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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2465-2489

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2465. HARMAN, S[amuel] W. Hell on the Border; He Hanged Eighty-Eight Men. A History of the Great United States Criminal Court at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and of Crime and Criminals in the Indian Territory, and the Trial and Punishment Thereof before His Honor Judge Isaac C. Parker, “The Terror of Law-Breakers,” and by the Courts of Said Territory, Embracing the Leading Sentences and Charges to Grand and Petit Juries Delivered by the World Famous Jurist–His Acknowledged Masterpieces, Besides Much Other Legal Lore of Unknown Value to Attorneys, and of Interest to Readers in Every Walk of Life-A Book for the Millions-Illustrated with Over Fifty Fine Half Tones. Fort Smith, Arkansas: Phoenix Publishing Company, [1898]. xiii [1 blank], 720 pp., frontispiece portrait of Judge Parker, text illustrations (mostly photographic and full-page, including bird’s-eye view of Fort Smith). 8vo, original green wrappers printed and decorated in black. Fragile wraps worn, stained, creased, and chipped, a well-used copy. This book is difficult to find in collector’s condition.

First edition of the first book to detail Judge Parker’s tenure. Adams, Burs I:171; One-Fifty 68: “Exceedingly rare.... The chief source of practically every book and feature story about the old court and Oklahoma outlaws.... Most of the transcripts from the court records and biographical sketches...compiled by C. P. Sterns...are not too trustworthy. Contains much material on the outlaws of the Indian Territory who were tried and condemned in Parker’s court.” Campbell, pp. 71-72. Dykes, Rare Western Outlaw Books, pp. 22-23. Graff 1785: “An important source book—all the statistical part of the book, the biographical sketches of those connected with the court and transcriptions from the Court records, were the work of C. P. Sterns and are said to be scrupulously accurate. The same cannot be said of all the narratives written by Harman.” Guns 929. Howes H203. Littell 800. Rader 1780.

This lurid book presents a biography and judicial history of federal judge Isaac Charles Parker (1838-1896), known as “The Hanging Judge” on account of his having pronounced death on 160 men during his twenty-one years at Fort Smith (“only” 79 were actually hung). Judge Parker is a confusing man—in spite of his history of harsh judgments, he was an early advocate of woman’s suffrage and promoted progressive measures for Native Americans. Here is a full and horrid chronicle of crime and punishment in the Western District of Arkansas, which then held jurisdiction over the desperado-infested Indian Territory. The outlaws were of various persuasions, including some cowboys who took the wrong trail or owlhoots like Texan James Moore, who was versatile enough to rob a crippled farmer or join a cattle drive from Texas to Missouri intending to murder the trail boss, drive the herd to market himself, and sell the cattle. Belle Starr, lady rustler and Confederate spy in Texas and the Indian Territory, is given extensive coverage (Harman’s Belle Starr, the Female Desperado, published in Houston at the Frontier Press in 1954, consists of excerpts from the present book). Hell on the Border comes from the name of Judge Parker’s jail, which is preserved at the Fort Smith Historic site. Other ranching content includes cowboys and ranchers, both good and bad. The author includes cowboy-turned-desperado “Cherokee Bill” (William Tuttle Cook; 1873-1900), who was born of an Anglo father and quarter-Cherokee mother near Fort Gibson. By age fourteen he was working as a cowboy, but after a few years became involved with some older men who convinced him he could not be a real “cow-puncher” unless he learned to shoot, drink whiskey, and play cards. A brief stint as a posse member under deputy marshal W. C. Smith was followed in 1894 by his organizing his own gang of desperados. A good deal of the crime, which Judge Parker addressed, related to theft of cattle. $400.00

 

2466. [HARMAN, Samuel W.]. Hell on the Border.... Fort Smith, Arkansas: Hell on the Border Publishing Company, n.d. (ca. 1920). ix [1] 320 pp., plates. 8vo, original stiff brown pictorial wrappers. Wrappers detached at spine, last page separated and affixed to back wrapper, text browned, generally good.

Second edition, abridged. Guns 929: “A second edition was issued in the print shop of Kendall College, but was abridged and had 400 fewer pages, some of the dull part being left out. It, too, has become very scarce.” $100.00

 

2467. [HARMAN, Samuel W.]. Hell on the Border.... Fort Smith, Arkansas: Hell on the Border Publishing Company, n.d. (ca. 1920). Another copy, variant issue with different placement of plates, and a few plates trimmed to a very small size. Untrimmed edges chipped, otherwise a very clean copy, unopened and untrimmed. $100.00

 

2468. [HARMAN, Samuel W.]. Hell on the Border.... Fort Smith, Arkansas: Hell on the Border Publishing Company, [1953]. xiii [1] 303 pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Text browned as usual due to pulp paper, otherwise exceptionally fine.

Third edition. $20.00

 

2469. HARMON, Appleton Milo. Appleton Milo Harmon Goes West. [Berkeley: Gillick Press], 1946. xiv [2] 208 pp., title with tipped-on color illustration, facsimile of a page from Harmon’s journal, illustrations. 8vo, original green gilt-pictorial cloth. Fine.

First edition. Edited by Maybelle Harmon Anderson. Also issued with a cancel title page by Arthur H. Clark (Clark & Brunet, p. 223). Mattes 243, 301, 826: “Along the Platte grass poor, beaten down by buffalo so numerous they blackened the landscape and obstructed the road.” Mintz, The Trail 212n: “Harmon, an inventor, helped design the first roadmeter, the forerunner of the speedometer. He also tells of his ferrying operation at the Platte River Ferry.... His simple telling of the Mormon trek is a good one.” This book contains another unusual trail drive—Mormon-style, and related with great literary restraint. In 1853 Harmon purchased 810 cattle in Missouri; made a contract to cross the cattle at the Des Moines River on the new bridge at reduced fare; stopped and branded the cattle with the letter “H” (with the help of some drunk English cowboys); swam the herd across the Laramie River; hired a steamboat at the Missouri River (but the cattle refused to go on the boat); ferried the herd instead; travelled through heavy rains that mired many of the cattle; lost cattle; hunted cattle; found cattle; was falsely arrested by a Keokuk sheriff for stealing cattle; paid the $24.95 bribe; endured more storms, at which point the journal stops abruptly. The saga of the cattle concludes with the author’s entry for October 16, 1853: “Drove to Great Sale (sic) Lake City and camped in the public square drove our cattle to the church yard distance 7 miles.” $75.00

 

Crazy—The Kid or the Cowboy Scout

Choice Words on Women in the Cattle Country

2470. HARMON, J[acob] C[rismon]. Crazy—The Kid or the Cowboy Scout. [Sioux City, Iowa: W. H. Bastian Printing Co.], copyright 1921. [1-3] 90 pp., 5 full-page text illustrations. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers. Wrappers detached and chipped, a well-read copy of a title rare in commerce (OCLC locates copies at Autry, Denver Public Library, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Alberta, University of Wyoming, Yale).

First edition. The author and his book are little known. His middle name is alternately spelled “Crismon” or “Crimon.” T. N. Luther offered a copy in 1986, Catalogue 122:374: “The author went west in 1861 and served in several military campaigns and Indian fights including Sand Creek. Unknown to the bibliographers.” Harmon, who was born in Indiana in 1848, declares in his preface that he ran away from home when a mere lad: “At the age of thirteen I was a boy of great skill and as bad as any boy could be.” He signed on with the 1-8 outfit in Wyoming as a trail rider and herded cattle. He lied about his age to join the First Colorado Cavalry and describes military service interspersed with tales of Kit Carson, Indian fights and captivities, outlaws, etc. After the war he went to Cache-la-Poudre, where he went to work for a Frenchman with a half-Ogallala-Sioux wife and five beautiful daughters. He was hired to help manage 4,000 horses, and 11,000 head of cattle. In 1867 he headed for home, making a stop in North Platte City to visit Bill Cody, Bill Hickock, and others who were wintering there. Arriving home, he married and raised a family of ten children. The book is little known, and those who have written about it have wondered if it is a genuine narrative or realistic fiction. The author states at the end: “Dear readers, you may think that there are some big stories in this book, but they are all facts, and anyone...need but ask me in person and I will answer any questions.” The author aims to satisfy, and another note appears on the upper wrapper: “Price $1.00 - To anyone who reads this book and is not satisfied that they have received their money’s worth, I will refund the purchase price, upon my receipt of book, at the American Savings Bank, Sioux City, Iowa - The Author.” We wish we could say the same.

The reader might doubt the author’s veracity, but he certainly had his hat on straight when he wrote about women (pp. 84-85): “Anybody who has met a genuine cowboy or cowgirl will find that he or she is a gentleman or lady in every respect. There was a cowgirl up on the White River in Southwestern Dakota. One day while out riding after cattle she ran into a large gray wolf and her horse being a fast one stuck her spurs in him and started at full speed after the wolf, uncoiling her lasso as she ran. She overhauled the wolf in about three miles and being swift with her rope she caught him the second throw and she snubbed the lasso to the horn of her saddle and dragged him over the hills till the life was about out of him, then she made the lasso fast to her saddle and killed the wolf with the butt of her squirt. There were lots of girls who could rope a steer and throw and hog tie and brand them just as well as a genuine cowboy. Now, some folks think women and girls as no account. But give a girl or a woman the same chance as a man and there are some women who will discount their own husbands and a girl will make her lover ashamed of himself. Some men think a woman isn’t fit for anything except to stay in the house and do the cooking and washing and ironing and take care of the bawling little brats, while the hubby goes out in the shade and sits down and smokes his cigar or pipe. Man’s work is from sun up to sun down. Women’s work is from four in the morning until four the next morning.” $800.00

 

2471. HARPER, Minnie Timms & George Dewey Harper. Old Ranches. Dallas: Dealey and Lowe, 1936. [9] 101 pp., frontispiece, illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original tan wrappers with photographic illustration. Wrappers very lightly worn and moderately browned at margins and spine, otherwise very good, with author’s penciled presentation inscription: “To Col. Jack Potter, Live the early days over in reading the contents. Minnie Timms Harper Oct. 3, 1936.”

First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 994. Winegarten, p. 111. JA Ranch, King Ranch, XIT Ranch, John Chisum, Charles Goodnight, George Littlefield, and a tale of the Valentine’s dance at Matador Ranch in 1895, with much on the distaff side. $40.00

 

2472. HARPER, Minnie Timms & George Dewey Harper. Old Ranches. Dallas: Dealey and Lowe, 1936. Another copy. Light outer wear, otherwise fine. $25.00

 

“The Paradise of Stock Men”

Mounted Photographs

2473. [HARRINGTON, Charles. E.]. Summering in Colorado. Denver: Richards & Company, 1874. [1, pictorial ad] 158 [4] pp., plates (10 mounted original albumen photographs by Joseph Collier). 12mo, original gilt-lettered brown cloth. Binding lightly worn, else fine.

First edition. DeGolyer Library, To Delight the Eye 13 (ten photos): “An interesting period account of pioneer Colorado, with sketches of the emigrant routes, the gold rush, mountaineering, early pioneers, and life with the Ute Indians. Copies have been located with from four to fourteen photographs each. Possibly copies were made to order.” Herd 554: “Scarce.” McMurtrie & Allen, Early Printing in Colorado 223. NYPL Checklist 289 (ten photos). Wilcox, p. 56. Wynar 2041. Not in Graff, Howes, or Truthful Lens. In the last chapter (“Agriculture, Mining, Stock, and Climate”), Harrington proclaims: “The development of Colorado has established to a certainty the excellence of its natural grasses, with which the plains abound. As a result, it has come to be known as the paradise of stock men. Tempered by an equable climate visited by comparatively light snows, below the Divide; having sparkling waters in the streams which made their way across the plains, from the mountains, it is one of the most desirable places in America for the raising of cattle for the eastern markets. Scores of Texas drovers drive their herds to this territory, recognizing the nutritious qualities of the grasses on the grazing ranges, and the safety of stock from the despoiling hand of marauding Indians.” The wonderful documentary photographs are the work of pioneer Colorado photographer Joseph Collier and include bird’s-eye view of Central City, Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, “On the Grand Middle Park,” Garden of the Gods, Monument Park, Rainbow Falls at Manitou, and Cheyenne Canyon. $600.00

 

2474. HARRINGTON, Fred Harvey. Hanging Judge. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1951. 204 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, portrait, facsimile, endpaper maps. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine in d.j. (chipped and rubbed, spine faded).

First edition. Campbell, p. 72. Guns 931: “Any book about Judge Parker is of necessity full of material about outlaws. This one contains chapters on the Daltons, Belle Starr, and many others.” Parker was a federal judge in Oklahoma Territory in the late 1800s. Included among the various outlaws are cattle rustlers, but the author discounts the idea that cowboys were likely to turn to rustling. $15.00

 

2475. HARRIS, Benjamin Butler. The Gila Trail: The Texas Argonauts and the California Gold Rush. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1960]. xv [1] 175 [1] pp., plates, maps. 8vo, original ecru cloth. Very fine in rubbed d.j. Signed by editor Richard H. Dillon.

First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 107-108: “Printed for the first time from the original manuscript, this ‘reminiscence’ rates high among available source records having to do with the early Colorado Desert crossings. The narrator is one of the relatively few educated emigrant journalists, and history benefits as a result.” Kurutz, California Gold Rush 313: “Ranks as one of the most important (and rare) firsthand accounts describing the Southern Route.” Mintz, The Trail 561. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 763. Wallace, Arizona History VIII:77. Only one month after news of the gold discovery reached the east, Harris, a young attorney, joined the Duval party. He left Panola County, Texas, on March 25, 1849, and traveled through Mexico en route to the Southern and Gila Trails, arriving in the California gold fields on September 29, 1849. He recorded his experiences in the southern mines, such as Agua Fria, Yorktown, and Sullivan’s Creek, and gives information on the Mariposa Indian War. Among the author’s references relating to cattle and ranching are an encounter with a herd of wild cattle (ca. 5,000-15,000) on the march to Agua Prieta and how some had brands and had been rustled by Indians; how the countryside at Temecula “was dotted with fat cattle, the wonder being how the land and pasturage could carry so many”; a visit to Santa Rosa where a red blanket on one of their pack animals caused “an avalanche of mad cattle, running and scattering the party helter-skelter”; a description of Warner’s ranch; and the various ranchos found along the trail. $15.00

 

2476. HARRIS, Frank. My Reminiscences as a Cowboy. New York: Charles Boni Paper Books, 1930. 217 [3] pp., illustrations by William Gropper. 12mo, original stiff color pictorial wrappers. Moderate edge wear to wrappers, otherwise fine.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:173. Dobie, p. 105. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 85 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Guns 933. Herd 998. Rader 1795. Irish-born Harris immigrated to the Southwest in the 1870s. These highly imaginative memoirs, written at age seventy-five, recount buffalo hunting, cow punching, and Indian fighting. The author claimed to have three heroes, Wild Bill Hickok, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, and his account of encountering the first of these is clearly shaped by fictive efforts inspired by the latter two. $20.00

 

2477. HARRIS, Gertrude. A Tale of Men Who Knew Not Fear: Sibley’s Campaign of 1862. San Antonio: Alamo Printing, 1935. [6] 97 [3] pp., illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Fine.

First edition. Dornbusch III:1242. This account of Sibley’s campaign also includes information on Robert E. Lee in Texas and is based on information gathered directly from old pioneers and veterans, especially in San Antonio. The battle of Glorieta and the action leading up to it was fought at Pidgeon’s Ranch, Johnson’s Ranch, and Kozlowski’s Ranch in the Glorieta Pass region. This was no easy campaign, and one of the aggravations was cattle rustling by Union, Confederate, Mexican residents, and Native American tribes, the latter of whom engaged in internecine warfare. As an example of this complex rustling, following a Navajo raid, Kit Carson engaged the Utes to punish the Navajo, who then raided more, stealing Carson’s favorite horse and 300 head of army cattle. Carson decided to annihilate the Navajo by destroying their grain fields, which would have provided them over 75,000 pounds of wheat and corn. The Navajo grain was fed to the U.S. Army animals in the following winter. Next the Navajo ran off the Apache herds at the Bosque Redondo Reservation, and so on and on. When the Union forces surrendered to Texan Colonel Baylor, part of the booty consisted of 300 head of cattle. $35.00

 

2478. HARRIS, Gertrude. A Tale of Men Who Knew Not Fear.... San Antonio: Alamo Printing, 1935. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Fine. $30.00

 

2479. HARRISON, Benjamin S. Fortune Favors the Brave: The Life and Times of Horace Bell, Pioneer Californian. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1953. xvi, 306 pp., plates, portraits, facsimiles. 8vo, original red cloth. Fine in soiled d.j.

First edition. Guns 937: “Well-written.... It also contains some material on Murieta.” Rocq 2955. Excellent biography of Ranger Horace Bell, covering Bell’s youth in Indiana, his perilous journey to the gold fields, fighting as a filibuster in Nicaragua, and service as an Army scout during the Civil War, as well as his eventful life in Los Angeles. The author notes on p. x: “Bell played many roles. He was lawyer, ranger, filibuster, soldier, editor, author, land-owner, and rancher.” Especially interesting is Bell’s understanding of and affinity for Spanish-speaking Californios who had lost their great ranchos due, in his opinion, to compound interest rather than the U.S. government. His Reminiscences of a Ranger treats the native sons of California fairly. In the 1880s when vaqueros were accused of rustling U.S. cattle in Texas, Bell accused the accusers of false charges. References to ranching include Bell’s pursuit of rustlers, his firm belief that southern California was a paradise for raising cattle, and the grandiose rodeo at San Joaquin Rancho (at which 30,000 head of horned cattle were branded by vaqueros in two days). $25.00

 

2480. HARSHMAN, J. H. Campfires and Cattle Trails: Recollections of the Early West in the Letters of J. H. Harshman. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1970. 192 pp., frontispiece, illustrations (mostly photographic), maps. 8vo, original stiff wrappers with color photographic illustration. Fine.

First edition. Edited by Neil M. Clark. Harshman arrived in Las Animas in 1876 and worked as ranch hand in Texas and went on a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas. In his travels in the West he worked as a wagon driver and engaged in mining, logging, etc. Included are details of the early days in Aspen, Pueblo, Gunnison, and other towns of southwestern Colorado. $25.00

 

2481. HART, Herbert M. Old Forts of the Far West. Seattle: Superior Publishing Co., [1965]. 192 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by Paul J. Hartle, maps. 4to, original beige cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. Historical Western Military Posts 3. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 109. Guns 939: “In his chapter on Fort Hays the author tells about Wild Bill Hickok’s troubles with the soldiers.... He mentions Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp in Dodge, and later in Ellsworth.” Paher, Nevada 799: “About fifty forts are shown as they formerly looked. In 1965 the author visited each site and photographed them.... Photographs are supplemented with diagrams. Textual material is in the captions.” Smith S298.. This work, which covers forts in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, contains many references to ranching, ranchers, rustling, cattle, and Indians. Example found in the article on Fort Gates in Texas: “Call it imagination or improvisation, but the proverbial ‘mother of invention’ was an active element in the early days around Fort Gates, Texas. It seems that if there was a unique way to solve a problem, these pioneers gave it a try. An example was rancher Frank Miller and his half-blind horse.... By putting a fully clothed and rifle-bearing dummy on the animal’s back, Miller set up an effective anti-Indian protection. He figured, and tradition says he was shown right, no Indian was going to bother a herd under such close scrutiny of a mounted rifleman.... The Indian depredations increased after the fort was closed. One rancher was found dead with 17 arrows pin-cushioning him. Horse stealing was a common Indian sin. This was usually accompanied by firing the prairie and spooking a herd under cover of the smoke and flame” (p. 17). Included are references to camels at some of the forts. $25.00

 

2482. HART, William S. Hoofbeats. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror, 1944. xii, 221 pp., frontispiece and plates by James Montgomery Flagg. 8vo, original blue cloth. Binding worn and stained at spine, otherwise fine.

Second edition. Western fiction set in the Big Horn region, from cinema’s first cowboy, who starred in silent movies and such Western classics as Tumbleweeds, The Narrow Trail, The Money Corral, and White Oak. $25.00

 

2483. HART, William S. My Life East and West. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929. vii [1] 362 [1] pp., color frontispiece, portraits, plates (including some by Flagg, Russell, and Cristadoro). 8vo, original brown cloth. Joints rubbed, front hinge loose, otherwise fine. Signed by author.

First edition. Flake 3873a. Guns 940: “Scarce.... Contains some material on Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, and Wyatt Earp.” Herd 1005. 100 Best Books on Hollywood and the Movies 47. Yost & Renner, Russell I:42. A noteworthy actor’s memoir of Hollywood and the West. $50.00

 

2484. HART, William S. My Life East and West. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, [1929]. vii [1] 362 [1] pp., color frontispiece, portraits, plates (including some by Flagg, Russell, and Cristadoro). 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine, signed by author.

Later printing. $25.00

 

2485. HART, William S. My Life East and West. Edited by Martin Ridge. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1994. lxiii [1] 417 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 12mo, original dark brown cloth. Very fine.

Lakeside Classics edition, published at Christmas for the employees, shareholders, customers, and other friends of R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company. $10.00

 

2486. HART, William S. Told under a White Oak Tree by Bill Hart’s Pinto Pony. Edited by His Master. Cambridge: Riverside Press, [1922]. [4] 51 pp., frontispiece, plates by J. Montgomery Flagg. 12mo, original blue pictorial cloth. Fine in d.j. with some edge wear. Signed by Hart.

First edition. Hart’s pinto pony, Paint, gives an account straight from the horse’s mouth, of his career in films and the hazards of the trade. $125.00

 

2487. HARTER, George. Crossing the Plains: An Account of the George Harter Family’s Trip from Cass County, Michigan, to Marysville, California, in 1864; taken from the diary of George Harter. Sacramento: Privately printed, 1957. 23 leaves, mimeographed. 4to, original tan pictorial wrappers, cloth backstrip. Fine.

First printing. Mattes 1955: “At ‘Sulphur Spring’ in Nevada: ‘three men with Dromedaries overtook us, carrying large burdens.’ There is only one other known instance of an emigrant on the Central Route beholding the camels that had been introduced experimentally in the Southwest.” Mintz, The Trail 214: “Transcribed by Doris Harter Chase from her grandfather’s diary. Scarce.” The overland party, which started from Case County, Michigan, frequently encountered cattle drives and sometimes travelled with large herds. On these occasions, they were happy to obtain milk, a scarce commodity on the trail. Parts of the trail were inhabited by tribes who were known for rustling and violence against travellers passing through their territory. In those cases, Harter’s party separated from the cattle train, since the Natives preferred rustling the larger herds in the cattle drives. Once they reached Virginia City, there were ranches along the way, where they could safely camp overnight. Some of the travellers elected to winter over at a ranch in Marysville and help with managing a herd of 1,200 cattle in exchange for free room and board. The author next landed in the Butte Mountain region west of Marysville where he established a farm and ranch on 320 acres that he acquired. His final ranch, which he eventually gave to his son, was in the San Jose region. $30.00

 

Merrill Aristocrat

2488. HASTINGS, Frank S. A Ranchman’s Recollections: An Autobiography in Which Unfamiliar Facts Bearing upon the Origin of the Cattle Industry in the Southwest and of the American Packing Business Are Stated, and Characteristic Incidents Recorded. Chicago: Breeder’s Gazette, 1921. xiii [1] 235 pp., frontispiece (by Frank Tenney Johnson), plates (mostly photographic). 12mo, original tan pictorial cloth. A very fine, mostly unopened copy in original glassine d.j. (torn).

First edition (first printed as a series of sketches in The Breeder’s Gazette of Chicago during the summer and fall of 1920). Basic Texas Books 86: “One of the best books on the Texas cattle industry.... The volume contains a great deal on the SMS Ranches and their history, but also contains much on the packing industry, cattle breeding, famous cattlemen, and cattle drives. The stories told to Hastings by the cowboys themselves, however, are what makes the book so valuable.” Campbell, p. 83. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 45. CBC 1156 and eleven additional entries. Dobie, pp. 105, 134: “‘Old Gran’pa’ is the most pulling cowhorse story I know.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #5. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, pp. 5-6; Western High Spots, p. 102 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Graff 1814. Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 20: “Hastings tells about the cattle industry, not ranching. The industry didn’t begin with the romantic longhorns, it began with the meat packers who created the real market for the ranchers’ cattle—which quickly became Herefords. Hastings was not a cowboy. University trained, he worked for Armour Packing, became internationally famous for his knowledge of bloodlines, and in 1902 was made manager of the SMS Ranches of Texas, where he helped change ranching from a gambler’s adventure to a business science. But his book is even more readable and exciting than run of the range memoirs because it is informed, and charming with accuracy.” Herd 1009: “An excellent book, now becoming scarce, written by the manager of the SMS Ranch of Texas. Well-told stories of cowboy life.” Howes H287. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 19. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 82. Rader 1819. Reese, Six Score 56. $150.00

 

2489. HASTINGS, Frank S. A Ranchman’s Recollections.... Austin: The Texas State Historical Association, [1985]. [12] xiii [1] 235 pp., plates. 12mo, original beige-and-brown pictorial wrappers. Ownership signature, else very fine. $10.00