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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2990-3014

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.

2990. KLEBERG, Robert J., Jr. The Santa Gertrudis Breed of Beef Cattle. Kingsville: [Carl Hertzog for] King Ranch, 1954. 15 [1] pp., photographic illustrations. 4to, original pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued. Very fine.

Fourth printing, revised (first Hertzog printing). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 84: “A distinguished lady visitor to the ranch helped Hertzog convince Bob Kleberg that previous printings of this pamphlet were not good enough for the Santa Gertrudis pedigree. Of the new Hertzog format, William R. Holman says: ‘Good commercial printing. Distinctive and unhackneyed.’” $35.00

 

2991. KNECHT, William L. & Peter L. Crawley. History of Brigham Young, 1847-1867. Berkeley: Mass Cal Associates, [1966]. x [2] 407 pp. 8vo, original dark blue buckram, title in gilt on spine. Two small, light stains on title, otherwise very fine.

Second printing of three manuscripts in the Bancroft Library (the first edition was published in 1964). This second edition was limited to 240 copies. A copy of three primary manuscripts (“Early Records of Utah,” “Incidents in Utah History,” and “Utah Historical Incidents”) were abstracted for H. H. Bancroft from records kept in the Church Historian’s Office. Several references are made to cattle and stock raising, such as an entry dated January 1849 setting out the Mormon intention to research Utah Valley and “its capabilities for a stock range,” the negative effect of the severe weather of winter 1849 on their cattle, and the Mountain Meadows Massacre, which included acquisition of a large number of the emigrants’ cattle. Latter entries describe Indian raids on the Mormons’ livestock. $150.00

 

2992. KNIBBS, Henry Herbert. Saddle Songs and Other Verse. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1922. vii [1] 101 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original tan cloth with illustration of a saddle. Endpapers browned, otherwise fine in near fine, price-clipped d.j.

First edition. Mohr, The Range Country 697. Poetry of cowboys and the Wild West. Poems included are “A Bronco Shod with Wings,” “The Cowboy and the Cañon,” “The Lost Range,” and “The Blanket-Stiff.” $35.00

 

2993. KNIBBS, Henry Herbert. Saddle Songs and Other Verse. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1922. Another copy. Shelf wear, covers soiled, upper joint splitting, and spine torn. Author’s signed and dated presentation inscription to Wilbur Parker. $40.00

 

2994. KNIBBS, Henry Herbert. Songs of the Lost Frontier. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1930. ix [1] 85 [1] pp. 12mo, original half black cloth over green boards. Light foxing to text edges, generally fine, mostly unopened, in fine d.j.

First edition. Dykes, Kid 151: “This collection of Knibbs’ verse contains ‘The Ballad of Billy the Kid,’...with very little poetic license on the part of Knibbs, one of the West’s best ballad makers.” “Knibbs has written songs the cowboys have made part of their own folk-lore” (Douglas Branch, on d.j.). $45.00

 

2995. KNIGHT, Edward. Wild Bill Hickok: The Contemporary Portrait of a Civil War Hero, Champion Pistoleer, Deadliest Gunfighter of the Old West. Franklin, New Hampshire: The Hillside Press, 1959. 61 pp. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine in near fine, price-clipped d.j.

First edition. Guns 1248. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 113: “A brief review with a chapter on the comparative merits of Hickok as a gunfighter.” In addition to serving as a Kansas cowtown lawman in Ellis County, Hays City, and Abilene in 1869-1871, from 1867 to 1869 Hickok was a deputy U.S. marshal at Fort Riley and an army scout. His duties included recovering stolen government livestock, arresting thieves, returning deserters to the army, and escorting prisoners to Topeka. He worked with Buffalo Bill during this time, and later appeared in Cody’s “Scout of the Plains” show for seven months in 1871-1872. From p. 15, one gleans an old cowboy’s perception of Hickok: “In Triggernometry, Eugene Cunningham deals with the subject of Hickok under the chapter title ‘The Magnificent.’ His leading witness is an old-time cowboy from Texas who, upon one brief occasion in Abilene, saw Wild Bill plain. The snap impression of this oldtimer was of ‘A mad old bull.’ Cunningham found the phrase ‘particularly happy.’ As all cow-town marshals were known to the Texans of the period as pimp-marshals.” $30.00

 

2996. KNIGHT, Jesse William. The Jesse Knight Family: Jesse Knight, His Forebears and Family. [Salt Lake City]: The Deseret News Press, 1940. 139 pp., photographic plates, portraits. 8vo, original blue cloth. Light shelf wear, light marginal browning, otherwise a fine copy in torn d.j.

First edition. Chapter VI is entitled “Ranch Life.” Knight (1845-1921), rancher, millionaire, and philanthropist, was involved in many enterprises in Utah, South America, and Canada, including a large ranching operation in the Uinta basin (Duchesne County). He was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1964. $40.00

 

2997. KNIGHT, Oliver. Fort Worth: Outpost on the Trinity. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1953]. xiii [1] 302 [2] pp., plates, maps. 8vo, original tan cloth. Light shelf wear and ownership inscription, otherwise very fine in lightly chipped d.j. Signed by author.

First edition. CBC 4203. Guns 1249: “Long chapter devoted to Jim Courtright.” Herd 1284. Tate, Indians of Texas 2940: “Contains an interesting initial chapter on frontier defense systems in Texas prior to the Civil War and the place of Fort Worth in this system.” History of Fort Worth prepared by a journalist for the town’s centennial, with chapters on “Queen City of the Prairie,” “Thundering Herd,” “Boom Town,” and “Vice and Reform.” $35.00

 

2998. KNIGHT, Oliver. Fort Worth: Outpost on the Trinity. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1953]. Another copy. Slight shelf wear, endpapers browned, overall a good copy in lightly chipped d.j. $30.00

 

2999. KNIGHT, Oliver. Fort Worth: Outpost on the Trinity. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1953]. Another copy, without the d.j. Mild shelf wear, otherwise fine. Bookplate, ink ownership inscription. $15.00

 

3000. [KNOLLE JERSEY FARMS]. Knolle Jersey Farms—Where Faith in the Future of the Jersey Cow Built the World’s Largest Jersey Herd [wrapper title]. Sandia, Texas: Knolle Jersey Farms, n.d. 12 pp., photographic illustrations, map. Oblong 4to, original beige pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued. Slight foxing to wrappers, otherwise a fine copy.

First printing. Advertising pamphlet for a South Texas enterprise that remains a working cattle ranch to the present day, raising high-quality beef in addition to being a guest ranch. The Knolle family established the ranch in 1928 with 12 head of Jersey cattle, eventually developing the venture into the world’s largest Jersey herd with 8,000 registered Jerseys and 10,000 acres of land in Nueces and Jim Wells Counties. $35.00

 

3001. KNOWLTON, Clark S. (ed.). International Water Law along the Mexican-American Border. A Symposium.... [El Paso]: Committee on Desert and Arid Zones Research, 1968. x, 64 pp., map. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Very fine, signed by Hertzog.

First edition. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 223. Important and interesting papers on land use and water law. Though ranching is not a specific topic, the matters discussed here are of foundational importance to those engaged in stock raising. $35.00

 

3002. KNOWLTON, George Quincy. A Brief History of Farmington, Utah.... Kaysville, Utah: Inland Printing, 1965. [4] 80 [4] pp., portraits, photographic text illustrations (mostly full-page), maps. 4to, original metallic blue decorative boards. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.

First edition. Written and collected before the author’s death in 1957 and compiled and edited by his daughter, Jannetta K. Robinson. Farmington, located on the Wasatch Front, began when Mormon herder Hector C. Haight wintered cattle in its grassy lowlands in 1847-1848. For most of the first century of its operation, it remained an agricultural community, with farmers specializing in hay, grain, livestock, and dairy herds. In the early days, cooperative herds and tanneries were an important component of the town’s economy. $25.00

 

3003. KOFALK, Harriet. No Woman Tenderfoot: Florence Merriam Bailey, Pioneer Naturalist. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, [1989]. xix [1] 225 [2] pp., photographic illustrations, map. 8vo, original violet cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Fine in d.j.

First edition. Bailey (1863-1948) was a fine naturalist in both the scientific and “romantic” traditions and wrote several important books on Western birds, perhaps the most colorful title being A-Birding on a Bronco (1896); she preceded Ludlow Griscom in calling for the use of binoculars instead of shotguns when birding. She was the first woman ever elected a fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and in its myriad editions her Handbook of Birds of the Western United States has been a standard work for many decades. Bailey’s primary working field was the West (including Texas and New Mexico), and ranches often were the outposts away from civilization that enabled her research. Among the ranches she visited were Yeddar’s Ranch on Green River; Palette’s Ranch on the Inmaha River; Cuttle Fish Ranch in the Dakota Bad Lands; etc. “Florence Merriam Bailey is an important link to the twentieth century and the world in which Rachel Carson developed her career. She was the premier naturalist writer and organizer of her time and well-connected through her brother to the male-dominated world of science and Washington policy” (Robert K. Musil, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment, Rutgers University, 2014). $20.00

 

3004. KOHL, Edith Eudora. Land of the Burnt Thigh. New York & London: Funk & Wagnalls, 1938. x [2] 296 pp., drawings by Stephen J. Voorhies. 8vo, original brown cloth. Poor ex-library copy.

First edition. Clipping states: “In 1907 the author and her sister went to South Dakota to ‘prove up’ a homestead on a section about thirty miles from Pierre. They were totally unfitted, physically, for homesteading, but their courage was unlimited and by dint of teaching school, running a printing shop, and later a store and post office, they proved their claims. This account of their first years includes descriptions of the blizzards, droughts, fires, and other hardships which were a part of their experiences.” The author also mentions ranching in Wyoming and conflicts between stockmen and settlers, but this is mostly a pioneer account. The author became the printer for the local newspaper in McClure. $15.00

 

3005. KOOP, W. E. “Billy the Kid: The Trail of a Kansas Legend” in The Trail Guide 9:3 (The Westerners, Kansas City Posse, September 1964). 19 [1] pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic and full-page), map. 8vo, original cream printed self-wrappers, stapled as issued. Light shelf wear, otherwise very fine.

First printing. Guns 1254 (citing the offprint, see following item): “First published [in] the Kansas City Westerners’ quarterly in September, 1964. It quickly became a collector’s item. The author unearthed some new, hitherto unpublished, details about the Kid’s days in Wichita, Kansas. He shows for the first time that Mr. Antrim and the Kid’s mother were old acquaintances when they married and that they had adjoining town lots in Wichita.” $25.00

 

3006. KOOP, W. E. Billy the Kid: The Trail of a Kansas Legend. Kansas City, Missouri: The Westerners, Kansas City Posse, [1965]. xii, 16 pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits, panorama, double-page map, text illustrations (including one by C. M. Ismert), map. 8vo, original gilt-lettered blue denim cloth. Very light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.

First separate printing, limited (#57 of 250 signed copies). Guns 1254. $30.00

 

3007. KRAKEL, Dean F. James Boren: A Study in Discipline. Flagstaff: Northland Press, [1968]. xii, 59 [1] pp., frontispiece, text illustrations (many in color and mostly full-page). Square 4to, original olive cloth. Very fine in stained and rubbed d.j.

First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 73 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #138). Texas artist Boren earned a fine arts degree in 1949 and a master’s degree in 1951; he became the first art director of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1965, and a full-time painter in 1968. He won seven watercolor gold medals at the annual Cowboy Artists of America exhibitions. $25.00

 

Unexpurgated version of Krakel’s Saga of Tom Horn, with Corrected Pages Laid In

3008. KRAKEL, Dean F. The Saga of Tom Horn: The Story of a Cattlemen’s War, with Personal Narratives, Newspaper Accounts, and Official Documents and Testimonies. [Laramie: Powder River Publishers, 1954]. ix [1] 277 [3] pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic and full-page). 8vo, original gilt-lettered red cloth. Light shelf wear, endpapers age-toned, lower margin of front free endpaper chipped, otherwise a near fine copy in short, worn, chipped, and torn d.j. Author’s signed and dated presentation inscription to Frank Applan.

First edition, unexpurgated version (with original pages 13-14, 25-28, 37-38, 53-54, [55-56], 239-240), with corrected pages laid in. Adams, One-Fifty 92: “Scarce.... A thorough study of the trial and execution of Tom Horn. When Krakel...sent me a copy of the unexpurgated edition he wrote in it a long autograph part of which reads: ‘You asked me about the tipped in pages in the Saga. Here is a rather sad tale of woe, including jealousy, control of copyrights and the burning hatred of a Wyoming family. I received one note, two registered letters and telephone calls, all threatening because of the book. I was an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming and could not afford to get involved so what the hell! I cut them out. This experience has been costly, but good I suppose. With high regards, Dean Krakel. ‘“ Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 6 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”): “Truthful if grim account of some of the doings on the Wyoming range.” Guns 1256. Herd 1287: “This book was not released for some time after it was printed on account of a threatened lawsuit—until the pictures on pages 25, 27, 28, 37, and 240, and the text on pages 13 and 54 were deleted and changes tipped in. The book deals mostly with the trial of Tom Horn for the killing of Willie Nickels.”

Horn (1860-1903), a man of many faces, was at times hired killer, scout, cowboy, miner, army scout, deputy sheriff, packer for the Rough Riders in Cuba, and livestock detective. Krakel states in his preface: “Today few stories are more alive, colorful and controversial than are those of Tom Horn in Wyoming. It has been approximately one-half century since the State of Wyoming took his life, yet mystery shrouds the entire affair. An atmosphere of taboo often greets the prober.... The study has been bigger and more revealing than just that of one man. For in this minute of history was arrayed a pageant of personalities unassembled before, unequaled since. It involved the life and death of a way of living that revolved around a code of the range. The Horn trial set the stage, provided the cast, then the drama, and without warning, pulled the final curtain down. The new order had won its foothold.” Krakel’s well-documented study is considered the most balanced view of Tom Horn. The documentation provided sets out in a clear light the difficulties many cattlemen had moving from frontier feudalism to the modern stock industry. $375.00

 

3009. KRAKEL, Dean F. The Saga of Tom Horn.... [Laramie: Powder River Publishers, 1954]. Another copy of the unexpurgated version, but without the corrected pages. Ink ownership inscription. Some light shelf wear, paper uniformly age-toned, otherwise a fine copy in chipped and rubbed d.j. $300.00

 

3010. KRAKEL, Dean F. The Saga of Tom Horn.... [Laramie: Powder River Publishers, 1954]. Another copy of the unexpurgated version, with the corrected pages laid in. Light shelf wear, endpapers age-toned, otherwise a fine copy, without the d.j. $150.00

 

3011. KRAKEL, Dean F. The Saga of Tom Horn.... [Laramie: Powder River Publishers, 1954]. Another copy of the unexpurgated version, but without the corrected pages and without the d.j. Endpapers and text slightly age-toned, otherwise a fine copy. $100.00

 

3012. KRAKEL, Dean F. The Saga of Tom Horn.... [Laramie: Powder River Publishers, 1954]. ix [1] 277 [3] pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic and full-page). 8vo, original gilt-lettered red cloth. Light shelf wear, endpapers age-toned, otherwise a fine copy in mildly worn and chipped d.j. Signed by author.

First edition, expurgated version (#53 of an unspecified number of copies); with original pages 13-14, 25-28, 37-38, 53-54, [55-56], 239-240 removed and altered pages tipped in. Guns 1256: “A threatened lawsuit required the author and publisher to rewrite and replace seven pages of the illustrations and text after the volume had been printed and bound but before it was released. These changes were made by cutting out the deletions and tipping in new sheets.” $75.00

 

3013. KRAKEL, Dean F. South Platte Country: A History of Old Weld County, Colorado, 1739-1900. Laramie: Powder River Publishers, 1954. [8] v [3] 268 [47, appendices] pp. (photo-lithograph printing process), photographic plates, maps. 4to, original yellow pictorial wrappers with brown cellophane tape along spine, as issued. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.

First edition (#88, signed by author). Herd 1288. Wynar 1454. In addition to good information on the evolution of the cattle trade in the region, this well-researched study covers forts, fur traders, transportation, conflicts with Native Americans, Battle of Beecher Island, Meeker massacre, etc. $75.00

 

3014. KRAKEL, Dean F. South Platte Country.... Laramie: Powder River Publishers, 1954. Another copy, not numbered or signed. Light shelf wear and smudging, otherwise a fine copy. $40.00