Dorothy Sloan – Books

Copyright 2000-2018 by Dorothy Sloan-Rare Books Inc. for all materials on this site. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.

Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2540-2564

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.

2540. HICKENLOOPER, Frank. An Illustrated History of Monroe County, Iowa: A Complete Civil, Political, and Military History of the County, from Its Earliest Period of Organization down to 1896. Albia, Iowa: [Published by the author], 1896. 360 [10, ads] pp., frontispiece, illustrations, folding map. Small 8vo, original dark green cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine.

First edition. Flake 3977: “The Mormons and the election of 1848.” Includes brief discussions of the cattle in the county (e.g., the year 1892 when “the bottom suddenly dropped out of the cattle market”); ease of cultivating tame grass for cattle feed; ban of foraging by General Custer (“the most insolent martinet”); various horse and cattle stealing; the 1895 census of cattle in Iowa (3,273,525), etc. $100.00

 

2541. HICKORY HILL RANCH. Hickory Hill Ranch: Registered Polled Herefords Complete Herd Dispersal Sale. Navasota, Texas: Hickory Hill Ranch, 1966. [56] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original green pictorial wrappers. Fine.

First printing. $25.00

 

2542. HICKS, John D. The California Background: Spanish or American? Tenth Annual Address Delivered before the Friends of the Bancroft Library. Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, [1957]. 18 [1] pp. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers. Fine.

First printing. Brief mention is made of the ranching heritage of California. $10.00

 

2543. HIGHLAND HEREFORD BREEDERS ASSOCIATION. Highland Hereford Sale, November 12, 1965.... Aurora, Missouri: MWM Color Press, 1965. [56] pp., photographic illustrations, ads. 8vo, original color pictorial wrappers. Self-mailer wrappers with address label and canceled stamps on lower wrap. Slightly soiled, otherwise fine.

First printing. $15.00

 

2544. HILL, Alice Polk. Colorado Pioneers in Picture and Story. [Denver: Brock-Hafner Press, 1915]. xv [1] 544 pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Small 8vo, original green cloth. Some insect damage to edges and spine, hinges cracked, good.

Limited edition (#676 of private subscription edition of 2,000 copies). Wilcox, p. 59: “Called by the author a ‘revised edition’ of her Tales of the Colorado Pioneers.” Wynar 131. There is a section titled “The Pioneer Cattle Growers,” in which the author credits Colonel Jack Henderson with establishing cattle grazing in the state. $25.00

 

2545. HILL, Alice Polk. Colorado Pioneers in Picture and Story. [Denver: Brock-Hafner Press, 1915]. Another copy, variant binding. Small 8vo, original red cloth. Fine. Unnumbered copy of private subscription edition. $35.00

 

2546. HILL, Alice Polk. Colorado Pioneers in Picture and Story. [Denver: Brock-Hafner Press, 1915]. Another copy, variant binding. Small 8vo, original blue cloth. Light shelf wear, penciled notes on front free endpaper, but generally fine. Unnumbered copy of private subscription edition. $30.00

 

2547. HILL, Alice Polk. Tales of the Colorado Pioneers. Denver: Pierson & Gardner, 1884. 319 pp., text illustrations. 12mo, original dark brown cloth. Fine.

First edition. Campbell, p. 165. Howes H480. Rader 1876. Wilcox, p. 59. Wynar 132. History of Colorado with accounts of pioneer life, and interesting social history: Conflicts with Native Americans, mining, overland travel, etc. Alice Polk Hill (1849-1921) was Colorado’s first poet laureate, but she is much better known for the present book, a lively, anecdotal account of Colorado in the early years (1858-1883). Often the experiences are quoted directly from the pioneers themselves, which gives a keen sense of immediacy. See especially “A Drive for Life” (pp. 71 et seq) where Mrs. Bowman gives an account of a wild ride by stagecoach and being pursued by hostile Natives. Holding her ailing seventeen-month old baby, and at times driving the wagon herself, she was saved by a brave black man named Lee Ayres and some local ranchers. The author has much on the 1864 Indian scare (Sand Creek-Chivington Massacre), allegedly precipitated by accusations of cattle rustling perpetrated by Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors. Included is an account of an early female rancher, who during the scare sent her cowboys to round up the cattle and move them to a safer place close to the ranch house. Alone and looking out the window, she imagined she saw Indians and rushed to get a gun from her arsenal of sixty weapons in an upstairs room. She succeeded in shooting a stump in the yard and a hole in the floor that destroyed her newly acquired patent churn. This was among the lesser losses of the tragic Sand Creek Massacre. $100.00

 

2548. HILL, Alice Polk. Tales of the Colorado Pioneers. Denver: Pierson & Gardner, 1884. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original dark green cloth. Light to moderate shelf wear, overall very good. $75.00

 

2549. HILL, Alice Polk. Tales of the Colorado Pioneers. Denver: Pierson & Gardner, 1884. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original reddish brown cloth. Moderate shelf wear and corners bumped, overall very good. $60.00

 

2550. HILL, Emma Shepard. A Dangerous Crossing and What Happened on the Other Side. Denver: [Smith-Brooks Company], 1914. viii, 117 [3] pp., 3 photographic plates (portraits of the author and her father at the time of the crossing, plus plate of their log cabin), text illustrations by Jane Porter Robertson. 12mo, original green cloth, gilt lettering, ruling and decorative element on upper cover. Very light wear to spinal extremities, minor stain to upper right corner of upper cover, else very fine. Rare, privately printed.

First edition. T. N. Luther 83:352: “Scarce in any edition.” Wynar 347. Howes, Graff, et al. list only the 1924 edition with 206 pages (see below). The author was thirteen years old when she crossed the plains from Ohio to Colorado during the 1864-1865 U.S. Army attack on the Arapaho-Cheyenne for allegedly sacking the ranches along the Platte. Emma’s father was warned he was taking his family “into the jaws of death,” and along Little Blue, burnt ranches and haystacks were still ablaze. A French squawman tried to buy Hill for six white ponies at the Old California Crossing. The first forty pages are devoted to the overland narrative, and the latter part of the book describes pioneer life in Colorado. Her father was a farmer, and then ranchman, in Iowa, but eventually he went to Colorado to manage a mining venture. Hill includes much of interest for ranching and the cattle trade, e.g.:

In the late fall of this year—1867—a herd of ten thousand long-horn cattle from the Pecos Valley in Texas were driven into southern Colorado to range through winter. These cattle were owned by Dalton and Sons and three or four other men and in the next spring would be driven to the Kansas City market. The men made their headquarters in the Apache Valley in an unfinished shack near our home. One cold, foggy morning in November, one of the night herders missed a big blue-roan steer and circled the herd hunting him. He soon struck a trail in the frost-covered grass and weeds where many creatures had passed. In a very short time a band of Texans, mounted and armed to the teeth were in hot pursuit. Taking up the trail northward till the sun dissipated the fog, they could easily track the cattle to the Hard Scrabble, then following up the creek bed they came out at Macy’s Hole or Canyon at the head of the St. Charles River. winter.... In the corral of a well known ranchman—Gordon by name—were found the stolen cattle, ten of their best fat steers. After disarming Gordon, the thief, and making ready to take him back to the camp along with the cattle, the ranchman kindly invited the Texans in to dinner. Now, after a forty mile ride on a cold morning, a good hot meal was very acceptable, and leaving one man to stand guard the others went into a back room where the meal was served. The prisoner and guard were in the sitting room, whereupon a bed lay a newspaper. Gordon, reaching for the newspaper, suddenly presented a cocked pistol at the guard who quickly threw up his hands. Taking the guard’s gun, he sprang for his horse that stood just outside the door, and made a dash for cover among the rugged recesses of that famous “Hole” in the mountains, and they never saw him again. As had previously been planned, this herd of ten thousand cattle, were, in the spring driven to Kansas City, arriving at the stockyards late in the summer. They sold for a big price and Mr. Dalton, the principal owner, was reported to have received twenty thousand dollars as his share. He returned to Texas in company with other cattlemen but when, within two days’ travel of his home, he grew impatient, and against their advice separated from the rest of the crowd and started on the forty mile drive alone. He had been absent nearly a year and was anxious to be home again. He drove a span of fine horses and on the buckboard conveyance carried a strong trunk which contained not only clothing and personal effects but the twenty thousand dollars in cash. All went well till within a few miles of his home, when a band of Comanches in ambush suddenly waylaid him, killing the man; cutting loose the horses, and smashing the trunk. When the other cattlemen, including Mr. Dalton’s two sons, reached the scene of the tragedy, they found the trunk rifled of its contents and broken, but the lid in which there was a secret compartment was intact and the money was safe.

Nina Baym, Women Writers of the American West 1833-1927 (University of Illinois Press, 2011), p. 123, comments on Hill and her book: “A Dangerous Crossing and What Happened on the Other Side stitched an overland narrative from late summer and early autumn of 1864, when she was thirteen to letters written over the next decade. The book’s theme is the family’s successful recreation of their daily life in Ohio and Colorado, the point being that the West is won not with outlawry or even heroism, but with children’s play, education, party-going, getting married.” As an example of the young author’s style, she comments: “There are great disadvantages in living in the mountains, even if we are a mile and a half nearer Heaven; and the greatest one is the lack of good schools.” $750.00

 

2551. HILL, Emma Shepard. A Dangerous Crossing and What Happened on the Other Side: Seven Lean Years. Denver: [Bradford-Robinson Printing Co.], 1924. viii, 206 pp., 3 photographic plates (portraits of the author and her father at the time of the crossing, plus plate of their log cabin), text illustrations by Jane Porter Robertson. Small 8vo, original olive green cloth, gilt lettering on upper cover. Very fine in lightly worn d.j.

Second edition, text completely reset, augmented with about a 100 additional pages, with subtitle “Seven Lean Years” and chapters entitled “Lean,” “Leaner,” and “Leanest.” Graff 1887. Howes H481 (calling for two plates, but our copy has three). Mattes 1957. Mintz, The Trail 564 (Red Herring section following Graff and Howes). Wilcox, p. 69. Wynar 348. The augmented material consists primarily of farming and town life, the former marked by snowstorms, grasshoppers, failed crops, and town life with work in a commission house work, saw mill, domestic affairs, social history, etc. $250.00

 

2552. HILL, Emma Shepard. The Deferred Payment: The Little Brown House, Wonders of the Yellowstone. Denver: [Bradford-Robinson Printing Co.], 1925. [6] 171 pp., illustrations. Small 8vo, original dark green cloth. Top and bottom edges water-stained, moderate binding wear, otherwise good.

First edition. Cover title: “Twice Told Tales of Real Pioneer Experiences.” Voth & Russell, Yellowstone National Park: A Bibliography, p. 46. Not in Wilcox. The chapter entitled “The Little Brown House” includes a description of ranch families fleeing during an uprising of Native Americans in the Denver region. $75.00

 

2553. HILL, Emma Shepard (ed.). Foundation Stones. [Denver: Bradford-Robinson, 1926]. 243 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations. 12mo, original green cloth. Fine.

First edition. Herd 1034: “Some early ranching in Colorado.” Wilcox, p. 59. Wynar 348. Accounts of nineteen of the earliest Colorado settlers and their families. $100.00

 

2554. HILL, J. L. The End of the Cattle Trail. Long Beach: Geo. W. Moyle Publishing, n.d. (ca. 1924). 120 pp., frontispiece of Jack Raines on cowpony “Cheyenne,” photographic illustrations. 12mo, original grey decorated wrappers. Light outer wear, internally fine. Inscribed to J. Frank Dobie by author Feb. 11, 1925.

First edition, wrappers issue. Adams, Burs I:181. Cowan II, p. 280. Dobie, p. 106: “Rare and meaty pamphlet.” Dykes, Kid 92. Graff 1888: “A very interesting history by one who spent his life in the business.” Guns 986: “A splendid little book as far as the cattle trails are concerned.” Herd 1035: “Scarce.” Rader 1881. Hill punched cattle in the early 1880s in Texas, drove a herd to Montana in 1883 (this book provides a detailed description of the drive), and then rode herd in Montana until at least 1887 (he provides a striking account of the bitter winter of 1886-87). $75.00

 

2555. HILL, J. L. The End of the Cattle Trail. Long Beach: Geo. W. Moyle Publishing, n.d. (ca. 1924). Another copy. Spine slightly darkened, otherwise fine. $45.00

 

2556. HILL, J. L. The Passing of the Indian and Buffalo. Long Beach: Geo. W. Moyle Publishing Co., n.d. (ca. 1917-1924). 47 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Age-toned, otherwise fine.

First edition. Smith 4464. Soliday I:1118. Narrative of various Native American tribes, the Last Battle of the Sioux, Sun Dance, Buffalo Hunters, Nez Percé War, Seminole War. The author states that the Navajo are successful stock raisers; notes that early explorers in North America confused buffalo as a type of cattle (noting that Coronado was the first to recognize two distinct species, but this confusion persisted in some northern regions as late as the late seventeenth century); many buffalo hunters transitioned to cowboys when the buffalo became scarce; etc. $20.00

 

2557. HILL, Joseph J. The History of Warner’s Ranch and Its Environs. Los Angeles: Privately printed, 1927. [2] x [2] 221 pp., frontispiece etching and one other etching by Loren Barten, plates (included in pagination) reproducing documents. 4to, original three-quarter ivory cloth over brown boards, printed paper spine label. Endsheets lightly browned, else very fine in publisher’s slipcase with some splitting at top. Griffith Henshaw’s signature on half-title.

First edition, limited edition (#40 of 300 copies for presentation in an edition of 1,300 copies). Cowan, p. 280. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 116: “The story of Warner’s Ranch is closely interwoven with the history of the Southern California desert.... The glamorous old ranch became a well-known station site for the Butterfield Overland Stage line. In practically every account of these early-historic desert episodes, this ranch of Warner’s figures prominently as a beckoning caravansary to the weary traveler. Hill gives us a clearly defined account of it.” Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 11a: “This book is included because of Chapters 6 and 7 in which are summarized the approaches to California by way of the Gila and the Colorado, a valuable contribution to a subject upon which information is scattered and obscure.” Herd 1036: “Scarce.” Howell 50, California 1358. Howes H486. Rocq 7392. Wallace, Arizona History IV:30. Preface by Herbert E. Bolton. $175.00

 

2558. HILL, Joseph J. The History of Warner’s Ranch and Its Environs. Los Angeles: Privately printed, 1927. [2] x [2] 221 pp., frontispiece etching and one other etching by Loren Barten, plates (included in pagination) reproducing documents. 4to, original red cloth, paper spine label. Very fine.

Limited edition, trade issue (#848 of 1,000 copies). $35.00

 

2559. HILL, Kate Adele. A. L. Ward, Texan, 1885-1965. [Waco: Texian Press, 1967]. xi [1] 276 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original mauve pictorial cloth. Very fine in slightly worn d.j., with author’s signed and dated inscription.

First edition. (limited to 200 copies). A. L. Ward was a pioneer of what we now term “agribusiness.” Ward’s goal was to raise livestock and do the necessary farming to make stock raising profitable. His concern for and method of achieving and sharing it made modern ranching more feasible. $40.00

 

2560. HILL, Kate Adele. Home Builders of West Texas. San Antonio: Naylor, 1938. xviii [2] 108 pp., photographic illustrations, endpaper maps. 8vo, original green cloth lettered in silver. Upper fore-edge dust stained, otherwise fine.

First edition, second printing. CBC 4973. Herd 1037. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 16: “Biographical sketches of women on the frontier of West Texas.” Winegarten, p. 111. Tribute to some “hitherto unsung heroines” of West Texas. Details of the lives of eleven ranch women and several pioneer wives. $35.00

 

2561. HILL, Laurance L. La Reina: Los Angeles in Three Centuries: A Volume Commemorating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Security Trust and Savings Bank.... [Los Angeles]: Security Trust and Savings Bank, 1929. 208 pp., illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original color pictorial wrappers with marginal chipping, but otherwise fine.

First edition. Cowan, p. 281. Flake 3998a. Rocq 3882. Includes information on various early ranching activities in and around Los Angeles. $15.00

 

2562. HILL, Rita. Then and Now, Here and around Shakespeare. N.p., 1963. 51 pp., plates. 8vo, original blue pictorial wrappers. Edges faded, but generally fine.

First edition. Guns 989: “History of the town of Shakespeare, New Mexico, containing material on some of its outlaws.” Information on the Shakespeare Ranch and other local livestock outfits. $10.00

 

2563. HILTON, William Hayes. Sketches in the Southwest and Mexico, 1858-1877. Introduction and Notes by Carey S. Bliss. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1963. ix, 52 pp., 25 illustrations with text. Oblong 8vo, original half buckram over brown pictorial boards. Lower cover slightly discolored, else fine.

First edition. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 826: “Delightful and historically important drawings from a collection at the Huntington Library. A beautiful book from the Plantin Press.” Wallace, Arizona History VIII:87. Hilton (1829-1909) served under Zachary Taylor in the Mexican-American War, and was also a miner, cattle drover, and rancher. He sketched many western scenes throughout Texas, Mexico, Arizona, and California. The drawings herein illustrate trips on the Butterfield Overland Stage in 1858-1859, mining, prospecting, and hunting in Arizona and California about 1862-1864, Hilton’s career in Mexico, 1862-1869, and sketches around Monterey, San Francisco, and Northern California, 1870-1877. $20.00

 

2564. [HILZINGER, John George]. Treasure Land: A Story. Vol. 1 [all published]. Tucson: Arizona Advancement Company, 1897. 160 [1] pp., illustrations. 8vo, original green cloth. Some wear at corners, otherwise fine. Bookplate.

First edition. Herd 1039: “Scarce.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 827n (citing the 1969 facsimile edition): “Arizona and particularly Tucson and Nogales as they were in 1879, some of it written with tongue in cheek.” A thorough promotional for Arizona covering mining, cattle raising, farming, commerce, history, climate, etc. $125.00