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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2365-2389

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2365. HALEY, J. Evetts. Men of Fiber. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1963. 39 [1] pp., illustrations by José Cisneros. 8vo, original imitation rawhide cloth. Fine in near fine d.j. Signed by Carl Hertzog.

First edition, limited “Rawhide Edition” (700 copies). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 86). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 163B: “These biographical sketches of five noted Southwesterners originally appeared as a series in The Shamrock, house organ of the Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation.” Robinson, Haley (1978) 36; Haley (1967) 129: “Lives of five men who rode the danger trails of the untamed prairies. These sketches capture the strong character and resolute action of John Baylor, Quanah Parker, Ranald Mackenzie, Andrew Jackson Potter, and Bob Beverly.” Bob Beverly was born in Ringgold, Georgia, and was orphaned by the age of twelve. He migrated to Texas where he worked for some years as a cowboy and was involved in several cattle drives, from Texas to Montana. He served as sheriff of Midland County, Texas, from 1909 to 1912, and worked at both the JA and XIT ranches. In 1916 he became a cattle inspector for the Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, a position he held until 1921, when he moved to Lea County, New Mexico, and purchased property near Lovington. He served as sheriff of Lea County in the 1920s and 1930s. Beverly wrote a pamphlet called, Hobo of the Rangeland. $75.00

 

2366. HALEY, J. Evetts. Men of Fiber. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1963. Another copy. Fine in d.j. (slightly worn at spine). $50.00

 

2367. HALEY, J. Evetts. Men of Fiber. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1963. 39 [1] pp., illustrations by José Cisneros. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

First edition, wrappers issue, the “Shamrock edition” printed “for the friends and customers of the Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation.” Lowman, Printer at the Pass 163B. $25.00

 

2368. HALEY, J. Evetts. Men of Fiber. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1963. Another copy, unbound, sewn into end sheets and with colophon page for the “Rawhide edition.” Very fine. $25.00

 

2369. HALEY, J. Evetts. Pastores del Palo Duro [wrapper title]. [Dallas: Southern Methodist University, 1934]. 16 pp., illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original grey pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

First separate printing (offprint from Southwest Review 14:3, April 1934). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 73). Herd 967. Robinson, Haley (1978) 7; Haley (1967) 140: “Sheep were the cowman’s plague on the open plains where custom had established the cattle ranges as firmly as barbed wire fences. This excellently done article describes Charles Goodnight’s firm yet diplomatic handling of the sheep problem. It also includes the tragic story of the Casners and their sheep in the Palo Duro Canyon.” Saunders 2938n: “Cattle and sheep conflicts between Charles Goodnight and Mexican authorities in New Mexico.” $75.00

 

2370. HALEY, J. Evetts. Personal Justice on the Arizona Desert. Midland: [Carl Hertzog for] Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library, [1979]. 5 pp., illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Very fine, signed by Haley.

“Reprinted from Michael Gibbs’ Texas and the West, Catalogue 1, February 1979.” $40.00

 

2371. HALEY, J. Evetts. Personal Justice on the Arizona Desert. Midland: [Carl Hertzog for] Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library, [1979]. Another copy. Very fine. $35.00

 

2372. HALEY, J. Evetts. “Portraits of the West: Harold Bugbee, Cowboy Artist, Paints the Texas Cow Camp and Trail” in The Alcalde 18:5 (February 1930). Pp. 186-90, illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 4to, original black-and-white pictorial wrappers. Lightly foxed, overall very good.

First printing. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 195). Robinson, Haley (1978) 127; Haley (1967) 144: “A critical review of the work of Harold Bugbee, at the time still in his twenties, whose paintings and sketches are distinctly Texan in setting and in theme.” $10.00

 

2373. HALEY, J. Evetts. Rough Times—Tough Fiber: A Fragmentary Family Chronicle. Canyon, Texas: [Carl Hertzog for] Palo Duro Press, 1976. ix [3] 196 pp., illustrated title by Beeler, photographic illustrations, and with 2 added leaves for the limited edition. 8vo, original half leather over grey pictorial cloth. Very fine in publisher’s slipcase. Signed inscription from Haley to Hertzog: “For my old friend Carl Hertzog unchallenged champion of the cowboy printers—with appreciation and affection unharmed by the years.” Prospectus laid in.

First edition, the limited “Midland Edition” (#99 of 150 copies, signed by three generations of Haleys). Robinson, Haley (1978) 44b. A great western writer tells the history of his family, who for many years owned and operated a large ranch in Midland County. $200.00

 

2374. HALEY, J. Evetts. Rough Times—Tough Fiber.... Canyon, Texas: [Carl Hertzog for] Palo Duro Press, 1976. viii, 196 pp., illustrated title by Beeler, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original orange cloth over tan pictorial cloth, spine lettered in silver. Very fine.

First edition, trade issue. Robinson Haley (1978) 44. $50.00

 

2375. HALEY, J. Evetts. Then Came Christmas for Mildred Taitt. [Amarillo: Printed by George Autry, 1951]. [12] pp., illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 4to, original pictorial wrappers. Very fine, signed by Haley. Privately printed.

First edition, first printing. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 82). Robinson, Haley (1967) 177; Haley (1978) 21. This first printing not in Lowman, Hertzog (see next entry). A Christmas keepsake that tells the romantic story of how Jeff Milton (Texas Ranger, ranchman, lawman, etc.; see Handbook of Texas) met and courted Mildred Taitt, a “sprightly witted New York school teacher” who “had come out West for a rest cure, and was casually taking courses in the University of Arizona.” After their wedding, friends speculated that it wouldn’t last. “Hell, it can’t last! Just wait till she sees old Jeff get mad.” But Milton settled down, “and his friends were shocked to see his handsome head bowed in grace at every meal. What they had never realized was the reverent nature of the soul behind those burning, black eyes that spurred his character into pace with his courage.” Story adapted from Jeff Milton: A Good Man with a Gun. $750.00

 

2376. HALEY, J. Evetts. Then Came Christmas for Mildred Taitt. [Amarillo: Carl Hertzog for the Shamrock Oil and Gas Co., 1962]. 15 pp., illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original green decorated cloth with gilt-lettered paper spine label. Very fine.

Second edition, limited edition (400 copies in cloth, the printing with the Shamrock greeting page). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 83). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 145A: “Surely this must be one of the most charming and attractive Christmas greetings ever produced in Texas.” Robinson, Haley (1967) 178; Haley (1978) 35. $25.00

 

2377. HALEY, J. Evetts. Then Came Christmas for Mildred Taitt [wrapper title]. [Amarillo: Carl Hertzog for The Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation, 1962]. 15 [1] pp., illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original red pictorial wrappers with illustration by Bugbee. Mint, signed by Haley on first page and Hertzog on last page.

Second edition, wrappers issue. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 145B. Robinson, Haley (1967) 179; Haley (1978) 35b. $25.00

 

2378. HALEY, J. Evetts. Then Came Christmas for Mildred Taitt [wrapper title]. [Amarillo: Carl Hertzog for The Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation, 1962]. Another copy. Very fine. $10.00

 

2379. HALEY, J. Evetts. To the Cowboy Artists of America. [Canyon, Texas: Palo Duro Press, 1976]. [2] 8 pp. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers with illustration by Joe Beeler. Very fine.

First printing of this speech delivered to The Cowboy Artists of America Eleventh Annual Show, Phoenix, Arizona, October 23, 1976. Robinson, Haley (1978) 245. $15.00

 

2380. HALEY, J. Evetts. Water and Power. [Canyon, Texas: J. Evetts Haley, 1951]. 11 pp. Small 12mo, original grey printed wrappers. Ink stamp on lower wrap, else fine. Scarce (OCLC locates 4 copies).

First printing of an address by Haley to the twenty-fourth annual meeting of the Association of Western State Engineers, and, by invitation, to the twentieth annual convention of the National Reclamation Association. Robinson, Haley (1978) 20; Haley (1967) 187 (quoting Haley): “This talk was given in the middle of the fight that I waged, alone, against the principle of Federal aid for the Canadian dam. I kept the issue in abeyance for two or three years, but finally lost.... This talk all but created a riot at the conservation Convention, where the Secretary of Interior was a guest speaker. Every effort was made to keep me from giving it, after being invited, but I cussed my way to the Convention floor. To what end? The dam is built, the region betrayed, and the lake named for the politician who lived off the public for years and years—Lake Meredith. What the hell.” Haley’s printed text opens in a more mild vein: “This special occasion, confused time and arid place seems to suggest the appropriateness of a discussion devoted to water and power. It would be presumptuous for me, a Texas cowpuncher, to trespass upon the scientific, technical range before a gathering of experts and engineers. Yet it would be superficial indeed to seek solution of our vital problems by scientific approach alone.” $75.00

 

A Merrill Aristocrat – Suppressed

2381. HALEY, J. Evetts. The XIT Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of the Llano Estacado. Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1929. xvi, 261 [2] pp., frontispiece map, plates. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth gilt. Slight outer wear and endpapers browned, overall fine in publisher’s original glassine d.j. (lightly chipped). Haley’s signed inscription on front flyleaf: “To Dudley Dobie in appreciation of a fellow trail hand. J. Evetts Haley August 1, 1932.” Long claimed (even by yours truly) as rare because of its suppression, but the advent of the internet indicates otherwise.

First edition of author’s first book. Basic Texas Books 82: “Haley’s first book, this is nevertheless one of the best examples of his scholarship.” Campbell, pp. 187-88. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 41. CBC 121a and five additional entries. Dobie, pp. 104, 113. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #20. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 5; Western High Spots, p. 21 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”): “Beautifully printed”; p. 70 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #56); p. 79 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Spoke quite plainly about some folks who started their herds with XIT cows. A suit was filed and the unsold remainder of the first edition was impounded by the court. It is a very scarce and expensive book”; p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Graff 1718. Guns 894.

Herd 969: “One of the rarest and most sought after books on cattle.” Howes H39. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 19. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 68. Rader 1731. Reese, Six Score 54. Robinson, Haley (1967) 198: “This epic account of the largest and most famous ranching operation of the early West is a landmark in the literature of the cattle country. Monumental in scope, infinitely detailed, the book presents the history of the Llano Estacado and traces the development and operations of a 3,000,000 acre ranch. It is the one volume that, more than any other, portrays the early-day cattle business of the West”; Haley (1978) 3: “The first edition consisted of 1,380 copies, and was withdrawn from circulation soon after it was first issued.” Vandale 82. “During the middle eighties the XIT Ranch was established. It was the largest ranch in the cow country of the Old West, and probably the largest fenced range in the world. Its barbed wire enclosed over 3,050,000 acres of land in the Panhandle of Texas, patented by the state to a Chicago firm in exchange for the capitol at Austin. From 100 to 150 cowboys, with combined remudas of more than 1,000 cow ponies, ‘rode herd’ upon approximately 150,000 cattle that wore the XIT brand.”

The book is enhanced by the presence of incredible range photographs of cowboy-photographer Erwin E. Smith who captured a way of life then rapidly disappearing. $750.00

 

2382. HALEY, J. Evetts. The XIT Ranch of Texas.... Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1929. Another copy. Spinal extremities slightly worn, upper hinge cracked, tape residue on front and rear free endpapers. Signed presentation copy from the author to Mrs. Dan Cole: “To the memory of Dan Cole, XIT cowboy and trail boss.” Presentation letter to Cole’s widow laid in. $600.00

 

2383. HALEY, J. Evetts. The XIT Ranch of Texas.... Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1929. Another copy. Spinal extremities slightly worn, upper hinge loose. Signed presentation from the author to “James H. East, a real pioneer and a true Texan, and to Mrs. James H. East, in appreciation of a most charming lady.” $650.00

 

2384. HALEY, J. Evetts. The XIT Ranch of Texas.... Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1929. Another copy. Fine. $500.00

 

2385.  HALEY, J. Evetts. The XIT Ranch of Texas.... Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1953]. xiv, 258 pp., plates, folding map. 8vo, original green cloth. Fine in d.j. with slight edge wear.

Second edition. Basic Texas Books 82A. Herd 969: “The University of Oklahoma did readers of Western Americana a great favor when they republished this scarce volume. Some changes were made in the text, and the allegedly libelous material deleted.” Robinson, Haley (1967) 199; Haley (1978) 3b. $60.00

 

2386. HALEY, J. Evetts. The XIT Ranch of Texas.... Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1953]. Another copy. Fine, d.j. not present. $30.00

 

2387. HALEY, J. Evetts, Walter S. Campbell, H. Bailey Carroll, LeRoy Hafen, Jack Potter, et al. Some Southwestern Trails. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1948. [29] pp., title and other full-page illustrations by Bugbee. Oblong 4to, original tan pictorial cloth illustrated by Lea. Very fine in slightly worn dark brown slipcase.

First edition. Regarding the variants of this publication, Hertzog declared: “The bibliographers of 1980 will go nuts on this.” The only thing wrong with that statement is that Hertzog should have expanded the time frame to the twenty-first century. This copy has one illustrated title by Bugbee showing a wagon wheel in the desert, and it is bound tan linen with dark brown stamping of title and Tom Lea’s sketches of skulls of horse, longhorn, and buffalo; colophon leaf at end with Hertzog logo; housed in original dark brown board slipcase with ecru spine label. Campbell, p. 193. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 91); (Lea 164); Western High Spots, pp. 54-55 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #73). Herd 2125. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 54C. Robinson, Haley (1978) 13c; Haley (1967) 161: “Across the rugged terrain of the West moved a handful of tenacious men, cutting trails over the oceans of grass, the arid plains, and the scarred draws eroded for centuries by the unrelenting elements.... In this book projected by Haley and sponsored by Shamrock Oil and Gas Corp., seven talented writers noted for their authentic books of the West contributed one-page essays describing eleven prominent trails of the Southwest, trails blazed and used by the Indians, explorers, stagecoaches, gold-seekers, buffalo hunters, and thousands upon thousands of Longhorn cattle bound for markets in the North and West. Each essay is illustrated with an outstanding full-page drawing.” Wynar 6473. $150.00

 

2388. HALEY, J. Evetts & Erwin E. Smith. Life on the Texas Range: Photographs by Erwin E. Smith. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1952]. 112 pp., frontispiece portrait, 80 photographic illustrations by Erwin E. Smith. 4to, original yellow pictorial buckram. Very fine in publisher’s slipcase with tipped-on photograph. Signed by Haley.

First edition. Campbell, pp. 107, 132. Dobie, p. 119. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #69. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Western High Spots, p. 60 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #120): “It is a collector’s item all the way. As my #120 it gets the only High, High Spot rating among the books illustrated with photographs”; p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 966. Robinson, Haley (1967) 110: “Erwin Smith’s early ambition and training to be a sculptor were overcome by the irresistible lure of cowboy life on the ranches and ranges of West Texas. Patience and devotion, melded with his artistic bent and technical brilliance, produced the most superb of all the fine photographers who drew into focus the transient panorama of the cow country. ‘I don’t mean,’ wrote Tom Lea, ‘that he made just the best photographs I ever saw on the subject. I mean the best pictures. That includes paintings, drawings, prints.’ Regarded by many as the top pictorial range book”; Haley (1978) 22 (quoting William Curry Holden): “Evetts Haley’s splendid tribute...will perpetuate Erwin Smith’s memory as an honest and skillful chronicler of life on the cattle range. Both the text and the photographic captions are rendered in pungent Haleyan style, which is characterized by a poetic prose strongly flavored with smoke from the branding fires.” Reese, Six Score 55. $200.00

 

2389. HALEY, J. Evetts & Erwin E. Smith. Life on the Texas Range.... Austin: University of Texas Press, [1952]. Another copy. Very fine in moderately worn pictorial slipcase. $150.00