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[Baegert, Johann Jakob] (1717-1772). Nachrichten von der Amerikanischen Halbinsel Californien: mit einem zweyfachen Anhang falscher Nachrichten. Geschrieben von einem Priester der Gesellschaft Jesu, welcher lang darinn diese letztere Jahr gelebet hat. [News from the American Peninsula California..,] Mannheim: Churfürstl. Hof- und Academie-Buchdruckerey, 1773.
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Smith, W[illiam] D. [Collection of Three Original Autograph Letters Signed by W.D. Smith, Owner of the “Shumagin Packing Company” in the Chignik Bay (Alaska Peninsula), Addressed to His Agents in San Francisco and Discussing Financial Operations and Shipping of Supplies and Canned Salmon. 1889.
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Historically Interesting Well-Annotated Photo Album with 178 Gelatin Silver Photographs of a Road Trip from California to Arizona, Showing Missions (the Ruins of La Purisima Concepcion, as well as the Pala, San Xavier Del Bac, San Diego de Alcalá, Santa Inez Missions, etc.), Dams (the Newly Constructed Coolidge Dam and the Laguna & Hetch Hetchy Dams), Deserted Mining Town of Tombstone, Governor Castro's House, a Sausalito Ferry, the World’s Largest “General Sherman” Tree, a “50-Ton Frog,” etc.; also with the Views of Sequoia National Park, Apache Indian Reservation, Yosemite National Park, Chiricahua National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, etc. Ca. 1930s.
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Houten, Chas V. Two Original Private Letters Written by a Pioneer of Barker House (Modern-day Woodleaf, California) to His “Guiding Star” and “Dearest” Girlfriend Back Home in Sunbury (Ohio), Talking About His Failing Business, the Influx of Migrants From the East, and the Most Popular Trail to California via the Great Plains; Also Passionately Writing, “There Is Not One Hour, That Passes, but My Heart Is With You”. Barker House (California): 23 July & 10 October 1853.
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Album with 142 Gelatin Silver Photographs of California, Showing Local Bridges (Including the Newly Built San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridges, the Original Fruitvale and the Bay Farm Island Bridges, the Diamond Canyon Bridge, etc.), Missions (Santa Barbara, San Gabriel, San Juan Capistrano, and Carmel), Schooners (Old Ironsides, Owl, Lottie Bennett), as well as the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition (“The Tower of the Sun,” the “Pacifica” Statue, the Chinese Village, Pool of the Nation, Court of the Moon, etc.); also with the Photographs of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in Wyoming. Ca. 1930s-1940s.
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Whiting, Jasper S.; [Ives, Joseph Christmas] (1829-1868). Autograph Note Signed by an American Engineer and Surveyor of Lower California and Sonora, Talking about Him Joining Lt. Ives’ Exploratory Expedition to the Colorado River. San Francisco: 22 October [1857].
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Historically Interesting Letter by One of the Earliest Gold Prospectors in the Mokelumne River Area, Talking about His Only Wish to Give His Children a “Good Education and Knowledge of Literature,” Predicting a Prosperous Future of Gold Mining in the High Sierra Nevada, and Enthusiastically Mentioning the “Best Quality” of Soil in the Cosumnes River Area; Also, Promising Not to Leave His Children Anymore and Noting, “I Have Surmounted Obstacles and Resisted Temptations Which You at Home Know Nothing About”. Sacramento: 23 March 1850.
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Early Billhead of California Pioneer Bookseller, A. Roman & Co, Returning an “Imperfect” Copy of Webster’s Dictionary to G & C Merriam; With Merriam’s Note About Sending the Book to the Company’s Binder and Future Mayor of Cambridge MA, Henry Houghton. San Francisco, 29 October 1867.
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Johnson, W. S. Original Autograph Letter Signed by Pioneer San Francisco Merchant in the Early Days of the California Gold Rush, and Addressed to One of the Nation’s Oldest Scales Manufacturing Enterprises, Fairbanks & Co; Complaining About Receiving Damaged Products, Revealing the Cheapest Way to Transport Goods Through the “Impassable” Streets of San Francisco, Stocking up on Over 100 Scales for an Expected Boom in Weighing Equipment, Suggesting Precise Modifications to the Company’s Scales for the Proper Gold Weighing, and Commenting on California’s Flourishing Hay Trade in the Late-1840s. San Francisco: 30 November 1849.
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[Clark, S.M.?]. Original Autograph Letter Written by a Gold Miner in the Garden Valley (El Dorado County), Talking about His Sea Voyage, Being Fed with “Hard Bread & Stinking Meat,” Gold Mining in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tree Cutting, Plans to Take a “Job of Fluming to Carry Water from one Hill to Another,” California Climate, Liberal Public Attitude to Sundays, and Mentioning: “I have never Found that Large Nuget of Gold you Told me to Send you, but I Expect to Soon”]. Garden Valley, 17 April 185[8 or 9?].
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Original Autograph Letter Written by a San Jose Resident to His Brother, Professor of Music in Hamilton, Ontario (C.W.), Giving Detailed Advice for his Brothers’ “Quickest Route” to California, Suggesting to Cross the Isthmus of Central America at San Juan (Nicaragua) or Panama, the Best Place to Stay in San Francisco, as Well as Underlining the Importance of a Thorough Knowledge of English to Find a Job in California. San Jose (California), 12 April 1854.
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Historically Important Album with 104 Original Gelatin Silver Photos and Real Photo Postcards of California, Showing the Town of Hobart Mills (non-Existent since 1938), Prosser Creek, Independence Lake, Tahoe Lake, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Gabriel Mission, Life Savers at Long Beach, &c. Ca. 1900s.
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Langford, Benjamin (Ca. 1827-1904); Beatty, Addison (Ca. 1822-1903). Original Handwritten, Signed, and Notary Certified Deed of the Sale of Langford and Beatty Ranch Along the North Bank of the Mokelumne River (Now Ghosted Town of Elliot) from Benjamin Langford to Addison Beatty on 9 November 1853]. Moquellemne (Mokelumne) River: 9 November 1853.
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Cawood, Albert E.; Huddleston Photo Co.; Press Photo Service; Graham Photo Co. Collection of Twenty Loose Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Building and Businesses in the Historic Downtown and Industrial Districts of Los Angeles. Ca. 1920s.
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Album with 63 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of California Franciscan Missions, Titled: California’s Richest Heritage – Her Franciscan Missions. Ca. 1933-1935.
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Taber, Isaiah West (1830-1912); Johnson, Charles Wallace Jacob (1833-1903); Savage, Charles Roscoe (1832-1909), and others. Album with 46 Rare Original Albumen Photographs, Showing Monterey (Chinatown, Monterey Bay, Hotel del Monte, First Adobe Buildings, Custom House, “The First Jail,” “General Fremont’s Headquarters during the Mexican War,” &c.), San Francisco (“Mrs. Mark Hopkins and Gov. Stanford Mansions,” “Court, Palace Hotel,” “Bazaar in Chinatown,” “The Entry – Chinese Theatre,” “Chinese Grand Restaurant,” “Mission Dolores”), Salt Lake City (“Brigham Young’s Grave,” “The Eagle Gate near Brigham Young’s Residence,” “Temple Block,” “Beehive and Lion House”), Chinatown in Los Angeles, &c. Ca. 1886.
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A Historically Interesting Original Autograph Manuscript Letter by Thomas G. Johnson, a California Pioneer and the Owner of One of the Earliest Hotels in San Francisco (Niantic Hotel), Complaining to his “Most Esteemed Friend” About His Failed Business, Unbearably High Labor/Provision Costs, and His Inability To Make a Single Cent, Bitterly Calculating the Net Loss of the Niantic Hotel, Worrying About Not Being Smart Enough for San Francisco’s “Sharpest Population Mixed… With Rascality,” and Sadly Confessing to the “Poverty and Shame” That Prevented Him From Returning to His Beloved Family. San Francisco: 30 July 1852.
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Album with One Hundred Original Vernacular Gelatin Silver Photographs of California, Showing Los Angeles and Environs (Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, Pasadena, Cawston Ostrich Farm, Deadmans Island near San Pedro, Long Beach), San Francisco (Ferry Building, Market Street, Golden Gate Park, Lands End Park), Portland (Union Railway Station, Streets, Willamette River, Washington Park), Victoria (BC Parliament Buildings, Government Street), Railway Tracks, a Swing Bridge, Port, &c. Ca. 1900.
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Murray, John Sutherland (1818-1882); Moore, Henry M. Original Autograph Letter Signed from Moores Flat (a Gold Mining Town Later Abandoned in the Early 20th Century), Written by a California Forty-Niner and Talking about the Construction of a “Store-Room” in the General Store or the Hotel of Town Founder H.M. Moore, Successful Gold Mining, When “an Ounce of Beautiful Gold” was Obtained after an Hour Washing “under Disadvantageous Circumstances,” Nevada County Pioneer and Gold Miner James Weaver, &c. Moores Flat (Nevada Co.): 1 January 1854.
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Taber, Isaiah West (1830-1912); Baker, Walter T. & Cathcart, Walter, & others. Album with Nineteen Early Original Albumen Photographs from the Collection of Samuel Parsons - a San Francisco Resident and Employee of a Local Wall Paper Dealer “George W. Clark & Co,” Including a Series of Parson’s Portraits, Views of His Residences and a Street of San Francisco, the Storefront of “George W. Clark & Co” on Market Street with Staff Members, Most likely Including Parsons, Scenes from an Outing in the Redwood Forest, &c.; with a Later Gelatin Silver Portrait of a Young Girl at the Rear. Ca. 1880s.
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Historically Important Collection of One Manuscript and One Typewritten Letter Written by a Frightened Eyewitness to the Destruction of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The Destruction is Vividly Described as “The Awful Sight” of “What Was Left of San Francisco (‘Men Eating Weed,’ Etc.),” and the Damages Inflicted upon Mill Valley (“They Lost Everything except the Clothing”), San Jose (“Badly Wrecked by the Earthquake”), and Stanford (“The University Buildings Are a Complete Wreck,” Etc.), the Influx of Marauders and the Shortage of Food Supplies is also mentioned. He Continues to Describe His Stay in a Quake-Damaged Hotel in San Jose, and Shares the Latest News on His Relatives Affected by the Earthquake; with a Hand-Drawn Map Illustrating San Francisco’s Burned-Down Area and an Unpublished Albumen Photograph Showing Van Ness Avenue, One of the Most Damaged Parts of the City, during the Fire. San Francisco: 24 & 25 April 1906.
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Early Original Manuscript Journal, with a Detailed Record of Incidents and Events in California’s San Quentin State Prison, Registering Arrivals and Discharges of Inmates (Often with Their Full Names, Crimes and Prison Terms), Punishments (Lashes, Transfers to Dungeons, Lost Commutation Time), Pardons, Escapes, Sicknesses and Deaths, Visits of Government Officials, Including Two California Governors Frederick Low and Henry Haight, Visits of Societies, Celebrations, Weather, an Earthquake, an Assault of a Prison Guard by Several Inmates, &c., Titled]: Daily Log from October 12, 1865 to May 26, 1869.Ca. 1860s.
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Wood, A (Ca. 1812-1890). A Historically Interesting Original Autograph Letter by One of the Earliest Masons in California and the Founder of Lassen Commandery No. 13 of the Knights Templar at Susanville, Gen. Allen Wood, Informing a Sir Knight from Plumas County and a Pioneer California Lawyer about the “Cold Blooded Affair” of One of the Earliest Murders Investigated in Lassen County, Mentioning “A Considerable Feeling” Among the Inhabitants about the Prisoner’s Expected Arrival in Susanville, and Discussing the Commandery’s Decision to “Indefinitely Postpone” the Celebration of Ascension Day. Susanville [Lassen County], 20 April 1880.
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Stroud, Robert (1890-1963). Historically Interesting Original Autograph Manuscript Letter Written by Robert Stroud, the Lonely “Birdman of Alcatraz,” During His Solitary Confinement, Addressed to His Long-time Friend and Fellow Bird-lover Fred E. Daw in Florida, Confessing To Suffering From an Unresolved Oedipus Complex, Revealing His Early Attempt To Assassinate His Father, and Explicitly Tracing His First Sexual Experiences From the Age of Five to Eleven; Also Including Never-before-Shared Excerpts From His Prohibited Multi-volume Autobiography, Eagerly Calculating Approximate Incomes From His Forthcoming Biopic, Challenging Darwin’s Theory on the Limited Olfactory Capability of Birds, and Recommending Effective Sulfa Medicine Usage for Birds. Alcatraz Prison, California: 24 May 1949.
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Harrison, William S. Historically Interesting Original Autograph Letter Written by a Disappointed Job-hunter in San Francisco, and Addressed to His Wife Back Home in New York, Deeply Regretting His Decision To Move to California, Complaining About a Severe Shortage of Jobs, Rising Suicide/Insanity Rates, and the “Impossibility of Making a Living,” Confessing To Having No Money to Return Home and Being Extremely Anxious Over Finding a Decent Job; Also Talking About His Low-paying Compo Work on a Steamboat, His High Hopes of Getting a New Errand at the Same Vessel, and Declaring His Love for His Wife: “I Did Not Know How Much I Loved You Until I Found Myself Away.” San Francisco: 19&20 January 1860.
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