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Date of the auction: 24.10.2019

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John Adams' Defense of the Constitutions, 1787

Volumes I and II. [blank leaf], [2], xxxi, [1], [3]-292 pp., [blank leaf]; [2], 451 pp., blank leaf. (8vo) 20.7x12.2 cm (8¼x4¾"), rebound in buckram, spines lettered in gilt. First Edition. The first two volumes of the full three-volume set of the defense by John Adams of the new U.S. Constitution

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Virginia slave-trader's letter on eve of Civil War

Autograph Letter Signed. 2pp. To Davis, Deupree Co., Richmond, Virginia. Chilling in his business-as-usual tone, offering to be the slave auctioneers' scout and agent, Taylor had just received a letter from the Richmond firm, “revoking all letters of credit heretofore given me to draw on your firm

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Post WWI wholesale/retail marketing

64 pp. Illustrated throughout, much in color. 25x17.2 cm (9¾x6¾"), red printed wrappers. Marvelous catalogue aimed at retailers, with an unbelievable range of products at wholesale rates, from Indian blankets to banjos and ukuleles, with magic dice, pool cues, pistols and revolvers, "Art chocolate

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Membership book for Snowball Miners' Union Arizona

[20] pp. 13.5x6.5 cm (5¼x2½") red cloth lettered in gilt. Guy Smith was apparently a short-time miner, or little interested in paying his dues - only May and June, 1915, are marked as paid, with a red stamp. The Snowball Miner's Union No. 124 W.F.M. was located at what is now the ghost town Gold

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Homes & Harvests in Arkansas, 1910

38, [2] pp. including self-wrappers. Illustrated from photographs; map. 22.7x21.7 cm (9x8½"), folded vertically as issued. Promoting the agricultural prospects of Arkansas. The map shows Arkansas and the surrounding states, bisected by the Cotton Belt Route, showing its many connections. OCLC lists

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins

Numerous sketches in the text, pictorial endpapers. (4to) 25.3x17.3 cm (10x6¾"), half cloth & boards, jacket. First Edition Inscribed and signed on the half-title page by Neil Armstrong, and additionally signed by Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins - all three members of the Apollo XI crew, on which

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Auto court guide from 1931

40 pp. 23.5x10 cm (9¼x4"), printed wrappers. Locations of auto courts along some 42 U.S. highways, listed in the order one would arrive at them along each highway, with indication of their level of luxury (or lack thereof). No copies are listed in OCLC. Accomapanied by an 11-page stenciled

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$600 - US$900

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Women aviators crash in the Poconos

Printed in black on red background, with large halftone illustration reproducing two photographs. 43.5x35.2 cm (17¼13¾"). An "Associated News Service Latest World Events in Pictures" broadside covering briefly the fatal crash of aviators Ruth Stewart and Debbie Stanford, flying from St. Lewis to New

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Inscribed by P.T. Barnum to his niece

viii, [13]-785 pp. Illustrated (8vo) rebound in modern brown morocco-backed marbled paper-covered boards, all edges marbled, fresh endpapers. The Author's Edition. Autobiography of the famed master showman and impresario. This copy inscribed "To My Niece / Mrs. Sarah M. Bailey / With kind regards

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Bicycling interferes with Sunday worship, 1898

16 pp. incl. self-wrappers. 12.7x8.2 cm (5x3¼"). The Reverend Brodbeck makes the case that while bicycle's are an enjoyable and healthy form of transportation, their use on Sunday, the Lord's day, is pernicious, and interferes with the duty of worship. He asks that readers sign the "Christian Cycle

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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American bicycling in 1879

[6], 211 + [4] ad pp. Illustrations in the text; frontispiece. 16.8x11 cm (6½x4¼"), original boards decorated & lettered in gilt. First Edition. Scarce guide to all things bicycular, including the history, manufacture, mechanics, riding, laws and courtesies of the road, races, clubs, etc. In gilt on

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Quest for canals in U.S. 1805 with map

61, [1] pp. + final blank. Folding engraved map as frontispiece. (8vo) 21.5x12 cm (8½x4¾"), modern cloth, leather spine label. First Edition. One of the earliest American works entirely devoted to canals in which the author advocates the advancement of navigable communication between the states in

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Keepsakes from the BCC

All keepsakes but the 1946 A Camera in the Gold Rush housed in half morocco or faux morocco slipcases. A broken run from 1963 to 1979 with a loose set of the 1946 A Camera in the Gold Rush

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Two promotional boxing broadsides circa 1920s

2 broadsides. Includes: The New Colored Menace: World's Greatest Heavyweight Al Walker. 44x31 cm (17¼x12"). [c.1929]. Ripple & Curran Manage the Greatest Boxing Stable in the West - Directing Fighters with a Future Who Fight. With a list of 7 boxers, each with a short biography. [c.1920s

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Picturesque America 1872

2 vols. viii, 568; vi, 576 pp. With 49 steel-engraved plates, incl. frontispieces and added pictorial title-pages, with tissue guards; numerous wood engravings, some full page. (4to) 32x24.5 cm (12½x9½"), original three-quarter dark brown morocco and pebbled cloth, spine lettered in gilt; marbled

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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An Account of the European Settlements in America

2 volumes. [8], viii, 324, [10]; xii, 308 pp. Two folding engraved maps extra-illustrated with an inserted folding map in Volume II. (8vo) 20.8x13 cm (8¼x5"), modern brown buckram with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt. Fifth Edition. Inserted map is plate VI of William Gordon's The History of

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Europeans settle in the New World

[8], 324, [8] pp.; [12], 308 pp. With two folding engraved maps by Emanuel Bowen. (8vo) 20x12 cm (7¾x4¾"), period speckled calf ruled in gilt, raised spine bands, later ms. spine labels. Third Edition. Important history of the European expansion into the New World, called by Howes the "best

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Chinese gambling in Nevada County, California

Partially printed form filled out in ink. Signed by Nevada County Sheriff D.B. Getchell and Justice of the Peace Charles E. Mulloy. Single sheet, 35.5x22 cm (14x8¾"), docketed on the back. Sheriff Getschell, representing the People of the State of California, files this complaint against Ah Ling, Ah

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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50 years of Monterey, California history and art journal

Volume I, Number 1 - Volume LV, Number 4. 165 issues; the first 112 issues are bound in three full brown buckram volumes with gilt titles and the remaining 53 issues are in original stapled wrappers. Textual photographs and illustrations. A nearly complete, fifty-year run of this journal dedicated

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Northern California Musicians Directory 916

[16], 80 pp. With a classified directory plus numerous advertisements for musicians, musical instruction, voice coaches, singers. etc., with portraits of those advertising their services. 13.7x19 cm (5½x7½"), original wrappers. OCLC describes this as a serial, with no dates given, and lists only

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Maps of the Oil Fields of California, 1910

33, [3] pp. With 8 folding maps. 23x15.3 cm. (9x6"), original printed pictorial wrappers. Overview of the many oil fields of California, with maps showing the ownership of oil properties in Kern and Fresno counties, a map of California south of Monterey to Orange County, the "Devil's Den" field from

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Oil speculation in Kern County, California

Includes: Map, "Sunset Oil Field, Kern County, California." On sheet 28.5x29 cm. One-page typed report on the slow progress but ultimate prospects for sucess in bringing oil from the well. Dated Jan. 12th, 1909. Three real photo postcards showing oil gushing out of pipes, unused. Envelope addresses

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Land title in Sonoma County

Approx. 115 leaves, typed and manuscript, most on rectos only. Color manuscript map on drafting linen. 37.5x22.5 cm (14½x9"), cloth with leather spine at top, tied with a shoestring, printed & ms. cover label. Abstract if title of a portion of the Watmough Tract, land bought by James H. Watmough

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Cash at Petaluma Bank, 1874-1891

399 pages. Printed accounting forms filled out in ink. 40.5x26.5 cm (16x10½"), half leather & cloth, spine titled in gilt, marbled endpapers. Rare original ledger showing the cash balances of the First National Gold Bank of Petaluma during its first 17 years of existence - The first entry is from

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Richmond's Ellis Landing with bird's-eye map

Folding brochure. Illustrated from photographs; large bird's-eye view/map; 2 smaller maps. Overall 46x61 cm (18x24"), folding to 23x10 cm (9x4"). Rare promotional brochure for Richmond, California, as it sought to become a major industrial hub and a residential center as well. Ellis Landing

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Palo Verde Valley & Blythe promotional

12 pp. incl. pictorial self-wrappers. Illustrated from photographs; map. 22.5x15 cm (9x6"), stapled.. Scarce promotional booklet for the Palo Verde Valley centered on Blythe along the Colorado River. OCLC locates four copies, at UC Berkeley; UC Irvine; UC Riverside; and the Wisconsin Historical

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Promotional for Perris, Riverside County, Cal.

16 pp. Illustrated from photographs. 23.5x15.8 cm (9¼x6¼"), original pictorial wrappers, map on inside of front wrapper. Extolling "An expanse of Valley girt round by foot hills and majestic mountains - a panorama of agricultural wealth and scenic grandeur." OCLC lists six copies under the wrapper

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Letter from US Navy Lieutenant who officially "named" San Francisco

Autograph Letter Signed. NY, Office, Journal of Commerce. 1pg. To pioneer meteorologist Ebenezer Meriam. “I have completed my drafts of Ways Reef and sent a report to Mr. Bache [Superintendent of the US Coast Survey] today. I have a copy for you to consult and if you desire to see it, please meet me

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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By-Laws of S.F. Chamber of Commerce 1869

26 pp. Unbound, stitched. 22.3x14.7 cm (8¾x5¾"). Besides the minutiae of the various laws, regulations, and required services of the various officers, the names of the officers themselves are of interest - President James Otis, a Boston Brahmin who came to San Francisco in 1849, to prosper in both

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$600 - US$900

Date: 24 Oct 2019

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Carnival in San Francisco's North Beach, 1910

[22] pp. including wrappers, 6 leaves are on thicker paper (2 of them folding); 5 leaves are on thin paper, all of them folding. With photographs of Angelo I and Ermina I of the Kingdom of North Beach; numerous advertisements. 23.5x17.5 cm (9½x6¾"). Rare "Official Souvenir Program" for the

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 24 Oct 2019