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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 3190-3214

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.

3190. LIPPS, Oscar H. The Navajos: Little Histories of North American Indians. Cedar Rapids: The Torch Press, 1909. 136 pp., color frontispiece, photographic plates, portraits, map. Small 8vo, original green gilt-decorated cloth. Mild shelf wear, upper hinge loose, some foxing adjacent to plates, otherwise fine. Ink ownership signature.

First edition. Saunders 1090. Mostly about Navajo customs, homes, history, and conflicts with Anglo settlers; there is a bit of content on Navajo land use and livestock. $35.00

 

3191. LIPSEY, John J. Alias Diamond Jack. Colorado Springs: Privately printed for the author, 1956. 19 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original grey decorative wrappers, stapled as issued. Light shelf wear, small mark in red pencil, otherwise fine. Author’s signed presentation inscription to Maurice Leckenby (editor of Steamboat Pilot) on title page.

Limited edition (#126 of 200 signed copies). Wynar 7020. Gangster Jack Alteri (1886-1935) son of Spanish ranchers in Northern California, moved to Chicago as a young man and became the top gun for the notorious Chicago North Side Gang. Despite his change of profession, Jack was true to his roots: he wore a ten-gallon hat and two holstered Colt 45s. When things got too hot in Chicago, Jack fled to his ranch in Colorado to avoid attention from the authorities. He reinvented himself as a ranchman only to “die a gangster’s death” in Chicago in 1935 after being exiled from Colorado. The author spent time with Diamond Jack and his wife on their ranch and describes their life there. Alteri had several aliases, including Leland Varain, J. A. Varain, Louis Alterie, and, of course, Diamond Jack. In writing up a short review of the present book, the Denver Posse of the Westerners (September 1957, No. 39. p. 9) commented: “Westerners who have grown a little weary of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, and the Custer Massacre, would like some lore of the West with modern trimmings.” $20.00

 

3192. LIPSEY, John J. Alias Diamond Jack. Colorado Springs: Privately printed for the author, 1956. Another copy (#57 of 200 signed copies). Spine sunned, overall very good. $15.00

 

3193. LIPSEY, John J. Half-Brother-In-Law, Chase Mellen: His Colorado Adventures, 1871-1881. Colorado Springs: J. J. Lipsey, Western Books, 1958. 16 pp., 2 full-page photographic illustrations. 8vo, original yellow wrappers, stapled as issued. Very fine.

Limited edition (#42 of 300 signed copies). Wynar 939. “In 1873, Chase [Mellen] saw great herds of cattle driven through Colorado Springs on their way from the mountain pastures above Ute Pass to the buffalo grass on the plains just east of town. Cowboys and wise cowponies would herd the mixed cattle along the wide Pikes Peak Avenue, which citizens (warned by dust-clouds and cowboy-yells) vacated. Cowhands were usually peaceful, but once a top-hand got obstreperous under alcoholic influence and the town-marshal jailed him without gunfire” (p. 10). $20.00

 

3194. LIPSEY, John J. The Salt Works in Colorado’s South Park. Colorado Springs: J. J. Lipsey, Western Books, 1959. 22 pp., full-page photographic illustrations. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Spine lightly sunned, otherwise very fine.

Limited edition (#340 of 400 signed copies). Wynar 1300. Story of Charles L. Hall, a stock raiser who created the historic Salt Works Ranch in the 1860s where he ranched and opened production of salt licks. $30.00

 

3195. LIPSEY, Julia. Governor Hunt of Colorado Territory: His Life and His Family. Colorado Springs: J. J. Lipsey, Western Books, 1960. 24 pp., portraits, photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original yellow printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Mild shelf wear, otherwise fine. Presentation inscription to Dr. Philip W. Whitely from John and Julia Lipsey.

Limited edition (#311 of 400 signed copies). Wynar 7228. Great information on Hunt’s wife, Ellen Eizabeth Kellogg Hunt, her overland trip to Colorado Territory in 1859, and the rigors of pioneer life in the region, with brief mention of stock raising and cattle prices. $25.00

 

3196. LIPSEY, Julia. Governor Hunt of Colorado Territory.... Colorado Springs: J. J. Lipsey, Western Books, 1960. Another copy (#66 of 400 signed copies). Very fine. $25.00

 

3197. LITTLE, James A. What I Saw on the Old Santa Fe Trail…A Condensed Story of Frontier Life Half a Century Ago. Plainfield, Indiana: The Friends Press, 1904. [2] 127 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. Large 12mo, original black printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Wraps worn and creased, a few tears in text.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 292. Graff 2512. Howes L384. Rader 2240. Rittenhouse 368: “Little was an Indiana man who went to Kansas in 1854, went over the SFT with a wagon train of Russell, Majors & Waddell, and spent his later years in Kansas. A relatively scarce book.” Streeter Sale I-186: “Little was a devout Quaker, which accounts for the unusualness of his narrative.” Wynar 6458. “On the return, we had a drove of loose cattle to drive, as some of the wagons were left for army use. My time to drive the cattle came, the first day after starting. My horse had no saddle, but I folded my blanket and made a good substitute, and felt proud of my improved condition” (p. 54). The first ranch encountered in New Mexico was Waters’ Ranch on Dog Creek, where the owners employed “Mexican slaves or peons as they are called. If a Mexican got into debt, he was a slave until he paid the debt. The law allowed him three dollars a month until the debt was paid, but the rancher could charge him for everything furnished, so that it was no trouble to keep him in debt.” At Waters’ Ranch, a herd of wild horses was captured and herding them into the corral was an intricate operation performed by five vaqueros with lassos on five race horses. Another ranch story is humorous, and it involves a Mexican ranch and stealing beans (you had to be there). A three-day sojourn in Albuquerque included a lively fandango. (“There was a great mixture in the dancing—soldiers, Mexicans, and negroes. The negroes were more popular with the Mexican and Spanish ladies than the Mexicans.”) At pp. 24-32 is a excellent step-by-step description of the process of herding cattle across the plains. $350.00

 

3198. LITTLEFIELD, George W. Letterhead stationery on ruled paper: “Cattle Ranches of G. W. Littlefield, Gonzales, Texas.” Late nineteenth century. 1 leaf, 20.4 x 25.4 cm, illustrated with branded cattle. Contemporary ink notations on verso, otherwise fine.

Unusual ranch ephemeron from the days before Littlefield’s famous ownership of the Yellow House (southern) Division of the XIT Ranch. $50.00

 

3199. LIVESAY, Dowell. Denver and the Middle Trail: The Story of a City and a Road of Destiny. Denver: Welch-Haffner, [1927]. 63 pp., photographic text illustrations. Large 8vo, original yellow printed wrappers with color illustration of a landscape mounted on upper cover. Mild shelf wear, edges of wraps sunned, otherwise a fine copy.

First edition. Wilcox, p. 72. Wynar 862. Contains interesting material, primarily in the form of photographs, about herding sheep and buffalo(!) and Denver’s livestock trade. $30.00

 

3200. LOCKARD, Frank M. Black Kettle. Goodland, Kansas: R. G. Wolfe, [ca. 1924] 40 pp., illustrated (some photographic). 8vo, original olive green pictorial wrappers. First and last leaves slightly askew in wrappers due to binder’s error, otherwise a very fine copy of an uncommon pamphlet.

First edition. Graff 2517: “Black Kettle was the name given a famous wild horse on the Kansas plains in the 1870s. This little pamphlet describes the author’s adventures while trying to capture the noted steed.” Herd 1340: “Scarce.” The Kentucky thoroughbred, a fine yearling stud colt, escaped from Cheyenne Indians who had captured him from a Mormon wagon train passing over the Smoky Hill Trail in June of 1867. Black Kettle joined the wild horses and “developed into one of the finest specimens of the equine family. Nothing to compare with him had ever been seen this far west.” Black Kettle, with his band of twenty-nine mares, became the most pursued horse on the prairie, until the author, after a thirty-one-day chase, captured him. Lockard also wrote History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas published at Norton in 1894. $250.00

 

3201. LOCKLEY, Fred. To Oregon by Ox-Team in ‘47: The Story of the Coming of the Hunt Family to the Oregon Country and the Experiences of G. W. Hunt in the Gold Diggings of California in 1849 [wrapper title]. Portland, Oregon: Fred Lockley, n.d. (ca. 1925). 15 pp. 8vo, original blue printed self-wrappers bound into half leather over tan boards. Spine rubbed, front endpaper torn, otherwise very good.

First edition. Graff 2518. Hubach, p. 105. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 345. Mintz, The Trail 297. Rocq 14460. Smith 6000. The Hunt family were sheep importers in England before emigrating to Oregon. Included is Captain Levi Scott’s 1846 overland from Missouri with 700 head of cattle, the first drove of cattle to cross the Cascades by McKenzie’s Pass. $20.00

 

3202. LOCKLEY, Fred. To Oregon by Ox-team in ‘47.... Portland, Oregon: Fred Lockley, n.d. (ca. 1925). Another copy. 8vo, original blue printed self-wrappers, stapled as issued. Mild shelf wear, lower wrap faded. $10.00

 

3203. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. The Apache Indians. New York: Macmillan, 1938. xvi [2] 318 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, maps. 8vo, original red cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.

First edition. Dobie, p. 34. Harvard Guide to American History, p. 414. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 30 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”). Howes L415. Saunders 759. Wallace, Arizona History XIV:41. Apache expertise in cattle rustling commenced at an early date: “Near Zuñi, in the autumn of 1692, a herd of Spanish cattle was stampeded and driven off by the Apaches” (p. 11). Includes the history of Father Kino’s introduction of cattle to the missions built for the Pima in Arizona and northern Sonora in the late 1600s. The mission structures were constructed to form a corral around the livestock, but the Apache were ruthless in their measures to capture the mission cattle and horses. They burned entire compounds and murdered the Pima; ironically, among the Apache arsenal was an harquebus taken in a battle with the Spanish. These depredations continued into the 1700s, including Apache theft of the horses (“the best mounts to be had in northern Sonora”) used in Anza’s great overland expedition to the Pacific Coast in 1774. Apache cattle rustling and violence were abated momentarily by O’Conor and the Comanche, but the Apache as rustler became embedded in even the most intimate aspect of Apache culture (“the suitor who throve best in the eyes of the maid was the one richest in stolen horses and cattle,” p. 43). Fast forwarding to the U.S. acquisitions due to the Treaty of Guadalupe and Gadsden Purchase, by the end of the nineteenth century U.S. legislation, such as forced removal, and Army action ameliorated Apache cattle rustling. But the cattle the Spanish brought to their lands remained a potent element of their culture. In the early years of the twentieth century “the U.S. Government gave to every adult Indian who was willing to care for them, each with his own private brands, an allotment of cattle or sheep” (p. 339). $50.00

 

3204. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. Arizona Characters. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Press, 1928. xiv [2] 230 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates (mostly photographic), portraits. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Some outer wear and front hinge loose, otherwise very good.

First edition. Dobie, p. 73, 88: “Fresh sketches of representative men. The book deserves to be better known than it is.” Guns 1350: “Scarce.” Herd 1341. Howes L416. Wallace, Arizona History 29. Profiles include Padre Kino (forefather of the livestock industry in the Southwest); Pete Kitchen, a prominent, rancher who coined the phrase “Tucson, Tubac, Tumacacori, to hell” in regard to the challenges of herding cattle into Nogales, a narrow point in the valley subject to Apache raids; and Henry C. Hooker, a cattle king of Arizona in the 1880s. A great turkey-herding legend perhaps had its origins in Lockwood’s sketch on Hooker (an acquaintance of the author and a great raconteur): after losing almost everything in the Fraser River gold rush, Hooker invested in a flock of turkeys in Placerville; herding them over the Sierra Nevada, he sold them at great profit in Carson City. $35.00

 

3205. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. Life in Old Tucson, 1854-1864, As Remembered by the Little Maid Atanacia Santa Cruz. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press for the Tucson Civic Committee, 1943. xx, 255 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original blue cloth printed in red and black. Mild shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in chipped and price-clipped d.j.

First edition. Herd 1342. Wallace IX:12. This book, dealing with the first American occupation of Tucson, gives a great deal of information on the women of the town at that time. The author views the life of old Tucson primarily through the eyes of a Spanish woman who married an enterprising American who “had a spoon in every soup,” including ranching. $40.00

 

3206. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. More Arizona Characters. Tucson: University of Arizona, 1943. 79 pp., portraits, photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original yellow printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Lightly worn, but overall very good.

First printing. University of Arizona Bulletin 13:3 (July 1, 1942); General Bulletin 6. Wallace, Arizona History 47. Includes a profile of Al Sieber, who was foreman on C. C. Bean’s ranch; for a time, Tom Horn served as a scout under Sieber, eventually replacing him as chief of scouts in the Southwest. $25.00

 

3207. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. More Arizona Characters. Tucson: University of Arizona, 1943. Another copy, variant wrappers. 8vo, original beige printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine. $20.00

 

3208. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. Pioneer Days in Arizona from the Spanish Occupation to Statehood. New York: Macmillan, 1932. xiv [2] 387 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations by Elwell (mostly photographic, some full-page). Large 8vo, original orange cloth. Lightly rubbed, overall very good in worn and chipped d.j. (price-clipped). Author’s signed and dated inscription.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:246. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 114: “A good review of early history of the Colorado and the Gila.” Guns 1351: “Scarce.... Considerable material on Arizona outlaws.” Herd 1343. Howes L417. Wallace, Arizona History 33; IV:46. Replete with information on Native Americans, explorers, missionaries, pioneers, cattlemen, miners, outlaws, and Indian wars. $50.00

 

3209. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. Pioneer Days in Arizona.... New York: Macmillan, 1932. Another copy, variant binding. Large 8vo, original blue cloth. Edges rubbed, otherwise fine in chipped and worn d.j. Signed and dated presentation inscription from R. W. Aldrich, noted, long-serving Captain of Texas Rangers, to William MacLeod Raine, British-born American novelist who grew up on a ranch near the Texas-Arkansas border and wrote adventures about the Old West. Interesting conjunction of presenter and recipient. $60.00

 

3210. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. Pioneer Days in Arizona.... New York: Macmillan, 1932. Another copy. Light shelf wear, text browned, otherwise fine in lightly worn price-clipped d.j. $40.00

 

3211. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. Story of the Spanish Missions of the Middle Southwest. Santa Ana, California: Fine Arts Press, 1934. [10] vi, 78 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations (many full-page), map. 8vo, original half tan cloth over brown faux leather. Mild rubbing to spine, light marginal browning, otherwise very fine.

First edition. Wallace, Arizona History III:26. Good information on Father Kino and his influential role in establishment of stock raising and agriculture in the Southwest. $25.00

 

3212. LOCKWOOD, Frank C. With Padre Kino on the Trail. Tucson: University of Arizona, 1934. 142 pp., photographic text illustrations, maps (one foldout map of missions). 8vo, original beige printed wrappers. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine.

First printing. University of Arizona Bulletin 5:2 (February 15, 1934); Social Science Bulletin No. 5. Wallace, Arizona History III:27. $10.00

 

3213. LOGAN, Herschel C. Buckskin and Satin; The Life of Texas Jack (J.B. Omohundro) Buckskin Clad Scout, Indian Fighter, Plainsman, Cowboy, Hunter, Guide, and Actor, and His Wife, Mlle. Morlacchi, Premiere Danseuse in Satin Slippers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Company, [1954]. xiv, 218 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic text illustrations (mostly full-page), portraits, facsimiles, maps. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Light edge wear, otherwise fine in lightly creased and chipped d.j. Signed by the author.

First edition. Guns 1353: “Contains some material about Wild Bill Hickok, primarily about his show life.” Herd 1344: “Has a chapter on the Texas cattle days and the Chisholm Trail.” Biography of John Burwell Omohundro (1846-1880), cowboy, buffalo hunter, scout, and actor. He debuted in “The Scouts of the Prairie” in Chicago in 1872, is credited with introducing roping acts to the American stage. His legend grew through many dime novels and fictional accounts. See Handbook of Texas Online: John Burwell Omohundro Jr. His wife, Giuseppina Morlacchi, was an Italian American ballerina and dancer who introduced the can-can to the American stage. $25.00

 

3214. LOGUE, Roscoe. Tumbleweeds and Barb Wire Fences. Amarillo: Russell Stationery Company, 1936. 110 pp., photographic text illustrations (mostly full-page). 8vo, original brown pictorial wrappers. Fragile front wrap detached, Fragile wrappers worn and chipped, upper wrapper detached, interior fine.

First edition. Guns 1354: “Scarce.... Includes chapters on Sam Bass, Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, and Black Jack Ketchum.... Also makes some mention of Cattle Kate and the Benders.” Herd 1346. Biography; Logue arrived in Washburn, Texas, with his parents in 1887. $20.00