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Ranching Catalogue Part 2(Authors D-G)

Items 2190-2214

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2190. GRAND, W. Jo[e]s[ph]. Illustrated History of the Union Stockyards: Sketch-Book of Familiar Faces and Places at the Yards. Chicago: Published by author, [1901]. [1, ad] 362 [7, ads] pp., illustrations (many photographic, two by Charles Russell). 8vo, original blue cloth with gilt-lettering on upper board and lettered in black on spine. Moderate shelf wear, some loss to gilt-letter, text block slightly split at pp. 64-65, overall fine.
     Second edition, revised and enlarged (first edition, Chicago, 1896). Herd 915n. Reese, Six Score 48n: “An early account of the yards, describing the practices and characters of the locale. An interesting look at the stockyards in this period.” Yost & Renner, Russell I:4. Includes a chapter on Gallagher, the Stockyard detective. $125.00

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2191. GRANT, Bruce. The Cowboy Encyclopedia: The Old and the New West from the Open Range to the Dude Ranch. New York, Chicago & San Francisco: Rand McNally & Company, [1951]. 160 [2] pp., color frontispiece and plates, text illustrations, maps. Large 8vo, original grey pictorial cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise very fine in fine d.j.
     First edition. Adams, Burs I:155. Guns 856. Herd 916. $30.00

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2192. GRANT, Bruce. How to Make Cowboy Horse Gear. Cambridge, Maryland: Cornell Maritime Press, [1953]. xii [2] 108 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations (some photographic and full-page). 8vo, original green cloth. Slight browning to endpapers, overall very fine in lightly foxed d.j. with small hole at upper spine.
     First edition. Pictures and instructions for the crafting of authentic cowboy gear from contemporary rawhide. From the preface: “In this book are to be found the necessary braids for making all types of cowboy gear - rawhide lariats, headstalls, hackamores, bosals, reins, romals, quirts, hobbles, etc., as well as the general types of utility articles such as dog leashes, collars, belts, hatbands, wrist-watch straps, etc. $30.00

2193. GRANT, Bruce. How to Make Cowboy Horse Gear. Cambridge, Maryland: Cornell Maritime Press, [1953]. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Wrappers worn at spine and foxed, otherwise fine. $25.00

2194. GRANT, Bruce. Leather Braiding. Cambridge, Maryland: Cornell Maritime Press, [1950]. xviii, 173 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations (mostly photographic, some full-page). 8vo, original red cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Upper edge of text block mildly foxed, endpapers lightly browned, otherwise fine in very good d.j.
     First edition. This definitive guide explores all forms of leather braiding in detail. The author dedicates the book “To my mother who was thoughtful enough to see that I was born in Texas.” $15.00

2195. Graphic Account of an Indian Raid at Sabinal, Texas October 28, 1859 and the Pursuit of the Indians by Citizens and Soldiers. N.p., n.d. [Sabinal: Sabinal Sentinel, ca. 1930]. [20] pp. 16mo, original white printed wrappers, stapled. Old rust stain from paperclip on upper wrapper, last page very browned, otherwise fine, with J. Frank Dobie’s signed ink note on upper wrapper: “See publisher’s notice last page. Probably printed around 1930. Reprinted in Frontier Times, April, 1932, with an additional account by Captain W. R. Russell. J. Frank Dobie.”
     First book edition (originally appeared in several issues of the Sabinal Sentinel). Not in Howes, Rader, Tate, etc. This rare little pamphlet contains an account of a bloody massacre in 1859 prompting an historic punitive expedition covering over 200 miles in the Sabinal-Uvalde country of Texas, one of the longest running fights with Native Americans on record. The work is unattributed, but the last leaf states that the copy was provided to the Sabinal Sentinel by J. W. Davenport, son of John Davenport, a victim of the massacre.
     Pioneer rancher Davenport settled in Sabinal Canyon on the heels of Capt. William Ware’s 1852 penetration of Comanche lands. Also killed in the massacre was rancher John Bowles, who prospected for gold in California and moved to the Uvalde area where he assisted in the organization of that county and later relocated to the Sabinal area. Bowles was ambushed while moving stock to a new pasture. He was shot with three arrows, lanced, and scalped. His son Doke (or Doak) Bowles retrieved from a warrior his father’s scalp, saddle-rope, bridles, and the scalps of four children.
     A large party of settlers and U.S. soldiers under Lieutenant Hazen of Fort Inge pursued the tribesmen in a wild melee described thus: “Never was there such a running fight on the frontier. It was twenty miles back to where the fight commenced. The men were scattered all the way and there were dead Indians and wounded white men. Some of the soldier stopped with Lieutenant Hazen. The heavy cavalry horses of those who came on soon failed and none but the toughest of the cow ponies of the Texas prairies endured to the end.” Hazen was wounded during the campaign, but he stayed in command of his men until the tribesmen had been defeated and went on to serve as a general in the Union Army. $950.00

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2196. GRAVES, J. A. My Seventy Years in California, 1857-1927. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Press, 1927. xvii [1] 478 pp., frontispiece portrait, 17 photographic plates. 8vo, original gilt-lettered blue cloth. Moderate shelf wear, front flyleaf missing, text lightly water-stained at blank margins, old tape repair to torn, stained d.j. that has adhered to binding.
     First edition. Cowan, p. 247. Howell 50, California 498: “The author came to California in 1857 by ship, and after eighteen years in Marysville and San Francisco moved to Los Angeles, where he lived until the publication of this book. He describes turn-of-the-century life in Los Angeles, commenting on hunting clubs, the legal profession, the Chinese, the political bosses, and the Oil Boom.” Rocq 3857.
     Graves was president of the Farmers & Merchants National Bank for many years. Along with Harris Newmark’s Sixty Years in California, Graves’ memoir is one of the two most important works on Southern California on the period. Chapters relating to ranching include “Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in Los Angeles, San Fernando Ranch Litigation...”, “Stockgrowers’ Customs,” and chapters on horses. $40.00

2197. GRAVES, J. A. My Seventy Years in California, 1857-1927. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Press, 1927. Another copy. Light shelf wear, mild foxing to endpapers and preliminary pages, otherwise a fine copy, d.j. not present. $30.00

2198. GRAVES, J. A. My Seventy Years in California, 1857-1927. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Press, 1929. xvii [1] 478 pp., frontispiece portrait, 17 photographic plates. 8vo, original blue cloth gilt. Mild shelf wear and spotting to cloth, otherwise a fine copy.
     Third printing. $15.00

2199. GRAVES, John. Blue & Some Other Dogs. Austin: Encino Press, [1981]. [4] 29 [2] pp., toned photographic illustrations. 4to, original navy blue cloth over slate blue boards, printed paper label on upper cover, spine lettered in silver. Fine. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     First edition (appeared in Texas Monthly in a different form). Whaley, Wittliff 159: “Tells of a love affair between the author and his crossbred sheep dog, whose special personality, loyalty, and courage made him an unforgettable companion.” Graves writes of dogs and their use in herding sheep, cattle, and goats and his own beloved Blue’s sometimes amusing work in Graves’ “rather miniature and unstrenuous livestock operations,” such as “when a chuted cow turned fighty and [Blue] loaded him into the trailer instead of her.” $40.00

2200. GRAVES, John. From a Limestone Ledge: Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas. New York: Knopf, 1980. xv [1] 228 [3] pp., frontispiece, full-page text illustrations by Glenn Wolff. 8vo, original white cloth over white boards, title blind-embossed within panel on upper cover, spine gilt lettered. Very fine in mildly chipped d.j. Neat association copy. Laid in is a Christmas card with author’s signed inscription, as well as a copy of a review of the book by Carl Hertzog. Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     First edition (most of the material appeared previously in articles in Texas Monthly). This book is a sequel of sorts to Graves’ Hard Scrabble. Like that earlier work, it is a treatise on the pleasures and hardships of doing things for oneself and a nostalgic meditation on country ways. Graves considers every creature and aspect of country life that has lured, or demanded, his attention during two decades of living on and working a battered and recalcitrant ranch in the cedar-covered limestone hills of north-central Texas. $85.00

2201. GRAVES, John. Goodbye to a River. New York: Knopf, 1964. [10] 306 [2] pp., text illustrations by Russell Waterhouse, map. 8vo, original greyish green pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
     First edition. CBC 2477n, and three others. Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 86n: “Contains the essential humor, the rawness and earthy wisdom of an old, rural Texas society without sacrificing intelligence and historical accuracy. There have been only a handful of books that achieved this plateau.... I rank it the finest piece of Texas writing ever done.” Lowman, Printer at the Pass 121n: “The production requirements of the giant presses were such that this book had to be printed in exactly 320 pages. Hertzog spent days reworking these pages in order that the final brief chapter—the finale—would end the story precisely at page 301.” Tate, Indians of Texas 3737: “Moving account of the Brazos River and the events which have transpired in its vicinity. Graves writes not as an historian, but as an environmentally and culturally conscious observer who laments the passing of an earlier era.” $125.00

2202. GRAVES, John. Goodbye to a River. New York: [Designed by Carl Hertzog for] Knopf, 1964. [10] 306 [2] pp., text illustrations by Russell Waterhouse, map. 8vo, original light green pictorial cloth. Very fine in lightly worn d.j. with a few small tears. Association copy. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     Fifth printing. $35.00

2203. GRAVES, John. Goodbye to a River. Austin: [W. Thomas Taylor for the Book Club of Texas], 1988. 237 pp., photographs (prints made by William Wittliff from the originals taken by Graves during his trip down the Brazos River). 4to, original half brown cloth over boards. Mint.
     Limited edition (550 copies), new introduction by John Graves. A. C. Green & His Library: “Although this is not the first edition of Goodbye to a River it is the most beautiful. It contains several photos of John on the river which were taken by his wife Jane. Bill Wittliff and W. Thomas Taylor, both of whom have had so much to do with beautiful Texas books, added their skills.” $350.00

2204. GRAVES, John. Hard Scrabble: Observations on a Patch of Land. New York: Knopf, 1974. [1] xi [1] 267 [5] pp., map. 8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. Publisher’s card laid in with “at the suggestion of the author” written in ink. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     First edition. “Hard Scrabble” was the name this excellent author gave to his 400-acre ranch in the Central Texas Hill Country. In this, his second book, he ruminates on the pleasures and challenges of living in close association with the land.
     A. C. Green & His Library: “I have said many times, in private and in print, that I think John Graves is the finest writer to come out of Texas since WWII—or, who knows, maybe long before that. I first met John when he was giving a talk to the West Texas Historical Association in Abilene. I was sent out to cover the meeting—not because John was speaking, he was relatively unknown, but because it was happening in our town. John told about his trip down the Brazos that eventually became his famous Goodbye to a River. Not long after that, his classic story, `The Last Running’ appeared in Atlantic Monthly and was the subject of the first pictorial cover that magazine ever used. Some people have criticized John for not writing more. But I say that quality is reason enough for his smallish output. I have never read a sentence by John Graves that did not measure up to the best he’d done. (Am I saying I am satisfied with his output? No. But that is merely to wish he’d done more for me to enjoy).” $75.00

2205. GRAVES, John. The Last Running. Austin: Encino Press, 1974. [4] 47 [1] pp., text illustrations by John Groth (some full-page). Oblong 4to, original black cloth over burnt orange boards, illustrated paper label on upper cover, gilt lettering on spine. Very fine in acetate wrapper. Carl Hertzog’s copy with his bookplate.
     First edition. Appeared in Atlantic Monthly in 1959. A. C. Greene, Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 86: “Incidentally, if The Last Running were a bit longer than a story, I would list it among the best books, it’s worthy.” A. C. Greene & His Library: “When this story appeared in The Atlantic Monthly back in the 1950s, I knew immediately that Texas had added another name to its literary honor roll.” Whaley, Wittliff 116. Tale of a group of eight Comanche who traveled from Oklahoma to Texas to demand they be given rancher Tom Bird’s largest buffalo, who had been given to Bird by Charles Goodnight. $40.00

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2206. GRAVES, John & Jim Bones. Texas Heartland: A Hill Country Year. College Station: [Design by William Wittliff for] Texas A&M University Press, [1975]. 40 [64] pp., color frontispiece and 82 color photographic plates by Jim Bones. Folio, original brown cloth. Fine copy in d.j. (lightly chipped and rubbed). Carl Hertzog’s copy with his bookplate.
     First edition. Whaley, Wittliff 134: “Jim Bones provides an exceptional photographic record of a year in the Texas Hill Country. Most of the pictures were taken while Bones was a resident at Paisano, a 254-acre ranch that belonged to J. Frank Dobie. John Graves’ essay on the region tells the history of the land and those who lived on it.” A most harmonious collaboration between writer, photographer, and designer. $40.00

2207. GRAVES, Richard S. Oklahoma Outlaws: A Graphic History of the Early Days in Oklahoma; the Bandits Who Terrorized the First Settlers and the Marshals Who Fought Them to Extinction; Covering a Period of Twenty-Five Years. [Oklahoma City: State Printing & Publishing Company, 1915]. [4] 131 [1] pp., photographic illustrations. 12mo, original red pictorial wrappers with photographic back wrap, stapled. Tiny nick at tail of spine, otherwise very fine.
     First edition. Adams, Burs I:156. Anderson 1642:524: “The four Daltons; Bill Bowers; Dick Broadwell; Bill Doolin; Tulsa Jack, and many others.” Campbell, pp. 68-69. Graff 1620: “Prepared as publicity for the motion picture The Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaws.Guns 859: “Scarce.... Touches upon most of the better-known Oklahoma outlaws and marshals.” Howes G322. Rader 1650. Streeter Sale 4293 (one of the few lots to pass!).
     This lurid little pulp contains material on the Miller Ranch and several notorious distaff outlaws (including Rose of the Cimarron, Cattle Annie, Little Breeches, et al.). Some of the brigands are cowboys gone bad. Many of the illustrations are grisly postmortem shots of outlaws. The 1915 silent movie featured many of the surviving lawmen playing themselves, such as E. D. Nix, Bud Ledbetter, and William Tilghman. $500.00

2208. GRAVES, W. W. Life and Letters of Rev. Father John Schoenmakers S. J., Apostle to the Osages. Parsons, Kansas: Commercial Publishers, [1928]. 144 [4, index] pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 12mo, original green cloth. Binding stained and abraded, interior fine.
     First edition. Guns 861: “Scarce.... Has some mention of Wild Bill Hickok.” Presented are pioneer Jesuit missionary Schoenmakers’ recollections of his work among the Osage in Kansas in 1847-1876, including sections on “Horse Thieves Troublesome” (rustling by Kickapoo and other tribes in 1862) and “Cattle Thieves Flourished”): “The territory around the mission and southward, being the border line between the contending forces in the [Civil] war, was often in the hands of one party, then the other, and sometimes it was open territory with renegades and thieves as its chief occupants. The cattle belonging to the Indians in the armies were turned loose on the range along with other cattle that belonged to the tribe collectively. The renegades would steal cattle without regard to ownership, and often managed to place the blame on an enemy of the real owners.”
     Father Schoenmakers’ account is a relatively obscure source for Civil War history. Father Schoenmakers was intensely loyal to the Union and tried to persuade the Osages for the North, or at least to have them be neutral. Many of the Osage warriors who lived near the mission enlisted in the Union army. During the Civil War raids, the Indian missions existing between Osage Mission and Texas were destroyed, except Father Schoenmakers’ village was spared. By the treaty which the Osages made with the government in 1865 they gave up a large portion of their lands in Kansas and agreed to move to a new reservation in the Indian territory, where, according to Gaves, the tribe became “the richest nation or tribe in the world.” $250.00

2209. GRAVES, W. W. Life and Letters of Rev. Father John Schoenmakers S. J., Apostle to the Osages. Parsons, Kansas: Commercial Publishers, [1928]. Another copy, rebound in dark green cloth. Fine condition. $250.00

2210. GRAY, Frank S. Pioneer Adventures. [Cherokee, Texas: Privately published, 1948]. 384 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original maroon cloth lettered in black. Upper edge of text block and endpapers lightly browned, otherwise very fine in very good d.j. Signed by author.
     First edition. CBC lists two titles by this author, but not the present work, the focus of which is local history of southern San Saba County, Texas. Dobie, p. 104: “Integrates home life on frontier ranches with range work.” Herd 919: “Much on the Chisholm Trail.” Gray, who followed in the steps of his father and uncle who were early ranchers in the area, gives a faithful account with many cattle drives recalled, as well as much history of Central Texas. Chapters include “The Trail Drivers Appear,” “John Chisum and Jesse Chisholm,” “Trail Herd across the Staked Plains to Fort Sumner, New Mexico,” “Horse Hunt at the Haunted Ranch,” “Trouble between Cowmen and Sheepmen in San Saba County,” “A Cow Outfit from Cherokee Making a Drive on Wallace Creek,” “Ranching in the Panhandle,” etc. $250.00

2211. GRAY, Frank S. Pioneering in Southwest Texas: True Stories of Early Day Experiences in Edwards and Adjoining Counties. [Austin: Steck, 1949]. vii [1] 247 pp., photographic illustrations, endpaper map. 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine in slightly foxed d.j. Signed by author.
     First edition. Edited by J. Marvin Hunter. CBC 1488. Dobie, p. 104: “The author has the perspective of a civilized gentleman and integrates home life on frontier ranches with ranch work.” Guns 863. Herd 920. True stories of early day experiences in Edwards and adjoining counties, with chapters on “The First Fence in Edwards County,” “The First Angora Goats in Edwards County,” “Fencing a Pasture in Edwards County,” “A Big Trail Herd,” and “Trailing a Herd to New Mexico.” $125.00

2212. GRAY, W. B. D. The Cowboy’s Prayer, Used by Rev. W. B. Gray, Superintendent of Congregational Missions in Wyoming, in His Illustrated Missionary Address “Cowboy Life on the Range”. N.p., n.d. (early 1900s). [4] pp., first page with photograph of cowboy on horseback. 16mo, leaflet. Fine.
     First edition. According to Waltz & Engle’s Ballad Index, this rhymed verse was written by Charles Badger Clark, and the earliest recorded date is 1920. They note there is no evidence that this song has ever circulated in tradition. $30.00

2213. GRAY, W. B. D. The Hold-Up in Jericho Canyon, by Rev. Superintendent Congregational Missions in Wyoming, and Used in His Illustrated Missionary Address “Cowboy Life on the Range.” N.p., n.d. [4] pp. 16mo, leaflet. Fine.
     First edition. A version of the Biblical Good Samaritan story set in the West with a cowboy as the hero. $30.00

2214. GRAY, W. B. D. How Bill and the Preacher Got in Their Work: A Frontier Mission Study.... [wrapper title]. N.p., n.d. [early 1900s]. [11] pp., full-page photographic text illustrations. 12mo, original brown printed wrappers, stapled. Slightly darkened along front edges of wrapper, otherwise a fine copy.
     First edition. This little pamphlet is another in Gray’s ephemeral series relating to incidents in early mission work in Wyoming, in this case the story of the founding of the Congregational Church in Black Canyon City. One of the photos shows Babcock Ranch. $125.00

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