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1. Arnold, R. Ross. Indian Wars of Idaho. Caxton Press, 1932. 1932 first edition. Red cloth covers. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Corners slightly bumped. The text block has a crack in the middle, but the pages are not loosening. The spine and front cover title has the gold faded and partially rubbed away. Still a solid copy of this scarce history. $125.00

2. Arnold, R. Ross. Indian Wars of Idaho. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1932. 268 pages. Scarce 1932 first printing in rare dust jacket. Red cloth covers show light wear and slight dulling to the spine title. Overall the book is in near very good condition. The illustrated dust jacket is present. The jacket has tears and chips along the edges of the front and back flaps and along the front joint where it intersects with the spine. The jacket is still quite presentable. $265.00

3. Baker, W.W. FORTY YEARS A PIONEER: BUSINESS LIFE OF DORSEY SYNG BAKER, 1848-1888. Seattle: Lowman and Hanford, 1934. 255 pages. Signed by the author. Come shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. Slight dulling to cover title. Scarce limited edition. $95.00

4. Brackett, Albert G. GENERAL LANE'S BRIGADE IN CENTRAL MEXICO. Cincinnati & New York: H. W. Derby & Co. & J. O. Derby, 1854. 1st Edition. 336 pages. Original light brown cloth. Shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. Corners slightly bumped. Some fading and discoloration to the binding. The spine title is faded. The binding is tight. T couple of page signatures are loosening in the middle of the book, but still attached. Overall a nice copy of this rare first edition Mexican War and frontier military history. $450.00

5. Custer, General George Armstrong. My Life on the Plains, or, Personal Experiences with Indians. New York: Sheldon & Company, 1874. First edition. 1874 rare first edition of this classic Western Americana autobiography. Quite a bit of wear to the spine edges and corners. Hinges are tight. The text block has a couple of places where it is starting to crack, but it isn't cracked and the binding is sound, with no loose pages. A few pages have foxing and dampstains at the edges, but not extensive. Corners rubbed and bumped. The gold illustration has dulledon the front cover, but it is still readable. A solid copy overall. $875.00

6. Forster, Dale E. OREGON EXPRESS COMPANIES. Lake Oswego, Oregon: Raven Press, 1985. 231 pages. Slight shelf wear, else VG. Limited to 500 copies. An important historical book. $39.50

7. George A. Ogle & Company. Central South Dakota. Memorial and Biographical Record and Illustrated Compendium of Local Biography. Including Biographical Sketches of Hundreds of Prominent Old Settlers and Representative Citizens. Chicago: George A. Ogle & company, 1899. 1106 pages. Full dark brown leather binding with gold titles on the front cover and spine. Page edges are gilt. There are small chips to the leather at the edges of the spine. The corners are rubbed through and slightly bumped. A few rubbed and scuffed spots to the leather binding. The text block is tight and sound and the pages are clean and tightly bound. With numerous photographic portrait illustrations. A rare South Dakota history. With hundreds of entries of early South Dakota settlers, with accompanying biographical sketches. $650.00

8. H.G. Collins. Life in California: During a Residence of Several Years in That Territory. London: H. G. Collins, 1851. 1851 London edition. This is the second edition, after the 1846 American first edition. Original black cloth binding. There is a small area of chipping to the cloth on the spine, right at the point of the label, with some of the label text missing. There is also a smaller chip to the cloth at the top of the spine, and a small split to the cloth at the bottom of the back joint. Quite a bit of shelf wear to the binding and rubbing to the spine and corners. The corners are bumped and rubbed through. A few text pages have small soiled smudges in the margins, but not extensive. The accompanying publisher's catalog of books for sale has a couple of pages with pencil notations in lines crossed out. There is also small piece torn away from the pages of the publisher's catalog. A rare California title. $325.00

9. Hafen, Leroy R.-editor. The Southwest Historical Series. Complete set of 12 volumes. Glendale, California: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1931. Complete set of 12 volumes. Original red cloth bindings. There is shelf wear to the spine edges. The corners on a couple of the volumes have some rubbing and slight bumping. Most of the volumes have only light wear. There is light fading to some of the spines, but not serious. Overall a very nice set with tight bindings and clean pages. A rare and important Western Americana reference set. The volumes in the set are titled as follows: 1-Journal of a Santa Fe Trader; 2-Frontier Life in the Army; 3-A Soldier Under Kearny & Doniphan; 4-Marching With the Army of the West; 5-Southern Trails to California in 1849; 6-Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail; 7-Exploring Southwest Trails 1846-1854; 8-Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest; 9-Pike's Peak Guide Books; 10-Colorado Gold Rush 1858-1859; 11-Overland Routes to the Goldfields 1859; 12-Analytical Index $1200.00

10. Hayden, Ferdinand V. & Andrew Joseph Russell. Sun Pictures of Rocky Mountain Scenery, With a Description of the Geographical and Geological Features, and Some Account of the Resources of the Great West; Containing Thirty Photographic Views Along the Line of the Pacific Rail Road, Omaha to Sacramento. New York: Julius Bien, 1870. 150 pages. Bound in the original 3/4 green Morrocan leather over green cloth, with the front and back boards expertly reattached. There is also a small amount of leather replacement on the edges of the spine by the same expert restorationist. A beautifully preserved binding, with raised bands and decorated panels on the spine. The first blank endpage has an ink inscription that says "From the estate of General M.I. Dudington September 1919". The original marbled endpapers and paste-downs are present, with a some rubbing to the inside edge of the front endpaper. The binding is tight and the contents are collated and complete. There is a small library ink stamp at the bottom of the title page that says "released by the library". There is also a small spot at the top of the title page with the paper is thinned and an owner's name has been rubbed out. No other ex-library marks or evidences. The portion of the text block between the text and the beginning of the photographic plates has what at first glance appears to be a separation, or crack, but there is nothing loose or unstable about the binding at that point. The photographic plate pages have some rippling vertically, which is a common occurrence with the heavy paper and mounted albumen prints. The 30 photographic prints were originally issued in larger format by A.J. Russell in an 1869 publication entitled "The Great West Illustrated", which is exceedingly rare. Some of the photographs are faded a bit in contrast and the Mormon Tabernacle photograph has a small line of fading along the extreme left side. This work is one of the monumental early visual publications of the American West. It is on a par with any photographic and illustrated imprint for the time. For collectors of Mormon history, this book has wonderful photos of Coalville, Great Salt Lake City and Echo Canyon, as well as the Tabernacle photo. Sixteen of the photographs are of Utah subjects. The work could be compared with Piercy and Linforth's "Route From Liverpool to Great Salt Lake" (1855) in its historical importance and precedent. I have numerous photos of the plates and binding. If you are interested, please contact me and I can send you the images. $9500.00

11. Lewis, Meriwether (Paul Allen & Archibald M'Vickar). History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clarke: To the Sources of the Missouri, Thence across the Rocky Mountains. Set of two volumes. Harper & Brothers, 1876. 1876 printing. Two volume set. Green cloth covers. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Corners are bumped.  A few small scuffed and rubbed spots to the binding. The text pages have slight browning to the edges. The fold-up map the front of volume 1 has one tear along a portion of one of the folds and a couple of creases, but is overall in presentable condition. $150.00

12. Morgan, Dale-editor. In Pursuit of the Golden Dream: Reminiscences of San Francisco and the Northern and Southern Mines, 1849-1857. Western Hemisphere, Inc., 1970. Brown leather spine and beautiful binding. This is the deluxe edition, limited to 100 copies and signed by Dale Morgan. A beautiful limited edition. In the original slipcase, which shows only light wear and is still in very good condition. $250.00

13. Mumey, Nolie. John Williams Gunnison (1812-1853): the Last of the Western Explorers. Denver: Artcraft Press, 1955. Signed by author and limited to 500 copies. Iome shelf wear to binding and light rubbing to spine and corners. A clean and tight copy in beautiful condition. $110.00

14. Rosenberg, C.G.-editor. Buckskin Mose: or, Life from the Lakes to the Pacific. An Actor, Circus-Rider, Detective, Ranger, Gold-Digger, Indian Scout, and Guide. New York: Henry L. Hinton, 1873. 284 pages. 1873 first edition. original brown cloth covers show quite a bit of wear to the spine edges and corners. The corners are rubbed through and bumped. There is some rubbing and scuffing to the covers. The binding is tight and the pages are complete. Some pages have small pencil marks in the margins, but not underlining. A few pages have some small areas of staining, mostly in the margins. $200.00

15. Smiley, Jerome C. SEMI-CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE STATE OF COLORADO. Volumes I and II. Complete set of two volumes. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1913. Complete set of two volumes. Original 1/2 brown leather binding. Bindings are tight. There is shelf wear to the spine edges and the corners. Some rubbed and scuffed spots to the leather. Corners are rubbed through in places. A scarce and important Colorado history. $175.00

16. Toponce, Alexander. REMINISCENCES OF ALEXANDER TOPONCE, PIONEER, 1839-1923. Ogden, Utah: Privately Printed, 1923. 1923 first edition. Red embossed cloth is worn at the spine and corners. The text block has a few cracked spots, but the pages are still firmly attached and the binding is tight. Scarce in first edition. An excellent autobiographical account of this 19th-century overland freighter headquarted in Ogden, Utah. Nice copy of this scarce privately printed book. Toponce was a freighter & businessman in Ogden, Utah in the 19th century. Toponce was involved in placer mining, freighting, owned a stage line, and operated numerous other business ventures in Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico. $75.00

17. Walgamott, C.S. REMINISCENCES OF EARLY DAYS: A SERIES OF HISTORICAL SKETCHES AND HAPPENINGS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF SNAKE RIVER VALLEY. Twin Falls, Idaho: Privately Printed, 1926. 128 pages. Shelf wear to the binding and rubbing and slight fraying to the cloth at the edges of the spine. Some scuffing to the covers. A few pages have small tears to the edges. $120.00

18. Wheeler, Owen D. THE TRAIL OF LEWIS AND CLARK, 1804-1904. Complete set in two volumes. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904. Complete set of two volumes. Volume I has been recased, with original cloth spine laid over. Volume II is entirely rebound in maroon library buckram. Both fold-out maps are present, as are all illustrations. Moderate shelf wear to the books. There are labels on the covers and inside the covers and library marks on the spine. Bindings are tight. $45.00

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