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INTRODUCTION

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evolved as a result of our

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rm accepting on consignment

Dudley R. Dobie’s massive library on Texas and the West. In truth, it was the two lovely edi-

tions of Mary Austin Holley’s wonderful

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and

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guides to Texas that initially caused an

acquisitive gleam to sparkle in my eyes. However, the

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rst logical question was: “What in the world

will we ever do with the other

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,

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books?” Confronted with a veritable avalanche of books, we

decided to organize the material into subject catalogues that had the potential to enhance the

understanding and bibliography of Texana and Western Americana. We began this process with

our publication of the

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rst catalogue of the Dudley R. Dobie, Sr. series, devoted entirely to the life

and work of his cousin, J. Frank Dobie. Over

,

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individual items were offered in our Catalogue

Ten (Part

), the J. Frank Dobie Catalogue. Our next catalogue in this series was for an auction of

select rarities from Dudley R. Dobie’s library. The third catalogue in the series was our Catalogue

Ten (Part

), documenting the life and work of master printer Carl Hertzog of El Paso (over

,

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entries). Serendipity reigned, and we were asked to handle Carl Hertzog’s own library, which was

included in, and greatly enhanced, the Dudley R. Dobie Hertzog catalogue.

The present catalogue is the fourth in the Dudley R. Dobie series, and it is devoted entirely to

the subject of ranching. This is but the

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rst installment (letters A-C) of the four parts of the

Ranching Catalogue. After the four parts of this Ranching Catalogue, the other catalogues to be

published in the Dudley R. Dobie series will be Texas County and Local History; the Big Bend; and

a quite extensive auction of general Texana and Western Americana.

At the moment when we were on the verge of publishing the

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rst part of the Dudley R. Dobie

Ranching Catalogue, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles approached our

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rm about handling their duplicates from the collection of Fred A. Rosenstock, the well-known

Colorado bookman. Several years ago, the Autry Museum astutely purchased the fabulous

Rosenstock Collection as the foundation of their important Research Center library. After sev-

eral years spent selecting all of the books and other materials appropriate to the Autry Museum’s

institutional scope, the Museum was left with a huge number of Western Americana duplicates,

rivaling in number those of the Dudley R. Dobie Library. Fred Rosenstock and Dudley R. Dobie

were both avid bookmen and respectable bibliomaniacs whose passion led them to accrue vast

numbers of books.

With the library of Dudley R. Dobie, Sr., I already had more books than I ever imagined would

pass through my hands in my professional life. Thus, I felt some trepidation about taking on yet

another huge consignment of books from the Autry Museum. But all caution and prudence were

thrown to the four winds in the blink of an eye when I visited the Autry Museum to view their

Rosenstock duplicates. Never had I seen such enticing “leftovers” as those that remained after the

Research Center sta

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had made their selections of material to retain for their library. Among the

very

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rst books spied on the shelf was a very fine copy of the

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rst printing of E. C. (“Teddy Blue”)

Abbott’s

We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher

edited by Helena Huntington

Smith and illustrated by Ross Santee (appropriately, Item

in the present catalogue). Not only was

the Rosenstock duplicate of Abbott’s book in wonderful condition, it also had the elusive dust

jacket! That was one of the books that Dudley R. Dobie did not have in a

fi

rst edition in his col-

lection. That was it—one of those fateful moments when the door opens wide and one falls

through. Never mind practicality. Never mind that each day has only twenty-four hours. Never

mind the questionable bottom line. It suddenly seemed not only proper and desirable, but

absolutely necessary, that I boldly assume responsibility for not only the Dudley R. Dobie Library,

but the Autry-Rosenstock duplicates as well.

As I worked my way through a swift inspection of the huge gathering of Autry-Rosenstock du-

plicates, I became more and more excited in realizing how perfectly the Dobie and Rosenstock