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Ranching Catalogue Part 2(Authors D-G)

Items 2015-2039

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2015. FREEMAN, James W. (ed.). Prose and Poetry of the Live Stock Industry of the United States.... New York: Antiquarian Press, Prepared by Authority of the National Live Stock Association, 1959. Another copy, not numbered. Mild foxing to fore-edges, otherwise very fine. Slipcase not present.
     Second edition, limited edition (550 copies produced, with 500 numbered). $200.00

2016. FRÉMONT, Jessie Benton. Mother Lode Narratives. Ashland: Lewis Osborne, 1970. 156 [1] [2, index] [1] pp., text illustrations (mostly full-page), pages with excerpts from author’s letters are printed on blue paper, endpaper maps. 12mo, original half navy cloth over gilt-stamped decorative boards. Very fine in d.j.
     Limited edition (“Printer’s Edition” of 650 copies); edited and annotated by Shirley Sargent. Cowan, p. 222n. Flake 3450n. Rocq 5105n. Smith 3341n. Sketches from magazine articles (also published in the author’s 1890 book, Far West Sketches) and previously unpublished letters from the period 1858-1860, documenting the Frémont family’s life on their 45,000-acre Las Mariposas rancho near the mining community of Bear Valley. This edition incorporates important new material on early settlements in Oregon. $50.00

2017. FRÉMONT, Jessie Benton. A Year of American Travel: Narrative of Personal Experience.... Voyage to California in 1848: Impressions of Panama, San Francisco, Monterey, San José &c., and a Letter from Colonel John Charles Frémont, Describing His Expedition to the Rocky Mountains Made during the Winter of 1848-49. San Francisco [& Los Angeles]: [Saul and Lillian Marks, the Plantin Press for] The Book Club of California, 1960. xi [5] 121 [1] pp., woodcuts by Ernest Freed. 8vo, half terracotta cloth over decorative linen boards, printed paper spine label. Fine in plain d.j.
     Limited edition (450 copies). Introduction by Patrice Manahan. Graff 1427n. Howell 50, California 1338. Howes F363n. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 255b: “Jessie Benton Fremont, the illustrious wife of John, traveled to California via the Isthmus of Panama in April 1849 to meet her husband. The coincidental events of the California gold discovery combined with her own travel adventures make her recollections doubly interesting.” Rader 1477n. Rocq 15815. Shortly after her arrival in San Francisco, Mrs. Frémont notes that in the year since gold had been discovered nearly all the foodstuffs had been consumed and there was none to replace it because all the cattle had been bought and the vaqueros and other flocks and herds had all disappeared (p. 69).
     During her stay at San José, Mrs. Frémont witnessed a grandiose three-day California wedding among vaquero families and gives a wonderful description of the splendor, skill, and vivacity of the event, including a cavalcade with about five hundred horses and even more riders, followed by spirited rivalries in feats of horsemanship. Equipage, clothing, and material culture of the vaqueros are described in minute detail. One of the engravings in the book illustrates the cavalcade. $125.00

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2018. FRÉMONT, John C. Geographical Memoir upon Upper California...Addressed to the Senate of the United States. Washington: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers (30th Congress, First Session, Senate Miscellaneous Document No. 148), 1848. 67 pp. (wants map). 8vo, original blue printed wrappers, stitched. Wrappers with moderate marginal chipping, old tape repair to spine, moderate water staining to lower right of text, overall a good copy.
     First edition, with appendix that did not appear in the House edition. Munk (Alliot), p. 83. Cowan, p. 223. Flake 3451. Graff 1429. Howes F366. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 256: “Provided Gold seekers with a reliable summary of the terrain they were about to encounter.” LC, California 102. Plains & Rockies IV:150. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 78; Mapping the Transmississippi West III:559. “The only detailed reports ever made by Frémont on his expedition of 1845-1846; his journals subsequently were burned.”
     Frémont in this brief but significant report on his third expedition describes the natural characteristics of California, including the stock of the prospering Mormon settlements, wild cattle at Cow Creek which are hunted for game, plants that could be used to graze cattle, Cordua’s ranch on the Yuba River and other ranchos between the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys, the beautiful herds in the Sacramento Valley, and the horses and cattle around San Pablo. $300.00

2019. FRÉMONT, John C. Geographical Memoir upon Upper California.... San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1964. xxxi [1] 65 [2] pp., frontispiece portrait, folding map in grey paper pocket at rear. 8vo, original grey boards illustrating the map. Very fine in plain d.j. with title written in pencil on spine.
     Limited edition (425 copies); reprint from the 1848 edition, with introductions by Allan Nevins and Dale L. Morgan. Schwartz & Ehrenberg, plate 171, p. 278: “Frémont’s epochal map of Oregon and Upper California...added many new place names to the geographical nomenclature of the West, including the Humboldt River, Lake, and Range in present-day Nevada...San Francisco’s ‘Chrysopylae or Golden Gate’...and the phrase ‘El Dorado or Gold Regions,’ one of the earliest graphic announcements of the discovery of gold in California.” $100.00

2020. FRÉMONT, John Charles & Jessie Benton Frémont. Memoirs of My Life...Including in the Narrative Five Journeys of Western Exploration, during the Years 1842, 1843-4, 1845-6-7, 1848-9, 1853-4.... Vol. 1 [all published]. Chicago & New York: Belford, Clarke & Company, 1887. xx, 655 pp., 84 plates, including steel and wood engravings (some on tinted grounds), photogravures, 1 chromolithograph, and 6 (of 7) maps. This copy lacks the map titled Country Explored by John C. Frémont. 4to, original brown pictorial cloth decorated in gold, silver, and colors, bevelled edges. Light wear and staining to binding, interior mostly fine (save for scattered light foxing and a few minor stains on blank corners of a few plates).
     First edition. Cowan, p. 224. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 171. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 45-46 (citing Frémont’s 1845 Report and giving a good synopsis of desert content): “A great book and an important one. An early narrative of overland adventure [which] infused tremendous enthusiasm into the hearts of men everywhere to consort with excitement and danger by venturing out upon the vast surge of westbound migration.” Flake 3456. Fritz, California Coast Redwood 304. Howes F367: “Embraces his first 3 exploring expeditions and the part played by him in the conquest of California.” Paher, Nevada 638. Plains & Rockies IV:115:1n. Rittenhouse 228. Smith 3350. Tweney, Washington 89 #22n. Wynar 199. Zamorano 80 #39. Co-authored by “The Pathfinder” and his wife, Jessie, to whom we owe the literary style of the famous accounts of exploration published under her husband’s name. Included is a biographical sketch of Jessie’s father, Senator Benton, noted champion of westward expansion. Excellent illustrations by Darley, Hamilton, and other leading artists. Includes references to ranching, cattle, and grazing grounds. $250.00

2021. FRENCH, C. C. “A Long Winding Trail: Some Chapters from the Autobiography of One Who Remembers the Open Range in Texas” in The Texas Monthly 2:5, 3:1, and 3:3 (December 1928; January 1929; March 1929). Pp. 583-596 + 117-125 + 361-374. 3 issues, 8vo, original orange printed wrappers. Light wear to wrappers, otherwise fine.
     First printing. Texas trail driver C. C. French gives a valuable firsthand account of the development of the cattle trade and drives in post-Civil War Texas. Included in the January 1929 issue is A. H. Norris’s “The Texas Pony: Something of the Origin and Characteristics of the Monarch of the Plains.” $60.00

2022. [FRENCH, G. H. (ed.)]. Indianola Scrap Book: Fiftieth Anniversary of the Storm of August 20, 1886. History of a City That Once was the Gateway of Commerce for This Entire Section. Victoria, Texas: The Victoria Advocate, 1936. 198 pp., photographic plates, map. 8vo, original grey cloth. Binding lightly worn and faded at spine, slightly shelf-slanted, endpapers browned, otherwise very good. Contemporary ink gift inscription on front free endpaper.
     First edition. CBC 779. Guns 767: “Scarce.... Has some material on the Taylor-Sutton feud and the killing of Bill Sutton by Jim Taylor.” Herd 846. Mohr, The Range Country 688. Includes H. E. Bolton’s “Location of La Salle’s colony on the Gulf of Mexico.” Camels in Texas, cattle industry, German colonization, Civil War, etc. For many years Indianola was a major port for importing supplies for ranching and farming, and for exporting products, such as hides. At pp. 88 is a section “Cattle Stealing Common.” $150.00

2023. FRENCH, Giles. Cattle Country of Peter French. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort, 1964. 167 [1] pp., many photographic text illustrations (some full-page), endpaper maps, large folding map (same as endpaper maps) laid in. 8vo, original rose lettered and with cowboy vignette in black. Very fine in d.j.
     First edition. Smith S3139. The eastern two-thirds of Oregon comprise a vast, arid region with (until recently) a sparse population and a history peopled with hardy, self-sufficient ranch families, among whom Peter French was one of the earliest. Born on a ranch near Red Bluff, California, in 1849, he ran away from home at a fairly young age and ended up in the employ of Chico wheat and cattle baron Dr. Hugh Glenn, one of the largest landowners in the Sacramento area. After marrying Dr. Glenn’s daughter, he was sent by his land-hungry father-in-law to scout the rumored prime grazing land in eastern Oregon. French eventually amassed 200,000 acres in the Steens Mountain region. $50.00

2024. FRENCH, Hiram T. History of Idaho: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principle Interests. Chicago & New York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1914. xxviii, 579 + [2] 585-904 + [2] 905-1,320 pp., frontispiece portrait (photographic), photographic and steel-engraved plates, photographic text illustrations. 3 vols., original three-quarter brown roan over black textured cloth, t.e.g., marbled edges. Bindings rubbed, upper hinge of vol. 2 weak, mostly structurally sound, interiors fine. A scarce set.
     First edition. Flake 3460: “Mormon colonization and activities in Idaho.” Smith 3366. Volume 1 is a history covering early exploration and settlement, Native Americans, Territorial government, cities and towns, gold discovery, religious history, climate, agricultural resources, dairy industry, etc. Volumes 2 and 3 comprise a mug book, with biographies of numerous ranchers and cattlemen. $375.00

2025. FRENCH, Joseph Lewis (ed.). A Gallery of Old Rogues. New York: Alfred H. King, [1931]. 285 pp. 8vo, original red cloth. Light shelf wear, mild foxing to fore-edges and endpapers, overall fine.
     First edition. Dykes, Kid 166. Guns 768: “An anthology concerning outlaws, some from the American West, such as Billy the Kid, Al Jennings, and Joseph Slade.” Contributors include Mark Twain (on Slade), Owen White, Walter Noble Burns, and William Jennings. $30.00

 

Early Cowboy Biography

2026. FRENCH, W. J. Wild Jim...Texas Ranger. The Texas Cowboy and Saddle King [wrapper title]. [Chicago: M. A. Donohue & Company], n.d. (ca. 1890). 15 pp. 8vo, original tan wrappers with photographic illustrations of Wild Jim, stapled. Vertical crease where formerly folded, wrappers lightly worn, otherwise fine.
     First edition. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 18. Guns 771: “Rare.... This little pamphlet is a sampling of the larger book that followed (Guns 772) and was distributed to help the sale of the latter.” Herd 848 and Howes F374 cite the later book version. French wrote one of the early biographies of a cowboy, published five years after Siringo’s first work; in this case, however, it seems likely that at least part of the tale is fiction written to pander to the mania for Wild West shows of the time. Standard biographies of Texas Rangers, such as Webb, do not list French, nor is he found on the official rolls of the Texas Rangers. Dykes does not list the book in “Ranger Reading” or Rare Western Outlaw Books. The West of the Imagination? $750.00

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2027. FRENCH, William. Some Recollections of a Western Ranchman: New Mexico, 1883-1899. London: Methuen & Company, [1927]. vi [2] 283 [1] 8 (publisher’s ads) pp. 8vo, original red cloth, lettered in blind on upper cover and in gilt on spine. Light outer wear, otherwise fine in the rare d.j.
     First edition (ads coded 5270). Adams, One-Fifty 57: “[Contains] information previously unknown about many of the western outlaws.... Most of these outlaws worked for the author on the WS Ranch. Since he was a participant, he gives a good account of the fight at Frisco, New Mexico, between the cowboys and Elfego Baca.” Loring Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 36. Dobie, p. 102: “A civilized Englishman remembers.” See Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #10 & #49. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Western High Spots, p. 85 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Graff 1441. Guns 773. Herd 847: “Scarce.... This is one of the really good but little-known books on ranch life.” Howes F375. Rader 1485. Reese, Six Score 42: “One of the best personal accounts of Western ranching. French was an Englishman who owned the WS ranch in western New Mexico.” Saunders 2906: “Silver City region.”
     Streeter Sale 2397: “This by an Irish younger son, who came to the United States in 1883 on a year’s leave from the army and stayed in New Mexico until 1899, makes good reading. It appears from a reference at the top of p. 280 that the book was written ‘after the lapse of a quarter of a century.’ Capt. French’s ranch was not far from Alma, a town on the San Francisco River, in southern New Mexico near the Arizona line.—TSW.” $600.00

2028. FRENCH, William. Some Recollections of a Western Ranchman: New Mexico, 1883-1899. London: Methuen & Company, [1927]. 8vo, original light grey cloth lettered in black. Edges of text block and first few leaves light foxed, otherwise fine.
     First edition (ads coded 930). $400.00

2029. FREWEN, Moreton. Melton Mowbray and Other Memories. London: Herbert Jenkins, Limited, 1924. viii [4] 311 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates (mostly photographic). 8vo, original green cloth lettered and ruled in black. Fine, contemporary gift inscription in ink on front free endpaper (dated Christmas 1923).
     First edition. Athearn, Westward the Briton, p. 192. Graff 1442. Herd 850: “Scarce.... About ten chapters on cattle ranching, plus reminiscences of an Englishman who tried his hand, unsuccessfully, at ranching on the Powder River in Wyoming.” Howes F380. Reese, Six Score 43: “To read Frewen is to look at a lost world—the aristocracy of late Victorian England in full flower. This, transplanted to the Far West, makes a most entertaining narrative.” Near the site of the Custer massacre, the author met Sitting Bull, who gave him a tour of the battlefield in 1884. Includes material on Teddy Roosevelt, including a portrait. $375.00

2030. FRIDGE, Ike. History of the Chisum War; or, Life of Ike Fridge: Stirring Events of Cowboy Life on the Frontier. Electra, Texas: [J. D.] Smith, n.d. [1927]. [2] 70 [1] pp., photographic frontispiece portrait of Fridge, text illustrations. 8vo, original stiff grey printed wrappers. Except for minor flaw at head of spine, very fine.
     First edition. As told to Jodie D. Smith. Adams, One-Fifty 58: “Rare.... This book was indirectly the cause of the author’s death. After it was printed for him...the author, an old man, left with two large suitcases filled with copies to sell his friends in Seymour, Texas. He had to change trains at Wichita Falls and carry two heavy cases of books from one train to another to make connections. The effort tore loose some adhesions from an old bullet wound [and] he died a few days later in a Wichita Falls hospital.” Dobie, p. 125: “As compact as jerked beef and as laconic as conversation in alkali dust.” Dykes, Kid 120: “Fridge states that he became a Chisum cowboy at the age of fourteen. He worked on the Chisum ranches in Denton County, Texas, on the Concho in Texas, and finally on the Pecos in New Mexico.... Very scarce to rare”; Rare Western Outlaw Books, pp. 7-9. Guns 775. Herd 851. Howes F384. Reese, Six Score 44.
     J. Frank Dobie claimed the book to be “unprocurable” in 1943, an assertion Ramon Adams perceived as a challenge. Dykes notes in Rare Western Outlaw Books, “[Adams] bought a ‘boxful’ (he never would tell me how many) and sold them to his collecting friends at a fairly reasonable price, that is, reasonable for an ‘unprocurable item.’ That cache has been gone for thirty years, and now the book is certainly rare and expensive once more.” $1,000.00

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2031. FRINK, Maurice. Cow County Cavalcade: Eighty Tears of the Wyoming Stock Exchange. Denver: The Old West Publishing Company, 1954. xvi, 243 pp., sketches, brands, and map by Paul A. Rossi, photographic plates, facsimiles. 8vo, original light blue cloth. Spine slightly darkened, otherwise a very fine copy in d.j. (price-clipped, but otherwise fine). Author’s signed and dated presentation copy to his friend Scott Broome.
     First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 6 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”): “Story of eighty years of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association”; p. 79 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Guns 776: “Has a long chapter on the Johnson County War.” Herd 852: “This is the most recent of a series of histories which have been written on the Wyoming Stock Growers’ Association every ten years for the past thirty years.” Includes a photograph of distaff rustler Cattle Kate. For the other two histories in this series, see listings under Greenburg and Gress in this catalogue. $75.00

2032. FRINK, Maurice. Cow County Cavalcade. Denver: The Old West Publishing Company, 1954. Another copy. Spine darkened, otherwise fine in moderately chipped d.j. with small tears. $50.00

2033. FRINK, Maurice, W. Turrentine Jackson & Agnes Wright Spring. When Grass Was King: Contributions to the Western Range Cattle Industry Study. Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1956. xv [1] 465 [1] pp., photographic plates, text illustrations (sketches by Nick Eggenhofer), tables, endpaper maps by Hugh T. Glen. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth gilt. Very fine in very fine d.j. Signed by Maurice Frink and Agnes Wright Spring.
     First edition, limited edition (#37 of 1,500 copies). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 75). Guns 777: “Has material on both the Johnson County and the Lincoln County wars.” Herd 853. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 160: “Details in the formation and operation of the Haft-Bayless ranch in Pennington County in 1882.... Around 1,100 head of cattle were trailed from Washington Territory.” Reese, Six Score 45.
     The authors tell the story of the cattle industry on the plains north of Texas 1865-1895, when the industry blossomed into big business in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. The book also contains an economic study of the British cattle companies that operated in the U.S. and an analysis of the career of one of the more successful early cattlemen, John W. Iliff of Colorado. $200.00

2034. FRINK, Maurice, W. Turrentine Jackson & Agnes Wright Spring. When Grass Was King.... Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1956. Another copy, numbered (#1,479 of 1,500 copies). Endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise very fine in d.j. Signed by Agnes Wright Spring. $175.00

2035. FRINK, Maurice, W. Turrentine Jackson & Agnes Wright Spring. When Grass Was King: Contributions to the Western Range Cattle Industry Study. Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1956. Another copy, #1,127 of 1,500 copies). Fine in lightly worn d.j. with a few short tears (no losses). $150.00

2036. FRINK, Maurice, W. Turrentine Jackson & Agnes Wright Spring. When Grass Was King: Contributions to the Western Range Cattle Industry Study. Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1956. Another copy, unnumbered copy of the limited edition (1,500 copies). Very fine, d.j. not present. $75.00

2037. FROST, H. Gordon & John H. Jenkins. “I’m Frank Hamer”: The Life of a Texas Peace Officer. Austin & New York: Pemberton Press, 1968. [10] 305 [3, blank] [1, colophon] pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic and full-page). 8vo, original dark green leather lettered in silver, with miniature metal Texas Ranger badge on spine. Very fine in publisher’s green board slipcase. Signed on colophon by both authors, Mrs. Frank A. Hamer, Sr., and Frank A. Hamer, Jr.
     First edition, limited edition (300 copies signed by authors and members of Hamer’s family). Basic Texas Books 181: “This biography of the famous Texas Ranger captain gives for the first and only time the authentic and documented details of the Clyde Barrow-Bonnie Parker rampage. In addition, it tells of Hamer’s fifty years as a Ranger and peace officer.”
     Handbook of Texas Online: Francis A. Hamer: “Hamer was born in Fairview, Texas, on March 17, 1884. Known commonly as Frank or Pancho, he grew up on the Welch Ranch in San Saba County. In 1894 the family moved to Oxford in Llano County, where Hamer worked at his father’s blacksmith shop. In 1901 he and his brother hired out as wranglers on the Pecos County ranch of Barry Ketchum, brother of outlaw Tom ‘Black Jack’ Ketchum. In 1905 Hamer was a cowboy on the Carr Ranch, between Sheffield and Fort Stockton, where, after capturing a horse thief, he was recommended by Sheriff D. S. Barker for a position with the Texas Rangers. On April 21, 1906, Hamer enlisted as a Texas Ranger in Capt. John H. Rogers’ Company C.” $500.00

2038. FROST, H. Gordon & John H. Jenkins. “I’m Frank Hamer”: The Life of a Texas Peace Officer. Austin & New York: Pemberton Press, 1968. Another copy of the limited edition, this one numbered (#98 of 300 copies, signed). Lacking Texas Ranger badge on spine, otherwise fine. $350.00

2039. FROST, H. Gordon & John H. Jenkins. “I’m Frank Hamer”.... Austin & New York: Pemberton Press, 1968. [10] 305 pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original maize cloth. Light foxing to fore-edges and half-title, otherwise very fine in slightly worn and foxed d.j. Signed presentation inscription from H. Gordon Frost: “To E. R. Wyatt, whose interest in the true history of Texas and the southwest is sincerely appreciated.”
     First edition, trade issue. $150.00


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