3040. LANDERS, Joseph (comp.). Who’s Who in the Rockies. Denver: Denver Press Club, . Approximately 250 unnumbered pages, photographic portraits on every page. 8vo, customized decorative purple leather, a.e.g. Light shelf wear, front hinge cracked, some pages loose, otherwise fine.
First edition. Wynar 861. This scarce compilation of biographical sketches and portraits of prominent Colorado and Wyoming residents, includes a few women. Most of the citizens covered were lawyers, judges, politicians, and businessmen, but some of the men were involved in the cattle trade, although on the high end of ranching, e.g., such as Joseph A. Osner, John H. Thatcher, Bryant Butler Brooks, William Henry Leonard, Robert Russell, Dennis Sheedy, Harry Lehman Youngerman, et al. $65.00
3041. LANE, Lydia Spencer. I Married a Soldier; or, Old Days in the Old Army. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1893. 214 pp. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Light outer wear, else fine.
First edition. Graff 2381: “A very interesting account of Army life at western and southwestern Army posts in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona prior to and immediately after the Civil War.” Howes L68. Myres, Following the Drum. In 1854 Lane went directly from her wedding to a young army officer in Pennsylvania to Fort Inge in the wild country near present Uvalde, Texas. She remained on the rough roads and trails in the southwest for most of the next sixteen years. She crossed the Great Plains seven times, travelled almost 8,000 miles, and raised three children at forts, garrisons, and trailside bivouacs. The young Army bride observed: “Often, when in Texas, we tried to buy milk at a ranch, where there were thousands of cattle, there was not a drop to be had. The owners would not take the trouble to have it even for themselves.” Lane and the Mounted Rifles spent the winter at the Hatch Ranch near Fort Union: “When we saw the ranch we felt somewhat melancholy at the prospect of spending winter in such an isolated spot, so far from everywhere.” When their infant son became ill near Santa Fe, they were able to stay at a comfortable ranch not far from camp (Glorietta Cañon). After an absence of about eight years, Lane notes the transition of the Jornado del Muerto on the route to Santa Fe was more comfortable and safe, attributing the improvement to the construction of a ranch with stockade that was “an oasis in the desert.” In the Ute country, the company stayed at Maxwell’s Ranch and managed to insult a Ute Chief. $300.00
3042. LANE, Lydia Spencer. I Married a Soldier; or, Old Days in the Old Army. With a Foreword by Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Albuquerque: Horn & Wallace, 1964. 193  pp., illustrated endpapers. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j.
Third edition of preceding, with added foreword by Mamie Eisenhower. $50.00
3043. LANG, Lincoln A. Ranching with Roosevelt. Philadelphia & London: Lippincott, 1926.  367 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original green cloth stamped in gilt and blind with illustration of cowboy wearing chaps at lower right of upper cover. Light edge wear, mild foxing to fore-edges and adjacent to plates, text lightly browned due to acidic paper, overall very good in very good d.j.
First edition. Dobie, pp. 110, 117. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #12n. Herd 1304. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 17: “Includes view of social life in the Dakota Bad Lands in the 1880s.” Reese, Six Score 52n: “A good source.” This useful and informative work, which supplements Hagedorn’s Roosevelt in the Badlands, is among the most vivid descriptions of the Bad Lands during the early years of white settlement. Lang’s account is based on his personal acquaintance with Theodore Roosevelt as a neighboring rancher. Lang was a boy when Roosevelt arrived in the Bad Lands in the early fall of 1883. Lang was living with his Scottish father, who established a ranch in a cabin at the mouth of Little Cannonball Creek on the Little Missouri River south of Medora. Tom Isern, “Ranching on the Right Side of History” in Rangeland 32:5 (October 2010), p. 9: “Lang, ranchers, and ranch historians claim moral high ground They knew the range was overstocked, they allow; people behaved badly during the 1880s, and the hard winter of 1886-1887 was a judgment upon them, from which they learned important lessons. The problem is, all this prescience shows up in remembrances written many years later, as with Lang in his memoir, Ranching with Roosevelt: ‘The White Man had desecrated Nature’s preserves,’ Lang intones. ‘Nature had come back at him in full measure and had retaliated in her own particular way.’ He published these remarks, imbued with the conservation ethic of this presidential hero, in 1926.” $150.00
3044. LANG, Walter B. The First Overland Mail: Butterfield Trail, St. Louis to San Francisco, 1858-1861. [East Aurora, New York: Printed by the Roycrofters, 1940]. 163 pp., text illustrations, map, timetables. 8vo, original green pictorial wrappers. Wrappers sunned, light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.
First edition. Edwards, Desert Harvest 17: “Contains the source accounts of those who actually rode on the Butterfield stages.... Nothing could possibly be written that would better reflect the true picture of the Butterfield Stage episode”; Enduring Desert pp. 147-48. Rocq 16977. Wallace, Arizona History VIII:41. Much of the West was sparsely settled during this era. In the preface, compiler Lang states: “Four rather complete contemporary accounts of trips taken over this historic stage route.... Two...were written en route by newspaper correspondents, one a Mr. W. L. Ormsby of the New York Herald, and the other Mr. J. M. Farwell of the Alta California of San Francisco. An official report to the Postmaster General was prepared by Mr. G. Bailey, a special agent of the department.... The fourth account was a narrative prepared by an English traveler, Mr. William Tallack.”–Pref., signed Walter B. Lang. The firsthand accounts consist primarily of descriptions of scenery, wildlife, and encounters with settlers and local travelers, with mention of ranches that were stops along the route, including St. Louis Ranch, Temple’s Ranch, Chino Ranch, Warner’s Ranch, Swivell’s Ranch, Flap-Jack Ranch, and others. The author states that the Chino Ranch in San Bernardo County is the richest ranch in the area, but complains that even though the proprietor is “estimated to own about $300,000 worth of cattle, at our breakfast table here we had neither butter nor milk.... Their cattle dot the plains for miles around, and their land could produce everything; but they have not even the comforts of a Massachusetts farmer among his rocky hills. I could not but think what a different spectacle these fertile valleys would present were they peopled by some of our sturdy, industrious Eastern farmers.” The author gripes that “the Chino Ranche, which is marked on Colton’s map...consists of but one house.” $35.00
3045. LANG, Walter B. The First Overland Mail: Butterfield Trail, St. Louis to San Francisco, 1858-1861. [East Aurora, New York: Printed by the Roycrofters, 1940]. Another copy. Variant binding. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Extremities bumped, otherwise a fine copy. $35.00
3046. LANG, William W. A Paper on the Resources and Capabilities of Texas: Read by Col. William W. Lang, before the Farmer’s Club of the American Institute, Cooper Union, New York, March 8th, 1881...to Which Is Appended a Paper on the Social and Economic Condition of the State. [New York, 1881]. 19 pp. 8vo, original pale green printed wrappers. Upper wrapper heavily browned, contemporary ink stamp of Thos. E. Swain, Indiana Ticket Agent, printed advertising label on yellow paper of N. R. Warwick, Indiana Ticket Agent.
First edition of this important boosterism tract, which was revised and enlarged about a half dozen times during 1881, including an edition published in Germany (Eine Vorlesung über die Resourcen und das Entwickelungsvermögen von Texas, 31 pp.). Graff 2388n (citing third edition with 62 pp. and “lacks map”). Herd 1305: “Rare” (not calling for a map). Howes L74 (22 pp., “including wraps”; no map mentioned until the third edition with 62 pp. and “map and plate in some copies”). Raines, p. 137 (19 pp., not calling for a map). Lang (Handbook of Texas Online: William A. Lang), president of the South-Western Immigration Company, gives an extremely optimistic account of Texas, placing cattle and the cattle industry second only to King Cotton. Unlike some Texas brags, the present work gives solid facts, figures, and statistics on resources and economic possibilities. On the other hand, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Lang notes that as of 1878, the Commissioner of Agriculture reports 4,464,000 head of cattle in Texas worth $39,640,320; the number of cattle driven north over the trail was 257,431 (cash value $13 a head and total of $3,346,603); cattle shipped by rail 244,765 ($20 for a total of $4,885,300); for a grand total of $8,241,903. Regarding horses: “Texas is inferior to no country on earth for the splendid rearing and breeding of horses; and there is none in which horses are more free of disease.” $250.00
3047. LANG, William W. A Paper on the Resources and Capabilities of Texas...to Which Is Appended a Brief Summary of the Advantages of the State As a Field for Immigration. [Austin: South-Western Immigration Company, 1881].  61  pp. (printed in double-column), engraved frontispiece of view near Taylor. 8vo, original brown printed wrappers. Spine very chipped, owner’s stamp on lower cover, otherwise very good.
Third and best edition, with an added essay on the “Advantages of the State As a Field for Immigration” (the first two editions, of 19 and 31 pages, respectively, were published in New York the same year). The map, which was not bound in the book, apparently was an afterthought and was not included in all copies. Graff 2388. Guns 1278: “Part of this paper deals with lawlessness in Texas.” Herd 1305: “Rare.” Howes L74. Raines, p. 137. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “Lang extolls the magnitude of Texas’s immense capabilities, and of the glorious future that awaits the development of her limitless resources. The South-Western Immigration Company was organized by several railroad companies to promote immigration into Texas. The pamphlet has a fascinating section denouncing Texas’ reputation for lawlessness, an article on Capt. King and his ranch and much of ‘How to Go to Texas.’ This is a fine Texas promotional, and very scarce in this edition and with the wrappers.” In this expanded edition, the author gives a lot more information on cattle in Texas, extolling the low amount of investment compared to the other regions. This quote from Horace Greely sums up the drift: “It costs no more to raise a four-year-old beef in Texas as it does a hen in Massachusetts.” $150.00
3048. LANGDON, William Chauncy. Everyday Things in American Life, 1607-1776. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1937. xx  353 pp., color frontispiece, plates (mostly photographic), text illustrations (mostly photographic), some text illustrations by N. C. Wyeth. 8vo, original red cloth. Slight shelf wear, otherwise fine in lightly chipped and worn price-clipped d.j. with one tear.
First edition. Includes illustrations by E. G. Lutz, N. C. Wyeth, and W. M. Berger. While the focus is predominantly on New England, there is an entire chapter on “Agriculture in the Colonies” with sections on “Live Stock and Forage”; “Oxen and Horses As Farm Animals”; “Stables and Barns”; “Grist Mills and Wind Mills”; and “Agricultural Implements.” $40.00
3049. LANGFORD, Nathaniel Pitt. Vigilante Days and Ways the Pioneers of the Rockies the Makers and Making of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.... With Portraits and Illustrations in Two Volumes. Boston: J. G. Cupples Co., Publishers, The Back Bay Bookstore, 1890. xxvi, 426 pp. + xiii , 485  pp., 15 plates (mostly photographic portraits), text illustrations. 2 vols., 8vo, original dark blue pictorial cloth decorated and lettered in gilt and red, floral endpapers, t.e.g. Moderate shelf wear, fore-edges browned, otherwise fine.
First edition of an early authority on Montana history and one of the two basic books on the Montana Vigilantes, the other being Dimsdale’s, The Montana Vigilantes, published in 1866. Adams, One-Fifty 94: “One of the standard works on the Montana Vigilantes and the Plummer gang of road agents.” Bradford 2909. Cowan I, pp. 134-35: “Much and valuable frontier history is to be found in this work, in which the author presents with clear view the strange scenes and singular characters of that strongly colored period.” Flake 4741: “Trip to Salt Lake City in 1864, and his impressions of Mormonism.” Graff 2390. Guns 1280. Holliday Sale 632. Howes L78. Jones 1661. Littell 615. McCracken, 101, p. 34: “Paints a dark picture of lawlessness on the frontier and the plight of the law-abiding citizen. [Langford] claims most [vigilantes] were normal people driven to unusual lengths to protect their families and property.” Plath 667. Smith 5682.
Langford, one of the first to describe the Yellowstone region, here recounts his experiences as a vigilante lawman in the 1860s, with details on the Plummer Gang, Joseph Slade, Langford Peel, and John Biedler. The author describes the country as “full or horse and cattle thieves.” His account is filled with numerous references to cattle and horse thieves (including a female horse rustlers) and ranches in the region, e.g., Parish, Bunton & Co. on Rattlesnake Creek. In vol. 2 the chapter entitled “The Stranger’s Story” Langford gives an account of a man who went to Oregon at an early age and established a wonderful ranch. He lost it all after a plague of locusts destroyed everything, including the grass on which the cattle grazed, followed by the coldest winter and heaviest snows ever experienced in the region. Starting fresh with 300 head of cattle, the author relocated to Rogue River Valley not far from the Old California Trail. He hunkered down with his cattle herd, a small armory of weapons, and a library of classical literature. He met Boone Helm (subsequently executed by the 1854 Montana Vigilantes), who attempted unsuccessfully to steal his cattle. The section on Yellowstone, “An Interesting Adventure” (vol. 2, chapter 24, pp. 373-416), includes an account of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition of 1870, one of the first accounts of the Yellowstone region. Around the campfire on the night of September 19, Langford and others determined that the area should be acquired and preserved as a national park, and it was Langford who became the chief booster of the idea. Langford went on to become the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, although he visited it only once in that capacity. $400.00
3050. LANGFORD, Nathaniel Pitt. Vigilante Days and Ways.... Boston: J. G. Cupples Co., 1890. Another copy, variant binding. 2 vols., small 8vo, original adobe pictorial cloth. Shelf-worn, otherwise fine. $375.00
3051. LANGFORD, Nathaniel Pitt. Vigilante Days and Ways.... New York & Saint Paul: D. D. Merrill Company, 1893. xxvi, 426 + xiii  485 pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits. 2 vols., small 8vo, original dark blue cloth, t.e.g. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine. Author’s signed and dated presentation inscription to Leon J. Chamberlain in both vols.
Second edition. Smith 5684. $150.00
3052. LANGFORD, Nathaniel Pitt. Vigilante Days and Ways.... New York & Saint Paul: D. D. Merrill Company, 1893. Another set. Both volumes moderately shelf-worn, cracked hinge in vol. 1, ink ownership inscription in vol. 2, both vols. otherwise fine. $100.00
3053. LANGFORD, Nathaniel Pitt. Vigilante Days and Ways.... Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1912. 554 pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits. 8vo, original green cloth. Shelf-worn, slightly shaken, last pages and a few others opened unevenly. Pencil gift inscription on front free endpaper.
Third edition. Smith 5686. $20.00
3054. LANGFORD, Nathaniel Pitt. Vigilante Days and Ways.... Missoula: Montana State University Press, . xxxv  456 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations, endpaper maps. Large 8vo, original maroon cloth. Fine in lightly rubbed and chipped d.j.
Revised edition, with a new introduction by Dorothy M. Johnson. $25.00
3055. LANGSTON, Mrs. George [Carolyne Lavinia]. History of Eastland County Texas. Dallas: A. D. Aldridge & Company, 1904. 220 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic illustrations. 12mo, original maroon cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Hinges loose, faint water damage to last few leaves, otherwise fine.
First edition. CBC 1469. Herd 1307: “Scarce.” Howes L82. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 17: “Includes information on ‘forted ranches’ which sprang up in Eastland County, Texas, in the 1850s and 1860s as a protection against Indian raids.” Excellent local and social history with many biographies and a description of a wedding at one of the forted ranches. Read it and weep: “No fences disturbed the freedom of the cattle in these days. Grass and water were plentiful, land and cattle were cheap. Lands which are now worth from twenty-five to thirty dollars an acre could have been purchased then, at most, for from fifty to seventy-five cents an acre” (p. 78). $200.00
3056. LANGWORTHY, Franklin. Scenery of the Plains, Mountains and Mines; or, A Diary Kept upon the Overland Route to California, by Way of the Great Salt Lake: Travels in the Cities, Mines, and Agricultural Districts.... Ogdensburgh, New York: Published by J. C. Sprague, Book-Seller, Hitchcock & Tillotson, Printers, 1855. 324 pp. 8vo, later three-quarter leather over textured brown cloth. Light outer wear, otherwise fine.
First edition. Blumann & Thomas 5033. Cowan, p. 383. Flake 4741. Graff 2392. Hill I, pp. 470-71. Hill II:971: “Lucid, natural, and objective.” Howes L84. Jones 1336. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 392a. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 872: “Superbly written account, giving meticulous descriptions of the landscape.... Notes the Platte offers an ideal grade for a railroad and forecasts its construction up North Platte, where crowds will come to feast their eyes on the scenery.” Matthews, p. 326. Mintz, The Trail 284. Paher, Nevada 1071: “As a diarist Langworthy excelled amid the hordes of emigrants bound for California in 1850. His graphic descriptions of the Humboldt Basin and the dreaded 40-mile desert reveal without embellishment why the landbridge Nevada was such a bane to the disillusioned fortune-seekers who crossed it. At one point he mentions that their chief fuel for campfires was from abandoned wagons of less successful parties. Well worth reading; a classic of its type. A scarce work.” Plains & Rockies IV:258. Rader 2201. Sabin 38904. Streeter Sale 3179. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 122.
Included are descriptions of buffalo herds and stampedes in Nebraska and Wyoming. Regarding government cattle, the author remarks: “Feeding upon this range we saw a large number of domestic cattle. They belonged to Government, and are kept for the purpose of supplying the military frontier posts with beef.” Langworthy opines that the worst scourge of the overland trek was cholera, resulting in stray cattle and stock wandering along the route without their owners. He cites loss of much stock to their drinking bad water or being drowned when crossing rivers and streams. Discussing various merchants’ ploys to dig gold without using a shovel, the author learned that some merchants on the trail stole the immigrants’ cattle knowing they would need to buy meat later down the trail (added to this skullduggery the scheming merchants then blamed the rustling on Indians). Many more references to cattle and ranching are found, including sections on Mexican rancheros and vaqueros, and the wealth of cattle in California. $375.00
3057. LANGWORTHY, Franklin. Scenery of the Plains, Mountains and Mines.... Ogdensburgh, New York: Published by J. C. Sprague, Book-Seller, Hitchcock & Tillotson, Printers, 1855. Another copy. 8vo, original brown blindstamped cloth. Binding worn and spotted, heavy foxing to endpapers and first 10 pages or so, otherwise very good. $300.00
3058. LANGWORTHY, Franklin. Scenery of the Plains, Mountains and Mines.... Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1932. xviii, 292 pp., plates. 8vo, original maroon gilt-decorated cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine in browned and chipped d.j.
Second edition, edited by Paul C. Phillips. Narratives of the Trans-Mississippi Frontier series. $45.00
3059. LAPHAM, Macy H. Crisscross Trails: Narrative of a Soil Surveyor. Berkeley: Willis E. Berg, 1949. viii  246 pp., photographic text illustrations (mostly full-page). 8vo, original green cloth. Very light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.
First edition. Foreword by Charles E. Kellogg. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 274. Early history of the U.S. Soil Survey and observations on soil and vegetation types interwoven with the author’s reminiscences, including experiences in Death Valley, along the Santa Fe Trail, and in the California gold region. The author worked in the Soil Survey from its inception, for a period of forty-five years. Occasional description and commentary on ranching: a comical encounter of surveyors with a great herd of lean, wild, and disputatious “Texas long-horned cattle”; a less comical encounter with an armed stock owner while surveying; Spanish origins of the term “buckaroo”; a mention of Father Kino (“he was a keen observer”—p. 199); effects of overgrazing; “Bear Steaks in a Sheep Camp”; commentary on Henry Miller and the Kern County Land Company: “their holdings comprised large cattle ranches scattered over the southern and western parts of the [San Joaquin] valley.... The represented an interesting and romantic earlier period dominated by the grazing and fattening of great herds of cattle” (p. 125); etc. $20.00
“One of the best accounts of an overland journey across the plains and perhaps the best account of the founding of Denver” (Streeter)
3060. LARIMER, William & William H. H. Larimer. Reminiscences of General William Larimer and of His Son William H. H. Larimer: Two of the Founders of Denver City. Compiled...by Herman S. Davis. Lancaster: New Era Printing Co., 1918. 256 pp., folding genealogical chart, photographic plates, facsimiles. 8vo, original three-quarter black leather over blue and black marbled paper, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. Light shelf wear, text browned, otherwise fine, unopened. Privately printed and scarce.
First edition. Campbell, p. 98: “The earliest days in Denver, Colorado, in much detail.” Decker 37:178. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 273. Flake 4748. Graff 2400. Howes L102: “Larimer was among the earliest Pike’s Peak adventurers, and one of the founders of Denver.” Rittenhouse 354: “Larimer went over the Santa Fe Trail in 1858 to Bent’s Fort. He knew Alexander Majors and other prominent figures. Some data on mail lines. The work was printed for private distribution.” Streeter Sale 3094: “General Larimer lost his large fortune in the depression of 1854 and started life anew in Nebraska, leaving his wife and nine children in Pittsburgh. Late in 1855 they joined him in La Platte, a town above Omaha founded by the General. In the fall of 1858 the General, his son, then not quite eighteen years of age, and four others made the overland journey from Leavenworth, Kansas, by way of Bent’s Fort to the new gold discoveries at Cherry Creek. Arriving at Cherry Creek on November 17, 1858, the General a few days later founded the Denver City Town Company. The son’s narrative tells of these journeys and the founding of Denver by his father and life there until the Civil War. From page 210 to 237 the editor tells from family letters of the Civil War services of the General and his son and of the General’s death in 1873. Ordinarily reminiscences are inferior to day by day contemporary accounts, but these are so skillfully edited and so buttressed by contemporary letters and extracts from note books that they form one of the best accounts of an overland journey across the plains and perhaps the best account of the founding of Denver and of life there for the first few years that we have.” Wilcox, p. 69: “Much of interest concerning living conditions and occupations of Denver’s existence.” Wynar 805. See also Calvin W. Gower, “Gold Fever in Kansas Territory: Migration to the Pike’s Peak Gold Fields, 1858-1860” in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plain 39:1 (Spring 1973), pp. 58-74: “Primarily through the Lawrence, Larimer, and Lecompton parties Kansas residents had considerably helped to open the gold fields in 1858.”
Larimer describes such out-of-the-way anecdotes as being invited to share a meal of “possum” with Beckwourth and his wife in their cabin on the Platte. The account is both and truthful and entertaining. The author alludes to the role of ranching in the settlement of the Denver area, ranching in general, and cattle, including those of their own party. He shows considerable aplomb in narrating a challenging situation upon reaching the Big Bend of the Arkansas River and working out a plan to preserve his party’s cattle: “Our camping place was a beautiful spot, with fine grass for our cattle. We were in jubilant spirits, for now we thought that we were well along on our journey, for we were expecting our next three or four hundred miles to be on the banks of this River. Just before sundown, as we were airing our bedding and cleaning our guns, a small party of Indians crossed the river from some cottonwood timber opposite camp and started to round up our cattle and ponies. This was disconcerting, for one might as well be dead as to be left in that country afoot at that time, so we had to interfere, which we did in as pleasant a manner as possible. We knew we could hold our own with whatever Indians were in sight, but they threatened us with a big camp across the river. We could not see any over there, nor did we have any desire to look them up, as we had lost no Indians! It had been our intention to remain in camp at this spot for a few days to rest and enjoy the comforts of the place for man and beast, but after discussing the altered aspect of affairs we concluded the best thing for us was to get away. So about three hours before daylight we were on the march again, and by daylight or soon after found ourselves at Allison’s Ranch close to Walnut Creek.... At Allison’s Ranch we camped and got our breakfast. Mr. Allison in his buckskin suit was a fine specimen of a frontiersman.” The author describes Allison’s Ranch and its immense herds of buffalo and cattle, and how the two species sometimes became intermingled (buffalo can always outrun cattle). At pp. 54-55 is a detailed description of how a wagon train can set up a secure overnight corral for their livestock. Ranches and ranchers discussed in the text include Iliff, Edgerton, Younker, Moore, et al. $850.00
3061. LARKIN, Margaret (ed.). Singing Cowboy: A Book of Western Songs. New York: Oak Publications, . 176 pp., illustrations, printed music. 8vo, original grey pictorial wrappers. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.
Second edition, with added illustrations and guitar chords, first published in 1931. Campbell, p. 221. Dobie, p. 128. Saunders 4297n. From a review of the book by Vance Rudolph, in the Journal of American Folklore 45:176 (April-June, 1932), p. 274: “Miss Margaret Larkin, of Kansas and New Mexico and other places, is perhaps the best singer of cowboy ballads in the United States, does not write as well as she sings, but she writes more entertainingly than most folks who write about folk-songs.... She sets down the words and music of forty-three songs, which she has ‘gathered with her voice and her guitar’ in the Southwestern cattle country.... The piano arrangements by Helen Black ‘fit the songs like a saddle fits a broncho.’ The songs are written down exactly as they are sung by lonely riders today, beside old trails all the way from Montana to the Mexican Border.... The glossary of cowboy terms is adequate and authentic.” $20.00
3062. LASATER, Laurence. The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising. El Paso: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas Western Press, 1972. xiii  69 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original cowhide over pictorial linen. Fine in green slipcase with trade edition d.j. laid in. Signed by Laurence Lasater, Carl Hertzog, and Tom Lasater.
First edition, limited edition (#167 of 295 copies), designed by Carl Hertzog, but published a year after Al Lowman’s bibliography of Hertzog. Reese, Six Score 67: “One of the most revolutionary books written on cattle raising.” From the Lasater family web site on the Beefmaster: <http://www.isacattleco.com/Beefmasters/company.html>: “Isa Cattle Company Chairman Laurence M. Lasater, eldest son of Beefmaster creator Tom Lasater, has promoted Beefmasters around the world since 1964. Laurie, and his wife, Annette, introduced Beefmasters into Mexico in 1964 and operated there for 10 years. In 1972, they established a cattle enterprise in San Angelo, Texas, and it was incorporated in 1983 as Isa Cattle Co., Inc., (pronounced EE-sa). In 1993, their son, Lorenzo, joined them in the business, and today he is president of the company. All of Isa’s enterprises are based on the Six Essentials—Disposition, Fertility, Weight, Conformation, Milk Production and Hardiness. These six points are the keystones of Tom Lasater’s cattle-raising philosophy and the means by which all of our cattle—L Bar Beefmasters—are evaluated.” In a book review published at the time, H. E. Sabin, a rancher in Wyoming observes: “I kept trying to fit the many ideas and well-thought-out conclusions into the business of cattle raising as I have known it in Wyoming, where the growing season is short, the winters severe, and supplemental feed essential.... I came to the conclusion that the ‘Six Essentials’ are quite sound” (Journal of Range Management 26:6, p. 464, November 1973). $200.00
3063. LASATER, Laurence. The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1972. xiii  69 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original pictorial linen. Very fine in lightly worn and dusty price-clipped d.j. Author’s signed and dated presentation.
First trade edition. $45.00
3064. LASATER, Laurence. The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1972. Another copy. Very fine in lightly worn d.j. $50.00