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KIT CARSON, Cheetham, F. T
1 KIT CARSON Cheetham, F. T
New Mexico El Palacio Press 1930 First Edition Paperback Fine with no dust jacket 
Photographs; Fine in stapled brown wrappers. Photos of Kit and his being commissioned as Brevet Brigadier General. 6" x 9". 35912 
Price: 46.95 USD
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NIGHTS IN A BLOCK-HOUSE OR SKETCHES OF BORDER LIFE [ILLUSTRATED], Watson, Henry C.
2 NIGHTS IN A BLOCK-HOUSE OR SKETCHES OF BORDER LIFE [ILLUSTRATED] Watson, Henry C.
J B Lippincott 1858 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
B&W Illustrations; 448 pages; Originally published in 1851 as - Six Nights in a Block-House; or, Sketches of Border Life . Has 100 engravings. Publisher's brown cloth, light rubbing very sound and tight, minor foxing, pages white. 35238 
Price: 61.10 USD
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The Great West: Its Attractions And Resources. Containing a Popular Description of the Marvelous Scenery, Physical Geography, Fossils, and Glaciers of This Wonderful Region; and the Recent Explorations in the Yellowstone Park, "The Wonderland of America"...., F[Erdinand]. V. Hayden.
3 The Great West: Its Attractions And Resources. Containing a Popular Description of the Marvelous Scenery, Physical Geography, Fossils, and Glaciers of This Wonderful Region; and the Recent Explorations in the Yellowstone Park, "The Wonderland of America".... F[Erdinand]. V. Hayden.
Bloomington, Ill Charles R. Brodix, 1880 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Color and b/w;  Thick octavo. 528 pages. Numerous engravings and three double page maps. Publisher's brown cloth with pictorial front cover stamped in gilt and black, devices and designs on the spine. Printed "Presented to" decorative cartouche on preliminary with previous owner's holograph name in pencil. Binding rubbed, cloth frayed at extremities, front joint cracked. Few small stains on textblock edges. Lacking rear free endpaper. Occasional minor soiling. A good copy. 10" x 7", 5 pounds . Americana: : Western: : Frontier 37249 
Price: 211.45 USD
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