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Ranching Catalogue Part 2(Authors D-G)

Items 1840-1864

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1840. ERWIN, Marie H. Wyoming Historical Blue Book.... Denver: Bradford-Robinson Printing, n.d. (ca. 1946). Another copy, variant binding. Thick 8vo, original royal blue cloth gilt. Upper hinge cracked, but otherwise fine. $100.00

1841. ESCALANTE, Silvestre. Father Escalante’s Journal, 1776-77: Newly Translated with Related Documents and Original Maps. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1943. viii [1] 142 pp., photographic text illustrations, portraits, maps. 8vo, original brown textured cloth gilt. Very fine.
     First edition of the first separate printing of Father Escalante’s journal of the first European exploration across the Great Basin. Appeared at the same time as Utah Historical Quarterly 11:1-4 (see below). Translated, edited, and with introductory remarks by Herbert S. Auerbach. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 8c.
     As a later Spanish explorer in the West, Escalante’s journal is interesting for recording the increase in livestock first brought to the region by the Spanish in the late 1500s. One of the most significant human-induced changes affecting the biota of the Colorado Plateau has been the introduction and proliferation of domestic livestock. Escalante notes the warlike nature of Apache in the area adjoining the Gila River and the lower Colorado River and records their success in stampeding and stealing many of the Spaniards’ horses and cattle. Of the Moqui, Escalante notes: “All the pueblos have many sheep whose wool is usually black. They also have some cattle. Of these last there are many more in Araybe. In this one there are also many horses.” Other such references are found in Escalante’s journal, as well as the accompanying report by Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco. $125.00

1842. ESCALANTE, Silvestre. Father Escalante’s Journal, 1776-77: Newly Translated with Related Documents and Original Maps. Utah Historical Quarterly 11:1-4. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1943. Another copy, in wrappers. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Very fine.
     First edition of the first separate printing. Appeared at the same time as a separate monograph (see above). Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 8d. $100.00

1843. ESPINOSA, Aurelio M. The Spanish Language in New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Santa Fe: New Mexican Printing Company, 1911. [4] 37 pp. 8vo, original slate blue printed wrappers. Fine.
     First edition. Historical Society of New Mexico Publication 16. Saunders 3376. One of the vectors through which the Spanish language influenced English was ranching terminology: latigo, lariat, corral, bronco, vaquero and rancho are just a few familiar terms attributed to Spanish influence. The author explores the opposite situation with Hispanicized English terms, such as son-of-a-gun becoming sanamagón. Náhuatl and other indigenous linguistic elements are discussed, as well as special usages in New Mexico and Southern Colorado. $75.00

1844. ESPINOSA, Carmen. Shawls, Crinolines, Filigree: The Dress and Adornment of the Women of New Mexico, 1739 to 1900. El Paso: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas Western Press, University of Texas at El Paso, [1970]. xiv [2] 61 pp., text illustrations (mostly full-page, some in color). 8vo, original half goldenrod cloth over purple cloth. Very fine in slightly worn d.j. Signed by printer Carl Hertzog, and Vivian Hertzog’s note paper laid in. Hertzog bookplate.
     First edition. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 254. This elegant, scholarly work with introduction and design by Carl Hertzog contains wills of ten women dated from 1739 to 1831, documenting that New Mexico women owned ranches and extensive herds. $50.00

1845. ESPINOSA, Carmen. Shawls, Crinolines, Filigree.... El Paso: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas Western Press, University of Texas at El Paso, [1970]. Another copy. Very fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped). Extra d.j. present. $40.00

1846. ESPINOSA, Jose E. Saints in the Valleys: Christian Sacred Images in the History, Life and Folk Art of Spanish New Mexico. [Albuquerque]: University of New Mexico Press, 1960. xiii [1] 122 pp., frontispiece, photographic text illustrations, endpaper map. Folio, original terracotta cloth. Very fine in d.j. with light edge wear. Signed by author.
     First edition of a basic book on the subject. Foreword by Angelico Chavez. This work contains fascinating information on lesser known consequences resulting from Spanish introduction of cattle into the Southwest, particularly the Oñate expedition, which herded approximately 7,000 cattle into New Mexico in the early years of the 1600s. Elements of the cow came to be included in New Mexico sacred art, e.g., braided leather was fashioned into the Crown of Thorns as a symbol for bultos representing Christ, and the first protective coat given to wood for santos consisted of a gelatinous substance made from cow horns or hoofs. We also learn that during the great famine of 1670, both Spanish and Native Americans in New Mexico fought off starvation by eating roasted hides (p. 12).
     The author comments in general on the use of santos: “The myriad problems incident to the rugged life of farmers, sheep men, cattlemen, and horsemen, in short, the daily concerns of people living close to Mother Earth, called for special patrons from the long list of holy men and women whose lives reflected a special interest in or association with specific situations” (p. 84). John the Baptist was patron saint of shepherds, and Santa Iñez was invoked for the recovery of strayed livestock (perhaps Anthony of Padua, finder of lost articles, might have proven efficacious on those later trail drives, or even Rita of Cascia, advocate of the impossible). $150.00

1847. ESTILL, Julia. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz: His Heritage and Training. Fredericksburg: [Fredericksburg Publishing Company], 1942. [12] pp., photographs. 12mo, original white pictorial wrappers. Upper wrap slightly discolored due to acid migration from mailing envelope (present), else fine.
     Offprint from the Fredericksburg Standard, December 25, 1941. The noted military leader mentions his Uncle Henke’s Wolf Creek Ranch between Kerrville and Fredericksburg, where, according to his own statement, he spent the happiest days of his early teens. $50.00

1848. [ESTILL, Julia]. Fredericksburg, in the Texas Hill Country [wrapper title]. [Fredericksburg: Fredericksburg Publishing Company, 1946]. [36] pp., photographic illustrations, map. 8vo, original full-color photographic wrappers. Very fine.
     First edition. CBC 1890. Guide and promotional issued for the Fredericksburg Centennial. Includes photographs of the Morris Ranch and a section on ranching in the region. $40.00

1849. EVANS, Joe M. Collecting Friends: My Hobby. [El Paso: Guynes Printing for the author, 1952]. [10] 150 pp., facsimiles. 12mo, original blue pictorial cloth. A few light stains to binding, interior fine. Author’s signed and dated inscription, “To Dave Cameron, with my best wishes, Joe M. Evans, 1962.” Carl Hertzog bookplate.
     First edition. The author, a Baptist ranchman, writes brief sketches thanking his friends for their friendship, including West Texas open-range rancher Henry “Old Moss” Mayfield. He describes the fellowship of the Bloys Cowboys camp meetings in the Davis Mountains attended by cowboys and ranch families (see Handbook of Texas Online: Bloys Camp Meeting). Evans regales with platitudes about cowboys and ranch life, e.g.: “A good start is more than half the battle; that is the reason the cowboys and ranch people always get up early, so as to get a good start”; and “A horse is a cowboy’s first love.” $35.00

1850. EVANS, Joe M. The Cow: About All I Know I Learned from a Cow [wrapper title]. [El Paso: Guynes Printing, 1944]. 71 pp., photographic portrait of author on horseback at front, plates (photographic and cartoons). 12mo, original beige pictorial wrappers, stapled (as issued). Minor wear to fragile wraps, otherwise a fine copy, signed by author.
     First edition. Herd 775. A humorous homage to the cow. “The cow is a four legged animal with horns, hide, teats and tail. She produces beef and milk and calves, and is surrounded by cowboys and mortgages” (p. 7). Some of the cartoons are by J. R. Williams, noted comic artist of range life. $75.00

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1851. EVANS, Joe M. The Cow: About All I Know I Learned from a Cow [wrapper title]. [El Paso: Guynes Printing, 1944]. 71 pp., plates, portrait, photographs, illustrations. 12mo, original beige pictorial wrappers, stapled. Small tape repair to upper wrapper and short, clean tear at spine, overall a very good copy. Ink ownership inscription on title page.
     Second printing. $10.00

1852. EVANS, Joe M. (ed.). A Corral Full of Stories. [El Paso: McMath, 1939]. x, 66 pp., frontispiece plate (author and J. Frank Dobie looking very much in his cups), plates (photographic), text illustrations (some full-page) by Tom Lea, J. R. Williams, and others, brands. 12mo, original salmon pictorial wrappers with photographic illustration. Fine in d.j., with four order forms for the book laid in. Author’s inscribed and signed presentation copy to Dudley R. Dobie.
     First edition. Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 153). Herd 774. These stories, often humorous, center on cowboys and range life, with subjects ranging from dogs to droughts and preaching to politicians. The documentary photos are excellent. The design and typography show the influence of Carl Hertzog. $75.00

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1853. EVANS, Joe M. (ed.). A Corral Full of Stories. [El Paso: McMath, 1939]. Another copy. Moderate shelf wear, internally fine. Related newspaper clipping laid in. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate. $40.00

1854. EVANS, Max. Long John Dunn of Taos. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1959. 174 [2] [1, ad] pp., plates (photographic), text illustrations, facsimile. 8vo, original red embossed pictorial cloth. Very fine in d.j. with minor marginal chipping and a few stains on lower panel (price-clipped. Jacket illustrated by Don Louis Perceval.
     First edition. Great West and Indian Series 15. Guns 687. Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Perceval 24). John Dunn (1857-1953), cowboy, gunslinger, stagecoach driver, saloon and gambling den keeper, became a legend in Northern New Mexico. The author includes material on Dunn’s cowboying and trail drives. In the 1860s Dunn worked as a cowboy on the Halff Brothers’ Ranch (on the Rio Grande), “owned by several Jews who kept residence in San Antonio.” One of the enterprises John Dunn undertook was a trail drive from Texas to Montana in the 1880s with over two thousand cattle. “‘A feller learned to use a rope,’ John reminisced, ‘for more reasons than one. Sometimes it would save miles of hard riding after a steer, and it was always a good convincer when an ornery old steer wanted to make trouble” (p. 43). $60.00

1855. EVANS, Max & Candy Moulton (eds.). Hot Biscuits: Eighteen Stories by Women and Men of the Ranching West. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, [2002]. [8] 239 pp. 8vo, original light blue cloth. Fine in fine d.j. Editor Moulton’s signed presentation copy.
     First edition. Short stories by cowboys and cowgirls, all of which are united by the fact that each includes something about biscuits. $20.00

1856. EVANS, Will F. Border Skylines: Fifty Years “Tallying Out” on the Bloys Round-Up Ground. Dallas: Baugh for the Bloys Camp Meeting Association, [1940]. xiv [6] 587 [1] pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic and full-page), brands. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth stamped in silver. Light outer wear, hinges and a few signatures starting, light water staining to margins of a few leaves, overall good to very good. Author’s signed presentation inscription to W. A. Dodson: “A Pioneer who has seen the West in the making and knows what it is all about.”
     First edition. Dobie, p. 66: “Chronicles of the men and women—cow people—and cow country responsible for the best known campmeeting held annually, Texas has ever had.” Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 777: “Much on cowboys and the Bloys cowboy camp meetings.” $75.00

1857. EVANS, Will F. Hunting Grizzlys, Black Bear, and Lions, “Big-Time” on the Old Ranches. [El Paso: McMath, 1950]. 109 [1] pp., frontispiece, text illustrations. 8vo, original beige wrappers with photographic illustration. Tape stains on endpapers, otherwise very good. Author’s signed presentation copy.
     First edition. Herd 778. Comprised of reprints from magazines and newspapers, these are tales of big game hunting on ranches, interspersed with some ranching stories. Inevitably, the extermination of large predators such as bears and mountain lions has been justified in the name of protecting livestock interests. $65.00

1858. EVERETT, Donald E. San Antonio Legacy. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, [1979]. [10] 121 pp., illustrated by José Cisneros. Large 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. (illustrated by Cisneros). José Cisneros’ signed presentation inscription to Vivian and Carl Hertzog in Cisneros’ beautiful calligraphy. Hertzog bookplate.
     First edition. These are stories of early San Antonio, giving a nice overview of the various cultures that contributed to the city’s cultural mélange. There is a chapter entitled “Barbed Wire Man” that discusses Pete P. McManus who “has the record of having sold many times more barbed wire than any man in the world.” $40.00

1859. EVERETT, George G. The Cavalcade of Railroads in Central Colorado. Denver: Golden Bell Press, [1966]. [16] 235 pp., photographic illustrations, portraits. 8vo, original turquoise cloth. Very fine in slightly worn d.j.
     First edition. Wynar 6542. Ranching interest lies in the chapter entitled “The Rancher and the D & RGW Railroad” in which the author recalls the impact the railroad had on his ranch and the surrounding community. $75.00

 

Rare History of Hood County, Texas

1860. EWELL, Thomas T. A History of Hood County Texas from its Earliest Settlement to the Present, Together with Biographical Sketches of Many Leading Men and Women among the Early Settlers, As Well As Many Incidents in the Adjoining Territory. Also a Sketch of the History of Somervell County. Granbury: Granbury News, 1895. [4] [4, ads] 64 [4, ads] 65-76 [2, ads] 77-128 [2, ads] 129-160 [1] [1, ad] [6, Supplemental Sketch of Somervell County] pp., ads on pastedowns. 8vo, original black gilt-lettered cloth (neatly rebacked with sympathetic cloth). Light outer wear, text browned (due to the cheap paper on which it was printed), overall a very good to fine copy of one of the rarest Texas county histories.
     First edition. CBC 2475. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 18. Graff 1279. Herd 779: “Rare.” Howes E239. Vandale 62. In the early years of the 1850s Anglo stock raisers and farmers began to settle in Hood County on the north central plains of Texas, and in 1866 the County was established. There is scarcely a page in this quaintly printed, marvelous county history that does not in some way touch on ranching history, with a great deal on early ranchers, cowboys, trail drives, Comanche and Kiowa rustlers, women’s and social history in the cattle country, etc. Our favorite passage is the following account of an 1870s trail drive that is almost Joycian in flow (original spelling and lack of paragraph breaks retained):
     “W. H. Kingsbury...often collected up considerable herds of marketable cattle, which he drove to the markets beyond the Indian territory. These long drives to markets having become things of the past, a short description of one with its difficulties and perils will scarcely be deemed out of place here. For several weeks beforehand the numerous cattlemen are negotiated with to deliver certain grades of steers—usually 2 to 4 years old—to Kingsbury, who announces that he will start with a herd on a given date. At the appointed time often one to two thousand head of such steers, sleek and fat from the range are put into the herd, driven by some ten or fifteen cowboys, with three or more ponies to each, following the herd for reliefs and pack horses. An experienced man is employed as ‘boss’ and under this direction they proceed; Kingsbury accompanies the herd with his wife, who desires to make a trip to the cities. There are no wire fences or other incidents of civilization to obstruct their way, and the grass being abundant they drive from twelve to fifteen miles daily, only having to take care that water is duly reached at proper intervals. Finally on a hot, sultry evening they draw near the bottoms of the Red river. The experienced eye detects signs of a stormy night and every precaution is taken, the cattle are carefully ‘rounded-up,’ the guards are placed at advantageous stations, and instructed to keep the herd soothed if possible, by song and refrain. Kingsbury takes his wife to a remote grove and they go into camp. After they have retired to rest the storm approaches, the thunder rolls and the lightnings play through the heavy timber of the bottom the uneasy herd have been lowing for some time and the cowboys have grown hoarse with keeping up their constant refrain as they ride about the outskirts of the herd; the night is dark and nothing seen save when the glare of the livid lightning is thrown upon the scene. Kingsbury is on the watch, his own horse is saddled and several of his men with him. Presently an ominous silence prevails in the great herd, instantly followed by the dreadful tramping of thousands of hoofs and loud clashing of horns; they have stampeded, in what direction nobody knows, till the lightnings reveal their course, then every man in his saddle urges his pony through the darkness to gain their front, and finally a few fearless cowboys have placed themselves in the lead of the onward moving herd, and in the darkness and storm lead them in the circling movement. Presently it is discovered by Kingsbury that the herd is now heading toward the station where he is guarding his family. No time is lost; with a few of his men they make to the head of the angry, surging column, which no human power could check in its irresistible career, and succeed by their soothing voices to lead them in a circling line from their direction; so that by the time the camp is reached, the dashing mass pass it but a few feet to one side, then to avoid further danger, the herd is led on far away to the prairies, where after they have been severed into several bodies, and have finally exhausted themselves, they are left till the morning light enables the cowboys to again gather them up for the trail, which is resumed and accomplished without further serious adventure. But through the wild uninhabitable plains, meeting here and there parties of half civilized Indians, and the many adventures and diverting scenes passed on the long overland trail, made by short daily rides, possessed no doubt much to fascinate the spirited and brave little woman who had chosen to accompany her husband on this trip, yet it is not likely she again ventured to share the perils from which, by the cowmen’s skill, she had such a narrow escape. But though such stampedes were common, the cowboys’ experience and skill were usually sufficient for his own protection, however burdensome and fatiguing the task of night-herding on stormy nights. When he reached Kansas City or Chicago, he, with his broad-brimmed sombrero, mounted upon his bronco, with elaborate trappings dangling from his saddle, and quirt in hand, was an object of sufficient attraction to insure him a good time; thus accoutered, and hailing from Texas, he possessed immunity from interference by the ‘cops’ enjoyed by few other classes. And most of the cowboys relished these trips kept up till railroads and wire fences destroyed their trade.” $2,000.00

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1861. EWERS, John C. The Blackfeet, Raiders on the Northwestern Plains. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1958]. xviii, 348 [2] pp., photographic plates, maps. 8vo, original black cloth. One corner very slightly bumped, otherwise very fine in very fine d.j. Signed by author.
     First edition. The Civilization of the American Indian Series 49. Smith S2636. Mentions briefly cattle raising by both Native Americans and Anglos, and examines the connection between the wholesale slaughter of buffalo and the introduction of cattle. $45.00

1862. EWERS, John C. Indian Life on the Upper Missouri. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1968]. xviii, 222 pp., portraits, photographic plates, maps. 8vo, original goldenrod cloth. Very fine in slightly rubbed d.j. Signed by author.
     First edition. The Civilization of the American Indian Series 89. Smith S2637. Chapter 12 (“The Last Bison Drive of the Blackfoot Indians”) discusses the Native American version of ranching: buffalo jumps at which entire herds were driven over cliffs, allowing for large-scale harvest by the tribe. Chapter 13 (“Food Rationing—From Buffalo to Beef”) discusses the dietary transition as the Blackfeet lost their buffalo hunting ground and went to reservations where beef was rationed. $75.00

1863. FAIRFIELD, Ula King. Pioneer Lawyer: A Story of the Western Slope of Colorado. [Denver: W. H. Kistler Stationery Co.], 1946. x [2] 156 pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits, facsimiles. 8vo, original red cloth. Fine.
     First edition, limited edition (300 copies). Guns 692. Wilcox, p. 43: “Biography of lawyer, Alfred Rufus King, 1857-1916.” Wynar 7107. Material on ranching in Delta County, including a documentary photograph of George McGranahan’s ranch house with caption: “Typical ranch house in Delta County.” Pioneer attorney Fairfield quotes from an early promotional for Delta County published by the Delta County Board of Trade: “In Delta there are great possibilities for making a living in poultry-raising, bee-keeping, fruit-growing, and cattle-raising, and if one has plenty of capital, will find profitable occupation for it in cattle-raising and fruit-growing on a large scale.” $75.00


Item 1863

1864. FALL, Albert B. The Memoirs of Albert B. Fall. El Paso: University of Texas Press, 1966. 63 [1] pp., illustrations. 8vo, original blue pictorial wrappers. Fine.
     First printing. Southwestern Studies Monograph 15. Edited and with annotations by David H. Stratton. Born in Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1861, Fall was an important New Mexico politician whose involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal brought about his imprisonment and downfall. Fall served as Secretary of the Interior from 1921-1923. Included are text and photographs relating to Fall’s Three River Ranch. Fall employed noted military man, Henry O. Flipper as authority on land mining law. $15.00


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