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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2315-2339

The items in this catalogue have been sold. This catalogue was issued in print form in 2016, and is presented in full on our website as a courtesy to users and for reference purposes.

2315. HAKOLA, John W. (ed.). Frontier Omnibus. Missoula: Montana State University Press; Helena: Montana Historical Society, [1962]. xvi [2] 436 pp., illustrations by Charles M. Russell, pictorial endpapers. Large 8vo, original brown cloth with Russell illustration on upper cover. Fine.

First edition, trade issue. $25.00

 

2316. HALE, Edward E[verett]. G. T. T.; or, The Wonderful Adventures of a Pullman. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1885. 221 pp. 12mo, original dark green cloth. Ex-library with contemporary printed book label of the Library of the First Universal Church of Denver and light circular abrasion on spine where a label has been removed. Shelf-slanted, binding rubbed, and front hinge a bit loose. Reading copy.

Reprint of the first edition (Boston, 1877). Wright III, 2379. Popular novel based on the author’s railroad trip through Texas, including witnessing a cattle drive (“a drove of beautiful cattle, a drove to fill Rosa Bonneur, nay Juno herself, with rapture”) and the other such stereotypes of the day. Hale (1822-1909), a Boston Unitarian clergyman and popular author, is better known to us for his Tract for the Day: How to Conquer Texas, before Texas Conquers Us (1845, Streeter 1583), but his most popular work was The Man without a Country (1865). $15.00

 

2317. HALE, Edward E[verett]. G. T. T.; or, The Wonderful Adventures of a Pullman. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1892. 221 [1] [12, ads] pp. 12mo, original red cloth. Spine abraded and slightly shelf-slanted, front hinge cracked. Light ex-library, with contemporary printed book label of The Swedish Lutheran Gethsemane Church in Austin and ownership signature on upper cover of Swante Palm (1815-1899), noted book collector and promoter of Swedish immigration to Central Texas.

Reprint of the first edition (Boston, 1877), with added advertisements that include author’s engraved portrait and descriptions of his works for sale by the publisher. $25.00

 

2318. HALE, Edward Everett. Kanzas and Nebraska: The History, Geographical, and Physical Characteristics, and Political Position of Those Territories; an Account of the Emigrant Aid Companies, and Directions to Emigrants...With an Original Map from the Latest Authorities. Boston: Philips, Sampson and Company, 1854. 256 [4, ads] pp., folding map (Map of Kanzas & Nebraska from the Original Surveys....). 8vo, original green cloth, gilt-decorated spine. Spine sunned, corners slightly bumped, bookplates.

First edition of one of the earliest books to describe Kansas and Nebraska territories.. Bradford 2037. Dary, Kanzana 1: “The first book written about Kansas. Hale was director of the Kansas League.... He compiled the book to encourage the emigration to Kansas Territory of northerners who opposed slavery.” Eberstadt 137:230. Graff 1709. Howes (1954 ed.) 4371 [omitted erroneously in the 1962 reprint]. Plains & Rockies IV:239a. Sabin 29624. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “This book covers the early explorers of the region, the Indians, the soil and face of the country, projected cities, political history, and the act to organize Kansas and Nebraska. In 1854, present Colorado was still part of Kansas. Contains material on the Santa Fe Trail (not in Rittenhouse).” Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 807. The map includes topographic features, locates forts and Native American habitation, identifies proposed route per Frémont and Stevens for a railroad to the west coast, shows Compromise line of 36° 30’. The author praises the potential for stock raising in the prairies, in the most flattering terms: “Carpeted with the most succulent grasses, affording an inexhaustible supply for herds of cattle and sheep”; the superintendent of the Catholic mission on the Pottawatomie reservation reports good success with 250 head of cattle; Appendix B at the end includes commentary on stock raising; etc. $200.00

 

2319. HALE, John. California As It Is.... A Reprint of the Edition of 1851 with Biographies of the Ancestors of John Hale, 1637-1800, and His Descendants, 1826-1952. [San Francisco: Grabhorn Press], 1954. [28] 51 pp., frontispiece, plates, folding map. 4to, original half beige cloth over patterned boards. Very fine in very fine plain d.j.

Second edition, limited edition (150 copies); the first edition, published at Rochester in 1851, is one of the rarest overland narratives, known in only a few copies. Cowan, p. 852n. Grabhorn 553. Graff 1716n. Howes H31. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 301n: “Hale left North Bloomfield, New York on April 18, 1849, followed the California Trail, and reached the Sacramento Valley by way of the Lassen Cutoff.” Mattes 821. Mintz, The Trail 198. Plains & Rockies IV:198an. In California, Hale worked at the business of making mining equipment but quickly became disenchanted: “If, by publishing this work, I shall succeed in persuading even a few of my fellow citizens to remain in a civilized country, who would otherwise be induced to emigrate to California, my object will in a measure have been accomplished and my labors and experience prove not altogether useless.” Hale comments on Lawson’s (Lassen’s) Ranche; encounters a government train with a drove of fat beef cattle sent to relieve emigrants (of course, they refuse to help the suffering Hale); comments on the Sacramento Valley (“much better adapted to the raising of stock than anything else”); and praises native horsemanship (“The natives of California, as horsemen, excel any men I have ever seen. They have brought horsemanship to such perfection that it excites astonishment”). $75.00

 

2320. HALEY, J. Evetts. And So It Must Be...Christmas...on the Ranges of Grass! [Amarillo: Printed by George Autry for the author, 1952]. [7] pp., illustrated by H. D. Bugbee. 4to, original beige pictorial wrappers. Small stain on back wrapper, else very fine in original mailing envelope. Printed gift card laid in: “Merry Christmas! Evetts and Nita Haley.”

First printing. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 85). Robinson, Haley (1967) 4; Haley (1978) 24: “Privately printed for the author and distributed as a Christmas greeting.” $50.00

 

2321. HALEY, J. Evetts. Betty and Her Books. [El Paso: Crawford Penick, Inc., 1976]. [2] 4 pp., illustrations by Charles Russell and H. D. Bugbee. 4to, original beige pictorial wrappers. Wrapper title and half-title: Ranges of Grass and the Men on Horseback. Very fine. Bookplate of Carl Hertzog.

First separate printing. Robinson, Haley (1978) 46: “Cover design by William D. Wittliff.... Reprinted from Betty Smedley’s Catalogue No. 11 issued in Austin in 1976.” Written by Haley as an introduction to a catalogue by Betty Smedley. $25.00

 

2322. [HALEY, J. Evetts. “Betty and Her Books”]. SMEDLEY, Betty. Ranges of Grass and the Men on Horseback. [Austin]: Betty Smedley Rare Books, [1976]. [2] 4 [62] pp., illustration by H. D. Bugbee. 4to, original tan wrappers with Russell illustration. Mint.

First printing. Robinson, Haley (1978) 316. This bookdealer’s catalogue on ranching contains Haley’s essay “Betty and Her Books.” $30.00

 

2323. HALEY, J. Evetts. A Bit of Bragging about a Cow. [Amarillo: George Autry], 1948. [7] pp., illustrated by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original cream printed wrappers. Very fine. Presentation copy to Carl Hertzog, signed by Haley, and with Hertzog’s bookplate. Scarce.

First edition, limited edition numbered by Haley “10,022” of an unspecified number “surreptitiously circulated in a limited edition among my friends just for the hell of it.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 78). Herd 959. Robinson, Haley (1978) 14; Haley (1967) 14: “A serio-comic reminder that the great American cattle industry was not founded upon subsidies from Washington nor on ‘progressive’ philosophies dreamed up by social planners. The self-reliant Longhorn cow rustled for her own feed instead of bawling for a hand-out at a stack-lot gate.” $175.00

 

2324. HALEY, J. Evetts. A Bit of Bragging about a Cow. [Amarillo: George Autry], 1948. Another copy. Very fine. Presentation copy to Clark Wright, signed by Haley. $150.00

 

2325. HALEY, J. Evetts. A Bit of Bragging about a Cow. [Canyon, Texas], 1949. [9] pp., illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 12mo, original beige printed wrappers. Very fine, signed by Haley on last page.

Second edition (this edition not noted by Robinson). $100.00

 

2326. HALEY, J. Evetts. Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1936. xiii [3] 485 pp., frontispiece and illustrations by H. D. Bugbee, map. 8vo, original beige cloth. Covers worn and soiled with stains on lower cover, rear endpapers lightly stained, else very good in the scarce d.j. (repaired). Inscribed and signed by author.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 81: “Superb biography of one of the greatest Texans.” Campbell, p. 82. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 42. Dobie, Big Bend Bibliography, p. 10. Dobie, pp. 104, 160. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #13. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 5. Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 74); Kid 225; Western High Spots, p. 18 (“Western Movement: Its Literature”); p. 30 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”); p. 70 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating); p. 78 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Best biography ever written of a range man and may be the best biography ever written about a Westerner”; p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”); p. 118 (“Ranger Reading”): “Properly classed as a Ranger item because Goodnight served as a scout and guide for the Texas Rangers during the War Between the States.” Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 35: “He trailed longhorns to Colorado and Kansas—but he also opened a college so his ranch families could be educated [and] helped save the American buffalo from extinction.” Guns 890. Herd 960: “Scarce.” Howes H36. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 18. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 76: “Haley’s biography of Goodnight was based on ‘Goodnight’s own lusty narrative.’” Rader 1730.

Reese, Six Score 53: “Best biography of a cowman ever written. Goodnight’s career spanned the history of the development of West Texas, from Indian fighting to oil wells. Goodnight, while not the largest cattleman in Texas, was undoubtedly the most important.... Haley’s beautifully written biography, perhaps his best book, is an ample vehicle for a mighty figure, and is a classic of American biography.” Robinson, Haley (1978) 8; Haley (1967) 62: “For seventy years Goodnight played a dominant role in civilizing the frontier. He was strong-willed, courageous, determined and wise. Through these matchless pages we trail with Goodnight upon the vast expanses of awesome, forbidding and yet inspiring and conquerable plains of grass and long reaches of waterless sand. With him we hunt Indians, guide Texas Rangers, palaver with outlaws, and blaze cattle trails nearly 2,000 miles beyond the settlements.... Certainly one of the foremost western items for all times.” Saunders 2935. Tate, Indians of Texas 2374: “Much information on Goodnight’s earlier years as an ‘Indian fighter’ in northwestern Texas, and his association with Comanches, especially Quanah Parker.” $850.00

 

2327. HALEY, J. Evetts. Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1936. Another copy. Binding and endpapers lightly browned, else very fine lightly chipped in d.j., with publisher’s original glassine wrapper. Very scarce in d.j. $650.00

 

2328. HALEY, J. Evetts. Charles Goodnight.... Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1949. xiii [3] 485 pp., frontispiece and illustrations by H. D. Bugbee, map. 8vo, original green cloth. Slight browning to endpapers, else very fine in d.j.

Second edition, with revised and expanded preface and redesigned d.j. Western Frontier Library 34. Robinson, Haley (1967) 63; Haley (1978) 8b. $100.00

 

2329. HALEY, J. Evetts. “Charles Goodnight’s Indian Recollections” in Panhandle-Plains Historical Review 1:1 (1928). Pp. 3-29. 8vo, original grey and beige pictorial wrappers. Marginal chipping to wraps with ink inscription on front wrapper, otherwise fine.

First printing of Haley’s second publication. Robinson, Haley (1978) 81; Haley (1967) 64: “While best known, perhaps, as a trail blazer and cattleman, Colonel Goodnight had vast experience as a frontier scout and Indian fighter.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2375: “Goodnight’s recollections of Comanche raids, counterattacks by Texans, and his friendship with Quanah Parker.” While several Indian encounters are reported, the primary focus of this article is Cynthia Ann Parker and the Pease River fight where she was “recovered.” Other articles in this issue include “Mining and Indian Fighting in Arizona and New Mexico,” “Pioneer Quaker Farmers of the South Plains,” and the Arrington Papers. $50.00

 

2330. HALEY, J. Evetts. Charles Schreiner General Merchandise: The Story of a Country Store. Austin: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas State Historical Association, 1944. x [4] 73 pp., illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original light brown cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j. Inscribed to “Mario” and signed by Carl Hertzog.

First trade edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 76). Herd 9689: “Rare.... Story of a country merchant and ranchman. Printed in a small edition and now very difficult to come by.” Howes H37. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 24B: “The ingredients finally selected for the make-up of this book successfully convey the mood of a country store without the clichés that might mar the effort of less capable artists.” Robinson, Haley (1978) 11; Haley (1967) 154: “While the sum of Mr. Haley’s books and articles are written with superb skill, this slim volume can be classed as a ‘little jewel.’ The integrity of the writing is complemented by excellent design, typography, and illustration. This book is more than a story of a country store; from its pages are projected the rugged individualism, honesty, character, thrift and perseverance of Captain Schreiner and his sons, and the color, conversation and traditions of the people of the hill country around Kerrville.” An important account of the pioneer rancher, entrepreneur, and Confederate veteran (Handbook of Texas Online: Schreiner, Charles Armand). $150.00

 

2331. HALEY, J. Evetts. Charles Schreiner General Merchandise: The Story of a Country Store. Austin: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas State Historical Association, 1944. Another copy. Very fine in near fine d.j. $75.00

 

2332. HALEY, J. Evetts. Charles Schreiner.... Kerrville, Texas: [Carl Hertzog for] Charles Schreiner Company, 1969. xiv [4] 73 pp., frontispiece and illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j.

Second edition, revised, with added introduction by Haley: “A Century of Change in a Land That Stays the Same.” This edition prepared for the 100th anniversary of the Schreiner Company. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 76n). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 240. Robinson, Haley (1978) 11c. $35.00

 

2333. HALEY, J. Evetts. “Charlie Siringo: Cowboy Chronicler” in The Shamrock (Spring 1962). Pp. 5-7, 15. 4to, original wrappers with color photographic illustration. Center creased where folded, lightly worn, generally very good.

First printing. Robinson, Haley (1978) 136; Haley (1967) 158: “An account of one of the earliest and best writers of the range, a man who left honest chronicles of real cowboys and forthright men. During his travels he was friend to outlaw and lawman alike.” $15.00

 

2334. HALEY, J. Evetts. Christmas in the Palo Duro [wrapper title]. [Amarillo: Carl Hertzog for the Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation, 1961]. [2] 13 [1] pp., photograph, illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers with color illustration by F. Reaugh. Very fine. Bookplate. Signed by Haley.

First edition, Shamrock issue. Christmas keepsake from Shamrock Oil and Gas. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 88). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 136. Robinson, Haley (1978) 34; Haley (1967) 29: “Caught by a severe norther, a surveying party finds unexpected refuge in the Palo Duro Canyon at Christmas, 1887. One of the better frontier tales in the classic Haley style.” The goal of the survey party in a wide swath of rangeland was “to sectionalize a sizeable chunk of the Panhandle for the range companies and the cowmen who were settling up the country. Camping by night on the Plains, turning their teams loose to graze, and cooking their scanty meals with bull chips, they ran their lines beyond the reach of fences, rails, and trails.” $30.00

 

2335. HALEY, J. Evetts. Christmas in the Palo Duro [wrapper title]. [Amarillo: Carl Hertzog for the Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation, 1961]. Another copy. Very fine. $25.00

 

2336. HALEY, J. Evetts. Christmas in the Palo Duro. [El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1961]. [2] 13 [1] pp., photograph, illustrations. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers with color illustration by F. Reaugh. Lower wrapper soiled, otherwise fine.

First edition, printer’s issue, without the Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation greeting. $35.00

 

2337. HALEY, J. Evetts. “Cow Business and Monkey Business” in The Saturday Evening Post 207:23 (December 8, 1934). Pp. 26, 28-29, 94, 96, photos. 4to, original multicolor pictorial wrappers. Wrappers worn with foxing to margins and fore-edges, the word “Haley” penciled twice on front wrapper, otherwise fine.

First printing. Robinson, Haley (1978) 70; Haley (1967) 40: “A scathing indictment of New Deal theoreticians and their controlled mismanagement of the nation’s cattle industry. After more than a half-century successfully running his own business, in good times and bad, the cowman suddenly found himself in forced partnership with the government, when the cattle killing program was launched.... It has been said that the publication of this article caused Mr. Haley’s peremptory dismissal from the faculty of The University of Texas. This is a mythical assertion since his dismissal from the University came in September 1936 at a time when he was chairman of the Jeffersonian Democrats of Texas actively opposing the re-election of President Roosevelt.... He commented ‘...I will welcome being fired, and will go back to my old job of punching cows, at least those that escaped Henry Wallace’s cow-killers.’” $15.00

 

2338. HALEY, J. Evetts. A Day with Dan Casement. [Kansas City, Missouri: American Hereford Journal, 1949]. 7 pp. 8vo, original stiff blue printed wrappers. Very fine.

First separate printing, limited issue (100 copies); first issued in The American Hereford Journal, September 1, 1949. Herd 961. Robinson, Haley (1967) 46; Haley (1978) 17 (quoting Dan Casement): “Evetts Haley...is one who measures up fully to my conception of a complete man.... He has enriched our literature by valuable biographies of great men of the West who walked the earth in simpleness and gentleness and honor and clean mirth, though often enforcing, mayhap, with blazing six-guns, the righteous moral code of the frontier. Words to express my extravagant admiration for this, his gift, fail me unless I fall back on the encomium I once—to my surprise and his confusion—impulsively bestowed upon him: ‘You write like a bitch wolf.’” “It has long been my belief that no better subject for Western biography among current cowmen could be found than the story of the Sage of the Juniata [Casement]” (Haley from colophon). $30.00

 

2339. HALEY, J. Evetts. Earl Vandale on the Trail of Texas Books. Canyon, Texas: [Carl Hertzog for] Palo Duro Press, 1965. 44 [2] pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original red cloth gilt. Bookdealer’s small label on back pastedown, otherwise very fine.

First edition, limited edition (500 copies). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 191. Robinson, Haley (1978) 39; Haley (1967) 185: “By vocation Earl Vandale was a landman for the Magnolia Petroleum Company, by avocation he was an ardent collector of Texana and Western Americana.... He was a collector perhaps without regional parallel.” It is a bit of a stretch to include this book in a ranching catalogue, but included are comments on a few ranching rarities, such as Vandale’s inspired, conniving acquisition of the elusive 1914 History of the Cattlemen of Texas. Perhaps the most useful aspect of this book for the collector consists of comments such as this: “Insatiable interest, acquisitiveness, investigative background and bent, capaciously retentive mind, inbred love of books and a knowledge of human nature built on a life-time’s experience in trading with people suspicious of strangers, all combined to turn [Vandale] into a collector perhaps without regional parallel.... This love of books, this overwhelming obsession that deranges men, destroys bank accounts, demoralizes housekeeping and even breaks up homes, is one of the strangest and most potent narcotics of intelligence known to man.” $175.00