United States History, Regional
The Age of Gold
The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
Hardcover ISBN: 0385502168
A history of the people and commercial imperatives that contributed to the California gold rush discusses the massive influx of hundreds of thousands of people to the area, which became a state in record time, in a volume set against the political climate and national issues of the period. 75,000 first printing.
The Great Taos Bank Robbery
And Other True Stories of the Southwest
Paperback ISBN: 0060937122
The author of myriad best-selling mysteries set in the American Southwest presents nine extraordinary, true tales of daily life in New Mexico, including the comical title story, about a bank holdup in Sante Fe that never was. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Upper Beacon Hill
Paperback ISBN: 0738511064
Upper Beacon Hill chronicles the drama and excitement of an intriguing and little-known community on top of Boston's Beacon Hill. Separated by the Massachusetts State House and Bowdoin Street from the hill's western residential area, the upper summit and its lower eastern slope formed a magnet for power and change in the century from 1850 to 1950. Period photographs from leading Boston institutions and museums uncover the community's celebrations, history, famous men and women, architecture, entertainment, and cultural and educational institutions. With its unique in-depth treatment of the area, Upper Beacon Hill has much to offer the reader. The classic architecture of Beacon Street's Boston Athenaeum library, Bulfinch's State House, and the Park Street Church is celebrated in period photographs. Historical sites are defined-for example, the chapel off Beacon Street that was home to Transcendentalist movement meetings and, later, to Boston's first French-speaking Roman Catholic church. Upper Beacon Hill follows the area's changing neighborhoods, including that of Scollay Square, and traces the haunts of notables Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Alexander Graham Bell, "Honey" Fitzgerald, and John F. Kennedy. Residents and visitors, as well as history buffs, will enjoy Upper Beacon Hill's rare glimpse into Boston's history.
San Francisco Album
Hardcover ISBN: 0811826309
Originally published in 1856 as Photographs of the Most Beautiful Views and Public Buildings of San Francisco, G.R. Fardon's San Francisco Album is the earliest existing photographic record of an American city and one of the earliest of any city in the world. An unmatched historical document of San Francisco during its years of rapid growth and burgeoning prosperity in the wake of the Gold Rush, the album is aesthetically compelling as well. The plates themselves are some of the oldest surviving photographs on paper made in the United States. Fardon's detailed images depict a booming downtown, a rural South Park, the famous Merchant's Exchange on Battery Street, Fort Vigilance, City Hall, and a four-part panorama of the city taken from atop Nob Hill. This book is the first serious, comprehensive look at the San Francisco Album as well as Fardon's other known work. Including critical essays on Fardon's work, his life, and the times he lived in, the San Francisco Album offers a unique perspective on the history of San Francisco and the art of photography.