7. BELL, James G. A Log of the Texas-California Cattle Trail, 1854.... Edited by J. Evetts Haley. [Austin], 1932. 78,  pp. 8vo, original stiff blue printed wrappers. Light wear and some staining to wraps, occasional light foxing to text, generally a very good copy, with presentation inscription signed by editor J. Evetts Haley.” An elusive imprint on the cattle industry.
First separate edition, limited edition (100 copies). The narrative first appeared in three parts in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (35-36, January-July 1932). Adams, Herd 235. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 26: “It is not generally known that for a period approximating 20 years, and beginning—perhaps—in 1853, Texas cattlemen drove large herds of cattle over the desert to the California markets.... Of all phases...of our Colorado Desert history...this segment having to do with the trail herd era has received least attention.... The young Bell...was employed by a Mr. John James, owner of one of the many vast overland herds that reached their peak of prominence in the year 1854. Their trail followed the route of Kearny and Cooke (1846-47), and they entered California—over the Yuma Ferry.... A fairly good description is given in this article of Warner’s Ranch, Santa Isabella, the Indians at Warner’s and so on.” Graff 242. Howes B326. Rader 328.
Robinson (1967)119: “At a time when the Longhorn furnished his own transportation to market, a tenderfoot joined a cattle drive of 1,500 dangerous and uncertain miles, setting down fresh and precise details in his diary.” Robinson (1978)5. Wallace, Arizona History VII:15. Handbook of Texas Online: James G. Bell: “James G. Bell...was born in Tennessee in 1832. The family moved to Indianola, Texas, in 1852.... In 1854 Bell decided to join in driving a herd of cattle to California.... Rather than write letters back to his family, Bell kept a diary of his experiences and observations, a chronicle of a little-known trail to the West. He joined his brother, Edward C. Bell, in California and died there in 1867.” ($300-600)
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