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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 501-525

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501. BOWDEN, J. J. The Ponce de Leon Land Grant. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1969. 56 pp., maps. 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Very fine. With Carl Hertzog’s bookplate and a few minor corrections by him in red ink.
First edition. Southwestern Studies Monograph 24. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 238. The grant, which Ponce de León purchased for 80 pesos in 1827, includes what is now the original town site and present downtown of El Paso. Ponce’s home became the center of an industrious settlement known as Ponce’s Rancho. After the Mexican-American War, Benjamin F. Coon acquired the grant, and the property became known as Coon’s Ranch. $35.00

502. BOWDEN, J. J. The Ponce de Leon Land Grant. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1969. Another copy. Very fine. $25.00

503. BOWE, Richard J. (ed.). An Official Souvenir: Historical Album of Colorado. Rush to the Rockies Centennial [wrapper title]. Denver: Richard J. Bowe, 1959. [46] pp., numerous photographic illustrations, some in color. Oblong 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Very fine.
First edition. Wynar 13. Photo-essay with some images related to ranching, such as Allen’s Ranch which became Estes Park. $20.00

504. BOWE, Richard J. (ed.). Birth of a Territory [cover title]. Kansas City, Missouri: Richard J. Bowe, n.d. (ca. 1961). [119] pp., maps, portraits, illustrations (many in color). Oblong 8vo, original white cloth. Very fine.
First collected edition. Wynar 7209: “Two previously pub. works bound together; the editor’s Historical Album of Kansas, 1961; and Historical Album of Colorado, 1959.” The Colorado section is identical to the preceding entry. The Kansas section includes ranching-related photos, such as “Cutting out a calf in Harvey County during the 1890s,” “Texas longhorns on the trail to Kansas,” “Spinning yarns around the chuck wagon near Burlington, seat of Coffey County, on a cattle drive during the 1870s,” and “Kansas City Stockyard in 1872.” $40.00

505. BOWER, B. M. (Bertha M. Sinclair). Chip, of the Flying U. Illustrations by Charles M. Russell. New York: G. W. Dillingham Company, [1906]. 264 pp., 3 color plates (including frontispiece). 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Slightly shelf-slanted, spine faded, light soiling to covers. Contemporary gift inscription on front flyleaf.
Early edition (first edition published in 1904). Dobie, p. 97. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16: “Illustrated by Charlie Russell and singularly Chip was Charlie Russell. Russell’s painting, ‘The Last Stand,’ reproduced in the book was the beginning of public recognition of his more serious work as was portrayed in the text.... The first edition of ‘Chip’...is excessively rare.” Mohr, The Range Country 636. Yost & Renner, Russell I:21. This immensely popular novel is set on a Montana ranch. $45.00

506. BOWLES, Samuel. The Switzerland of America: A Summer Vacation in the Parks and Mountains of Colorado. Springfield, Massachusetts: S. Bowles & Co.; New York: The American News Company; Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1869. 166 [6, ads] pp. 12mo, original green cloth gilt. Contemporary ownership inscription in ink on title, otherwise fine.
First edition. Wilcox, p. 17: “Included also (in revised form) as chapters 4-9 of the author’s Our New West.” Wynar 2028. Bowles’s suggests stockraising for Native Americans as a means to greater economic independence. There is also general discussion of prospects for stockraising in Colorado. $65.00

507. BOWLES, Samuel. The Switzerland of America.... Springfield, Massachusetts: S. Bowles & Co.; New York: The American News Company; Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1869. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original brown cloth gilt. Light cover wear, otherwise fine, with contemporary ink ownership inscription on title. $65.00

508. BOWLES, Samuel. The Switzerland of America.... Springfield, Massachusetts: S. Bowles & Co.; New York: The American News Company; Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1869. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original maroon cloth gilt. Binding lightly worn and discolored, interior fine. $55.00

509. BOWLES, Samuel. The Switzerland of America.... Springfield, Massachusetts: S. Bowles & Co.; New York: The American News Company; Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1869. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original blue cloth gilt. Light shelf wear, binding slightly discolored, otherwise fine. $55.00

510. BOWLES, Samuel. The Switzerland of America.... Springfield, Massachusetts: S. Bowles & Co.; New York: The American News Company; Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1869. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original black cloth gilt. Binding slightly discolored, otherwise fine, with contemporary ink gift inscription. $55.00

511. BOYCE, Annie M. Tall Tales from a Ranch. [San Antonio]: Naylor, [1957]. xiii [1] 97 pp., text illustrations by Walter A. McKinney. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise fine in lightly worn d.j.
First edition. Herd 295. Humor and folklore. $30.00

512. BOYD, David. A History: Greeley and the Union Colony. Greeley: Greeley Tribune Press, 1890. 448 pp., frontispiece portrait, engraved plates (scenery, architecture, portraits). 8vo, original tan cloth. Other than a trace of shelf wear and a few minor spots on binding, very fine and bright. Author’s signed presentation copy.
First edition. Herd 296: “Scarce.... Chapter on cattle and fence troubles.” Wilcox, p. 17. Wynar 1461. Greeley, in Weld County, Colorado, was founded in 1870 by Nathan C. Meeker (1817-79), and supported by Horace Greeley, a strong advocate of the land reform movement in the West. The founding inhabitants comprised 442 members of the Union Colony, a nonsectarian communal organization. $220.00

513. BOYD, David. A History: Greeley and the Union Colony. Greeley: Greeley Tribune Press, 1890. Another copy. 8vo, original tan cloth. Light outer wear, else very fine. $165.00

514. BOYD, David. A History: Greeley and the Union Colony. Greeley, Colorado: Greeley Tribune Press, 1890. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original blue cloth. Corners bumped, otherwise very fine. $165.00

515. BOYD, David. A History: Greeley and the Union Colony. Greeley: Greeley Tribune Press, 1890. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. A few small spots on binding, otherwise fine, with author’s signed presentation inscription to Myrna L. Woodruff. $220.00

516. BOYD, David. A History: Greeley and the Union Colony. Greeley: Greeley Tribune Press, 1890. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original brown cloth. Binding scuffed and frayed at spinal extremities, hinges weak, interior fine. Modern bookplate. $140.00

517. BOYER, Mary G. Arizona in Literature: A Collection of the Best Writings of Arizona Authors from Early Spanish Days to the Present Time. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1934. 574 pp., color frontispiece (facsimile letter), illustrations, printed music. Thick 8vo, original light blue cloth. Light outer wear and soiling, 2.5-cm split at top of upper joint, front hinge cracked, text lightly browned as usual, overall very good. Author’s signed inscription dated 7-13-34: “A choice bit of real Arizona.”
First edition. Clark & Brunet 25: “There was apparently only one printing, but copies were issued with two different dates on the title page. Most of the blue cloth copies are dated 1934, and cinnamon cloth copies are dated 1935. There are, however, exceptions to this rule.... There were also a few dust jackets produced.... These are very scarce.” Dobie, p. 25. Wallace, Arizona History 38. Guide containing sections on fiction, non-fiction, materials from the Spanish era, legends, literary criticism, etc., with brief biographies and selections from notable range country authors such as William Breakenridge, Robert Carr, cowboy poet Badger Clark, Walt Coburn, Zane Grey, and Ross Santee. Biographical materials include an interesting excerpt from the 1896 diary of cowman Evans Coleman. $110.00

518. BOYER, Mary G. Arizona in Literature.... Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1935. Variant of preceding, with 1935 on title page and in variant “cinnamon” cloth. Fine. $80.00

519. BOYER, Mary Joan. The Old Gravois Coal Diggings. Imperial, Missouri: Privately printed, n.d. (ca. 1954). [6] 107 pp., illustrations (mostly photos), including 6 from the art of C. M. Russell. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine. Laid in are author’s carbon copy typed errata slip (at p. 24) and 2 copies of prospectus for Land of the Oldest Hills by Daisy Pat Stockwell “Daughter of Mary Joan Boyer.” Signed and dated (1955) by author, with “First Edition Copy” written in.
First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 8 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”). Mohr, The Range Country 637: “Much on Russell’s boyhood.” Yost & Renner, Russell I:63: “There is no date on the title page. The Introduction is dated 1952, but the book appeared two years later.” $95.00

520. BOYLE, William Henry. William Henry Boyle’s Personal Observations on the Conduct of the Modoc War. Edited by Richard H. Dillon from the Original Manuscript in the Bancroft Library. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Bookshop, [1959]. 80 pp., map, portrait, illustrations. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (300 copies). Rocq 14534. The emphasis is on Native Americans and military matters, but the action took place in the ranching country of northeastern California and the bordering area of Oregon. The military was protecting the interests of local cattlemen, and their ranches were often used as the Army’s headquarters. The author states that Jesse Applegate, Oregon pioneer and author of A Day with the Cow Column (see item 123 herein), considered the military operation a blunder and resigned, refusing to accept his pay of $10 a day. $50.00

521. BOYLES, Kate & Virgil D. Boyles. Langford of the Three Bars. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1907. 278 [8] pp., color frontispiece and plates by N. C. Wyeth. 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Spine dark, moderate fading and a few light stains to covers, fore-edges foxed, text lightly age-toned, generally very good.
First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Wyeth 101). Novel, based on fact, about ranch life on the South Dakota plains near the Missouri River in the late 1800s. $40.00

522. BOYNTON, Charles B. & T. B. Mason. A Journey through Kansas; with Sketches of Nebraska: Describing the Country, Climate, Soil, Mineral, Manufacturing, and Other Resources...in 1854. Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1855. 216 pp., foldout map (Map of Kansas with Portions of Nebraska, etc.... 16.4 x 17.8 cm). 12mo, late nineteenth-century(?) three-quarter brown sheep over marbled boards, spine with raised bands. Moderate outer wear and scuffing, endpapers abraded, intermittent mild to moderate foxing to text, overall very good, the map in excellent condition.
First edition. Dary, Kanzana 6. Dolbee, Kansas Historical Quarterly 4:2: “The second book on Kansas.” Eberstadt 137:44: “The work includes a voyage up the Missouri; Indian fighting; hunting on the plains and Rockies; and winter adventures on the prairies.” Graff 376. Howes B677. Plains & Rockies IV:250. Streeter Sale 1990: “The Rev. Boynton was an eager promoter of New England immigration to Kansas and the South, speaking in terms of a ‘peaceful Army of occupation of northern freemen settling in colonies.’” Wheat, Transmississippi West 827: “Shows the Santa Fe Trail from Kansas City to Santa Fe.” We include this work because Boynton frequently discusses the potential of the region for stockraising, especially the grasses, specifically mentioning buffalo grass. For example, on p. 74, Boynton comments: “For stock, the prairie produces abundance, both of hay and pasturage, and all the cattle which we observed on these prairies were in very fine condition; showing that the prairie grass is more nutritious than we had before supposed.” The map includes Colorado and shows Pike’s Peak, Long’s Peak, Pueblo, Boiling Springs, etc. $650.00

523. BRACE, Charles Loring. The New West: or, California in 1867-1868. New York: G. P. Putman & Son, 1869. 373 pp. 8vo, original purple cloth (faded). Outer wear, especially to spinal extremities, hinges cracked, shaken with a signatures loose, text clean.
First edition. Cowan, p. 68. Guns 252: “Scarce.” Rocq 16697. Chapter 18, “Large Farming” covers Merino Sheep; chapter 21, “Los Angeles” has sections on immense ranches, vaqueros, and catching bulls with the lasso. $80.00

524. BRADDY, Haldeen. Cock of the Walk: The Legend of Pancho Villa. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1955. ix [3] 174 pp., 4 photographic plates. 8vo, original green cloth. Rear endsheets browned from laid-in related newspaper clippings, otherwise very fine in d.j. with a few small tears. From the library of Carl Hertzog. Laid in is a copy of Braddy’s monograph “The Faces of Pancho Villa” (reprinted from Western Folklore 11:2, April 1952), inscribed by Braddy: “for Carl Hertzog—H.B.”
First edition. Biography of the colorful Mexican revolutionary, born to peones on a ranch in the Sierra Madre. As a boy he sold kindling and saved to buy a caballo, early on exhibiting the ease in the saddle for which he would later be dubbed El Centauro del Norte. As a young man, Villa aspired to be a rancher, but ran afoul of the law in Durango during his first job as a ranch hand. Pershing cited Villa’s pillaging of American ranches and settlements as cause for taking strong military action against Villa. $95.00

525. BRADDY, Haldeen. Cock of the Walk: The Legend of Pancho Villa. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1955. Another copy. Front endsheets with minor browning from laid-in related newspaper clipping, otherwise very fine in price-clipped d.j. $55.00


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