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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 76-100

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Aldridge’s “Life on a Ranch” in Original Wrappers

76. ALDRIDGE, Reginald. Life on a Ranch: Ranch Notes in Kansas, Colorado, the Indian Territory, and Northern Texas. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1884. vi [2] 227 [1] [4, ads] pp., engraved frontispiece, 3 engraved plates. 12mo, original stiff terracotta decorated wrappers. Fragile wraps moderately worn and with a few minor chips and stains, outer blank margin of frontispiece water stained, overall a very good copy of a scarce book “seldom seen in original wrappers” (Herd).
First American edition (Adams lists the American edition first, and Merrill cites the British edition; apparently, there is no priority). Athearn, Westward the Briton, p. 187: “In his introduction, the author pointed out that since there were so many young men turning their attention to stock raising in the Far West at that time, he decided to jot down the experiences of one who tried his hand at it. In 1877 he was out of a job, and influenced by the writings of ‘St. Kames’ [Samuel Nugent Townshend] in Field, he decided to try his luck in the American West.” Braislin Sale 26: “Contains the only account we have of the outbreak of 150 Cheyenne Indians in 1878 from their reservation in the Cherokee Strip.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 4. Dobie, p. 95: “Aldridge, an educated Englishman, got into the cattle business before, in the late eighties, it boomed itself flat.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 13. Eberstadt 103:1. Graff 30. Herd 23: “One of the standard books on cattle. The author was a partner of Benjamin S. Miller in the ranching business in the states and territories mentioned.” Howes A110. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 15 (listing the British edition; see next entry). Rader 83. Wynar 6389. $1,250.00


Item 76

77. ALDRIDGE, Reginald. Ranch Notes in Kansas, Colorado, the Indian Territory and Northern Texas. London: Longman, Green and Co., 1884. [8] 227 [1] [4, ads] 12 (ads) pp., engraved frontispiece, 3 engraved plates. 12mo, original navy blue gilt-pictorial cloth. Slightly shelf-slanted, binding a bit dark and with a few stains and bumps, frontispiece darkened, front hinge cracked, first few leaves foxed.
First British edition. $500.00

78. ALDRIDGE, Reginald. Ranch Notes in Kansas, Colorado, the Indian Territory and Northern Texas. London: Longman, Green and Co., 1884. Another copy. 12mo, rebound in navy blue buckram (frontispiece reversed when rebound). Occasional mild to moderate foxing (primarily confined to first few leaves), old tape repair to frontispiece (not affecting image), generally very good, text cleaner than usually found. Charles Nordhoff’s copy with his ink stamp and signature on title. Nordhoff (1830-1901), Prussian-born journalist and author, wrote books on California that stimulated much settlement (see Hart, Companion to California). $440.00

79. ALFORD, Sara C. Thrills on a Texas Ranch. San Antonio: Naylor, 1938. [6] 263 pp. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Slight stain to upper joint, else fine in d.j.
First edition. Novel set on a ranch between Devil’s River and the Rio Grande in 1880. Two young women freshly graduated from Vassar return to the family ranch and dress in male attire for more fun, freedom, and adventure. $65.00

80. ALLARD, William Albert. Vanishing Breed: Photographs of the Cowboy and the West. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, [1982]. 144 pp., profusely illustrated with color photographs by Allard. Large oblong 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
First edition. Foreword by Thomas McGuane. Superb photographs of working cowboys, rodeo, and ranch life, including Canada, the American West, and Mexico. Includes Native Americans and unusual human interest subjects, such as rodeo queens applying Vaseline to their teeth before a beauty contest. $110.00

81. ALLDREDGE, Eugene Perry. Cowboys and Coyotes. [Nashville: Marshall & Bruce Co., 1945]. 184 pp., text illustrations. 8vo, original blue cloth. Covers discolored, text uniformly age-toned, generally good to very good in the scarce d.j. (slightly worn). With J. Frank Dobie’s signed inscription: “Fair narratives, but they do not illuminate wolf nature or any other form of nature except the dog’s (in last chapter)...Dec. 29/46.”
First edition. Guns 22. Herd 27. A minister’s recollections of life in West Texas and New Mexico, including: “The Cowboy’s Prayer,” “Putting Wolves Out of Business,” “Lost on the Trackless Prairie,” “Last of the Longhorns,” “Tiger, the Outlaw Horse,” and “The Soul of a Cattleman.” $65.00

82. ALLDREDGE, Eugene Perry. Cowboys and Coyotes. [Nashville: Marshall & Bruce Co., 1945]. Another copy. Very fine in d.j. $65.00

83. ALLEN, John Houghton. The Poetry of John Houghton Allen. N.p.: Privately printed, 1944. [8] 78 pp. Small 4to, original terracotta cloth, printed paper label on upper cover. Upper cover slightly warped and with a few minor stains, a few pages creased (original flaw from printing or binding), generally very good, mostly unopened.
First edition, limited edition (350 copies, stated as signed, this copy unsigned). Anderson, Southwestern American Literature, p. 173. Allen was born in Austin in 1909 into a family with 60,000 acres of ranch land. After college (including studying art in Paris), he returned to the ranch in Texas where he rode in rodeos, became a professional polo player, and built a large house at Randado. This collection includes several poems with western and range themes. $50.00

84. ALLEN, John Houghton. San Juan. [San Antonio: Privately printed, 1945]. [6] 53 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait by the author, 8 illustrations by Bugbee. 8vo, original stiff brown wrappers with printed label on upper wrapper. Old tape repair to spine, mild discoloration to upper cover, internally fine. Bugbee’s signed presentation copy “To Carl Hertzog with best wishes.” Carl Hertzog bookplate.
First edition, limited edition (420 copies). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 5). Herd 28. A finely printed, powerful amalgam of drama, poetry, and prose narrated from the perspective of an old vaquero from the South Texas country between the Nueces and the Rio Grande. “We were vaqueros, herdsmen, señor. Our eyes were bloodshot from the dust.... We were kept in the rain and under the stars year round, paid four bits a day to break our bones and kill good horses, and discarded like an old saddle blanket when our service was done. We worked in the brush, in country that you couldn’t get ‘white’ men into, and our bodies rotted in thickets sometimes where we died” (pp. 3-4). $100.00

85. ALLEN, John Houghton. San Juan. [San Antonio: Privately printed, 1945]. Another copy. Wrappers delaminating along spine (but not splitting), otherwise a very fine copy. $85.00

86. ALLEN, John Houghton. Southwest. Philadelphia & New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, [1952]. 220 pp., frontispiece and text illustrations by Paul Laune. 8vo, original maize pictorial cloth. A few minor spots on binding, else fine.
First edition, special advance presentation copy (#26, signed by author). Campbell, p. 153. Dobie, p. 95. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #82: “Vivid writing about the vaqueros and their work in the brush.” Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 11: “John Houghton Allen...writes more like a nobleman than a rancher. The short stories (or pieces) in Southwest are subtly tinged with that air of privilege, of being birth-appointed to a role in history that may be tragic, but was necessary. That’s not the tone one expects to find in Texas ranch tales. His gentlemen ranchers (and their spoiled sons) are as devoted to horses as to wives.... The Mexican ranch hands and their folklore go back to Spanish times, and privilege comes naturally—an inheritance passed along by the Spanish ranchers who settled the kingdom of the Rio Grande in the eighteenth century to the dynastic Anglos who superseded them.... A fascinating, unusual book about Texas that isn’t duplicated by any other writer.” Herd 29. $165.00

87. ALLEN, John Houghton. Southwest. Philadelphia & New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, [1952]. 220 pp., frontispiece and illustrations by Paul Laune. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Very fine in very good d.j.
First edition, trade issue. $35.00

88. ALLEN, J[ohn] Taylor. Early Pioneer Days in Texas. [Dallas: Privately printed, 1918]. [6] [2, errata] 267 pp., photographic portraits of pioneers. 12mo, original stiff grey printed wrappers. Light ex-library, with ink stamp and ink notes of a private club in Houston on front free endpaper. Fore-edges lightly discolored, otherwise fine.
First edition. Campbell, p.170. Herd 30: “A chapter on cowboy life.” Rader 107. In his chapter “Ten Years a Cowboy in the Wild West,” Allen (b. 1840, Honey Grove, Texas) vividly relates his early experiences riding the range, rounding up cattle, and driving herds over the Chisholm Trail. The book includes much excellent material on Texas Indians, social history, and firsthand narratives by pioneer women. At the end is selected poetry of the pioneers, including the author’s “The Dying Cowboy” (“Oh bury me not on the lone prairie....”). $150.00

89. ALLEN, Jules Verne. Cowboy Lore. San Antonio: Naylor, 1933. xiii [3] 165 [1] [8, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait of author, illustrations by Ralph Pereida, brands, printed music. 8vo, original fuchsia gilt-pictorial cloth. Spine and upper edge of binding sunned, light foxing to fore-edges and adjacent to frontispiece, generally very good, signed by author.
First edition, limited edition (#180 of 200 copies, signed by author). Dykes, Kid 186. Herd 31. Rader 108: “Songs of the range, with music; cowboy dictionary, provincialism of the Southwest.” Saunders 3792. $75.00

90. ALLEN, Jules Verne. Cowboy Lore. San Antonio: Naylor Printing Company, 1933. xiii [3] 165 [1] [8, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait of author, illustrations by Ralph Pereida, brands, printed music. 8vo, original printed pictorial wrappers with border of brands. Light wear and staining to wraps, uniformly browned (due to acidic paper).
First edition, third printing. $20.00

91. ALLEN, Ruth. Chapters in the History of Organized Labor in Texas. Austin: University of Texas, Publication No. 4143, November 15, 1941. 258 pp. 8vo, original cream printed wrappers. Moderate marginal foxing to upper wrap, else fine.
First printing. Winegarten I, p. 121: “Pioneer study of labor in the Southwest.” Account of the Cowboy Strike of 1883 (“the first and only cowboy strike”) on pp. 33-42. The author’s The Great Southwest Strike (pub. no. 4214) is in Adams, Guns (24). $65.00

92. ALLEN, William A. Adventures with Indians and Game; or, Twenty Years in the Rocky Mountains. Chicago: A. W. Bowen & Co., 1903. 302 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates (3 by Russell, others mostly photographic). 8vo, original three-quarter black leather over marbled boards. Spine detached, fragile leather on binding rubbed, interior fine.
First edition. Guns 26: “Scarce.... In relating a story about Calamity Jane and the killing of Wild Bill Hickok, the author quotes Buffalo Bill, who tells a most preposterous tale.” Graff 44: “The author, known to his friends as ‘Montana Allen,’ tells some wild and possible tales of pioneer life in the West.” Howes A165. Yost & Renner, Russell I:16. This sporting book includes material on Custer and a chapter on Native American horse racing and equestrian practices. $150.00

93. ALLEN, Winnie & Corrie Allen (eds.). Pioneering in Texas: True Stories of the Early Days. Dallas: Southern Publishing Company, [1935]. [6] 290 pp., text illustrations. 12mo, original turquoise pictorial cloth. A few notations to “Texas Book Label” endpapers, else fine.
First edition. Campbell, pp. 170-71. Rader 114. Texas textbook with chapters “An English Cowboy in Texas” (J. M. Pollock in the Panhandle), “Nesters and Sheepmen” (also Pollock), and “The SMS Kid Grows Up.” $20.00

94. ALLHANDS, J. L. Gringo Builders. N.p.: Privately printed, [1931]. 283 [14] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Very fine, signed by author.
First edition. Herd 39: “Scarce.... Contains a chapter on Texas ranches and other cattle material.” Howes A172. Rader 117. Chronicle of opening the Lower Rio Grande Valley through railroad construction, the reconnaissance of which began at the King Ranch headquarters. With thousands of cattle to ship north every year, the King Estate was vitally interested in the railroad outlet, and Henrietta M. King donated a liberal land grant for the project. Includes a chapter on women pioneers entitled “The Madonna of the Rails.” $140.00

95. ALLISON, Pauline. The History of Eaton, Colorado. [Eaton: Eaton Herald, 1963]. [4] 206 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original beige printed wrappers. Fine, with small inkstamp on front flyleaf “Published by the Eaton Herald, Eaton, Colorado 1942,” and signed by author.
Second book edition (first issued serially in the Eaton Herald 1937-42, and first published in book form in 1942). Wilcox, p. 7. Wynar 1440. Eaton was founded north of Denver in Weld County in the early 1880s by early Colorado governor Benjamin J. Eaton, a proponent of irrigated agriculture. This work of mostly municipal history includes biographies of early pioneers, several involved in ranching, an account of how fencing helped push back the “cattle menace,” and sections on the blizzard of 1883 and the Wyatt brothers, a local ranching clan. $20.00

96. ALLRED, B. W. Problems and Opportunities on U.S. Grass Lands. Kansas City, Missouri: American Hereford Journal, 1964. 4 pp., photographs. 4to, leaflet. Fine.
First separate issue, offprint from the January 1, 1964, issue. The beef cattle industry advocates Green Revolution techniques for controlling the woody-brush invasion of native grasslands in the Southwest while also maintaining some wildlife and game habitat. Methods implemented at Flat Top Ranch, Walnut Springs, Texas, are cited for their effectiveness. $30.00

97. ALMIRALL, Leon V. Canines and Coyotes. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1941. 150 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original beige buckram. Very fine in lightly chipped d.j. With author’s signed presentation inscription (on paper slip pasted to front free endpaper with scotch tape) to author “William MacLeod Raine (Bill to me), my friend and one of those real Old Timers, who made that Western idiom: ‘A man to ride the river with,’ famous. Sincerely Leon V. Almirall.”
First edition. Smith 156. A book-length description of the ranch sport, “running dogs.” From d.j. blurb: “Almost all ranchers owned a large or small pack of these hounds and used every excuse to let them follow their horses as they pursued their ranch duties.” $60.00

98. ALMIRALL, Leon V. Canines and Coyotes. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1941. Another copy. Very fine in lightly worn d.j. Author’s signed inscription “To Walter Wasson, M.D. a friend of long standing. Sincerely yours Leon V. Almirall.” $55.00

99. ALMIRALL, Leon V. From College to Cow Country. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1956. 471 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 77 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Some pertinent remarks...on ranching at the nine-thousand-foot level.” Herd 40. Wynar 1018, 6390. An account of the author’s life as he left the east coast and his law profession to become a cowboy and then a cattleman in Colorado and New Mexico at the turn of the nineteenth century. $75.00

100. ALTER, J. Cecil. Utah, the Storied Domain: A Documentary History of Utah’s Eventful Career, Comprising the Thrilling Story of Her People from the Indians of Yesterday to the Industrialists of Today. Chicago & New York: American Historical Society, 1932. xxxv [1] 509 + 589 + 581 pp., frontispiece portraits, plates (mostly photographic, many portraits), text illustrations, maps. 3 vols., large 8vo, original maroon textured cloth, marbled edges. Very fine set.
First edition. This good, solid history of Utah by respected scholar Alter contains material on cattle and sheep raising, cattle drives, early ranches, branding, ranges, Native American depredations against stock, and the Church’s admonition to early incoming Mormon pioneers to bring their best stock to Utah. The work is filled with biographies of noteworthy men and women of Utah, many of whom were involved in ranching enterprises. Among the most interesting is Frank W. Jennings, whose far-flung business ventures included stockraising, breeding thoroughbred cattle that he then grazed on public ranges, establishment of the first tannery in Utah, fabrication of saddles and boots, and the purchase of Brigham Young’s Deseret Wooden Mills. $330.00


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