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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 301-325

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301. BATES, Ed[mund] F[rank]. History and Reminiscences of Denton County. Denton: McNitzky Printing Company, [1918]. xi [5] 412 pp., frontispiece portrait, 2 photographic panoramas on one folding plate, numerous photographic illustrations (mostly portraits). 8vo, original gilt-lettered black cloth. Publisher’s original prospectus laid in. Occasional mild foxing and back hinge cracked (but strong), otherwise a fine copy of a rare book.
First edition of the first reliable history of Denton County, Texas. Adams, One-Fifty 6. CBC 1328. Dobie, p. 50: “A sample of much folk life found in county histories.” Guns 168: “Contains a chapter on Sam Bass, telling of his life in Denton, Texas, his start in crime, his career, and his death.” Herd 222. Howes B234. Rader 296. In addition to being an excellent and very scarce county history, this book contains a good account of early ranching and cattle drives in Denton County. “In the early days Denton County had but little to sell, except horses and cattle, which were driven overland to market in the North and East from three to eight hundred miles away.... To be a cowboy, in deed and truth, meant something more than a fairy tale” (pp. 167-68). $715.00

302. BATES, Ed[mund] F[rank]. History and Reminiscences of Denton County. Denton: McNitzky Printing Company, [1918]. Another copy. Light shelf wear and corners bumped and frayed, upper hinge cracked (but strong), otherwise fine. $660.00

303. BATTE, Lelia M. History of Milam County, Texas. San Antonio: Naylor, [1956]. xi [1] 257 pp., frontispiece, plates (mostly photographic), endpaper maps. 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth. Fine in d.j.
First edition. CBC 3309. The original Milam County grant included what are now 53 counties in central and west-central Texas. Material on ranching includes discussion of the first three ranchers (1860), Texas fever (1919), and conversion of lignite plant properties into large cattle ranches (1950s). $45.00

304. BAUER, Grace (ed.). Bee County Centennial, 1858-1958. [Beeville]: Bee County Centennial, Inc., 1958. 115 pp., photographic illustrations, map, ads. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Very fine, signed by author.
First edition. CBC 197. This work contains sections on wool and sheep, “Old Time Ranchers and Ranching,” “Earliest Organization of Cattlemen,” “South Texas Hereford Association,” etc. Photographs include a group shot of “One of the Last Bee County Round-Ups.” $30.00

305. [BAUERSFELD, Margery O’Neill]. Tales of the Early Days As Told to Mirandy. Hollywood: Oxford, [1938]. 251 pp. 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth. Some shelf wear and staining, interior fine. Signed by author and dated 1944.
First edition. Anecdotal history of the U.S. in the nineteenth century, including a two-page account of early cattle ranching by June Russell Beeler. Memories of the days of the open range in western Kansas, when “round-ups were hard on man and beast and terrifying to the rancher’s wife.” $50.00

306. BAUGH, Virgil E. A Pair of Texas Rangers: Bill McDonald and John Hughes. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Corral, The Westerners, 1970. vi, 26 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (#191 of 200 signed copies). Great Western Series 9. Both McDonald and Hughes joined the Texas Rangers after their ranches were hit by rustlers. $40.00

307. BAUGHMAN, Robert W. Kansas in Maps. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1961. 104 [1] pp., maps, illustrations. Folio, original cream cloth over red calico cloth. Mint in publisher’s slipcase.
First edition, limited edition (#50 of 200 copies). Contains a chapter on “Cattle Trails and Cowtowns” and a reproduction of The Best and Shortest Cattle Trail from Texas (see Herd 1255-57 and Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country). $220.00

308. BAUGHMAN, Robert W. Kansas in Maps. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1961. 104 pp., maps, illustrations. Folio, original beige cloth. Mint in d.j.
First trade edition. $110.00

309. BAUGHMAN, Theodore. The Oklahoma Scout. Chicago: Homewood, n.d. (ca. 1902). [3]-6, 9-216 [4, ads] pp., wood-engraved plates. 12mo, original gilt-decorated blue cloth. Light outer wear and staining, upper hinge cracked, generally very good. Pencil gift inscription dated 1902.
Third edition (first edition Chicago, 1886). Dobie, p. 121. Graff 210n: “Among Baughman’s reminiscences of the cattle trade there is interesting and valuable information about Kansas and Oklahoma in the early days. Andy Adams, in Cattle Brands, refers to Baughman or “Baugh” as foreman in charge of a drive from Texas to Dodge City. Adams was a hand in the drive, and tells several stories about Baughman.” Herd 224. Howes B244. Rader 302. $50.00

310. BAUGHMAN, Theodore. The Oklahoma Scout. Chicago: Homewood, n.d. (ca. 1902). Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original red, blue, and black pictorial cloth. Poor condition, binding worn and paper friable. $25.00

311. BAUMANN, John. Old Man Crow’s Boy: Adventures in Early Idaho. New York: William Morrow, 1948. [6] 278 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine in slightly worn and price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Herd 225. Smith 648. Historical fiction closely based on actual events on the frontier of Central Idaho, 1880-1909, in three parts: “The Basin,” “The Year of the Thoroughbreds,” and “The Range.” The author worked as a professional guide in the region. $40.00

312. BAUMHOFF, Richard G. The Dammed Missouri Valley: One Sixth of Our Nation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951. xi [1] 291 [1] v [1] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine in price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Cattle raising is discussed in chapter 9 (“From White-faced Cattle to Uranium”). $20.00

313. BEADLE, J. H. Life in Utah; or, The Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism. Philadelphia: National Publishing Company, [1870]. 540 pp., plates, folding map, text illustrations (including Deseret alphabet). 8vo, original green cloth gilt. Some shelf wear (especially at spine tips), interior fine.
First edition. Flake 345. The tone in regard to Mormons in general is negative, but one subject upon which the author waxes eloquently albeit briefly is the potential for stockraising: “The true wealth of the Territory is in grazing and mining. The range is practically unlimited and the mountain bunch-grass is the best in the world for cattle.” Also discussed is Native American ownership of cattle. $110.00

314. BEADLE, J. H. Western Wilds and the Men Who Redeem Them. An Authentic Narrative Embracing an Account of Seven Years Travel and Adventure in the Far West.... Cincinnati, Chicago & Philadelphia: Jones Brothers & Company, 1880. 624 pp., double-page color map (Aboriginal America, Showing the Distribution and Territorial Limits of the Indian Nations of the New World), numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. 8vo, original three-quarter sheep over brown textured cloth, spine gilt, marbled edges. Binding worn and chafed, interior fine.
Early edition (first edition Cincinnati, 1878). Cowan, p. 40n. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 38. Flake 360n. Paher, Nevada 93: “The imprint date is misleading, as the contents include events to the year 1882.” Raines, p. 23. Saunders 2725. Smith 670n. The author discusses the West in a lively, engaging style, but as usual, Utah and Mormons are emphasized. Stockraising and its potential are covered for each area. Beadle describes Indian Territory as “a region half as large as Ohio [with] 60,000 inhabitants: a people rich in flocks and herds, enjoying themselves in a simple, pastoral way, content with their mode of life, and indifferent to the rush and struggle of more artificial societies.” In the Texas section, Beadle states that the sheep grazing potential in Llano, Mason, and Burnet Counties is the best in the country. $80.00

315. BEAL, Merrill D. The Story of Man in Yellowstone.... Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1949. 320 pp., color frontispiece, plates, text illustrations, endpaper maps. 8vo, original maize cloth. A bit of mild staining to binding, otherwise fine in price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 13: “A history of Yellowstone National Park taken largely from papers in the Park library at Mammoth.” Smith S54. In his chapter entitled “The Last Roundup,” the author explains how ranching fits into the history of Yellowstone: “Before Yellowstone could become accessible as a national playground a certain evolution of security had to take place. Indian tribes and buffalo herds were hindrances to both colonization and travel. A double-action roundup was needed to clear the way for an ephemeral phase, known as cattle days on the open range, and ultimate colonization within the approaches of the Park.... The removal of Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull opened the way for new cattle commonwealths. By 1880 the federal census reported 428,279 head in Montana and 521,213, in Wyoming. Soon the stockmen evolved a considerable network of mountain trails.” A later chapter discusses efforts to establish a buffalo ranch in Lamar Valley in 1902. $25.00

316. BEARCROFT, Norma. Wild Horses of Canada. London: J. A. Allen, [1966]. 89 pp., frontispiece photograph of author, color plate, text illustrations by Maisie Robertson. Square 8vo, original red cloth. Mild foxing to edges of frontispiece and title page opposite, otherwise fine in price-clipped d.j. Subscriber’s list at end removed.
First edition. General history of wild horses followed by an account of their presence in western Canada, including their role in the rise of ranching in the Cariboo region in the 1870s. $35.00

317. BEARDSLEE, Etta. Lebanon’s Golden Jubilee: Fifty Years of Living in a Little Kansas Town. N.p., [1937]. [20] pp. 8vo, original brown wrappers. Paper browned. Scarce in commerce.
First edition. Local history, including biographies of pioneer stockraisers and traders. H. R. Stone is said to have shipped the first load of stock from Lebanon in 1887. $40.00

318. BEARDSLEY, Isaac Haight. Echoes from Peak and Plain; or, Tales of Life, War, Travel, and Colorado Methodism. Cincinnati: Curtis & Jennings; New York: Eaton & Mains, 1898. 605 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations (mostly portraits). 8vo, original brown cloth, gilt lettering at foot of spine: Jennings & Pye. Other than minor shelf wear, very fine. Contemporary gift inscription.
First edition. Wilcox, p. 12: “Primarily of Colorado Methodism and church history.” Wynar 9061. In this excellent social history, the author only briefly strays from Methodism and his experiences in the Civil War to mention stockraising. For example, describing an encounter with a rancher, Beardsley writes: “‘You are a stockman, I should judge, from your surroundings?’ ‘Y-e-s.’ ‘How many head of horses and of cattle have you?’ ‘We have about four hundred horses; but I do not know how many cattle—there are hundreds.’ Cattle men never know how much stock they own.” Also contains some material on racing horses and horsemanship. $300.00

319. BEARDSLEY, Isaac Haight. Echoes from Peak and Plain.... Cincinnati: Curtis & Jennings; New York: Eaton & Mains, 1898. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original half black leather over maroon cloth, gilt lettering at foot of spine: Curtis & Jennings. Moderate wear to the fragile leather spine, otherwise fine. $250.00

320. BEATIE, Russel H. Saddles. London [& Norman]: J. A. Allen & Company, Ltd. [& University of Oklahoma Press, 1981]. xiv [2] 391 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings. 4to, original brown gilt-pictorial leatherette. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. An exhaustive survey of the history and aesthetics of saddles, with much practical information and a foreword by Dean Krakel. Includes a listing of American saddlemakers, a glossary of saddle terms, and a bibliography. Includes Bohlin saddles. $220.00

321. BEATTIE, George William. California’s Unbuilt Missions: Spanish Plans for an Inland Chain. N.p., [1930]. 47 pp., illustrations (mostly photographic), folding map (Spanish Missions in Southern California). 8vo, original dark blue cloth. Very fine and fresh. Rare.
First separate edition. Cowan, p. 40. Weber, The California Missions, p. 6: “Treatise on Spanish plans for a projected chain of inland missionary foundations.... An address delivered to the Fortnightly Club of Redlands which the author first published in the Historical Society of Southern California Annual (1929).” Discusses the perennial problems between stock-holding missions and Native Americans. $165.00

322. BEATTIE, George William & Helen Pruitt Beattie. Heritage of the Valley: San Bernadino’s First Century. With a Foreword by Henry R. Wagner. Pasadena: San Pasqual Press, 1939. xxv [1] 459 pp., plates, portraits, maps (one folding), facsimile. Large 8vo, original dark blue cloth. Very fine.
First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 23: “Every once-in-so-often a great book makes its appearance.... One of our truly great books on California.... Among the more important chapters are those concerning the Mormon venture in San Bernardino and early travel through the Cajon and San Gorgonio Pass routes.” This excellent work presents the background for ranching in pastoral California. Specific ranching material includes establishment of mission and secular livestock operations; numerous references to rustling by Native Americans and others (including the great 1840 Chaguanoso raid on Southern California stock in which 3,000 animals were stolen); measures and grants enacted to protect stockraisers; ranching architecture (including some illustrations); An Act re Judges of the Plains (1851) and Act to Regulate Rodeos (1851); brands; Warner’s Ranch; etc. Guns 175. Rocq 7049. $165.00

323. BEATTIE, George William & Helen Pruitt Beattie. Heritage of the Valley: San Bernardino’s First Century. Oakland: Biobooks, 1951. xxix [1] 459 [2] pp., plates, maps, endpaper map. Thick 8vo, original blue and orange cloth. Very fine.
Second edition. Guns 176. Rocq 7050. $130.00

324. BECHDOLT, Frederick R. Giants of the Old West. New York & London: Century, [1930]. [12] 245 pp., frontispiece portrait of Stephen F. Austin, plates, maps. 12mo, original bright green cloth with all lettering in gilt and blindstamped silhouette of prairie schooner on upper cover. Very fine and bright in the rare d.j. (price-clipped and chipped at spinal extremities).
First edition. Flake 366. Rader 317. Saunders 2728. Smith 689. Primary ranching interest in this book is the chapter on Charles Goodnight. Other chapters are on Stephen F. Austin, the Alamo, John Colter, William Ashley, William Becknell, James Pattie, Brigham Young, John Sutter, and Alexander Majors. $50.00

325. BECHDOLT, Frederick R. Giants of the Old West. New York & London: Century, [1930]. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original slate green cloth, gilt lettering on spine, blindstamped lettering on upper cover, without pictorial blindstamping. Corner slightly bumped, otherwise very fine in the rare d.j. $45.00


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