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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2790-2814

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.

2790. INMAN, Henry. The Old Santa Fé Trail.... Topeka: Crane & Company, 1899. xvi [2] 493 pp., frontispiece, plates by Frederick Remington, initials and tail-pieces by Thomson Willing. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth gilt, t.e.g. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine. Folding map laid in: Map of the Santa Fe Trail Through Colorado Relocated and Monumented 1908 (Denver: State Engineer’s Office).

Second edition. $20.00

 

2791. INMAN, Henry. Tales of the Trail: Short Stories of Western Life. Topeka: Crane & Company, 1898. viii, 280 pp., illustrations. 12mo, original brown pictorial cloth gilt. Spine faded, otherwise fine.

First edition. Eberstadt 107:203: “A number of interesting stories of western adventure, including ‘An Incident of the Indian War of ‘64,’ ‘The Tragedy at Twin Mounds,’ ‘Kit Carson’s Pawnee Rock Story,’ etc.” Graff 2116: “Four of the chapters had appeared in Stories of the Old Santa Fe Trail, Kansas City, 1881.” Howes I58. Rader 2025. Rittenhouse 325. Saunders 2984. The last chapter speculates on whether Custer committed suicide. In the chapter on “The Passing of the Buffalo,” the author makes some interesting comparisons of the buffalo to the Texas steer. $45.00

 

2792. INMAN, Henry & William F. Cody. The Great Salt Lake Trail. New York & London: Macmillan, 1898. xiii [1] 529, 2 pp., frontispiece photograph, plates by F. Colburn Clarke, initials and tail-pieces by Thompson Willing, foldout map. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth gilt, t.e.g. Light shelf wear, else fine. Christmas, 1951, card from Fred, Frances, and Marilyn Rosenstock laid in, along with a newsclipping of review of a different book.

First edition. Bradford 2605. Dobie, p. 79. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and of the Rockies 242. Eberstadt 107:204: “Col. Cody’s quota has the merit of being drawn mainly from his own experiences. To the trials of the Mormons during their march and their pioneering adventures Col. Inman devotes some interesting pages. The Salt Lake Trail was also the route followed by the expeditions of Frémont, Stansbury and Lander, and by the Pony Express, with its lumbering colleague, the overland stage.” Flake 4254: “Includes material on Mormonism and particularly the Mountain Meadows massacre.” Graff 2117. Guns 1114: “Scarce.... Contains some material on Joseph A. Slade.” Howes I55. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 5. Smith 4924. Includes Indian raids on cattle ranches in Utah, broncho busting, Buffalo Bill put in charge of a herd of beef cattle, the Mormon migration and how they adapted their travel to accommodate the herd of cattle, stampede of cattle at Wood River, and “The Army of Occupation in Utah” in 1858, which included thousands of cattle (some of which were stampeded by the Mormons). $50.00

 

2793. INMAN, Henry & William F. Cody. The Great Salt Lake Trail. New York & London: Macmillan, 1898. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth gilt, t.e.g. Light shelf wear, ink gift inscription partially obliterated, otherwise fine. $45.00

 

2794. [IOWA]. 1941 Directory of Van Buren County, Iowa. Davenport, Iowa: Consolidated Directory & Advertising Co., 1941. 140 [1] [9, ads] pp. 8vo, original brown printed wrappers. Fragile wrappers chipped along upper front edge, else fine.

First printing. Directory of Van Buren County stockbreeders, p. 78. Advertisements, including Fairfield Rendering Service: “We will remove all dead stock with hides on.” $15.00

 

2795. ISBELL, F. A. Mining & Hunting in the Far West, 1852-1870…With an Introduction by Nathan Van Patten. Burlingame, California: William P. Wreden, 1948. [12] 36 [1] pp., portrait. 8vo, half grey cloth over pictorial boards. Fine.

Limited edition (200 copies), first published Middletown, ca. 1871 (Kurutz notes in this edition that editor Van Patten speculates that the rare first edition may have been printed privately). Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and of the Rockies 244. Graff 2162n: “Mining and hunting, chiefly the latter, in California and Idaho.” Howes I87. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 355B: “From Woodbury, Connecticut by way of Cape Horn on March 2, 1852. Stockton and Southern mines.” Rocq 15873. Smith 5059. While in northern California in the Carson Valley area (Butte), the author, his companions, and nearby ranchers were constantly harassed by Native American cattle rustlers. Regarding their situation, one of the ranchers who had just lost 80 acres of grain to grasshoppers commented to the author: “It’s war on every side—war with the white man, with the crickets and grasshoppers, and worse than all, with the d____d Indians.” $75.00

 

Very Early Guide to Oklahoma, with the Rare Map

2796. JACKSON, A. P. & E. C. Cole. Oklahoma! Politically and Topographically Described. History and Guide to the Indian Territory. Biographical Sketches of Capt. David L. Payne, W. L. Couch, Wm. H. Osborn, and Others. A Complete Guide to the Indian Territory, Illustrated with a Map, Hunting and Fishing Grounds. By A. P. Jackson and E. C. Cole. Kansas City, Missouri: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson, [1885]. [1-5] 6-150, [2, ads] pp., untitled folded map of Oklahoma with original outline color in green and orange, Oklahoma County with full color in yellow, lower left above neat line: Ramsey, Millet & Hudson Engr’s. K. C.; neat line to neat line: 31 x 42 cm; 20 engraved plates (including portrait of Payne on upper wrap), numerous text illustrations (some full page), vignettes, tailpieces. 12mo, original terracotta pictorial wrappers. Spine slightly chipped and a bit discolored, else very fine, particularly considering the fragile format and the fact that most copies were stripped of the map and read to death. Very rare with the map.

First edition of an early guide to Oklahoma, extolling the virtues of the territory for stock raising. Bradford 2626a. Gilcrease-Hargrett, p. 290 (“excessively rare”). Graff 2174. Herd 1140: “Rare.” Howell Catalogue 60-211: “Inordinately rare with the map. It has never appeared at public sale, and I know of but one other perfect copy.” Howes J3: “Map not in all copies.” Rader 2032. For more on Boomer David L. Payne (1836-1884), first cousin of David Crockett, see Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography, p. 1123. Chronicles of Oklahoma, 13:4 (December 1935), pp. 438-39: “There is in the library of the Oklahoma Historical Society an old book which contains some information concerning Western Indian Territory, that afterwards became Oklahoma Territory, which is not found in other historical publications. It is the first book published under the title ‘Oklahoma.’ [The claim for being the first book with Oklahoma in the title is dubious, for example, E. C. Boudinot’s Oklahoma; an argument delivered before the House Committee on Territories, 1876.] While the prefatory may seem somewhat bombastic, yet 50 years have shown that it was not over drawn. Had the writers known of the rich mineral resources; including coal, lead, zinc, and the great oil fields only awaiting development, they might have written an introduction which would have been considered an inspiration or a prophetic vision.” Another opinion: E. E. Dale, The Range Cattle Industry: “Prepared especially for the purpose of advertising the lands known as ‘Oklahoma’ and to urge their opening to settlement. Interesting and valuable as a contemporary account of conditions in the Indian Territory and along the border but must be used with care because of its frankly controversial character.”

This work is a bitter diatribe against the railroads and cattle barons and their supposed accomplices in the U.S. Congress. Jackson and Cole praise the efforts of David L. Payne and others to settle in Oklahoma, although all their efforts were frustrated by the intervention of the U.S. Army, who removed by force any squatters or Boomers that they found in the area. The authors proclaim that the territory is really public land and that anyone should be allowed to settle there. They argue that notorious conspiracies prevent the honest settler from enjoying the benefits of what is termed another American Italy. This book was written against the background of the struggle to open Oklahoma to settlement. After the Civil War, Native American tribes who supported the Confederacy were forced to surrender all their lands west of the 96th meridian. Those lands, however, lay fallow, exploited only by cattle grazers and the railroads. It was because of the persistent efforts of some of the people described in this work that the lands were finally opened. The plates, text illustrations, and vignettes display a dizzying array of quality, from accomplished to crude. Many are merely thematic and probably stock, such as the tailpiece showing a piece of celery. Others, however, are more dramatic and based on actual observations, a situation particularly true of the plates, most of which are sharply executed, dramatic, and well printed. The better plates include “The Spring Drive, Crossing the Swollen River near Captain Payne’s Ford” (huge herd of cattle swimming a river), and “Ranch Branding in Oklahoma” (seldom seen image in cowboy iconography). $4,000.00

 

2797. JACKSON, A. T. Picture-Writing of Texas Indians. Austin: The University of Texas, 1938. xxv [1] 490 pp., numerous illustrations (photographs and sketches, a few in color), maps. 8vo, original stiff beige printed wrappers. Other than a moderate stain along left side of upper wrap, very fine. Very scarce.

First edition. Anthropological Papers II, J. E. Pearce, Editor; Bureau of Research in the Social Sciences Study No. 27; Publication No. 3809. Basic Texas Books 150n: “Prehistoric Texas is best represented by the works of...Jackson...monumental and still unsurpassed.” Tate, The Indians of Texas 342: “Constitutes the best source of information on prehistoric and historic rock art sites in the western half of Texas. Many of these examples are demonstrated by photographs. Also included are examples of skin paintings, especially from the Kiowa.” Goetzmann states that some of the pictographs are Texas cowboys, among the earliest such iconography (see Fig. CLXXIV for a cowboy with longhorn). Fig. 132.1 illustrates the bars of a fence open at one end, which is interpreted as an easy place to rustle livestock. Many of the pictographs illustrated in this cornerstone work have since been effaced. $100.00

 

2798. JACKSON, George. Sixty Years in Texas. [Dallas: Wilkinson Printing Company, 1908]. [6] 322 [1, errata] pp., illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original red pictorial cloth gilt. Spine faded, lightly worn, overall very good.

First edition, revised issue (issued in wrappers earlier the same year; this first hardcover issue has six additional pages including material on the author’s mother and her portrait). Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 18. Herd 1141 (citing the 384-page second edition of the same year). Howes J15. Rader 2034. Excellent history of early Dallas County, with much on stockmen of the region. $175.00

 

2799. JACKSON, George. Sixty Years in Texas. [Dallas: Wilkinson Printing Company, 1908]. Another copy, rebound in half dark brown calf over leather, spine gilt-lettered. Text lightly stained and foxed, generally very good. $100.00

 

2800. JACKSON, George. Sixty Years in Texas. [Dallas: Wilkinson Printing Company, 1908]. [11] 384 pp., illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original red pictorial cloth gilt. Spine faded and some stains to lower cover, otherwise very good.

Second edition, revised. Herd 1141: “Scarce.” $100.00

 

2801. JACKSON, Jack. Los Mesteños. Spanish Ranching in Texas, 1721-1821…Illustrated by the Author. College Station: Texas A&M Press, 1986. xx [2] 704 pp., numerous illustrations (including maps and brands). 8vo, original brown cloth with gilt lettering and brand. Very fine in d.j.

First edition. From the TSHA web site: “Until Los Mesteños was published in 1986, the history of cattle ranching in Texas focused almost exclusively on the nineteenth-century era of the great cattle drives. But even before the birth of George III or George Washington, the king’s men—subjects of the Spanish crown—had established a vast cattle kingdom in Texas. Jack Jackson chronicles in rich detail the hundred years of Spanish ranching, beginning a century before Mexico, and subsequently Texas, gained independence. From the introduction of livestock into the province by various early entradas (expeditions), to the first big roundup in 1787, and beyond, he traces the development of the range and of cattle working. He shows the feral increase of the early herds, the conflicts over ownership of the wild animals (mesteños), the emergence of Spanish ‘dynasties,’ and the attempts of colonial governments to regulate the industry. Although some scholars have attributed western ranching practices largely to the influence of Anglo settlers, Jackson meticulously traces both stock and stock raising techniques to their origins in Spanish Texas. Describing the founding of the first Anglo ranches in Texas, he carefully shows their adaptation of Hispanic cattle culture in the brands used, the market exploited, and the emerging life-style. In his review for the Western Historical Quarterly, Félix D. Almaráz, Jr., said that ‘with the publication of Los Mesteños, Jackson has earned distinction as a rigorous scholar and writer,” adding that the book had made “a solid addition to borderlands literature.’” Jack brought his wonderful manuscript version to me, and it was over 2,000 pages. Daunting, yes. Eventually Jack pared it down to the present work, a classic in this field, which boldly documented that there were “cowboys” before cowboys. R.I.P. $150.00

 

2802. JACKSON, Ralph Semmes. Home on the Double Bayou: Memories of an East Texas Ranch. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1961]. xviii [2] 136 pp., illustrated chapter heads, photographic illustrations, map. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Mint in d.j.

First edition. CBC 905. Guns 1125. McVicker B120. Author’s account of family life on an East Texas ranch in Chambers County, from 1847 to 1925. Introduction by J. Frank Dobie. $40.00

 

First Texas Brand Book

2803. JACKSON, W. H. & S[amuel] A[nderson] Long. The Texas Stock Directory, or Book of Marks and Brands. In a Series of Volumes Designed to Embrace the Entire State. By W. H. Jackson, Stockraiser of Bexar County, S. A. Long, Stockraiser of Medina County. Volume I. San Antonio: Printed at the Herald Office, 1865. [2, notice printed on verso, commencing: To Stockraisers: Finally, after many perplexing difficulties, and obstacles not anticipated, we have succeeded in completing Vol. 1, No. 1 “Texas Stock Directory or Brand Book”...]; [2, title, verso blank] 3-402 (p. 269 incorrectly numbered as 266, as per Adams), [1] 2-50 (The Brand Book Advertiser) pp., 2 rustic woodcut plates in text: [1, frontispiece on pale blue paper] Short Horn Bull John C. Breckenridge, imported by W.H. Jackson; [2, preceding ads at end, printed on yellow paper] French Merino Buck and Ewe…; illustrated throughout with marks and brands; calendar for 1866 mounted to front pastedown (as issued). 12mo, original brown cloth over pale green paper boards, upper cover with a third print: [3] untitled oval woodcut illustration of round-up scene, lettered at top (The Texas Stock Directory) and below (Or Brand Book). Moderate outer wear and text lightly browned as usual (due to the cheap paper), overall a very good, complete copy of a “fragile book seldom found in good condition” (Reese).

First edition of “the first Texas and second American brand book [and] certainly one of the most important works dealing with the cattle industry in Texas” (Reese, Six Score 62). Reese in his interesting on-line article “Brand Books in the Princeton Collections of Western Americana” notes that the only brand book printed in the U.S. before Jackson and Long’s Texas Stock Directory was the 1850 Deseret Brand Book. Herd 1142 (“exceedingly rare”). Graff 2180. Howes J28. Raines, p. 125. Vandale 95. Winkler 1375. This brand book covers twenty-six counties, illustrates and identifies about 4,000 brands, and lists about 2,750 names and addresses of cattle owners. Although “Volume I” appears on the title page, the planned updates and supplements for each county did not materialize, except for Victoria County (same imprint, 1866, 61 pp., 12mo). The Civil War contributed to the derailment of the project, but perhaps equally critical was the death of co-editor S. A. Long in 1866 due to cholera. In the introduction, the publishers set out their reason for creating this brand book: “The present system of stock-raising in Texas is not only unprofitable to a large proportion of those engaged therein, but is gradually becoming, in many localities to a considerable degree disreputable. This, in common with the mass of our fellow-stockraisers, we are sorry to see and be compelled to admit. Pastoral life is almost as ancient as the world itself. Healthy to a considerable degree pleasant, it could, in many portions of our State be made highly profitable according to the capital invested; provided, we would all obey the Scriptural injunction, ‘Do unto others as we would that they should do unto us.’ In order to make this work useful in restoring lost Stock to their rightful owners two things are essential: In the first place, when stock is sold it should be invariably contrabranded. Second, when strange animals, to the range are discovered, every stock-raiser should make it his duty to examine The Directory, ascertain to whom the animal or animals belong, and give such information as will lead to the recovery of the same. If this should be done, thousands of animals will be restored to their owners, that would otherwise be a permanent loss.” $35,000.00

 

2804. JACKSON, W. H. & S. A. Long. The Texas Stock Directory; or, Book of Marks and Brands. [New Braunfels: The Book Farm, ca. 1950]. [3] 402 [2] [50, ads] pp., frontispiece, brands. 12mo, original light blue cloth gilt. Fine.

Limited edition (unspecified number of copies). Facsimile of the exceedingly rare 1865 first edition, and only the second published in the U.S. See preceding entry. $50.00

 

2805. JACKSON, William Henry. The Diaries of William Henry Jackson, Frontier Photographer, to California and Return, 1866-67, and with the Hayden Surveys to the Central Rockies, 1873, and to the Utes and Cliff Dwellings, 1874. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1959. 345 pp., frontispiece, plates, foldout map. 8vo, original green cloth. Fine, unopened. Uncommon.

First edition. The Far West and the Rockies Historical Series, 1820-1875, no. 10; edited and with introduction and notes by Ann and LeRoy Hafen. Clark & Brunet 104:X. Harrell, Bibliography of William Henry Jackson, pp. 6-7. Mattes 2063: “Jackson’s account of the trials and tribulations of a greenhorn in the arduous profession of bullwhacking is one of the liveliest of its kind. So strenuous was the experience that desertions were commonplace. Jackson himself deserted his employers, but not until he reached Green River, where he resolved to visit Great Salt Lake and California. His diaries and recollections are of signal importance because they interrelate with his historic sketches and photographs that have given him an assured niche in the West’s hall of fame. This is particularly true in the case of his 1866 journey as a bullwhacker, during which he made notebook sketches of such unequalled veracity that they have been widely reproduced as classic illustrations of migration scenes along the Great Platte River Road.” Rocq 2977. Wynar 8412. Jackson travelled from New York to Vermont and thence to Chicago and then across the Mississippi and Missouri, where he signed on as a bullwhacker in a freight train of twenty-five wagons with six bulls on each wagon plus a reserve. They were constantly having cattle stolen and worn out. He went to Salt Lake City, California, and finally Nebraska, driving a herd of wild horses. Numerous ranches along the way are named. $750.00

 

2806. JACKSON, William Henry (photographer). Gems of Colorado Scenery. Denver: Frank S. Thayer, n.d. [1899?]. 40 pp., photographic illustrations and marginal drawings and decorations. Oblong 4to, original white decorative cloth lettered in silver, beveled edges. Corners chipped, book block loose but attached, internally fine.

Reprint of an attractive, popular Colorado pictorial souvenir. Wynar 2116: “Denver: F. S. Thayer, 1892. 14 plates. Pub. in 13 eds. between 1892 and 1905?” Includes a photograph of a Colorado cowboy, and lithographed vignettes with cowboy themes by George Berger of Denver. “The principal scenes in this book are reached by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, the scenic line of America” (from colophon). $30.00

 

2807. [JACKSON, William Henry (artist)]. JACKSON, Clarence S. Pageant of the Pioneers: The Veritable Art of William H. Jackson. Minden, Nebraska: Pioneer Village, [1958]. [4] 89 pp., illustrations in color and black and white (after Jackson’s paintings). 4to, original green cloth. Fine, unopened, in d.j. with very minor edge wear.

First edition, limited edition (#206 of 1,000 copies, signed by the author). Harrell, Bibliography of William Henry Jackson, p. 20. Wynar 8409. Reproductions of almost 100 of William Henry Jackson’s paintings, drawings, and sketches, gathered by his son, with commentary on each. The scenes were drawn from W. H. Jackson’s memory of his youthful experiences in the West, primarily depicting the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail, with images of Native Americans, pioneers, Pony Express, ranches, etc. $30.00

 

2808. JAMES, George Wharton. Utah: The Land of Blossoming Valleys: The Story of Its Desert Wastes, of Its Huge and Fantastic Rock Formations, and of Its Fertile Gardens in the Sheltered Valleys…. Boston: The Page Co., 1922. xix [1] 371 pp., plates (some in color), map, illustrated endpapers. Large 8vo, original brown decorative cloth gilt. Fine in chipped d.j.

First edition (fourth volume in the “See America First” series). Flake 4315. State history, with many details relating to early stock raising by the ever-resourceful and self-sufficient Mormons. $30.00

 

2809. JAMES, Harry C. The Cahuilla Indians: The Men Called Master. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, [1960]. 185 [3] [1, ads] pp., illustrated by Don Louis Perceval, endpapers decorated with Cahuilla pictographs. 8vo, original brown decorative cloth. Fine in d.j. with one short tear.

First edition. The Great West and Indian Series 18. Foreword by M. R. Harrington. Rocq 6421. Comprehensive study of the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California (present-day Riverside County), with information on their culture, legends, and ceremonial life and important tribal members such as Fig Tree John and Ramona (the latter a Scots-Native American orphan girl immortalized by Helen Hunt Jackson). At the time when this book was published, ten Cahuilla reservations, including those occupied by the Agua Caliente and Morongo bands, remained in the southern California area. The Cahuilla became involved with cattle and ranching when the San Gabriel and San Diego missions were established in the late eighteenth century. In the 1840s, with the establishment of Rancho San Bernadino, their tribesmen worked as vaqueros for the ranch and provided security against the raids of the tribes from the desert and mountains on its herds. Eventually they had their own herds and brands. As early as the time of the 1842 U.S. Army expedition led by Beale, the tribe cooperated with U.S. interests and were promised rights and land, but that pact began to dissolve with the Gold Rush, which led to the influx of Anglo-American miners, ranchers, outlaws, and the Mormons. $30.00

 

2810. [JAMES, Jason W.]. Memorable Events in the Life of Captain Jason W. James. [Roswell, ca. 1911]. 150 pp., frontispiece portrait. 12mo, original gilt-lettered grey cloth. Near fine condition. Inscribed and signed by James: “To Mr. R. B. Slight, With the compliments and best wishes of the author. Jason W. James, Altura Ranch Tex., April 28th 1914.” Very rare. The only sales records we found are the Norris copy in 1948 ($3), and a copy sold privately by Jenkins ($1,750), the latter described by Michael Parrish as “a Confederate rarity of the first magnitude.”

First edition. Dornbusch II:2863. Flake 4315a: “Hauled freight to Camp Floyd in 1858; recounts the Mountain Meadows massacre.” Howes J45: “Companion volume to item below [Howes J46] covering boyhood, civil war and ranger activities, ranching.” Norris 3907: “Privately printed. Ranching in Texas; various experiences and Ranger Service in Texas; Civil War, etc.” In 1858 at the age of fifteen the author (b. Missouri 1843) travelled overland from Missouri to Salt Lake to haul 6,000 pounds of freight to supply General Harney’s troops engaged in the “Mormon War.” After reaching Provo and Salt Lake City, James joined with Russell, Majors, and Waddell en route to Fort Leavenworth. The following year he witnessed the Pikes Peak gold rush when he travelled to Fort Bridger. In 1861 James enlisted with Kirtley’s troops to drive the Kansas Jayhawkers out of Missouri and rode with Quantrill, giving an officer’s eyewitness account of the Lawrence Massacre and Baxter Springs. During the latter part of the war, James served in Mississippi and Louisiana, and was one of the last officers to surrender (June 27, 1865). Michael Parrish describes James’ work as “a straightforward, literate reminiscence, filled with details about his service in the Missouri militia in the Transmississippi under Sterling Price early in the war, and his subsequent experience as a Confederate partisan cavalry officer operating along the western side of the Mississippi, mainly in Louisiana under Captain J. C. Lea. Fighting invading Yankee detachments as well as outlaw guerrillas, James’ men had a special taste for attacking units of Black Federal troops stationed at various points along the river.”

During Reconstruction in Louisiana, James helped organize the “Ku Klux,” White Camelias, and Bulldozers (“we had to work in such a way that no evidence could be found against us”). He herded sheep in Colorado Territory in 1874, and in 1883 drove a herd of cattle from Delhi, Louisiana, to Orange, Texas. He joined Gillespie’s Texas Rangers the following year and later worked on the railroad in East Texas and Louisiana. In 1892 he relocated to Roswell, New Mexico, supervising the Roswell Land and Water Company. In a chapter on “Ranching in Texas,” James tells how in 1904 he purchased from Capt. J. B. Gillette the Altura Ranch in Brewster County (fourteen miles from Alpine, next to A. S. Gage’s ranch). He describes the transition from open-range to fenced ranching and the attendant violence. His rousing and frequently violent ventures conclude prosaically with chapters on his Masonic activities and boating and hunting on the Texas Gulf Coast. The author wrote a companion volume (see next item), but this earlier work is both more rare and absorbing. $2,500.00

 

2811. JAMES, Jason W. Memories and Viewpoints. Roswell: Privately printed, 1928. 183 pp. 12mo, original gilt-lettered grey cloth. Small snag on lower spine, otherwise very fine.

First edition. Graff 2190. Flake 4316. Herd 1148: “Scarce.” Howes J46: “Buffalo hunting; ranching on the Rio Grande; with Johnston’s Utah expedition in 1858; etc.” Not in Mattes (Platte River Road Narratives), or the Eberstadt modern overlands list. This book forms a companion volume to the preceding work. Some of the same events are covered, but different points are brought out and some experiences are new or greatly expanded: 1858 buffalo hunt in Nebraska; apprehending counterfeiters in Paris, Texas, around 1890; ranching on the Rio Grande 1883-84 at Myers Canyon in the brush country thirty miles above the mouth of the Pecos River; relocating to Murphyville (now Alpine) in 1894; diary of the first boat trip to make the run from Galveston to Port Aransas and return through the Intracoastal Canal (1913); involvement with the New Mexico Military Institute; dispute regarding the Great American Desert theory; “The Paramount Aim of the Klan”; “New Mexico’s Future”; etc. M. L. Dillon, “Captain Jason W. James, Frontier Anti-Democrat” in New Mexico Historical Review 31:2 (April 1956), pp. 89-101: “Jason W. James...was no systematic or original thinker.... Yet, for all his lack of intellectual discipline, James was a man of extraordinary perceptiveness. He was aware, perhaps more keenly than most of his equally unsophisticated contemporaries, of the changes taking place in American society during the last half of his life, and he spent much time pondering their meaning. In two small books of reminiscences, essays, and public speeches published at Roswell, New Mexico, toward the end of his long life, he recorded his opinions about a variety of current social and political phenomena. However crude his writings may appear to be, they remain nonetheless of considerable interest to the historian of American ideas, the more so because as a Southwestern frontiersman, James represents a group of active men who rarely left written records revealing their social philosophy.” $400.00

 

2812. [JAMES, JESSE]. Jesse James: The Life and Daring Adventures of This Bold Highwayman and Bank Robber and His No Less Celebrated Brother, Frank James. Together with the Thrilling Exploits of the Younger Boys. Written by ***** (One Who Dare Not Now Disclose His Identity). The Only Book Containing the Romantic Life of Jesse James and His Pretty Wife, Who Clung to Him to the Last! [Austin]: Steck-Vaughn Company, [1966]. [2] 19-96 pp., illustrated. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

Facsimile of the rare first edition (Philadelphia, copyright 1882). Adams, One-Fifty 82n: “Better done than the majority.” Guns 1148. Howes J47n. Includes the usual cattle rustling, cattle drives, and activities at the Younger Brothers’ Ranch. $10.00

 

2813. JAMES, John. My Experience with Indians. Austin: Gammel’s Book Store, [1925]. 147 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. Small 8vo, original black cloth. Shelf-worn, small abrasion on upper cover, generally very good.

First edition. Graff 2192. Guns 1153: “Scarce.” Rader 2060. In 1869, when the author was seventeen, his family moved from Illinois to Texas. James provides much on his experiences with the Choctaw tribe. Regarding Native Americans and the evolution from buffalo to cattle range, the author states: “White man came over from Texas, and out of Arkansas and needlessly slaughtered large quantities of their big game. The white men saw only the fun, and success of their hunt, but the Indian saw the waste and robbery by their inconsiderate acts. Truly it was as much a crime, to thus steal the Indian’s food supply, as it is to go into a cow man’s pasture and kill his beeves, hogs, sheep, turkeys and chickens. The only difference in the latter: it is personal property, while in the former, it was property held in common by all the Choctaws—deeded to them by the U.S. Government. (What, deed back to the Indians, that which was already and rightfully theirs?) and they held all those lands, and everything thereon in common, and their territorial lines were as legal boundaries, as a fence around a man’s farm or ranch.” $300.00

 

2814. JAMES, Maria Aurelia. I Remember: Being the Memoirs of Mrs. John Herndon (Maria Aurelia Williams) James, Together with Contemporary Historical Events and Sketches of Her Own and Her Husband’s Families.... Edited and Compiled by Charles Albert Sloane. San Antonio: Naylor, 1938. [8] 301 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original green cloth. Fine in lightly soiled d.j.

First edition. Rader 2063. Winegarten, p. 39. Ranching interest includes the author’s account of her five-month stay on the Hughes Ranch in Boerne (G. T. T.), and her family’s summer sojourns at their James Park Ranch near Comfort, Texas. The author’s parents settled in Indianola in 1852, and included is an account of her mother’s honeymoon trip as an army wife from San Antonio to Fort Duncan via Fort Inge in the early 1850s. The author includes much material on her father-in-law, John James (1819-1877), who with James Bell drove one of the first herds from Texas to California. John James was one of the most important surveyors, developers, and businessmen in Texas at the time, well known for having re-established San Antonio’s original boundaries as granted by Spain. John James surveyed in Texas at a time when such endeavors were all too well understood by Native Americans, rendering such work perilous, to say the least. The author’s husband, John Herndon James (1852-1912), served as chief justice of the Court of Civil Appeals in San Antonio and practiced law, specializing in cases involving large landholdings in South and West Texas. His excellent family history is an important source on early San Antonio with a wealth of social history. $200.00