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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2715-2739

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2715. HUNT, Elvid. History of Fort Leavenworth, 1827-1927. Fort Leavenworth: General Service Schools Press, 1926. xii, 298 pp., 10 plates, 11 maps (some folding). 8vo, original gilt-lettered blue cloth. Fine in darkened d.j. with small chip at upper corner.

First edition. Preface by Edward L. King. Flake 4141a. Howes H800. Rader 1978. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “Fine history of the fort from its founding in 1827 and its role in guarding the Santa Fe Trail.” Tutorow 3160. Chapters on the western plains, westward migration, the Mexican-American War, Kansas Territory, Civil War, etc. Cow Island, about nine miles from Cantonment Leavenworth, was the grazing ground for the fort’s cattle. The description of the launching of the 3,600-mile trek of Doniphan’s Expedition from Fort Leavenworth sounds more complex than Moses leading his people out of Egypt to Israel (the supply train had 500 pack mules, 1,550 covered wagons, many hundred beef cattle). $50.00

 

2716. HUNT, Frazier. Cap Mossman: Last of the Great Cowmen. New York: Hastings House, [1951]. [8] 277 pp., 16 illustrations by Ross Santee. 8vo, original grey cloth. Fine in near fine d.j. Signed by author and artist on front endpaper, and with an original drawing by Santee on half-title.

First edition. Campbell, p. 83. Dobie, p. 108. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #57: “Mossman made his reputation as manager of the Hashknife in Arizona where his success in dealing with rustlers led to his appointment as Captain of the Arizona Rangers. Later Cap was a manager for the Matador in South Dakota with control of a million acres of range.... One of the best from the viewpoint of management.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Santee 44); Western High Spots, p. 78 (“A Range Man’s Library”); p. 121 (“Ranger Reading”). Guns 1073. Herd 1100. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 877. Reese, Six Score 11n.Wallace, Arizona History VII:39. Mossman, born in 1867, started punching cows in the 1880s and eventually became manager of the Bloody Basin outfit in northern Arizona and general superintendent of the Hash Knife of Arizona, a two-million-acre ranch with over 60,000 head of cattle, which had the reputation of being the toughest outfit in the cattle world. $150.00

 

2717. HUNT, Frazier. Cap Mossman: Last of the Great Cowmen. New York: Hastings House, [1951]. Trade edition of preceding. Fine in fine d.j. $35.00

 

2718. HUNT, Frazier. The Tragic Days of Billy the Kid. New York: Hastings House, [1956]. [12] 316 pp., maps by Robert N. Mullin (3 double-page), plans, endpaper maps. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Fine in d.j. with light edge wear.

First edition. Guns 1075: “Much new material on Billy the Kid. It is perhaps the account nearest the truth to date.” Hunt had the advantage of access to the original material collected by Lt. Col. Maurice G. Fulton of the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, who was the recognized authority on The Kid and the Lincoln County War. The author remarks: “He completed his education in the fine art and science of gambling and in handling cattle and horses, and stood high on frontier Honor Roll as a Master of the Colt and Winchester.” From David H. Stratton’s review of this book in Montana: The Magazine of Western History 6:4 (Autumn 1956), p. 57: “The life of Billy the Kid has inspired several books and hundreds of articles and stories, not to mention songs, a ballet, plays, motion pictures, and television dramas. New Mexico’s most notorious gunman has also become its best-known frontier figure. Most of these accounts lean too heavily upon the legends surrounding the Kid’s short career; only a few follow the record of facts. Perhaps this is true because the facts would show him as a rather common killer instead of an appealing Robin Hood of the West. Although Mr. Hunt is properly impressed with the legendary lore, his work demonstrates that a fairly realistic treatment can be as interesting as a more fictional approach.” $35.00

 

2719. HUNT, Frazier & Robert Hunt. Horses and Heroes: The Story of the Horse in America for 450 Years. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1949. xii [2] 306 pp., plates. 8vo, original brown cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Fine in edge-worn d.j.

First edition. Information on origins of American breeds, cavalry chargers, wild mustangs, workhorses, rodeo stars, thoroughbreds, and pacers and trotters. $35.00

 

2720. HUNT, Rockwell D[ennis]. John Bidwell: Prince of California Pioneers. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, [1942]. 463 pp., illustrations, endpaper maps. 8vo, original green cloth. Fine in edge-worn d.j. A scarce, early Caxton title.

First edition. Paher 926: “Bidwell’s party journeyed across Nevada in the fall of 1840. In making his overland trip, the portly Captain Bartleson was reduced to half his former girth. After crossing Nevada he said, ‘Boys, if I ever get back to Missouri I...would gladly eat out of the troughs with my hogs.’” Rocq 1391. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 108. The only full-length biography of Bidwell, pioneer Californian and early Anglo rancher, written by a man who knew Bidwell personally. Early in 1848 Bidwell registered his brand and began raising cattle on the land surrounding his Little Butte Creek cabin. In July 1849 he purchased a one half interest in Rancho Chico from George McKinsey and in 1851 he purchased the other half. Rancho Chico and Rancho New Salem were adjacent properties and his property totaled 33,000 acres and stretched from the Sacramento River to the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. $40.00

 

2721. HUNT, Rockwell Dennis & William Sheffield Ament. Oxcart to Airplane. San Francisco, Los Angeles & Chicago: Powell Publishing, [1929]. [16] 458 pp., illustrations by Franz Geritz. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Very light shelf wear, otherwise fine.

First edition. Trade edition. California Series. Cowan, p. 298. Includes discussion of the early hide and tallow trade in California. $15.00

 

2722. HUNTER, George. Reminiscences of an Old Timer: A Recital of the Actual Events, Incidents, Trials...of a Pioneer, Hunter, Miner, and Scout of the Pacific Northwest, together with His Later Experiences in Official and Business Capacities, and a Brief Description of the Resources, Beauties, and Advantages of the New Northwest; The Several Indian Wars, Anecdotes, etc. San Francisco: H. S. Crocker & Company, 1887. xxv [1] 454 pp., 16 lithographed plates (including frontispiece portrait). 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Mild shelf wear, spine sunned, otherwise fine.

First edition. Cowan, p. 298. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 239. Flake 4144. Graff 2018. Guns 1081: “Rare.... Contains some information on vigilantes and road agents.” Howes H811. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 346a. Mattes 1203. Mintz, The Trail 247: “Overland by wagon train to Oregon and California.... Chapters on mining and an account of the Rogue River war of 1853.” Rocq 15863. Smith 4819. Hunter and his family emigrated overland in 1852. He later mined around Shasta City and Eureka in the 1850s, rode express between Virginia City and Bannock, served in the Civil War, and participated in the Nez Percé War. The unsigned lithograph plates are unusually well executed. The author explains that the occasionally severe winter in the Walla Walla country was called a “cow-killer.” While mining near Canyon City, the author helped a party of travellers with about 300 head of cattle gather their cattle after Indian troubles. In the chapter on the Bannock War, the author relates various depredations, including cattle rustling and killing herders. Yakima and Kittitas valleys on the Yakima River are described as having inexhaustible rangelands capable of raising more cattle than any other section on the North Pacific slope. Includes information on rancher Jack Slade and his vigilantes, being snowed in at Verry’s Ranch, and helping two sheriffs recover horses stolen by two boys at Burnt River Ranch. $300.00

 

2723. HUNTER, J. Marvin. A Brief History of Bandera County, Covering One Hundred Years of Intrepid History. Baird, Texas: The Baird Star, 1949. [4] 76 pp. 8vo, original beige printed wrappers. Fine, signed by author.

First edition. Not in CBC. Sketches of early settlers, Indian depredations, and pioneer achievements, covering a period of 100 years. Includes sheep and cattle ranching. The author wrote several histories of Bandera County, including one in 1936 which carried the history to only up to 1936. $40.00

 

2724. HUNTER, J. Marvin. One Hundred Years in Bandera, 1853-1953 [wrapper title]. N.p., [1953]. [30] 91 [3] pp., illustrations (mostly photographic, numerous ads). Folio, original blue pictorial wrappers, stapled. Wrappers lightly faded and edge-worn, text browned and fragile due to acidic paper, overall very good.

First edition. CBC 140. “A story of sturdy pioneers, their struggles and hardships, and their heroic achievements. A century of intrepid history” (from front wrapper). Local history with many photos of individuals and families and good information on ranching in this region of south-central Texas. $50.00

 

2725. HUNTER, J. Marvin. The Story of Lottie Deno. [Bandera: 4 Hunters, 1959]. vii [1] 199 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Guns 1083. This mysterious, engaging woman with supposed aristocratic origins became a gambler and daredevil in Texas and New Mexico during frontier days. Her identity is thought to be Carlotta J. Thompkins or Charlotte Thurmond (1844-1934), but nothing is hard and fast regarding Lottie, except her remarkable skill in the secrets of winning at cards. She had her greatest success in frontier towns, such as wide-open Fort Griffin, as well as Fort Concho, San Angelo, Fort Worth, Denison, etc. She honed her skills during the financial boom on the Texas frontier in the 1870s, where cowboys and cattle traders were flush with cash. $25.00

 

2726. HUNTER, J. Marvin & Noah H. Rose. The Album of Gun-Fighters. [Bandera: Hunter & Rose, 1951]. xi [3] 236 pp., profusely illustrated (mostly photographic). 4to, original black pictorial cloth. Very fine in d.j. with a few tears at lower margin. Signed by J. Marvin Hunter on half-title. Two errata sheets laid in.

First edition, limited edition (300 copies, with signed slip laid in: “This book is one of the first 300 copies printed of an album of gunfighters, and is autographed by [N. H. Rose] Photographer [J. Marvin Hunter] Editor and Compiler [Warren Hunter] Artist and Designer”). Adams, Burs I:205; One-Fifty 77: “Scarce.... Published in a limited edition, this volume contains portraits and short sketches of most of the outlaws and gunmen of the West. Rose’s pictures have appeared in many western books, but this publication places a valuable gallery of western gunmen under one cover.” Campbell, p. 72. Dykes, Kid 432. Western High Spots, p. 60 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #118): “The illustrations are remarkable considering the age and condition of many of the plates.” Guns 1085. Howes H814. Wallace, Arizona History X:48. Many rustlers and strayed cowboys may be found in this gallery of gunmen. $200.00

 

2727. HUNTER, J. Marvin & Noah H. Rose. The Album of Gun-Fighters. [Bandera, 1951]. xi [3] 236 pp., profusely illustrated (mostly photographic). 4to, original black pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. Signed presentation copy: “Inscribed for my friend Dudley R. Dobie, whose interest in Western Americana has led him along my trail. J. Marvin Hunter.”

First trade edition. $100.00

 

2728. HUNTER, J. Marvin & Noah H. Rose. The Album of Gun-Fighters. [Bandera, 1951]. Another copy. Fine in chipped and torn d.j. $75.00

 

2729. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). Frontier Times. 1:1 (October 1923) through 18:9 (June 1941). [Austin]: Frontier Times, n.d. 201 issues (lacking October 1936-June 1937 and July 1940-September 1940). Small 4to, original blue pictorial wrappers. Mostly fine.

Reprint edition. Packed with local and Western history, and much detailed and obscure material on ranching not available elsewhere. $150.00

 

2730. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). Frontier Times 19:1-2, 7-10 (October-November 1941, April-July 1942). Bandera: J. Marvin Hunter, 1941-1942. 5 issues. Small 4to, original white pictorial wrappers, stapled. Paper browned and friable, small ink address stamp at top of upper wrappers, else fine.

First edition. Articles include “Adventures of an Old Texas Cowboy” by A. Huffmeyer, “Frank Jackson Became a Good Citizen” describing a trail drive to Kansas, “Oliver Loving, the First Trail Driver,” by Grace Miller, “Old Barbeques in Bandera County” and “Cowboy Branded a Comanche Indian,” by J. Marvin Hunter, and “The Great Drouth of ‘86,” by W. C. Holden. $30.00

 

2731. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). Hunter’s Frontier Magazine 1:11 (July 1917). San Antonio: Hunter Brothers, 1917. [1] 306-36 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original orange pictorial wrappers. Soiled and stained, internally very good. Fred White Sr. note: “In format of later Frontier Times, issued in Bandera this magazine preceded it by 4-5 years and was issued in San Antonio. Very scarce—only the 2nd issue I have handled.”

First printing. The periodical in this early version was the official organ of the Old Time Trail Drivers’ Association and the Texas Historic Landmarks Association. “A Woman Trail Driver...” at pp. 332-33 is Amanda Burke’s account of accompanying her husband on a cattle drive from Banquette, Texas, to Ellsworth, Kansas, in 1871. Excerpts from an oral interview on ranch women with James and Lillian Padgitt at the Institute of Texan Cultures (1982): “[Amanda’s husband] died in 1877, but she remained a widow the rest of her life, and she was fairly young—36, something like that and could have remarried. She...managed the ranch, ran the whole thing herself thereafter, and she wrote for George W. Saunders, the Old Trail Driver—she knew him. And she wrote for J. Marvin Hunter’s book, The Trail Drivers of Texas, an autobiographical account of going up the trail.... And then 19...I think 20-something, the Old Trail Drivers honored her as Queen of the Cattle Trail or something. You know, there are actually a number of Cattle Queens who...were ranch women, who ran the ranches themselves or went up the trail.” For more on Amanda and other women in ranching, see the interview: <http://padgitt.blogspot.com/2012/11/interview.html>. $100.00

 

Editio Princeps—in Rare Pictorial Dust Jacket

2732. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). The Trail Drivers of Texas: Interesting Sketches of Early Cowboys and Their Experiences on the Range and on the Trail during the Days That Tried Men’s Souls—True Narratives Related by Real Cow-Punchers and Men Who Fathered the Cattle Industry in Texas. Published under the Direction of George W. Saunders, President of The Old Trail Drivers Association. [San Antonio, 1920]. [1-3] 4-498 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth. Lower hinge split but holding, otherwise fine in the very rare pictorial d.j. with one minor chip on upper panel and two small stains to spine.

First edition of the very first volume printed in this classic work, which was reprinted numerous times in several quickly evolving variants. Basic Texas Books 99: “This compilation is the essential starting point for any study of Texas trail driving days.” Adams, Burs I:204. Campbell, p. 82. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 49. CBC 4977. Dobie, p. 108. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #21. Dykes, Kid 77. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 6; Western High Spots, p. 28 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”). Graff 2020. Guns 1084. Herd 1103: “Perhaps the most important single contribution to the history of cattle driving on the western trails.” Howes H816. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 16: “Includes mention of trail drivers’ wives; one account of a girl who went up the cattle trail.” McCracken, 101, p. 31: “Gives one a feel for what the cattle drive was all about and its importance in the history and myth of the American West.” Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 19. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 77. Rader 1988. Reese, Six Score 61: “This vast compilation of original accounts by old trail drivers is one of the best cattle books, and the largest collection of firsthand narratives of the range cattle industry.” Rosenstock 840. Includes the account of a nineteen-year-old girl masquerading as a boy who went on a spring drive from New Mexico to Colorado in 1888; Amanda Burks’s 1871 trip on the trail from Nueces County, Texas, to Newton, Kansas; Mrs. Slaughter’s experiences on the trail in 1896 from Fort Sumner, New Mexico, to Liberal, Kansas; etc. “The best firsthand look available at the everyday life of the nineteenth-century cowboy. Hunter asked hundreds of former cowboys to write up their experiences; they are given here in their authors’ own words” (Taylor & Maar, The American Cowboy, p. 222). $750.00

 

2733. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). Trail Drivers of Texas.... [San Antonio, 1920]. Another copy of preceding, without the d.j. [1-3] 4-498 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth. Lower hinge split but holding, slight wear to spine, otherwise very good. Ink ownership stamps at front and back. $200.00

 

2734. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). The Trail Drivers of Texas.... [San Antonio, 1920] & 1923. [1-3] 4-498 [1] pp. + [1-4] 3-496 [1] pp., frontispiece portraits of Saunders in both vols., illustrations (mostly photographic), errata slip re Ike Pryor affixed to upper pastedown of vol. I. 2 vols., 8vo, original pictorial cloth (vol. I. in light blue cloth, vol. II in dark green cloth). Moderate wear and a few light stains to vol. I binding; lower hinge split but holding; text browned due to acidic paper. Hinges of vol. II split but strong; endpapers browned; front free endpaper with one small chip, otherwise fine. Book labels of San Antonio book dealer Frank Rosengren on rear pastedowns. A very good set, Walter Prescott Webb’s copy, with his ink signature partially effaced from front flyleaf of both volumes.

First editions of both volumes. Editor J. Marvin Hunter gives the fascinating background history on the publishing of this work in his Peregrinations of a Pioneer Printer (Grand Prairie: Frontier Times, 1954, pp. 171-74). After obtaining personal accounts from the trail drivers, George W. Saunders, president of the Old Trail Drivers Association, made arrangements to have the accounts compiled in a published book. The publisher’s business failed and he left town, and the editor had a nervous breakdown. Worse, all but thirty-five of the written accounts by the old cowboys were lost. Saunders asked Hunter to take over the project and finish a 500-page book in ninety days. Hunter agreed and commented in his book (p. 171): “I backed my ears and tackled the compiling job—and it was some task, to say the least. By the time I had worked over the sketches, Mr. Saunders furnished me with at the start, he had received other sketches. The Jackson Printing Company put on a night linotype operator, and worked a day and night shift on the book. When I would leave the Light office at 3:30 in the afternoon I would go by the Jackson Printing Company’s shop, pick up a string of proofs and read them at home that night, besides getting out sufficient copy to keep the linotype operators busy the next day, and as I came down to work at 8 o’clock each morning I brought the copy for the printers with me. I managed to get in three or four hours’ sleep each night.” Two years after the first volume was published Saunders asked Hunter to print a second volume: “After I came to Bandera, and had installed a linotype in my print shop, Mr. Saunders insisted that I edit a second volume of The Trail Drivers of Texas, and print it in my little shop. I printed this second volume, but it was a piece of printing I was always ashamed of. The second volume of the first edition was printed and bound by Hunter, whose binding technique involved hammering nails through the sheets and cutting the edges off with wire clippers.” $600.00

 

2735. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). The Trail Drivers of Texas.... [San Antonio, 1920], [1924], and 1923. Vol. I (first edition): [1-3] 4-498 [1] pp. + Vol. I (second edition): [1-6] 7-494 [1] pp. + Vol. II (first edition): [1-4] 3-496 [1] pp., portraits of Saunders in all vols., illustrations (mostly photographic). 3 vols., 8vo, original pictorial cloth (vol. I first and second editions in light blue cloth, second edition spine with “Revised Edition Volume I”; vol. II in dark green cloth). Lower hinge of vol. I first edition cracked, else fine. Vol. I second edition with light outer wear and 1924 ownership inscription of Raymond Thorp in ink on front free endpaper. Vol. II binding worn and bumped, ink stain on lower edge; upper hinge split but holding. Regarding the split edition, what appears to be a fault actually is fascinating for showing original assembly of the sheets with bent nails that were cut to size with wire cutters.

First and second editions of vol. I.; first edition of vol. II. The second edition of vol. I has added text before regular title: Revised Volume I; and after title: Second Edition. The revised edition “has new stories on pages 272, 276, 470, 482, and 487. Those on pages 470 and 487 appear in no other edition. Also adds eight new photographs” (Basic Texas Books 99A). By the time the second volume of the first edition was printed, vol. I was out of print and a revised vol. I was printed with some new contributions and illustrations from the old trail drivers, thus necessitating the 1925 edition (see below) in order to combine all the stories in one text. What might seem like a sophisticated marketing ploy to sell more books actually was a totally random accident. That said, for the complete texts on the old-time trail drivers, one must own all the editions. $300.00

 

2736. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). The Trail Drivers of Texas.... [San Antonio, 1924], and 1923. Vol. I (second edition): [1-6] 7-494 [1] pp. + Vol. II (first edition): [1-4] 3-496 [1] pp., portraits of Saunders in both vols., illustrations (mostly photographic). 2 vols., 8vo, original pictorial cloth (vol. I in light blue cloth, second edition spine with “Revised Edition Volume I”; vol. II in dark green cloth). Vol. I binding moderately worn and some light staining to covers, interior fine. Vol. II binding worn and rubbed, upper hinge open but holding (nails used in place of staples visible; see preceding entry), lower hinge weak, otherwise very good. Vol. II with fold-over error at pp. 29-30.

Second edition of vol. I.; first edition of vol. II. See preceding for additional notes. $300.00

 

2737. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). Revised Volume I The Trail Drivers of Texas...Second Edition. [San Antonio, 1924]. [1-6] 7-494 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait of Saunders, illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original light blue pictorial cloth. Fine.

Second edition of vol. I, with changes and additions. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 78: “Because the supply of the first volume was exhausted before the second volume was printed, the first volume was reprinted in 1924 with ‘some revision and additions.’” $200.00

 

2738. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). The Trail Drivers of Texas.... Nashville: Cokesbury Press, 1925. [2] xvi, 1,044 pp., frontispiece, illustrations (mostly photographic). Thick 8vo, original grey cloth over light blue cloth, spine gilt-lettered, t.e.g. Very fine in original glassine d.j. with only a few small splits and chips.

Second edition revised, limited deluxe edition (#10 of 100 copies signed by George W. Saunders, President of the Old Trail Drivers Association). Basic Texas Books 99D. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 19: “Best and largest edition, containing much new material.” Dykes, Kid 98. Reese, Six Score 61: “The Nashville editions contain information not in the original.... The limited Nashville edition is to me the most desirable.... An essential foundation book for any range library.” $2,500.00

 

2739. HUNTER, J. Marvin (ed.). The Trail Drivers of Texas.... Nashville: Cokesbury Press, 1925. xvi, 1,044 pp., frontispiece, illustrations (mostly photographic). Thick 8vo, original navy blue cloth gilt. Fine in near fine d.j.

Second edition, trade issue. $200.00