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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 351-373

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Zamorano Eighty

351. BELL, Horace. Reminiscences of a Ranger; or, Early Times in Southern California. Los Angeles: Yarnell, Caystile & Mathes, 1881. 457 pp. 8vo, original blue gilt-pictorial cloth. Binding shelf worn and frayed at extremities, endsheets slightly browned, interior fine. Gift inscription on blank preliminary leaf.
First edition. Adams, One-Fifty 9: “Very scarce.” Barrett, Baja California 246. Cowan, p. 44: “Bell has written more minutely upon the ‘seamy side’ of society than any other California author, and there is a fascination about his book.” Dobie, p. 84. Dykes, Rare Western Outlaw Books, p. 29; Western High Spots, p.120 (“Ranger Reading”). Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 25-26. Flake 388. Graff 240: “Bell was a member of Walker’s filibustering expedition.” Guns 189. Howes B325: “Most readable historical narrative of early southern California.” Libros Californianos, pp. 68-69. Powell, California Classics, pp. 279-91. Rocq 2788: “Politics, bandits, ranchero life.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 15. Zamorano 80 #5: “The first cloth-bound book to be printed, bound, and published in the city of Los Angeles.... The activities of the Los Angeles Rangers, of which organization Bell was a member, fill many of the pages with adventures that vie with the wildest deeds of a modern ‘western.’ The fact, however, that the tales are true and are told in a most interesting style makes the book one that will always fill a place in the historical narratives of California.” Chapter 25 is on ranchero life in California. Contains some Texas material. $440.00

352. BELL, Horace. Reminiscences of a Ranger.... Los Angeles: Yarnell, Caystile & Mathes, 1881. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original green gilt-pictorial cloth. Binding worn and frayed at extremities (cloth split at lower joint), endsheets browned, interior fine, overall a very good copy, much better and brighter than usually found. Contemporary ownership inscription dated at Los Angeles December 17, 1881. $385.00

353. BELL, Horace. Reminiscences of a Ranger.... Los Angeles: Yarnell, Caystile & Mathes, 1881. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original purple gilt-pictorial cloth. Binding water-stained and flecked, first few leaves with light stain at lower margin, otherwise text clean. Binding tight. $165.00

354. BELL, Horace. Reminiscences of a Ranger.... Santa Barbara: Wallace Hebberd, 1927. [16] 499 [1] pp., frontispiece and illustrations by James S. Bodrero, endpapers with illustrations from California pictorial lettersheets. 8vo, original green gilt-pictorial cloth. Very fine in the scarce d.j.
Second edition, revised and enlarged. Guns 189: “The later edition contains an index identifying many of the characters mentioned in the original edition.” Foreword by Arthur M. Ellis. $140.00

355. BELL, Horace. Reminiscences of a Ranger.... Santa Barbara: Wallace Hebberd, 1927. Another copy. Very fine, d.j. not present. $85.00

The Texas-California Trail in 1854

356. BELL, James G. A Log of the Texas-California Cattle Trail, 1854.... Edited by J. Evetts Haley. [Austin], 1932. 78 pp. 8vo, original stiff blue printed wrappers. Light wear and some staining to wraps, occasional light foxing to text, generally a very good copy, with presentation inscription: “To Dudley Dobie With the esteem of J. Evetts Haley.” One of the most elusive imprints on the cattle industry.
First separate edition, limited edition (100 copies). The narrative first appeared in three parts in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (35-36, January-July 1932). Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 26: “It is not generally known that for a period approximating 20 years, and beginning—perhaps—in 1853, Texas cattlemen drove large herds of cattle over the desert to the California markets.... Of all phases...of our Colorado Desert history...this segment having to do with the trail herd era has received least attention.... The young Bell...was employed by a Mr. John James, owner of one of the many vast overland herds that reached their peak of prominence in the year 1854. Their trail followed the route of Kearny and Cooke (1846-47), and they entered California—over the Yuma Ferry.... A fairly good description is given in this article of Warner’s Ranch, Santa Isabella, the Indians at Warner’s and so on.” Graff 242. Herd 235. Howes B326. Rader 328. Robinson (1967) 119: “At a time when the Longhorn furnished his own transportation to market, a tenderfoot joined a cattle drive of 1,500 dangerous and uncertain miles, setting down fresh and precise details in his diary.” Robinson (1978) 5. Wallace, Arizona History VII:15. Handbook of Texas Online: James G. Bell: “James G. Bell...was born in Tennessee in 1832. The family moved to Indianola, Texas, in 1852.... In 1854 Bell decided to join in driving a herd of cattle to California.... Rather than write letters back to his family, Bell kept a diary of his experiences and observations, a chronicle of a little-known trail to the West. He joined his brother, Edward C. Bell, in California and died there in 1867.” $825.00

357. BELL, John C. The Pilgrim and the Pioneer: The Social and Material Developments in the Rocky Mountains. Lincoln: International Publishing Ass’n., [1906]. 531 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations. 8vo, original green cloth lettered in white. Lettering on upper cover flecked, small chip to lower blank corner of one preliminary leaf, otherwise fine and tight. Bookplate.
First edition. Eberstadt 115:306: “The author served as a District Judge and was later Representative in Congress from Western Colorado. His narrative deals with the trip across the plains; mining life; adventures on the desert; trapping; across the Coeur d’Alenes, etc.” Flake 392: “Claims that polygamy really stopped when the girls saw how the gentiles had only one wife and was queen of the show, and sold it to the boys.” Guns 190. Herd 236: “Scarce.” Wilcox, p. 12. Wynar 314. Chapter 12 is on “A Night in a Cow-Camp.” $50.00

358. BELL, William A. New Tracks in North America: A Journal of Travel and Adventure whilst Engaged in the Survey for a Southern Railroad to the Pacific Ocean, 1867-8. London: Chapman & Hall, 1869. lxiv, 236 + vii [3] 322 pp., 24 plates (mostly tinted lithographs from photographs), maps (one folding), text illustrations, woodcuts on titles and in text. 2 vols., 8vo, original blindstamped terracotta cloth, gilt-lettered spines. A poor copy of a scarce and important book, notoriously difficult to find in collector’s condition. This copy is shelf worn, water-stained, hinges cracked, paper friable.
First edition. Cowan, p. 45. Farquhar, Books of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 25: “Bell accompanied Palmer’s expedition in a rather independent capacity which included the posts of photographer and physician.... It contains one of the important documents in the White case, a lurid account of the raft journey.” Flake 393. Graff 246: “Contains firsthand accounts of Indians in Arizona and New Mexico.” Howes B330. Paher, Nevada 114n. Rader 330. Saunders 2733. Wynar 2024 (citing the 1870 edition). The excellent lithographs by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son (see Peters, America on Stone, pp. 112-13) were based on the author’s field photographs. An appendix at the conclusion of vol. 2 contains formulae and technical advice for the frontier photographer. The excellent plates include Native Americans, botany, and scenes along the way (mostly New Mexico, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon). Occasional mention of ranching, especially in the section on Sonora, where the party stayed at ranches along their route (“the great advantages which Sonora possesses as a stock-raising country cannot well be exaggerated...I doubt if any country could feed more stock, acre for acre, than Sonora”); also, Lucien Maxwell’s huge ranch, Native Americans with cattle, and buffalo grass as forage for cattle. $350.00

359. BELL, William A. New Tracks in North America. Albuquerque: Horn and Wallace, 1965. [4] lxix [3] 564 [1] pp., plates, maps, text illustrations. 2 vols. in one, 8vo, original black buckram. Very fine in d.j.
Reprint. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 272 (lists only the reprint). $80.00

360. BENAVIDES, Alonso de. Fray Alonso de Benavides’ Revised Memorial of 1634 with Numerous Supplementary Documents Elaborately Annotated. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1945. xvi, 368 pp., plates. Large 8vo, original maroon cloth. Some staining to lower fore-edge and blank margins of first few signatures, otherwise fine in rubbed and price-clipped d.j.
First edition of the previously unpublished revised Memorial, along with 25 unpublished contemporary documents on early mission affairs in the Southwest and scholarly commentary of Frederick Webb Hodge, George P. Hammond, and Agapito Rey. Coronado Cuarto Centennial Series 6. Campbell, p. 166. Basic source on Arizona and New Mexico in the early 1600s by one of the first missionaries in the Southwest. Benavides describes the Spanish cattle and sheep and how they multiplied rapidly in the New World, and also discusses sheepraising among the different tribes. The author emphasizes the importance respecting land rights of Native Americans and not allowing mission cattle to encroach on their property. $100.00

361. BENAVIDES, Alonso de. The Memorial of...1630.... Translated by Mrs. Edward E. Ayer, Annotated by Frederick Webb Hodge and Charles Fletcher Lummis. Albuquerque: Horn and Wallace, Publisher, [1965]. [4] 309 [2] pp., photographic plates, facsimiles, endpaper maps. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Fore-edges foxed and spotted, otherwise fine in soiled d.j.
Reprint of the 1916 edition. Graff 250n. Rader 332n. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 33n. Another of Benavides’s important memorials, encouraging further missions and discussing introduction of cattle. $35.00

362. BENEDICT, Carl P. A Tenderfoot Kid on Gyp Water. Austin & Dallas: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas Folklore Society & University Press, 1943. xviii, 115 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 8vo, original tan cloth. Very fine in original glassine d.j.
First edition, limited edition (550 copies). Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 7. Cook 94. Dobie, p. 111: “Worth having.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 14. Herd 238. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 21. McVicker B48. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 24. Reese, Six Score 10: “A vividly written story of range life in west Texas in the 1890s. Benedict recounted incidents of cowpunching as they occurred and editor Dobie changed as little as possible. The result is one of the best books ever written on the Texas range.” Includes a photo of Mrs. Benedict in Victorian attire riding side-saddle. $410.00

363. BENEDICT, H. Y. & John A. Lomax. The Book of Texas. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1916. xxiii [1] 448 pp., photographic plates, maps, brands. Large 8vo, original dark green cloth. A few light spots to binding, otherwise very fine.
First edition. Campbell, p. 103. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Leigh 81). Herd 239. Rader 334. Chapter 5 in part 4 (“Texas Cattle in Free-Grass Days”) contains a good history of ranching with photographs. $50.00

364. BENJAMIN, Marcus. John Bidwell, Pioneer: A Sketch of His Career. Washington, D.C.: Privately printed, 1907. [4] 52 pp., frontispiece photogravure portrait, 4 full-page plates and 15 tipped-in illustrations (mostly photographic). Large 8vo, original stiff ivory printed wrappers bound in contemporary (or original) three-quarter brown sheep over beige boards. Some shelf wear to extremities and edges, spine faded, a few stains to binding, internally fine.
First edition. Cowan, p. 47. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 32. Graff 253: “Contains a good account of Bidwell’s overland trip, his life with Sutter, and his later successes.” Howell 50, California 300: “A beautifully printed memorial to Bidwell...especially valuable for the plates which show views of Rancho Chico, Bidwell’s home.” Howes B353. Paher, Nevada 116. Plains & Rockies IV:88n. Pioneer Bidwell (1819-1900) organized the first overland party to California in 1841, drafted the resolution of independence from Mexico, discovered gold on the Feather River, and remained actively involved in political and economic affairs in California throughout his life. Hart, Companion to California, p. 39. Bidwell, like many of the early Western pioneers, realized his dream of owning a ranch. Bidwell’s Rancho Chico had at least 20 subdivisions, including River Ranch (with stock, hay, and pasture), Sheep Ranch, Dairy Ranch, and meat market. Though Bidwell’s primary interest was fruit and other crops, he had about 500 cattle, 500 to 1000 horses, and 6,000 sheep. Bidwell is known as the Father of Chico. $220.00

365. BENNETT, Bob. Kerr County, Texas, 1856-1956. San Antonio: Naylor, [1956]. xi [1] 332 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Very fine in d.j. Signed by author.
First edition. CBC 2803. County history from early settlement, with much on the sheep industry. Kerrville, the county seat, is known as “The Mohair Center of the World.” Most of the information on ranching is related to the Schreiner family and their YO Ranch. $65.00

366. BENNETT, Estelline. Old Deadwood Days. New York: J. H. Sears & Company, [1928]. xi [1] 300 pp., frontispiece portrait of Calamity Jane, photographic plates. 8vo, original orange pictorial cloth. Scholar William E. Connelley’s copy with his signature on front endpaper. Very fine in d.j. with unobtrusive water staining (mainly visible on verso of jacket).
First edition. Graff 359. Guns 199. Howes B356. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 128 (one of his five standards for the post-Gold Rush period): “[The author] was the daughter of Judge Granville Bennett, first federal judge in the Hills. She writes gracefully of the scenes and characters of her childhood.” Although Deadwood was surrounded by the open range and ranching enterprises, the author’s attention almost invariably turns to mining, gambling, and saloons. She does, however, mention a blizzard devastating to cattlemen and “one of the most bizarre” costumes at a masked ball—the “cattle-brand dress.... Not a cowboy who rode riotously into Deadwood...nor a cattleman looking for a little diversion...but could find the brand of his own cows on that gown.” Also includes a chapter on Calamity Jane, information on Seth Bullock and the Rough Riders, and account and photograph of Madame Canutson, “the only ‘bull-whackeress’ who ever drove her own bull train into Deadwood.” $165.00

367. BENNETT, Estelline. Old Deadwood Days. New York: J. H. Sears & Company, [1928]. Another copy. Very fine in near fine d.j. (price-clipped). $140.00

368. BENNETT, Kay. Kaibah: Recollection of a Navajo Girlhood. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1964. 253 pp., text illustrations by author. 8vo, original turquoise cloth. Very good in moderately worn d.j. Printed bookseller’s label on front pastedown.
First edition. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 171. True story of typical Navajo family life in the late 1920s and early 1930s in New Mexico. As a young child, the author tended her family’s flock of sheep and goats. $40.00

369. BENNETT, Russell H. The Compleat Rancher. New York & Toronto: Rinehart & Company, [1946]. ix [1] 246 pp., illustrated by Ross Santee. 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Endpapers stained, overall very good in slightly worn d.j.
First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Santee 26). Herd 243: “A treatise on how to run a ranch.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 13: “A discussion of a way of life as it is now; the fundamentals that may guide a person to choosing ranching as an occupation. Very readable.” $30.00

370. BENSCHOTER, Geo[rge] E. Book of Facts Concerning the Early Settlement of Sherman County, Descriptive of Its Present Business and Agricultural Developments and Natural Advantages. Loup City, Nebraska: Loup City Northwestern Printing, [1897]. [4] 76 pp. 16mo, original orange printed wrappers with typographical border, sewn. Exceptionally fine.
First edition. Graff 264: “Interesting stories of pioneer life including the perilous adventures of Judge Wall with the notorious Olive gang of cowboy thugs.” Guns 201. Herd 244: “Rare.” Howes B359a. $770.00

371. BENSCHOTER, Geo[rge] E. Book of Facts Concerning the Early Settlement of Sherman County.... Loup City, Nebraska: Loup City Northwestern Printing, [1897]. Another copy, variant wrappers. 16mo, original pink printed wrappers with typographical border, sewn. Very slight wear and minor staining to fragile wraps, otherwise very fine. $550.00

372. BENSCHOTER, Geo[rge] E. Book of Facts Concerning the Early Settlement of Sherman County.... Loup City, Nebraska: Loup City Northwestern Printing, [1897]. Another copy, variant wrappers. 16mo, original yellow printed wrappers with typographical border, sewn. Tiny blank corner of upper wrapper and first few leaves missing, a few stains. $550.00

373. BENTLEY, H. L. Experiments in Range Improvement in Central Texas. Washington, D.C.: GPO (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry Bulletin 13), 1902. 72 pp., photographic plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Light ex-library, with two faint ink stamps of Arizona University on upper wrapper. Slight wear to fragile wraps, otherwise fine.
First edition. Herd 247. The experiments were conducted at the grass and forage plant station in Abilene, Texas, between 1898 and 1901. $55.00


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