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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 3115-3139

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3115. LEA, Tom. The Wonderful Country. Boston: Little, Brown, [1952]. [12] 387 pp., illustrations and endpapers by Lea. 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Mild foxing, otherwise fine in lightly foxed d.j. Signed by author.

First edition. Campbell, p. 254. Dobie, p. 181. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 53); Western High Spots, p. 38 (“High Spots of Western Fiction: 1902-1952”). Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 44: “I happen to prefer this novel to anything he’s ever written because it explains mysteries of motivation that history never delivers.... A Texas novel almost without flaws, done with an economy of words and emotions.” Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 103B. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 57. From an unidentified speaker at the 1997 meeting of the Philosophical Society of Texas: “The Wonderful Country is a book that does not blow up the Texas man in such a way that he is a braggadocios bumpkin in buckskin, although he is a sensitive character in buckskin and, of course, a caballero, a cavalier, and a man on horseback all at the same time, who has to meet the life on the edge.” From another unidentified source discussing The Wonderful Country: “El Paso artist and writer Tom Lea distilled much of his knowledge of local history and love of border culture into this story of a cowboy tested by the harsh southwestern landscape and by the hard men who inhabited both sides of the Rio Grande in the 1880s.” $75.00

 

3116. [LEA, TOM]. EPHEMERA. Lot of 7 items, very good to fine condition:

(1) Promotional poster for “The Wonderful Country.” N.p., n.d.

(2) 2 photos from testimonial dinner for Lea, one with Lea and Dobie and the other of Judge Thomason and his wife. From The El Paso Times (Monday, September 16, 1957, p. 9).

(3) “Tom Lea Testimonial Hosts to Fete Out-of-Town Guests,” from the El Paso Times (Sunday, September 1, 1957, p. 5-D).

(4) TINKLE, Lon. “Tom Lea: El Paso’s Artist-Writer,” from The Dallas Morning News (Sunday, September 22, 1957; part 4, [p.1]).

(5) “About ‘The Wonderful Country’” in Wings: The Literary Guild Review (December 1952).

(6) LEA, Tom. “The Mighty Ranch of Richard King: An American Epic That Started with a Stowaway Ended in the World’s Greatest Enterprise” in Life 43:2 (July 8, 1957). Pp. 28-44. (2 copies)

(7) LEA, Tom. “Prodigious Growth of Cattle Domain: The Founder’s Descendants Have Expanded the Great King Ranch and Turned It into a Worldwide Business” in Life 43:9 (July 15, 1957). Pp. 70-88. $10.00

 

3117. [LEA, TOM]. HINSHAW, Glennis & Lisabeth Lovelace. A Bibliography of Writings and Illustrations by Tom Lea: An Illustrated Catalog of the Exhibit, El Paso Public Library December, 1971-January, 1972. [El Paso]: The El Paso Public Library Association, 1971. x, 54 [2] pp., text illustrations by Lea. Oblong 8vo, original half olive cloth over coarse cream linen, deckled edges. Some small stains to cover, otherwise fine in slightly worn but fine pictorial d.j. Signed by Lea.

First edition, limited edition (#147 of 280 signed copies). Basic Texas Books B107. Comprehensive bibliography of Lea’s published works, with many illustrations. “Tom Lea’s art is universal and the identity is there. He has traveled extensively and has visited every country and locality reflected in his pictures. The depth and breadth of his reading coupled with his infallible memory has made him feel at home in the land of the conquistadores, in the camp of the cowpokes or with Captain Baylor and his Texas Rangers” (p. ix, from introduction). $75.00

 

3118. [LEA, TOM]. HINSHAW, Glennis & Lisabeth Lovelace. A Bibliography of Writings and Illustrations by Tom Lea.... El Paso: El Paso Public Library, 1971. x, 54 [2] pp., text illustrations by Lea. Oblong 8vo, original olive pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

First trade edition, wrappers issue. $25.00

 

3119. [LEA, TOM]. WEST, John O. Tom Lea: Artist in Two Mediums. Austin: Steck-Vaughn, 1967. ii [2] 44 pp. 12mo, original printed wrappers. Fine.

First edition. Southwest Writers Series 5. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 257). Dykes, “Not in Cook” 192. Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 173. $25.00

 

3120. LEACH, A. J. Early Day Stories: The Overland Trail; Animals and Birds That Lived Here; Hunting Stories Looking Backward. [Norfolk, Nebraska: Huse Publishing Co., 1916]. 244 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original gilt-lettered brown cloth. Mild wear to spine and one corner, front pastedown creased, otherwise fine in torn d.j. with tape repair to spine.

First book edition (the four tales here published first appeared in county newspapers). Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 279. Graff 2427. Howes L162a. Mattes 1227: “Met ‘returnees from California, Oregon and Utah’.... Starving in the wilds of eastern Oregon, he was saved by Indians on the Umatilla who exchanged camas roots for the pearl buttons on his coat.... Leach’s knowledge of Chippewa sign language came in handy in dickering with Indians.... His proficiency with bow and arrow also impressed the redskins.” Mintz, The Trail 287: “Tells of joining the Knappe family as an ox-team driver and of becoming a member of a party going overland with no rules, regulations, or leader. He tells of experiences among the Indians; with the dreaded cholera; and with other events along the trail to Oregon. A good diary.” Smith 5779. In addition to the overland, the author recounts early pioneer experiences in Wyoming, the Black Hills, and Nebraska, with interesting observations on wildlife, especially buffalo. The author praises the hospitality afforded emigrants travelling across the western frontier, “whether it be in the new built town or among the settlers or cattle ranchers on the prairies.” He remarks on the large herds of wild cattle in the Black Hills (“The cattle were almost as wild as the deer”) and notes that the cattle trails led them to watering places. There the cattle ranches were few and far between. $65.00

 

3121. LEACH, A. J. Early Day Stories.... [Norfolk, Nebraska: Huse Publishing Co., 1916]. 244 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original gilt-lettered brown cloth. Mild warping and wear to cover, interior fine, d.j. present but worn.

Second edition. $30.00

 

3122. LEACH, Frank A. Recollections of a Newspaperman: A Record of Life and Events in California. San Francisco: Samuel Levinson, 1917. [14] 416 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 8vo, original dark blue cloth. Moderate shelf wear, spine lightly sunned, endpapers foxed, frontispiece detached.

First edition. Blumann & Thomas 5193. Cowan, p. 386. Graff 2429. Rocq 15910. Includes observations on ranch life, particularly in chapter 12, “Legislative Experiences and Farm Life,” in which the author describes his acquisition of an 850-acre ranch near Napa junction. Initially, he followed advice to convert the ranch to wheat farming, but when that proved unprofitable, he returned to ranching and dairying, which he much preferred to service in the legislature. $20.00

 

3123. LEACH, Joseph. The Typical Texan: Biography of an American Myth. Dallas: SMU Press, 1952. xiii [1] 178 [1] pp., frontispiece by Cisneros, illustrations. 8vo, original mauve cloth. Very fine in lightly chipped and worn d.j.

First edition. Campbell, p. 108: “The author finds that three principal types—Yankees, Kentucky backwoodsmen, and Southern aristocrats—created the Texas tradition, and that writers have encouraged it. Vigorously written, and with humor.... Intended to explain and to win the reader to a new respect and affection for the Texans.” Dobie, pp. 56-57: “Dissects the myth and then swallows it.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 108). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 81: (quoting Hertzog): “After extreme care and good looking proofs, I am (as usual) disappointed with presswork. In tight lock-up and on hard vellum paper, type thickens—but we sure don’t want to use enamel paper. But we still have a good looking book with many interesting facets.” Discusses the image of Texans as hell-for-leather cowboys and other cowboy myths. $25.00

 

3124. LEACH, Joseph. The Typical Texan.... Dallas: SMU Press, 1952. Another copy, without the d.j. Mild shelf wear, otherwise fine. $10.00

 

3125. LEAKEY, John. Grandad and I: A Story of a Grand Old Man and Other Pioneers in Texas and the Dakotas, As Told by John Leakey to Florence Fenley. [Leakey, Texas: John Leakey, 1951]. 179 pp., portraits, photographic text illustrations (mostly full-page). 12mo, original tan textured cloth. Very light foxing to endpapers, otherwise fine in price-clipped d.j. Signed by Leakey.

First edition of one of our favorite books. Guns 705: “Rare.... Contains a chapter on King Fisher, relating some of his escapades not found in other books.” Herd 798. Not in CBC. This is an excellent, authentic history of the Uvalde area from the 1850s to the 1890s, as told by John Leakey. In 1851 his grandfather (also named John Leakey; 1824-?) arrived in the splendid Sabinal and Frio Canyon area near Fort Inge, raised crops and cattle, and struggled with Lipan and other local and nomadic populace. Here is a snippet from this excellent firsthand source: “The first raid into the Canyon occurred in 1856 at the Richard Ware Ranch.... On this raid the Indians [Lipans] were evidently after horses, as they struck the ranch of Uncle Johnny Fenley and stole two head, going from there to Gid Thompson Ranch and killing his work oxen. The settlers followed the Indians and recovered the horses, but the six Indians they had counted scattered and made a get-away. This seemed to start the raids. In less than a month, the Indians were back again, killing a cow belonging to Aaron Anglin and loading the meat on a horse they brought along for that purpose. Several horses were stolen, too....” (pp. 28-29). And so it goes in opening the ranching country, until “The Last Indian Raid in the Frio Canyon” ca. 1880 (pp. 71-75).

The narrated history goes forward in time from Grandfather Leakey to the next two generations. The grandson and narrator of this account worked as a ranch hand in the Canyon country and elsewhere and later owned his own ranch. This work is filled with most excellent ranching content: early ranchers and ranching in southwest Texas; suitability of the brush country and canyons for cattle thieves; border depredations, and rustling; King Fisher’s compadre Pancho Escuadro (“as good a vaquero as ever threw his rope over a longhorn steer”); social history; women in the cattle country (e.g., “riding sidesaddles [the women] were good riders no matter whether they were on an easy gallop to a dance or after the livestock on their father’s ranch”); education (“In those days, we couldn’t see where an education would benefit us very much. There was cattle work to be done as long as a man could ride and rope, and count his cattle and the money they brought, it didn’t seem that much more was needed”—p. 78); cattle drives (e.g., from New Mexico to Charley Dole’s ranch north of the Yellowstone River); working as a cowboy in the Dakotas (1893), Wyoming, and Montana (much on “Myles City”); brands of big outfits Leakey saw; Leakey’s personal acquaintance with Teddy Roosevelt; passing of the open range country; financial woes of 1920 with Wibaux Cattle Loan Company; return to Texas in 1946; etc. Includes supplemental material on the Buckalew captivity; Billy the Kid; Seminole Scouts at Fort Clark; much more. $250.00

 

3126. LEAKEY, John. The West That Was, from Texas to Montana.... As Told to Nellie Snyder Yost. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, [1958]. xii, 271 pp., plates, portraits, facsimile. 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine in chipped d.j.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:241. Guns 1303: “Has some new material on King Fisher and a mention of Ben Thompson.” Reminiscences of a cattleman who grew up in Uvalde and Eagle Pass and was a top hand at the OX, W Bar, 777, and many other ranches in New Mexico, Montana, and North Dakota. Leakey’s father was a friend of King Fisher and succeeded him as acting deputy sheriff. $25.00

 

3127. LEAKEY, John. The West That Was, from Texas to Montana.... Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, [1965]. xii, 271 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original brown pictorial wrappers (with illustration “The Herd Quitter” by Charles M. Russell). Mild shelf wear, overall fine.

Reprint. Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:210. $10.00

 

3128. LECKENBY, Cha[rle]s H. (comp.). The Tread of Pioneers.... Some Highlights in the Dramatic and Colorful History of Northwestern Colorado. Steamboat Springs: Pilot Press, 1944. 206 [1] pp., portraits, photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original blue textured cloth. Mild shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy. Signed by compiler, and related newsclipping and envelope laid in.

First edition. Guns 1304: “Contains a chapter on the capture of Harry Tracey and one on Tom Horn.” Herd 1320: “Privately printed in a small edition, thus quite scarce.” Wilcox, p. 70. Wynar 357. Tom Horn was a ranch hand, rodeo champion, Pinkerton agent, private detective, and rustler eradicator for Wyoming cattle barons. This collection of articles from local newspapers, compiled by a local journalist, contains many firsthand pioneer accounts. $75.00

 

3129. LECKENBY, Cha[rle]s H. (comp.). The Tread of Pioneers.... Steamboat Springs: The Pilot Press, [1945]. 206 [1] pp., portraits, photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original green cloth. Mild shelf wear, especially at corners, light staining to front cover, overall very good, signed by author.

Second edition. $35.00

 

3130. LEE, Bob & Dick Williams. Last Grass Frontier: The South Dakota Stock Grower Heritage. Sturgis, South Dakota: Black Hills Publishers, 1964. [6] 456 pp., portraits, photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original yellow pictorial cloth. Light shelf wear and slightly shaken, overall very good.

First edition. The authors set out the booms and busts of the cattle and cowboys of the Black Hills area in South Dakota, with sections on “Troops and Treaties,” “Vanishing Breeds,” “Cow Capitalists,” “Blizzards and Bureaus,” etc. $20.00

 

3131. LEE, Bourke. Death Valley. New York: Macmillan Company, 1930. x, 210 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. Large 8vo, original black cloth. Light shelf wear, a few pencil notations, otherwise fine in the scarce d.j. (soiled, torn, and price-clipped). Margaret Long’s copy, with a sheet of typescript laid in, along with a photographic post card and news clipping of Death Valley Scotty.

First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 153: “Death Valley’s Geology, Sun and Scenery, Early Inhabitants, Paiute Lore, Lost Emigrants, Mines and Mining, Plants and Animals.... Spirited account.” Paher, Nevada 1109: “This study was followed two years later with Death Valley Men.” Rocq 2315. Description of Furnace Creek Ranch and its grounds, which includes the Borax Museum (20-Mule Team). The ranch is said to be the location of the hottest temperature recorded on earth. See next entry for more on Death Valley Scotty. $45.00

 

3132. LEE, Bourke. Death Valley Men. New York: Macmillan, 1932. ix [3] 319 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original textured tan cloth. Moderate shelf wear, text edges browned, in worn d.j.

First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 154. Paher, Nevada 1109n: “Discusses desert wiles, thirst, roads, perils and personalities, especially ‘Death Valley Scotty.’” Rocq 2316. The most convoluted of the “Death Valley Men” discussed in this work is Death Valley Scotty. From George Hammond’s review of the book in Mississippi Valley Historical Review 20:1. (June 1933), pp. 122-23: “Death Valley Scotty [Walter Edward Perry Scott (1872-1954)], the man of poker face and profound sense of humor who has become the hero of many a desert legend, is the first of the men to claim attention with a ‘blue shirt, a red necktie, a five-gallon hat, and a crackling desert vernacular.’ Since he and his sure-footed faithful mule first crept through the burning sands and bitter salt in June, 1905, Scotty has gained fame for his mysterious gold mine, his luxurious Death Valley ranch castle, his record-breaking train journeys, his frequent bankruptcy.” At the age of eleven, Scott left his Kentucky home to join his brothers in a ranching venture in Nevada. He first visited Death Valley in 1884 as a member of a survey of the California-Nevada border. At the age sixteen, he hooked up with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show as a stunt rider and spent twelve years touring in the U.S. and Europe. After much questionable speculation in mining, he ended up on Staininger Ranch in Death Valley, which he fictitiously claimed was his ranch. Just another kind of “cowboy” trying to make his way in a challenging, changing world. $45.00

 

3133. LEE, Bourke. Death Valley Men. New York: Macmillan, 1932. Another copy, without the d.j. Covers mildly rubbed with a few small stains, pages 100-101 stained, otherwise very good. Newsclipping about and photographic postcard of Death Valley Scotty and transparency of a desert panorama laid in. $50.00

 

3134. LEE, Jack H. [& Kitty Lee]. Powder River Let ‘Er Buck. Boston: Christopher Publishing House, 1930. 65 pp., full-page illustrations by the author. 12mo, original red cloth gilt. Fine in lightly worn d.j. Signed by author on front free endpaper.

First edition. The author, “Powder River” Jack, and his wife, Kitty, entertained many a dude on ranches from the XIT to Canada with their songs and poems. In this collection of poems, each is illustrated with a drawing by the popular Montana cowboy on the facing page. “Powder River, Let ‘er Buck” was the motto of a Wyoming division (comprised largely of cowboys) during World War I. The author was a real cowboy who, in his youth, herded droves of longhorns along the Chisholm Trail. He and his wife Kitty knew one another as youngsters in the 1890s. Jack went on to perform in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and Kitty rode bareback in the rival 101 show. Jack became known as “Montana’s Cowboy Poet.” Guy Logsdon in “The Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing” and Other Songs Cowboys Sing states: “One of the colorful characters in cowboy songs and poems was Jack H. ‘Powder River’ Lee.... The Lees told stories and sang about cowboys, and left the impression that ‘Powder River’ Jack was a genuine, old-time cowboy. He also claimed to be the author of some traditional songs such as Gail Gardner’s ‘Tying Knots in the Devil’s Tail.’ No matter what he claimed—from being in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show to being the friend of five different presidents and on and on and on—Lee was an entertaining singer. His first book, Powder River Jack and Kitty Lee’s Cowboy Song Book, was privately printed in 1926. In 1936 he re-printed it and published three more volumes.” $65.00

 

3135. LEE, Jack H. Powder River Let ‘Er Buck. Boston: Christopher Publishing House, 1930. Another copy. Lightly worn, otherwise a fine copy. Author’s signed presentation copy, with original illustration, to Greeley W. Whitford, Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, 1929-1931. $65.00

 

3136. LEE, Jack H. Powder River Let ‘Er Buck. Boston: Christopher Publishing House, [1930]. Another copy. Mild shelf wear, otherwise fine. Author’s signed presentation copy, with original illustration, to Judge Samuel W. Johnson. $65.00

 

3137. LEE, Jack H. Powder River Let ‘Er Buck…(Second Edition). Boston: Christopher Publishing House, n.d. (copyright date on title verso: 1930). Endsheets stained, otherwise fine in worn and sunned d.j. with chipped spine. An excellent association copy, with author’s signed presentation inscription to cowboy poet and minstrel “Curley” Fletcher, and with an original drawing by Lee on front flyleaf. Carmen William “Curley” Fletcher (1892-1954) was an American composer of cowboy songs and cowboy poetry. A prolific creator of this genre, he is best remembered for the classic cowboy song “The Strawberry Roan,” written in 1915, and for his 1931 book Songs of the Sage. $45.00

 

3138. LEE, John D[oyle]. Journals of John D. Lee, 1846-47 and 1859. Privately Printed for Rolla Bishop Watt. Salt Lake City [& San Francisco]: Western Printing Company for Rolla Bishop Watt, 1938. 244 [7, index] pp., portraits, photographic plates. 4to, original green cloth. Fine in mildly worn d.j. Signed by editor Charles Kelly. Very scarce, privately printed.

First edition, limited edition (#203 of 250 copies), written by the only participant in the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 to be executed, following two trials twenty years after the event. Howes L208: “Records events connected with the 1847 migration, the Mountain Meadows massacre, etc.” Norris 2587. Scallawagiana 91. See Mattes 305. Not in Flake. This is the first work of its kind to be published without Mormon censorship. Lee’s close contact with Brigham Young led to entries in these journals which throw light on the responsibility for the Massacre, the use of the funds raised for the Mormon Battalion, polygamy, Young’s “revelation” and plans for the emigration of 1847, etc. Many of the troubles the Mormons experienced in the early years were due to the loss of their cattle, particularly rustling and killing by the Sioux and Omaha. In 1847 Lee participated in the brutal Mountain Meadows massacre on orders of Mormon Church leaders. The Baker-Fancher party was advised by Mormon missionary Jacob Hamblin to continue on the trail and rest their cattle at Mountain Meadows, which had good pasture. “Their emigrant party of 130 men, women, and children were murdered in the most coldblooded manner.... When the Indians met stubborn resistance and fled, the Mormon militia completed the bloody business, after disarming the emigrants under promises of protection” (p. 10). As a reward, Brigham Young gave Lee three new wives and sent him to the fine cattle country in the Bryce Canyon area with cattle stolen from the Fancher party. In 1877 Lee was executed at Mountain Meadows, the scene of his crime. $600.00

 

3139. LEECH, Harper & John Charles Carroll. Armour and His Times. New York & London: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1938. ix [3] 377 pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original red cloth gilt. Several small abrasions to binding, front hinge weak, edges and endpapers browned and lightly foxed, ink notations on front endpapers.

First edition. Biography of Philip Danforth Armour, American meatpacking industrialist and robber baron who founded Armour & Co. $20.00