1865. FALLIS, Edwina H. When Denver and I Were
Young. Denver: Sage Books, .  198 pp., text illustrations by
Jeannie Pear, endpaper maps. 8vo, original maize cloth. Fine copy in fine
d.j. (price-clipped d.j.) Contemporary ownership signature of Edith Williams
Second edition, revised. Wynar 850n. The author reminisces about Denver in the 1880s, including a brief account of her uncle Will’s experiences on the Wilson Ranch southeast of Denver. $20.00
1866. FARBER, James. Texans with Guns. San Antonio: Naylor,
. xi  196 pp., text illustrations by R. L. McCollister. 8vo, original
yellow cloth. Binding stained at joints and edges, light foxing to endpapers
and prelims, good to very good copy, in near fine d.j. with one small chip.
Signed and inscribed by author on half-title. Small printed label of O. Henry
Book Store of San Antonio on back pastedown.
First edition. Adams, Burs I:125. Dykes, Kid 408. Guns 695: “Covers most of the Texas gunmen.” In this volume, which explores the role of guns in forming the society of Texas, the chapter on “Winchester Quarantine” describes violence due to Texas fever and Texas trail herds in the early 1880s. The author quotes a letter written by Charles Goodnight admonishing a neighboring rancher against driving his cattle through Goodnight’s land: “I hope you will not treat this as idle talk, for I mean every word of this. My cattle are now dying of fever contracted from cattle driven through here and therefore do not have any hope you can convince me your cattle will not give mine the fever. This we will not speak of. I simply say you will not pass through in good health” (p. 96). $35.00
1867. FARBER, James. Texans with Guns. San Antonio: Naylor, . Another copy. Very fine in very fine d.j. $35.00
1868. FARBER, James. Those Texans. San Antonio: Naylor,
. xi  171 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by John H. McClelland.
8vo, original gold cloth. Endpapers browned, otherwise fine in fine d.j. Signed
by author on title page. Dudley R. Dobie’s note laid in book states: “Autographed,
First edition. Adams, Burs I:126. Campbell, p. 105. Guns 696: “Has a chapter on gunplay in which the author gives short sketches of many of the outlaws of the Southwest.... Nearly all of his information on gunmen is unreliable.” Herd 783: “Has a chapter on the cowboy but the author knows little of what he writes about.” Over 150 popular-style sketches of Texas and Texans from Cabeza de Vaca to Belle Starr. $30.00
1869. FARISH, Thomas Edwin. History of Arizona. Phoenix:
Filmer Brothers Electrotype [for the author], 1915-1918. Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7,
each volume complete, frontispieces, plates (mostly photographic), maps. 5
vols., 8vo, original maroon cloth. Occasional light staining to bindings, very
faint water staining to a few leaves of Vols. 2 and 3, overall good to very
good. It is difficult to find the entire 8-volume set together, but each volume
is complete in itself, including index (vols. 1 & 2 are the most common,
and vols. 5-8 are seldom offered).
First edition. Flake 3305. Howes F37. Laird, Hopi 771: “Farish was, for a number of years, State Historian for Arizona. He had access to records not readily available to others...a general, but detailed, history of the state.” Mohr, The Range Country 671 (vol. 1); 672 (vol. 2). Wallace, Arizona History 20. There is much on early Spanish exploration, Native Americans, mining, pioneer life, opening the Santa Fé Trail, Confederate occupation of Arizona, politics, etc. The real strength of this set is found in the many biographies of pioneers, based on Farish’s actual interviews with old-timers, such as Thomas Jonathan Jeffords (scout, Indian agent to the Cochise Apache, and blood brother of Cochise; includes a great photograph of Jeffords at his Owls Creek Ranch). Ranching interest: Oñate expedition that brought large numbers of cattle to the region (“his  expedition cost him the equivalent of a million dollars before it stirred a step”); Father Kino (father of the cattle industry in the Southwest); Navajo stock raising; Native American rustling skill (especially Apache); Lucien Maxwell and Kit Carson’s ranching partnership; early ranches and ranchers (Pete Kitchen, Woolsey, Peeples, et al.).
In the chapter on the “Conquest of California,” Farish describes Pastoral California: “[The Californians] lived on horseback. Horse-racing, gambling, and dancing were their chief occupations. Cattle and horses were introduced, the latter said to be of the Arabian breed, and their flocks and herds increased wonderfully upon the rich grasses in California’s most favorable climate, while horses soon overran the land, and, in 1826, it was common for men to join together to drive them into great pens prepared for the purpose, and, when thus confined, after securing of the finest animals, to slaughter the rest. Trade in hides and tallow was established in 1816; an annual ship came from Boston, and...in 1822 near forty thousand hides and about the same number of arrobas (twenty-five pounds) of tallow were exported. Hides became known as California bank notes, of the value of two dollars.” $250.00
1870. FARNHAM, Eliza W. California In-Doors and Out;
or, How We Farm, Mine, and Live Generally in the Golden State. New
York: Dix, Edwards & Co., 1856. xiv  508 [8, ads] pp. 12mo, original
purple cloth. Binding rubbed and spine light, interior fine. Contemporary
ownership signature in pencil.
First edition. Byrd 47. Cowan, p. 203. Hill, p. 418n. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 232: “Farnham, the pioneer California feminist and widow of Thomas Jefferson Farnham [provided] important observations of California.” Rocq 16835. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 72. See Notable American Women (pp. 598-600).
Farnham (1815-1864), feminist, prison reformer, author, and lecturer has left us “one of the most important books of the Gold Rush and 1850s” (Gary Kurutz in Volkmann Sale, Zamorano Eighty 36n). She arrived in Santa Cruz in 1849 and includes thoughtful descriptions of subjects relating to ranching (“Setting up on the Rancho,” “Wild Cattle,” “Night at a Spanish Rancho,” “Old Californians...Their Cattle...Raising Calves,” “Practical Equestrianism, “How Beef Is Got,” “Official Beef-Eating,” etc.).
Farnham’s El Rancho La Libertad at Santa Cruz was actually more of a feminist farming venture. This description of her problems at La Libertad with wild cattle gives a flavor of this sprightly, intelligent distaff account: “There were...enemies to our peace and prosperity: these were the immense herds of huge cattle, which, now that the grass had lost its freshness, were intent upon the appropriation of whatever invited their appetites. The ranch was under my own personal charge for some three or four weeks of June and July, the men being absent sawing lumber.... Before they left the place, a boy, some fourteen or fifteen years of age...was engaged to ride Jenny about in pursuit of the intruders.... He departed on the second morning...and Charlie and I took the field against the besiegers. How we toiled, raced, watched, and kept up an active preventive service on the outskirts...this narrative can never adequately convey.... After several days of this sort of skirmishing, I willingly resigned my post, let it not be reckoned dishonorable that my successor was an Indian.... This gentleman occupied a seat distant from the ranch about seventy or eighty rods, and as his house gave him a view of most of the field...after the first day or two [he] remained at home until the cattle were fairly into the crop, when he would run lazily up, walk them out, and set out on his return. Once, and only once, was I guilty of the rashness of urging him to quicken his steps, when thirty or forty bullocks were rushing into a distant part of the field. He laid his hand upon his heart, and protested, in the blandest tones, that señora must excuse him; for running made his heart beat mucho.”
Farnham in her travels often spent the night at ranches along her route. The best account of these sojourns is her long, interesting description of her stay on the Castro Ranche in the Valley of San Juan, in which at moments the reader can almost see her Yankee nose turning up squeamishly. On departure she comments: “I offered a silent thanksgiving that home was so near.... This, then, was a Spanish rancho and the manner of life in it. These people were the owners of a great estate here, and another up the coast, on which were hundreds, if not thousands, of horned cattle and horses. Not a drop of milk nor an ounce of butter could be had in their house. Their chief articles of food are beef and beans.... The simplicity of their external lives is quite in harmony with that of their natures.... They are a simple-hearted people, whose contentment flowed out in acts of continual hospitality and kindness to all who came to them before their peaceful dream of life was broken in upon by the frightful selfishness of the late emigration. It is difficult for us to imagine contentment in the idle, aimless life of these rancheros, or cheerfulness in the dark, dirty, naked houses they inhabit; but they have sufficed for them, and it must be confessed, that their domestic condition does not, in most parts of the country, promise any very rapid improvement from the example of their new neighbors.” $350.00
1871. FARNHAM, Thomas Jefferson. Travels in California with
Map. [Oakland]: Biobooks, 1947. xv  166  pp., 2 maps (one folding),
foldout facsimiles. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine.
Limited edition (750 copies, signed by Joseph A. Sullivan, author of foreword); first published in New York, 1844. The California Centennial Editions, vol. 10. Barrett, Baja California 829n. Cowan, p. 203n. Edwards, Desert Voices, p. 57. Graff 1293n. Howes F49. Plains & Rockies IV:107n. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 73n. Zamorano 80 #36. “[Farnham] presented a superb synopsis of [California’s] geography, climate, cattle, crops, missions, presidios, harbors, and Indians” (Gary Kurutz in Volkmann Sale, Zamorano 80).
In Chapter 7 Farnham delves extensively into subjects of ranching interest (detailed descriptions of architecture, clothing, and other material culture): mission practices with regard to “ranchios” and cattle tendered as taxes; “los Californios” (“a Californian is never the half of himself unless he be on horseback...they are excellent horsemen, the very best in North America”); California horses (“there is no better animal than the Californian cavallo”); equestrian equipage (e.g., “his spurs are a curiosity; their weight is a pound and a half; the part holding the rowel is five inches long; and the teeth of the rowel wheels are one and a half inches in length!”); “Rodea” (“the whole country side is usually assembled to engage in the sports of the day, unfed except by the joys of brandy and beef and beans”); hide and tallow gathering on ranchos and missions; and the final wrap-up: “Californians are an imbecile, pusillanimous race of men, and unfit to control the destinies of that beautiful country.... The ladies, dear creatures, I wish they were whiter...a pity it is that they have not stay and corset-makers’ signs among them.” $50.00
1872. FARNHAM, Thomas Jefferson. Travels in the Great Western
Prairies, the Anahuac and Rocky Mountains, and in the Oregon Territory [caption
and wrapper title]. New York: Greeley & McElrath, 1843. 112 pp.,
printed in double column. 8vo, original brown printed wrappers within typographical
border, sewn. One-inch segment at foot of spine detached (but present), fragile
wraps in fine condition, occasional very mild foxing to text. Overall, a
fine copy, much better than usually found.
Second American edition (first edition Poughkeepsie, 1841; British edition published the same year as the present edition). Campbell, p. 137. Field 525. Flake 3306 (early mention of Mormons). Howes F50. Plains & Rockies IV:85:3: “Streeter quotes Herschel V. Jones as saying: ‘This is the first and most interesting of his several books on the West. It is the best account of the first overland-to-Oregon migration of settlers.’ The popularity of the book is attested by three separate editions in 1843. Farnham was the leader of a group of Oregon-bound settlers, known as the ‘Peoria Party.’” Rittenhouse 201n: “Farnham may have been a U.S. agent bound for Oregon, which would account for his careful description of the route and comments on Indian tribes met.” Smith 3001. Tweney, Washington 89 #20. Wynar 217.
Farnham’s Travels in the Californias (Zamorano 80 #36) is considered the sequel to this work. Farnham’s early account of Oregon proved potent propaganda for advocates of U.S. rule in Oregon. Descriptions of the various regions and settlements in Oregon include prospects for the hide and tallow trade and stock raising, occasional statistics for cattle, depredations of stock by wolves, etc. Discussing the Willammette settlements, Farnham mentions the herds of California cattle brought to Oregon earlier and notes that “although little progress has been made in the conversion of the Indians to Christianity, yet they have done much good in reforming some of the vices and teaching some of the useful arts.... The men now rear and tend their cattle.”
In the New Mexico section there is a short account of an unusual captivity ca. 1780 in which Comanche warriors stole the daughter of the Governor-General at Chihuahua, who purchased her ransom. But she refused to return to her parents, advising that the Comanche had tattooed her face, given her to a young warrior by whom she was “enciente,” and that since she was happy in her new life, she preferred not to return. According to the story, she lived out her days in the Comanche nation and raised a family of children (p. 32). $500.00
1873. FARQUHAR, Francis P. The Books of the Colorado
River and the Grand Canyon: A Selective Bibliography. Los
Angeles: [Ward Ritchie Press for] Glen Dawson, 1953. xi  75  pp., frontispiece.
12mo, original red cloth, printed paper label on upper cover. Light shelf
wear, otherwise a fine copy. Ownership signature of scholar L. R. Hafen (Thrapp
II, p. 604).
First edition. Early California Travels Series 12. Designed by Ward Ritchie. Clark, Arizona, p. 48: “Spans the 16th to 20th centuries, and include[s] such special topics as Mormons on the Colorado, geologic studies, dams and development, and others.” Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 82: “One of my high-ranking favorites.” Paher, Nevada 579. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 559. Wallace, Arizona History 56. More than a few notable range-country books are to be found in this excellent bibliography. $150.00
1874. FARRIS, Francis Bramlette. From Rattlesnakes to Road
Agents. Rough Times on the Frio. Fort Worth: TCU, 1985.
137 pp., text illustrations (photographs). 8vo, original pictorial wrappers
(by Barbara Whitehead). A worn copy with some staining to wraps and first
and last few leaves. Signed by editor Sonnichsen.
First edition. No. 3 in the Chisholm Trail Series. Introduction by C. L. Sonnichsen. Farris relates growing up in Frio County in post-Civil War Texas. She spent part of that time on a ranch, enduring raids by Native Americans, neighborhood feuds, drouths and floods, and challenging times. The book contains good material on Texas Rangers. Big Foot Wallace lived with the family for a while, and McNelly’s Rangers visited, too. The real strength of the work is social history and women’s history. $15.00
1875. FARROW, Marion Humphreys. Troublesome Times in Texas [1859-1883]. San
Antonio: Naylor, 1959. ix  106 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original red
cloth. Light foxing to endpapers, otherwise fine in fine d.j. with only slight
Second edition and best edition, augmented and with added index (Glegg Company in San Antonio published the first edition in 1957). Adams, Burs I:127. Guns 699: “This edition has an added index...and more notes. It has material on the Texas Rangers and on cattle thieves, Sam Bass, John Wesley Hardin, the Taylor-Sutton Feud, the Kingfisher gang, and other lawlessness.”
The book includes material on and a portrait of Juan N. Cortinas, mayor of Matamoros and “Prince of Mexican Cattle Thieves.” “It was estimated that he had three thousand organized and licensed raiders for stealing stock. To handle his traffic in stolen cattle, he had seized in various ways control of twenty large cattle ranches facing the Rio Grande. Here he pastured his stock in preparation for the Cuban markets” (p. 71). The recurring depredations, cattle rustling, and the general chaotic state of the border leading to the U.S. and Mexican investigating commissions of the 1870s are discussed. “The range was in such a condition that any man could have a cattle iron and possessed the ‘nerve to use it.’” (p. 59). $35.00
1876. FAULK, Odie B. Destiny Road: The Gila Trail and
the Opening of the Southwest. New York: Oxford University Press, .
 232 pp., numerous text illustrations from photographs and vintage prints
(many full-page), maps. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Fine in fine d.j.
First edition. History of the Gila Trail from Texas to San Diego, covering cattle drives in their two phases: drives to the California gold fields, and post-Civil War drives to stock ranches and supply beef to Native Americans on reservations and soldiers at army posts. Faulk provides information on and a photograph of early Arizona cattleman Henry Clay Hooker, who made one of the more unusual livestock drives. Hooker, a refugee from the California Gold Rush, earned his nest egg for entering the cattle business with his 1866 drive of 500 turkeys he had purchased for $750. With one helper and several dogs, he drove his turkey flock overland from Placerville to the Nevada mining camps, where he sold them for $2,500. Other cattle barons discussed are Slaughter and Chisum. $25.00
1877. FAULKNER-HORNE, Shirley. Mexican Saddle. London:
H. F. & G. Witherby, . 182 pp., plates (sketches by Peter Beigel).
12mo, original magenta cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, endpapers browned.
Very good in lightly worn d.j.
First edition, second printing (first printing, 1946). D.j. blurb: “A thrilling mystery story centred round a Mexican saddle which makes its appearance at a village jumble sale.” $15.00
1878. FEAGLES, Elizabeth. Talk Like a Cowboy: A Dictionary
of Real Western Lingo for Cowboys and Cowgirls. San Antonio: Naylor,
. ix  82 pp., text illustrations in sepia tone, brands. 12mo, original
yellow cloth. Endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise fine copy in fine d.j.
First edition. Herd 795. From d.j. blurb: “Not like the usual dictionary, Talk Like a Cowboy is written in an easy flowing narrative that tells the story of a cowboy’s day along with explaining the real, everyday, working language of the man on the range.” The author, who also wrote under the pen name Beth Day, was the wife of Donald Day. $30.00
1879. FEDER, Sid. Longhorns and Short Tales of Old Victoria and
the Gulf Coast. Victoria: Victoria Advocate
Publishing Company, 1958. 128  pp., text illustrations (portraits, photographs,
facsimiles). 8vo, original green wrappers printed in silver, stapled (as
issued). Very fine. Signed by author.
First edition. CBC 2993, 4574. Guns 702. An informal, rambling history of the Gulf Coast of Texas, with much information on cowboys and cattlemen. Includes a chapter on the Republic of Texas horse marines (“Meet the Horse Marines: The Cowboys Who Nabbed a Navy”). Among those supplying history and folklore is Mrs. Kate O’Connor. $30.00
1880. FEHRENBACH, T. R. Seven Keys to Texas. El
Paso: Texas Western Press, 1983. ix  140 pp. 8vo, original half brown cloth
over beige linen. Very fine in very fine d.j. Carl Hertzog bookplate.
First edition. Fehrenback attempts to dispel some of the mythology and stereotypes surrounding Texas history. The author discusses the cattle industry extensively. “Texans who owned livestock had previously herded them on foot in the time-honored British fashion. But on the frontier, they seized upon the entire Mexican cattle culture, even its jargon, from lariat (la reata) to buckaroo (vaquero)” (p. 25). “Texas ‘cattle barons,’ the men who emerged, sometimes seemingly from nowhere, to organize big ranches and move thousands of beeves to market, were never anything like the hacendados or latifundistas of Mexico, or the aristocratic landowners on the European continent.... They were a form of businessmen” (p. 53). $30.00
1881. FELLOWES, Georgina de Valcourt Kendall. A Biographical
Sketch of My Family [cover title]. [San Antonio]: Privately Printed,
1939. 32 pp. 8vo, original green printed wrappers, stapled (as issued). A
few minor stains to wraps, otherwise fine. Author’s copy, with occasional
ms. notes and updated information. Typed family tree and printed notes laid
or tipped in.
First edition. Genealogy of the Kendall family written by the daughter of George Wilkins Kendall, founder of the New Orleans Picayune, member of the Texan-Santa Fe Expedition, first modern war correspondent, and pioneer Texas sheep rancher. Kendall is considered the father of the sheep industry in Texas. $50.00
1882. FELTON, Harold W. New Tall Tales of Pecos Bill. Englewood
Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, . xvi  164 pp., comic text illustrations
printed in red and black (some full-page) by William Moyers. 8vo, original
beige pictorial cloth. Light abrasions and foxing to binding, overall very
First edition. Not in Herd (but see Herd 797 for Felton’s Pecos Bill, Texas Cowpuncher, New York, 1949). More tall tales about the cowboy version of Paul Bunyan. $20.00
1883. FENIN, George N. & William K. Everson. The Western
from Silents to the Seventies. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1973. xviii
 396 pp., numerous photographic text illustrations. Small 4to, original
blue cloth. Very fine in near fine d.j. with a few short tears.
Second and best edition, updated and expanded (first published in 1963). Taylor & Maar, The American Cowboy, p. 223. A thorough exploration of the cinematic Western, the medium that helped propel the cowboy to mythological status, with many excellent photographs. This new edition has added chapters on Italian and Japanese Westerns. $30.00
Florence Fenley’s Canyon Country Histories
1884. FENLEY, Florence. Grandad and I: A Story of a Grand
Old Man and Other Pioneers in Texas and the Dakotas As
Told by John Leakey to Florence Fenley. [Leakey, Texas:
Privately published by John Leakey, 1951]. 179 pp., text illustrations (mostly
full-page & photographic, including portraits and ranching environments).
12mo, original ecru cloth. Fine in fine d.j. Signed by John Leakey.
First edition, “first printing” on title verso. Guns 705: “Rare.... Contains a chapter on King Fisher, relating some of his escapades not found in other books.” Herd 798. This is an excellent history of the Uvalde area from the 1850s to the 1890s, as told by John Leakey. In 1851, his grandfather (also named John Leakey; 1824-?) arrived in the splendid Sabinal and Frio Canyon area near Fort Inge, raised crops and cattle, and struggled with Lipan and other local and nomadic populace.
“The first raid into the Canyon occurred in 1856 at the Richard Ware Ranch.... On this raid the Indians [Lipans] were evidently after horses, as they struck the ranch of Uncle Johnny Fenley and stole two head, going from there to Gid Thompson Ranch and killing his work oxen. The settlers followed the Indians and recovered the horses, but the six Indians they had counted scattered and made a get-away. This seemed to start the raids. In less than a month, the Indians were back again, killing a cow belonging to Aaron Anglin and loading the meat on a horse they brought along for that purpose. Several horses were stolen, too...” (pp. 28-29). And so it goes in opening the ranching county, until “The Last Indian Raid in the Frio Canyon” ca. 1880 (pp. 71-75).
The narrated history goes forward in time from Grandfather Leakey to the two next generations. The grandson and narrator of this account worked as a ranch hand in the Canyon country and elsewhere, and later owned his own ranch. This work is filled with most excellent ranching content: early ranchers and ranching in southwest Texas; suitability of the brush country and canyons for cattle thieves; border depredations and rustling; King Fisher’s compadre Pancho Escuadro (“as good a vaquero as ever threw his rope over a longhorn steer”); social history; women in the cattle country (e.g., “riding sidesaddles [the women] were good riders no matter whether they were on an easy gallop to a dance or after the livestock on their father’s ranch”); education (“In those days, we couldn’t see where an education would benefit us very much. There was cattle work to be done as long as a man could ride and rope, and count his cattle and the money they brought, it didn’t seem that much more was needed”—p. 78); cattle drives (e.g., from New Mexico to Charley Dole’s ranch north of the Yellowstone River); working as a cowboy in the Dakotas (1893), Wyoming, and Montana (much on “Myles City”; brands of big outfits Leakey saw; Leakey’s personal acquaintance with Teddy Roosevelt; passing of the open range country; financial woes of 1920 with Wibaux Cattle Loan Company; return to Texas in 1946. Includes supplemental material on the Buckalew captivity, Billy the Kid; Seminole Scouts at Fort Clark; much more. $250.00
1885. FENLEY, Florence. Oldtimers of Southwest Texas. Uvalde:
Hornby Press, 1957. 318  pp., numerous text illustrations (mostly photographic).
4to, original red pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. Author’s signed
presentation inscription on front flyleaf dated 1960.
First edition. Dobie, p. 51: “Faithful reporting of realistic details. Southwest Texas, mostly ranch life.” Adams (Herd) lists Fenley’s earlier works on the Southwest Texas, but this title may have been a little late for inclusion. This regional history of Uvalde County and the surrounding ranch country contains stories told by the old-timers themselves in their own language. Included is good material on Ike Pryor and cowboys who worked for him. In addition to new oral histories gathered from pioneers, Fenley searched the files of the Uvalde Leader-News and the Cattleman magazine for additional biographies.
This well-illustrated volume is rich not only in ranching history, but women’s history and social history. This one is a favorite of ours, because it contains an interview with Kate Anderson Rogers, ranching matriarch of Rogers Rafter 7 Ranch on Montell Creek. Rogers grew up in the saddle looking after stock in Eastland County and later Big Bend, finally settling on Montell Creek. An excellent markswoman, Rogers while still in her teens killed a panther that was preying on their stock. When Fenley asked Rogers if she rode sidesaddle when doing dangerous ranch work like breaking wild horses and hunting, Rogers replied: “Certainly! We girls wouldn’t have thought of riding astride.” Rogers concludes: “We like it here, and except for the drought, there couldn’t be a better place to ranch.... The life we children led was wholesome, and the knowledge we gained taught us how to live a great deal closer to the Creator. You feel that BIGNESS of a land where you are only a little human being and I know that the years my eyes look on the beauty I saw everywhere, were years added to my life.” $300.00
1886. FENLEY, Florence. Oldtimers of Southwest Texas. Uvalde: Hornby Press, 1957. Another copy. Very fine in lightly worn d.j. $250.00
1887. FENLEY, Florence. Oldtimers: Their Own Stories. Uvalde:
Hornby Press, 1939. 8, 254 pp., frontispiece map, text illustrations (mostly
photographic). 8vo, original red cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed and light
marginal browning to text, otherwise fine in near fine d.j. Author’s
signed presentation inscription: “By special request of Miss Mabel Kincaid,
this volume of Oldtimers is presented to Dudley Dobie, with best wishes from
the author. Florence Fenley June 20, 1949.”
First edition. Loring Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 33. CBC 1426 (plus 7 additional entries). Dobie, p. 51: “Southwest Texas, mostly ranch life.” Herd 799: “True stories of real cattlemen. Privately printed in a small edition and now becoming scarce.” See Roach, Cowgirls, pp. 32, 44. Winegarten, pp. 37, 110.
Almost half of the oral histories are by Texas women pioneers. Some owned their own cattle and ranches; some even went up the cattle trail. In her introduction, Fenley tells of her youth on the Murlo Ranch in Zavala County in the early years of the 20th century and her grandfather, Joel C. Fenley:
“When a girl I followed him, already an old man, through mesquite brush and spiney prickly pears, on my own pony which had been bred on that very range, so in this work I have been acquiring new love of the smell of horseflesh and the smoke of campfires fanned by stray breezes of an unsettled land. He taught me to build fires in wet weather when nothing dry seemed available—nothing much, perhaps, to you woodsmen but something of an accomplishment for a girl at that. He told me of the habits of range cattle. I heard from him how the terrified bawling of a cow could bring the herd running to her. I heard from him of the intelligence of horses and dogs, deserving to be loved for their valiant and faithful deeds.”
In Fenley’s essay of pioneer rancher W. S. Wall (“When a Wedding Could Take Place in a Cow Camp and a Boy Could watch a Wild Calf Afoot”), Wall recalls: “Boys come up wild as mavericks and could take care of themselves, too. Girls could ride and rope as well as handle a gun.... I have seen some good women cowpunchers in my time and I believe I could safely say that Mattie Leakey and my sister, Mary Lizzie, were two of the best. Those girls were real riders and they rode wide saddles. If the girls then had rode a man’s saddle like they do now, no horse could have throwed ’em. They could stay on a horse like an Indian and they hooked their knees under those side saddle horns and it was a pretty hard thing to unseat them. They wore guns too. Riding out on the range like they had to do, it was necessary” (p. 156). $300.00
1888. FENLEY, Florence. Oldtimers: Their Own Stories. Uvalde: Hornby Press, 1939. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine in very good d.j. (slight wear). $250.00
1889. FENNER, Phyllis R. (comp.). Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys:
Stories of Roundups and Rodeos, Branding and Bronco-Busting. New York:
Franklin Watts, . 287 pp., text illustrations (some full-page) by Manning
DeV. Lee, illustrated endpapers. 8vo, original terracotta pictorial cloth.
Binding slightly worn, otherwise fine in lightly worn and price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Cowboys for the juvenile reader, including Will James’s “Lone Cowboy,” “Midnight,” and “His Spurs.” $20.00
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