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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2490-2514

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.

2490. HASTINGS, George E. Hell in Texas. Austin: Texas Folk-Lore Society, 1931. 8 pp., printed music. 8vo, original beige printed wrappers. Fine.

First separate printing, offprint from Publications of the Texas Folk-Lore Society 9 (1931). McVicker D13. Postscript by editor J. Frank Dobie. Cowboy song with music and lurid doggerel cataloguing the horrors of Texas and explaining the history of its creation: “Oh, the Devil in Hell they say he was chained, And there for a thousand years remained; He neither complained nor did he groan, But decided he’d start up a Hell of his own, Where he could torment the souls of men, Without being shut in a prison pen; So he asked the Lord if He had any sand, Left over from making this great land. The Lord He said, ‘Yes, I have plenty on hand, But it’s away down south on the Rio Grande....’” It gets worse. The author includes a similar verse for Arizona. $10.00

 

2491. HAVINS, T. R. Something about Brown: A History of Brown County, Texas. Brownwood, Texas: Banner Printing Company, [1958]. [8] 208 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in d.j. Author’s signed inscription.

First edition. CBC 706. Guns 945: “Contains several pages devoted to John Wesley Hardin.” Comprehensive history of this Central Texas county by a Howard Payne University professor, with much on ranching. The first Anglo advance into what is now Brown County was led by Capt. Henry Stevenson Brown, who entered the region in 1828 to recover livestock stolen by Comanches. The county’s economy was dominated mainly by cattle ranching in the nineteenth century (the number of cattle rose from around 2,000 in 1860 to 40,000 in 1880). County ranchers and cowboys joined the main cattle trail to Abilene and Dodge City in north Coleman County and fought with local farmers attempting to fence off their lands. Strife between ranchers and farmers over the fencing of open range raged for several years until 1886, when the Texas Rangers killed two fence cutters. $40.00

 

2492. HAWGOOD, John A. America’s Western Frontiers: The Exploration and Settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West. New York: Knopf, 1967. [1] xxiii [1] 440, x [2] pp., maps, illustrations. 8vo, original half black cloth over red blind stamped cloth, spine decorated in copper. Binding slightly shelf-slanted, else fine. Contemporary ink gift inscription.

First edition. Adams, Burs II:94. Smith S304. Chapter on “The Cowman’s Frontier.” This social history of the West by the British author covers the Spanish period in California, trappers and mountain men, conflicts with Native Americans, miners, etc. $15.00

 

2493. HAWKINS, Walace. El Sal del Rey. Austin: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas State Historical Association, 1947. ix [3] 68 pp., illustrations and maps by José Cisneros, facsimiles. 8vo, original cream cloth. Very fine in d.j.

First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 90). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 47: “This book recounts the historical development of Spanish and Texan mineral law and the role played by this famed salt lake.” The water in this inland lake, which covers about 380 acres northeast of McAllen in Hidalgo County, is ten times saltier than seawater, and the natural salt licks around the shore attract herds of cattle and other wildlife. The salt lake, properly known as La Sal del Rey (or the King’s Salt), was used by Native Americans who harvested the salt for curing hides. A prized mineral because it is an essential human nutrient and crucial for preserving meat, fish, and hides, salt was linked to power and wealth. The king of Spain received a 20% royalty on all salt mined at this lake. In 1798, the 315,491-acre La Noria de San Salvador del Tule grant, including La Sal de Rey, was made to Spanish army Captain Juan José Ballí. The Campbell family ranched on the 5,384-acre El Sal del Rey ranch for forty years until selling it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1992. $50.00

 

2494. HAWS, Marion O. “The Husband, the Ouija, and the Crooning Cowboys” in The Master Detective 11:6 (February 1935). Pp. 14-21, 73-74, photographic illustrations. 4to, original color pictorial wrappers. Fine.

First printing. Swirling crosscurrents of popular culture of the time based on the 1933 case of a mother who used a Ouija board with her 15-year-old daughter at their home in Prescott, Arizona. The planchette spelled out a message instructing the daughter to kill her father, thereby freeing the mother to marry a young cowboy. We’ve read many strange incidents involving cowboys, but this one takes the cake. $10.00

 

2495. HAWTHORNE, Hildegarde. Romantic Cities of California. New York: Appleton-Century, 1939. xvii [1] 456 pp., frontispiece, plates and text illustrations by E. H. Suydam, pictorial endpapers. 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine in d.j. (spine dark)

First edition. Rocq 16915. Having evolved from the pastoral era of Spanish missions and Mexican ranchos, California as depicted in this work includes background information relating to those endeavors and influences on later architecture. $25.00

 

2496. HAYDEN, Ruth Kelley. The Time That Was: The Courageous Acts and Accounts of Rawlins County, Kansas, 1875-1915. Colby: Colby Community College, [1973]. xvi, 215 pp., photographs, illustrations. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Former owner’s name in ink on front wrapper, else very fine.

First edition. Local history giving detailed information on the lives of female pioneers, including several pages on Belle Starr and her rustling activities in the area. $15.00

 

2497. HAYDON, A. L. The Riders of the Plains: Adventures and Romance with the North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1910. London: Andrew Melrose, 1910. xvi, 385 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, portraits, maps (one folding), diagrams (one folding). 8vo, original red cloth. Spine sunned, mild edge wear, corners bumped, internally fine.

First edition. Guns 950: “Scarce.... Embodies some material on Soapy Smith, his life and death in the Yukon.” Herd 1015. Smith 4240. History of the North-West Mounted Police from its establishment in 1873 to the time of publication, with chapters on Sitting Bull, the Northwest Rebellion led by Louis Riel, Yukon Gold Rush, etc. Excellent coverage of cattle rustling, such as noting that “cattle stealing imputed to the red men was really to be laid at the doors of some of the white desperadoes who came up from the border ‘bad lands.’” $30.00

 

2498. HAYES, A. A., Jr. New Colorado and the Santa Fe Trail. New York: Harper, 1880. [14] [17]-200 pp., frontispiece map, illustrations. 8vo, original blue decorative cloth. Mild edge wear and age-toning, otherwise fine.

First collected edition. Graff 1831 (citing the London, 1881 edition): “The essays had appeared previously in Harper’s and the International Review.Guns 951: “Contains some material on road agents and stagecoach robberies.” Herd 1016: “Scarce.” Rader 1833. Saunders 2944. Wilcox, p. 58. Wynar 6456. History of the southern Rockies from Santa Fe to Cheyenne, with much on cattle, ranching, mining, and Indian depredations. $75.00

 

2499. HAYES, Benjamin. Pioneer Notes from the Diaries of Judge Benjamin Hayes, 1849-1875. Los Angeles: Privately printed, 1929. 307 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, map, portraits. 8vo, original gilt-lettered blue cloth. Pencil notes at back, else fine.

First edition. Barrett, Baja California 1153. Cowan, p. 271. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 110: “Impressive description of Warner’s Ranch, Agua Caliente, and Temecula.” Cowan, p. 271. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 218. Flake 3921. Guns 952: “Scarce.” Mintz, The Trail 219: “Reportedly issued in a small edition.” Rocq 2959. Hayes arrived in California in 1850 and settled in Los Angeles, where he became a prominent lawyer, jurist, and state legislator. Includes his overland diary and information on pioneer Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernadino. Edited by Marjorie Tisdale Wolcott. $75.00

 

2500. HAYES, Jess G. Apache Vengeance. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1954. xviii [2] 185 pp., illustrations by Horace T. Pierce. 12mo, original blue pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Guns 954: “One of the best and most thorough books written about Apache Kid, the notorious Indian outlaw.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 785. Wallace, Arizona History X:52. Sympathetic and candid biography of the Apache Kid, once a trusted sergeant of scouts in the U.S. Army, who became a notorious “Most-Wanted” outlaw. Glenn Reynolds, “the Texas Kid,” was sent to Arizona Territory to tame the “Apache menace” which arose because miners had rushed in to stake out rich silver claims, and cowboys had driven their herds to graze on the luxuriant grasslands. When the Apache Kid was on the run, he was often blamed as the rustler. Charles Anderson, a rancher, and his cowboys claimed to have killed the Apache Kid when they caught him rustling cattle. Often claiming it was the Apache Kid, cattle ranchers continued to report rustling well into the 1920s. $30.00

 

2501. HAYES, Jess G. Sheriff Thompson’s Day: Turbulence in the Arizona Territory. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, [1968]. xiii [3] 190 pp., photographic illustrations. Small 8vo, original orange cloth. Mint in very fine d.j.

First edition. Guns 956: “Crime and the regime of one of Arizona’s outstanding sheriffs.... Information on the Apache Kid and Ike and Phineas Clanton and the killing of Ike by Commodore Perry Owens.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 787. Includes material on ranches, rustling, cowboys, and cattle. $20.00

 

2502. HAYES, John L. The Angora Goat: Its Origin, Culture, and Products; Containing the Most Recent Observations of Eminent Breeders. With an Appendix on the Alpaca and its Congeners.... New York: Orange Judd Company, 1882. viii, 178 pp., frontispiece plate of Angoras (by Col. Richard Peters of Atlanta, Georgia), tables. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Light outer wear and some offsetting on title from frontispiece, otherwise fine. Uncommon in commerce.

First edition of one of the earliest books devoted to the Angora goat (the first chapter was separately printed in Boston in 1868, 38 pp.). Not in Sands & McDowell, A World Bibliography on Goats (Cornell, 1979). This superb, comprehensive study includes an essay by San Antonio rancher Joseph P. Devine describing his ranch and herd in detail and discussing many facets of raising Angora goats (pp. 109-116). He states that West Texas and parts of Mexico are excellently suited to Angora goats and opines that “goats are possibly the only domestic animals in existence that not only do not in any way whatever injure the food of some other domestic stock, but actually improve the range for sheep, cattle, and horses, in that they clear the country of undergrowth when herded closely, causing grass to grow in places where grass has not grown for years, eating no grass except a little in the spring; and while they take nothing from the sheep, horse, or cow, they distribute a fine manure over the land which is very quickly noticed on the most worthless lands.” The author is considered one of the best writers on the subject. $250.00

 

2503. HEALD, George D. (comp.). Wyoming Flames of ‘92: Official Communications during the Johnson County Cattle War. [Vermillion, South Dakota]: George D. Heald, [1972]. [6] cxlvi pp., facsimiles of correspondence, illustrations by Bill Dickerson. 4to, original brown cloth. Fine.

First edition. This book containing facsimiles of telegraphic copies of official communications sent from and to the State of Wyoming during the Johnson County cattle war provides authentic documentation useful in sorting out fact from fiction. Editor George D. Heald comments: “I feel the historical significance of these documents are important in the settling of not only Wyoming but of all the range country in the West.” $40.00

 

2504. HEAP, Gwinn Harris. Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California: Journal of the Expedition...from Missouri to California, in 1853. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, and Co., 1854. 136 [46, publisher’s catalogue advertising this book at $1.50] pp., 13 tinted lithographed plates by master lithographer P.S. Duval in Philadelphia after Heap’s original artwork (Native Americans, scenes and views on the expedition). 8vo, original olive cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers ruled in blind. Head of spine chipped, binding discolored and worn, interior fine, plates very fine and bright. Lacking map (as is often the case).

First edition. Cowan I, p. 107. Cowan II, p. 273. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 110-111: “The earliest published account of Death Valley.... Of all the journals and diaries telling of the Mojave desert crossing, none appears comparable to the Heap in sheer readability and in picturesque descriptive quality.” Flake 3934. Graff 1837: “Some of the areas explored are here described for the first time.” Howell 50, California 511. Howes H378 (noting copies with paged 1-42 in some copies, 17-32 in others): “Map not inserted in all copies.” Mintz 652. Paher, Nevada 747: “During the early 1850s western railroad explorations were firmly pursued. Here is the journal of the expedition of Edward F. Beale and Heap, who followed the Spanish Trail in August 1853 through southern Nevada and California while surveying the central route to California.... With its picturesque descriptions of the places he visited, Heap is among the most readable of the early journalists. Early camel material is contained in an appendix.” Peters, America on Stone, pp. 163-168 (general essay) & California Stone, pp. 114-115 (listing all 13 plates). Plains & Rockies IV:235. Railroad Economics, p. 283. Rittenhouse 290. Sabin 31175. Saunders 2947. Streeter Sale 3177.

One of the goals of this expedition was to decide if there were suitable lands in Utah and New Mexico to which Native Americans from California could be relocated. Included are references to the many emigrant wagon trains with their herds of cattle, descriptions of good locations for cattle ranching and recruiting (such as Huerfano Valley in the vicinity of the Sangre de Cristo Pass), and two short chapters on sheep raising (especially in California). They encountered many wagon and cattle trains on their way to California and Arkansas. When passing through the Mormon colonies between Salt Lake City and San Bernadino, the exploring party met Mormon settlers destroying their homes and settlements and fleeing in the wake of Native American invaders led by Chief Walkah. The Mormons took only their cattle which Walkah and his warriors promptly rustled. The Chief communicated a polite message to Colonel G.A. Smith, the U.S. military in command of the region: “The Mormons were d____d fools for abandoning their houses and towns, for he did not intend to molest them there, as it was his intention to confine his depredations to their cattle, and that he advised them to return and mind their crops, for, if they neglected them, they would starve, and be obliged to leave the country, which was not what he desired, for then there would be no cattle for him to take.” Surely this is among the most unusual instances of cattle rustling. $450.00

 

2505. HEAP, Gwinn Harris. Central Route to the Pacific…With Related Material on Railroad Exploration and Indian Affairs by Edward F. Beale, Thomas H. Benton, Kit Carson, and Col. E.A. Hitchcock, and in Other Documents, 1853-54…. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1957. 346 pp., frontispiece portrait of author, plates, folding map. 8vo, original green cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Very fine, unopened copy.

Second edition of preceding, with extensive supplemental material. The Far West and the Rockies Historical Series, 1820-1875, vol. 7; edited and with historical commentary by Ann W. and LeRoy R. Hafen. The supplemental material consists of manuscripts and printed material by the authors listed in the along with various government and other reports. The map is the one in the original edition that is often missing. $75.00

 

2506. HEASTON, Michael. D. Trails of Kansas: A Bibliography. [Dodge City: Cultural Heritage and Arts Center, 1969]. 63 pp., maps. 12mo, original grey cloth with pictorial upper cover. Spine sunned, otherwise fine.

First edition. Rittenhouse 291. Numerous references to Texas cattle trails and the Santa Fe Trail. $10.00

 

2507. HEBARD, Grace Raymond. Johnson County, Wyoming: Derivation of Place Names. An Unfinished Manuscript with Her Pencil Corrections in Her Handwriting. Cheyenne: Vic Press, 1970. 15 pp. 4to, original beige wrappers with photographic portrait of Hebard. Fine. Scarce in commerce.

First edition. Includes a facsimile of Hebard’s biographical information for Wyoming Historical Department. $40.00

 

2508. HEBARD, Grace Raymond. The Pathbreakers from River to Ocean: The Story of the Great West from the Time of Coronado to the Present. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1911. x [2] 263 pp., frontispiece, illustrations, maps. 12mo, original brown cloth. Water stain at bottom of lower cover, otherwise fine.

First edition. Flake 3937. Guns 961. Herd 1023: “Scarce.... Chapter 8 on ‘Cows and Cowboys.’” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 5. Smith 4289. The author provides much interesting information on the evolution of the cowboy with great detail, and concludes that “the cowboy has been a factor in the building of the West, and as an empire-builder he deserves a place in history.” In addition to ranching content, much on missions, fur trade, early exploration, Gold Rush, Frémont, railroads, Mormons, etc. $15.00

 

2509. HEBARD, Grace Raymond. The Pathbreakers from River to Ocean.... Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1913. x [2] 263 pp., frontispiece, illustrations, maps. 12mo, original brown cloth. Spine abraded, otherwise very good, signed by author.

Third edition. Smith 4291. $10.00

 

2510. HEBARD, Grace Raymond. The Pathbreakers from River to Ocean.... Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1932. 312 pp., frontispiece, illustrations, maps. Small 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Fine.

Sixth edition, revised and enlarged, with more text and added illustrations (including about 30 by artist William A. Jackson). Clark & Brunet 116: “[Originally] written for school use recording the exploits of explorers west of the Mississippi.... It was revised and newly illustrated [for] the Clark Company imprint.” Smith 4293. Saunders 4169. $50.00

 

2511. HEBARD, Grace Raymond. The Pathbreakers from River to Ocean.... Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1933. 312 pp., frontispiece, illustrations, maps. Small 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth. Fine. Margaret Long’s copy.

Sixth edition, variant issue of preceding. Clark & Brunet 116: “Some copies have 1933 title page imprint.” $45.00

 

2512. HEBARD, Grace R. & E. A. Brininstool. The Bozeman Trail: Historical Accounts of the Blazing of the Overland Routes into the Northwest, and the Fights with Red Cloud’s Warriors.... Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1922. 346 + 306 pp., plates (included in pagination), foldout maps. 2 vols., 8vo, original red cloth, t.e.g. Light wear to lower covers, otherwise fine, unopened.

First edition. Clark & Brunet 115: “This classic Clark title recounts the federal government’s attempt to open a road north from the Oregon Trail through the Powder River country, hunting grounds of the Sioux, in the late 1860s. Containing previously unpublished narratives, this work has served as a valuable reference tool for students of the Northern Plains.” Flake 3936. Howes H382. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 32: “Has a chapter on the Powder River Expedition and numerous other references to the Black Hills.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 5. Smith 4288. Streeter Sale 2118. The U.S. Army abandoned the Bozeman Trail in the 1860s due to the success of Red Cloud’s War to preserve Sioux hunting grounds. However, after suppression of the Sioux in 1877, the Bozeman Trail became an important route for cattle trails from Texas northward. Includes documentation on the 1864-1865 raids on the ranches along the South Platte and mentions a Texas trail herd of 3,000 head of cattle being taken to the mining camps of Montana in 1866. $200.00

 

2513. HEDGPETH, Don. Cowboy: A Special Exhibition at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1975. [82] pp., illustrations. Oblong 4to, original tan wrappers. Slip cancel imprint. Very fine.

First printing. $20.00

 

2514. HEERMANS, Forbes. Thirteen Stories of the Far West. Syracuse: C. W. Bardeen Publisher, 1887. 263 pp. 12mo, original dark green cloth gilt. Moderate outer wear, hinges split, text age-toned.

First edition of author’s first book. Adams, Burs I:176: “One of the earliest cloth-bound books to deal with Billy the Kid.” Dykes, Kid 18: “Rare. The author claims that these stories are based on actual experiences, with such changes in names, places, and minor incidents as his personal safety seem to require. However, if his Billy the Kid story, ‘The Wedding at Puerta de Luna,’ is a fair sample, they are pure fiction, and not even historical fiction.” Guns 964. Wright III:3626. $50.00