226. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. History of the Life of William
Gilpin: A Character Study. San Francisco: The History Co., 1889.  62
pp., steel-engraved frontispiece portrait, double-page color map. 8vo, original
gilt-lettered navy blue cloth without gilt rule on upper cover. Minor cover
wear, light offsetting to title from inserted clippings, otherwise internally
fine. William Gilpin’s signed presentation copy to Emma M. Herr, with several
related news clippings inserted (clippings browned).
First edition. Wynar 7206. Gilpin first crossed the plains to Oregon in 1843 with the Frémont expedition and remained involved with the Rocky Mountain West, becoming one of its most passionate boosters. He was an early advocate of the Pacific Railway, and later became governor of Colorado Territory. This biography addresses Gilpin’s interest in the potential of the cattle industry as part of his grand vision of the future of the United States. Documented is Gilpin’s speculative acquisition of Mexican land grants. In 1862 he took steps to acquire Baca Grant Float No. 4, consisting of 100,000 acres in the San Luis Valley in the border region between Colorado and New Mexico. In 1864, Gilpin embarked upon an even more ambitious acquisition, the 1,038,195.55-acre Sangre de Cristo grant on the Cimarron River in the southern part of the San Luis Valley. Gilpin purchased the Sangre de Cristo Rancho from the heirs of Charles Beaubien, who had partnered with Kit Carson, Lucien Maxwell, and others. Ranching and rodeo continue to play a major role in the area today. $330.00
227. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. History of the Life of William Gilpin.... San Francisco: The History Co., 1889. Another copy in variant gilt-lettered navy blue cloth with one double gilt rule. Light outer wear, hinges cracked, interior fine. Inscribed by Gilpin: “Compliments & regards of William Gilpin Denver May 31st 1890.” $275.00
228. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. History of the Life of William Gilpin.... San Francisco: The History Co., 1889. Another copy in variant gilt-lettered navy blue cloth with two double gilt rules. Light cover wear, otherwise fine. $250.00
Complete Set of Bancroft in a Desirable Binding
229. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works of Hubert Howe
Bancroft. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Co. and The History Company,
1882-90. 39 vols., complete, maps, illustrations. 8vo, original three-quarter
sheep over marbled boards, spines extra gilt with red and green morocco labels,
spines with gilt-stamped ownership of Clyde C. Dawson, marbled edges. An excellent,
handsome set, fine and bright, with only minor shelf wear. This set is difficult
to find complete, in fine condition, in a desirable binding, and in first
First edition. Basic Texas Books 6 (citing the vols. on Texas and Northern Mexico): “A century after it was written, this remains one of the best single histories of Texas.” Cowan, p. 33: “As time passes and prejudice drifts into obscurity, these works become more strongly entrenched each year. For scholars and investigators they will always remain the greatest source of authority.” Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 19-20: “Whether it be desert, mountain, lake or river, Bancroft describes it. No important character or event escapes his scrutiny. Any listing of desert material dares not omit the inclusion of Bancroft without impairing its effectiveness as a medium of reference.” Flake 282-84, 285, 289, 290, 292. Graff 155. Herd 201-203. Howes B91: “Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in the country.” McCracken, 101, p. 20. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 1. Paher, Nevada 68. Palau 32185. Smith 530. Tate, Indians of Texas 146, 1294. Tweney, Washington 89 #4. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 10. Wynar 8. Zamorano 80 #3 (citing vols. 18-24, on California). Adams (Herd) gives individual entries for Chronicles of the Builders of the Commonwealth, History of Arizona and New Mexico, and History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming. However, copious references to ranching are found in many of the volumes, especially California and Texas. $3,500.00
230. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works.... New York,
etc.: McGraw-Hill, et al., . 39 vols., complete. 8vo, original black
cloth. Upper hinge of vol. 1 cracked, otherwise fine.
231. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Alaska....
San Francisco: The History Co., 1886. xxxviii, 775 pp., maps (one folding).
8vo, original tree sheep, black leather spine labels, marbled edges. Lower
5 cm of upper joint split, some binding wear and a few stains, interior very
First edition. Arctic Bibliography 1023. Smith 509. Wickersham 4048. The section on Ft. Ross discusses the stockraising industry and difficulties caused by Native Americans and wild beasts. The Alaska volume of Bancroft’s Works is one of the more difficult to procure. Includes a bibliography of Alaska with 534 entries. $140.00
232. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Arizona
and New Mexico.... San Francisco: The History Co., 1889. xxxviii, 829
pp., maps (one foldout). 8vo, original brown blindstamped cloth, spine gilt.
Very fine and bright.
First edition. Campbell, p. 166. Flake 282. Guns 126. Herd 202. Laird, Hopi 114: “Basic reading for anyone interested in the Hopi.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 131: “Forewords by Senators Clinton P. Anderson and Barry Goldwater.” Paher, Nevada 69. Rittenhouse 19. Saunders 3857. Wallace, Arizona History 8. Essential source on the Spanish Southwest. $165.00
233. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Arizona
and New Mexico.... Albuquerque: Horn & Wallace, 1962. 19  xxxviii,
829  pp., maps. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in lightly worn d.j.
Facsimile of the first edition (San Francisco, 1889). $70.00
234. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of British
Columbia.... San Francisco: The History Co., 1887. xxxi  792 pp., maps
(one foldout). 8vo, original tree sheep, black leather spine labels, marbled
edges. Moderate shelf wear at spinal extremities, edges, and corners, interior
First edition. Smith 511. Includes a section on stockraising, noting that the southern portion of the mainland interior east of the Fraser River is considered the most favorable. $80.00
235. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Nevada,
Colorado, and Wyoming.... San Francisco: The History Co., 1890. xxxii,
828 pp., text maps. 8vo, original tree sheep, black leather spine labels,
marbled edges. Binding chafed and peeling at edges, lower joint starting,
First edition. Flake 284. Guns 127. Herd 203. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 1. Paher, Nevada 70: “Reliable history of the early explorers to the first Nevada settlements in the early 1850’s through the beginning of statehood up to the date of publication.... Large chapters discuss the passage of the emigrants, the Comstock, state government, Indian wars, early development of transportation, agriculture and social institutions.... The footnotes contain much useful and unusual information.... A cornerstone of any Nevada book collection.” Wynar 8. Even in his introduction, Bancroft discusses the excellence of the region, especially Wyoming, for stockraising and grazing. $140.00
236. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Oregon....
San Francisco: The History Co., 1888. xxxix  789 + xv  808 pp.,
maps (one foldout). 2 vols., 8vo, original tree sheep, black leather spine
labels, marbled edges. Bindings stained and scuffed, text fine. Publisher’s
ad for the book laid in.
First edition. Smith 515. Good coverage of stockraising beginning with establishment of the Willamette Cattle Company, 1836-37. $110.00
237. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Pastoral
California.... San Francisco: The History Co., 1888. vi, 808 pp.. 8vo,
original tree sheep, black leather spine labels, marbled edges. Upper joint
split, binding abraded and worn as often happens with this cheap sheep, a
bit of minor water staining to the first few leaves, otherwise internally
First edition. Not in Herd. Four of the chapters are replete with information on ranching: “Pastures and Fields”; “Food Dress, Dwellings, and Domestic Routine”; “Amusements”; and “Occupations and Industries.” Introduction of cattle into California; ranchos on the missions; statistics on cattle raising starting in 1834; the lasso; stock regulations; horses for men and women; irrigation; typical California rancho; equipage and attire; fandangos; bull and bear fights; horsemanship; leather works; hide trade; crimes of Joaquín Murieta and other rustlers. $80.00
238. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Utah....
San Francisco: The History Co., 1889. xlvii  808 pp., maps. 8vo, original
tree sheep, black leather spine labels, marbled edges. Binding stained, interior
First edition. Flake 286. Paher, Nevada 71: “Since most of present Nevada belonged to Utah territory during 1850-1861, there is Nevada material interspersed in this volume.” Cattle and sheep raising are covered in the chapter on “Agriculture, Stock-Raising, Manufactures, and Mining.” $110.00
239. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Utah....
San Francisco: The History Company, 1890. xlvii  808 pp., 24 plates
(7 in color, 5 steel-engraved, 12 photoengraved), maps and text illustrations,
photo-engravings, and 22 text maps. Thick 8vo, original red gilt-pictorial
cloth. Binding worn and stained, hinges cracked, but the interior is fine
and clean other than a bit of light water staining to frontispiece.
Early reprint, with numerous plates that did not appear in previous printings. Flake 287. $110.00
240. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Utah....
San Francisco: The History Company, 1890. xlvii  808 pp., maps. 8vo,
original purple cloth. A worn and shaken copy, paper brittle and chipped.
Early reprint. $40.00
241. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works...History of Utah....
Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, . xlvii  808 pp., maps, text illustrations.
8vo, original black buckram. Very fine in price-clipped d.j.
Bookcraft reprint edition. $45.00
242. BANDELIER, Adolphe F. & Edgar L. Hewett. Indians
of the Rio Grande Valley. [Albuquerque]: University of New Mexico Press,
.  274 pp., frontispiece, plates (some black-and-white photographic,
others color illustrations). 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Other than light
shelf wear, a fine copy.
First edition. Campbell, p. 112. Saunders 1443. The authors delve quite deeply into various Native American grazing enterprises (cattle, sheep, and goats) and also provide information on the role that buffalo played in day-to-day life. $110.00
243. BANDINI, Arturo & Gwladys Louise Williams. Navidad:
A Christmas Day with the Early Californians [and] Pastorela: A Shepherd’s
Play.... San Francisco: California Historical Society, .  50
pp., 2 illustrations after Posada’s woodcuts, text decorations by Clement
Hurd. 8vo, original burgundy pictorial cloth. Light ex-library, with ink stamp
of Brigham Young University Library on title verso, bookplate removed from
front pastedown. Upper cover lightly discolored, but generally a fine and
bright unopened copy.
First edition in book form (originally published in the Californian Illustrated Magazine in December 1892). Short Christmas entertainment written by Arturo Bandini of the famous ranchero family of Bandinis. The introduction has good details on the horses and elaborate equipage used by ranchers and vaqueros in pastoral California. Designed and printed by Lawton Kennedy. $10.00
244. BANDINI, José. A Description of California in 1828.
Translated by Doris Marion Wright. Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library,
1951.  viii, 52  pp., frontispiece portrait of author, one other portrait.
8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (400 copies) of a previously unpublished manuscript in the Bancroft. This account in Spanish and English is replete with details on stockraising in the California missions along with material on the hide trade. The author (1771-1859) was a Spanish-born sea captain who became a California ranchero and social-political leader in the San Diego and Los Angeles region. He gives an account of California and its prospects and resources in 1828. $80.00
245. BANG, Roy T. Heroes without Medals: A Pioneer History
of Kearney County, Nebraska. Minden, Nebraska: Warp Publishing, 1952.
 286 pp., numerous photographic illustrations. Large 4to, original brown
textured cloth. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (#11 of 200 copies). Local history with excellent social history, biographies, and some information on stockraising (photographs of sod houses, including the George Nickel Ranch seven miles south of Kearney; discussion and photographs of Walker’s Ranch, which served as the community center for Oneida Township in the early days; photographs of champion Herefords raised by the Madsens in the 1950s, etc.). $75.00
246. BANKS, Homer. The Story of San Clemente, the Spanish
Village. [San Clemente], n.d. (ca. 1930).  80 pp., frontispiece portrait,
photographic plates. 4to, original red cloth. Binding a bit dull and lightly
shelf worn, endsheets with mild foxing, small section torn away from lower
First edition. Rocq 6138. Well-illustrated local history, with details on rodeo, hide trade, ranching origins, early ranchers, horsemanship, etc. $25.00
247. BANNON, John Francis. The Spanish Borderlands Frontier,
1513-1821. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, . x 
308 pp., maps, illustrations. 8vo, original maize pictorial wrappers. Fine.
Second edition (first edition 1963). Tate, Indians of Texas 1679n. Wynar 155n. Good general history of the borderlands, with some information on ranching in the missions, hide and tallow trade in California, etc. $20.00
248. BANTA, Albert Franklin. Albert Franklin Banta: Arizona
Pioneer. Albuquerque: Historical Society of New Mexico, 1953.  143
pp. 8vo, original yellow wrappers. Fine.
First edition. Publications in History, vol. 14; edited by Frank D. Reeve. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 140: “Memoirs of a pioneer newspaperman, guide, prospector, and man of all trades who came to Arizona in 1863 and died at Prescott in 1924.” Wallace, Arizona History IX:23. In the winter of 1864 Banta herded stock for $7.50 a month for R. E. Farrington in the perilous Apache lands of Arizona Territory. $50.00
249. BANTA, William & J. W. Caldwell, Jr. Twenty-Seven
Years on the Texas Frontier.... Council Hill, Oklahoma: Privately printed,
.  224  pp., frontispiece portrait. 12mo, original embossed red
cloth lettered in white. Fine, with one manuscript correction. Rare in cloth.
Second edition, revised by L. G. Park (first edition Austin, 1893). Dobie, p. 59. Howes B109. Tate, Indians of Texas 2353: “A frontiersman’s personal account of fights with Comanches during the 1850s and 1860s.... A stereotypical chapter on Comanche culture is filled with the popular biases of the day.” Vandale 9n. Banta (b. 1827) moved with his family to Clarksville, Texas, in 1829, and later lived in Austin, Lamar County, Hunt County, Gillespie County, Kerr County, and Burnet County; in the latter he organized the Burnet County minutemen who fought regional Native Americans between 1850 and 1859 to protect the interests of ranchers. Banta established the second ranch in the Burnet area. Most of the encounters between the settlers and Native Americans occurred during roundups, and at least one incident is described in which Native Americans attacked a cattle drive. $200.00
250. BANTA, William & J. W. Caldwell, Jr. Twenty-Seven
Years on the Texas Frontier.... Council Hill, Oklahoma: Privately printed,
. Another copy, wrappers issue. 12mo, original goldenrod printed wrappers.
A very fine, fresh copy. $60.00
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