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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2840-2864

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.

2840. JAMES, Will. The Three Mustangeers. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1933. xii [2] 338 pp., illustrations by the author. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition, with letter “A” on copyright page. Smith 5170. Three mostly well-intentioned cowboys find much misadventure in riding, roping, and rustling. $75.00

 

2841. JAMESON, West. The Land of the Southwest. San Antonio: Naylor, [1950]. [8] 130 pp., text illustrations by John Jellico. Small 8vo, original green cloth. Fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Dykes, Kid 419. The author was a Methodist minister who wrote under the name West Jameson: His real name was Almus Day Jameson (1887-1964). Included are some poems with ranching themes, such as “The Sprawling Ranch Corral,” “The Phantom Herd,” “Cowboy’s Bed,” “Cattleman’s Forgiveness,” “Spring Round-Up,” etc. The charming text illustrations are the work of John Jellicio (1914-2004), who was born in New Mexico and hobnobbed with the Taos artists circle while growing up. He studied with Norman Rockwell and founded the Art Institute of Colorado. $35.00

 

“J. Frank Dobie once claimed that ‘the English write our best Western books,’ and Jaques’ account bears him out.”

2842. JAQUES, Mary J. Texan Ranch Life; with Three Months through Mexico in a Prairie Schooner. London: Cox, 1894. xii, 363 pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations (including ranch activities). Large 8vo, original brown gilt pictorial cloth. A few faded spots on cover, else a very fine copy of a book extremely difficult to find in collector’s condition.

First edition of one of the most detailed accounts of Texan ranch life written in the nineteenth century, emanating from a part of Texas that was still relatively untamed. Bradford 2634. Herd 1161. Howes J60. King, Women on the Cattle Trail, p. 16: “A view of ranch life in the vicinity of junction City [Kimble County] by a visiting Englishwoman.” Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 20. Rader 2042. Reese, Six Score 63: “Mary Jaques was an Englishwoman who spent two years in America from 1889 to 1891. The last part of this rare book describes a trip to Mexico shortly before her return to England, and an earlier trip to the West Coast [including Yosemite and San Francisco], but most of the book deals with her ranch experiences. Much surprised her, but she took it in her cultural stride.” Texas Women’s History Project: Bibliography, p. 112. Notes from the recent Texas A&M reprint: “‘The lowing of Texan cows is not very musical…’ English traveler Mary Jaques wrote in 1894 in a charming, vividly detailed account of her two-year stay in Texas, with side trips to Canada and Mexico. J. Frank Dobie once claimed that ‘the English write our best Western books,’ and Jaques’ account bears him out. Out of print for some ninety years, this collector’s classic will delight and inform, entertain and amuse. So taken with Texas that she bought a twenty-five acre spread with ‘a dear little one-roomed cottage,’ Mary Jaques entered into the frontier life around Junction City with gusto, describing it with a lively intelligence and humor that recreate for modern readers the land and its inhabitants as an earlier generation knew them. Outings to gather algerita berries, coon hunts, camp meetings, weddings, funerals, cave explorations-all find their place in Jaques’ chronicle. She gives vivid portrayals of the countryside, the crops, and the wildlife, from snapping turtles to coyotes, deer, wild turkeys, and even tarantulas (‘in Texas they prefer whiskey to music as an antidote’). Local hospitality offered a dance to honor her and her companion, Didymusa-a real ‘Texan dance,’ with a ‘stand-up supper of black coffee without sugar, hot biscuits, and all kinds of cakes.’ Her sportsmanship even earned her an impromptu stint as a stagecoach driver on one trip. At last, the ‘sentiment’ growing in her to see her homeland again, she voyaged back to England, to write this tale of her adventures, a tale which gives an important perspective on the land she had visited. This [book is] a valuable resource on early Texas life, long sought by collectors and historians alike.”

In an English periodical of the time (The Spectator, August, 1894), a rather chauvinistic reviewer declares: “The author of Texan Ranch Life…relates the story of her Texan and Mexican experience in the most natural manner possible—for all that one can gather from her pages, it might be the most ordinary thing in the world for a woman to travel and to live as she did. And herein she shows wisdom; for the reader, recognizing her at once as a  person of much good sense, is disposed to find her of good counsel also. We rather doubt, however, the likelihood of her example and precept bearing much fruit, for she is a very honest witness, and her description of ranch life is by no means too alluring. She speaks of it herself as a ‘delightful life of freedom, untrammeled by the conventionalities of modern society, both men and women speaking and acting as their hearts dictate, without regard for appearance or effect;’ and she strongly recommends it as a fine field for English ladies.”  $4,000.00

 

2843. JEFFERSON, James, Robert W. Delaney & Gregory C. Thompson. The Southern Utes: A Tribal History. Edited by Floyd A. O’Neil. Ignacio, Colorado: Southern Ute Tribe, [1973]. xi [1] 106 pp., illustrations, maps. Large 8vo, original blue decorative cloth. Fine.

Second edition. Wynar 1760n. Chapters on the Spanish period, the Mexican era, mountain men and fur trappers, the coming of the Anglos, economy, intertribal relations, religion, recreation, songs and dances, medicine, story telling, and a chronology of Ute history and leaders. Conflict between Ute and Anglo stock raisers is discussed, such as the intrusion of ranchers and Mormons on the Ute tribal lands from the late 1860s through the 1880s. Author James Jefferson was a member of the tribe, and at the time of publication he served as director of public relations for the tribe. $15.00

 

2844. JELINEK, George. Ellsworth, Kansas, 1867-1947. Salina, Kansas: Consolidated, [1947]. 32 pp., plates, portraits, facsimile. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Fine.

First edition. Guns 1163: “Tells about Ellsworth as a cow town and relates the story of the killing of Sheriff Whitney by Bill Thompson.” Herd 1167. $35.00

 

2845. JELINEK, George. 90 Years of Ellsworth and Ellsworth County History. Published in Conjunction with Ellsworth’s Ninetieth Anniversary Observance, August, 1957. [Ellsworth, Kansas]: Messenger Press, [1957]. 70 unnumbered pages. 12mo, original beige pictorial wrappers, stapled. Text browned, otherwise fine, signed by author on upper wrapper. Scarce in commerce.

First edition. Guns 1164. Herd 1168. $40.00

 

2846. JENKINS, A. O. Olive’s Last Round-Up. [Loup City, Nebraska]: Sherman County Times, n.d. (ca. 1930). 98 unnumbered pages, photographic illustrations and portraits (the last 17 pp. are ads). 12mo, original grey printed wrappers. Fine.

First edition. Adams, One-Fifty 83. Guns: “This rare little book is the story of I. P. Olive and his lynching and burning of Luther Mitchell and Ami Ketchum. There is also some information on Doc Middleton.” Herd 1169: “Rare.... Tells of the high-handed way I. P. Olive tried to control the cattle business in his section of Nebraska.” Howes J90: “Cattle rustlers and murderers in Texas, Nebraska and Colorado.” Infamous Texas cattleman Isom Prentice “Print” Olive (1840-1886) and his brother Robert were originally cattlemen who had to leave Williamson County, Texas, under dubious circumstances. Settling in Nebraska, he and his brother rapidly expanded their cattle holdings but became convinced that all settlers should be driven from the area, primarily because the Olives believed they were killing and rustling cows. A posse went to homesteader Luther M. Mitchell’s place to drive them off, but the mission ended in disaster when Bob Olive was killed. Mitchell and his fellow homesteader Ami Ketchum were subsequently arrested but on their way to jail were handed over to Olive and brutally murdered. Olive was tried but after spending vast amounts of money in his own defense was found not guilty. Olive left the area and moved to Colorado where he was gunned down by Joe Sparrow, a former hand who owed him ten dollars. $300.00

 

2847. [JENKINS, Frank D. (ed.)]. Brown and Coleman Counties Tax Rolls [handwritten cover title]. [Ballinger, Texas, 1859-1873]. N.p., n.d. [17] leaves, mimeographed (one side only), 2 maps laid in. 4to, stapled between two stiff pieces of paper. Back wrapper loose from upper staple, one map browned and edge-worn, otherwise fine. Complete handwritten cover title: “H. M. Childress, Sr. & Jr., Brown & Coleman Counties Tax Rolls, Compiled & ed. by Frank D. Jenkins, Ballinger, Tx & furnished to RDH. Also John Chisum.”

Mimeographed copy. One map shows “Overall Ranch (1876).” Tax rolls show numbers of cattle and their value. The source of the record is the Texas State Library. Overall Ranch was established in 1878 by pioneer cattleman Richard H. Overall of Coleman County, Texas (see Handbook of Texas Online: OS Ranch). H. M. Childress, Sr. & Jr. were real creators in the Texas cattle trade (“He trailed more cattle than John Hittson, John Chisum, or Charles Goodnight…. ‘There are few more widely known and persistent drovers than H. M. Childress,’ wrote cattle entrepreneur Joseph G. McCoy in his classic Historic Sketches (1874)”; see Handbook of Texas Online: (Hugh Martin Childress, Jr.). Legendary John Chisum needs no introduction, but if so, see Handbook of Texas Online: (John Simpson Chisum): “His colorful and eccentric life epitomized the adventurous world of open-range cattle operations that set the tone for the industry after the Civil War.” $250.00

 

2848. JENKINS, J[ames] C. Old West Barb Wire and Fence Tools: A Picture Guide of Most Popular Wire from Our Western “Old Time” Ranches. [Ft. Worth: Privately printed, 1966]. 90 pp., profusely illustrated. 16mo, original beige pictorial wrappers, stapled. Upper wrapper slightly stained, otherwise fine.

First edition, fourth printing. $20.00

 

2849. JENKINS, John H. Cracker Barrel Chronicles: A Bibliography of Texas Town and County Histories. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1965. xv [15] 509 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original beige cloth. Fine in tattered d.j.

First edition. Basic Texas Books B112: “Includes 5040 entries.... The town-county cross-indexes are useful.” Reese, Six Score 100n: “Every library should have a copy...the most complete bibliography of Texas county history to date. Here can be found droves of valuable range literature listed nowhere else. County history is one of the most immediate and vital sources for any sort of social history and a field which will richly reward the diligent searcher.” Tate, Indians of Texas 73: “Essential bibliography.” $150.00

 

2850. JENKINS, Myra Ellen. The Baltasar Baca “Grant”: History of an Encroachment [wrapper title]. N.p., n.d. [Santa Fe: El Palacio, 1961]. Pp. 47-64, 87-105. Large 8vo, original blue printed wrappers. Fragile wraps lightly worn and slightly faded, otherwise fine.

First separate edition (reprint from El Palacio 68:1 & 2). Contains valuable information on early Spanish rule in New Mexico and the story of Laguna Pueblo’s struggle to preserve its lands from encroachment by settlers, farmers, and stock raisers. “At Laguna in 1768, Baltasar Baca [1718-1785] and his sons were granted a permit to graze their stock. They were specifically restricted from planting crops, building residences on the land or interfering with the Indians’ use of the land, yet by 1913 the Baca family was living on the ‘grant’ and claimed ownership” (John R. Wunder, Working the Range: Essays on the History of Western Land Management and the Environment, Greenwood Press, 1985, pp. 11-12). $25.00

 

2851. JENKINS, W. W. Political Death by Assassin’s Bullet: The Story of William M. Jenkins and His Family. Denver: The Dingerson Press, 1970. x, 166 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 8vo, original beige cloth. Fine in near fine d.j.

First edition. William M. Jenkins was the fourth territorial governor of Oklahoma, and lost his job when McKinley was assassinated. About half the book relates to the author’s early years in southern Kansas and what is now Oklahoma, with interesting documentation on the Kiowa, Comanche, and other tribes, as well as the founding of the Chilocco School. As a young child, the author recalls that sometimes a herd of Texas longhorns would be driven through Arkansas City and on one such occasion, a couple of the longhorns broke from the herd and entered the alley next to where he was playing in the back yard. The lightning speed of the cowboys in successfully and vigorously heading off the strays and returning them to the herd made an indelible impression on the lad, who decided he preferred pretending a broom stick was his horse because he could ride it all over the place, whereas the fancy rocking horse his parents gave him was stationary. Highly interesting is the author’s vivid account of the opening of the Cherokee Outlet to homestead settlement on September 16, 1893. Jenkins gives an overall view of Oklahoma at this pivotal time (including discussion of the Greer County dispute with Texas). He remarks: “The great cattle interests of the southwest were also directly interested in maintaining the country as a range and it was a wonderful cattle range. Its herds were gathered in southern Texas and started north in early spring. They not only had sufficient grazing and water en route to sustain them as they drifted towards Market, but when they reached the railroads in Kansas they were fat and ready for the markets of the east. The situation attracted the attention of stockmen from far and near. Even the Bank of England...had extensive cattle interests in these vacant lands of Oklahoma.” The author notes that these success stories were often losses to Native Americans. $35.00

 

2852. JENNEWEIN, J. L. Calamity Jane of the Western Trails. Huron. S.D.: Dakota Books, [1953]. 47 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original black printed wrappers with photograph of Calamity Jane. Moderate shelf wear, else fine, signed by author.

First edition. Guns 1167: “Scarce.... Gives some new material on Calamity Jane and debunks some of the old legends.” Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 121: “A rather poorly organized booklet of some value because of an extensive bibliography.” Contains the first Calamity Jane bibliography, with seventy annotated entries. $50.00

 

2853. JENNEWEIN, J. L. Calamity Jane of the Western Trails. Huron, S.D.: Dakota Books, [1953]. Another copy. Mild browning and shelf wear, otherwise fine. $20.00

 

2854. JENNEWEIN, J. Leonard & Jane Boorman (eds.). Dakota Panorama. [Mitchell, South Dakota]: Dakota Territory Centennial Commission, 1961. viii, 468 pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits, illustrations, maps, facsimiles, brands. Small 4to, original blue pictorial cloth. Fine in original glassine d.j.

First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 61 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #132): “The well-selected photos depict just about every phase of South Dakota life in the past hundred years. The cover illustration is by Harvey T. Dunn...the best known of the South Dakota artists.” Guns 1168: “Gives an account of the killing of Wild Bill Hickok and the hanging of Jack McCall.” Mohr, The Range Country 689. The authors present Dakota history from various perspectives, including ranching and cowboys. $20.00

 

“After reading of the wild, free life of the Texas cowboy, I made up my mind that life would not be worth living outside of Texas….”

 

2855. JENNINGS, N[apoleon] A[ugustus]. A Texas Ranger. New York: Charles Scribner’s, 1899. x [2] 321 pp. Small 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Light outer wear and slightly shelf-slanted, else fine. Although on the list of Fifty Texas Rarities, this book does not seem to be all that difficult find.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:218; One-Fifty 85. Basic Texas Books 107: “One of the most interesting accounts of the life of the Texas Rangers in the late 1870s.... Jennings [served] from May 26, 1874 to February 1, 1877...at a time when South Texas was almost totally lawless.” Campbell, p. 78. Dobie, p. 60. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 20 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West” #7): “Wonderful reading.” Fifty Texas Rarities 50. Graff 2208. Guns 1173: “The first edition is exceedingly scarce.... Much material on Texas gunmen.” Howes J100. Mohr, The Range Country 690. Rader 2086. Eighteen-year old Jennings from a wealthy Philadelphia family first came to Texas in 1874: “After reading of the wild, free life of the Texas cowboy, I made up my mind that life would not be worth living outside of Texas...that I should be a cattle-king, the owner of countless herds of beeves and unlimited acres of land.” With the blessing of his father and $100 in cash, Jennings was on his way to San Antonio, landing with $3.25 remaining and a brand new six-shooter. After bankrupting himself entirely by gambling, he was hired by a tough rancher who knew how to put a greenhorn through his paces. This is an engaging account with much of the action playing out in the ranch country. $500.00

 

2856. JENNINGS, N[apoleon] A[ugustus]. A Texas Ranger. Dallas: Turner, [1930]. x, 158 pp. 8vo, original blue cloth. Ink stain at lower corner of first sixteen pages of text, otherwise fine.

Revised edition, third printing. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 20 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West” #7n): “I would take the 1930 Southwest Press edition with the Dobie introduction rather than the first.” Guns 1173n: “The reprints are also becoming scarce.” McVicker B12n. Mohr, The Range Country 691. $20.00

 

2857. JENNINGS, N[apoleon] A[ugustus]. A Texas Ranger. Austin: Steck Company, [1959]. x [2] 321 [3] pp., color frontispiece and plates. 12mo, original tan pictorial cloth. Lightly toned at extremities, otherwise very fine in publisher’s slipcase with some edge wear.

Facsimile of the New York, 1899 first edition. Basic Texas Books 107C. Guns 1173n: “The reprints are also becoming scarce.” $15.00

 

2858. JENNINGS, William Dale. The Cowboys. New York: Stein and Day, [1971]. [10] 242 pp., double-page map. 8vo, original red cloth. Minor damage to bottom edges, otherwise fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. Jennings was a gay-rights pioneer and writer who co-founded the Mattachine Society, the first permanent organization of the movement. This novel was adapted for film in 1972 and starred John Wayne; a television spinoff followed. After his ranch hands abandon him to go to a gold rush, John Wayne’s character hires a group of school boys to assist him on a 400-mile cattle drive. $35.00

 

2859. JENSEN, J. Marinus. History of Provo, Utah. [Provo]: Published by the author, 1924. 414 [1, errata] pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 8vo, original green cloth. Slight shelf wear, generally fine.

Two editions were published in 1924, the present one and another with 182 pages. Flake (4382) gives precedence to the edition with 182 pages. Howes J102. Local history with good material on Mormons, Indian troubles, early settlers, explorers Dominguez and Escalante, etc., along with information on the earliest stock-raising efforts of the settlers. $35.00

 

2860. JENSEN, James M. “Cattle Drives from the Ranchos to the Gold Fields of California” in Arizona and the West, a Quarterly Journal of History 2:4 (Winter 1960). Large 8vo, original brown pictorial wrappers. Mild edge wear, otherwise fine.

First printing. Excellent article on an often-overlooked facet of the cattle trade. Jensen begins by stating: “Two decades before the cattle of Texas were driven north on the ‘Long Drive’ to the Upper Mississippi Valley, cattle were being driven north to the gold fields of California from the ranchos of Southern California. The demand for cattle, brought about by the rapid influx of people into an area void of settlement, necessitated cattle drives to supply these people with beef.” $10.00

 

2861. JENSON, Andrew. Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia...Volume 1. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Company, 1901. [4] 828 pp., portraits. 8vo, original dark blue cloth. Fine.

First edition. Vol. 1 of the author’s four-volume encyclopedic history of the LDS Church. Flake 4413. Originally appeared in fifty-two weekly parts, January-December 1901. Binding has “S.U.P. Memorial Foundation Publishers” at foot of spine. Incredibly dense compendium of early Mormon biographical information, with many stockmen briefly profiled. $50.00

 

2862. JENSON, Andrew (comp.). Church Chronology: A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1899. xxvi, 259 pp., diagrams. 8vo, original black cloth. Mild shelf wear, front hinge cracked, otherwise fine.

Second edition, revised and enlarged from the 1886 first edition, and carrying forward the chronology to 1899. Flake 4400. Though mainly pertaining to church matters, several early stockmen (including John D. Lee) are mentioned, along with description of a cattle stampede, cattle thefts, etc. $30.00

 

2863. JERNIGAN, Rev. C. B. From the Prairie Schooner to a City Flat. [Brooklyn: Privately published, 1926]. 140 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 12mo, original black cloth with illustration mounted on upper cover. Minor outer wear and endpapers moderately brown, otherwise fine.

First edition. Herd 1172. Autobiography including accounts of a cotton plantation in Mississippi; Texas (great prairie fires, cowboys, camp meetings, etc.); cowboy songs; author’s ministry in Oklahoma; and extensive descriptions of “New York—the Wonder City” and its subways, water system, tunnels and bridges, and religious life. Rev. Jernigan in a vivid description of a Texas round-up and branding says: “The vast prairies of Texas, covered with abundance of grass in this thinly settled country made it a great cattle country in these pioneer days. Almost every farmer had a herd of cattle, great or small, and the principal part of their income was from their cattle which roamed the prairies in droves, each drove bearing the ‘mark and brand’ of its owner.... It was a most thrilling sight to watch these ‘round-ups,’ and to see the men working like wild-fire, lassoing, throwing, and tying these wild cattle, and then to see them when released running madly away from the scene bellowing and kicking dust into the air in their fury.” In thirty years of preaching in twenty-five states, Rev. Jernigan rounded up and organized 115 Nazarene Churches and preached an average of 280 sermons a year. $35.00

 

2864. JOCELYN, Stephen Perry. Mostly Alkali: A Biography. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1953. xvi [2] 436 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, maps, text illustrations, endpaper maps. 8vo, original blue cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j. with a few small chips and tears.

First edition. Biography of General Stephen Perry Jocelyn, by his son, derived largely from the General Jocelyn’s own journals and letters and focused primarily on 1861-1879. General Jocelyn served for over thirty years in grueling assignments throughout the western frontier. He was an officer at Oregon’s Camp Warner when the Modoc War broke out, he was brevetted “for conspicuous gallantry in action” in the Nez Percé War, and he served with distinction in the Bannock Indian War. The troops often camped overnight at large stock ranches in the regions they protected, and action included retaliation for rustling, burning ranches, and worse. $35.00