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Ranching Catalogue Part 2(Authors D-G)

Items 2065-2089

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2065. FURNAS, Robert W. Nebraska: Her Resources, and Advantages, Advancements and Promises. New Orleans: E. A. Brandao & Co., 1885. 32 pp., tables. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers. Text browned and lightly soiled, otherwise a good copy.
     Early Nebraska guide and promotional, “prepared...by Robert W. Furnas, State Commissioner for the World’s Industrial & Cotton Centennial Exposition...1884-85.” Imprint differs from Graff 1466 and Herd 867 (“Rare”). $75.00

2066. FURNAS, Robert W. (ed.). Transactions and Reports of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Vol. 1. Lincoln: State Journal Co., 1885. 233 [1] pp. 8vo, original black cloth gilt. Moderate shelf wear, otherwise fine.
     First edition. Interesting articles on Nebraska history include a piece on the first Anglo child born in Nebraska, the first women’s suffrage movement in Nebraska, pioneer recollections, and biographies, including several stockmen. $35.00

2067. FURNISS, Norman F. The Mormon Conflict, 1850-1859. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1960. viii [4] 311 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, map. 8vo, original dark grey cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j.
     First edition. Yale Historical Publications, Miscellany, vol. 72. The primary focus is on conflicts between the U.S. government and Mormons, but there are good sidelights on the early years of ranching in Utah. $75.00

2068. FURSTNOW SADDLERY COMPANY. Illustrated Catalogue and Price List No. 27...Wholesale and Retail Saddlery, Montana Art Leather Work, Fancy Bits and Spurs, Fine Saddles and Harness, Tents, Paulins, Slickers, Horse Furnishing Goods. Miles City [St. Paul: McGill-Warner, after 1913]. 147 pp., profusely illustrated (photographs and engravings of saddles and other riding and ranging equipment). 8vo, original red pictorial wrappers. Wraps with a few ink stains and water staining with bleed-through onto endpapers and title, hinges strengthened with cloth tape. Related ephemera laid in. Preserved in a maroon cloth box with red leather label. Uncommon ephemera.
     First edition. This trade catalogue contains a wealth of solid documentation on saddles and gear offered by the prominent Montana firm of Al Furstnow, which specialized in rodeo and stock saddles, popular with working cowboys, rodeo stars, and celebrity cowboys, such as Tom Mix. Today Furstnow saddles and equipage are avidly collected.
     Among the photographs is a portrait of proprietor Al Furstnow. The date 1913 is mentioned in the catalogue, and Furstnow moved to California about 1922. Miles City was a legendary cattle town in Eastern Montana and “the end of the cattle trail” for many longhorn cattle trails in the 1890s. $550.00

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2069. GAGE, Jack. Tensleep and No Rest: A Historical Account of the Range War of the Big Horns in Wyoming. Casper: Prairie Publishing Company, [1958]. [6] 222 [4] pp., photographic plates, map, facsimiles. 8vo, original red cloth gilt. Very fine in price-clipped d.j., chipped and worn at edges.
     First edition. Guns 792: “Account of the war between the sheepmen and the cattlemen in Wyoming.” Not in Herd. $65.00

 

What Life Has Taught Me

2070. GALLATIN, E. L. What Life Has Taught Me. Denver: Jno. Frederic, [1900]. [2] 215 pp., photographic frontispiece portrait of author. 8vo, original black cloth. Upper hinge cracked, front flyleaf loose and wear to edges, overall very good. Author’s signed, dated, and inscribed copy.
     First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 175. Graff 1490. Howes G32. Howes Catalogue 53:068: “Privately printed autobiography of a prominent Colorado pioneer, describing his trip across the plains in 1860 to the Pikes Peak gold region, early Placerville and Denver, criminals and vigilantes, the founding of Cheyenne and Laramie City, Wyoming, etc. The Gallatin stockman’s saddle was in widespread use in the West, all leading towns having warehouses for their distribution. This is the only copy I have ever heard of.” Wilcox, p. 47: “Chiefly an account of the author’s connection with the Colorado Co-operative Colony, Nucla, Colorado.” Wynar 1262.
     About half the book is devoted to the Colorado Co-operative Colony, and Gallatin’s involvement with it. The Colony was a direct descendant of Brook Farm and continues in existence to this day as the Colorado Ditch Company, named after its most celebrated public work. Much has been written on Gallatin, one of the giants of the Plains style saddle, centered in the Cheyenne, Wyoming area. See James R. Laird, The Cheyenne Saddle: A Study of Stock Saddles of E. L. Gallatin, Frank A. Meanea and the Collins Brothers (Cheyenne: Frontier Printing, Inc., 1983.). $1,250.00

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Land & Water Laws of Mexico & California—1844

Signed by a Pioneer of Santa Barbara & Monterey

2071. GALVÁN [RIVERA], Mariano. Ordenanzas de tierras y aguas, ó sea: formulario geométrico-judicial para la designacion, establecimiento, mensura, amojonamiento y deslinde de las poblaciones y todas suertes de tierras, sitios, caballerias y criaderos de ganados mayores y menores y mercedes de aguas: Recopiladas a beneficio y obsequio de los pobladores, ganaderos, labradores, dueños, arrendatarios y administradores de haciendas, y toda clase de predios rústicos, de las muchas y dispersas resoluciones dictadas sobre la materia, y vigentes hasta el dia en la república Mexicana.... Segunda edicion, corregida y aumentada. Mexico: [Leandro J. Valdes, 1844.] [2] iv, 3-184 pp., 2 lithographic plates, numerous text illustrations (geometrical and technical), tables, plans. 8vo, full contemporary mottled green and brown Mexican calf, spine gilt-decorated and with original black gilt-lettered label. Light shelf wear (especially at edges and corners), mild marginal staining to blank outer edge of leaves, overall a very good to fine copy in a handsome nineteenth-century Mexican binding. From the library of an important Franco-Mexican-Californian, signed on title by José María Covarrubias, a Frenchman who became a Mexican citizen and came to California in 1834 with the Híjar and Padrés Colony to be a schoolteacher (see Bancroft, Pioneer Register, p. 110). Provenance: Miss Rosario Curletti, who helped endow the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library, the oldest library in the State of California that still remains in the hands of its founders, the Franciscans.
     Second edition, corrected and enlarged, of a volume of vital interest to both the pastoral era of the Spanish and Mexican ranchos of California and the period after Anglo occupation (the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo intended to respect all Mexican land titles as granted under these laws, but the Halleck report of 1851 upheld the rights of U.S. settlers or squatters). Not in Palau. Sabin 26466 (lists only the fourth and subsequent editions).
     This work is a compilation of formulas, regulations, and laws regarding land surveys, water rights, boundaries, and related matters. Land law from the earliest years of Spanish occupation in America up to Mexico’s colonization laws are analyzed, including those pertinent to California and Texas. Colonization laws of interest for Coahuila y Tejas are included for the years 1824, 1828, 1834, and 1837. This would have been an essential volume for a settler or rancher wishing to obtain a Mexican land grant.
     This volume has exceptional association interest: Covarrubias was adaptable, holding several key government posts in Monterey and Santa Barbara both before and after the shift of power to the U.S. In the early 1840s Covarrubias was busy arresting Anglo foreigners. At the time of this imprint, he served as alcalde at Santa Barbara. By 1849 Covarrubias was a member of the California constitutional convention and served with the first legislature (four times re-elected). In 1843 Covarrubias applied for a 26,000-acre land grant in Santa Inéz Valley, which was granted to him and his kinsman Joaquín Carrillo by the last Mexican governor of California. Covarrubias hired Native American laborers to work the property as a cattle ranch, the Castac (or Castaic Rancho), a portion of which is now Fort Tejón, a California state historic park near the Grapevine. $750.00

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2072. GAMBRELL, J[ames] B[urton]. Ten Years in Texas [half-title]. [Dallas: The Baptist Standard, 1909]. 313 pp., frontispiece portrait of author (photographic), text illustrations (line drawings and cartoons). 8vo, original navy blue cloth lettered in white and gilt. Slight shelf wear, light foxing to edges of book block and endpapers, otherwise fine, with dealer’s ink stamp on front free endpaper. Contemporary ink ownership signature. J. Frank Dobie’s ownership inscription and signed comment on front free endpaper: “One book I have not read thoroughly; I know it thoroughly however without having read it.”
     First edition of these articles first published in The Baptist Standard. Campbell, p. 97: “Splendid account of early life in Texas.” Reverend Gambrell (1840-1921), a prominent Baptist minister, teacher, and editor, served as a scout for General Lee and fought in the Battle of Gettysburg (see Handbook of Texas Online: James Bruton Gambrell). In the chapter “Evangelizing the Far West,” the author describes the annual Madera camp-meeting in the Davis Mountains which began because the ranches of the region were widely separated by vast, uninhabited areas making it virtually impossible for frontier families to worship with their neighbors and friends:
     “Up in the deep canyon in these mountains is the spot where the cowboys’ camp-meeting is held.... The mountain stream comes down to supply water for cowman use, and an excellent place for baptizing.... The cowboys were there in great force, manly, respectful and reverent. The great ranch men and women were there with their full forces.... These ranch people are great. The average person from the East must revise his judgment of the ranch people.... They have cut out the rowdy and the scrub” (pp. 154-58). $50.00

2073. [GAMEL, Thomas W.]. The Life of Thomas W. Gamel. N.p., n.d. (ca. 1932). 32 pp. 8vo, original brown printed wrappers. Other than light marginal browning to text, fine.
     First edition. Guns 793: “Rare. A little-known book containing some material on the Mason County War and Scott Cooley.” Includes an eyewitness account of “The Hoodoo War,” which occurred in Mason County in 1872 after cattle belonging to German stock raisers were stolen or killed. A mob took the accused rustlers from jail, and five men were hanged. The Texas Rangers had to be called in, and not until after 1876 did the county settle down to peace, law, and order. Gamel (b. 1846) came to Texas from Alabama with his family in 1850 and settled in Mason County in 1860. He joined the Minute Men during the Civil War and remained active in law enforcement. $200.00

2074. GANN, Walter. Tread of the Longhorns. San Antonio: Naylor, [1949]. ix [1] 188 pp., illustrations by R. L. McCollister. 8vo, original red cloth with black lettering. Fine copy in a slightly foxed and worn d.j. Author’s signed and dated presentation copy to E. Bell and Joseph Emerson Smith “...with best wishes and in gratitude for the privilege of knowing such excellent people. November 27, 1952.”
     First edition. Adams, Burs I:143: “Chapter on the early cowtowns.” Dykes, Kid 299: “Gann [was] an old cowboy turned peace-officer and Western novelist.” Guns 794: “Contains a chapter on cattle thieves and range wars, including the Lincoln County and Johnson County Wars.” Herd 870. History of the cattle trade, from the coming of the Spanish to the time of publication. Foreword by William MacLeod Raine. $50.00

2075. GANN, Walter. Tread of the Longhorns. San Antonio: Naylor, [1949]. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original orange cloth lettered in black. Cloth lightly wrinkled, front endpaper browned where review was laid in, otherwise very good in d.j. that is a little worn and chipped. Author’s signed and dated presentation copy to W. S. Broome: “To my friend..., an old time Texas cowhand from another.... Denver, Colorado.” Bookplate of Marie and Scott Broome. $40.00

2076. GANN, Walter. Tread of the Longhorns. San Antonio: Naylor, [1949]. Another copy. 8vo, original orange cloth lettered in black. Slight foxing to upper edge of text block and endpapers, otherwise fine in foxed, worn, smudged, and price-clipped d.j. J. Frank Dobie’s signed note on front free endpaper: “Walter Gann did better in putting his range knowledge into his one novel, The Trail Boss, which has no more plan than The Log of a Cowboy, and which is stuffed with episodes out of real range life. He does not know enough to write a history. J. Frank Dobie. Austin, Tx. Oct. 28, 1949.” $35.00

2077. GANN, Walter. Tread of the Longhorns. San Antonio: Naylor, [1949]. Another copy. Light shelf wear, corners bumped, internally fine in very good d.j. Signed by author. $35.00

2078. GANN, Walter. Tread of the Longhorns. San Antonio: Naylor, [1949]. Another copy. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in a somewhat tattered and chipped d.j. $25.00

2079. GANNON, Clell Goebel. Songs of the Bunch-Grass Acres. Boston: [The Gorham Press for] Richard G. Badger, [1924]. 96 pp., photographic frontispiece, text illustrations by author. 12mo, original grey pictorial boards lettered and illustrated in black. Fragile binding moderately worn and chipped at spine, otherwise a fine copy. Contemporary ink gift inscription and ink stamp on front free endpaper.
     First edition. Range verse by Great Plains author-artist Gannon (1900-1962), who spent most of his life in North Dakota. Poems include “The Law of Dakota,” “The Red River Valley,” “A Westerner’s Prayer,” “The Coyote,” “The Girl from Montana,” “A Song of the Badlands,” and “The Prairie Rose.” $50.00

Wayne Gard

2080. GARD, Wayne. Cattle Brands of Texas. [Dallas: First National Bank], n.d. (ca. 1956). [36] pp., text illustrations and photographs (some in color and/or full-page), brands. Oblong 12mo, original wrappers illustrating several brands. Mint in original mailing envelope.
     First printing. Herd 874: “Cattle brands taken from Texas Cattle Brands edited by Gus Ford (1936).” Newsman and historical writer Sanford Wayne Gard (1899-1986), a native of Illinois, received his master’s degree from Northwestern University and studied at Columbia University. After working as a wire editor for the AP at Chicago (1925-1925), he became an editorial writer for the Chicago Daily and other newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News. “Gard’s principal literary interest was in the southwest, his subjects honestly researched and carefully written, his prose revealing the courage, daring, and enterprise of Southwestern pioneers, and preserving their place in the heroic phase of western expansion. He died in Dallas” (Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier History II, pp. 534-535). $25.00

2081. GARD, Wayne. The Chisholm Trail. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1954]. xi [1] 296 pp., plates (mostly photographic), text illustrations by Nick Eggenhofer, map. 8vo, original grey cloth. Very fine copy in fine d.j. Signed by author.
     First edition. Basic Texas Books 70: “Entertaining and scholarly, this is the best book on the Chisholm Trail.... A large number of fellow historians provided assistance, including J. Frank Dobie, Carl Coke Rister, Edward Everett Dale, Ralph Bieber, and Ramon Adams. It would be difficult to imagine a more solidly researched book.” Campbell, p. 192: “The Chisholm Trail carried the greatest migration of domestic animals in world history, helped Texas recover from poverty that followed the Civil War, spurred railroad construction, and opened a vast new American export business. Actually the trail’s beginning was near the southern tip of Texas and led through or passed San Antonio, Austin, and Fort Worth, across the Indian Territory...and then into Kansas, where the original terminus was Abilene.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 37. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 77); Western High Spots, p. 15 (“Western Movement: Its Literature”): “Tops on the most important of the trails”; p. 78 (“A Range Man’s Library”); p.103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Guns 797: “Has material on many of the outlaws and gunmen of the trail-driving days.” Herd 875. Much on women and the cowtowns. $100.00

2082. GARD, Wayne. The Chisholm Trail. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1954]. Another copy. Fine in lightly worn and price-clipped d.j. $75.00

2083. GARD, Wayne. Fabulous Quarter Horse, Steel Dust: The True Account of the Most Celebrated Texas Stallion. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, [1958]. 64 pp., illustrations by Nick Eggenhofer. 4to, original terracotta pictorial cloth gilt. Endpapers lightly browned, otherwise fine in very fine d.j. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 78); Western High Spots, p. 83 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Story of one of the famous sires of this purely American breed so popular as cow horses.” Guns 798: “Has some material on Sam Bass, mostly about his race horse, the Denton Mare.” $60.00

2084. GARD, Wayne. “The Fence-Cutters” in Southwestern Historical Quarterly 51:1 (July 1947). Pp. 1-15. 8vo, original green printed wrappers. Very fine.
     First separate printing. Guns 876: “A chapter from the author’s Frontier Justice read as a paper before the Southwestern Historical Society. This reprint deals with the lawlessness of wire cutting in the range country.” Herd 876 lists the separate offprint. $30.00

2085. GARD, Wayne. Frontier Justice. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1949. xi [1] 324 pp., plates (many photographic), map. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Fine copy in slightly sun faded and lightly worn d.j.
     First edition. Campbell, p. 163: “Comprehensive account of the broad lines of the development of justice in the West, of the sudden and swiftly advancing steps in the process of civilizing the frontier. There are chapters on Indian atrocities, early feuds, vigilantes, range wars, cattle and sheep wars, strife with fence cutters, and the Johnson County War.... Well documented, handsomely illustrated, and readable.” Dobie, p. 103: “Useful bibliography of range books.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #77. Dykes, Kid 401. Guns 800: “Deals with...cattle rustlers, such outlaws and gunmen as Sam Bass, Billy the Kid, the Earps, John Wesley Hardin, Wild Bill Hickok, and Ben Thompson, and the Lincoln County and Johnson County wars.” Herd 877. $65.00

2086. GARD, Wayne. Frontier Justice. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1949. xi [1] 324 pp., plates (many photographic), map. Endpapers a bit dark, otherwise fine in lightly worn d.j. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate on front pastedown.
     First edition, second printing, with correct d.j. (“second large printing” on front flap). $35.00

2087. GARD, Wayne. The Great Buffalo Hunt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. xii, 324, xii [2] pp., text illustrations and plates by Nick Eggenhofer (one double-page). 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Very fine copy in fine d.j. Signed by author.
     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 79). Guns 801: “Has some mention of Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, William Tilghman, and John Poe.” Tate, Indians of Texas 3127: “Best-written and most thorough account of Comanche and Kiowa warfare against the destructive buffalo hunters during the entire 1870s including much detail on events after the Red River War.” Gard explores the important role of buffalo extirpation in opening the American West to cattlemen, farmers, and settlers. From 1871 to the early 1880s buffalo numbers were reduced from an estimated 70 million to less than 1,000; over 40 million were slaughtered in 1871 alone. $50.00

2088. GARD, Wayne. The Great Buffalo Hunt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. Another copy. Not signed. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in lightly worn d.j. $35.00

2089. GARD, Wayne. Rawhide Texas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1965]. xi [1] 236 pp., plates (mostly photographic). 8vo, original orange cloth. Light foxing to edges of text block and endpapers, otherwise fine in d.j. (illustrated by Tom Lea). Rosengren of San Antonio book label on lower pastedown.
     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 158). Guns 802: “Tells about the lawmen and Texas Rangers.” Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 18. The people of Texas are portrayed in a series of informal sketches depicting pioneer life on the Texas frontier and illuminating the still-emerging Texas character. Social history with chapters on Comanches, plantations, cattle, sheep, sodbusters, schools, newspapers, oil, etc. $45.00


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