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61 Pinkerton, Alan The Mollie Maguires and the Detectives
New York; London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, & G.W. Carleton & Company (and Others) 1879 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York; London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, &: G.W. Carleton & Company (and Others), 1879. Pinkerton really made his reputation when he broke the Mollies, a secret Irish labor organization, characterized as terrorist. Infiltration, and possible provocation, remain as standard techniques today. His accounts of various successes were probably ghost-written, but were very entertaining and a great feat of marketing which continued after his death. This is a Very Good copy of an early printing, issued two years after the First Edition. Green decorative cloth, blindstamped, with the spine lettering and the Pinkerton "We Never Sleep" logo filled with gilt. Clean text, very bright; 552 pages. Mildly bumped, but the wear is generally confined to some rubbing at the head and foot of the spine. The paste-downs have been reinforced. This is a solid copy, usually encountered in much lessor condition. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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62 Pinkerton, Alan The Mollie Maguires and The Detectives
New York, London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, S G.W. Carleton & Company and S.Low & Co.; Dustin, Gilman & Co.; H.W. Kelley; Geo.M. Smith & Co.; A. Roman & C First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York, London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, S: G.W. Carleton & Company and S.Low & Co.; Dustin, Gilman & Co.; H.W. Kelley; Geo.M. Smith & Co.; A. Roman & Co. Pinkerton made his reputation when he broke the Mollies, a secret Irish labor organization that was characterized as terrorist. His techniques of infiltratio ( and possible provocation) are familiar today. His series of books detailing various successes were probably ghost-written, but were very entertaining and a great feat of marketing which continued after his death (a method, and a marketing technique, that was adopted by J. Edgar Hoover for his FBI) This is a Very Good (Minus) copy the First Edition, which is uncommon. Green decorative Victorian cloth binding, blindstamped, with the Pinkerton eye ("We Never Sleep") on the front cover in gilt; repeated on the spine with gilt lettering. Clean text; 552 pages. Although the green binding is bright, it is bumped and shows some edgewear at the head and foot of the spine. There is some lean, and the front gutter has cracked, although it is holding. Not a beauty, but an important artifact of American labor history. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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63 Poore, Hon. Ben. Perley & Rev. O.H. Tiffany Life of U.S. Grant
Philadelphia Et.al. & San Francisco Hubbard Brothers & A.L. Bancroft 1885 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Philadelphia Et.al. & San Francisco: Hubbard Brothers & A.L. Bancroft, 1885. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the "Memorial Edition" issued by Hubbard just after the passing of Grant (1822-1885). A large, heavy octavo, over 3 pounds in weight. Decorative green cloth binding, blindstamped and filled with gilt. "Elegantly illustrated." Nice steel engraving of Grant as a frontis. Clean text; 594 pages. The front gutter has split and a few of the prelims are missing. The Title Page is loose but present. Therefore Quercus assigns this a "minus" grading and due to the condition issue offers it as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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64 Prescott, William H. History of the Conquest of Mexico (Two Volumes)
New York John B. Alden 1886 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: John B. Alden, 1886. A classic work on the history of the Americas. This is a Near Fine set of the First Edition Thus issued by Alden. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering and a gilt topedge. Clean and bright text; 467 pages and 490 pages, indexed. Illustrated, and with a fold-out map, Some light bumps and very mild wear, else Fine. A very presentable set. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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65 Quackenbos, G.P., A.M. Illustrated School History of the United States and the Adjacent Parts of America, From the Earliest Discoveries to the Present Time:(etc)
New York D. Appleton and Co. 1864 Reprint Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1864. First published in 1857, this history by George Payne Quackenbos (1826-1881) went to several editions. This is a very Good copy of a reprint from seven years later, part of a series of school primers in various subjects. Green cloth binding with black spine that is stamped nicely with gilt lettering. Clean text; 460 pages, plus a twenty-page addenda containing Delaration of Independence, Constitution, and a Chronological Record; followed by eight pages of publisher's adverts. The endpapers are slso ads, and another ad, for an English grammar, has been tipped-in. There are numerous illustrations, in both black-and-white and colour. The rear endpaper has a contemporary previous-owner signature. Scuffs and soiling, but still a sturdy volume, and fascinating due to its publication during the American Civil War.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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66 Quinn, Arthur The Rivals. William Gwin, David Broderick, and the Birth of California
New York Crown Publishers First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Crown Publishers Part of "The Library of the American West." This is a Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Dark gray paper-covered boards with a black cloth spine, copper lettering on the spine. Clean text; 320 pages, indexed. Unclipped dustjacket, Fine; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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67 Roosevelt, Theodore The Rough Riders
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1900 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900. T.R.'s own story of raising his famous regiment for the Spanish-American war. First published in 1899; this is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing from the following year. Tan cloth binding with red lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 298 pages; four Appendices. Frontis portrait of T.R., eight other illustrations. Gift inscription (1900) on FFEP. Spine has very slightly darkened, else a Fine copy. No dustjacket.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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68 Ross, Christian K. The Father's Story of Charley Ross, the Kidnapped Child: Containing a Full and Complete Account of the Abduction of Charles Brewster Ross
Philadelphia John E. Potter & Company 1876 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: John E. Potter & Company, 1876. Surely their were child kidnappings in America prior to that of little Charlie, who was taken in 1874 and whose ultimate fate is still unknown; but his case seems to have been the first to have provoked the media frenzy so common today. Here is "the Father's Story." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Reddish-brown decorative Victorian binding, with black blindstamping on the front cover and gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 431 pages, with an Appendix. Rubbing to the margins and two small tears to the crown of the spine; and there is a ding to the front cover. Still, a sound copy, and an interesting read, even today. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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69 Russell, Carl P. Guns on the Early Frontiers
Berkeley, Los Angeles, London University of California 1957 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California, 1957. "A history of firearms from Colonial times through the years of the Western fur trade." A Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding with gilt lettering and decoration. Illustrated endpapers, title page, and throughout. Lacking the Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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70 Ruxton,George Frederic & Leroy R. Hafen (Editor) Life in the Far West
Norman University of Oklahoma Press 1951 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1951. From the Foreward by Mae Reed Porter: "In the litersture of the early Far West, no work excels in color, charm, or authenticity." A little over 100 years later, the editor retraced Ruxton's route from 1846 and found much of it unchanged. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus (stated First Edition). Navy blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 251 pages, indexed, and with two appendices. Previous-owner bookplate on the front paste-down, else Fine. Lacking the dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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71 Safford, William H. The Life of Harman Blennerhassett. Comprising an Authentic Narrative of the Burr Expedition: And Containing Many Additional Facts Not Heretofore Published
Chillicothe, O. Ely, Allen & Looker 1850 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Chillicothe, O.: Ely, Allen & Looker, 1850. An Anglo-Irish graduate of TCD, Blennerhasset (1765-1831) emigrated to America, presumably to excape arrest either as a member of the United Irishmen., or for his incestuous marriage. He became involved with Burr's possible treasonous ploting of 1806 (his large estate, now a state park, was evidently a headquarters for Burr). This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, which is not common. Dark brown decorative cloth binding, heavily blindstamped. The title on the spine is gilt, as is the Blennerhassett coat-of-arms on the front cover. Clean text; 239 pages. The text is exceptionally bright and fresh, easily readable today. The corners are bumped slightly, and there are several small chips, to the head of the spine, the lower front cover, and on the rear panel. There is a small period bookplate on the front paste-down, and some penciled notes from a previous collector, on the FFEP opposite. A solid copy and a fascinating footnote to some quirky American history. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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72 Sanford, John A More Goodly Country. A Personal History of America
New York Horizon Press 1975 0818008148 / 9780818008146 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Horizon Press, 1975. Sanford (pseudonym for Julian Lawrence Shapiro,1904-2003) was an acclaimed novelist and screenwriter who was a victim of McCarthy and his ilk, due to his membership in the Communist party. His personal history of America flows from that viewpoint. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Lime green cloth binding, with gilt lettering on the spine and a reproduced signature on the front. Clean text; 285 pages. Very slightly splayed, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is complete (unclipped, but shows a bit of edgewear, minor darkening of the spine, and a closed tear on the front panel. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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73 Smith, Matthew Hale Sunshine and Shadow in New York
Hartford J.B. Burr and Company 1868 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Hartford: J.B. Burr and Company, 1868. (Reverend) M.H. Smith (1810-1879), a prolific Universalist author who also wrote well-regarded history; this particular title is widely-held in institutions. (Quercus notes that WorldCat misidentifies the original publication date.) This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Publisher's maroon cloth binding, now more of a brown in color; fancy gilt lettering on the spine and front panel. Clean text, moderately foxed but pages still quite supple; shows reading use with some pages turned down. Front gutter weak, so a bit loose. 718 pages with 2 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. This is a fascinating tome of social history. The frontis illustration shows the "Sunshine" of respectable citizens parading around a modern 3-storey building and contrasts this with the "Shadow" of the more seedy side of citizenry at the Old Brewery and the 5 Points Mission. No dustjacket, as issued. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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74 Stanford Biology Study Group The Destruction of Indochina. A Legacy of Our Presence
Stanford Stanford Biology Study Group 1970 First Edition. Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
Stanford: Stanford Biology Study Group, 1970. An anti-Viet Nam War pamphlet (9 pages) by an ad-hoc committee made up of members of the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition; very clean. There is a letter from the committee laid-in, resulting in some minor offset to the Title Page. Copies held in several research libraries, but quite scarce on the market. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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75 Stanger, Frank M. & Alan K. Brown Who Discovered the Golden Gate? The Explorers' Own Accounts. How They Discovered a Hidden Harbor and at Last Found Its Entrance
San Mateo San Mateo County Historical Association 1969 Limited/Numbered Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
San Mateo: San Mateo County Historical Association, 1969. This handsome volume addresses a perenially fascinating debate in Northern California. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, which is LIMITED to 1500 copies. Dark blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Map of the Paths of the Explorers as endpapers. Clean text; 173 pages, indexed, and the Limitation. A tiny hint of fade to the top margins, else Fine. No dustjacket. In a plastic protector. (Quercus believes this to be how it was issued.) Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Limited/Numbered. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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76 Steiner, Stan The Waning of the West
New York St. Martin's 1989 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: St. Martin's, 1989. Posthumous collection of essays by a premier writer on the American West. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Edited by Emily Skretny Drabanski; foreward by John Nichols. Tan cloth binding. The dustjacket is unclipped, with a tiny bit of edgewear evident. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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77 The Meeting for Sufferings (Society of Friends) Memorials of Deceased Friends, of New-England Yearly Meeting.
Providence The Meeting for Sufferings 1841 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus 
Providence: The Meeting for Sufferings, 1841. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition of a primary source on the history of the Society of Friends ("Quakers") in America. It consists of memorial biographies of deceased members (96 pages, indexed by name in the front), bound with 36 pages of "The Testimony of the Society of Friends on the Continent of America," (Philadelphia, 1830). Paper-covered boards with a leather spine. Light wear, a much better copy than expected; corners are bumped and there is some fray at the head and foot of the spine. The text is clean, bright, and unfoxed; truly nicely preserved. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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78 Tompkins, Jane West of Everything. The Inner Life of Westerns
New York Oxford University Press 1992 0195073053 / 9780195073058 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. Postmodern feminist take on western movies. Fine copy in an unclipped DJ. In a protective plastic cover. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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79 Trumbull, Henry History of the Indian Wars: To Which is Prefixed a Short Account of the Discovery of America By Columbus, and of the Landing of Our Forefathers at Plymouth,with Their Most Remarkable Engagements with the Indians in New England.
Boston Phillips and Sampson 1846 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Phillips and Sampson, 1846. (continuing the Title: From Their First Landing, in 1620, Until the Death of King Phillip, in 1679. To Which is Now Added A Historical Account of the Sufferings of the Inhabitants of the Frontier Settlements by the Savages, During the French and Revolutionary Wars; and Also the Particulars of Every Important Engagement with the Indians, in the Southern and Western States and Territories, to the Present Time.") Originally published in 1841; this is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus - "a New Edition, with an entire new arrangement, essential corrections, and large additions." This printing seems to be uncommon. Brown cloth binding with a highly decorative spine - a gilt figure of a Native American, standing in full regalia with his musket. Clean text; 320 pages. The text is bright and supple; highly readable, even though it is heavilly foxed. This copy lacks any plates; new endpapers have been added at some time, so the volume is quite sound. Bumped, and some spotting to the covers. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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80 Tyler, Sydney SanFrancisco's Great Disaster
Philadelphia P.W. Ziegler 1906 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Philadelphia: P.W. Ziegler, 1906. A rather comprehensive popular volume that is a ".Full Account of the Recent Terrible Destruction of Life and Property by Earthquake, Fire and Volcano in California and at Vesuvius and a Brief Account of Ancient and Modern Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions in All Parts of the World." which also includes an "interesting chapter" on the geology involved. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Profusely illustrated. 424 pages, clean text. Green cloth binding; the illustrated front boards feature buildings on fire - which actually caused more destruction than the earthquake itself. This copy shows some wear, rubbed at the margins; spine darkened. Front gutter is weak but holding. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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