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Andy Nettell and Marcee Nettell
83 N. Main Moab UT 84532
Western American, Natural History Prints, Literature
Booth Number: 13 and 20  

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Chiromagica. McLoughlin Brothers, New York, Circa 1877.

Description: McLoughlin Brothers, New York, NY. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Rare 19th century trivia game in which a wizard magically (or perhaps magnetically) gives the answers to queries via a spinning hand. "In asking a question, place the Question Card so that it will fit exactly over this Disc, placing the question asked at the top, so that the dot on the edge will be directly opposite the dot on the top of this Disc, when the hand will immediately move in a quizzical manner, and in a few moments stop, and give the correct answer." No date, but the most recent president referenced in the questions is the 18th, Ulysses S. Grant, who served from 1869-1877; and the King of Italy is listed as Victor Emmanuel (presumed II, 1861-1878) . Three double-sided trivia discs and three pictorial answer sheets are color-coded (pink, blue, yellow) , although mixing up the colors does yield amusing results. One sheet adhered to glass. One inch-long chip to yellow disc, blue and yellow answer sheets have two tears with tape repairs each. Mahogany box in overall very good condition, some soiling and toning to the chromopictorial label. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall.

Price $750.00

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Poems in Trees. Stella Ruess. Bryant Press, Hollywood, CA (1930).

Description: Bryant Press, Hollywood, CA, 1930. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Limited Edition. Block prints of trees and haiku by Stella Knight Ruess, mother of Everett Ruess, and accomplished writer and artist in her own right. Tanka and Hokku (haiku) format poetry is paired with a block print of each tree. Most (15 including cover and dedication page) are monochrome and printed directly on the page, six others on colored paper are tipped in, a few with a subtle micaceous glitter in the paper. Mrs. Ruess helped to popularize the haiku format in southern California and to inspire her son's block prints. Limited edition, number 268/330. Printed on white Hosho paper from Japan, wraps are marbled to look like wood. In thin cardboard box which is quite worn with tears along all seams, but has protected the booklet quite nicely. Some very slight tears and creases along edges and corners of wraps; interior is bright and clean. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall.

Price $1,000.00

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Set of Twenty-Four Powell Expedition Stereoviews from Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. John Wesley Powell. By J. W. Powell and A. H. Thompson.

Description: Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. All stereographs with labels are credited to second Powell expedition member John K. Hillers. Although originally hired as a boatman, the German-born Hillers assisted Beaman and became the most prominent photographer of the expedition due to his enthusiasm for learning the techniques and willingness to carry heavy equipment. Powell had intended that his cousin Clem would assist, but he proved unenthusiastic. Powell fired Beaman, and hired another photographer Fennemore, who left the expedition because it was too physically strenuous. At this point, Powell made Hillers the head photographer, and after the Colorado River expeditions, he continued to work for Powell at the USGS and Bureau of Ethnology until his retirement. Mount Hillers in the Henry Mountains bears his name. Images are mounted on heavy cardstock, most yellow on front and bearing red ink stamps reading "U. S. Topographical and Geological Survey of the Colorado River of the West" and "By J. W. Powell and A. H. Thompson." Fifteen stereoviews have the label of J. F. Jarvis, Publisher, in DC; any references to date state "Entered according to an Act of Congress in 1874 by J. W. Powell." One with slightly different format published by G. O. Brown & Co in Maryland. Indians of the Colorado Valley Series. Seven from "Views on the Rio Virgen," with one more suspected from this series. Twelve from "Indians of the Colorado Valley." One labeled "Views on the Colorado River Grand Canon Series." Three unlabeled pictures of boats, with two in the Grand Canyon (including a faded image of the Emma Dean with Powell's famous chair rig) and one on the Green in the location of present-day Dinosaur National Monument. Conditions range from a few fair (foxing to image, card fraying) to a few near fine, bulk of photos are low to medium contrast with a few stunners, overall very good condition for the set. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 24 pp.

Price $5,200.00

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Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior. William Emory. A. O. P. Nicholson / Cornelius Wendell 1857, 1859, Washington, D. C., 1857.

Description: A. O. P. Nicholson / Cornelius Wendell 1857, 1859, Washington, D. C., 1857. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. William H. Emory was appointed commissioner of the United States and Mexico Boundary Survey following John Russell Bartlett, who was MIA from the survey upon Emory's arrival to assume his appointment. Emory was left to scrap together an effective survey party and obtain an accurate survey of the border after previous errors had ceded the Mesilla Valley, important in constructing a trans-continental railroad, to Mexico. The Gadsden Purchase had corrected this, but also added new territory to be surveyed. In addition to helping to clear up the boundary controversy, Emory's accounts were important in noting that the deserts of the southwest were not an agrarian paradise, and his team assembled a wealth of natural history and anthropological observations. This report is also notable for the illustrations, with many plates of scenery, plants, animals, and in particular color plates of the native inhabitants and birds. Two volumes bound in three, half Morocco on marbled paper with bright gilt text on spine, custom slipcase. First volume from the Senate report, second from the House. Volume I contains the personal narratives, correspondence, meteorology, geology, ethnology, and paleontology. First part of Volume II is botany; second zoology. Includes the Hall and Lesley geologic map that is often missing and was superimposed on the topographic map. Hall and Lesley's map differed from other geologic maps of the 1850s in that they preferred to base their interpretations on field-truthed observations, hence some missing spots on the map including the Colorado River. Boards of all volumes are rubbed on surfaces and edges, near foot of spine in particular. Besides a split front hinge in the first volume, bindings are sound. Creasing and one small tear to topographic map near where it is bound in, no tears to profile, geologic map has a 1-2" tear near the binding and is creased along edges. Missing bird plate 22 from the third part. A few pencil markings, faint residue on pastedowns from previous bookplates, moderate foxing and offsetting throughout. First volume has some dampstaining to bottom right corner, text on pp. 70-71 blurry due to printing error. Wagner-Camp 291, Howes E-146.; 4to 11" - 13" tall.

Price $3,500.00

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Dakota Odowan: Hymns in the Dakota Language. Riggs, Stephen R. ; Williamson, John P. ; Eds. American Tract Society, New York, NY., N.D.

Description: American Tract Society, New York, NY. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Editors were both of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Stephen Return Riggs was a founder of a Sioux boarding school at Santee, Nebraska. No date, earliest in OCLC 1863 and latest 1869; inscription to a previous owner dated 1870. Green cloth boards are rubbed, fraying in places, and somewhat warped due to a linear impression to the front cover. Pages have some dampstaining, but are mostly free of markings. Additional hymn is pasted in at rear. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 184 pp.

Price $200.00

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