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The Checklist provides notice of publications that portray the diverse and exceptional nature of California. Readers and publishers who wish to call attention to recent works, including reprints, are requested to send the following bibliographical information to the Checklist editor: author, title, name and address of publisher, date of publication, price (including postage and handling), binding (cloth or paper), International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and order address. Mail to Charles N. Johnson, Checklist Editor, Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001, or email:

Bibby, Brian. Precious Cargo: California Indian Cradle Baskets and Childbirth Traditions. Berkeley: Heyday Books, 2004. $22.50 (paper) ISBN: 1-89077181-3. ORDER FROM: Heyday Books; P.O. Box 9145; Berkeley, CA 94709.

Espinola, George. Cottages, Flats, Buildings & Bungalows: 102 Designs from Wolfe & McKenzie, 1907. San Jose, CA: Bay & Valley Publishers, 2004. $29.95 (paper) ISBN: 0974698202. ORDER FROM: Bay & Valley Publishers; 306 S. 15th St.; San Jose, CA 95112.

Hafen, Leroy R. The Overland Mail, 1849-1869. Reprint of the original 1926 edition. "The first scholarly work to examine the impact of the postal service on the expansion of the West...." Norman, OK: University of Okalahoma Press, 2004. $24.95 (paper) ISBN: 0-8061-3600-6. ORDER FROM: University of Oklahoma Press; 4100 28th Avenue NW; Norman, OK 73069.

Hartnell, William E. P. The Diary and Copybook of William E.P. Hartnell: Visitador General of the Missions of Alta California in 1839 and 1840. Spokane, WA: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2004. $29.95 (cloth, 150 copies) ISBN: 0-87062-330-3; $18 (paper)

ISBN: 0-87062-329-X, $4.50 for one book, except when check or money order accompanies order. Washington customers include sales tax of 8.1% ORDER FROM: The Arthur H. Clark Company; P.O. Box 14707; Spokane, WA 99214.

Hayes, Kevin J. An American Cycling Odyssey, 1887. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002. $27-95 (cloth) ISBN: 0-8032-2408-7. "On 1887 a twenty-one year old newspaperman named George Nellis (1865-1948) rode a bicycle from Herkimer, New York to San Francisco in seventy-two days...." ORDER FROM: University of Nebraska Press; 233 North 8th Street; Lincoln, NE 68588-0255.

Kahn, Eva, ed. Jewish Life in the American West. Berkeley: Heyday Books, 2004. $22.50 (paper) ISBN: 1-8907-7177-5. ORDER FROM: Heyday Books; P.O. Box 9145; Berkeley, CA 92709.

Kyle, Douglas E., comp. Historic Spots in California. ISBN: 0-8047-4483-1 Fifth edition. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002. $34.95 (paper) ISBN: 08047-4483-1. ORDER FROM: Stanford University Press; 1450 Page Mill Road; Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Leckie, William H., with Shirley A. Leckie. The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003. Revised edition. $29.95 (cloth) ISBN: 0-8061-3523-9. ORDER FROM: University of Oklahoma Press; 4100 28th Ave. NW; Norman, OK 73069-8218.

Lekisch, Barbara. Embracing Scenes about Lakes Tahoe & Donner: Painters, Illustrators, & Sketch Artists, 1855-1915. Lafayette, CA: Great West Books, 2003. $35.00 (paper) ISBN: 0-94422014-2. "A compilation of biographical material about artists' paintings, illustrations and sketches of Lakes Tahoe, Donner and the vicinity." ORDER FROM: Great West Books; P.O. Box 1028; Lafayette, CA 94549

Marschner, Janice. California's Arab Americans. Sacramento: Coleman Ranch Press, 2003. $18.95 (cloth) ISBN: 096770691. ORDER FROM: Coleman Ranch Press; P.O. Box 1496; Sacramento, CA 95812.

Monsma, Bradley John. The Sespe Wild: Southern California's Last Free River. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2004. $24.95 (cloth) ISBN: 0-87417-536-4. "An examination of the remarkable survival and transformation of a unique Southern California wilderness area. …