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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2515-2539

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2515. HEGEMANN, Elizabeth Compton. Navaho Trading Days. [Albuquerque]: University of New Mexico Press, [1963]. xi [1] 388 pp., 318 photographic illustrations by the author. 4to, original grey cloth. Fore-edges lightly soiled, otherwise very fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 794: “Experiences on the reservation, especially at the Shonto trading post. Profusely illustrated with remarkable photographs by the author.” Discussion and photographs of Navajo sheep raising and cattle trading (including the tribe’s tricks of the trade; slump in prices after World War I; location of a rustler’s hideout, etc. $50.00

 

2516. Helena Weekly Herald. Helena, Montana, 1873. 4 issues: February 20 (7:13), July 3 (7:32), July 24 (7:35) & August 21 (7:39). Each issue 8 pp., with illustrated masthead (idyllic mountain scene with miners, farming, town in distance with buildings including factory belching smoke, railroad and trestle over river), a few illustrated ads. 4 vols., folio. Blank left margins with six small cuts (from former binding), a few minor stains, else fine.

First printings of fairly early Montana imprints (printing began there in 1864; see McMurtrie, Montana Imprints, 1864-1880). Local news includes “Montana Beef: Stock Growing Capacity of the Fair Northwest,” the usual lawlessness, mining results or lack thereof, grasshoppers have moved on, baseball games, expected arrival of 350 horses sent by the U.S. government to assist the cavalry (“putting them in proper shape to chase Indian depredators”), and a Wells Fargo offer of $500 reward for apprehension of robbers (with assurance that Wells Fargo’s own vigilantes are already on the case). One young lady from Helena describes her trip to San Diego: “Old San Diego...June 29th, 1873.... It would be difficult to describe the place. As far as the eye can see, not a blade of grass, tree, or shrub is visible—nothing but a sandy, barren waste. Mud houses, rotten with age.... The people, with very few exceptions, are those low Spanish and Mexicans, who are too mean and vile to associate with. The climate is delightful, and the bay lovely, but that is all.” $60.00

 

2517. HENDRICKS, George. The Bad Man of the West. San Antonio: Naylor, 1941. xv [1] 310 pp., frontispiece, plates, illustrations by Frank Anthony Stanush. Large 8vo, original violet pictorial cloth. Fine in d.j. with marginal chipping.

First edition. Foreword by Capt. John R. Hughes. Adams, Burs I:173. Campbell, p. 69. Dobie, p. 141: “Analyses and classifications go far toward making this treatment of old subjects original. Excellent bibliographical guide.” Dykes, Kid 303. Guns 969. Saunders 2948. Smith 4336. Outlaws Clay Allison, Butch Cassidy, Billy the Kid, the Clantons, Doc Holliday, Jesse James, Harry Tracy, John Wesley Hardin, etc., and their lawman adversaries: the Texas Rangers, John Slaughter, Wyatt Earp, the Pinkertons, Judge Roy Bean, Pat Garrett, Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman, et al. Cowboys, ranchers, and rustlers are included in this taxonomy of criminals peppered with droll humor, e.g., “Frequently no work at all was available to the cowhand. Lee Sage tells us: ‘found no sale for honest elbow grease. So I and my big lazy pal drifted into cattle rustling.’” The author discusses Clay Allison, noting: “There never was another Clay Allison and never will be. He is a puzzle. He was not a rustler, nor a thief, nor a robber, nor an officer—he was merely a killer of bad men and a hell-raiser in general. At times he was probably an ordinary rancher; at least he owned a small ranch in New Mexico. Otherwise he was employed in lighter diversions, such as drinking red-eye, treeing towns, and raising Cain just for the fun of the thing. His curious sense of humor sets him off. His avowed enemy was just any and every peace office. Yet his code of ethics was that of the West, and he stuck to it. He was a killer, but by no means a murderer.” What? $50.00

 

2518. HENDRICKS, George. The Bad Man of the West. San Antonio: Naylor, [1950]. xv [1] 248 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, illustrations. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

Second edition. $10.00

 

2519. HENDRICKS, George D. The Bad Man of the West. San Antonio: Naylor, [1970]. xv [1] 256 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, illustrations. 8vo, original maroon pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

Revised and enlarged edition. $25.00

 

2520. HENDRICKS, Louie. “No Rules or Guidelines”: Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. [Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1972]. xi [1] 147 pp., many photographic illustrations. 12mo, original red pictorial cloth. Ink ownership inscription on title, else fine.

Second printing. Farley established his ranch-turned-reformatory to assist at-risk orphan or homeless youth, protect them from the temptations of the big city, and engage the lads in positive activities such as the ranch and rodeo, where they branded calves, rode bucking horses, etc. The ranch curriculum included the fundamentals of honesty, respect, discipline, and solid work ethics, and among the amenities was a 10,000-acre backyard to exercise the boys’ energetic and adventurous spirits. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer’s film about Farley’s Boys Ranch was energetically promoted by Farley and other Amarillo businessmen; the film did so well that it out-grossed every premiere ever held up to that time, including Gone with the Wind. Twenty-eight thousand dollars’ worth of tickets were sold and the proceeds enabled Cal to purchase Air Force surplus buildings for expansion of the ranch. Update: Farley’s Ranch is alive and well and accepting girls as well as boys. The implication of Farley’s Boys Ranch is that a cattle ranch is a safe, wholesome environment for all. $15.00

 

2521. HENDRIX, John. If I Can Do It Horseback: A Cow-Country Sketchbook. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1964]. xv [1] 355 pp., map, illustrated chapter headings by Malcolm Thurgood. 8vo, original grey cloth, spine lettered in silver with silver vignette of cowboy on horseback. Fine in d.j. Laid in is a University of Texas Press catalogue of Western Americana titles with illustrated wrappers by Lea.

First edition (much of the material was first printed in articles in The Cattleman). M. K. Brown Range Life Series. Guns 970: “Mention of the killing of Sam Bass and Billy the Kid, William Morton, and Tom O’Folliard.” Taylor & Maar, The American Cowboy, p. 222: “Reminiscences of cowboy work in the early years of this century.” See also CBC, which cites some of the original articles in The Cattleman. Anecdotes of Hendrix’s life on the range. Some articles compare West Texas cowboy methods with those of other states, and some address changes in practices over time. Many biographies of cattlemen are included. $30.00

 

2522. HENDRON, J. W. The Story of Billy the Kid: New Mexico’s Number One Desperado. [Santa Fe: Rydal Press, 1948]. 31 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original red pictorial wrappers illustrating two longhorns. Fine, signed by author.

First edition. Dykes, Billy the Kid: The Bibliography of a Legend 382: “Hendron’s interesting account departs in many details from the generally accepted facts of the Kid’s career.... In 1874, Billy told a bunch of cowboys at the stockyards in Kansas City that he ran away from home in New York in 1871 because he was tired of going to school. He talked Old Jim, John Chisum’s head foreman, into letting him go to New Mexico with Chisum’s wagons.... Perhaps Hendron’s version of the early life of the Kid does offer, as he states, a more human and less illusory account. It would have been more interesting if he had given evidence to support his version of the Kid’s early life and of the other major variations from the older accounts.” Guns 971: “Scarce.” Tuska, Billy the Kid, A Bio-Bibliography, p. 129: “Hendron deserves recognition for incorporating the most amusing conjecture so far as to how the Kid managed his escape from the Lincoln jail.” Among the Kid’s many impressive talents while cutting a wide swath through the New Mexico-Arizona ranch country was cattle rustling. $30.00

 

2523. HENDRON, J. W. The Story of Billy the Kid: New Mexico’s Number One Desperado. [Santa Fe: Rydal Press, 1948]. Another copy. Fine. $25.00

 

2524. HENRY, Robert Selph. The Fascinating Rail Road Business. Indianapolis & New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1942]. [4] 520 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Fine in lightly chipped and torn d.j.

First edition. There is a section entitled “Four Footed Freight,” which chronicles the history of livestock transport via railroads. $15.00

 

2525. HENRY, Robert Selph. Trains. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1949]. [6] 128 pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations, endpaper maps. 4to, original green cloth. Light shelf wear, some spotting to covers, corners bumped, overall a very good copy.

“Mid-Century Edition” (first published in 1934). History of rail travel. Ranching interest is limited to a short section on the stock car. $15.00

 

2526. HENRY, Robert Selph. Trains. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1954]. [6] 136 pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations, endpaper maps. 4to, original red cloth. Fine in fine d.j.

“Twentieth Anniversary Edition” of this classic. $15.00

 

2527. HENRY, Robert Selph. Trains. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1957]. [6] 152 pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations, endpaper maps. 4to, original brown cloth. Fine in near fine d.j.

“Electronic Age Edition.” $15.00

 

2528. HENRY, Stuart. Conquering Our Great American Plains: A Historical Development.... New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, [1930]. xvi, 394 pp., frontispiece map, plates, maps. 8vo, original green cloth gilt. Endpapers browned, else fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:180; One-Fifty 70: “Scarce.... Most of the book concerns Abilene, Kansas, in its wild days, and the author gives Wild Bill Hickok considerable attention.” Campbell, p. 72: “Partly a debunking of Emerson Hough’s novel North of 36”; p. 122: “Original survey of the life of this Kansas cow town. The author’s brother was the first mayor of Abilene.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 46. Dobie, p. 105: “Absolutely unique in its analysis of cow-town society, both citizens and drovers.” Graff 1868: “The author lived in Abilene, Kansas, from 1868, and wrote from personal knowledge and reliable records.” Guns 974. Herd 1026. Howes H427. Rader 1854. $30.00

 

2529. HENRY, Stuart. Conquering Our Great American Plains: A Historical Development.... New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, [1930]. Another copy. Fine, d.j. not present. $20.00

 

2530. HERMANN, Binger. The Louisiana Purchase and Our Title West of the Rocky Mountains.... Washington: GPO, 1898. 87 pp., 7 engraved plates, 5 maps (some large, folding, and in color). 8vo, original maroon cloth. Shelf-worn, hinge cracked, otherwise very good.

First edition. Tweney, Washington 89 #28: “This book is frequently overlooked and ignored by historians and collectors, but it tells the most accurate story of the annexation of the various parts of the U.S., particularly west of the Rocky Mountains and the area including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and other portions of the Pacific Northwest.... Excellent maps.” Includes statistics on livestock in Texas, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and other western states. $50.00

 

2531. HERNDON, Sarah Raymond. Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865. New York: Burr Printing House, 1902. xvi, 270 pp., frontispiece portrait. 12mo, original brown cloth. Front endpaper loose, first and last pages browned from endpapers, otherwise fine. Author’s presentation copy.

First edition (first published serially in the Rocky Mountain Husbandman). Decker 41:341: “A day-by-day account of a journey via the North Platte, Bridger’s Pass, across Wyoming into Virginia City, actually by way of the Bridger Trail and one of the very few accounts we have of a journey along this trail to the Montana mines.” Eberstadt 135:561: “Sarah Raymond was a member of the Hardinbrooke ox-train, and this is her day-by-day narrative of experiences in the Montana migration. She drove one of the wagons and wrote one of the best overland journals extant.” Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 221. Flake 3963. Graff 1870. Howes H439. Smith 4371. Sarah’s party left Memphis, Missouri, on May 1, 1865, and arrived at Virginia City, Montana, on September 5. Her style of writing is quite engaging: “There has been no serious accident nor any lives lost, although thousands of cattle, hundreds of horses, and more than a thousand human beings have crossed the river since yesterday morning. Oh, for the pen of a Dickens to describe this wonderful scene, which no one ever has or ever will see again, just as it is. The moon is at the full and shining brightly as there is not a cloud in the sky, the camp-fires do not glow as they do dark nights. The men are building a great bonfire in the middle of our extemporaneous town.”

The author also relates a visit to California, during which she visited several ranches. A few interesting notes from the overland trek: “Monday, May 29. Traveled all day, and made a long drive without meeting anyone or passing a single habitation. We are camping near—what the people west of the Missouri River call—a ranch. There is a long, low log-cabin, with dirt roof, a corral, or inclosure for stock, with very high fence, and two or three wells of water in the vicinity, and that is all. No vegetable garden, no fields of grain, nor anything to make it look like farming.” When two local men approach the wagon train and start asking about the various stock, including a fine horse that belongs to a widow, the wagon master responds politely, but the feisty author comments: “He thinks they are horse thieves, but hopes they will not be mean enough to steal from a widow. As if horse thieves care who they steal from. No doubt, their ranch is stocked with stolen horses and cattle, for they have things as they choose away out here, where there is no law, except the law of might.” $75.00

 

2532. HERRON, Jim. Fifty Years on the Owl Hoot Trail: Jim Herron, the First Sheriff of No Man’s Land, Oklahoma Territory.... From an Original Manuscript by Jim Herron. Chicago: Sage Books, [1969]. xxiii [3] 355 pp., plates, portraits, facsimiles, endpaper maps. Very fine in fine d.j. Signed by the editor.

First edition. Edited by Harry E. Chrisman and with an introduction by Edward Everett Dale. Guns 2477: “Interesting story of a rancher in No-Man’s-Land who had to follow the Owl Hoot Trail for 50 years because of a frame-up of a powerful cattlemen’s association.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 319: “Fugitive from Kansas justice at twenty-eight, Herron spent most of the rest of his life in Arizona and Mexico.” Biography of Herron—cowboy, sheriff, fugitive from the law, saloon owner, and international cattleman. Herron played it both ways: lawman to cattle rustler, and at his death at age 83, he was a fugitive from justice. $35.00

 

2533. HERSEY, Harold. Singing Rawhide: A Book of Western Ballads. New York: George H. Doran, [1926]. 189 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by Jerry Delano. 8vo, original green cloth, pictorial label on upper cover. Light wear to spine, generally fine.

First edition, first printing (with GHD colophon). Many of the lyrics originally appeared in Ace-High Magazine, Cowboy Stories, and Ranch Romances. Profusely illustrated collection of cowboy poems in vernacular. Subjects include Custer, Jesse James, John Wesley Hardin, buckaroos, Molly of the X bar X, Native Americans, cowboys, and many ranching themes. $25.00

 

2534. HERTZOG, Carl. A Remarkable Letter: A Carl Hertzog Keepsake [cover title]. [Austin: Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin], n.d. One-page facsimile of a typed letter, signed, from Carl Hertzog to J. Frank Dobie, September 10, 1958. Tipped into a beige folder with printed editorial notes on inner cover. Very fine. Carl Hertzog’s inscribed and signed presentation copy to Dudley R. Dobie.

First printing. The letter was written by Carl Hertzog in response to Dobie’s lengthy review of the just-published new edition of Interwoven by Sallie Reynolds Matthews. The review appeared in four Texas newspapers. Dobie said that he had read the book when it first appeared (1936), but realized even more what a great book it was when he read it anew in Hertzog’s design and printing. Hertzog writes of the production of Interwoven and also of Tom Lea’s The King Ranch, and books by J. Evetts Haley, and concludes: “What lucky people we are to not be tied up to New York production lines.” $20.00

 

2535. [HERTZOG, CARL]. LOWMAN, Al. Printer at the Pass: The Work of Carl Hertzog. Compiled by Al Lowman, with an Essay by William R. Holman. San Antonio: [Designed by William Wittliff for] Institute of Texan Cultures, 1972. xix [1] 123 [2] pp., photographic illustrations. 12mo, original half black morocco over terracotta boards, printed paper label on upper cover. Very fine in acetate d.j. and publisher’s slipcase.

First edition, limited edition (200 copies signed by Hertzog, Lowman, Holman, and Wittliff). Basic Texas Books B129: “Excellent, well-annotated bibliography of Texas’ premier book designer.” Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 40. Whaley, Wittliff 94. See Handbook of Texas Online: Jean Carl Hertzog Sr. for more on this influential printer who did so much to elevate the presentation of the printed word in regard to all phases of the range cattle industry. $100.00

 

2536. [HERTZOG, CARL]. LOWMAN, Al. Printer at the Pass.... San Antonio: [Bill Wittliff for] Institute of Texan Cultures, 1972. xx, 124 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original half black cloth over orange boards, printed paper label on upper cover. Very fine in original acetate d.j.

First edition, trade issue. $25.00

 

2537. HERTZOG, Peter. Little Known Facts about Billy the Kid. [Santa Fe: Press of the Territorian, 1963]. 32 pp., numerous text illustrations by William Ford, facsimiles of contemporary documentation on The Kid. 8vo, original yellow printed wrappers. Fine.

First edition. No. 3 of a series. Guns 977. Reprints in facsimile news items and official documents relating to The Kid and his pals. One of the photographic illustrations shows The Kid’s spurs and knife. The sources assist in unraveling various myths about The Kid, but some of the contemporary newspaper articles are mythology supporting later mythology. $20.00

 

2538. HEUSTIS, Daniel D. Remarkable Adventures: California, 1845.... Los Angeles: Dawson’s, 1957. 22 pp. Narrow 12mo, original half tan cloth over pictorial boards. Very fine.

Limited edition (200 copies). Early California Travels Series 40. Introduction by Carey S. Bliss. Reprints a portion of the author’s Narrative of the Adventures.... (first edition Boston, 1847). Rocq 16919. Cowan, p. 277n. Graff 1874n. Howes H449n. On a stopover in Honolulu while on his way home to New England, Heustis met Hiram Grimes, who hired him to take charge of a cattle ranch north of Monterey. $20.00

 

2539. HEWETT, Edgar L. Campfire and Trail. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 1943. [8] 165 pp., photographic illustrations. 12mo, original red cloth. Edges lightly foxed, endpapers browned, else very good in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. In his travels through the Southwest U.S., the noted archaeologist and ethnologist visited several ranches, and in 1897 he stayed at Rancho Rio Trinchera, home of taciturn trail-finder extraordinaire Tom Tobin, who “could track a grasshopper through the sage brush.” Hewett ranks Tobin with Kit Carson. (It is interesting to note that many of the old guides and mountain men ended up on their own ranches.) In chapter 20, “Making Archaeologists,” Hewett relates his experiences when he was asked to establish a School of Research for providing fieldwork and training in archaeology and ethnology. He set up camp at Holly’s Ranch on the San Juan in southwestern Colorado and recruited three fresh Harvard men (Morley, Kidder, and Fletcher) with an interest in the Southwest. Examples of Hewett’s indoctrination measures included sending Kidder on a fifty-mile trek with the roughest bronco he could find, putting plaster of Paris in Morley’s biscuit dough instead of baking powder, and worse. Hewett left his students with instructions to make a complete archaeological survey at McElmo Mesa and said he would return in six weeks to assess their work. The first letter Hewett received was from Fletcher, begging him to return and help them. The next letter the cowboy brought Hewett was from Morley and Kidder, informing that they would survive and have something to show for their work. Hewett notes: “It may be possible to live down a Harvard education.” When Hewett returned, their excellent work was completed and documented in a notebook, and they also knew how to get in out of the rain and ride a broncho. “They were no sissies that I would have to send back for a finishing course at Radcliff. They were all tough hombres.” This is a good example of the concept that transformative experiences can occur in a ranching environment. $25.00