianapolis, Flo Silver Books, 1992, reprint of the first edition of 1899 with a new introduction by James Andrews, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; [vi], xix, 289 pp, numerous plates and illus, 21 maps and plans, including many full-page and one large folding inserted loose as issued, index, original cloth with gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, fine and clean, unused, unmarked, as new.
Welch 63. Humphreys 1748. Griffin 1189: 'Charming narrative of the Maudslay's early travels in the Guatemala highlands and the Maya lowlands. Contains smaller reproductions of some of the fine photos from Biologia Centrali Americana'. The authors travelled extensively in the country including Antigua, Godines, Lake of Atitlan, Rio Negro, Vera Paz, Zacapa, Copan, Quirigua, and the ruins of Ixkun, Chichen Itza, Laguna, Palenque, Tikal, Menche, etc, with detailed descriptions of the countryside, the people, textiles, the ancient ruins (for which Maudslay was an expert), etc. The work is 'the highlight of the 19th century English accounts of Guatemala, both from the archaeological point of view, and that of travel and adventure.' (James Andrews).
US$20. bookID # 12385
MEEHAN, Thomas; Wayside Flowers. Philadelphia, Chas. Robson & Co., 1881, First edition, large 8vo [27 x 19.5 cm]; 128 pp, 31 fine colored lithographed plates (chromolithographs) by L. Prang, original pictorial gilt cloth, with gilt picture of flowers on cover, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, edges lightly rubbed, small light cover stain, few margins with light stain, endpaper inscription, very good clean copy.
The author of the celebrated Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States, a four volume work with 192 colored plates and selling for about $2000, here presents a selection of plates from the larger work, each with a full description. Plates include two of orchids and one of water lilies. Prang was the foremost printer of chromolithographed plates in the United States. See Bennett p. 75.
US$290. bookID # 12407
MONTEITH, James; Comprehensive Geography; Local, Mathematical, Physical, Comparative, Descriptive, Historical and Ancient with Map-drawing and Relief maps [with] Special Geography of New England, a Supplement to Monteith's Geography. New York, Chicago, New Orleans, A. S. Barnes & Company, [1872, First edition, New England Edition, folio [31.5 x 24.5 cm]; 104; 30 pp, 60 colored maps, including double-page, full-page and including 3 double-page in supplement, many engraved illustrations throughout, other uncolored maps, tables, original cloth-backed pictorial boards, title lettering, covers worn, pencil writing on endpaper, two pages with short tear, interior unmarked, good.
A detailed geography, this copy with the 30 page New England supplement with much additional material. Used as a textbook, still useful for the maps, illustrations and great amount of information that reflected current knowledge, covering US and world.
US$30. bookID # 12226
NETTING, M. Graham; 50 Years of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy; The Early Years. np, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 1982, First edition, oblong 4to [21.5 x 25 cm]; [iv], 200 pp, numerous photo illustrations with many in color, some illustrations from drwgs, original heavy paper wraps with lettering in gilt, very good, clean coy.
US$1. bookID # 4591
NEWBERRY, John S.; Reports on the Geology, Botany, and Zoology of Northern California and Oregon, made to the War Department. Washington, War Department, 1857, , 4to [28 x 22 cm]; [ii], 85; 102; 114, [i], iv pp, 23 tinted lithographed plates of views including frontis and 10 of trees with backgrounds, 4 plates of shells, 6 botanical plates, 11 of fish, 3 mammal plates, 2 hand-colored plates of birds, other illus, contemporary half leather with gilt spine title lettering, joints repaired, marbled endpapers & edges, endpaper bookplate, interior clean & fine with only minimal offsetting, good sound cover, with ink inscription signed by author to Prof. Dawson.
Consists of 293 pages of 3 parts from Explorations and Surveys for a Railroad Route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, relating to northern California and Oregon, including the Geological, Botanical and Zoological Reports, Routes in California and Oregon explored by Lieut. R. S. Williamson and Henry L. Abbott, explored in 1855; includes contributions by various experts such as T. A. Conrad, Professor E. N. Horsford, Asa Gray, John Torrey, W. S. Sullivant, Edward Tuckerman. W. G. Binney, S. F. Baird. The plates are lithographed, some colored, and well executed. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the West 328: 'Newberry in whose report on the plant geography of the Wiliamson-Abbott Survey appeared the only inkling in all the thirteen volumes of the Railroad Reports of anything like a theory. . . This was as close as the Pacific railroad scientists came to the important scientific questions of the age'. Newberry was a MD as well as botanist and geologist.
US$550. bookID # 12576
NORDHOFF, Charles; California: for Health, Pleasure, and Residence, a Book for Travellers and Settlers. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1874, , 8vo [23 x 17 cm]; 255, [viii, ads, including Central Pacific Railroad, Grand Hotel, publisher's books on travel] pp, 3 maps including frontis map, numerous engraved illustrations including full-page, birds-eye view, tables, original green cloth with decorations in black, gilted lettering on cover and spine, staining on covers, edges rubbed, bookplate removed from endpaper, old signature on title margin, minor foxing on few leaves, overall good clean copy.
Cowan p. 162: "Mr Nordhoff's descriptions of the natural attractions of California were considered the best of their time and much esteemed." Very well-illustrated. The maps include San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Valley
US$60. bookID # 8864
OLIPHANT, Lawrence; Minnesota and the Far West. Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood and Sons, 1855, First edition, 8vo [23 x 14 cm]; xiv, 306, 16 [ads] pp, tinted lithographed frontis, 5 engraved plates, 9 other illus, folding map (the eastern half of which is lacking), original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine and corners worn, lightly foxed on some pages, lacks pages 193 to 208 and the illustration in that signature, fair copy.
Part I is on Canada including trade, society, politics, backwoods, travels from Toronto to Lake Simcoe, canoe voyage down the Severin, Indian villages. Part II is Lake Superior including Sault Ste. Marie, the pictured rocks, mineral deposits, city of Superior, Wisconsin. Part III is Minnesota including camping out, the Savannahs, the Mississippi, Indian affairs, the Sauk Rapids, Falls of St. Anthony, St. Paul, train travel, manners, customs, steamboat life, across the prairies, Chicago to Niagara. The missing signature is on the early traders and Sandy Lake. Sabin 57183. Howes O64. Graf 3091. Lande 1371. TPL 3463.
US$45. bookID # 9809
OWEN, David Dale; Report of a Geological Reconnoissance of the Chippewa Land District of Wisconsin and incidentally of a Portion of the Kickapoo Country, & of a part of Iowa and the Minnesota Territory. Washington, Senate, 30th Congress, 1st Session, document 57, 1848, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 134 pp, 37 plates including 23 tinted lithographed plates and 14 hand colored folding sections, large hand colored map in rear pocket, modern red morocco backed black pebbled boards with gilt title lettering on red leather label on front cover and on spine, lightly foxed on few leaves but a near fine copy.
Sabin 58007. The tinted plates are of view and scenes in the area.
US$150. bookID # 6997
PALMER, Henrietta R. (editor and foreword); Rhode Island Tales; Depicting Social Life During the Colonial, Revolutionary Era and Post-Revolutionary Era. New York, The Purdy Press, 1928, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; 181 pp, illus, original cloth backed boards, flap of dj pasted on endpaper, clean and near fine condition.
US$25. bookID # 4549
PARKE, Lieutenant John G. and Albert H. Campbell; Reports of Explorations & Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable & Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, . . . in 1854-5. Volume VII. San Francisco Bay to Los Angeles, California west of the Coast Range. .. Washington, Senate, 1857, , 4to [30 x 24 cm]; 22, 204, 28, 116, 37, i [errata leaf, often lacking] pp, 50 plates including 7 colored lithographed view plates, 24 geological including profiles, 8 botanical plates, 11 meteorological plates, 2 folding colored maps, tables, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, edges worn, spine ends repaired, interior is clean and unmarked without the usual foxing, and very good.
The full title of this volume is Report of Explorations for Railroad Routes from San Francisco Bay to Los Angeles, California, West of the Coast Range, and from the Pimas Villages on the Gila to the Rio Grande, Near the 32d Parallel of North Latitude, 1854-5 and includes Geological report by Thomas Antisell, Botanical report by John Torrey, detailed appendices and conclusions of the official reviews of the reports upon explorations and surveys for railroad routes. Hasse 62. The colored view plates are superb. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West: 'The massive volumes of the Pacific Railroad Reports represented the combined efforts of the topographical engineers and a sizable contingent of the country's foremost scientists. Not since Napoleon had taken his company of savants into Egypt had the world seen such an assemblage of scientists and technicians marshaled under one banner'.
US$240. bookID # 11520
PETERS, Harry T.; Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1942, , 4to [31 x 23 cm]; xvi, 41 pp, 192 plates, many in color, original pictorial cloth, some use, small tape stain on cover, good.
US$2. bookID # 3321
POMFRET, John E. (editor); California Gold Rush Voyages, 1848-1849; Three Original Narratives. San Marino, Calif, The Huntington Library, 1954, First Edition, 8vo; x, 246pp, maps, original quarter cloth and printed boards, dj (small tears & wear), clean, fine.
Three accounts from manuscripts in the Huntington. Estelle Doheny's copy with her leather bookplate. Printed note presentation note from Doheny. (Her library sold for $35 million.)
US$20. bookID # 208
PRIESTLEY, J. B., Jacquetta Hawkes; Journey Down a Rainbow. London, Heinemann-Cresset, 1955, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xii, 289 pp, original green cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (chip at edge, light wear, not price clipped), very good.
Travels in New Mexico to study the culture of the Pueblo and Navaho Indians, their arts and crafts and memorial rites and to Texas to contrast and compare the contemporary cultures. Interesting observations by this famous novelist and playwright and his archaeologist wife.
US$5. bookID # 7516
ROBBINS, Wilfred William; John Peabody Harrington and Barbara Freire-Marreco; Ethnobotany of the Tewa Indians. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1916, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15 cm]; xii, 118 pp, plates from photos, illustrations from drwgs, folding map, index of botanical names, bibliog, original cloth, 'complements of US Bureau of Ethnology, Washington' written on front endpaper, else near fine.
An early work on ethnobotany, with detailed descriptions of uses of plants both native and imported into the region for the Tewa people of New Mexico.
US$12. bookID # 5356
ROCKLAND, Michael Aaron (introduction); Sarmiento's Travels in the United States in 1847. Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1970, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xiii, 330 pp, illus, portraits, index, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (chipped at spine end, price clipped), fine and clean in very good jacket.
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Argentine educator, statesman and writer, travelled extensively in the United States, observing society and conditions, as de Tocqueville before him, and describing his meetings with Horace Mann, Emerson, Longfellow, etc. The 106 page introduction provides a good historical perspective to the Sarmiento's work and correspondence which the editor was able to find and translate.
US$9. bookID # 8919
ROOS, Frank J.; Bibliography of Early American Architecture; Writings on Architecture Constructed Before 1860 in Eastern and Central United States. Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 1968, , 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; [x], 389 pp, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, short tears), else clean solid copy.
First edition was 1943, this edition is revised, updated and extensively annotated and hence much more useful, being a comprehensive geographical bibliography of books and articles, containing 4,377 entries, with 1,600 entries more than the first edition.
US$1. bookID # 10049
SABIN, Joseph; Dictionary of Books Relating to America from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York, Mini-Print Corp., , reprint of original edition, oblong 4to [20 x 25 cm]; 29 volumes in two, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spines and covers, clean, unmarked, fine.
This is the most important reference dealing in Americana, including north, central and south America. Originally printed in 29 volumes over 70 years, 1868-1939, this more compact edition, in two volumes contains all the material of the original, with eight pages of the original printed on each page of the oblong quarto volumes. The micro-print version of this monumental bibliography of books relating to America begun by Joseph Sabin, continued by Wilberforce Eames and completed by Robert Vail . It includes over 106,000 entries of books, pamphlets and periodicals that were written by Americans or relate to America no matter where they were printed Each entry includes descriptive material, collations, many details, often with compilers' comments, etc. Breslauer & Folter 129. The two massive volumes are heavy and may require extra postage.
US$230. bookID # 13758
SANFORD, James K.; A Century of Commerce; 1867-1967. Richmond, Virginia, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, nd [ca1967], Probable First edition, 4to [28.5 x 21 cm]; xvii, 226 pp, numerous illustrations from photos, map, index, original cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, previous owner's inkstamp on endpaper, near fine.
The history of Richmond Virginia with good illustrations.
US$3. bookID # 4566
SANGER, Marjory Bartlett; Billy Bartram and His Green World. New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, , First edition, 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; [xii], 207 pp, illustrations and plates from Bartram's works, bibliog, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped, slight crease on internal flap), fine and clean.
An excellent biography of William Bartram (1739-1823), who was the most important US naturalist of his time, and who traveled widely in the American colonies and greatly influenced Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon.
US$5. bookID # 13281
SANGER, Marjory Bartlett; Billy Bartram and His Green World. New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, , First edition, 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; [xii], 207 pp, illustrations and plates from Bartram's works, bibliog, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, short tears), near fine in quite good dj.
An excellent biography of William Bartram (1739-1823), who was the most important US naturalist of his time, who traveled widely in the American colonies and greatly influenced Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon.
US$4. bookID # 10015
SANGER, Marjory Bartlett; Billy Bartram and His Green World. New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, , First edition, 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; [xii], 207 pp, illustrations and plates from Bartram's works, bibliog, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, tears, chipped at spine ends), near fine in good dj.
An excellent biography of William Bartram (1739-1823), who was the most important US naturalist of his time, who traveled widely in the American colonies and greatly influenced Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon.
US$2. bookID # 9771
SCHAEFFER, L. M.; Sketches of Travels in South America, Mexico and California. New York, James Egbert, 1860, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; 247 pp, original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends a bit worn, name on endpaper, covers bright, interior is clean, fine and unmarked, very good cover.
Sabin 77485. Welch 170. Spain & Sp. America II, 543. Gunn 1024. Hill 1535. Graf 3691. Smith S16: "A 49'er who sailed around the Horn to California and returned via the Isthmus in 1852". Cowan 208: 'The author arrived at San Francisco in September 1849 and nearly the entire work is devoted to California. His narrations are exceedingly interesting.' The author provides some fascinating observations on the California gold rush, as well as the difficulties in travelling there.
US$95. bookID # 13723
SCHAEFFER, L. M.; Sketches of Travels in South America, Mexico and California. New York, James Egbert, 1860, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; 247 pp, original brown blind-stamped cloth, rubbed, spine ends a bit frayed, spine faded, light stain in lower margin, good sound copy.
Sabin 77485. Welch 170. Spain & Sp. America II, 543. Gunn 1024. Hill 1535. Graf 3691. Smith S16: "A 49'er who sailed around the Horn to California and returned via the Isthmus in 1852". Cowan 208: 'The author arrived at San Francisco in September 1849 and nearly the entire work is devoted to California. His narrations are exceedingly interesting.' The author provides some fascinating observations on the California gold rush.
US$70. bookID # 7457
SCHWATKA, Frederick; A Summer in Alaska; A Popular Account of the Travels of an Alaska Exploring Expedition Along the Great Yukon River, From its Source to its Mouth, in the British North-West Territory, and in the Territory of Alaska. Philadelphia, John Y. Huber Company, 1891, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 418 pp, frontis, well-illustrated with numerous plates and other illustrations from drwgs and paintings by author, Mr Homan, Gloster and others, index, original pictorial blue cloth with picture in black and gilt, gilt title lettering, spine vignettes, lightly rubbed at edges, short tear of endpaper, else near fine and clean.
Arctic Bibliography 15604 cites only the 1893 edition. Wickersham 2798. Ricks 193. Smith S30: 'Schwatka's fame and this book did much to acquaint Americans with this area in the 1890's'.
US$120. bookID # 8527
SEWALL, R. K.; Sketches of St. Augustine with a View of its History and Advantages as a Resort for Invalids. New York, George P. Putnam, 1848, First edition, 12mo [19 x 12.5 cm]; 69 pp, 6 lithographed plates including frontis, original brown cloth, gilt title lettering on cover, spine chipped, frayed and worn, lightly foxed, good copy, pages 39-40 removed but with the text added in neat manuscript.
The manuscript addition to the removed leaf states: 'These pages were objected to by the Minorcan population who raised a mob and made Sewall cut them from every book'. Howes S304. 'One of the most interesting towns in this country in many historical points of view, has been prepared to meet the wants of those who may desire to learn something of the place in view of a sojourn or who may already have come hither in search of health' (introduction). The attractive plates are mainly of views, but also one of the pineapple.
US$110. bookID # 10682
SITGREAVES, Captain L.; Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Washington, Senate document 59, 1853, First edition, first issue with the 31 page index of Senate documents, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 31, 198 pp, 78 lithographed plates, including folding and including 23 tinted, large folding lithographed map, index, full contemporary calf, gilt lettering on spine labels, light cover wear, light foxing, mostly marginal, most plates are unfoxed, map excellent, near fine.
Howes S521. Wagner Camp 230:2. Field 1414. Hand S273. Sabin 81473. Graff 3809. Artist Richard Kern accompanied the expedition, contributing fine illustrations of the Mohave, Zuni and other tribes and their country. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, 16: "The plates and map by R. H. Kern are important in the development of knowledge of the region." Wheat 763: 'a monumental achievement...generally correct and exceedingly well done'. The Kern plates are in high demand in print shops. The plates were printed by Ackerman and include birds, reptiles, plants, fish, views and ten of native peoples in various activities, customs, etc.
US$800. bookID # 12671
STEVENS, William Oliver; Old Williamsburg and her Neighbors. New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1939, reprint, first published in 1938, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xv, 337 pp, color frontis from author's painting, numerous illustrations from author's drwgs, some full page, index, endpaper maps, original cloth, spine a bit faded, very lightly rubbed at edges, but a very good copy.
US$3. bookID # 4525
STORM, Colton; A Catalogue of the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana; [with:] Index to Maps in the Catalogue of the Everett D. Graff Collection. Chicago, The Newberry Library, University of Chicago Press, 1968, First editions, large 8vo [26 x 19 cm]; xxv, 854 pp, frontis portrait of Graff, detailed index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, lightly foxed at outer edge of text block, near fine, clean and unmarked.
A detailed description of 4801 items including collations, commentary, historical significance, etc, for one of the most important libraries of western Americana ever assembled. The Index of Maps to the collection, is in original heavy paper wraps, published separately in 1972, as a supplement to the main work, but often not found with it. It has 4 small maps and detailed index and is in fine clean condition.
US$40. bookID # 13480
STREETER, Thomas Winthrop, Edward J. Lazare (index); The Celebrated Collection of Americana formed by the late Thomas Winthrop Streeter. New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1966-1970, First edition, 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; 8 volumes including the index, over 3,330 pages, numerous plates, frontis, reproductions of maps, title pages, etc, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spines and covers, lightly faded, many lots with light pencil price realized, else clean near fine and complete set.
The work, describing 4421 lots of fine American amassed by the premier collector of his time, has become an important reference and bibliography for Americana. The index volume includes the prices realized of each item.
US$600. bookID # 11009
TEAL, Mildred & John, illustrations by Richard Price; Portrait of an Island. New York, Atheneum, 1964, First Edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; [viii], 167, [i] pp, frontis, illustrations from drwgs, index, original cloth, dj (torn, wear at upper edge), very good in good dj.
The land, the wildlife and the changing moods of Sapelo Island, an island in the Atlantic off the coast of Georgia.
US$5. bookID # 3964
TOWNSHEND, F. Trench; Wild Life in Florida, with a Visit to Cuba. London, Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, 1875, First edition, 8vo [23 x 14.5 cm]; xiv, 319 pp, frontis of Camp in Myakka Swamp, map, title with vignette of grove of cabbage palm, title printed in red and black, engraved chapter head and tail pieces, table, with the half-title page, original blue cloth decorated in black, gilt spine title lettering and decoration, bookplate removed from endpaper, spine lightly sunned, edges a trifle rubbed,else near fine, clean and sound copy in original binding.
A very detailed description of Florida, based on the author's extensive travels, from agriculture to nature, to conditions, people, towns, transportation, an early description of Miami, fishing, etc. The appendix is on climate.
US$300. bookID # 9764
WAXELL, Sven; The American Expedition. London, William Hodge and Company, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; x, 11-236 pp, frontis (the only known portrait of Vitus Bering), 7 foldout maps from early sources, foldout plate of sea-lions, endpaper maps showing route, bibliog, index, original green cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), very minor rubbing at lower edge but a clean fine copy.
Based in part on a previously lost manuscript, this is an account of Bering's famous expedition that established the true position of America in relation to Asia, showing that the two continents were not connected, and brought back the first authentic account of the natives of the Aleutian islands and the American mainland. Translated from the Danish work of the 1733-1743 expedition by M. A. Michael, who also provides an excellent historical introduction. Nerhood 82: 'a detailed description of Kamchatka and the Sea of Okhotsk'. Ricks 251.
US$25. bookID # 8859
WELD, Isaac; Travels Through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada During the Years 1795, 1796 and 1797. London, John Stockdale, 1799, First edition, 4to [27.5 x 12 cm]; xxiv, 464 pp, 16 plates and maps (complete as per list) including folding colored map, other map, 3 plans, etched frontis, tissue guards, rebacked preserving original leather spine with gilt title lettering and decorations, marbled boards, internal hinge cracked but firm, name on title, interior is clean and fine, with light foxing on a few leaves, including some plates, mostly marginal.
Howes W235. Sabin 102541. TPL 708. A good first edition of these important travels. The plates include several of Niagara, Quebec city, Cohoz Falls, Mount Vernon, Bethlehem, views, etc. The maps include a large folding colored map of northern states of America and a map of Upper and Lower Canada. Clark II, 132: 'Weld landed at Philadelphia in November, 1795, from which he made excursions in all directions. On one of these he visited Baltimore, Washington, Alexandria, and Mount Vernon. On another he moved west to York and Lancaster, the northern neck of Virginia, and Williamsburg and Norfolk, apparently going as far south as the Dismal Swamp. At Williamsburg he noted that the capital was crumbling to pieces, that William and Mary was a grammar school rather than a college, that the church was out of repair, and that the hospital for the insane was not well regulated. On his return he journeyed to Richmond and west to the mountains and, as was usual with travelers, he described Rock Bridge. After coming back to Philadelphia he went to Canada', including Montreal, Quebec, Kingston, Niagara, Detroit, etc. A highly popular account, translated into several languages and with many later printings, including a second edition in the same year in two volumes using the same material, and much on social, economic, agricultural conditions, customs, topography, etc. Howes W235. Sabin 192541. Lande 890. TPL 708.
US$1600. bookID # 12746
WHIPPLE, A. W., J. C. Ives, J. M. Bigelow, George Englemann, etc; Reports of Exploration and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, made under the Direction of the Secretary of War in 1853-4, volume IV. Washington, House of Representatives, 1856, First edition, House issue, 4to [30 x 24 cm]; vii, 193; 288 pp, 59 lithographed and engraved botanical plates (complete), including 24 of cactii, 10 of mosses, index to each part, large folding hand colored chart showing vegetation cross-sections, later cloth with printed title label on spine, light stain on margin of title, but overall clean, solid very good condition.
Hasse 62. The surveys to produce a national railroad provided some of the most important natural history, geographical and ethnological information that has ever been made available and resulted in the important 12 volume set, of which this is volume IV, complete in itself. It consists of a report on the botany of the expedition, soil and productions along the route by J. M. Bigelow, cactaceae by George Englemann and J. M. Bigelow, descriptions by famous botanist John Torrey, mosses by W. S. Sullivant. and report on the zoology of the expedition. Wagner Camp Becker 263a.
US$220. bookID # 8980
WHITE, Philo; Narrative of a Cruize in the Pacific to South America and California on the U. S. Sloop-of-War "Dale", 1841 - 1843. Denver, Fred A. Rosensock, Old West Publishing Co, 1965, First edition, limited to 1,000 copies, 4to; [x], 84 pp, colorfrontis, five plates (one color), original cloth, clean, fine.
Edited by Charles L. Camp from the original manuscript, with illustrations William H. Myers. An excellent production.
US$15. bookID # 1070
WISTER, Owen, Arthur Meiggs, George Howe, Paul Cret et al; A Monograph of the Work of Mellor Meigs & Howe. New York, The Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1923, First edition, folio [41 x 31 cm]; [x], 212 pp, frontis, hundreds of illustrations from photos, some full-page, many architectural plans, some full-page, original cloth covers, very worn and stained, tear at lower spine, some leaves are lightly soiled, but internally very good in a poor cover.
An important work by this fine architectural firm, illustrating in detail 34 country homes, mansions and gardens they designed, many in the Philadelphia area, others in the surrounding states. The illustrations include ornament, interiors, some with furnishings, exterior views, and very detailed plans and drawings.
US$90. bookID # 7584
WOODLIEF, Ann; photos by John Theilgard; In River Time; The Way of the James. Chapel Hill, Algonquin Books, 1985, First edition, 4to [26 x 21 cm]; xiv, 232 pp, frontis, illus, map endpapers, bibliog, index, original cloth, dj (tear), fine in very good dj.
The James River flow from the Virginia mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.
US$3. bookID # 4361
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