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419. [RANCHING]. Lot of 48 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:
ADAMS, Ramon F. The Cowman & His Code of
Ethics. Austin: Encino Press, 1969. Frontispiece
woodcut illustrations. Pictorial boards with pages uncut.
First edition, limited edition (#271 of 850 numbered copies signed by the author). Whaley 46: "The final volume in Adamss trilogy on the American cowboy." Long out-of-print.
ADAMS, Ramon F. The Horse Wrangler & His
Remuda. Austin: Encino Press, 1971. Frontispiece
portrait, illustrations. Original boards and pictorial
label. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (#480 of 850 copies signed by the author).
AINSWORTH, Ed. The Cowboy in Art: The
Unforgettable WestSeen Magnificently Through the Eyes
of Great American Artists. New York: World Publishing
Company, 1969. Illustrations. 4to, cloth, gilt decorated
front and spine. Fine in d.j.
Second printing. Foreword by John Wayne.
BRAYER, Herbert O. (editor). 1945 Brand Book
Containing Twelve Original Papers Relating to Western and
Rocky Mountain History. Denver: Westerners, 1946.
Cloth. Fine in d.j.
Limited edition (#47 of 350 copies).
BRAYER, Herbert O. William Blackmore: I. The
Spanish-Mexican Land Grants of New Mexico & Colorado
1863-1878; [and] II. A Case Study in the Economic
Development of the West. Denver: Bradford-Robinson,
1949. Frontispiece, maps, photographic plates, endpaper
map. 2 vols., original gilt pictorial navy blue cloth. A
very fine set in publishers slipcase.
First edition, limited edition (#373 of 500 copies). Pingenot: A very scarce case study on land grants and railroad finance in Colorado and New Mexico. English entrepreneur William Blackmore (1827-1878) is an overlooked figure in Western history. He was a friend of Catlin, Richard Dodge, Ferdinand Hayden, and Henry Carrington. In addition to being a land speculator and promoter, he also collected over 2,000 photographs of the West for his museum in Salisbury, England. His plate book Colorado, Its Resources, Parks and Prospects...(London, 1869) is a great western rarity. When Blackmores business venture finally collapsed he committed suicide.
The Cattleman. IV, no. 3 (August 1917); VI, no. 6 (November 1920); XIV, no. 9 (February 1928). 3 vols.
COLLINS, Hubert E. Warpath and Cattle
Trail. New York: William Morrow, 1928. Frontispiece,
illustrations, endpaper map. Original green cloth with
white lettering. Fine, the lettering unflaked.
First edition. Foreword by Hamlin Garland. Adams, Guns 471; Herd 506. Dobie, p. 99. Graff 808. Howes C592. Rader 872. Pingenot: History of the Red Fork Ranch of Oklahoma, just across the Red River from Texas. Contains a chapter on Cherokee Bill. Scarce.
CRAWFORD, Lewis F. Rekindling Camp Fires: The
Exploits of Ben Arnold (Connor), An Authentic Narrative of
Sixty Years in the Old West.... Bismarck: Capital Book
Company, 1926. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, map.
Original cloth with gilt title on spine. An exceptionally
fine copy in a very fine d.j.
First edition. Adams, Guns 509; Herd 607. Dobie, p. 101: "[Arnold] was squaw man, scout, trapper, soldier, deserter, prospector, and actor in other occupations as well as cowboy." Graff 912. Howes C872. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 95. Luther, High Spots 40: "Connor carried the news of the Custer defeat to Crook...[of whom] he is highly critical." Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country. Rader 959. Smith 2100. Pingenot: The author was the father of late Western Americana rare bookseller Ken Crawford.
DAVIS, Richard Harding. The West from a
Car-Window. New York: Harper & Bros., .
Frontispiece, illustrations, plates. Original silver
decorated blue pictorial cloth. Fine.
First edition, second printing (without date on title). Adams, Guns 566: "Scarce"; Herd 656: "A chapter on Texas ranch life." BAL 4513. Rader 1072. Raines, p. 64: "A spicy book." Pingenot: The plates are photographs and Frederick Remington drawings. In his day, Davis was a famous correspondent, as well-known as Lowell Thomas was later. In this Western travel classic, the author writes of a railroad tour to Corpus Christi; a trip to the King Ranch; visit to U.S. Cavalry on the border; up to just-started Oklahoma City; on an Indian reservation; to Denver, etc.
DOBIE, J. Frank. Cow People. Boston:
Little, Brown & Co., 1964. Photographic illustrations.
Cloth. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. Adams, Guns 601. McVicker A18a. Reese, Six Score 31. Pingenot: Dobies last book published during his lifetime. He received the advanced copy from his publisher on the day he died. Contains biographical accounts of cowmen such as Ab Blocker, Charles Goodnight, etc.
DRAGO, Harry Sinclair. Wild, Woolly &
Wicked: The History of the Kansas Cow Towns and the Texas
Cattle Trade. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, .
Endpaper map. Simulated cowhide with gilt-decorated d.j.
Very fine. Signed by the author.
First edition, deluxe limited edition (250 numbered copies). Adams, Guns 629: "The book does much to debunk some of the nonsense written about the Earps."
DRAGO, Harry Sinclair. Wild, Woolly &
Wicked: The History of the Kansas Cow Towns and the Texas
Cattle Trade. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, .
Endpaper map. Cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
EBBUTT, Percy G. Emigrant Life in Kansas.
London: Swan Sonnenschein and Company, 1886. Original green
pictorial cloth, gilt title on front cover and spine. Very
First edition. Adams, Herd 741. Not in Athearn, Westward the Briton; not in Graff; and not in Howes. Dary, Kanzana 229. Rader 1274. Pingenot: Ebbutt came to Kansas in 1871 and returned to England six years later. His well-written and often humorous narrative touches on Wild Bill Hickok whom he met in Junction City, life on the prairie, farming, cattle raising, and snake stories. He gives good descriptions of Council Grove, Abilene, Wichita, etc. during their period of settlement. Englishmen, such as Ebbutt, provided observations and comments on details of emigrant life that native American writers often took for granted. Scarce.
EMMETT, Chris. Shanghai Pierce: A Fair
Likeness. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1953.
Photographic illustrations, drawings by Nick Eggenhofer.
Very fine, bright copy in a fine pictorial d.j.
First edition. Adams, Guns 678: "An interesting book about one of Texas most colorful cowmen. This is some material on the Taylor-Sutton feud and on John Wesley Hardin, Jake Helm, Ben Thompson, Wild Bill Hickok and other gunmen"; Herd 764. Basic Texas Books 56: "This is one of the best biographies of a Texas cattleman....Emmett gives us Shanghai Pierce with warts and all. His volume makes both good reading and competent biography." Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 70). Reese, Six Score 38: "[T]he first cattle king of Texas. His business dealings were vast, varied, and interesting."
ERICKSON, John R. Ace Reid Cowpoke. Perryton: Maverick Books, 1984. Illustrations. Brown cloth. Fine in d.j. Inscribed.
FARMER, David (editor). History of the
Cattlemen of Texas. Austin: Texas State Historical
Association, 1991. 60 black and white photographs. 4to,
full leather-bound with gilt title on backstrip. Mint in
publishers slipcase with leather label.
Limited edition (#2 of 150 numbered copies, signed by Hinton and Farmer). With an introduction by Harwood P. Hinton. Adams, Herd 2254. Howes T127. Reese, Six Score 59. Pingenot: The first facsimile reprint of one of the rarest and least known books relating to the range. The original book, printed in Dallas by the Johnston Printing Company, was sold by subscription with sales amounting to fewer than 100 copies. These quickly vanished into family libraries and the work remained largely unknown until rediscovered in the 1970s by ranch biographers. Contains biographical sketches of David T. Beals, John R. Blocker, Burke Burnett, Charles Goodnight, Richard King, Ike Pryor, C. C. Slaughter, George Saunders, George W. West, and numerous other patriarchs of the cattle industry. Its biographies document a ranching elite in transition; a generation who broke up their large ranch holdings; who moved to town and built stately mansions. These sketches are enhanced by Harwood P. Hintons interesting and informative introduction.
FLANAGAN, Sue. Trailing the Longhorns: A
Century Later. Austin: Madrona Press, 1974.
Frontispiece, photographic illustrations. 4to, half calf
and linen with pictorial paste-over. Mint in slipcase and
publishers shipping box. Signed by Flanagan and Madrona
Press publisher Robert Weddle, along with a separate
portfolio of drawings by José Cisneros.
First edition, limited edition (250 numbered copies signed by the author and publisher). Forward by Wayne Gard. Pingenot: The author focuses on three major trails: the Goodnight/Loving, Chisholm, and Western in which not only the history of these trails is sketched but a contemporary photographic look at surviving trail landmarks is provided. Long out-of-print. A well-done effort with numerous excellent photographs.
FRANKS, J. M. Seventy Years in Texas: Memoirs
of the Pioneer Days. Gatesville: Published by the
author, 1924. Portrait. Original printed wrappers. Very
First edition. Adams, Guns 759; Herd 839. Graff 1408. Howes F339. Parrish, Civil War Texana 32. Rader 1466. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2370: "A rare item....Frank presents his memoirs of life in north central Texas from the 1850s through the end of the frontier era [relating stories of] pioneer families, their hardships, and their constant problems with Comanche and Kiowa raiders. Most of these...stories are not found in any other source." Pingenot: Franks, who came to Texas in 1851, writes of pioneer days, cattle ranching, the Texas Rangers, and more. Also contains some information on Phil Coe and Wild Bill Hickok.
FRENCH, William. Further Recollections of a
Western Ranchman, New Mexico, 1883-99. New York:
Argosy-Antiquarian, Ltd., 1965. Frontispiece portrait,
illustrations. Cloth (issued without d.j.). Fine.
First edition of the balance of Frenchs manuscript which Howes (F375) said was omitted in the 1927 printing. Introduction by Jeff Dykes. Adams, Guns 774: "published through the cooperation of Captain Frenchs daughter who retained that part of the original manuscript which the English publishers omitted because of the length and high cost"; Adams, One-Fifty 57: "One of the really good though obscure books on the West."Reese, Six Score 42. Pingenot: Not only does this work compliment and complete the earlier work, the index includes both volumes. Out of print and becoming scarce. A must companion volume for lucky owners of Some Recollections.
FURLONG, Charles W. Let er Buck: A Story
of the Passing of the Old West. New York: Putnam, 1921.
Numerous photographic plates. Original cloth, gilt
lettering with inset photo on front cover.
First edition. Adams, Herd 866. Pingenot: History of the annual Pendleton Round-Up, with a wealth of technical detail.
HALE, Will [pseudonym for William H. Stone].
Twenty-Four Years a Cowboy & Ranchman in Southern
Texas and Old Mexico: Desperate Fights with the Indians and
Mexicans. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1959.
Illustrations. Original boards, gilt, in pictorial d.j.
First printing in the Western Frontier Library Series after the exceedingly rare 1905 edition published in O. T. Headrick. Introduction by A. M. Gibson. Adams, Guns 2146; Herd 2175. Howes 1033. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country. Pingenot: Battles of Resaca de la Palma and Buena Vista, Negro soldiers, Mexican and Indian horse thieves, Civil War, Billy the Kid, and New Mexico are included in his experiences.
HOLDEN, William Curry. The Spur Ranch. Boston: Christopher Publishing House, 1934. Endpaper maps. Beige cloth. Slipcase.
HOYT, Henry. Frontier Doctor. Boston &
New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929. Frontispiece
portrait, illustrations. Original cloth. Corner tips worn,
minor rubbing, otherwise very good.
First edition. With an introduction by Frank B. Kellogg. Adams, Guns 1055; Herd 1084. Dykes, Billy the Kid 145. Howes 747. Pingenot: Excellent narrative by a young medical doctor who was probably the first physician to practice medicine in the Texas Panhandle in the 1870s. Since patients were few, he worked as a cowboy on the LX Ranch, and in New Mexico, and in the Dakotas. He knew Billy the Kid, served as a medical officer in the Spanish American War, and settled in Long Beach, California, where in the 1920s he was Charlie Siringos personal physician. Now scarce in the first edition.
HUTCHINSON, C. C. Resources of Kansas. Fifteen
Years Experience...with a New Map and Forty
Illustrations. Topeka: Published by the author, 1871.
Illustrations, folding map at rear. 12mo, cloth. A few
minor cover stains and slight wear, internal foxing, but
overall very good. Inscribed by the author on the front
First edition. Adams, Herd 1110. Dary, Kanzana 144: "contains much material on Kansas including the land, soil, rivers, geology and natural resources plus details on cattle raising, the cattle trade, sheep and mule raising, farming, cities and towns...land surveys and railroads. Although primarily a promotional piece, the book captures the flavor of Kansas in 1871." Eberstadt Catalogue 137: "Kansas and the Great Plains" 251. Kansas Imprints 874. Rader 1994. Pingenot: According to the authors preface, this work was "designed to anticipate and answer many of the questions which would be asked by persons contemplating a removal from some other region to Kansas" in 1871.
HUTCHINSON, W. H. A Bar Cross Man: The Life and
Personal Writings of Eugene Manlove Rhodes. Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, . Photographic
illustrations, maps. Cloth. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. Adams, Herd 1112. Pingenot: Check List of Rhodes Writing. A fine, sensitive biography of old-time cowboy and author, Eugene Rhodes, and the definitive biography-bibliography on this superb western writer from New Mexico. Walter Prescott Webb said of him: "Like Andy Adams, Rhodes has failed of deserved recognition...because he made his stories true to life in the cattle country rather than to the Eastern notions of what life there ought to be." Rhodes wrote sixty short fiction stories, fourteen novelettes, books, poems, essays, articles.
JACKSON, Jack. Los Mesteños: Spanish
Ranching in Texas, 1721-1821. College Station: Texas
A&M University Press, . Illustrations by the
author, maps. Original decorated cloth. Very fine to near
mint in pictorial d.j.
First edition. Pingenot: A massive, comprehensive work that has become a "basic book" on the subject, the beginnings of ranching, the longhorn and the vaquero in Texas. Jackson expertly chronicles Spanish ranching beginning a century before Mexico and later Texas gained their independence. Livestock was first introduced in Texas with the first entradas and the first big roundup occurred in 1787. Included are conflicts over ownership of the wild animals (mesteños), the emergence of Spanish "dynasties," and the attempts of the colonial government to regulate the industry.
JAMES, Will S. Cow-Boy Life in Texas; or, 27
Years a Mavrick: A Realistic and True Recital of...The
Exciting Life of a Genuine Cow-Boy.... Chicago: M. A.
Donohue & Company, . Illustrations. Original
pictorial cloth. Extremities worn, hinges cracked, pages
Adams, Herd 1159. Basic Texas Books 104B: "Written by a cowboy turned preacher, this is a valuable account of the life of a Texas cowhand." Dobie, p. 108. Graff 2194. Howes J51. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country. Raines, p. 125. Pingenot: One of the classic range autobiographies, preceded only by that of Siringo. This work went through many, many editions, all printed on poor quality paper.
KELEHER, William A. Violence in Lincoln County
1869-1881: A New Mexico Item. Albuquerque: University
of New Mexico Press, 1957. Photographic illustrations,
endpaper maps. Cloth. D.j. Very fine.
First edition. Adams, Guns 1216; Herd 1264; One-Fifty 88: "One of the best histories of Lincoln County and its troubles..." Dykes 44 & 44 79: "Keleher searched out the evidence and his brief is a range country masterpiece." Reese, Six Score 64. Pingenot: Rated as one of the best books on the Lincoln County War in New Mexico, in which Billy the Kid had a role (although the war would have happened without him).
KUPPER, Winifred. The Golden Hoof: The Story of
the Sheep of the Southwest. New York: Alfred A. Knopf,
1945. Frontispiece. Red cloth. printed on yellow paper.
LASATER, Laurence M. The Lasater Philosophy of
Cattle Raising. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1972.
Photographic illustrations. Cloth. D.j.
Designed by Carl Hertzog.
LEA, Tom. A Selection of Paintings and Drawings
from the Nineteen-Sixties. The University of Texas
Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, December 6,
1969-January 17, 1970. Original wrappers.
MacFADDEN, Harry Alexander. Rambles in the Far
West. Hollidaysburg: Standard Printing House, 1906.
Frontispiece portrait, plates. Original green cloth, gilt.
A fine copy.
First edition. Flake 5154. Howes M94. Pingenot: The author, along with other members of the National Editorial Association of the United States, traveled to Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory for their annual meeting in 1905. Afterwards, the group traveled by train through Indian Territory, taking in an Indian Pageant at the 101 Ranch, thence on to Dallas, Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, through the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, finally visiting the major cities of California. They continued on to Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and ended their junket in Colorado.
MATTHEWS, Sallie Reynolds. Interwoven: A
Pioneer Chronicle. Austin & London: University of
Texas Press, . Very fine in d.j.
Third edition, second printing, reprinting the 1958 Hertzog edition.
McKELLAR, Margaret Maude. Life on a Mexican
Ranche. Lehigh: Lehigh University Press, 1994.
Photographic illustrations. Cloth. Mint in d.j.
First edition. Pingenot: Consists of 28 chapters written by Margaret Maud McKellar for a New Zealand newspaper relating the McKellar familys experiences in adapting to a totally new country after leaving New Zealand in 1891. Arriving at Las Rucias ranch in Coahuila, Mexico, the McKellars spoke no Spanish and knew nothing of Mexican customs and food, yet they managed to survive in a strange climate by sheer determination. Ms. McKellers writings detail the day-to-day life on the north Mexican frontier during the last years of the Díaz regime and during the Mexican Revolution that followed.
McKENNA, James A. Black Range Tales:
Chronicling Sixty Years of Life and Adventures in the
Southwest. New York: Wilson-Erickson, Inc., 1936.
Numerous woodcut illustrations by Howard Simon. Original
cloth. Very fine in fine pictorial d.j.
First edition and favorite of many. Adams, Herd 1407. Dobie, p. 136. Howes M127. Saunders 3027. Pingenot: Reminiscences of prospecting life, chiefly in southwestern New Mexico after 1877.
NOLEN, Oran Warder. Galloping Down the Texas
Trail.... Odem: Privately printed by author, 1947.
Original cloth, gilt title. Very good to fine.
First edition. Adams, Guns 1615: "A little-known book containing some stories of Texas bad men. The author tells one incident about Billy the Kid I have not seen elsewhere"; Herd 1675. Includes material on Texas cowboys, rangers, sheriffs, ranching, hunting, etc.
POTTER, Jack. Cattle Trails of the Old
West. Clayton: Laura R. Krehbiel, 1939. Illustrations,
large foldout cattle trail map in rear. Original stiff
pictorial wrappers. Very
The revised and expanded edition, more than doubled in length. Adams, Guns 1749: "Although the first edition contains no outlaw material, the second has a chapter on Black Jack Ketchum and some information on Mysterious Dave Mathers"; Herd 1821: "Scarce." Dobie, p. 114: "[Potter] was more interested in cow nature than in gun fights; he had humor and imagination as well as mastery of facts and a tangy language." He also said this is "virtually a new book...compared to the first Cattle Trails of the Old West published in 1935." Howes P512. Saunders 3102. Pingenot: Potter was born in Caldwell County, Texas, in 1864. He made his first cattle drive north in 1880 and later made three more trips up the Texas trails to Dodge City. He ranched in New Mexico for many years and also served in the New Mexico state legislature.
REAGAN, Rocky. Rockys Chuck Wagon
Stories. San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1969.
Frontispiece portrait. Original pictorial boards in
pictorial d.j. Very fine. Inscribed and signed by the
The revised and enlarged edition published the year following the first printing. Pingenot: Earthy tales from Texas Live Oak County and other regions of South Texas by a native cattleman. Frank Dobie drew on Rocky frequently for material.
RIPLEY, Martha and Henry. Hand-Clasp of the
East and West: A Story of Pioneer Life on the Western Slope
of Colorado. Denver: William-Haffner, 1914.
Photographic illustrations. Original brown cloth with gilt
lettering. Hinges loose.
First edition. Adams, Herd 1903: "Scarce." Eberstadt 103:74: "Early days is Ouray and Canon City; mining adventures; campfire yarns, together with a history of the Ute War of 79." Wilcox, p. 95. Wynar 372. Pingenot: A scarce work on ranching and pioneer life in Colorado during the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries.
RISTER, Carl Coke. Southern Plainsmen.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1938. Photographic
illustrations, folding map. Original ecru cloth with title
on spine. D.j. Autographed on the front free endpaper by
First edition. Adams, Guns 1864: "In a chapter entitled Frontier Justice the author gives a general picture of lawlessness in the early-day Southwest"; Herd 1908. Howes R317. Rader 2709. Saunders 3128.
RISTER, Carl Coke. The Southwestern Frontier
1865-1881: A History of the Coming of the Settlers, Indian
Depredations and Massacres, Ranching.... Cleveland:
Arthur H. Clark, 1928. Frontispiece, illustrations, maps.
Original brown cloth with gilt title on spine, t.e.g.
First edition. Adams, Guns 1865; Herd 1909. Basic Texas Books 174n. Clark & Brunet 211: "Prepared almost entirely from unpublished documentary sources, this is a most valuable work...it represents one of the first, and perhaps the best, secondary study of this subject." Howes R318. Rader 2791. Saunders 3129. Pingenot: A classic study of the southwestern frontier covering Indian problems, the cattle industry, outlaws, railroads, etc. A scholarly work, heavily foot-noted, and with a good bibliography and index. Now difficult to locate in choice collectors condition.
RYNNING, Thomas H. Gun Notches: The Life Story
of a Cowboy-Soldier as Told to Al Cohn and Joe Chisholm.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1931. Original
cloth. Very good in pictorial d.j.
STANLEY, Clark. The Life and Adventures of the
American Cowboy: Life in the Far West. [Providence]:
Clark Stanley, 1897.  39 [19, ads] pp., photographic
illustrations. 8vo, pictorial wrappers.
First edition. Clark Stanley, "better known as the rattlesnake king" was a manufacturer of snake oil liniment. This book was obviously published as a vehicle for touting his product. The advertising matter at the end and on the wrappers extol the magical properties of snake oil, and its advantages are incorporated in the "adventures" of a cowboy.
Texas Longhorn Centennial Trail Drive 1866-1966. [San Antonio]: Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, 1966. Illustrations, ads, 13-page insert of photographic illustrations. 4to, original printer wrappers. Fine. Inscribed by Charles Schreiner.
TOWNSHEND, R. B. The Tenderfoot in New
Mexico. New York: Doff, Mead, & Company, 1924.
Illustrations. Cloth. Very good.
WHEELER, Homer W. Buffalo Days: Forty Years in
the Old West: The Personal Narrative of a Cattlemen, Indian
Fighter and Army Officer. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill
Company, 1925. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations.
Original cloth. Spine ends rubbed. Bookplate. Very
Adams, Herd 2499. Howes W322. Pingenot: Rewritten from the authors The Frontier Trail, published in 1923, in which the author recounts his experiences as an officer with the 5th and 11th Cavalry and as a rancher.
WILSON, Mrs. Augustus. The Opening Session of
the First National Cattle Growers Convention Held at St.
Louis, Missouri, 1885. Bryan: Fred White Jr.,
Bookseller, 1970. White morocco.
Limited edition (#9 of 400 copies, 10 of which are bound fully in white morocco with gilt title and personalization on front cover).