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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 925-949

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925. CISNEROS, José. Faces of the Borderlands: Twenty-One Drawings...with Text by the Artist. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1977. [58] pp., illustrations (one in color). 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Very fine association copy, signed “José” by Cisneros on dedication leaf (the book is dedicated to Vivian and Carl Hertzog). Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
First edition. Southwestern Studies Monograph 52. Representing the faces of people living on both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border, the images include “Vaquero” and “Cowhand.” $70.00

926. CISNEROS, José. “A Fortuitous Anonymous Witness to the Spewing of Santa Rita No. 1.” N.p., 1984. Print of vaquero on horseback watching the Santa Rita gusher, measuring 38.7 x 28.3 cm. Very fine, signed by Cisneros.
Artist’s proof copy. Cisneros evokes the passing of one phase of Texas history into another. $110.00

927. CISNEROS, José. “A Fortuitous Anonymous Witness to the Spewing of Santa Rita No. 1.” N.p., 1984. Print of vaquero on horseback watching the Santa Rita gusher, measuring 38.7 x 28.3 cm. Lightly foxed, else fine, signed by Cisneros.
Limited edition (#38 of 150). $110.00

928. [CISNEROS, José]. José Cisneros at Paisano, an Exhibit: Riders of the Spanish Borderlands [wrapper title]. [Austin: William D. Wittliff for] Institute of Texan Cultures, 1969. [32] pp., illustrations by José Cisneros. Oblong 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Very fine. Carl Hertzog bookplate.
First edition (limited to 400 copies). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 4). One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 50. Whaley, Wittliff 49. Subjects include “Northern Mexico Cattleman—1740, “ “Ranchero de Texas—1827,” and “Texas Cowboy—1880.” $75.00

929. CISNEROS, José. Riders across the Centuries: Horsemen of the Spanish Borderlands. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1984. xxxx [i.e. 40], 199 [3] pp., frontispiece, illustrations (some in color), portrait of Carl Hertzog on dedication leaf. 4to, original red cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. Dedicatee’s copy, with Hertzog’s bookplate.
First edition. Title-page verso: “Carl Hertzog, Consultant.” Depicts various horsemen, including “Northern Mexico Vaquero,” “Paso del Norte Roper,” “Cowboy of the Cattle Trails,” “Californian,” “Ranchero de Chihuahua,” “Charro Turn of the Century,” “Baja California Vaquero c. 1950,” and “Texas Cowboy.” $140.00

930. CISNEROS, José. Riders of the Border: A Selection of Thirty Drawings...with Text by the Artist. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1971. 64 pp., text illustrations by Cisneros. 8vo, original terracotta printed wrappers. Very fine, signed by Cisneros.
First edition. Southwestern Studies Monograph 30. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 53). Thirty drawings, including: “Mexican Charro,” “Cattle Coming into Texas,” “Mexican Ranchero,” “California Caballero,” “Texas Herdsman 1858,” “South Texas Cowboy,” “Sonora Vaquero,” and “Baja California Cowboy.” In the text accompanying “Indian Mission Vaquero,” Cisneros comments: “‘Indians, even if descendant from kings, are not allowed to ride horses, under penalty of death,’ Thus a Spanish mandate was directed against the naturals of New Spain, forbidding their use of horses. Although the Spaniards were very severe in enforcing these laws, there were many times in which the Indians either secretly or through the help of others found the way or occasion to get on a horse. In the missions of the Southwest, especially in California, some of the padres were not only extraordinarily good teachers but also excellent horsemen. Due to the increasing size of their herds and the work that resulted, the padres diligently taught the neophytes the essentials of horsemanship. These early vaquero candidates experienced many hard spills before they qualified and, one might say, they really earned their spurs.” $65.00

931. CISNEROS, José. Riders of the Border: A Selection of Thirty Drawings.... El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1971. Another copy, variant wrappers. 8vo, original green and red pictorial wrappers. Very fine. The orange wrappers (see preceding) were used for the exhibit catalogue; the pictorial wraps were used for the Southwestern Studies issue. $35.00

932. CISNEROS, José. [Four prints to accompany the limited edition of Flanagan’s Trailing the Longhorns, 1974]. Each print measures 40.0 x 30.5 cm. Very fine. All are signed. “Trailing the Longhorns” is inscribed: “Para Vivian y CH [Hertzog device], nuestros buenos amigos. Vicenta y José.”
Limited edition. The prints are: “Trailing the Longhorns”; “Goodnight-Loving Trail 1866-1886”; “Western Trail 1876....”; and “Chisholm Trail 1867-1884.” These prints were created to accompany the limited of Sue Flanagan’s Trailing the Longhorns: A Century Later (Austin: Madrona Press, [1974]), but they are rarely found with the book. $200.00


Item 932

933. CISNEROS, José. Original print on artist’s board, signed by artist at lower right, illustrating a cowgirl on horseback among a herd of longhorns. 33.0 x 27.8 cm (51 x 38 cm overall). Fine.
The subject is wearing a split skirt and riding Western style. She has all the outfit of the “cowhandler” of legend: broad-brimmed hat, bandana neckerchief, quirt, leather gloves, six-shooter, and a lariat attached to the pommel of her saddle. The image was used as the cover illustration for Evelyln King’s Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup (Glendale: Brazos Corral of the Westerners, 1983). $550.00

934. CISNEROS, José & John O. West. Riders of the Borderlands [and] The Man and His Art. [El Paso]: University of Texas at El Paso, [1981]. [36] pp., illustrated by Cisneros, portraits. Oblong 4to, original beige cloth. Very fine in lightly chipped d.j. illustrated by Cisneros. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
First edition, limited edition (#181 of 200 copies bound in cloth, signed by Cisneros, designer Hertzog, and John West). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 56). Catalogue for the exhibit held at the El Paso Centennial Museum in November 1981. $140.00

935. CISNEROS, José & John O. West. Riders of the Borderlands [and] The Man and His Art. [El Paso]: University of Texas at El Paso, [1981]. [36] pp., illustrated by Cisneros, portraits. Oblong 4to, original terracotta wrappers with illustration by Cisneros. Very fine, signed by Hertzog. Carl Hertzog bookplate.
Trade edition of preceding. $55.00

936. CISNEROS, José & John O. West. Riders of the Borderlands [and] The Man and His Art. [El Paso]: University of Texas at El Paso, [1981]. Another copy. Very fine. $45.00

937. CLAMPITT, John W. Echoes from the Rocky Mountains: Reminiscences and Thrilling Incidents of the Romantic and Golden Age of the Great West, with a Graphic Account of Its Discovery, Settlement, and Grand Development. Chicago: American Mutual Library Ass’n, 1890. xvi, 19-671 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait, numerous engraved text illustrations (many full-page, some from photographs). Thick 8vo, original maroon pictorial cloth gilt. Mild to moderate binding wear, internally fine except for a bit of occasional minor spotting. Contemporary ink ownership inscription on front free endpaper.
First edition, third printing (first printed in 1888; reprinted with same collation and imprint in 1889 and 1890). Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 81. Flake 2382n: “Profuse with material concerning Mormonism, Gentile-Mormon relations, Brigham Young, etc.” Guns 424n. Paher, Nevada 333. Smith 1770n. Wynar 2083n. Although the author’s primary focus is mining and outlaws, this well-illustrated work contains occasional references to ranching: description of large herds owned by the Mormons in Utah (with full-page engraving “Mormon Herd, Southern Utah”); Cochise’s rustling herds of cattle being driven from Mexico into Arizona Territory; first California Vigilance Committee arising from the theft of cattle; ranchmen helping maintain telegraph lines in the West. Chapter 33 contains material on the Cornelia Rancho and its female proprietor: “A California manor-house constructed of rough beams and surrounded by mud and cattle.... Cornelia was a native grandee, and claimed the right to 400 square miles of territory. Although the invasion of her country by the gold-seekers had swept away the greater part of her herds, yet there still remained over a thousand head. In full dress, adorned with gold chains, pearls and jewels, she looked very magnificent, seated in a large wagon drawn by two oxen and sixteen mules, roughing it over a country without roads.... Her home dress, however, was an old broad-brimmed straw hat, her son’s boots, a loose white shirt, and a short petticoat of coarse red flannel. She ruled over thirty Indian servants besides her son twenty-four years of age, and a homeless Portuguese adventurer.” The author claims that the theft of some of Marchioness Cornelia’s cattle was the precipitating event that led to the formation of the first Vigilance Committee in California. A non-ranching engraving of interest is “Camel Train between Austin [Nevada] and Virginia City.” $165.00

938. CLANCY, Foghorn. My Fifty Years in Rodeo: Living with Cowboys, Horses, and Danger. San Antonio: Naylor Company, [1952]. ix [1] 285 pp., plates (sepia-tone plates of famous horses by Olaf Wieghorst and photographic plates of noted cowboys and cowgirls), photos, illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Joints stained, minor foxing to fore-edges, else fine in lightly worn d.j.
First edition. Foreword by Gene Autry. Herd 463. The author was a professional rodeo announcer for fifty years. The book begins with his earliest days when he scraped out a meager living (often moonlighting as a carnival barker) and carries on to his eventual success as announcer, press agent, and promoter. He was present for the rise of rodeo from a minor diversion to a major American entertainment and obsession. $275.00

939. CLARK, C[harles] M. A Trip to Pike’s Peak and Notes by the Way, etc. San Jose: Talisman Press, 1958. ix [5] 128 [3] pp., illustrated title and chapter headings (adapted from illustrations in the first edition). 8vo, original half brown cloth over beige pictorial boards. Very fine in very fine d.j.
Limited edition (500 copies); second edition (first published Chicago, 1861). Edited and with biographical notes by Robert Greenwood. Howes C430: “About the best contemporary account of this gold rush.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 1754. Plains & Rockies IV:372n: “Dr. Clark took part in the Pike’s Peak stampede of 1860, from Saint Joseph via Fort Kearny and the South Platte River. His is one of the few authentic accounts of that year’s travel to the Rockies.” Wynar 2031. Clark explains the use of the word “Ranche” as a road-ranch or supply and way station for travelers, rather than a stockraising establishment. The author describes Jack Morrow’s road ranche west of Cottonwood Springs, calling it one of the best stations on the road, well-built and with a large “corralle.” Morrow was suspected of stealing travelers’ stock, and when Clark later returned by the same route, he learned that Morrow had been lynched by a party of emigrants who found their stolen stock in Morrow’s possession. Near Seneca, Kansas, Clark encountered a resilient sixty-year old widow rancher rounding up her stock. Among the first settlers (arriving in 1855), the widow used her $600 nest egg to establish her ranch, which she had increased to 2,000 acres in four years. At Cottonwood Springs, Clark remarks: “This country is infested with bands of thieves and robbers, whose sole business is to stampede and secure the emigrant’s stock. Along some portions of the route, constant vigilance has to be exercised.... These ruffians have their rendezvous amid the bluffs, where they secrete the stock taken, and undoubtedly they have their connection with various ranches.” $65.00

940. CLARK, Dan Elbert. The West in American History. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., [1937]. xi [1] 682 pp., maps. 8vo, original red buckram. Spine a bit light, fore-edges darkened, ink line on lower fore-edge, interior fine. Bookplate on front free endpaper.
First edition. Herd 466. Smith 1775. Has a chapter on “Cattle Kings and Land-Grabbers,” which highlights the range cattle industry in Texas and on the northern plains. $30.00

941. CLARK, Dan Elbert. The West in American History. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1938]. xi [1] 682 pp., maps. 8vo, original red buckram. Small ink stain at lower corner of upper cover and a few pencil marks in margins, otherwise fine, with ink ownership inscription on front pastedown.
First edition, third printing. $20.00

942. CLARK, James Maxwell. Colonial Days. Denver: Smith-Brooks Co., [1902]. 148 pp. 12mo, original red cloth. Hinges weak, otherwise fine. Signed by author in pencil at end of preface. Front free endpaper with pencil ownership inscription of Capt. A. Hotchkiss dated April 20, 1902.
First edition. Wilcox, p. 24: “Primarily concerned with the Union Colony of Greeley.” Wynar 1464. A history of the Greeley, Colorado colony formed shortly after the close of the Civil War; mentions the conflict between the new farming colony and the cattlemen who were already in the area. $165.00

943. CLARK, James Maxwell. Colonial Days. Denver: Smith-Brooks Co., [1902]. Another copy. Fine. Signed by author in pencil at end of preface. $150.00

“The Wolf of Washita” in Wraps

944. [CLARK, O. S.]. Clay Allison of the Washita, First a Cow Man and Then an Extinguisher of Bad Men: Recollections of Colorado, New Mexico, and the Texas Panhandle. Reminiscences of a ’79er. [Attica, Indiana, 1922]. [2] 135 pp., 2 original photographs tipped in at front (as issued), text illustrations (mostly photographic, but including a map). 8vo, original brown printed wrappers. Short clean tears along outer edges of fragile wrappers, book block detached from wraps, text age-toned, blank rear flyleaf creased and torn. Despite the flaws, a fine copy, signed by author on title. Much better condition than the few copies that have been offered in the past twenty-five years.
Second edition, best edition, revised and enlarged (first edition, Attica, 1920, 38 pp.). Adams, One-Fifty 29 (describing the 1920 edition as “exceedingly rare”): “[The second] edition published in 1922 with the same title, contains 135 pages due to much added material by other authors. This latter edition has an introduction and a map not in the 1920 edition. This edition, too, has become scarce and is the only one known to many bibliophiles.” Dykes, Rare Western Outlaw Books, p. 29n. Graff 740. Guns 430. Howes C445. Rader 832n. Vandale 33n (citing the 1920 edition). Wynar 322. The author was a young man punching cows in New Mexico in the 1880s when he first met rancher and deviant bad man Clay Allison. He claims to have consulted “Seringo” extensively in compiling the present work and gives an account of John “Chizum.” Replete with information on ranching in the region in the late 1800s. Allison (1840-87), gunfighter, cowboy, and rancher, was a heavy drinker and lunged though life embroiled in a series of brawls, shooting sprees, and other varieties of violence. He fought in the Confederate Army and moved to the Brazos River country in Texas after the war. Allison signed on as a cowhand with Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight and probably was among the eighteen herders on the 1866 drive that blazed the Goodnight-Loving Trail. In 1867-69 Allison rode for M. L. Dalton and was trail boss for the partnership of G. Coleman and Irvin W. Lacy. In 1870 Allison drove a herd to the Coleman-Lacy Ranch in New Mexico for a payment of 300 cattle, with which he started his own ranch near Cimarron. In 1878 he sold his New Mexico ranch and became a cattle broker in Hays City, Kansas. By 1880 Allison had settled on Gageby Creek, near its junction with the Washita River, in Hemphill County, Texas, where he registered an ACE brand for his cattle. Marriage in 1881 slowed him down a little from his reputation as the “Wolf of the Washita,” although he kept his legend alive by occasional antics. See Handbook of Texas Online: Robert Clay Allison. $1,375.00

945. CLARK, O. S. Clay Allison of the Washita. Houston: Frontier Press of Texas, 1954. 31 [1] pp., frontispiece, text illustrations. 8vo, original yellow printed wrappers. Fine.
Reprint of the exceedingly rare 1920 first edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 7 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”). $45.00

946. CLARKE, A. B. Travels in Mexico and California: Comprising a Journal of a Tour from Brazos Santiago, through Central Mexico, by Way of Monterey, Chihuahua, the Country of the Apaches, and the River Gila, to the Mining Districts of California. Boston: Wright & Hasty’s Steam Press, 1852. 138 pp. 12mo, original beige printed wrappers, sewn. Light wear to fragile wraps, lower wrap lightly stained, small, light water spot at lower blank corner (affecting first few signatures), overall very good to fine.
First edition. Cowan, p. 128. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 49. Graff 746. Hill, p. 54: “An important and rare overland account.” Howell 50, California 376A: “First printed description of the route north from Camargo, Mexico, through Chihuahua and Sonora to the Gila River of Arizona.” Howes C451. Jones 1275. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 138. Mintz, The Trail 534. Plains & Rockies IV:210. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 41. This well-known overland contains some material peripherally related to cattle, principally during author’s overland journey through Mexico: wild cattle (more dangerous than buffalo and hunted for food), bullfights, wild horses, fandango, Mexican riding equipage, Saltillo serape (then selling for $25-$500), sheep, Apache rustling from Mexican ranchos, Warner’s Ranch, the superiority of California cattle, meeting an American driving a herd of cattle on the approach to Sacramento, assessment that the land from Santa Barbara to San Diego “is the best grazing country,” etc. Clarke stopped at various ranches along his California route, and he describes one near Santa Barbara: “Crossing a high and steep mountain, we came to a valley stocked with thousands of cattle, belonging to a rancho at which we arrived at 10 o’clock. As it is a fair specimen of the Spanish ranches in this section, I will give a short sketch of it. The ground in front of the house was strewn with the offal of cattle, on which scores of buzzards and crows were feeding in quiet security; and, as is commonly the case, the skulls and skeletons of animals, had been allowed to accumulate, making a perfect Golgotha. Nothing was to be had for food, but beef, and hence arises the name of ranches.” $2,200.00

947. CLARKE, Mary Whatley. The Palo Pinto Story. Fort Worth: Manney, [1956]. x, 172 pp., plates (photographic). 8vo, original maroon cloth. Light outer wear, endsheets slightly browned, otherwise fine in fine d.j. Signed by author.
First edition. CBC 3650. Guns 432: “Has a chapter on Sam Bass, giving some new material.” Herd 470. Incidents in the history of Palo Pinto County, in north central Texas, about 1840 through 1940. Replete with information of ranching interest: Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, Cattle Raisers’ Association, Chisholm Trail, W. H. Belding, (veteran ranchman of Brad, who lived eighty-three years on the family ranch), buffalo, genuine skirmishes between cowboys and Indians, etc. Closes with an account of the “million dollar cow,” a longhorn slaughtered by railroad men for dinner. Disputes over the incident resulted in an extensive and costly rerouting of the railroad line in the Palo Pinto vicinity. $75.00

948. CLARKE, Mary Whatley. The Swenson Saga and the SMS Ranches. Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, [1976]. 346 pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original beige linen. Very fine in very fine d.j.
First edition. Swedish immigrant S. M. Swenson arrived penniless in Galveston in 1838, quickly amassed a fortune, and in 1852 bought railroad land script in the Texas Panhandle, where he and his sons founded their famous SMS Ranch. “The SMS Ranches occupy considerable portions of twelve counties in the lower plains area of West Texas and comprise more than 300,000 acres. A man of many interests, Swenson introduced to the Texas Navy and thereafter to the Army the Colt revolver, invented by his friend Samuel Colt.... Swenson in 1854 began acquiring some 100,000 acres of unclaimed properties in Northwest Texas.... By 1882 Swenson was seeking to develop his West Texas holdings [and] after inspecting the properties...he decided to establish three ranches...the Throckmorton Ranch...Flat Top Ranch, [and] Ericsdahl Ranch, among the first in that part of Texas to be fenced.... S. M. Swenson leased his holdings to his sons, who operated them under the name of Swenson Brothers Cattle Company. The SMS brand, consisting of an extended M sandwiched between two reversed S’s, was registered by the Swensons in the spring of 1882.... At one time most, if not all, foremen of the SMS Ranches were immigrant Swedes who had come through the Swensons’ influence.” (Handbook of Texas Online: SMS Ranches). $100.00

949. CLARY, Annie Vaughan. The Pioneer Life. Dallas: American Guild Press, [1956]. 264 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations (photographic). 8vo, original light blue cloth. A few small spots on fore-edges, otherwise very fine in lightly foxed d.j.
First edition. Herd 471: “Cowboys, ranches, and cowboy reunions.” King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 15: “Good account of life as the wife of a cowboy in the early 1900s.” “A cowgirl and a rancher’s wife,” Clary’s account, mostly of the early 1900s in the vicinity of Stamford, Texas, is the story of her “own life written against the background of the old days as well as the exploits of the cowboys and cattlemen whom I knew so well and was so closely associated with” (p. 7). $55.00


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