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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2415-2439

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2415. HAMBLETON, Chalkley J. A Gold Hunter’s Experience. Chicago: Printed for private circulation, 1898. [6] 5-116 [1] pp. 12mo, original green cloth, t.e.g. Ex-library, adhesive residue on spine, ownership signature in pencil on front flyleaf, inks tamps on title, verso, and p. 23; otherwise very good. Privately printed and scarce in commerce.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 201. Graff 1749. Howes H105. Mattes 1773: “On the Big Platte, ‘probably a million buffalo,’ trailed by ‘thousands of wolves’.... Teamsters had to make great commotion to urge buffalo out of their way. Indians peaceful, but made a nuisance of themselves offering squaws in exchange for whiskey, tobacco, and powder.” Streeter Sale 3204: “This simple and unpretentious account of a journey across the plains to Colorado in the summer of 1860, followed by the story of Hambleton’s experiences for the next two years in mining in Colorado, is most interesting and well told.” Wilcox, p. 55: “Chiefly Pike’s Peak mining district.” Wynar 3338. Hambleton begins his engaging and witty narrative: “Early in the summer of 1860 I had a bad attack of gold fever.” He throws in a few references to cattle and ranching worth mentioning. Early in the journey, he assumed the responsibility of finding cattle that strayed during the night and reunited them with the other cattle. At Marysville there were a few ranches and several cattle thieves, which necessitated instituting strong security measures. He describes a Platte ranch where the owner had eight or ten buffalo calves in a pen that he intended to sell to travelers returning to the east. This rancher also recycled estrays and broken-down cattle that he bought for a song from passing trains and nursed back to health. After leaving Fort Kearney, their cattle were spooked by howling wolves and furious buffalo bulls (“Pandemonium seemed to reign”). The cattle scattered and had to be hunted down the next morning, but some could not be found and members of the party believed they had been stolen by passing ranchers, necessitating a search of the local ranchers’ cattle. $400.00

 

2416. HAMBLIN, Jacob. Jacob Hamblin: A Narrative of His Personal Experience As a Frontiersman, Missionary to the Indians and Explorer.... Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1881. 144 pp., including 4 pp. of ads at end. 12mo, original green embossed cloth. Some shelf wear, hinges cracked, text age-toned, overall very good.

First edition. “Fifth book of the Faith-Promoting Series, by James A. Little.” Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 202. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 32: “A source book for any study of Jacob Hamblin’s exploits on the Colorado River and on both sides of it in the years 1854-1886.” Graff 2511. Flake 4951. Howes L383. Hubach, p. 54. Laird, Hopi 1699n: “Published while Hamblin was still alive, this small volume is a transcription, made by the author, of Hamblin’s memory of events in his early life. His trips to the Hopi are recounted in some detail. A second edition was issued in 1909 with only minor changes.” Mintz, The Trail 202: “Perhaps the best known Mormon frontiersman and was involved with many of the early-day Utah events.” Paher, Nevada 1157: “Hamblin’s journal, confusingly interspersed with Little’s editorial comments which unfortunately are not distinguished by typeset or transition, is included within.... A scarce book.” Hamblin (1819-1886), a Mormon convert, reached Salt Lake in September of 1850. He was one of the truly great pioneers of the West and a missionary to the Hopi and Navajo at a time when reaching their homelands on the Colorado River was an adventure. A part of the tragic Mountain Meadows Massacre occurred on his ranch, although he took no part in it. See Thrapp II, pp. 608-609.

The publisher describes Hamblin’s biography as “a simple, unvarnished recital of incidents of thrilling interest, remarkable adventures and special manifestations of providence, that we think cannot fail to entertain and benefit all who read it.” Upon reaching Salt Lake City, Hamblin settled in Toole Valley, where cattle and horses were rustled by Indians: “Men were sent against them from Salt Lake City, but all to no purpose. The Indians would watch them during the day, and steal from them at night. This kind of warfare was carried on for about three years, during which time there was no safety for our horses and cattle. We had a military company, of which I was first lieutenant. I went with the captain on several expeditions against the thieves, but without accomplishing much good.” Hamblin describes how he cultivated the friendship of local tribes and learned their language and the consequences of the Anglos settling on their lands: “I have ever felt an aversion to white men shedding the blood of those ignorant barbarians. When the white man has settled their lands, and his cattle has destroyed much of their scanty living, there has always appeared in them a disposition to make all reasonable allowances for these wrongs.” Hamblin describes another negative impact on the original inhabitants due to the introduction of grazing cattle: destruction of the vegetation and seeds that they depended on to feed their families. Cattle even figured in the computation of blood money; the price for killing one Navajo was 100 head of cattle, and the wounding of one Navajo was worth fifty head. Included is an account of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, which took place on Hamblin’s ranch and involved Mormons and Native Americans joining forces against the Baker-Fancher wagon train, the booty of which included cattle taken by Mormons for their own use, sale, and trading. $150.00

 

2417. HAMBLIN, Jacob. Jacob Hamblin: A Narrative of His Personal Experience.... Salt Lake City: The Deseret News, 1909. 151 pp. 12mo, original maroon cloth. Binding shelf-worn and stained, internally fine.

Second edition. Flake 4952. $75.00

 

2418. HAMILTON, C. M. Our Memories of Bergen Park. [Golden: Silver State Printers], n.d. (ca. 1951). 72 [14, ads] pp., illustrations. 12mo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

First edition. Wilcox, p. 55. Wynar 1082. Thomas Bergen went west in 1859 and was the first white settler in what is now Bergen Park. He took to pasture stock (as many as 600 head at a time) that immigrants left in his care while they went prospecting for gold. $15.00

 

2419. HAMILTON, Leonidas [Le Cenci]. Border States of Mexico: Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Durango. With a General Sketch of the Republic of Mexico, and Lower California, Coahuila, New León and Tamaulipas. A Complete Description of the Best Regions for the Settler, Miner and Advance Guard of American Civilization.... A Complete Guide for Travelers and Emigrants. San Francisco: Bacon & Company [Engraved and Printed by M. Schmidt], 1881. [2] 162, vii (appendix), [5, ads] [1, engraver’s symbol] pp., 2 folded lithographed maps: [1] Untitled map of the Borderlands, Mexico, and Central America, showing railroads and with text below commencing: This map is published with the permission of the San Francisco “Journal of Commerce”; [2] Map of the Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad and Connections. 1881. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers bound in modern red Library of Congress cloth. Wrappers reattached and moderately soiled, first map restored. Some repairs to splits and tears to the friable wrappers and text. A Library of Congress copyright deposit copy (Copy 2) with the usual accession and deaccession markings. Uncommon.

First edition. Cf. Barrett, Baja California 1116 (second edition). Jones List 1610. Palau 112119 (con un mapa plegado y dos láminas). There is but sparse bibliographical treatment of this title; this copy agrees with the other copyright deposit copy still at the Library of Congress. This rare borderlands work was written by a San Francisco attorney to guide those wishing to engage in “mining, agriculture, or stock-raising; or for persons desiring of making profitable investments” (p. [1]). Hamilton provides extensive coverage of ranching in the border states, including discussion of some of the enormous feudal ranches, the best grazing lands, types of cattle, immense herds of cattle grazing with deer, construction of ranches in Chihuahua and Durango with high walls having circular bastions loop-holed for musketry, and much out-of-the way information, such as the practice of constructing shovels from cattle horns steeped in water and affixed to wooden handles secured by rawhide. The author documents that Apache and other tribes were still quite expert at rustling cattle. In the appendix is a section entitled “Restrictive Laws Against American Citizens, and the Remedy,” in which the author states: “Americans should abandon all Utopian and fanciful dreams concerning the manifest destiny of the republic.” $400.00

 

2420. HAMILTON, Wilson. The New Empire and Her Representative Men; or, The Pacific Coast, Its Farms, Mines, Vines, Wines, Orchards, and Interests; Its Productions, Industries and Commerce, with Interesting Biographies and Modes of Travel. Oakland: Pacific Press Publishing House, 1886. 189 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original brown diced cloth. Shelf-worn, front hinge cracked and loose, otherwise good. Pencil ownership at front.

First edition. Cowan, p. 262. Rocq 16904. Smith 4021. Informative and attractively illustrated work with chapters on Yosemite, the World’s Fair, irrigation, and short biographies of George Hearst, Leland Stanford, and others. Among the author’s many enthusiastic opinions on stockraising is his statement on p. 21: “Because of the mildness of the climate and the cheap and good grazing, this is the best sheep and cattle country that I have ever been in.” In Chapter 2, he sets forth the amount of investment for setting up an outfit, including land and 165 head of cattle at $5,072. $50.00

 

2421. HAMLIN, James D. The Flamboyant Judge James D. Hamlin: A Biography As Told to J. Evetts Haley and Wm. Curry Holden. Canyon, Texas: [Carl Hertzog for] Palo Duro Press, 1972. xxiii [1] 312 pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original orange cloth over green pictorial cloth. Mint in d.j.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 82n. Robinson, Haley (1978) 42 (quoting Lee Milazzo in Southwest Review Summer 1973): “In 1945 Haley and Holden recorded twenty-two hours of conversation with the aging Hamlin, and then in 1946, Hamlin dictated over two hundred pages of information to a stenographer. After the prescribed waiting period, Holden integrated the material from the two sources into manuscript form, and Haley edited, annotated, and footnoted the draft into its present form. The result is a magnificent example of how oral history can capture an individual for history when more traditional methods fail.” In 1905, as agent for the Capitol Syndicate, Judge Hamlin opened XIT Ranch lands to colonization. Presented is the development of the great ranches of the Texas Panhandle. $35.00

 

2422. HAMLIN, William Lee. The True Story of Billy the Kid: A Tale of the Lincoln County War. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1959. xviii [2] 364 [16] pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits, map, facsimiles, plans. 8vo, original tan decorative cloth. Very fine in near fine pictorial d.j. by Paul B. Evans.

First edition. Guns 911. Among the Kid’s professional specialties was cattle rustling. The Lincoln County War in New MexicoTerritory in 1878 arose between two factions over the control of dry goods and cattle interests. The author was an attorney and presents his biography as a well-documented legal brief. $40.00

 

2423. HAMMETT, A. B. J. The Empresario: Don Martin de Leon. Waco: Texian Press, 1973. xiii [1] 197 pp., color frontispiece portrait, illustrations (mostly photographic), brands. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition. The de Leon family founded the city of Victoria and prospered in Texas before the Revolution. Chapters on ranching activities of the family, including Don Martin de Leon’s cattle ranch on Garcitas Creek, as well as information on the depredations and injustices perpetrated on Tejanos by “Mustang” Gray and others after the Revolution. $30.00

 

2424. HAMMETT, A. B. J. Miracle within the Walls. Corpus Christi: South Texas Publishing Company, [1963]. [6] 132 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth. Endpapers stained, else fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Chapter 10 of this privately printed history of the Texas prison system covers the Huntsville prison rodeo. $20.00

 

2425. HAMMOND, George P. (ed.). Don Juan de Oñate and the Founding of New Mexico, in the Light of a Mass of New Materials Recently Obtained from the Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Spain. Santa Fe: El Palacio Press, 1927. vii [1] 228 pp., plates, maps. 8vo, original three-quarter red leather over dark red cloth. Corners worn, joints and edges rubbed, first and last few leaves browned due to acidic endpapers, otherwise very good.

First edition (first published in articles in New Mexico Historical Review 1926-27). Historical Society of New Mexico, Publications in History 2. Campbell, p. 34: “This notable Spaniard has been too much neglected.” Saunders 2529. This edition has extensive new materials recently obtained from the Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Spain. Among the subjects relating to cattle are: the problem of stolen cattle and suggested solutions; brands; soldiers in Santa Barbara taking cattle without permission; round-ups and inspections; a difficult cattle drive across the Rio Grande near El Paso that took nearly a week because of too much mud; the necessity of keeping the cattle from invading the Native corn fields; etc. Perhaps the most unusual activity relating to animals was the construction of a gigantic corral into which the Spanish wished to chase 10,000 buffalo (after three or four days they gave up because when the vaqueros herded the buffalo, they consistently turned around and stampeded the men and their horses). $75.00

 

2426. HAMMOND, George P. (ed.). Don Juan de Oñate and the Founding of New Mexico…. Santa Fe: El Palacio Press, 1927. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Near fine. $75.00

 

2427. [HAMMOND, George P. (ed.)]. New Spain and the Anglo-American West: Historical Contributions Presented to Herbert Eugene Bolton. [Lancaster: Privately printed, 1932]. xii, 333 + v [1] 277 pp., frontispiece portrait of Bolton. 2 vols., large 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine, in original glassine wrappers (one chipped) and publisher’s slipcase (shelf-worn).

First edition, limited edition (#131 of 500 copies). Laird, Hopi 1992. Festschrift to Bolton with contributions by Hammond, Hackett, Neu (“The Annexation of Texas”), William C. Binkley (“Reports from a Texan Agent in New Mexico, 1849”), and others. The first volume deals with the northward advance of the frontiers of New Spain; the second covers Anglo-American westward movement. The essays include studies of Spanish New Mexico, the Spanish occupation of Louisiana, and Pike on the upper Mississippi. For those collecting overland narratives, this work also contains Maria A. Belshaw’s diary of an overland journey from Indiana to Oregon in 1853. Good material on Kino and his foundational role in the livestock trade in the Southwest. $150.00

 

2428. HAMMOND, George P. Pimeria Alta after Kino’s Time. N.p., 1929. [1] 220-238 pp., map. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Edges faded, else fine.

First separate printing, offprint from The New Mexico Historical Review. Wrapper title: Primeria [sic] Alta after Kino’s Time. Hammond pays tribute to Kino, noting that “he laid the foundation of Arizona today... established missions, ministered unto the Indians, baptized and educated them; and he also founded ranches and stocked them with cattle” (p. 220). Hammond traces the work of Kino’s successors and translates the 1737 royal cédula recommending conversion and development of the Pima. $15.00

 

2429. HAMMOND, George P. & Dale L. Morgan (eds.). Captain Charles M. Weber: Pioneer of the San Joaquin. Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1966. viii, 118 pp., illustrations, 3 maps (one foldout). Large folio, original green cloth. Very fine in original shipping box.

Limited edition (700 copies), designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy. Rocq S2105. Biography of Weber along with a description of Weber’s papers, maps, books, pictures, and memorabilia now in the Bancroft Library. In 1844 Weber (1814-1881) obtained a 50,000-acre rancho grant on the site later called Tuleberg, where he raised cattle, mined gold, and later created a business center for the southern mines, naming it Stockton. $25.00

 

2430. HAMMOND, George P. & Agapito Rey. Don Juan de Oñate, Colonizer of New Mexico, 1595-1628. [Albuquerque]: University of New Mexico Press, 1953. xvi, 584 + xv [1] 585-1,187 pp., frontispieces, folding map. 2 vols., large 8vo, original maroon cloth. Very fine, unopened, in lightly rubbed and soiled dust jackets.

First edition. Coronado Cuarto Centennial Publications, 1540-1940, vols. 5 & 6. A foundational work for the history of New Mexico includes translations of original documents and reports of the Oñate expedition to New Mexico. Juan de Oñate was the son of Cristobal de Oñate, conquistador of Nueva Galicia. In 1595 he was granted the coveted contract for the conquest and settlement of New Mexico and was made governor and captain-general. The expedition set out on February 7, 1598, with a party of 400 men (many with their families) and 7,000 head of cattle. The bloody trail of conquest culminated in 1599 when 800 residents of Acoma were slaughtered to avenge the death of one of his nephews. In 1605 Oñate moved his capital from San Juan to Santa Fe where he ruled until 1608. This well-edited work contains good solid statistics on livestock, along with unusual material: the Native practice of following cattle herds to hunt and dress skins to sell in the pueblo in the winter; a long description of the ferocity of the bulls found in the immense herds of wild cattle; etc. $200.00

 

2431. HAMMOND, George P. & Agapito Rey (eds.). Narratives of the Coronado Expedition, 1540-1542. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1940. xii, 413 pp., frontispiece. Small 4to, original red cloth. Fine, untrimmed, in chipped and price-clipped d.j.

Limited edition (750 copies). This work was originally edited by George Winship and issued in the fourteenth annual Report of the BAE; the current edition is enhanced by additions and the scholarly insight of Hammond and Rey. Coronado Cuarto Centennial Publications, 1540-1940, vol. 2. Basic Texas Books 28F. Campbell, p. 55. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 2d: “Faithful and comprehensive texts.” Howes W571. Laird, Hopi 1067: “The editors describe Tovar’s first contact with the Hopi in the introduction and Castañeda’s narrative is included here with its version of the same event.” Saunders 2536. Tate, Indians of Texas 1771: “Translations of various letters and narrative reports by men who accompanied Coronado on this great trek.” Wallace, Arizona History III:44. The original documents, some of which are presented here for the first time in English translation, include letters of Coronado to the king and others along with documentation relating to legal matters. Includes material on the approximately 7,000 head of livestock Coronado brought on the expedition. Cattle that strayed and were stolen from the Coronado party formed the nucleus for the wild herds of longhorns that transformed the life and landscape of the Southwest. $100.00

 

2432. HAMMOND, George P. & Agapito Rey (eds.). Narratives of the Coronado Expedition, 1540-1542. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1940. Another copy. Fine, untrimmed and unopened. $75.00

 

2433. HAMMOND, George P. & Agapito Rey (eds.). New Mexico in 1602: Juan de Montoya’s Relation of the Discovery of New Mexico. Albuquerque: Quivira Society, 1938. [2] 142 pp., photographic frontispiece, 11 photographic plates, facsimile. 8vo, original white cloth over rose boards. Very fine, untrimmed and unopened.

First edition, limited edition (550 copies). Quivira Society Publications 8. Saunders 2537. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 13. Includes Cabeza de Vaca, Oñate, and Espejo, and early routes to New Mexico. Excellent source for details on the earliest European activities in New Mexico. Cattle and ranching interests include interesting details, such as how the early vaqueros in New Mexico lived in tents made of dressed hides; how, according to Oñate, there were more cattle in a town at the source of the Rio Grande than there were at three famous Mexican ranches; a comparison of European cattle to those in New Mexico (the latter being excessively wild); etc. $100.00

 

2434. HAMMOND, George P. & Agapito Rey. The Rediscovery of New Mexico, 1580-1594: The Explorations of Chamuscado, Espejo, Castaño de Sosa, Morlete, and Leyva de Bonilla and Humaña. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1966. xiv [2] 341 pp., frontispiece (map), endpaper maps, errata slip laid in. 4to, original burgundy cloth. Very fine, untrimmed and unopened, in near fine d.j.

First edition. Coronado Cuarto Centennial Publications, 1540-1940, vol. 3. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “Annotated translations of official reports by and about five Spanish expeditions that entered New Mexico between the time of the first entry by Coronado and the first settlement by Oñate.” Rittenhouse 284. Tate, Indians of Texas 535. An important study and collection of source material of five less well-known Spanish expeditions to the Southwest that occurred between the treks of Coronado and Oñate. $60.00

 

2435. HAMNER, Laura V. Light ‘n Hitch: A Collection of Historical Writings Depicting Life on the High Plains. Dallas: American Guild, [1958]. 349 [1] pp., endpaper map and brands, illustrations (some photographic, some after paintings by Dord Fitz), maps. 8vo, original mustard pictorial buckram. Very fine in slipcase.

First edition, limited edition (#34 of 1,000 signed copies). Guns 914. Mohr, The Range Country 681. Winegarten, p. 98. Drawn from interviews with Panhandle Texans from the turn of the century, this book traces the development of the High Plains cattle country. $50.00

 

2436. HAMNER, Laura V. Light ‘n Hitch.... Dallas: American Guild Press, [1958]. 349 [1] pp., endpaper map and brands, illustrations (some photographic, some after paintings by Dord Fitz), maps. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Fine in lightly soiled d.j.

First edition, trade issue. Mohr, The Range Country 680. $30.00

 

2437. HAMNER, Laura V. The No-Gun Man of Texas: A Century of Achievement, 1835-1929. [Amarillo]: Laura V. Hamner, 1935. viii, 256 pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations by Ben Carlton Mead and Terry Stowe, endpaper map. Small 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Very fine.

First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Mead 39); Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Guns 915: “Scarce.” Herd 984: “The life of Charles Goodnight written for school reading.” Textbook. $35.00

 

2438. HAMNER, Laura V. The No-Gun Man of Texas.... [Amarillo]: Laura V. Hamner, 1935. Another copy with State of Texas schoolbook adoption endpapers. Endpapers lightly browned, else fine. $25.00

 

2439. HAMNER, Laura V. Short Grass and Longhorns. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1943. [8] 269 [1] pp., photographic plates, maps. 8vo, original tan cloth. Endpapers foxed, else very fine in price-clipped d.j.

First trade edition. Campbell, pp. 97-98: “The author visited the ranches of the Texas Panhandle and talked with old-time ranch folk wherever she found them, in some fifty counties. Her gatherings are salty, personal, anecdotal, and utterly authentic. What is more, she knew how to write. The result is a book unmatched of its kind. Well illustrated.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 44. Dobie, p. 105. Dykes, Kid 314n; Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Guns 916: “Scarce.... Copies of the first issue of this book (an edition of thirty copies published in 1942 in an effort to secure its adoption as supplementary reading book in the Texas public schools) are very rare and have become collector’s items.... Contains material on Billy the Kid and his stay in Tascosa.” Herd 985: “Valuable history of the leading ranches of West Texas.” $75.00