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Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York: 1985. 0810916088 / 9780810916081 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. Inscribed by the photographer. 
For four years photographer Morton Beebe, a third generation Northern Californian, has focused on every facet of San Francisco city life - from the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Chinatown parade, from elegant dinners at the Opera to girlie shows at North Beach. His pictures offer the most intimate, complete view of the city ever published. Approximately 200 photographs in full color, and for a stunning visual feast, turn the pages - and fall in love. 
Price: 84.79 USD
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2 BLOOM, KHALED J. Murder Of A Landscape: The California Farmer-smelter War 1897-1916.
The Arthur H Clark Company, Norman: 2010. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Between 1896 and 1919, air pollution from large-scale copper smelting in northern California's Shasta County severely damaged crops and timber in a 1,000-square-mile region, completely devastating a core area of 200 square miles. The poisons from these smelters created the nation's largest man-made desert—a shocking contrast to the beauty of the surrounding Cascades and Trinity Alps. This book traces the development of that environmental catastrophe and explains a long, complex, and rancorous struggle that involved several corporations, hundreds of farmers and ranchers, and all levels of government. In tackling this long-neglected story—one hardly known within or beyond California—Khaled J. Bloom takes readers back to the region of that time and shows how the copper industry posed serious environmental threats from the beginning. He tells of hardscrabble settlers and gentleman farmers who rose up repeatedly in unsuccessful efforts to either clean up or shut down the smelters. What appears today as an environmental cause was really a struggle to save individual property and a way of life. Yet, as Bloom shows, the farmers never had a chance against wider public opinion and the many financial interests that benefited from copper production. Profit and power won out, and posterity was left with a mess. California still contends with the toxic legacy. Murder of a Landscape tells the long-overlooked story of California's short-lived copper boom, presenting an interesting cross-section of society and attitudes in rural California during the Progressive Era. Offering the drama and pathos of a David-and-Goliath tale in which Goliath wins and strides on, the book makes compelling reading for anyone interested in the industrial, political, and environmental history of the American West. 
Price: 32.97 USD
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3 CAMERON, ROBERT (AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS); CAEN, HERB (TEXT). Above San Francisco: A New Collection Of Nostalgic And Contemporary Aerial Photographs Of The Bay Area.
Cameron and Company, San Francisco: 1987. 0918684285 / 9780918684288 Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
"Of all the great picture-book cities, San Francisco may be the most tantalizing. Now you see it, now you don't - an ever-changing panorama of shifting patterns and drifting fog, the dizzying interplay of light and shadows among the hills that both exalt and obstruct.It is a peek-a-boo, hide-and-seek city, forever elusive, its endless secrets lurking in nameless alleys, hidden gardens and pathways that lead through statrely corridors of eucalytus and then vanish somewhere into the misty Pacific . . . a part of the magic has been pinned down forever, like a gorgeous butterfly, between the corners lof this book." . . . from the Introduction by Herb Caen 
Price: 13.49 USD
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4 CAUGHMAN, MADGE M. & GINSBERG, JOANNE S. (EDITORS). California Coastal Access Guide.
University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles: 1981. 0520045769 / 9780520045767 New Expanded Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Contains the most up-to-date informatioin on all the scenic and recreational facilities of the California coast. Covers the coast county by county, each section beautifully illustrated with drawings, photographs, and a conveenient two-color map of the area. Includes an Index. 
Price: 6.84 USD
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5 CHESTER, CAROLE. Essential California.
Little, Brown and Company, Boston: 1992. 0316250465 / 9780316250467 s Softcover. Good condition. 
Comprehensive, easy to use, honest. lovely - the Essential Guides are all today's traveler needs to enjoy a successful trip. 
Price: 13.78 USD
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6 CHILES, FREDERIC CAIRE. California's Channel Islands: A History.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Prehistoric foragers, conquistadors, missionaries, adventurers, hunters, and rugged agriculturalists parade across the histories of these little-known islands on the horizon of twenty-first century Southern California. This chain of eight islands is home to a biodiversity unrivaled anywhere on Earth. In addition, the Channel Islands reveal the complex geology and the natural and human history of this part of the world, from the first human probing of the continent we now call North America to modern-day ranchers, vineyardists, yachtsmen, and backpackers. Not far below the largely undisturbed surface of these islands are the traces of a California that flourished before historical time, vestiges of a complex forager culture originating with the first humans to cross the Bering Land Bridge and spread down the Pacific coast. This culture came to an end a mere 450 years ago with the arrival of Spanish conquistadors and missionaries, whose practices effectively depopulated the archipelago. The largely empty islands in turn attracted Anglo-American agriculturalists, including Frederic Caire Chiles's own ancestors, who battled the elements to build empires based on cattle, sheep, wine, and wool. Today adventure tourism is the heart of the islands' economy, with the late-twentieth-century formation of Channel Islands National Park, which opened five of the islands to the general public. For visitors and armchair travelers alike, this book weaves the strands of natural history, island ecology, and human endeavor to tell the Channel Islands' full story. 65 black and white illustrations, 9 maps. Frederic Caire Chiles is the author of Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island: The Rise and Fall of a California Dynasty. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California-Santa Barbara and divides his time between London, Italy, and California. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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7 DEUTSCH, RICK. One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome, Everything You Need To Know To Successfully Hike Yosemite's Most Famous Landmark.
Wilderness Press, Berkeley: 2008. Second Printing. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
The hike to the top of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome is one of America's epic dashikis. Starting in Yosemite Valley you'll ascend nearly one vertical mile past two impressive waterfalls, through fragrant pin, fir, and cedar forest, then 425 feet up sheer granite on the famed steel cables to the summit, where you'll enjoy some of the grandest views of your life. If you do it right, you'll be back down in that valley celebrating your accomplishment later that evening. Not sure you have what it takes to make this 15+ mile trek? This step-by-step guidebook will tell you exactly how to hit the trail with confidence. Here you'll find: Detailed, specific advice on the proper physical conditioning, A Trail-tested list of what to wear and bring on the hike, 16 key Points of of Interest along the trail, and Tips on how to secure hard-to-get accommodations in the valley. 
Price: 11.88 USD
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8 DITMARS, ELSA; TATGENHORST, ANNE (ILLUSTRATED BY). California Under Sail: A Guide To Beaches, Boat Trips, Maritime Museums, Islands, & Coastal Adventures.
Country Roads Press, Castine: 1994. 1566260426 / 9781566260428 s Softcover. Good condition with slight soiling to front cover. 
In this one-of-a-kind travel guide, you'll find the most comprehensive descriptions and listings of California sea-related vacation ideas available anywhere. This book features listings of vacation options from Alcatraz Island to the Queen Mary, from whale watching to windsurfing. Includes an Index. 
Price: 29.69 USD
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Lane Books, Menlo Park: 1963. Fifth Printing. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
In the richness of its diversity, the grandeur of its scenic attractions, and the excitement of its visual contrasts, California stirs those who know it to hyperbole and extravagant appreciation. Here is an introduction in color as well as black and white to its seachore, desert,mountain ranges, navigable rivers, waterfalls, landlocked harbors, farming plains, glaciers, perpetual snow, slumbering volcanoes, lakes and inland seas - all found within the spacious boundaries of the state. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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10 ERIE, STEVEN P.; KOGAN, VLADIMIR & MACKENZIE, SCOTT A. Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis And Governance Failures In San Diego.
Stanford University Press, Palo Alto: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The early 21st century has not been kind to California's reputation for good government. But the Golden State's governance flaws reflect worrisome national trends with origins in the 1970s and 1980s. Growing voter distrust with government, a demand for services but not taxes to pay for them, a sharp decline in enlightened leadership and effective civic watchdogs, and dysfunctional political institutions have all contributed to the current governance malaise. Until recently, San Diego, California—America's 8th largest city—seemed immune to such systematic governance disorders. This sunny beach town entered the 1990s proclaiming to be "America's Finest City," but in a few short years its reputation went from "Futureville" to "Enron-by-the-Sea." In this eye-opening and telling narrative, Steven P. Erie, Vladimir Kogan, and Scott A. MacKenzie mix policy analysis, political theory, and history to explore and explain the unintended but largely predictable failures of governance in San Diego. Using untapped primary sources—interviews with key decision makers and public documents—and benchmarking San Diego with other leading California cities, Paradise Plundered examines critical dimensions of San Diego's governance failure: a multi-billion dollar pension deficit; a chronic budget deficit; inadequate city services and infrastructure; grandiose planning initiatives divorced from dire fiscal realities; an insulated downtown redevelopment program plagued by poorly-crafted public-private partnerships; and, for the metropolitan region, inadequate airport and port facilities, a severe underinvestment in firefighting capacity despite destructive wildfires, and heightened Mexican border security concerns. Far from a sunny story of paradise and prosperity, this account takes stock of an important but understudied city, its failed civic leadership, and poorly performing institutions, policymaking, and planning. Though the extent of these failures may place San Diego in a league of its own, other cities are experiencing similar challenges and political changes. As such, this tale of civic woe offers valuable lessons for urban scholars, practitioners, and general readers concerned about the future of their own cities. Steven P. Erie is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Rainbow's End: Irish Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics (1998), Globalizing L.A.: Trade, Infrastructure, and Regional Development (Stanford, 2004), and Beyond 'Chinatown': The Metropolitan Water District, Growth, and the Environment in Southern California (Stanford, 2006). Vladimir Kogan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Scott A. MacKenzie is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. "It takes more than scenery to make a successful city—or a solvent state, for that matter. Chronicling the near-deliberate dismantlement of San Diego, Paradise Plundered relates how a favored city squandered its heritage and thereby set forth a warning to the rest of the nation." —Kevin Starr, University of Southern California "Paradise Plundered provides a trenchant analysis of governance and public policy in San Diego over the past two decades. The authors show how weak public institutions and persistent anti-tax sentiment created a grossly underfunded pension system, massive structural deficits, and a balkanized city. San Diego's fall from grace offers a cautionary tale that is a must read for anyone who cares about effective urban government."—Margaret Weir, University of California, Berkeley "A landmark expose of how fiscal populism provides camouflage for private greed in America's most badly governed big city. San Diego's celebrated 'public-private partnerships' are unmasked as Ponzi schemes on the road to municipal ruin."—Mike Davis, University of California, Riverside "Paradise Plundered chronicles San Diego's decline from one of the nation's best governed cities to its current position as poster child for inept city management. Meticulously researched and convincingly argued, [it] is a cautionary tale for any community that demands good government but is unwilling to pay for it."—Joel Rast, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
Price: 23.70 USD
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Welcome Enterprises, New York & San Francisco: 2000. 0941807347 / 9780941807340 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
California's twenty-one missions have long fascinated scholars and tourists alike. Their role in California history and their striking similaritiesnand colorful contrasts have inspired artists throughout the ages. In the twenty-one oil paintings and forty watercolors in this series we see California's past interpreted and brought back to life in the vibrant, dynamic works of this stunningly talented Benedictine monkm and accompanied by the history of each mission, and his art. 
Price: 17.77 USD
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12 GHERINI, JOHN; NUNIS, DOYCE B. & DAILY, MARLA. Santa Cruz Island: A History Of Conflict And Diversity.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2005. Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Rising from the waters of the Pacific off the southern California Coast, Santa Cruz Island captures the imagination. Once home to a large Chumash population, in the nineteenth century it became a self-sufficient island rancho. As with all islands of beauty and size, it attracted people from the coastline. But as author John Gherini tells us in his prologue: The attractions of the island, however, routinely led people into conflict, wrapping it in a shroud like its morning fog. The modern history of the island would witness the passion to own it, to protect it, to use it and to fight over it. For the first time a thorough history of Santa Cruz Island's tumultuous past is provided. In pre-Columbian times it was a source of wealth to the indigenous peoples- the place where they made their shell bead money. During the Spanish-Mexican period it was a smuggler's haven, where fur hunters avoided the customs officials. As a land grant, it passed through the hands of Andres Castillero, William E. Barron, and eventually was purchased by Justinian Caire. The island flourished under the direction of Caire and his family. It was a secluded paradise off the Santa Barbara Coast, with extensive sheep and cattle holdings, as well as an esteemed winery. Seeds of conflict were sown by Justinian Caire's will when the island was divided between family members. The Stantons, Rossis, Gherinis, the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy all were involved over time. The tortured legal and family disputes are recounted for the first time in this important new work. Island ranching, hunting and recreation, and environmental challenges are described in detail. Recent historical events involving the establishment of the Channel Islands National Park are explored, as well. A handsome volume with notes, appendix, bibliography and index. Embellished with thirty-six photographs and maps from the author's family archives. Printed on acid-free paper and bound in rich blue linen cloth with gold foil stamped spine and front cover and color dust jacket. John Gherini is a practicing attorney in Santa Barbara, California. A direct descendant of Justinian Caire, his father was the distinguished lawyer, Pier Gherini. His access to personal and legal papers concerning Santa Cruz Island has greatly enhanced the value of this study. Doyce B. Nunis, Jr., Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Southern Cailfornia, editor of Southern California Quarterly, and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, Contemporary Authors and the new edition of Howard Lamar's Encyclopedia of the American West. Marla Daily is the President of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. Marla Daily is the President of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. 
Price: 37.95 USD
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13 GIBSON, JAMES R. (COMPILED, TRANSLATED, & EDITED BY). California Through Russian Eyes, 1806-1848.
The Arthur H. Clark Company, Norrman: 2013. Volume 2 in the Early California Commentaries Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A unique and richly detailed collection of eyewitness accounts. In the early nineteenth century, Russia established a colony in California that lasted until the Russian-American Company sold Fort Ross and Bodega Bay to John Sutter in 1841. This annotated collection of Russian accounts of Alta California, many of them translated here into English from Russian for the first time, presents richly detailed impressions by visiting Russian mariners, scientists, and Russian-American Company officials regarding the environment, people, economy, and politics of the province. Gathered from Russian archival collections and obscure journals, these testimonies represent a major contribution to the little-known history of Russian America. Well educated and curious, the visiting Russians were acute observers, generous in their appreciation of Hispanic hospitality but outspoken in their criticisms of all they found backward or abhorrent. In the various reports and reminiscences contained within this volume, they make astute observations of both Hispanic and Native inhabitants, describing the Catholic missions with their devout friars and neophyte workers; the corruptible Franciscan missionaries; the sorry plight of mission Indians; the Californios themselves, whose religion, language, dwellings, cuisine, dress, and pastimes were novel to the Russians; the economic and social changes in Alta California following Mexican independence; and the schemes of American traders and settlers to draw the province into the United States. Amplified by James R. Gibson's informative annotations, and featuring a gallery of elegant color illustrations, this unique volume casts new light on the history of Spanish and Mexican California. James R. Gibson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Senior Scholar and Professor Emeritus at York University, Toronto. A historical geographer specializing in Russian imperial expansion to the east, he is the author of numerous publications on the Russian Far East, Russian America, and the Pacific Northwest. 
Price: 42.75 USD
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14 GILBERT, RICHARD. City Of The Angels.
Secker & Warburg, London: 1964. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Dustjacket is faded. 

Price: 9.26 USD
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University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In 1849, William R. Goulding and the Knickerbocker Exploring Company struck out for California on the southern route—a road less traveled. This rare first-person diary of the southern Gold Rush trails, introduced and annotated by Patricia A. Etter, highlights an important alternative route to the Pacific Coast. One of the best-educated Gold Rush participants, Goulding kept a remarkably articulate journal that recounts his meetings with the interesting and important people he encountered along the way. He describes the details of the trail itself—the weather and scenery, birds and animals, and a march "amidst heards [sic] of miriads of buffalo in all directions as far as the eyes could reach." Goulding also recorded encounters with Hispanics and American Indians. 
Price: 42.75 USD
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16 GREENLAND, POWELL. Hydraulic Mining In California: A Tarnished Legacy.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2002. Volume 20 in Western Lands and Waters Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Hydraulic mining was, and remains, controversial.It produced great wealth from the soil of California, yet damaged the land in such a way that the scars will remain for eons. Great hillsides were denuded of soil by streams of water which boggle the imagination, and the sediment which was washed away filled the streambeds of the valleys below, causing flooding which decimated agriculture and inundated towns. This important new work, the first book-length study of the subject, provides a complete history of hydraulic mining, its background and eventual demise. Mining techniques prior to the hydraulic period are described, as are the inventions which followed. The only true invention of a completely new method of mining to be introduced in the California gold fields was hydraulic mining. Today it seems almost incredible that it took so long for someone to finally get the rather simple idea of using a hose and nozzle under pressure to wash down a bank of gravel. The author gives detailed treatment to the inventions and technology developed for hydraulic mining. The story of the particular mines, of the litigation concerning them, labor problems in them, and individuals who played major roles in their operation are all discussed. The story of the richest gravel deposits in California, located in the area drained by three major river systems-the American, Yuba, and Feather and also a smaller, but strategically located stream known as the Bear River, are closely chronicled. The region in Nevada County known as the San Juan Ridge, considered by Waldemar Lindgren as the richest Tertiary gravel deposit in all of California, receives special attention. A magnificent water system was constructed in the Sierra which thrust the mining industry into the forefront of engineering and technological advances-but the way would be plagued by trial and error, disappointment and considerable failure. Neither a condemnation nor an apologia of hydraulic mining in California, this book attempts an unbiased look at this most controversial of subjects. Although most of the research materials available for this study, such as government mining publications, were written by persons mostly sympathetic to the industry, sufficient objectivity and balance have been maintained to help the reader come to a fair judgment regarding hydraulic mining. The author's notes and selected bibliography testify to the scope of the research materials utilized in this study. Illustrations and maps portray the mining areas and the tools and techniques used in hydraulic mining. The final court battles between the "anti-debris" forces and the miners is detailed and analyzed, as the demise of hydraulic mining was accomplished by its foes. Powell Greenland is a fourth-generation Californian with a special interest in Western mining and the California Gold Rush. He has researched and presented numerous programs on mining and the Mother Lode and is the author of several articles dealing with these subjects. He has also authored an award-winning local history of Port Hueneme, California, where he resides. 
Price: 40.38 USD
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17 HARLOW, NEAL. California Conquered: War And Peace On The Pacific, 1846-1850.
University of California Press, Berkeley: 1982. 0520044304 / 9780520044302 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 32.54 USD
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18 HOLLIDAY, J. S. The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience.
Touchstone Book, New York: 1983. 067125538X / 9780671255381 s Softcover. Good condition. 
A pioneering achievement in historical writing, at once a personal, intimate story of one man's search for wealth and the definitive account of the California gold rush. Includes an Index. 
Price: 5.94 USD
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Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1980. 0394503201 / 9780394503202 First Edition (unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition but there are some tears and nicks in the dustjacket. 
Tells for the first time, in all its sweep, color, and variety, the authentic story of the forty-niners. It is an incredible tale, vividly alive with drama and anecdote and some of the most extraordinary characters ever to have played a role in American history. Includes an Index and illustrations. 
Price: 13.06 USD
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20 JACKSON, JOSEPH HENRY. Bad Company: The Story Of California's Legendary And Actual Stage-robbers, Bandits, Highwaymen And Outlaws From The Fifties To The Eighties.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Bad Company begins with Joaquin Murieta, whose myth started in the early 1850s and who remains California's most glamorous outlaw. Then there's the story of Dick Fellows, who would have been a quarter of a million dollars richer if it hadn't been for a horse. And Tom Bell, whom the historian H. H. Bancroft called the most "intelligent, accomplished and kind-hearted American gentleman who ever took the road in California." The fascinating account of Black Bart, whose terrifying reputation spread far and wide, includes samples of the poetry he left in treasure boxes he had emptied. Sheet-Iron Jack, an erstwhile barber; the brutal Juan Soto; Tiburcio Vasquez, a lady-killer whose career impressed Robert Louis Stevenson; Jack Powers, who held the village of Santa Barbara in the hollow of his hand; and Juan Flores, who stages a full-scale "revolution" and some other members of his goodly bad company. 
Price: 23.70 USD
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