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Guidon Books presents
Rivers of the American West

This section of our online catalog contains a selection of books on the Colorado River, including the Magnificent Grand Canyon of the Colorado. We also offer titles concerning waters of the West, as well as "The Rivers of America" series.

Revised June 7, 2017

* Denotes Southwest Books of the Year selection


All books now available on Rivers of the American West are on our new website.

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Colorado River and its Tributaries

  1. SOLD Arizona Highways. The Grand Canyon: Special Scenic Collection. Featuring select images by Arizona Highways photographers. Word sketches accompanying the photos present simple, concise accounts of the Canyon's human, geologic, and natural history. Arizona Highways, 2004. Oversize soft cover. $12.95

  2. SOLD Butler, Elias and Tom Myers. Grand Obsession: Harvey Butchart and the Exploration of Grand Canyon. Part biography, part modern-day adventure into a man and the Canyon. Puma Press, 2007. Soft cover. $19.95

  3. Calhoun, Alfred R. Lost in the Canon: The Story of Sam Willett's Adventures on the Great Colorado of the West. A novel of escapades rafting on the Colorado River. A. L. Burt, 1888. Cloth with gold lettering and pictoral cover. $45.00

  4. Callahan, Gerald N. River Odyssey: A Story of the Colorado Plateau. A collection of essays and poems, providing an intimate story about human time and the Colorado Plateau. University Press of Colorado, 1998. Dust jacket. $27.50


  5. The Colorado Plateau II: Biophysical, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Research. Edited by Charles van Riper III and David J. Mattson. A collection of papers from the seventh Biennial Conference on the Colorado Plateau in 2003 - ranging in content from measuring human impacts on cultural resources, through grazing and the wildland-urban interface issues, to parameters of climate change on the Plateau. University of Arizona Press, 2005. Dust jacket. $35.00

  6. SOLD Crumbo, Kim. A River Runner's Guide to the History of the Grand Canyon. Foreword by Edward Abbey. Johnson Books, 1994. Soft cover. $9.95

  7. SOLD Darrah, William Culp. Powell of the Colorado. The story of Major John Wesley Powell who led two great expeditions down the Colorado. This crisp and readable narrative reflects the color and excitement of his life. 1st edition. Princeton University Press, 1951. Dust jacket. $65.00


  8. SOLD Denniston, Jennifer, Amy Marr, and David Lukas. Grand Canyon National Park. Includes highlights and itineraries, outdoor activities, wildlife gallery, hiking and driving tour maps. Lonely Planet, 2004. Soft cover. $19.99

  9. SOLD Derby, Lt. George Horatio. Derby's Report on Opening the Colorado 1850 - 1851: From the Original Report of Lt. George Horatio Derby. Edited and with an introduction by Odie B. Faulk. The detailed report of the exploration of the Gulf of California and the Colorado River. 1st edition. University of New Mexico Press, 1969. Dust jacket. $42.50

  10. Fairley, Helen C. Changing River: Time, Culture, and the Transformation of Landscape in the Grand Canyon. A regional research design for the study of cultural resources along the Colorado River in lower Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Statistical Research, Inc., 2003. Soft cover oversize. $27.00

  11. Fraser, George C. Journeys in the Canyon Lands of Utah and Arizona, 1914 - 1916. Edited by Frederick H. Swanson with Foreword by Hal K. Rothman. The journals of Fraser who took three trips in the in the American Southwest from the Zion Narrows to the Grand Canyon to the Aquarius Plateau. University of Arizona Press, 2005. Soft cover. $19.95

  12. SOLD Freeman, Lewis R. The Colorado River: Yesterday, To-day and To-morrow. Illustrated history of the river and region. Previous owner's name on front endsheet. 1st edition. Dodd, Mead & Co., 1923. Blue cloth. $87.00

  13. SOLD Geology of the Grand Canyon. Anthology by different contributors. Museum of Northern Arizona, 1974. Soft cover. $17.50

  14. The Grand Canyon Reader. Edited by Lance Newman. This anthology brings together stories, essays, and poems written across five centuries by people inhabiting, surviving and attempting to understand the Grand Canyon. University of California Press, 2011. Soft cover. $19.95

  15. Greetings from Grand Canyon, Ariz. 20 Post Cards from the Past. Return to the golden era of Grand Canyon National Park, to the days before color photography, when black and white photos were spectacularly painted by post-card artists. Cards can be deattached and mailed. Gibbs-Smith. Soft cover. $8.95

  16. SOLD Hamblin, W. Kenneth and J. Keith Rigby. Guidebook to the Colorado River Part 2: Phantom Ranch in Grand Canyon National Park to Lake Mead, Arizona-Nevada. Brigham Young University Geology Studies 16:2. Reprint. 1972. Soft cover, spine with small tear on bottom edge. $7.50

  17. \SOLD Ives, Joseph C., Lt. Report Upon the Colorado River of the West. 36th Cong., 1st Sess., Senate Ex. Doc. Washington: GPO, 1861. Contains all plates and maps. Rebound. $600.00

  18. SOLD Jackson, Donald C. Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West. A biography of the engineer who promoted the dramatically less expensive and controversial multiple arch dam. University Press of Kansas, 1995. Dust jacket. $45.00

  19. SOLD Kaiser, James. Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide. Provides information on the history of the park, lodging, wildlife, geology, topo maps and trail descriptions. Winner of two national travel guide awards. 2nd edition. Destination Press, 2005. Soft cover. $22.99

  20. Kelsey, Michael R. Hiking and Exploring the Paria River: Including the Story of John D. Lee and Mountain Meadows Massacre. Update edition Includes maps and photographs of sites to visit. Kelsey Publishing, 1991. Soft cover. $10.00

  21. SOLD Krutch, Joseph Wood. Grand Canyon: Today and All Its Yesterdays. A major work by one of America's outstanding naturalists. Previous owner's signature on front endsheet. 1st edition. William Sloane Associates, 1958. Dust jacket. $16.50

  22. SOLD Leopold, Luna B. A View of the River. Important research on rivers, including the Colorado River. Harvard University Press, 2005. Soft cover. $19.95

  23. SOLD *Nevills, Norman D. High, Wide, and Handsome: The River Journals of Norman D. Nevills. Edited by Roy Webb, with a foreword by Brad Dimock. The first hand account of a Colorado River runner, who ran the rapids from 1938 until his death in 1949, writing of adventures and portraits of his fellow travelers. Utah State University Press, 2005. Dust jacket. $39.95

  24. Parks, Timothy L. Glen Canyon Dam: Images of America. Illustrated story of this Bureau of Reclamation dam located on the Colorado River. Arcadia Publishing, 2004. Soft cover. $19.95

  25. SOLD Powell, John Wesley. First Through the Grand Canyon. Being the Record of the Pioneer Exploration of the Colorado River in 1869-70. Outing Adventure Library. Outing Publishing Co., 1915. Blue cloth. $60.00

  26. Pyne, Stephen J. How the Canyon Became Grand: A Short History. Exploring more than four hundred years of human contact with the Grand Canyon. Penguin Book, 1999. Soft cover. $12.95

  27. SOLD Randall, Margaret. Into Another Time: Grand Canyon Reflections. Poetry. Drawings by Barbara Byers. 1st edition. West End Press, 2004. Soft cover. $12.95

  28. Scoyen, Eivind T. & Frank J. Taylor. The Rainbow Canyons. Foreword by Horace M. Albright. 1st edition. Stanford University Press, 1931. $25.00
  29. Sitgreaves, Capt. L. Report of an Expedition down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Senate Executive Document No. 59, 32d Congress, 2d Session. 1st edition, map not original. Robert Armstrong, 1853. Original cloth. $325.00

  30. Sitgreaves, Capt. L. Report of an Expedition down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Includes map. Reprint, Rio Grande Press, 1962. $75.00

  31. Smith, Dama Margaret. I Married a Ranger. The story of a Grand Canyon ranger. Previous author's signature on endsheet. Stanford University Press, 1931. $35.00

  32. SOLD Stanton, Robert B. The Hoskaninni Papers: Mining in Glen Canyon, 1897-1902. Edited by C. Gregory Crampton and Dwight L. Smith. University of Utah Anthropological Papers #54. Detailed history of the mining activities, including daily diary entries and photographs. University of Utah Press, 1961. Soft cover oversize, tan with black spine. $65.00

  33. SOLD Stegner, Page. Grand Canyon: The Great Abyss. Genesis Series. Written by someone who knows the Grand Canyon intimately, the illustrations had to the beauty of the book. Photographs by Jeff Garton. 1st printing. HarperCollinsWest, 1995. Dust jacket, oversize. $12.50

  34. SOLD Summitt, April R. Contested Waters: An Environmental History of the Colorado River. Tells the river's story - a story of conquest, control, division, and depletion. University Press of Colorado, 2013. Dust jacket. $34.95

  35. SOLD Titan of Chasms: Grand Canyon of Arizona. The titan of chasms / by C.A. Higgins -- The scientific explorer / by J.W. Powell -- The greatest thing in the world / by Chas. F. Lummis --Information for tourists. Includes foldout map at back. Santa Fe Railroad and Rand McNally & Co., 1914. Soft cover. $35.00

  36. U.S. Congress. House of Representatives. Boulder Canyon Power Project. 70th Congress, 1st Session. Report 918, Part 2. Minority views to accompany H. R. 5773, submitted by Arizona Representative Lewis Douglas. March 21, 1928. Wraps. $25.00

  37. SOLD Waters, Frank. The Colorado. Illustrated by Nicolai Fechin, maps by George Annand with a new preface by the author. Swallow Press, 1998. Soft cover. $12.95

  38. Webb, Roy. Call of the Colorado. Relates the stories of individuals who have been lured to the Colorado River and its tributaries. University of Idaho Press, 1994. Soft cover. $23.95

  39. Woodbury, Angus M., Stephen D. Durrant, and Seville Flowers. Survey of Vegetation in the Glen Canyon Reservoir Basin. University of Utah, Anthropological Papers No. 36. January 1959. Wraps. $35.00

  40. SOLD Woodward, Arthur. Feud on the Colorado. A history of steamboats, the Mormon War and exploration on the Colorado River. Limited Westernlore Edition. 1st edition. Westernlore Press, 1955. Red cloth. $50.00

  41. SOLD Zarbin, Earl. Let the Record Show... Gila River Indian Reservation Water Rights and the Central Arizona Project. 2004. Oversize soft cover. $19.95

Rivers of America

  1. SOLD The Allegheny. Frederick Way Jr., illustrated by Henry C. Pitz. Previous owner's bookplate on front end sheet. Rinehart & Co., 1959. Dust jacket. $20.00

  2. SOLD The Brandywine. Henry Seidel Canby, illustrated by Andrew Wyeth. 1st edition. Farrar & Rinehart, 1941. $45.00

  3. SOLD The Cape Fear. Malcolm Ross. 1st edition. Falls Church Public Library stamp, cut front end sheet, hinge loose. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1965. Dust jacket. $20.00

  4. SOLD The Chagres: River of Westward Passage. John Easter Minter, illustrated by William Wellons. 1st edition. Rinehart & Co., 1948. $20.00

  5. The Charles. Arthur Bernon Tourtellot, illustrated by Ernest J. Donnelly. 1st edition. Farrar & Rinehart & Co., 1941. Previous owner's stamp on half title page and ends of dust jacket glued to endsheets. $22.50

  6. SOLD The Colorado. Frank Waters, illustrated by Nicolai Fechin, maps by George Annard. 2nd printing. Presentation copy to the Weavers [Paul Weaver, Northland Press] signed by Waters. Rinehart & Co., 1946. Dust jacket. $50.00

  7. SOLD The Delaware. Harry Emerson Wildes, illustrated by Irwin D. Hoffman. 1st edition. Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. $20.00

  8. SOLD The Everglades: River of Grass. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, illustrated by Rovert Fink. 1st edition. Rinehart & Co., 1947 $25.00

  9. SOLD The Fraser. Bruce Hutchison, illustred by Lamar Dodd. 1st edition. Rinehart & Co., 1950. Dust jacket. $25.00

  10. SOLD The Gila: River of the Southwest. Edwin Corle, illustrated by Ross Santee. 1st edition. Rinehart & Co., 1951. Former library copy with some markings. Dust jacket. $37.50

  11. SOLD The Kentucky.Thomas D. Clark, illustrated by John A. Spelman, III. Rinehart & Co., 1942. Dust jacket. $22.50

  12. SOLD The Merrimack. Raymond P. Holden, illustrated by Aaron Kessler. 1st edition. Rinehart & Co., 1958. $25.00

  13. SOLD The Monongahela. Richard Bissell, illustrated by John O'Hara Cosgrave II. 1st edition. Previous owner's bookplate on inside front cover. Rinehart & Co., 1952. Dust jacket. $30.00

  14. SOLD Rivers of the Carolinas: The Santee. Henry Savage Jr., illustrated by Lamar Dodd. Ex-library, with minor markings. 1st edition. Rinehart & Co., 1956. Dust jacket. $22.50

  15. SOLD Rivers of the Eastern Shore: Seventeen Maryland Rivers. Hulbert Footner, illustrated by Aaron Sopher. 1st edition. Farrar & Rinehart, 1944. $22.50

  16. SOLD The Salinas: Upside-Down River. Anne B. Fisher, illustrated by Walter K. Fisher. Farrar & Rinehart, 1945. Dust jacket. $20.00

  17. SOLD The Saskatchewan. Marjorie Wilkens Campbell, illustrated by Illingworth Kerr. 1st edition. Former library copy with embossed stamp and limited other markings - otherwise very good condition. Rinehart & Co., 1950. Green cloth with spine lightly faded. $25.00

  18. SOLD The Savannah. Thomas L. Stokes, illustrated by Lamar Dodd. 1st edition. Rinehart & Co., 1951. $25.00

  19. SOLD The St. Johns: A Parade of Diversities. Branch Cabell & A. J. Hanna, illustrated by Doris Lee. 1st edition. Farrar & Rinehart, 1943. $23.50

  20. SOLD The Susquehanna. Carl Carmer, illustrated by Stow Wengenroth. David McKay & Co. Dust jacket. $22.00

  21. SOLD The Tennessee: The Old River Frontier to Succession. Donald Davidson, illustrated by Theresa Sherrer Davidson. 1st edition. Rinehart & Co., 1946. $30.00

  22. SOLD Twin Rivers: The Raritan and the Passaic. Harry Emerson Wildes, illustrated by Angelo di Benedetto. 1st edition. Farrar & Rinehart, 1943. $25.00

  23. Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga. Walter Havighurst, illustrated by David and Lolita Granahan. 1st edition. Farrar & Rinehart, 1944. Green cloth with spine faded. $25.00

Waters and Rivers

  1. Collier, Michael and Robert H. Webb. Floods, Droughts, and Climate Change. A straightforward account of weather crises that can help you better understand their causes and consequences. University of Arizona Press, 2002. Soft cover. $17.95

  2. SOLD Cosens, Barbara and Judith V. Royster, editors. The Future of Indian and Federal Reserved Water Rights: The Winters Centennial. University of New Mexico Press, 2012. First edition. The conference, 'The Winters Centennial: Will Its Commitment to Justice Endure?', was held June 9-12, 2008, at the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico. This book represents much of the discussion that took place over the two and a half days of the conference and includes additional articles submited by experts in the field. New. Hard cover. $75.00

  3. Dana, R. H., Jr. Two Years Before the Mast and Twenty-Four Years After. Previous owner's label on front endsheet. Harvard Classics. P. F. Collier & Co., 1969. Green cloth. $21.00

  4. SOLD Dunbar, Robert G. Forging New Rights in Western Waters. The first study which discusses water shortage and conflicts over water rights. University of Nebraska Press, 1983. Dust jacket worn. $25.00

  5. Glazier, Captain Willard. Down the Great River; Embracing an Account of the Discovery of the True Source of the Mississippi together with views, descriptive and pictorial, of the cities, towns . . . from its head waters to the Gulf of Mexico. Illustrated. Wear and markings on original endsheets. Hubbard Brothers, 1889. Blue cloth with gold pictorial lettering. $22.50

  6. Havighurst, Walter. River to the West: Three Centuries of the Ohio. Geographic, military, economic, political and cultural history of the Ohio River and its land. Date stamped on inside front endsheet. 1st edition. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1970. Dust jacket. $20.00

  7. Heat-Moon, William Least. River-Horse: A Voyage Across America. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. Dust jacket. $26.00

  8. Judson, Clara Ingram. St. Lawrence Seaway. Young adult story of one of the greatest navigation projects in history. Illustrated by Lorence Bjorklund. 1st edition. Follett Publishing Co., 1959. Dust jacket. $12.50

  9. SOLD MacDonnell, Lawrence J. From Reclamation to Sustainability: Water, Agriculture, and the Enviroment in the American West. The story of four places in the West, Arkansas Valley and the Grand Valley of Colorado, the Truckee-Carson basins of California and Nevada, and the Yakima Basin in Washington. University Press of Colorado, 1999. Dust jacket. $34.95

  10. McDermott, John Francis. The Lost Panoramas of the Mississippi. A look at the Mississippi River and its communities through historic images. University of Chicago Press, 1958. Blue decorated cloth with wear on edges. $25.00

  11. Morgan, Dale L. The Great Salt Lake. Remarkable account of America's mountain sea. American Lakes Series. 1st edition. Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1947. Dust jacket. $45.00

  12. Nute, Grace Lee. Lake Superior. American Lakes Series. 1st edition. Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1944. $22.50

  13. Pisani, Donald J. From the Family Farm to Agribusiness : the Irrigation Crusade in California and the West, 1850-1931. Drawn upon a wealth of original research to fill a major gap in the hisotrical literature of California and the arid region. 1st edition. University of California Press, 1984. Dust jacket. $55.00

  14. Pisani, Donald J. Water and American Government: The Reclamation Bureau, National Water Policy, and the West, 1902-1935. The history of perhaps the boldest economic and social program ever undertaken in the United States - to reclaim and cultivate bast areas of previously unusable land - shows in fascinating detail how ambitious government programs fall prey to the power of local interest groups. 1st edition. University of California Press, 2002. Dust jacket. $49.95

  15. SOLD Quaife, Milo M. Lake Michigan. American Lakes Series. Piece missing from top of loose front endsheet. 1st edition. Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1944. $20.00

  16. SOLD Rowley, William D. Reclaiming the Arid West: The Career of Francis G. Newlands. The biography of the man who helped with the passage of the National Reclamation Act - reveals a complicated and sophisticated man who successfully lived a dual political life under a cloud of personal and public scandal. 1st edition. Indiana University Press, 1996. Dust jacket. $27.50



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