• <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> MIGUEL COSTANSO. 1741-1814. The suppressed report of the portala expidition. US$ 80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> FELIPE DE NEVE. 1724-1784. FIRST LAWS OF CALIFORNIA. US$ 120,000-180,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES O. PATTIE. c.1804-c.1850. The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie of Kentucky. US$ 30,000-50,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>KARL BODMER. 1809-1893. Pehriska-Ruhpa, Moennitarri Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Danse.<br>US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOEL PALMER. 1810-1881. Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains to the Mouth of the Columbia River. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOHANN AUGUSTUS SUTTER. 1803-1880. Letter Signed ("JA Sutter").<br>US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> J. ELY SHERWOOD. California: Her Wealth and Resources... US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> [JOHN LINVILLE HALL and GEORGE G. WEBSTER.] Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES A. READ and DONALD F. READ, illustrators. Journey to the Gold Diggins. By Jeremiah Saddlebags. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> WILLIAM BESCHKE. The Dreadful Sufferings and Thrilling Adventures of an Overland Party of Emigrants to California. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> LORENZO D. ALDRICH. 1818/1819-1851. A Journal of the Overland Route to California! US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JOHN WOODHOUSE AUDUBON. 1812-1862. Illustrated Notes of an Expedition Through Mexico and California. US$ 80,000-120,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Gold mining boomtown collection of 23 photos<br>of Goldfield, Nevada (1905)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Columbus and New World Exploration manuscript (1512)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A. J. Russell.<br>The Great West (1869) 50 original mounted photos
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue: 50 Fine Books 2015
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> M. Catesby,<br>The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1729-77).
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    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Koronatsionniy sbornik [Album of Nicholas II's coronation] (St. Petersburg, 1899): preferred deluxe version in Russian.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> A complete set of John Gould's magnificent bird books in attractive contemporary bindings (1831-88).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Andy Warhol, Bald Eagle from Endangered Species. Screenprint in colours, 1983, signed in pencil.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: The story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914-1917 (London, 1919).
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    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, The Works (Kelmscott Press, 1896). One of the finest illustrated books ever produced.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Moscow, 1879):<br>first edition in book form of the celebrated novel.
  • <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> J.C. Buttre, Wartime-Published Leatherbound Portfolio of 50 Engravings. Est $1000-$1500. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Kennedy For President Campaign Poster.<br>Est $50-$100. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Albumen CDV of a Mexican couple in fancy clothing.<br>Est $100-$200. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Quarter Plate Daguerreotype and Enlarged<br>Painted Portrait of Same Gentleman. Est $200-$400. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Real Photo Postcards of Helena, Montana, Plus.<br>Est $100-$200. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> [Japan] Lafcadio Hearn, Life, Letters and Musings.<br>Est $50-$100. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> CDVs related to P.T. Barnum, Including Barnum, His Daughter, Tom Thumb, Com. Nutt.<br>Est $200-$300. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Recipe Pamphlets from the 1960s. Est $20-$40. Bidding Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Image of the Sternwheeler Washington. Est $100-$150. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Civil War letters from Little Family of Farmersville, New York, 94th and 105th NY Infantry. Est $150-$250.<br>Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> A Fine and Unusual American Prosthesis. Est $300-$500. Starts Mar 5th.
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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2005 Issue

Californians and Others of the Old West from Schoyer's Antiquarian Books

Vasquez

Tiburcio Vasquez was a charming stage robber in old California.


In California, Bidwell would go on to become a millionaire and have a remarkable career. He discovered gold along the Feather River and purchased a sprawling ranch near Chico. He would now become a pioneer in California agriculture, and later on, an environmentalist. He was instrumental in bringing the legal challenges which stopped the hydraulic mining that was destroying the rivers and farms downstream with sediment. Along the way, he served as a major during the Mexican War, and became involved in politics. He served in the state senate in 1849, was a delegate to the Democratic national convention in 1860, switched parties to be elected as a Republican U.S. congressman in 1864 (he did not seek reelection), and switched again to be an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate on the Anti-Monopoly ticket in 1875. His growing interest in the temperance movement would have him switch once more, and he became the presidential candidate of the Prohibition Party in 1892. He did not win that race either, but did secure 264,000, or 2.2% of the popular vote in the race that sent Grover Cleveland back to the White House for his second, nonconsecutive term. He died in Chico in 1900 at the age of 80.

Item 13 is Marcus Benjamin's John Bidwell, Pioneer. A Sketch of His Career. This book was privately printed in 1907. Included with it are portraits of Bidwell and his wife Annie, a four-page letter written by Annie Bidwell in 1916, a photograph of the Bidwells on donkeys, and four checks signed by Bidwell. Priced at $200. Item 16 is a copy of John Bidwell's A Journey to California, with Observations about the Country, Climate and the Route to this Country. This is the third edition of his journal, first published in 1842 (only one copy known) and again in 1907 and (as is this) 1937. $65.

Next up is The Life and Career of Tiburcio Vasquez, the California Stage Robber. From all accounts, Vasquez was a dashing and charming man, the last of the Mexican "banditos" who roamed California in the decades after California was ceded by Mexico to the U.S. At age 18, young Jose Lopez was involved in a fight where a constable was killed. He escaped to the mountains and changed his name to Tiburcio Vasquez. He would be convicted of horse stealing several times in the years ahead, finding himself in and out of San Quentin (sometimes out through release, others through escape). By the 1870s, he had moved up in class, robbing stagecoaches and businesses. During the 1873 robbery of a store in Tres Pinos, three bystanders were killed. Vasquez returned to the hills, now with an $8,000 reward on his head. He became something of a folk hero, especially among ethnic Mexicans in the area, thought of as a Robin Hood. Certainly he met the first half of the Robin Hood equation, stealing from the rich, though it's questionable whether he gave much to anyone besides himself. Eventually, Vasquez was done in by his own indiscretions. A jealous member of his gang turned him in after Vasquez had an affair with his wife. He was captured in his hideout by the Sheriff of Los Angeles. For nine days, Vasquez was a local celebrity, receiving hundreds of visitors, including many admiring women. A play was written about him. However, the good times were short lived. He was shipped north to be tried for the Tres Pinos killings, convicted, and hanged. Vasquez will always be a dashing young man, as he never got to celebrate his 40th birthday. Item 179 is a 1944 edition of Eugene Sawyer's biography, printed at the legendary Grabhorn Press, of this book first published in 1875. $65.

Item 199 is a 32-volume set, edited by Rubin Gold Thwaites, Early Western Travels, 1748-1846. There can't be too much left out when there are 32 volumes. Among the journals covered are those of Ross, Brackenridge, Pattie, Farnham, Bradbury, Bullock, and the aforementioned Father De Smet, who accompanied Bidwell on part of his journey. This set was published by the Arthur H. Clark Company, then in Cleveland, from 1904-1907. $4,850.

To learn more about all of the items in this catalogue, you may contact Schoyer's Antiquarian Books at 510-548-8009, or email them at dsbooks@comcast.net.

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