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432. [THE WEST]. Lot of 37 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:
AMERICAN HERITAGE MAGAZINE. The American Heritage History of the Great West. New York: American Heritage Publishing Company, 1965. Illustrations. Slipcase.
Beauties of Colorado. Denver: W. H. Lawrence & Company, 1883. Photographs and explanations of sites in Colorado. Oblong 24mo, original blue cover.
BOLTON, Herbert Eugene. New Spain and the Anglo-American West, Vols. I and II. Lancaster Press, 1932. Maroon cloth, gilt lettering on spines.
BRANCH, E. Douglas. The Hunting of the Buffalo.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1929. Photographic
illustrations. Original cloth with printed label on cover
and spine. Very fine.
First edition. Dobie, p. 159: "Interpretative as well as factual." Harvard Guide to American History, p. 414. In Lamar. Pingenot: Fine work on the epic hunt and wholesale slaughter that ended the vast free-roaming herds and doomed the Indians to government dependence on reservations.
CARROLL, John A. (editor). Reflections of
Western Historians: Papers of the 7th Annual Conference of
the Western History Association.... Tucson: University
of Arizona Press, 1969. Cloth. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. Pingenot: From Canada to Mexico, from the 16th century to past the middle of the 20th, fifteen well-known western historians share their insight and "reflections" into their respective areas of excellence. Contributors include Donald E. Chipman, Joe B. Frantz, W. H. Hutchinson, Otis E. Young, David Gracy, etc.
COOK, James H. Fifty Years on the Old Frontier,
as Cowboy, Hunter, Guide, Scout, and Ranchman. New
Haven: Yale University Press, 1923. Frontispiece portrait,
illustrations. Small 4to, original black cloth with gilt
title on spine. Fine.
First edition. Adams, Guns 484; Herd 359. Dobie, p. 100: "Nothing better on cow work in the brush country and trail driving in the seventies has appeared." Dykes, Billy the Kid 87. Graff 863. Harvard Guide to American History, p. 414. Rader 907. Reese, Six Score 23: "Cooks career spanned the whole West; much of it was concerned with cattle. There is also much material on Indian wars and bad men, including an account of Elfego Bacas battle..." Saunders 2833.
DOBIE, J. Frank. Cow People. Boston &
Toronto: 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.
DYKES, Jeff C. My Dobie Collection. College
Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1971.
Illustrations. Original stiff printed wrappers.
First edition. Keepsake Number One, Friends of the Texas A&M University Library. Pingenot: Contains Jeffs essay on Dobie, his selection of 50 Dobie rarities, and 249 bibliographical entries not in McVicker or Cook bibliographies since many were published after the appearance of these bibs.
ECCLESTON, Robert. Overland to California on
the Southwestern Trail, 1849: Diary of.... Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1950. Frontispiece
portrait, 2 folding maps. Small 4to, original pictorial
cloth in a very good to fine d.j.
First edition, limited edition (750 copies). Edwards, Lost Oases, p. 68: "Eccleston was a member of the Frémont Association; and one of their leaders was the celebrated adventurerCol. Jack Hayes." Howes E34. Pingenot: This important diary begins April 3, 1849, when Eccleston, then 19, left New York for Galveston, Texas, and ends December 28 of the same year in the desert outside San Diego.
EMORY, W. H. Notes of a Military
Reconnaissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San
Diego, in California.... Washington: Wendell & Van
Benthuysen, 1848. 26 lithograph views plus 14 botanical
plates, large folding map not present. Rebound in black
cloth with original cloth panels laid on.
Second edition of the Senate issue with the authors rank as Brevet Major. Basic Texas Books 57n. Bradford 1576. Cowan, p. 195. Graff 1249. Although Wagner-Camp lists the Senate first, according to Howes E145: "the House edition has priority..." Field 500. Plains & Rockies IV:148.5. Rittenhouse 188. Zamorano Eighty 33. Pingenot: One of the great books of Western Americana.
EVANS, George W. B. Mexican Gold Trail: The
Journal of a Forty-Niner. San Marino: Ward Ritchie for
Huntington, 1945. Plates, endpaper maps. Cloth. Fine copy
in a chipped but otherwise good pictorial d.j.
First edition. Edwards, Desert Voices, p. 55. Gunn, Mexico in American and British Letters 714. Pingenot: The first printed appearance from Evanss original diary still in the private hands of his descendants. Evans and his party came to Texas from Ohio in 1849 to take a "short-cut" route through northern Mexico to California. From San Antonio, these Forty-niners crossed the Rio Grande at Ft. Duncan and proceeded to Muzquiz, Coahuila, where they procured a guide to lead them through the rugged mountain region south of the Texas Big Bend. After tremendous suffering and hardship the Evans party arrived in Chihuahua; continued on to Tucson, Yuma, Los Angeles, and Stockton. This is the only account of a gold rush expedition traveling via this unknown trail through northern Mexico. Long out-of-print.
GREGG, Josiah. Diary & Letters of Josiah
Gregg. Norman: 1941 & 1944. Frontispiece,
illustrations, photographs, facsimiles + 7 maps including 1
fold-out. 2 vols., cloth. Very fine set in fine
Edited by Maurice Garland Fulton and with an introduction by Paul Horgan. Harvard Guide to American History, p. 185. Rittenhouse 256. Pingenot: Vol. I: "Southwestern Enterprises, 1840-1847" deals with Greggs retirement from the Santa Fe trade, his experiences in the East, in Texas, and in the Mexican War. Vol. II: "Excursions in Mexico & California, 1847-1850" cover his years in Mexico after 1847 and in the California Gold Rush.
HAFEN, LeRoy R.,(editor). Ruxton of the
Rockies. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1950.
HINE, Robert V. and Savoie Lottinville (editors)
Soldier in the West: Letters of Theodore Talbot During
His Services in California, Mexico, and Oregon,
1845-53. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, .
Illustrations. Cloth in a near fine d.j.
First edition. Tutorow 4051. Pingenot: Talbot served with Frémont in California and was at Vera Cruz during the last days of the Mexican War. He was ordered to Oregon in 1849 where he joined the Mounted Rifles on the Columbia River. Talbots letters afford estimates of many important figures: the Pathfinder, Frémont, Lieut. J. W. Abert, Kit Carson, Lucien Maxwell, Joseph R. Walker, the Bents and St. Vrain of Bents Old Fort on the upper Arkansas, etc.
INGERSOLL, Ernest. The Crest of the Continent:
A Record of a Summers Ramble in the Rocky Mountains
and Beyond. Chicago, 1885. Illustrations. Original
pictorial boards and cloth. Minor external wear, else very
First edition. Pingenot: A popular comprehensive guide for tourists, with fascinating accounts of New Mexico, Arizona, Indian antiquities, life in the far West, etc.
JAMES, Thomas. Three Years Among the Indians
and Mexicans. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society,
1916. Frontispiece portrait, plates, map. Original
cloth-backed boards, gilt lettering on spine. Fine.
Second edition, limited edition (#146 of 365 numbered copies). Edited by Walter B. Douglas. Graff 2193. Howes J49: "One of the earliest narratives of the fur trade; covering experiences on the upper Missouri, in 1809, and an expedition to Santa Fe, in 1821. Written from James dictation by Nathan Miles, who, resenting local newspaper criticism, destroyed nearly all copies [of the 1846 first edition]." Rittenhouse 329. Pingenot: The author was also one of the first to risk penetration into New Mexico and open trade with Santa Fe. That venture occupies some of this memoir, but Wagner-Camp opines that the chief significance "of Jamess memoir lies in its description of the hectic start of American participation in the fur trade of the upper Missouri"Plains & Rockies IV:121. A very nice copy of what amounts to the earliest available edition of one of the great American rarities.
KELEHER, William H. The Fabulous Frontier:
Twelve New Mexico Items. Santa Fe: Rydal Press, .
Endpaper maps, 11 plates. Cloth, gilt. Near fine.
First edition, limited edition (500 copies). Adams, Guns 1214: "A scholarly and dependable book which can be safely used as a source for material on Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Jim Miller, and other New Mexico gunmen"; Herd 1262. Dobie, p. 109. Howes K37. Pingenot: Chiefly on southeastern New Mexico, 1870-1912, with chapters on A. B. Fall, John Chisum, Oliver Lee, Tom Catron, and others.
LAUT, Agnes. Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier,
Being the Log of the Upper Missouri Historical
Expedition.... New York: McBride, 1926. Frontispiece,
21 plates and 33 illustrations by C. M. Russell, colored
folding map, 24 x 67 cm. Original pictorial cloth.
First edition. Howes L143. Rader 2207. Smith 5723. Yost & Renner 40. Pingenot: Contains material on LaVerendrye & Thompson, Old Fort Union, Chief Joseph, Lewis & Clark, John F. Stevens discovery of Marias Pass, etc. The six full-page Russell engravings are the first book appearance.
LYMAN, George D. The Saga of the Comstock Lode.
Charles Scribners Sons, 1934. Illustrations.
Black boards with gilt lettering on spine and front.
Presentation signed by author.
MAHAN, Bruce E. Old Fort Crawford and the
Frontier. Iowa City: Iowa State Historical Society,
1926. Frontispiece, illustrations. Original gilt pictorial
red cloth, gilt title on spine.
First edition. Pingenot: Fort Crawford was an important link in the chain of forts erected by the U.S. in the Upper Mississippi Valley at the close of the War of 1812. Established at Prairie du Chien in Michigan Territory, to which territory the Iowa country was attached in 1834 for temporary government. Fort Crawford was disposed of by the government following the Civil War. 2 copies.
MELINE, James F. Two Thousand Miles on Horseback: Santa Fe and Back. New York, 1867. Folding map. 12mo, original cloth, gilt spine. Corners bumped, else very good to fine.
MERK, Frederick. History of the Westward
Movement. New York: Knopf, 1978. Maps, illustrations.
Cloth. Fine in d.j.
First edition. Pingenot: Excellent work by this noted historian with three full chapters on Texas, one on the Mexican War, and with much on the West and Southwest. 2 copies.
MERK, Frederick. Manifest Destiny and Mission
in American History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.
Original embossed cloth, gilt title on spine, d.j. Fine
overall. Signature on the front fly-leaf of military
historian Edward S. Wallace and date June 1963. Below
Wallaces signature is his marginalia noting page
numbers referring to his book Destiny and
First edition. Pingenot: While newspaper editors, writers, and politicians in the nineteenth century promoted the idea of Manifest Destiny, particularly during the territorial surge of the nation across Texas, Oregon, and California, Prof. Merks thesis is that Manifest Destiny was an expression of American nationalism. He marshals impressive evidence to show the majority of Americans had no acquisitive urge for a continent, but cherished the ideal of setting an example of freedom to the world.
MINTZ, Lannon W. The Trail: A Bibliography of
the Travelers on the Overland Trail...During the Years
1841-1864. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press,
1987. Illustrated. Cloth. Mint in d.j. as issued.
First edition. Pingenot: An annotated bibliography with over 500 accounts arranged alphabetically with a short comment relative to each entry, along with a coded guide to the current value of each item. 3 copies.
MUMEY, Nolie. The Art and Activities of John
Dare (Jack) Howland: Painter, Soldier, Indian Trader, &
Pioneer. Colorado: Johnson Publishing Company, 1973.
Frontispiece, illustrations. 4to, cloth.
Limited edition (#248 of 350 numbered and signed copies).
NASATIR, Abraham P. Borderland in Retreat. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1976. Cloth. D.j.
The Old West. New York: Time-Life Books. 17 vols. of the series with 2 additional duplicate vols.
PARKER, Samuel. Journal of an Exploring Tour
Beyond the Rocky Mountains...With a Map of Oregon
Territory. Ithaca: Published by the Author, 1840. Poor
PEIXOTTO, Ernest. Our Hispanic Southwest. New York: Scribners, 1916. Illustrations, endpaper maps. Green pictorial cloth.
RIEGEL, Robert E. America Moves West. New
York: Henry Holt & Company, 1930.
SAWEY, Orlan. Bernard DeVoto. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1969. Blue boards, gilt title. D.j. with circle cut-out revealing title. Inscribed.
SCHULTZ, James Willard. Many Strange
Characters. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1982.
SUMMERHAYES, Martha. Vanished Arizona:
Recollections of My Army Life. Philadelphia: Salem
Press, . 319 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic
plates, illustrations by Frederick Remington. Original blue
pictorial cloth with title on front cover and backstrip.
Near fine with touchup repair to spinal tips.
The preferred second edition, expanded by 49 pp., with three additional photographs and two impromptu sketches by Frederic Remington (on pp. 290 and 293). Clark, Southwest Classics, pp. 272- 84: "What she wrote was the story of an army wife on the Arizona frontier in the 1870s...that is peerless in the literature of that time and place." Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Remington 1036): "A photo of Remington and Jack Summerhayes facing p. 288. Several letters from Remington quoted in full and much on him in text....The first edition (1908) and the Lakeside Classic reprinted from it in 1939 barely mention Remington." Graff 4028: "One of the most readable books about Arizona." Howes S1132. Munk (Alliott), p. 210. Pingenot: An excellent portrayal of frontier army life. Stationed at Cheyenne until the termination of the Sioux troubles; then sent via San Francisco to Port Isabel at the mouth of the Colorado; Fort Yuma; Camp Mohave across the Mojave Desert to Fort Whipple; then to Camp Apache; Old Camp McDowell, etc.
SUTLEY, Zack T. The Last Frontier. New
York: Macmillan Company, 1930. Folding map. Original cloth.
Pictorial d.j. worn and chipped, else good to very
First edition. Adams, Guns 2169; Herd 2204. Graff 4039. Pingenot: The author claimed to have met many of the legendary men of the west while he was on the frontier: Wm. F. Cody, Chas. Goodnight, Kit Carson, J. James, J. Bridger, plus he even rode to the Black Hills with Custer. As Adams says, "these old-timers seemed to have been everywhere."
VAUGHN, Robert. Then and Now; or, Thirty-six
Years in the Rockies. Personal Reminiscences of Some of the
First Pioneers of the State of Montana.... Minneapolis:
Tribune Printing Company, 1900. Frontispiece portrait,
plates, plus eight illustrations by C. M. Russell. 8vo,
original pictorial cloth. Small bump to bottom of back
cover, else a fine bright
First edition. Adams, Herd 2403. Eberstadt, Modern Overlands 501. Graff 4466. Howes V60. Luther, Custer High Spots 68. Yost & Renner 11. Pingenot: Vaughn, born in 1836 in Wales, went to Idaho and Montana in 1864. It describes the first decade of the authors stay there, beginning right after the Civil War and continuing up to the Nez Percés War of 1877. To his own account he adds experiences by several other old-timers. A very scarce book and one that is basic for the early history of Montana. Much on cattle, Indian fighting, etc. Ranked by Harry Fritz in the top 100 books on Montana.
WARREN, Harris G. The Sword Was Their
Passport. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University
Press, 1943. Endpaper maps. Cloth, gilt title on backstrip.
Spine darkened with some wear. Rubber stamp "Review" [copy]
on front flyleaf. D.j.
WEBB, William E. Buffalo Land: An Authentic
Narrative of the Discoveries, Adventures, and Mishaps of a
Scientific and Sporting Party in the Wild West...Cincinnati
& Chicago: E. Hannaford & Company, 1874.
Frontispiece, illustrations. Original embossed gilt
pictorial cloth. Very
Adams, Guns 2331. Dary, Kanzana 156: "The work does capture the flavor of life in Kansas during the early 1870s." Pingenot: Actually printed in Philadelphia by the Hubbard Bros. who used the same stereotype plates from the first edition. Narrative of an exploring and hunting partys travels across the plains along with observations on the state of Indian tribes, etc. An appendix serves as a guide to travelers and prospective emigrants, providing data on stock-raising, farming, resources, etc. Rader 3596. Rittenhouse 627: "A popularized account of a trip across the plains...[with] some descriptions of S.F.T. freighters at Hays City and of the Arkansas river valley."