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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 776-799

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776. CAMP, William Martin. San Francisco, Port of Gold. Garden City & New York: Doubleday & Company, 1947. xv [1] 518 pp., plates. 8vo, original blue cloth. Paper lightly age-toned, else very fine in fine d.j.
First edition. Rocq 8772. Most of the ranching-related material occurs in the first section on early settlement through the Gold Rush. Considerable material on early ranchers such as John Bidwell, Dr. John Marsh and his expansive Spanish land grant Rancho Los Mejanos (“four leagues of land on which he had five thousand head of cattle, five hundred horses and mares, and five thousand sheep”), and an entire chapter on Nancy Kelsey, the first American woman to arrive directly in California by way of crossing the plains (with the Bartleson party). Nancy Kelsey provided the cloth for the first “Bear Flag,” and traveled widely through early California in conjunction with her husband’s enterprises in bringing livestock to various California markets. Other members of the Kelsey family established a ranch in the Clear Lake area but were killed by Pomo Indians. $45.00

777. CAMPBELL, Rosemae Wells. From Trappers to Tourists: Fremont County, Colorado, 1830-1950. Palmer Lake, Colorado: Filter Press, 1972. viii, 244 pp., illustrations. Narrow 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine.
Limited edition (#457 of 600 signed copies in an edition of 1,000). Wynar 955. Chapter 2, “Hamlets on the Hardscrabble,” includes much on early rancher Matt Kinkead who often drove cattle to St. Louis markets, as well as supplying emigrants on the Oregon Trail. Chapter 15, “Cotapaxi and Cattle Thieves,” discusses wild cattle, mavericks, rustling, and conflicts between settlers and ranchers. Much additional material on the open range, rustling, formation of the Fremont County Cattlegrowers Protective Association in 1897, Charles Goodnight, and ranching near Florence, Pueblo, Coaldale, etc. $50.00

778. CAMPBELL, Rosemae Wells. From Trappers to Tourists.... Palmer Lake, Colorado: Filter Press, 1972. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original tan cloth. Very fine. Limited edition (#498 of the limited, signed edition). $50.00

779. CAMPBELL, Walter S. The Book Lover’s Southwest: A Guide to Good Reading. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1955]. xii, 287 [2] pp. 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j. Signed by author with his real name and his pseudonym Stanley Vestal.
First edition. Basic Texas Books B36. Herd 405. Includes sections on “Cattlemen and Cowboys,” “Horses, Cattle, Sheep,” “Institutions, Industry, Business,” and “Trails and Rivers.” Thrapp I, pp. 217-18: “B[orn] at Severy, Kansas, [Campbell’s] father, Walter Mallory Vestal died when the boy was 1 and his mother married James Robert Campbell. The family moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma, young Campbell spending his summers at Watonga, across the river from a Cheyenne camp where he grew up with Indian youngsters. He was graduated from Southwestern State Normal School at Weatherford, Oklahoma and as a Rhodes Scholar studied English language and literature at Oxford.... He is best known for his books on Plains Indians and mountain man life.” $85.00

780. CAMPBELL, Walter S. The Book Lover’s Southwest.... Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1955]. Another copy. Very fine in fine d.j. $60.00

781. [CAMPBELL, Walter S.] (Stanley Vestal, pseud.). Fandango, Ballads of the Old West. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton, Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1927. [12] 66 pp. 12mo, original half black cloth over patterned boards. Mild edge wear (especially to corners), text lightly age-toned, overall fine in slightly worn and price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Campbell, p. 233. Dobie, pp. 74, 185: “A tale of the mountain men in Taos...among the most spirited ballads America has produced.” Subjects of these ballads include “Riding Song,” “Saddle Song,” Belle Starr, and Kit Carson. The d.j. has an advertisement for N. Howard Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys (“a unique collection of genuine cowboy songs, taken down for the most part from the lips of cowboy ballad-singers”). $165.00

782. [CAMPBELL, Walter S.] (Stanley Vestal, pseud.). Kit Carson the Happy Warrior of the Old West.... Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1928. xii, 297 pp., frontispiece, endpaper maps. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Very fine in d.j. with light wear and discoloration (darkened along spine).
First edition. Campbell, pp. 60-61. Dobie, p. 74. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 12 (“Western Movement—Its Literature”). Malone, Wyomingana, p. 1. Paher, Nevada 262: “Eyewitness accounts from Indians, cavalrymen, and others, in conjunction with Carson’s own memoirs, provide the basis for this creditable and readable account, the premiere biography of Kit Carson.” Saunders 3212. Wallace, Arizona History IV:34. Chapter 20, “Rancher,” covers Kit’s ranching endeavors around 1850, when he partnered with Lucien Maxwell and undertook to improve the breeding of cattle, mules, and horses. Campbell states that “Kit’s attempts at ranching in New Mexico long antedated the days of the range cattle industry, for the invention of which the Texans claim all credit.” $80.00

783. [CAMPBELL, Walter S.] (Stanley Vestal, pseud.). Queen of the Cowtowns, Dodge City: “The Wickedest Little City in America,” 1872-1886. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1952]. viii [4] 285 pp. 12mo, original half tan cloth over brown textured cloth. Small bookdealer’s label on front pastedown, otherwise very fine in fine d.j.
First edition. Adams, Burs I:393. Campbell, p. 196: “From the first camp of the buffalo hunters in 1872 to the end of the cattle trade, 1888. Much new matter. History and interpretation.” Dobie, p. 123. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 78 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Best book in print on Kansas cow towns.” Guns 2269: “One of the best books on Dodge City. Most of its gunmen come in for some attention.” Herd 2406. $45.00

784. [CAMPBELL, Walter S.] (Stanley Vestal, pseud.). Queen of the Cowtowns, Dodge City: “The Wickedest Little City in America,” 1872-1886. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1952]. viii [4] 285 pp. 12mo, original half green cloth over beige boards. Very fine in fine d.j.
First edition, later printing (without “First edition” on title verso). $30.00

785. [CAMPBELL, Walter S.] (Stanley Vestal, pseud.). Dodge City: Queen of the Cowtowns. [London]: Peter Nevill, [1955]. viii, 285 pp. 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in moderately worn d.j. (one large tear on back and price-clipped). Ranch-theme bookplate of Mrs. Oliver F. Jordan on front pastedown.
First British edition. With a different d.j. illustration. $40.00

786. [CAMPBELL, Walter S.] (Stanley Vestal, pseud.). Short Grass Country. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, [1941]. x, 304 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original grey cloth. Upper fore-edge dusty and spotted, otherwise fine in worn and torn d.j. with some chipping (price-clipped).
First edition. American Folkways Series. Edited by Erskine Caldwell. Campbell, pp. 110-11: “Interpretation, history, with some folklore. A love-letter to that region.” Guns 2270. Herd 2406. Saunders 4759: “Mostly Oklahoma and Texas. Contains some general material on life in New Mexico.” Chapter 8, “Home on the Range,” covers cowboy songs, stories, and vernacular. Additional information of ranching interest throughout: free range, roundups, trail drives, cowboys, cattlemen, chuck wagon, rustling, rodeos, Charles Goodnight, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Cattle Annie, Anti-Horse Thief Association, dude ranch, sheep, buffalo, etc. $50.00

787. [CAMPBELL, Walter S.] (Stanley Vestal, pseud.). Wagons Southwest: Story of Old Trail to Santa Fe. New York: American Pioneer Trails Association, 1946. [4] 50 pp., illustrations, double-page map. 12mo, original multicolor pictorial wrappers, stapled. Very fine in “Souvenir from Old Santa Fe Trail” envelope, with large folding map (The Santa Fé Trail) laid in.
First edition. Guns 2271: “Rare.” Rittenhouse 606. Brief discussions of ranches of Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell, buffalo stampede, and Dodge City, “the Cowboy Capital,” terminus for Texan longhorn trail drives. $75.00

788. CAMPO, Estanislao del (“Anastasio el Pollo”). Fausto: Impresiones del gaucho Anastasio el Pello en la representación de esta ópera. Buenos Aires: Editores Pueser, [1951]. lx [4] 96 [15] pp., color plates and text illustrations by Eleodoro E. Marenco, facsimiles. 4to, original stiff beige pictorial wrappers. Fragile wrappers lightly soiled and rubbed, interior fine, unopened.
Third edition (first edition, Buenos Aires, 1866). Nichols, Gaucho 1060n (citing first edition). Contains a facsimile of the Fausto manuscript existing in the Museo Martiniano Leguizamón de Paraná, and a facsimile of Correo del Domingo 6:144 (September 30, 1866) that includes a copy of “Fausto.” A cow country entertainment of an entirely other breed, “Fausto” is a poem of about fifteen hundred lines, in which the author’s purpose is to give the impressions produced upon an illiterate gaucho by the grand opera of the same name. Skillful touches of local color are evident, not just in the language, but also in the artwork in this attractive edition produced in association with the “poetas gauchescos del Rio de la Plata.” (Thanks to George W. Umphrey of the University of Washington for his scholarly insight at http://www.ippi.com/gaucho.html.) $110.00

789. CANADA, J. W. Life at Eighty: Memories and Comments by a Tarheel in Texas. [La Porte, Texas: Published by the author, 1953]. 206 pp. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Light foxing to fore-edges, overall fine, with author’s signed inscription.
First edition, second printing. Herd 407: “The latter part of the book deals with the various breeds of cattle.” The newspaperman-author came to Texas in 1905 and fell under its spell, envisioning the potential that irrigation provided for agriculture and the cattle industry. He tells of visiting with Robert J. Kleberg at the King Ranch, managing the newspaper Stockman and Farmer, William Sydney Porter, how the Houston Agricultural Credit Union helped the devastated cattle industry in the 1920s, much local history (especially Houston), etc. $20.00

Early Calgary Stampede Ephemera

790. [CANADA. CALGARY]. “The Stampede” World’s Championship Cowboy Competitive Contest.... Calgary Alberta, Canada Aug. 25 to 30, 1919... [wrapper title]. Calgary: [“The Stampede” Committee], 1919. 8 pp. Tall, narrow 8vo, original stiff pale blue printed wrappers. Other than lower corner of upper wrap and first few leaves being dog-eared, a fine copy. We find no locations on OCLC or RLIN.
First printing. Advertisement for “A Romping Rangeland Rumpus” with events including trick and fancy riding by cowboys and cowgirls, riding of bucking broncos, burros, and steers by cowboys, comedy riding, etc. A $25,000 cash purse plus prizes of saddles, chaps, bits, boots, spurs, etc. are offered, and the pamphlet gives rules, entry fee, and purse for each event. The header above the wrapper title is “Whoop—eee—eee—yow!!” and the footer is “Let’s Stampede!!” $190.00

791. [CANADA. CALGARY]. Printed invitation–mailing brochure, commencing: The presence of [Capt Hickman] is requested at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, July 5th to 10th, 1926. Come help us turn the clock back to the good old cowtown days of forty years ago for one glorious, hilarious, memorable week, ushered in by the great Stampede Parade with its miles of Indians Cowgirls and Cowboys in their gay attire and the original pioneers of the Canadian Northwest...Autos are barred; Indians, chuck wagons, cow ponies only are allowed. Calgary, 1926. 1 folded sheet measuring 27.3 x 40.4 cm, folding down to 8 sections, printed in red, black, pink, yellow, and other colors. A montage of black and white photographs, color illustrations, designs, and text. Very fine. We find no locations on OCLC or RLIN.
First printing. The invitation touts competitions in “bucking horse and wild steer riding, calf roping, wild cow milking, and the relay, running horse, democrat, California cart, chuck wagon, wild horse, Indian and Roman standing races,” etc. Recipients are invited to join a tour of the high spots of the Canadian Rockies—Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Pass, Yoho Valley, and Banff. On the mailer panel of the brochure is a print bathed in a vivid pink psychedelic glow illustrating the E.P. Ranch (sixty miles south of Calgary) owned by H.R.H. Edward Prince of Wales. Among the photo illustrations are portraits of all of the Stampede organizers and lively action shots of rodeo events. This rare bit of ephemera is a great exhibit item. $330.00

792. CANTON, Frank M. Frontier Trails: The Autobiography of Frank M. Canton. Edited by Edward Everett Dale. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1930. xvii [1] 236 [1] pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Very fine in the very scarce d.j. with photographic illustration (some chipping and a few short tears). It would be tough to find a better copy than this one, even with its slightly flawed d.j.
First edition (date 1930 under imprint). Adams, One-Fifty 26. Dobie, pp. 98, 107, 140: “Good on tough hombres.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #32: “Canton was trail driver, ranchman, sheriff, United States marshal, inspector for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers’ Association.” Graff 576. Guns 371: “Scarce.... The autobiography of Frank Canton, written shortly before his death and edited from the manuscript he left.... Canton was hired by the large cattle interests to fight the so-called rustlers in the Johnson County War, and naturally he tells their side of the story.... Much of the book is devoted to the better-known outlaws of Oklahoma and the time Canton was peace officer there.... During his days in Texas he was charged several times with cattle theft.” Herd 409. Howes C118. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 3. Rader 588. Saunders 2792. Smith 1477. “In 1866 [Canton and his brothers] with their widowed mother moved to Denton County, Texas. Here [Canton] became a cowboy, in 1869 hiring out to (Samuel) Burk Burnett (1849-1922) for a trail drive with 1,500 head of longhorns to Abilene. As Canton relates the adventure in his autobiography, the trip was a rough one, with dangerous fords, stampedes and affairs with Indians enlivening it. Savages swept off most of the horses and the trail drive had to be concluded largely afoot, a miserable experience for Texas cowboys.... Canton’s career is wrapped in mystery and some of the significant events of his life no doubt will never come to light” (Thrapp I, pp. 221-23). $250.00

793. CANTON, Frank M. Frontier Trails.... Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1930. Another copy. Other than very slight outer wear, very fine. Dust jacket not present. Bookplate of noted collector W. J. Holliday (illustrated with Father Kino’s important map). $140.00

794. CANTON, Frank M. Frontier Trails.... Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1966]. xix [1] 236 [2] pp. 12mo, original tan boards. Very fine in d.j.
Second edition, with a new introduction by Edward Everett Dale. First printing of the Western Frontier Library edition. Dale adds some additional material on Canton to the preface of this edition. D.j. blurb: “Although the list of positions held by the author indicates that his life was one of high adventure, it was also one of loneliness and violence. He learned quite early that to survive in his chosen profession he must be resourceful, determined, and lethal in the use of firearms.” $40.00

With an Important California Map in Superb Condition

795. CAPRON, E[lisha] S. History of California from Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of Its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of Its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining &c. With a Journal of the Voyage from New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, via Panama.... Boston & Cleveland: John P. Jewett & Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1854. xi [1] 356 pp., folding lithographed map in full color (California 1854 [New York: Colton, 1853; 40.0 x 32.6 cm; inset of City of San Francisco, decorative border]). 12mo, original brown cloth stamped in gilt and blind, gilt spine with California state seal. Covers rubbed, corners and spinal extremities worn and fraying, front hinge cracked, but overall a very good copy. Map detached (but in excellent condition, with strong color), internally fine. Inscribed to “Adelaide Capron, from Cousin Henry—Feb 4th 1876.”
First edition of book; second issue of the Colton map (dated 1854). Bradford 769. Cowan, p. 104. Graff 580. Howell 50, California 349: “Capron, a contemporary observer who arrived in California in 1853, devotes more than half of his book to a description of San Francisco and the gold mines.” Howes C127. Jones 1309. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 116: “In Part Second, Capron gives a description of San Francisco with details of its lurid side.” Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 254: “This is the same map as that listed as 1853—Colton, save for the change in date. It seems also to have been included in ‘Colton’s Atlas of the World...by George W. Colton’” In his note to the 1853 issue of the map, Wheat comments: “This was probably the best-known map of California in the eastern states during the ’fifties. It was republished annually for a time, with little or no change.” The emphasis of the book is San Francisco and the Gold Rush. However, the author discusses mission cattle and the old ranchos of California (fandango, jueces del campo, branding, rodeo, corrals, lasso, saddles, expertise in horsemanship, management of cattle, etc.); mentions the hide and tallow trade in association with San Diego; gives statistics on livestock (cattle, horses, sheep, and goats); and discusses grazing potential in general and the inferiority of the nearly wild native cattle. The lure of this once fairly common book (priced at $50.00 in the Howell catalogue) is in part due to the wonderful Colton map, which in the present copy is in about as fine condition as one might ever hope for. $1,750.00

796. CAREY, Charles Henry. History of Oregon. Chicago: Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, 1922. [vii]-xxviii, 21-1,016 + 768 + 750 pp., frontispieces, illustrations (mostly photographic), maps (1 foldout), portraits, facsimiles. 3 vols., small 4to, original green ribbed cloth, marbled edges. Light cover wear, upper cover of vol. 2 slightly discolored and cloth split adjacent to joint, but overall the set is in very good to fine condition, especially considering how thick and heavy the volumes are.
First edition. Smith 1490. This vast compendium on Oregon history includes much of interest for ranching, beginning with the earliest raising of stock by retired trappers in the Willamette Valley and “French Prairie,” early monopoly on cattle raising by the Hudson’s Bay Company (which was not broken until 1842), first cattle drives from California to Oregon, introduction of cattle to the Native Americans by Whitman, history and pervasiveness of ranching in Eastern Oregon, first imported breeds of cattle and sheep, establishment of the Pacific International Live Stock Exposition in Portland, etc. The two volumes of biographies cover at least a few Oregonians engaged in the cattle business, including Joshua W. French, James Crockett Johnson, James H. McMenamin, et al. $300.00

797. CAREY, Fred. Mayor Jim. Omaha: Omaha Printing Company, 1930. 175 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations (mostly photographic), maps. 8vo, original dark blue buckram over pale blue gilt-pictorial wrappers. Slight fading and wear at edges of covers, otherwise fine.
First edition. Herd 412: “Scarce.” Chronicles the life of James C. Dahlman (b. 1845), Texas cowman and later Mayor of Omaha. Includes accounts of two epic trail drives, one from Oregon to Montana; the other from Indian Territory to Standing Rock in the Dakota Territory. $80.00

798. CAREY, Harry, Jr. Company of Heroes: My Life As an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company. Metuchen, New Jersey & London: Scarecrow Press, 1994. [10] 218 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 8vo, original beige cloth. Fine in d.j. Signed by author.
First edition. Filmmakers Series 42. Carey’s account of his experiences working on the classic Westerns Three Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Wagonmaster, The Searchers, and Cheyenne Autumn. $85.00

799. CARHART, Arthur H. Colorado. New York: Coward-McCann, 1932. xvii [1] 322 pp., text illustrations by Paul Bringle. 8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
First edition. Wilcox, p. 21: “A guide book to each section of the state.” Wynar 2173. This guide book and history of the state has a chapter on the “Big West” which, among other things, discusses “places where genuine cowboys work at the cow business.” Also includes a brief bibliography of books on Colorado. $45.00


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