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1815. ELLIS, Amanda M. The Strange Uncertain Years: An Informal
Account of Life in Six Colorado Communities. Hamden, Connecticut: The
Shoe String Press, 1959. xv  423 pp., frontispiece, portraits, photographic
text illustrations (including Remington and Russell). 8vo, original blue
cloth. Very fine in price-clipped d.j. Ink ownership signature.
First edition. Mohr, The Range Country 668: “Denver, Central City, Leadville, Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Four Corners.” Wynar 519. Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:143. Lively local history with a crazy-quilt cast of characters including Coronado, Zebulon Pike, Oscar Wilde, Helen Hunt Jackson, Soapy Smith, Eugene Field, Baby Doe Tabor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and many others. Several unusual incidents are told of the 1864 Sioux-Cheyenne-Arapaho reign of terror against the ranch country along the Platte between Fort Morgan and Fort Sedgwick, including Cheyenne Old Two Face’s trade in captive Anglo women captured from ranches. Old Two Face had discriminating taste and chose only the most beautiful ladies, taking them to Fort Laramie where he would demand 3,000 pounds of flour, large amounts of coffee and sugar, and twenty beef steers in exchange for such a captive. Includes a chapter on Buffalo Bill Cody. $50.00
1816. ELLIS, Anne. Plain Anne Ellis: More about the Life of
an Ordinary Woman. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & The
Riverside Press, 1931.  264  pp., frontispiece portrait of author in
front of a tent with a group of men and women. 8vo, original blue cloth.
Fine in lightly chipped and browned d.j. with portrait of author (price-clipped).
First edition. Dobie, p. 62: “Disillusioned observations, wit, and wisdom by a frank woman.” Herd 758: “Story of life in the cattle country.” Wilcox, p. 42. Wynar 3878. Sequel to Life of an Ordinary Woman by Ellis. With humor and candor, Ellis (1875-1938) describes the nitty-gritty of her experiences as a camp cook among Anglo and Mexico cowboys, sheep shearers, and construction gangs in Colorado. Because so many accounts of the American West are by and about men, Ellis’s book presents a fresh view from a voice seldom heard. Ellis went on to become treasurer of Saguache County. $40.00
1817. ELLIS, Edward S. Across Texas. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates,
. iv, 349  14 (ads) pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original brown
pictorial cloth. Shelf-worn, lower hinge broken, text browned. ‘Wild
Wood Series’ on cover and spine. Pencil gift inscription.
Texas fiction for boys of all ages by one of the most prolific of the dime novelists (see Johannsen, Beadle and Adams II, pp. 93-100). The potboiler includes young Nick’s sojourn among cattlemen and cowboys in West Texas. $20.00
1818. ELLIS, Martha Downer. Bell Ranch, Places and People. Clarendon:
Clarendon Press, 1963. xii, 75  pp., plates (photographic plates by Martha
Ellis), text illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 16mo, original red cloth. Very
Limited edition (500 copies). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 70). A history of the Bell Ranch in New Mexico and the Pablo Montoya Grant (1824) from which it was created. About half of the book is devoted to range verse written by Martha Downer Ellis, whose husband George F. Ellis managed the Bell Ranch until his retirement in 1970. $50.00
1819. ELLIS, Martha Downer. Bell Ranch Recollections. Clarendon:
Clarendon Press, 1965. xi  95 pp., frontispiece, plates (photographic, by
L. S. Cross, Harvey Caplin, et al.), text illustrations by Robert Lougheed,
map (Pablo Montoya Grant and Baca Location No. 2, Property of the Red River
Valley Co. Bell Ranch New Mex.) laid in. 12mo, original green cloth. Very
First edition. Accounts by Bell Ranch employees and “alumni,” compiled by the wife of a Bell Ranch manager George F. Ellis. $75.00
1820. ELLIS, Martha Downer. Bell Ranch Sketches. Clarendon:
Clarendon Press, 1964. xvi, 103 pp., plates (photographs by author and others),
text illustrations by Robert Lougheed, endpaper maps. 12mo, original turquoise
decorated cloth. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (500 copies). History and poetic tribute to the New Mexico ranch focusing on the “cow camps which were so important when the ranch covered three-quarters of a million acres.” $70.00
1821. ELLISON, Glenn R. “Slim.” Cowboys under
the Mogollon Rim. [Tucson]: University of Arizona Press, . 
274 pp., illustrated title and text illustrations by author, brands. 8vo,
original gilt-lettered orange cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. with one small
First edition. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 532: “Reminiscences in cowboy vernacular.” The story of an Arizona cowboy, trail driver, and homestead rancher, born in 1891. Chapters include “Cowboys at Work,” “Cowboys at Play,” and “Homesteading.” The latter two chapters are good on women and social history in the cattle country. $50.00
1822. ELLISON, Robert S[purrier]. Fort Bridger, Wyoming:
A Brief History. N.p.: Historical Landmark Association of Wyoming, 1938.
79  pp., illustrations, some by William H. Jackson, maps (1 foldout).
8vo, original beige wrappers with illustration of the Fort from a sketch
by William Henry Jackson. Fine, with author’s signed dedication on
title. Newspaper clipping from 1945 regarding author’s death laid in.
Second printing, revised and enlarged. Introduction by J. Cecil Alter, preface by Dan W. Greenburg. Malone, Wyomingiana, p. 3. This little volume has some ranching material, such as Judge William A. Carter and his Elk Horn Ranche (including photos). Carter, stockman, post trader, retail merchant, lumberman, and contractor, unofficially presided over Fort Bridger in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Ellison documents the three distinct periods of the Fort: a privately owned and operated facility established by mountain man Jim Bridger; a military post; and a partially restored museum. $40.00
1823. ELLSWORTH, H[enry] L. Washington Irving on
the Prairie; or, A Narrative of a Tour of the Southwest in the Year 1832. New
York: American Book Co., 1937. xviii, 152 pp., map, 2 facsimiles. 8vo, original
dark blue cloth gilt. Fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped).
First edition, first printing (with W.P.I. on copyright page) of a previously unpublished journal. BAL V, p. 96 (an important firsthand source on Washington Irving, with editors’ notes pointing out passages of Ellsworth’s narrative that parallel Irving’s A Tour on the Prairies). Dobie, p. 87. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 157n: “Washington Irving...accompanied Indian Commissioner Henry L. Ellsworth and his party on a tour of the southern Great Plains in the fall of 1832.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2146. The goal of the mission was to study the situation in the Southwest after the Indian Removal Act, mark boundaries, and pacify the Native Americans. The party travelled to Fort Gibson and almost as far as the Canadian River. Ellsworth tells us a lot more about wild horses and buffalo in this book than Native Americans. He repeatedly describes Native Americans and the party’s Rangers chasing and lassoing mustangs (even including Ellsworth’s map of an encounter with wild horses; original map at Yale). Ellsworth, who was keenly interested in natural history, describes an unusual form of “rustling.” Some the party’s “gallant steeds” were lured away during the night by wild mustangs (p. 112). In his studies of mustangs, J. Frank Dobie refers to this phenomenon and cites Irving’s account of the expedition. Ellsworth comments extensively on Native horsemanship, particularly Pawnee. $50.00
1824. ELSENSOHN, Sister M[ary] Alfreda (ed.). Pioneer Days
in Idaho County. Cottonwood & Caldwell:
Idaho Corporation of Benedictine Sisters & Caxton Printers, 1951 & 1965.
xx  535 + xiv  618 pp., plates (photographic, some ranch related),
endpaper maps. 2 vols., 8vo, original tan cloth and original green cloth.
Fine set in near fine dust jackets (minor wear and price-clipped). Signed
First edition (first printing of vol. 2, second printing of vol. 1, which first issued in 1947); this two-volume set usually appears in a mixed edition because of the many years between publication of the first and second volumes (Vol. 2 is said to be the difficult one to locate). Herd 761n. Smith S2193. This work contains good detail on cattle-related events through the years, e.g. introduction of Herefords from Iowa; hard winter of 1892-1893 when so many cattle were lost; virtues of the Camas Prairie as a grazing ground; spring roundups; sheepherders vs. cattlemen. The author quotes from an 1890s newspaper accounts, including: “The sheep and mule men along Salmon River have been dancing war quadrilles and ghost schottisches since early winter which culminated in an outbreak a few days ago. They rolled rocks down the mountains at each other for two or three days.... A meeting of cattlemen was held...for the purpose of organizing a cattlemen’s association to devise ways and means to protect their property from rustlers and cattle thieves and to prevent encroachment of sheep on the cattle ranges of the Salmon and Snake Rivers”—I, p. 382). Included is material such as August Kopzczynski’s meticulous description of the old timber rail roundup corral used in the 1880s at Cottonwood and this understatement: “The cattle roundup was quite a little slower as cattle don’t drive quite so fast unless they are on a stampede and then, look out, for when the cattle stampede, they are hard to handle” (I, pp. 316-17). Perhaps the most startling animal tale found within this excellent local history is Harry Mason’s 1903 roundup of a load of cats sold at $10 apiece in Florence. Good women’s and social history. $150.00
1825. ELZNER, Jonnie Ross. Lamplights of Lampasas County, Texas. Austin:
Firm Foundation Publishing House, .  ii  6-219 pp., photographic
text illustrations, maps. 8vo, original green gilt-pictorial cloth. Fine. Inscribed
and signed by author.
First edition. CBC 2923. Guns 676. Herd 763. There is quite a bit of detail given on the history of the cattle industry in Lampasas County, from the earliest introduction of cattle by vaqueros to biographies of pioneer cattlemen like Tilford Bean, J. Ringer Kirby, “Snap” Bean, and others. “The condition of greatest importance in the development of the cattle kingdom was the growth of a market for cattle after the Civil War. Fat steers in Lampasas county which were worth only $6.00 and $7.00 before the Civil War commanded as high as $40 to $50 in northern markets” (p. 28). Some sections of interest: “Growth of Cattle Industry”; “Sheep and Wool Industries”; “The Goat Industry”; “Maverick and His Calves” (origin of the term); “Fence Cutting in Lampasas County”; “Horrell-Higgins Feud”; “The Early Cowboy” (“The cowboy of the pioneer days...was a sort of heroic figure who was dressed in boots, coarse trousers, bright shirt, chaps, spurs, sombrero, or ‘ten gallon hat’), bandana, and sometimes carrying a gun across the saddle or a revolver in his pocket. They had good saddles with saddle bags flapping”—p. 67). $55.00
1826. EMMETT, Chris. Fort Union and the
Winning of the Southwest. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, .
xvi, 436  pp., plates (photographic and vintage prints), maps. 8vo, original
blue cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. (illustrated by Charles Schreyvogel). From
the library of Carl Hertzog, with his bookplate.
First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Schreyvogel 58). Rittenhouse 187: “Best book to date on this famous SFT fort.” Though primarily concerned with military history, some material on ranching and cattle is included: area ranches (Hatch, Maxwell, and others); U.S. military offer of livestock as reward to citizens for capturing Navajo who had left the Bosque Redondo; U.S. reneging on supplying beef to Ute and other tribes who then rustled stock; etc. Most important is Emmett’s discussion of the Comanchero, natives of northern and central New Mexico who conducted trade with the nomadic plains tribes and headquartered at Loma Parda near Fort Union. Increased demand for cattle in New Mexico in the 1870s led to Comanchero rustling (sometimes with tribal assistance) and trading in stolen cattle. Emmett quotes an 1871 New Mexico newspaper report: “This damnable and outrageous traffic must be stopped, and we cannot sufficiently thank the military for their laudable efforts in this direction... Horses and mules from New Mexico are stolen and taken to the Comanche to trade for cattle. The people on the Pecos have almost entirely neglected their ranches for this more profitable traffic... In the last three months more than 30,000 head of cattle have been brought to this country from that source alone!” (p. 358). Emmett describes the resulting army intervention launched from Fort Union in 1874 and the eventual demise of the Comancheros. $65.00
1827. EMMETT, Chris. Shanghai Pierce: A Fair Likeness. Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, . xiii  326  pp., photographic plates,
illustrations by Nick Eggenhofer, maps. 8vo, original brown cloth. Slight foxing
along hinges, otherwise very fine in fine d.j. Author’s signed presentation
copy: “For Dudley R. Dobie: Ever my good friend and Texas’ finest
bookman. Chris Emmett.”
First edition. Adams, Burs I:122. Basic Texas Books 56: “One of the best biographies of a Texas cattleman.... After serving in the Confederate cavalry, he began to round up wild cattle on the open range and build a herd of his own.... His company sent untold thousands of cattle up the northern trails from Texas.... Material as well on cattlemen such as Ab Blocker and Ike Pryor.” Campbell, p. 82: “Lively and authentic biography about Abel Head Pierce, ‘the most widely known cattleman with the Río Grande and the British possessions’ as Andy Adams called him—the giant with the fog-horn voice who described himself as ‘Webster on cattle, by God.’” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #56. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 70); Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Guns 678. Herd 764. Reese, Six Score 38: “Pierce was a grand original, the first cattle king of Texas. A well written biography.”
“How a penniless boy from New England built a Texas cattle empire. Pierce was the model for the popular conception of the cattle baron” (Taylor & Maar, The American Cowboy, p. 222). $150.00
1828. EMMITT, Robert. The Last War Trail: The Utes and the
Settlement of Colorado. Norman: University of Oklahoma
Press, . ix, 333  pp., text illustrations (drawings by Bettina Steinke),
maps. 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. Signed by author.
First edition. The Civilization of the American Indian Series 40. Wynar 1802. The Ute trouble arose because of the tribe’s discontent with their reservation and controversy between Utes and ranchers over the desirable grazing lands adjacent to their reservation. The author relied on original government documents and manuscripts, along with Ute and Anglo sources. $75.00
1829. EMRICH, Duncan. The Cowboy’s Own Brand Book. New
York: Thomas Y. Crowell, . xiii  75  pp., text illustrations and
brands by Ava Morgan. Oblong 12mo, original green cloth. Slight foxing to endpapers,
else very fine in fine d.j.
First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 6 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”): “Informative and delightful reading for all boys from seven to seventy”; p. 85 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Herd 765. The author instructs the three fundamental rules for reading brands (read from left to right, top to bottom, and from the outside to the inside) and shows how to recognize the variety of letters, figures, numbers, and pictures in brands. $50.00
1830. EMRICH, Duncan. It’s an Old Wild West Custom. New
York: Vanguard Press, . xiv, 313 pp., text illustrations (including brands).
8vo, original orange pictorial cloth. Fine in fine d.j. (illustrated with brands).
First edition. The American Customs Series. Guns 679. Herd 766. Paher, Nevada 563: “Compendium of Western customs, names, places and people. Among other things, the author tells of Virginia City, gambling and women dealers, drinking, violence, religion, western jargon, and Virginia City’s Julia Bulette.” This book also contains extensive information on cowboys, branding, and the culture of the cattle country. $45.00
1831. ENGELHARDT, Zephyrin. The Franciscans in California. Harbor
Springs, Michigan: Holy Childhood Indian School, 1897.  xvi, 516  pp.,
text illustrations (some full-page), map. 8vo, original black cloth. Spine
with two-inch white stain, mild shelf wear, front free endpaper detached, preliminary
and terminal leafs browned, hinges cracked. Bookplates in front and back.
First edition. Blumann & Thomas 4949. Cowan, p. 196. Graff 1250. Howes E153. Streit III:2929. Wallace, Arizona History III:7. Weber, The California Missions, p. 30: “‘The most complete work upon the colonization and evangelization of California by the Franciscans,’ this volume subsequently served as the ground-plan for the author’s more elaborate work on The Missions and Missionaries of California”(see Zamorano 80 #34). Michael Mathes (Volkmann Zamorano Eighty) points out that “Englehardt had access to the California Archives destroyed during the disastrous earthquake-fire in San Francisco in 1906. This simply means that Englehardt´s work contains information no longer available to researchers, and thus makes it an irreplaceable source.” Engelhardt includes material on the plight of the missionized California Native Americans after secularization of the missions. “They would return to the wilderness and join the wild Indians in stealing cattle and horses, in order to sell them to the New Mexicans and foreigners” (p. 175). Statistics show that between 1790 and 1800, mission herds of horses, mules, and horned cattle increased from 22,000 to 67,000, whereas small stock (sheep and goats) diminished. Similar statistics are given for other decades. $175.00
1832. ENGLISH, Mary Katharine Jackson. Prairie Sketches; or,
Fugitive Recollections of an Army Girl of 1899. [Denver: Privately printed,
ca. 1899]. 79 pp., photographic text illustrations (some full-page). 8vo,
original green printed wrappers. Very fine. Scarce.
First edition. Graff 1251. Howes (1954) 3323. Huntington 292: “An interesting narrative of life and adventures in the far west, containing details on the Shoshones, Arapahoes, etc.” The author was a genuine early western “army brat,” who except for two years in the East at boarding school, grew up “on an Indian pony” in remote Western army posts, where her father served as a major in the 7th Cavalry. Mary’s high-spirited account commences in Rawlins, Wyoming, with her arrival by train from the East and boarding school with her mother and a female servant. A grizzled peg-legged stage driver meets the ladies with an army ambulance (photo included) to drive them overland 150 miles to join Mary’s father at Fort Washakie. It does not take very long for Mary to flee the confined ambulance and her female companions and grab the reins from the driver. Their stops along the route are Sheep’s Ranch (inhabited by a lone coyote); Lost Soldier Ranch (“a small pile of low adobe buildings, unsightly and gray with dust; not a tree or green thing in sight”); Sweetwater Ranch (“much of the land being fenced off with the deadly barbed wire allow no herds of antelope and deer as found in my girlhood”); and Wind River Ranch (dangerous ascent down steep Beaver Hill imperiled further by a rattlesnake that spooked the mules). Mary hilariously tells of their overnight sojourn at the rough headquarters of Lost Soldier Ranch, whose owner Tom proudly relates how he bought the ranch with savings from working as a cowpuncher. The ranch had two large rooms, one for sleeping and the other a bar-kitchen that reeked of beer (“Think of it! Beer for breakfast, beer for luncheon, beer for dinner”). The sleeping quarters contained four enormous beds, each large enough to hold six men. Tom had thoughtfully partitioned off one bed for the ladies, making a privacy screen with five-foot, paper-thin boards (for security there was a big glittery bowie knife under the bed, and light consisted of a candle in a broken beer bottle). Mary’s mother and the servant were so horrified at the immodesty of the sleeping arrangement that Tom, in a gesture of true ranching hospitality, graciously agreed that he and his cowboys would sleep in the other room on the floor. This is a wonderful account with much more to commend it than these ranching passages. This remarkable book written by a teenager should be reprinted. $350.00
1833. EPPERSON, Harry A. Colorado As I Saw It. [Kaysville,
Utah: Inland Printing Co., 1944].  137 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original
black and burgundy textured cloth gilt. Fine.
New edition (first edition Buena Vista, 1943). Herd 768. Wilcox, p. 43: “Reminiscences of ranch life in South Park.” Wynar 6406. A wealth of solid, firsthand information on ranch life in Colorado by native Coloradan Epperson (b. 1880). $125.00
1834. ERDMAN, Loula Grace. The Edge of Time. New York:
Dodd, Mead, .  275 pp. 8vo, original blue cloth. A few light spots
to binding, endpapers mildly browned, otherwise fine in very good d.j. (very
light wear). Author’s signed presentation inscription to J. Frank Dobie;
also signed by author on half-title.
First edition. Campbell, p. 249: “Story of Missourians who pioneer in the panhandle of Texas where the author makes her home. The background of the novel is the conflict between the nesters and the cattlemen with all the hardships of drought, blizzards, wind, poverty, and loneliness.” See Handbook of Texas Online: Louise Grace Erdman; Tuska & Piekarski, Encyclopedia of Frontier & Western Fiction ( pp. 85-86); and WLA, Literary History of the American West, p. 506. $50.00
1835. ERLANSON, Charles B. Battle of the Butte:
General Miles’ Fight with the Indians on Tongue River, January
8, 1877. [Sheridan, Wyoming], 1963. 32 pp., photographic text
illustrations, maps. 8vo, original red pictorial wrappers, stapled (as issued).
Fine. Privately printed, very scarce.
First edition. Smith S2633. For fifty years the author rode the range on the Flying V Ranch which, with the Circle Three outfit, ran 6,000 head of cattle on the Cheyenne Reservation. This range was where the Battle of Butte occurred on January 8, 1877 (Rosebud County, Montana). The author meshes together original printed and manuscript sources with oral histories by tribal members, including some interviews with survivors of the Battle. Only a few days before the Battle, raiding parties swooped down on a nearby U.S. military cantonment and drove off the majority of the beef herd and a good portion of the horses. (Approximately 2,500 people were in the camps of the Cheyenne and Crazy Horse Ogallala, and it took a large quantity of meat to keep them supplied since big game was not plentiful, due to the influx of miners, ranchers, and settlers.) In a blinding blizzard General Nelson Miles led his forces against the allied tribesmen. Surrender by the tribes soon followed. The author carries forward the history of the Cheyenne: “When the Indians came in, they were required to give up their ponies and arms. Later these ponies were sold and the proceeds used in purchasing a herd of cattle... Army teams were used by the Indians for plowing and cultivating the land, [and] when the Cheyenne finally were given a reservation, they were almost self-supporting.” At the end is a photograph of a Cheyenne cowboy with author’s caption: “My old friend John Stands in Timber. In our youth John and I rode together on the Cheyenne Reservation Roundup. Photo by author, taken a number of years ago at the Sheridan Wyoming rodeo.” $25.00
1836. ERSKINE, Gladys Shaw. Broncho Charlie: A Saga of the
Saddle. The Life Story of Broncho Charlie Miller, the Last of the Pony Express
Riders. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, . xiv  316 pp., frontispiece,
photographic plates, portraits, maps by Broncho Charlie (1 folding), endpaper
maps. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine. Bookplate on front pastedown
First edition. Guns 681: “Scarce.... Contains information on some Dodge City gunmen.” Herd 769. Howes E171. Smith 2878. Reminiscences of Broncho Charlie, written in dialect. “Ridin’ herd at night, you know, there’s four punchers...one to each side of the cattle, so that each man covers his territory back and forth, or sits still on his horse, watchin’ the critters chew their cud, and careful to keep his eyes and ears open, so that if any one of ’em gets to movin’ too fast out of the herd, he can ride up on him and tirn him back in. Then...another thing...the cattle’ll be lyin’ there, or millin’ peaceful as anything, and there’ll come thunder or lightnin’...or a gun shot, closeup...and before you can say ‘Jack Robinson,’ they’ll all be in a stampede” (p. 164). Born in a covered wagon moving toward Mount Shasta, Charlie Miller (1850-1955) was riding for the Pony Express by age eleven. He had many jobs in his exciting life, including bronco busting (which won him his nickname of “Broncho Charlie”), cow herding, stagecoach driving, and performing in Cody’s Wild West show (including his race with cyclist in London). $75.00
1837. ERSKINE, Michael. The Diary of Michael Erskine Describing
His Cattle Drive from Texas to California, Together with Correspondence from
the Gold Fields 1854-1859. Edited with Notes and Historical Introduction
by J. Evetts Haley. [Midland: Designed by William H. Holman for] Nita
Stewart Haley Memorial Library, . 173  pp., frontispiece portrait,
text illustrations (mostly full-page, some in color, from vintage prints
such as the Gray and Emory reports). Large 8vo, original white pictorial
linen. Fine copy of a handsomely realized Holman family imprint, from the
library of Texas printer Carl Hertzog, with his bookplate.
First edition, limited edition. Wallace, Arizona History III:63n. Firsthand account of an epic trail drive, embarked upon in the spring of 1854. Michael Erskine owned and operated El Capote Ranch in Texas, and from there set out with a herd of cattle for the California gold fields with the hopes that his own gold mine was accompanying him on hoof (clearly a case of temporary dementia in which Erskine confused his cattle with the oft-sighted elephant). From the first day’s entry: “Left Sandies with the herd on Sunday, the 23 or 24. First night stompeded on the Cibolo, lost some cattle. Stompeded next night, think we lost but few. Camped next night on the Salado (Seguin crossing). Cattle quiet.”
In his introduction Haley remarks on the “rather unique nature of cowboy records and their importance in history.... There is precious little material relating to the experiences of those sun-burnt sons of defiance who pushed the herds of Longhorns from Texas across half a hostile continent to feed them. One of the principal reasons for this scarcity of materials was inherent in the nature of the trail drivers themselves. In the first place, as a breed of men rather disciplined in the school of direct action, cowboys and cowmen were rarely lush with words, especially when they felt they had nothing much to say. And in the second, they usually shied away from writing anything down, especially with the idea of poppin’ off in print.... Thus original materials on that period are scant and widely scattered, and those that have survived assume added significance and importance.” $75.00
1838. ERWIN, Allen A. The Southwest of John H. Slaughter 1841-1922:
Pioneer Cattleman and Trail-Driver of Texas, the Pecos,
and Arizona and Sheriff of Tombstone. Glendale:
The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1965. 368 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic
plates, maps, facsimiles. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
First edition. Western Frontiersman Series 10. Clark & Brunet 78. Guns 682: “Contains a foreword on the book by William McLeod Raine (perhaps the last writing he completed before his death), and a foreword on the author by Ramon F. Adams. It is the first, and a long-needed, book on the famous John Slaughter and shows much research.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 543.
Slaughter (1841-1922), sheriff, rancher, and Texas Ranger, descended from the Slaughter dynasty of pioneer ranchers of Texas and the Southwest. As a boy, he ranched with his father and brothers. He learned Spanish and the art of cowboying from Mexican vaqueros, and many lessons from Native Americans who still roamed the frontier of Texas. After the Civil War, he and his brothers formed the San Antonio Ranch Company in Atascosa County. Slaughter was one of the first to drive cattle up the Chisholm Trail. When Texas became too crowded for him in the 1870s, he moved to Arizona, eventually establishing San Bernardino Ranch near Douglas. In 1886 he was elected sheriff of Cochise County. “He was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s series of the late 1950s, ‘Texas John Slaughter.’” (Handbook of Texas Online: John Horton Slaughter). $150.00
1839. ERWIN, Marie H. Wyoming Historical Blue Book: A Legal
and Political History of Wyoming, 1868-1943. Denver: Bradford-Robinson
Printing, n.d. (ca. 1946). xxiii  1,471 pp., color plates of Wyoming state
flag, bird, and flower, frontispiece portrait of Governor Hunt, text illustrations
(mostly photographic), maps, charts. Thick 8vo, original navy blue cloth
First edition. Malone, Wyomingiana, p. 23: “Material on Wyoming as a territory and as a state.” This mine of information on Wyoming focuses on legislation and law, past and present. Early appeals for statehood and related legal history that are reprinted invariably refer to stock raising. Senate Bill 2445 (1888): “Much has been said on the grazing fields of Wyoming. There are no finer on the continent. The Stock Association of the Territory estimated there are 2,000,000 head of live stock, of which about 1,500,000 are neat cattle, owned and pastured in this Territory.” Inaugural address of Governor Warren, 1889: “We should deal fairly with...the stockman who as the pioneer has paid largely of the taxes and has made later settlement of the country possible, and who now divides the lands with the farmer.” Constitution of Wyoming (1889): “The legislature shall pass all necessary laws to provide for the protection of live stock against the introduction or spread of pleuro-pneumonia, glanders, splenetic or Texas fever, and other infectious or contagious diseases.... ”
Other ranching material includes State Livestock Boards, statistics, and biographies and photographs of stockmen who were signers, legislators and/or held public office, such as Caleb P. Organ (a charter member of the famous Cheyenne Club), Alexander L. Sutherland, Jonathan Jones, Hubert E. Teschemacher, Charles W. Burdick, Robert C. Butler, and many more. We also learn arcane information, such as the fact that the first state seal struck in 1891 was never used because it showed a nude woman. The second seal (1893) depicted a woman in modest toga, a rancher on the left, a miner on the right, and inscriptions of LIVESTOCK, MINES, OIL, GRAIN, and EQUAL RIGHTS.
Of Texas interest is a map and historical information relating to the Republic of Texas owning a little piece of Wyoming as part of its gigantic Panhandle based on the Emory map. Of interest for women’s history is Lester C. Hunt’s “Legislative History of Woman Suffrage in Wyoming” (Wyoming was progressive in granting women the right to vote and hold office thirty years before the feds). $100.00
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