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October 26, 2007


255. [WESTERN AMERICANA].  Approximately 90 books.  See below for complete inventory. ($2,000-4,000)

ABERNETHY, Francis Edward. J. Frank Dobie. Austin: Steck-Vaughn, [1967]. ii [2] 52 pp. 12mo, original tan printed wrappers, stapled. Very fine.

     First edition. Southwest Writers Series 1. Cook 420. Biographical sketch and critical survey of one of the premier writers on the range country. “The best critical survey thus far published” (Tinkle).

ADAMS, Andy. The Outlet. Boston, New York, & Cambridge: Houghton, Mifflin and Company & Riverside Press, 1905. [1, ad] x [4] 371 [1] [4, ads] pp., tinted plates by E. Boyd Smith. 8vo, original tan gilt-pictorial cloth. Shelf worn, upper hinge cracked, endsheets and title lightly foxed, one leaf carelessly opened.

     First edition. Dobie, p. 95: “Good reading.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Smith 23). Hudson, Andy Adams, p. 142: “Like the Log, the Outlet involves trailing cattle to the Northwest, but the basic problem is whether the cattle will be accepted rather than whether they can be delivered on time despite all hazards.” Rader 35. Smith 34. This is the first book in the author’s cattle trilogy, set in the heyday of trail driving from Texas to the Northwest. Adams dedicated the book to John Blocker, San Antonio cowman and first president of the Old Time Trail Drivers’ Association. Blocker appears as a character in the book.

ADAMS, Andy. Why the Chisholm Trail Forks.... Austin: University of Texas Press, 1956. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Back cover slightly rubbed, otherwise fine.    

[ADAMS, ANDY]. FRANK, Seymour J. “Andy Adams: The Cowboys’ Boswell” in The Westerners Brand Book [Chicago Corral] 6:8 (October 1949). Pp. [57]-64. 4to, original white printed self-wrappers. Creased at center where formerly folded, else fine.

     First printing. This issue of the newsletter is almost entirely devoted to Seymour’s article.    

ADAMS, Ramon F. The Old-Time Cowhand. New York: Macmillan Company, 1961. x, 354 pp., illustrated by Eggenhofer. 8vo, original sienna cloth. upper cover lightly discolored, tape-stains on endpapers, generally very good in slightly faded d.j.

     First trade edition.

ADAMS, Ramon F. Six-Guns and Saddle Leather: A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets on Western Outlaws and Gunmen. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1954]. xiii [1] 426 [2] pp. 8vo, original green cloth. Somewhat worn.

     First edition. Campbell, p. 68. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 7 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”): “First comprehensive bibliography of western gunmen and outlaws. It would be the cornerstone on which to build a collection.” Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 46: “I think Six-Guns is the best [of Ramon Adams’s books] because it more nearly approaches literature through its subject. After all, detailing the lives and crimes of Southwestern outlaws is a literary contribution in itself; Six-Guns can be read for sheer enjoyment of itself.... After you read can feel rather secure in your understanding of the frontier gunman.” Paher, Nevada 6. Wallace, Arizona History 58. The first edition contains 1,132 annotated entries.    

ADAMS, Ramon F. (ed.). The Best of the American Cowboy. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1957]. Another copy. A few minor stains to binding and fore-edges, else fine, without the d.j.    

ALLDREDGE, Eugene Perry. Cowboys and Coyotes. [Nashville: Marshall & Bruce Co., 1945]. Another copy. Very fine in d.j.    

ALLEN, Jules Verne. Cowboy Lore. San Antonio: Naylor, 1933. xiii [3] 165 [1] [8, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait of author, illustrations by Ralph Pereida, brands, printed music. 8vo, original fuchsia gilt-pictorial cloth. spine sunned, a few faint spots and one small abrasion to upper cover, endsheets mildly foxed, else fine, signed by author.

     First edition, limited edition (#90 of 200 copies, signed by author). Dykes, Kid 186. Herd 31. Rader 108: “Songs of the range, with music; cowboy dictionary, provincialism of the Southwest.” Saunders 3792.    

ARNOLD, Oren. Wonders of the West: A Book for Young People, and All Others Who Would Know Western America. Dallas: Banks, Upshaw, and Company, [1936]. xiii [3] 229 pp., frontispiece, plates (some in color, some photographic), text illustrations. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Light foxing to fore-edges, otherwise fine in lightly chipped d.j.

     First edition.Herd 171. Smith 295. Has a chapter titled “The Cowboys–YIP-EEE!”    

BAKARICH, Sarah Grace. Gun-Smoke. N.p., 1947. 153 pp. 16mo, original red pictorial wrappers, stapled. Book block detached from lower wrapper (as usual), otherwise fine, signed by author.

     First edition.Guns 118: “This little book deals with the gunmen and outlaws of Tombstone, Arizona.” Wallace, Arizona History X:38. The violent side of cowboy and ranch life, with material on cattleman Phil Clanton, cowboys Billy Claibourne and Billy King, and a host of desperados and their victims.    

BAKER, Inez. Yesterday in Hall County, Texas. Memphis, Texas: Privately printed, 1940. [10] 219 pp., portraits. 8vo, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in silver. Fine in d.j. with small tear at upper edge.      First edition.CBC 2154. Herd 196: “Much on cattle, cowboys, and ranch life.” King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 13: “Interviews with men and women about the early days in Hall County, Texas.” Excellent Panhandle history.

BARD, Floyd C. Dude Wrangler, Hunter, Line Rider.... As Told to Agnes Wright Spring. Denver: Sage Books, n.d. (ca. 1962). 100 pp., photographic plates, facsimile. 8vo, original blue cloth. Light discoloration to binding, otherwise fine in d.j.

     First edition. A continuation of the author’s autobiography, Horse Wrangler (see item 255 herein), this volume includes Bard’s activities in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.    

BARNARD, Evan G. A Rider of the Cherokee Strip. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1936. xviii [2] 233 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, endpaper maps. 8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:19: “An interesting book about the author’s own experiences on the frontiers of Texas and Oklahoma as a cowboy.” Campbell, p. 84: “Though not so dramatic as some, it gives perhaps a truer picture than most—with much detail, lively humor, and a few memorable characters. Early cattle drives, the 101 Ranch in Oklahoma.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 5. Dobie, p. 96: “Savory with little incidents and cowboy humor.” Guns 141. Herd 207. Howes B147. Rader 270. Autobiography by Barnard, who describes his life as a cowpuncher from 1882 in Texas, Indian Territory, Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Strip. Edited by Edward Everett Dale.    

BARNES, Will C. Apaches and Longhorns: The Reminiscences of Will C. Barnes. Edited and with an Introduction by Frank C. Lockwood. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie, 1941. xxiii [1] 210 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 8vo, original ecru pictorial cloth. Spine and edges of binding discolored, endpaper discoloration, else very fine in price-clipped d.j.

     First edition. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 6. Dobie, p. 96. Graff 189: “A grand book of Arizona experiences.” Guns 142. Herd 208. Reese, Six Score 7n: “Interesting autobiography.” Saunders 3012. Barnes (1858-1936) was an Indian fighter turned cowman who took part in the struggles between cowmen and sheepmen in the 1880s. Later he served in the Arizona legislature and became Chief of Grazing in the Forest Service under Gifford Pinchot. See Thrapp (I, pp. 64-65). Barnes also co-authored (with William McLeod Raine) Cattle (1930).    

BEELER, Joe. Cowboys and Indians: Characters in Oil and Bronze. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1967]. xiii [3] pp., 80 leaves (descriptive text opposite illustration), xv-xvii pp., illustrations in black and white and in color. Large 8vo, original black cloth over terracotta cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Beeler 34); Western High Spots, p. 64 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #172). The descriptive text accompanying each plate was written by the artist.    

BENNETT, Russell H. The Compleat Rancher. New York & Toronto: Rinehart & Company, [1946]. ix [1] 246 pp., illustrated by Ross Santee. 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Endpapers stained, overall very good in slightly worn d.j.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Santee 26). Herd 243: “A treatise on how to run a ranch.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 13: “A discussion of a way of life as it is now; the fundamentals that may guide a person to choosing ranching as an occupation. Very readable.”    

BENTON, Frank. Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack.... Denver: Western Stories Syndicate, [1903]. Another copy. Binding with a few spots and narrow stain along two edges of upper cover.    

BISHOP, Nathaniel H. The Pampas and Andes: A Thousand Miles’ Walk across South America.... Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1869. [2] 310 pp. 8vo, original plum cloth. A poor copy, binding worn, frayed, and chipped, front hinge cracked, a few nicks and stains to text.

     First edition. Jones, South America Rediscovered, p. 242. Nichols, Gaucho 223: “The description of the gaucho is most uncomplimentary.” Palau 29977. Sabin 5613. Chapter “A Visit to the Pampa Country” has information on cattle, customs of gauchos, ostriches, riding a wild colt, etc.; two chapters on “Life on the Pampas” include gaucho etiquette and visit to a rancho; other sections have information on estancia house and cattle farm, and much interesting information on agriculture, weather, natural history, mining, and local customs. The author achieved his peripatetic feat at the age of 17 on a total budget of $50.    

BISHOP, Nathaniel H. The Pampas and Andes: A Thousand Miles’ Walk across South America. Boston & New York: Lee and Shepard, Publishers & Charles T. Dillingham, 1883. [2] 310 [2, ads] pp., 4 wood-engraved plates, including frontispiece (“Throwing the Lasso”). 8vo, original drab green pebbled cloth. Moderate shelf wear, especially to spinal extremities, shaken, small bookdealer’s inkstamp on blank flyleaf, generally good to very good. Dudley R. Dobie’s copy, with his ink ownership inscription and pencil notes in regard to the book (on blank endsheet and on 2 laid-in slips of paper).

     “Eleventh edition.” The illustrations did not appear in the first edition.    

BOATRIGHT, Mody C. “Fabulous Birds and Beasts: Some More Tall Tales for Tenderfeet As Told in the Cow Camps” in The Texas Monthly 4:4 (November 1929). Pp. 450-57. 8vo, original orange printed wrappers. Lightly worn, otherwise fine.

     First printing.    

BOSWORTH, Allan R. Sancho of the Long, Long Horns. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co., 1947. [12] 206 pp., text illustrations and endpapers by Robert Frankenberg. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Slight insect damage to binding, fore-edges foxed, otherwise very good in d.j. with illustration of Sancho the longhorn.

     First edition. Hell-for-leather cowboy fiction centered around the rivalry of two ranchers making a furious trail drive from Texas to Kansas, each racing to bring the first herd to market.    

BRAYER, Garnet M. & Herbert O. Brayer. American Cattle Trails, 1540-1900. Bayside, New York: Western Range Cattle Industry Study, 1952. 128 pp., maps, text illustrations (some by Borein and Stoops).  Fore-edges foxed, else very fine in lightly rubbed d.j.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Borein 40), (Stoops 12); Western High Spots, p. 28 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Book on the West”): “On trails, trail herds, and trail drivers.... [A] little gem.” Herd 314.

BRERETON, F[rederick] S[adleir]. Roughriders of the Pampas: A Tale of Ranch Life in South America. London & Glasgow: Blackie & Son, Limited, n.d. (ca. 1908?). 366 pp., frontispiece and plates by Stanley Wood. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Some edge wear, light foxing to first and last few pages, otherwise fine. Ink gift inscription on front free endpaper dated “24 Feby. 1934.”

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Wood 32). Not in Nichols, Gaucho. English author Brereton (1872-1957) is chiefly noted as a writer of English boys’ stories with a war setting in which the main character is incredibly brave, capable, sensible, honest, and enamored of the free life. Here the author’s prototypical hero sails for Montevideo, where he goes to work as a gaucho on a rancho up the Rio Parana. A rousing tale of adventure with lots of exclamation points.    

BRININSTOOL, E. A. Trail Dust of a Maverick: Verses of Cowboy Life, the Cattle Range, and Desert. Los Angeles: E. A. Brininstool, 1921. 244 pp., frontispiece. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth with tipped-on photo of a cowgirl. Ex-library: library stamps removed from pastedowns, inkstamp on p. 33, return sheet partially removed from rear flyleaf. Binding with some edge wear and soiling, fore-edges foxed, endsheets browned, foxing adjacent to frontispiece, and a few leaves carelessly opened. Signed by author.

     Second edition, with added introduction by George Wharton James.    

BRISBIN, James S. The Beef Bonanza.... Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1959]. xvii [1] 208 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 12mo, original dark green boards, spine gilt. Top edge foxed, endpapers slightly browned, otherwise fine in d.j.

     Scholarly reprint of first edition, with added foreword by Gilbert C. Fite. Volume 13 in the Western Frontier Library. For first edition, see: First edition. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 10. Dobie, p. 98. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12. Eberstadt 114:113. Herd 322. Howes B780. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 74. Rader 486. Reese, Six Score 15: “Considered the most important promotional work adding fuel to the cattle boom of the 1880s.” Smith 1092.    

BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. The Red-Blooded. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company, 1910. [8] 342 pp., frontispiece, plates (many by Maynard Dixon, one by Russell). 8vo, original purple pictorial cloth. Light outer wear, slightly shelf-slanted, text with a few stains and mild foxing (heavier adjacent to plates), overall very good.

     First edition (partly reprinted from various periodicals). Dobie, p. 98: “Free-wheeling non-fiction.” Guns 284: “An excellent piece of Western Americana.” Herd 329. Rader 497. Wallace, Arizona History X:1. Chapters include “Loving’s Bend” (discusses the origin of the great Texas trail drives) and “A Cow-Hunters’ Court” about Shanghai Rhett, a cattleman in Llano County, Texas, who, in a fashion typical in the 1870s, amassed his herd by rounding up unbranded cattle from the open range.    

BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. Reminiscences of a Ranchman. New York: McClure Company, 1908. [6] 314 pp. 8vo, original green cloth gilt. Eberstadt 130:145: “Classic on the cowboy.” Graff 410. Herd 330. Howes B802. Rader 498. Smith 1131. Bronson got his start as a cowboy in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the early 1870s.

BROWN, Dee & Marvin F. Schmitt. Trail Driving Days. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1952. Small folio, original terracotta cloth. Faint stains to fore-edges and back flyleaf.

     Adams, Burs I:54. Campbell, pp. 185-86: “Begins with the development of the longhorns from Spanish cattle and ends with the great blizzard of 1886.” Dobie, p. 98. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Remington 436); Kid 436; Western High Spots, p. 60 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #119): “Many excellent photographs.” Guns 293. Herd 340. Photo-documentary history of the long trail drives with information on many aspects and notable characters: trail towns, Dodge City, open range, Prairie Rose, Cornelia Adair, “Queen of the Jingle Bob,” Medora von Hoffman, etc.     

BURT, [Maxwell] Struthers. The Diary of a Dude-Wrangler. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1924. viii [2] 331 pp., frontispiece (photogravure of the Tetons). 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. a few small abrasions to binding, endpapers foxed, text lightly browned, else very good; price lower.

     First edition.Guns 343. Herd 380. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 1. The author’s uncle ranched in Arizona and California in the late 1800s, and on visits to the family in the East, he taught Burt vaquero songs and how to swing a lasso, imbuing him with a love for the West that drove him, even as a teenager, to vacation in the Rockies and beyond. He drifted about the West for a few years before settling in Wyoming, where he became involved in dude ranching.    

BYERS, Chester. Roping: Trick and Fancy Rope Spinning. With Contributions by Fred Stone, Will Rogers, and Elsie Janis. New York & London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons & Knickerbocker Press, 1928. xix [1] 105 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, many line drawings illustrating trick roping techniques. 12mo, original red pictorial cloth. Edges worn, mild to moderate foxing to fore-edges and text (especially adjacent to plates).

     First edition. Campbell, p. 134: “A practical manual.” Herd 389: “Scarce.” Includes a section with special advice for lady ropers written by Elsie Janis, “Lady Fancy Roper,” and a photo of Elsie “swinging the wedding ring.”    

[CACTUS]. GRIFFITHS, David &/or R. F. Hare. 6 works bound in one volume:

(1) Prickly Pear and Other Cacti As Food for Stock II. New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station, Agricultural College, New Mexico. Bulletin 60 (November 1906). Santa Fe: New Mexican Printing Company, 1906. 134 [1, errata] pp., 3 folding tables.

(2) Experiments on the Digestibility of Prickly Pear by Cattle. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry, Bulletin 106. Washington: GPO, 1908. 38 pp., plates (photographic).

(3) The Tuna As Food for Man in U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 116. Washington: GPO, 1907. 73 pp., frontispiece (chromolithograph of cactus), photographic plates, 2 folding tables.

(4) Summary of Recent Investigations of the Value of Cacti As Stock Food. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 102, Part I. Washington: GPO, 1907. 16 pp., photographic plate.

(5) GRIFFITHS, David. The Prickly Pear and Other Cacti As Food for Stock. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 74. Washington: GPO, 1905. 48 pp., photographic plates, text illustration.

(6) GRIFFITHS, David. The Prickly Pear As a Farm Crop. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 124. Washington: GPO, 1908. 37 pp., photographic plates.

8vo, full flexible sheep. Binding flayed and peeling, interior and plates with uniform light browning. Very good. Pencil ownership inscription of Joseph Daniel Mitchell (see note) of Victoria, Texas, on front pastedown.

     First editions. Mitchell (1848-1922) was a leading early scientist in Texas and a prominent rancher in Calhoun County, where he introduced such innovations as blooded stock, the first windmill west of the Colorado River, and barbed wire to enclose his range. Later moving to Victoria County, he became important as an expert on destructive insects, malaria, reptiles, and conchology. Handbook of Texas Online: John Daniel Mitchell. A portrait of Mitchell is in plate signature following p. 446 in Grimes’ 300 Years in Victoria County (see below).

     This volume is an interesting example of a working book from the library of a Texas rancher and scientist. As the articles make plain, scientific and practical interest was piqued by cactus as cattle food because the plant was extremely hardy and provided a consistent source of feed, even during extended droughts. An interesting problem repeatedly addressed in the publications is how to remove the spines.

CALLISON, John J. Bill Jones of Paradise Valley Oklahoma: His Life and Adventures for over Forty Years in the Great Southwest. He Was a Pioneer in the Days of the Buffalo, the Wild Indian, the Oklahoma Boomer, the Cowboy, and the Outlaw. Kingfisher, Oklahoma: Privately printed by Author [Chicago: Printed by M. A. Donohue & Company, 1914]. 328 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Light spotting to covers, water damage to upper corner, spine faded and flecked, foxed and darkened fore-edges. Slight foxing to interior.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:69; One-Fifty 25: “Very scarce.... This privately printed book was written in a humorous vein, and contains some material on the Dodge City gunmen and Billy the Kid.” Dykes, Kid 67: “Bill Jones went to work for Dave Pool, a Missouri native and an old Quantrell raider, at his ranch in Colorado.” Graff 553. Guns 365. Herd 398: “Scarce.” Howes C74a. Rader 573. This scarce biography of an Oklahoma boomer and cattleman deals extensively with ranching, trail drives, cowboys, and the often outlandish exigencies of range life in the late 1800s.    

CARPENTER, Will Tom. Lucky 7: A Cowman’s Autobiography. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1957]. xxii, 119 [1] pp., text illustrations by Lee Hart. 8vo, original light green cloth. Very fine in lightly worn d.j. Laid in is a University of Texas Press catalogue of Western Americana titles with illustrated wrappers by Lea.

     First edition.Herd 418. Carpenter settled in Texas in 1872, working as a cowhand and trail boss until 1900, when he established his own ranch west of the Pecos. Edited and with introduction and notes by Elton Miles.    

CARR, Robert V. Cowboy Lyrics. Chicago: W. B. Conkey Company, 1908. 182 pp. 12mo, original gilt-lettered green ribbed cloth, t.e.g. Front hinge cracked, very small abrasion at top of front free endpaper, otherwise fine and bright. Armorial bookplate on front free pastedown. Inkstamp on front free endpaper: “Compliments of International Live Stock Expo” followed by contemporary manuscript ink notation: “From M.C.S.”

     First edition, second or later printing? (“Second edition” and date 1908 printed on title). The type is less worn and stronger in this “second edition” than in the undated printing listed next. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 250: “His range verse antedates that of Badger Clark.” Mohr, The Range Country 642. From author’s introduction to the 1912 edition (see item 815 below): “In 1908 the author distributed a gift edition of ‘Cowboy Lyrics’ among his friends in the western cattle country. That edition was printed solely for private circulation.” Coursey (Beautiful Black Hills; see item 1182 herein) gives a short biography and photograph of Carr: “Carr, of Hill City, became known as the ‘Cowboy Poet,’ although, as a matter of fact, he never was a cowboy. However, as a lad he did linger around cowboy camps until he became thoroughly conversant with their ways and their phraseology” (p. 244).    

CARSON, Thomas. Ranching, Sport and Travel. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons & T. Fisher Unwin, n.d. [ca. 1911-12]. [8, blank leaf (signed “a”), half-title, title, and introduction] 9-316 pp., 16 plates (including frontispiece—mostly photographs, but 3 plates after C. M. Russell paintings). 8vo, original blue gilt-pictorial cloth (with illustration of a cowboy on a bucking horse), t.e.g. Slight foxing to lower fore-edge and endpapers, lower hinge cracked, 2.5-cm tear to front free endpaper and following blank, overall a very good copy, in a bright binding. Previous owner’s ink signature on front free endpaper.

     First American edition, printed from the sheets of the British edition of 1911, with new preliminaries and without the three-page appendix at the end (pp. 317-19 in the British edition). There is such confusion regarding the collation in the bibliographical sources on this book that we had to compare a copy of the British edition with the present American edition to sort out the disorder and what it signifies. The American edition does not contain Carson’s “Notes,” which the publishers omitted, perhaps perceiving them as less than palatable to American readers. Carson’s “Notes” in the British edition were in three parts: (1) favorable commentary on Mormon polygamy (“Someday perhaps polygamy will have to be permitted”) and negative observations on how Japanese, Chinese, Native Americans, and Blacks are “swarming all over the earth”; (2) the inevitable antagonism between Americans and English, urging that Brits recognize that Americans are foreigners—not transplanted Englishmen; (3) diatribe against the present soldiery in the British Army, comparing them to the American militia and American vigilante types.

     Athearn, Westward the Briton, p. 190: “[Carson] went west for his health and took up ranching, ‘having no profession, and hating trade in any form.’ He gained experience with cattle since ‘the choice was limited and confined to live stock or crop farming of one kind or another.’ He was in Arizona in 1883.” Graff 605 (citing the London edition): “A good tale of cattle ranching, Indians, cowboys, and mustang hunting in Arizona and New Mexico during the 1880s.” Herd 422n (giving priority to the London, Leipzig edition): “The main portion of the volume is devoted to cattle ranching in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.” Howes C184. Rader 607. Wallace, Arizona History VII:5. Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:21a. A lively account by an Englishman—sheep ranching in Las Vegas, New Mexico; gambling in Santa Fe, Socorro, and Albuquerque; meeting Billy the Kid at Fort Sumner; cattle drive to Colorado; Mormons in Arizona; cattle rustlers; cattle ranching in “rowdy” Amarillo and Carson County, Texas; etc.    

CHILDS, Herbert. Way of a Gaucho. New York: Prentice-Hall, [1948]. [10] 429 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, else fine in d.j. with minor foxing. J. Frank Dobie’s copy with his inserted 3 x 5 inch card to Dudley R. Dobie: “I ordered this. It’s fiction. I don’t want it.”

     First edition. Novel set in late nineteenth-century Argentina depicting a legendary gaucho’s battle for his way of life against the encroachment of settlers and their fences. “With the romance and action of Wister’s The Virginian and the authenticity and down-to-earth realism of Guthrie’s The Big Sky, it does for the gaucho what the latter book did for the mountain man or our own West” (from the d.j.).    

CLANCY, Foghorn. My Fifty Years in Rodeo: Living with Cowboys, Horses, and Danger. San Antonio: Naylor Company, [1952]. ix [1] 285 pp., plates (sepia-tone plates of famous horses by Olaf Wieghorst and photographic plates of noted cowboys and cowgirls), photos, illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Joints stained, else very fine in d.j. with light spinal abrasion.

     First edition. Foreword by Gene Autry. Herd 463. The author was a professional rodeo announcer for fifty years. The book begins with his earliest days when he scraped out a meager living (often moonlighting as a carnival barker) and carries on to his eventual success as announcer, press agent, and promoter. He was present for the rise of rodeo from a minor diversion to a major American entertainment and obsession.    

CLAY, John. My Life on the Range. Chicago: Privately printed, [1924]. [8] 365 [2] pp., photographic plates (some by Huffman). 8vo, original dark green gilt-lettered ribbed cloth, t.e.g. Spine dark, occasional foxing.    

     First edition (the book is made up from a series of articles originally published in the North British Agriculturist and the Kelso Chronicle). Athearn, Westward the Briton, p. 191. Bay, Fortune of Books: “A series of magnificent personal reminiscences, interspersed with accounts of great business ventures and economic struggles.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 22. Dobie, pp. 98-99: “Clay...managed some of the largest British-owned ranches of North America. His book is the best of all sources on British-owned ranches. It is just as good on cowboys and sheepherders.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12; Western High Spots, p. 18 (“Western Movement: Its Literature”); p. 85 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Graff 748: “One of the best books on ranching.” Guns 434: “Rare.... He relates many incidents of the Johnson County War.” Herd 475: “This well-written book about the author’s ranch experiences has become very scarce and is one of the most sought after cattle books.... He was one of the better-known ranch owners of the Northwest and a well-educated Scotsman. His picture of ranch life is interesting and authentic.” Howes C470. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 153: “First-person account of the range industry in the Montana-Wyoming-Dakota area of the period from the 1870’s to the early 1900’s.... John Clay was a power in the range industry which developed in the grasslands surrounding the Black Hills.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 2. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 69. Rader 841. Reese, Six Score 19: “Clay presents the banker’s view of the range cattle industry better than any other writer.” Vandale 34. Wynar 6401.

COBURN, Wallace D. Rhymes from a Round-Up Camp.... New Edition, Revised and Enlarged. New York & London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons & Knickerbocker Press, 1903. ix [3] 137 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations by Charles M. Russell (some full-page), brands on endpapers. 12mo, original red gilt-pictorial cloth, t.e.g. cover dark and with light insect damage.

     First English edition, revised and with additional illustrations that did not appear in prior editions and issues. Yost & Renner, Russell I:8d.    

COE, Wilbur. Ranch on the Ruidoso: The Story of a Pioneer Family in New Mexico, 1871-1968.... With an Introduction by Peter Hurd. New York: [Designed by Carl Hertzog for] Alfred A. Knopf, 1968. xviii, 279 [3] pp., color frontispiece after a painting by Peter Hurd, color plate of Coe by Peter Hurd, plates (photographic), maps by José Cisneros. 8vo, original red cloth over green cloth.  Fine, but lacking d.j.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 56), (Hurd 60). Guns 460. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 222: “Both the binding and dust jacket are rich, colorful, and appropriate. The title-page is exceptionally well done. A period atmosphere is achieved, in part, by the use of horse-and-buggy type, which Hertzog loaned the publisher. The maps were drawn by José Cisneros.” The story of the Coe clan of pioneer ranchers in New Mexico overlaps the early history of New Mexico Territory and the transition to statehood. 

COOK, James H. Fifty Years on the Old Frontier As Cowboy, Hunter, Guide, Scout, and Ranchman. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1923. xix [1] 291 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait, plates (mostly photographic plates, some foldout, one in color). 8vo, original navy blue cloth.  Slight shelf wear, light insect damage to lower edge of lower cover and spine, spot on foot of spine.

     First edition, second printing. Adams, Burs I:88. Campbell, p. 84. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 19. Dobie, p. 100. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #4: “Nothing better on cow work in the brush country and trail driving in the 70s has appeared.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12; Kid 87: “Cook managed a ranch for English capitalists in southwestern New Mexico from 1882 to 1887, and writes that he took a hand in restraining a number of cowboys who seemed to desire to become noted desperadoes. After their capture, a number of them told him that they did not know ‘where they got the idea that the life of an outlaw was a desirable career.’ Cook believed that many of them sought to imitate Billy the Kid, and that the reading of trashy novels was a contributing cause.” Graff 863. Guns 484: “An outstanding western book with much on outlawry and a good firsthand account of the battle between the cowboys and Elfego Baca, a fight in which the author participated.” Herd 569. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 3. Rader 907. Reese, Six Score 23: “Cook’s career spanned the whole West; much of it was concerned with cattle.” Saunders 2833. Smith 2008. Cook was a direct descendant of the noted explorer Captain Cook.    

COOK, James H. Longhorn Cowboy.... Edited and with an Introduction by Howard R. Driggs. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, [1942]. xi [3] 241 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations by Herbert Stoops. 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Binding lightly soiled, slight browning to endpapers, otherwise fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped).

     First edition. Dobie, p. 100. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Stoops 17). Guns 485. Herd 570: “This book is founded upon the original edition [see item 1124 herein]...and arranged for younger readers.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 18. Saunders 2834.    

COOK, James H. Longhorn Cowboy.... Edited and with an Introduction by Howard R. Driggs. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, [1942]. xi [3] 241 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations by Herbert Stoops. 8vo, original cloth.  Covers soiled, corners bumped, endpapers lightly browned, internally very good. Dust jacket not present.

     First edition. Dobie, p. 100. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Stoops 17). Guns 485. Herd 570: “This book is founded upon the original edition [see item 1124 herein]...and arranged for younger readers.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 18. Saunders 2834.

COOK, Jim Lane. Lane of the Llano: Being the Story of Jim (Lane) Cook As Told to T. M. Pearce. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1936. xiv, 269 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations, endpaper maps with border composed of brands. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Fore-edges foxed, otherwise very fine in very good d.j. with a few minor chips.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:89. Dykes, Kid 239: “Cook’s father was John Chisum’s partner on the Concho in 1867 and as a boy of nine, Jim Cook accompanied a herd from there to the Pecos in New Mexico.” Guns 486. Herd 572. Saunders 2835. Firsthand account of life on the Llano Estacado of Texas and eastern New Mexico.    

COOLIDGE, Dane. Arizona Cowboys. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1938. 160 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates by the author. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Faint browning to endsheets, small label partially removed from lower pastedown, otherwise fine in fine d.j.

     First edition. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 20. Dobie, p. 100. Guns 488: “Contains a chapter on the Pleasant Valley War between the Grahams and the Tewkesburys.” Herd 573. Wallace, Arizona History VII:21. Firsthand account of cowboy life on the Arizona range in the early 1900s. Dane Coolidge (1873-1940), Harvard-trained naturalist and writer of western fiction and non-fiction, worked in the West as a field collector of animals and as wild-life photographer before turning to writing fiction and non-fiction. “He worked his way through mining towns, on Indian reservations, and ranches, collecting stories and everywhere making friends among the Indians” (Tuska & Piekarski, Encyclopedia of Frontier & Western Fiction, pp. 54-55).    

COOLIDGE, Dane. Long Rope. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, [1935]. 254 pp. 12mo, original orange cloth. Lightly worn, spine sunned, a few stains to binding, fore-edges foxed, endpapers browned. Author’s signed presentation inscription tipped onto front free endpaper: “To G. W. Harris. My Good Angel on the Times. With many thanks for his boost on Long Rope. Dane Coolidge, April 28, 1935.”

     First edition. Western novel about rodeo cowboys.    

1151.      COOLIDGE, Dane. Texas Cowboys. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1937. 162 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates by author. 8vo, original orange cloth. Very light foxing to endpapers and adjacent to plates, else fine in d.j. newspaper clipping (review) laid in.

     First edition. Campbell, p. 85: “Coolidge wrote his novels for money and his fact books for love. Incidentally, his (genuine) Texas cowboys were at work in New Mexico.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 21. Dobie, p. 100: “Thin, but genuine.” Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 59 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating”). Herd 576. A firsthand account of the work of the Cherry Cow outfit on the San Carlos Indian Reservation in Arizona—“every man a straight Texan.”    

COOLIDGE, Dane. The Texican. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company, 1911. 368 [1] pp., frontispiece and color plates by Maynard Dixon. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Binding worn and with mild to moderate staining, preliminary leaves and fore-edges mildly foxed, occasional light stains to text. Good to very good.

     First edition. Dobie, p. 178n: “Some ‘Westerns’ have a kind of validity. If a serious reader went through the hundreds of titles produced by William McLeod Raine, Dane Coolidge, Eugene Cunningham, B. M. Bower, the late Ernest Haycox, and other manufacturers of range novels who have known their West at firsthand, he would find, spottedly, a surprising amount of truth about the land and men, a fluency in genuine cowboy lingo, and a respect for the code of conduct.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Dixon 47). Historical novel about the Pleasant Valley range war between the Grahams and the Tewksburys.    

CORNETT, Frank M. Recollections of a Pioneer Cowboy (A True Story). Simi: Simi for Service, 1962. [4] 31 [13] pp., text illustrations (photographic). 8vo, original stiff brown pictorial wrappers, spiral bound. Lower edge of first few leaves foxed, otherwise fine, with pencil notations by J. Frank Dobie, and his initialed comment: “Not much, but not pretending to be otherwise.”

     First edition. Rocq S2419. Interesting reminiscences of old-time cattle trading, with many good photos of the cattle trade in California at the turn of the century.    

COWAN, Bud [Robert Ellsworth Cowan]. Range Rider. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, & Company, 1930. x [2] 289 pp., 7 sepia-tone plates by Ross Santee (including frontispiece; one plate illustrates brands). 8vo, original orange cloth. Lower corners bumped, fore-edge foxing, endpapers partially browned, else fine in slightly browned d.j.

     First edition. Introduction by B. M. Bower. Campbell, p. 85: “Recollections of a musical cowboy, of his experiences in Montana, Texas, etc. Readable.” Dobie, p. 97. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Santee 36). Guns 503: “A chapter on the Hole-in-the-Wall and its bunch of outlaws.” Herd 588. Wynar 6404. Chapters on “The Trek North,” “Trail Work,” “Rustling Trouble,” and “Round-up Technique.”    

CRUMP, Irving. The Boys’ Book of Cowboys. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Company, 1934. xvii [1] 232 pp., frontispiece, plates (mostly photographs by W. S. Basinger of the Union Pacific Railroad and E. E. Nelson of the Northern Pacific Railroad). 12mo, original grey pictorial cloth. Binding with mild to moderate staining, fore-edges foxed, remnants of erased pencil inscription on front free endpaper.

     First edition. Excellent juvenile with superb documentary photographs, covering all aspects of cowboy life, from riding the range to rodeos. The author was assisted in his research by Guy Clark, owner of the Diamond D Ranch in Montana and Ralph Johnson (“a bronc twister”), and many “range riders of the west.”    

CUNNINGHAME GRAHAM, R[obert] B[ontine]. Cartagena and the Banks of the Sinú. London: William Heinemann, [1921]. xiv, 247 pp., frontispiece portrait. Large 8vo, original red cloth.  Corners bumped, covers lightly stained .

     First edition, limited edition (#19 of an unspecified number of copies). See Dobie, p. 123. Extensive discussion of the cattle industry in Colombia and Venezuela, and comparison to the cattle trade in other Latin American countries.    

CUNNINGHAME GRAHAM, R[obert] B[ontine] & G[abriela Cunninghame Graham]. Father Archangel of Scotland and Other Essays. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1896. xi [1] 227 [1] pp. 12mo, original red cloth. Binding lightly worn, corners slightly bumped, fore-edges foxed, endpapers browned, small tears to a few leaves (perhaps when opened), text lightly browned, overall a very good copy.

     First book edition (first published as articles in periodicals). This work, co-authored by Cunninghame Graham’s wife, focuses on the gaucho as plains nomad, rather than as herder of cattle. Includes a chapter “The Horses of the Pampas,” and other information on gauchos and horses in “A Vanishing Race.”    

CUTBIRTH, Ruby Nichols. Ed Nichols Rode a Horse. [Dallas]: Texas Folklore Society & University Press, 1943. x, 134 pp., frontispiece by Jerry Bywaters. 12mo, original green cloth. Fore-edges foxed, else fine.

     First edition. Range Life Series. Dobie, p. 111. Herd 627. McVicker B41. Chapters include “Cow Boy,” “Ranching in Palo Pinto,” “Coming of the Iron Horse,” “Driving Horses to Kansas,” and “Me and Buffalo Bill.”

CUTBIRTH, Ruby Nichols. Ed Nichols Rode a Horse. [Dallas]: Texas Folklore Society & University Press, 1943. x, 134 pp., frontispiece by Jerry Bywaters. 12mo, original green cloth. Fore-edges foxed, else fine.

     First edition. Range Life Series. Dobie, p. 111. Herd 627. McVicker B41. Chapters include “Cow Boy,” “Ranching in Palo Pinto,” “Coming of the Iron Horse,” “Driving Horses to Kansas,” and “Me and Buffalo Bill.”

DALTON, John Edward. Forged in Strong Fires: The Early Life and Experiences as Told by John Edward Dalton, Looking Back over the Years, and Taken Down and Edited by M. P. Wentworth. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1948. 373 pp., color frontispiece, illustrations and pictorial endpapers by Cecil Smith. 8vo, original textured terracotta cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise very fine in the brown d.j.

     First edition, limited edition (#556 of 1000, signed by Wentworth). Herd 2471. Here is the fantastic life story of John E. Dalton, who grew up in the Red River area of North Texas in the late 1800s. “He was the prototype of the gay and fearless American cowboy” (from d.j. blurb). Dalton states that his grandfather was from Kilkenny, two of his great-uncles were killed at the Alamo, and in the late 1860s his father dealt in hides and cattle in Texas and sent trail herds to Kansas. Dalton did it all: pioneer Texas ranch kid; rodeo trick rider and roper; hunting wild elephants in India; incarceration in Czarist Russia; hobnobbing with royalty; prize-fighting and rodeoing in Ireland, New Zealand, and elsewhere; joining a circus in France; gambling in Algiers; riding horseback across the Sahara Desert; visiting a ranch (“bullock station”) and participating in a rodeo and kangaroo and dingo hunts in Adelaide, Australia, where he was called a “cow laddie” rather than a cowboy, and more.


DAVIS, Duke. Flashlights from Mountain and Plain. Bound Brook, New Jersey: Pentecostal Union (Pillar of Fire), 1911. 266 [5, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait, plates (photographic, plus 4 color and 7 black-and-white plates by Charles M. Russell), text illustrations. 12mo, original light blue gilt-pictorial cloth. Binding lightly stained and worn, endpapers and fore-edges lightly foxed, upper hinge cracked, interior fine. Contemporary ink ownership signature on front free endpaper

     First edition.Herd 653: “Scarce.” Howes D108. Rader 1067. Smith 2301. Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:20. In 1896 the author left his Kentucky home to become a teenage cowboy on a ranch in Grasshopper Valley, Beaverhead County, Montana, and thereafter juggled cowboying with preaching. Although Davis includes much good firsthand information and valuable documentary photographs on cowboys and ranches in Montana, at times the cowboy-preacher becomes tedious with declarations such as: “Most cowboys become hardened in sin and often drift beyond the reach of the Gospel,” and “Though once having been addicted to these habits [swearing, stealing strays, drinking liquor, etc.] I had long since gained mastery over them and Satan seldom tempted me with these things.”

     We found an internet listing of this book on with notes by the Holiness Archives of Hazleton, Pennsylvania that says it all: “This book is important for its western heritage and descriptions of outdoor cowboy life. It is also important to holiness studies for that same reason! Very little was written from holiness sources about the cowboys and western life, but here’s one.”

DAY, B. F. Gene Rhodes, Cowboy (Eugene Manlove Rhodes). New York: Julian Messner, [1955]. 192 pp., text illustrations by Lorence Bjorklund. 8vo, original tan pebble cloth. Text browned throughout due to the cheap acidic paper on which it is printed, otherwise fine in slightly worn d.j. with Bjorklund illustration.

     Weekly Reader edition (first edition 1954). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bjorklund 29n). Guns 571n: “Contains some material about the Apache Kid, Billy the Kid, Bill Doolin, and the Dalton gang.” Herd 662n. Biography of Gene Rhodes’ ranching days, written for adolescents.

DOBIE, J. Frank. Babícora. N.p., [1954]. 8 pp., map. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers. Very fine, signed by author.

     First separate printing, offprint from American Hereford Journal (January 1, 1954). Cook 52. Dykes, My Dobie Collection, p. 9: “Among the scarce and rare Dobie booklets” (#17 on his rarities list). McVicker D51. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 18. JFD’s account of his 1953 visit to William Randolph Hearst’s vast Babícora Ranch in Chihuahua, “where thousands of commercial Herefords were raised each year over a long period. The breaking up of this property last year marked the end of an era.”

DOBIE, J. Frank. Cow People. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., [1964]. x [2] 305 pp., text illustrations (a few by Mead, but mostly photographic and full-page). 8vo, original brown cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, else very fine in d.j.

     First edition. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #55. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Crawford 24), (Lea 144), (Mead 29). Guns 601. Reese, Six Score 31: “Pure cow country, with sketches of Ike Pryor, Ab Blocker, Shanghai Pierce, and many other lesser known cattlemen.” McVicker 18a(1). Powell, Southwest Classics, p. 351. “Cow People [is] a delightful compendium of tales of eccentric southwestern ranchers and stockmen, springs from the author’s firsthand knowledge of such people as well as from extensive reading about them. Some may downgrade Dobie’s efforts and others dismiss him altogether, but his books will be read and his influence will endure as long as there are people who love the lore and legendry of Texas and the Southwest” (WLA, Literary History of the American West, p. 504).

DOBIE, J. Frank. John C. Duval, First Texas Man of Letters: His Life and Some of His Unpublished Writings. Dallas: Southwest Review, 1939. 105 [1] pp., tinted frontispiece and text illustrations by Tom Lea. 8vo, original brown cloth over beige cloth. Fine in slightly browned d.j. Signed by author.

     First edition. Campbell, p. 45: “Not merely a critical and biographical study, but includes a series of Duval’s unpublished writings.” Cook 28. Dobie, p. 55. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 131); Western High Spots, p. 116 (“Ranger Reading”). McVicker A8a(1). One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 14: “Dykes says: ‘Tom Lea illustrated the book with some of his best drawings and naturally the Lea collectors compete when an occasional copy appears for sale.’.... Scarce.”

     The chapter entitled “An Old Time Texas Ranch” deals with the theme of hold-up hospitality on early Texas ranches and gives some pointers on detecting greenhorns (strapping one’s gun to the saddle, carrying an umbrella while on horseback, etc.). Duval (1816-1897), came to Texas in 1835, and, unlike his brother Burr H. Duval, escaped the Goliad Massacre. John was surveying land in Texas in 1840, served as a Texas Ranger with Bigfoot Wallace in Jack Hays’ company beginning in 1845, rose to rank of captain in the Confederate Army, and wrote two early classics on Texas. “His writings justify his being called the first Texas man of letters.... Of all personal adventures of old-time Texans, [Early Times in Texas] is perhaps the best written and the most interesting.... Duval’s most artistic and most important book is The Adventures of Bigfoot Wallace” (Handbook of Texas Online: John Crittenden Duval). One of the good features of this book is Dobie’s detailed bibliography on the various confusing editions and issues of Duval’s published works.

DOBIE, J. Frank. The Longhorns. Boston: Little, Brown, [April 1945]. xxiii [1] 388 pp., title with color illustration (extending across two pages) and text illustrations by Tom Lea (some full-page), photographic illustrations. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fore-edges foxed, else fine in d.j.      First edition, sixth printing, war issue (first printing of this issue). Printed on thinner paper stock, with d.j. setting out the changes necessary for the war issue and JFD’s appeal to buy war bonds.

DOBIE, J. Frank. On the Open Range. Dallas: Southwest Press, [1932?]. xii, 312 pp., 4 color plates (including frontispiece), text illustrations (some full-page), and pictorial free endpaper by Ben Carlton Mead, brands illustrated in text. 12mo, original dark blue pictorial cloth stamped in orange. Small bruise to upper edge of front cover, front endpapers browned (from newspaper clipping), pages adjacent to plates lightly foxed (including title), overall very good, with newspaper clipping of brands affixed to front pastedown.

     First edition, textbook issue, printed on lighter-weight paper, Mead illustrations retained on free endpapers, but pastedowns substituted with: “This book is the property of the State of Texas” with lines for students’ names, etc. The first edition (1930) was limited to 750 copies, but the textbook edition was printed in 15,000+ copies. The textbook issue went through at least four printings under Southwest Press. Reprints were not distinguished as such. According to Lon Tinkle’s biography of JFD, the book was recommended by the State for adoption as a textbook in October 1932.

     Campbell, p. 207. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Mead 23n); My Dobie Collection, p. 8 (citing first edition): “It is seldom that a copy of the first [edition] reaches the market” (#10 on his list of rarities); Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 698n. McVicker A3a(2). Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 17 (citing first edition). Yost & Renner, Russell, p. 268 (“References”).

     On the Open Range was the first of Dobie’s commercially published anthologies, dedicated to the boys and girls of the Southwest. Dobie was upset because the trade issue mistakenly had the same text as this “school book” issue. He had wanted to delete certain parts in the trade issue that duplicated material from his earlier books, rightly thinking that many who would buy the trade issue would have his earlier books, while most schoolchildren would not. Because of money difficulties the corrections were never made by the publisher and Dobie was not happy with this regular issue (see Tinkle’s biography of Dobie, p. 127).

DOBIE, J. Frank. Up the Trail from Texas. New York: Random House, [1955]. [8] 182 [2, ads] pp., tinted text illustrations (some full-page) by John C. Wonsetler, illustrated endpapers. 12mo, original rose decorated cloth stamped black and blue. Ffine d.j.

     First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 78 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Primarily for younger readers...dandy book about real trail drivers.” McVicker A16a(1). This book remains a fun, informative book for readers of all ages.

DOBIE, J. Frank & Jeff Dykes. Forty-Four Range Country Books Topped Out by J. Frank Dobie in 1941, and Forty-Four More Range Country Books Topped Out by Jeff Dykes in 1971. Austin: Encino Press, 1972. vii [1] 32 pp., illustrated title page of a cowhand reading a book (by Will Crawford). 8vo, original brown cloth, upper cover with pictorial paper label (repeating Crawford’s illustration on title).Fine in original glassine wrappers, signed by Dykes.

     First edition, limited edition (1,000 copies). Basic Texas Books B72. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Crawford 27). Whaley, Wittliff 88. Superb notes by two experts on range literature. JFD comments on his selections: “In picking the following titles, I have considered vitality, readability, fidelity to range life, and historical information.... I realize how easy it would be to add forty-four more titles and still not get down to skimmed milk.” To Dobie’s original 1941 choices, Dykes adds 44 more well-annotated selections, all published between 1941 and 1971.

[DOBIE, J. FRANK]. MOLYNEAUX, Peter. “A Vaquero of the Brush Country: New Book Reveals That J. Frank Dobie Is an Authentic Literary Artist,” in Texas Monthly 5:1 (January 1930). Pp. 7-23, photographic portrait of Dobie. 8vo, original orange printed wrappers. Wrappers lightly stained and chipped. Two ink stamps of Oscar Dancy.

     Cook 278. This issue contains a fine portrait of JFD and Peter Molyneaux’s review of Vaquero of the Brush Country, concluding: “About the most genuine book about cowboys and cow country ever written.” Also present is T. J. Cauley, “Longhorns and Chicago Packers: Relation of Texas Cattle to the Rise of the Packing Industry in the Windy City.”

DONOHO, M[ilford] H[ill]. Circle-Dot: A True Story of Cowboy Life Forty Years Ago. Topeka: Crane, 1907. 256 pp., photographic frontispiece by Kansas photographer R. B. Hansford. 8vo, original red cloth stamped in gilt and black (title and a dot within a circle). Showing some wear.     First edition. Adams, Burs I:111. Graff 1129. Guns 614: “Material on some of the outlaws of the Indian Territory, and the gunmen of Dodge City.” Herd 716: “Scarce.” Howes D427. Rader 1174.

     History interwoven with rustic dialogue, written by a cowboy about a ranch located in west-central Texas, with descriptions of raising cattle, roundups, trail drives to Abilene in the 1870s, Comanche raids, Texas fever, and the hardships and joys of cowboy life. The heroine, Edna, takes over the family Circle-Dot Ranch after her father is killed in the Civil War and becomes known as “Circle-Dot, the Cattle Queen.” There was an actual ranch in Texas named Circle-Dot (Frank Collinson worked at the Circle-Dot at one time).

     From the preface: “The Author was a cowboy...and is thoroughly conversant with every phase of cowboy life. After the lapse of many years, some of the most pleasant recollections engraved on the tablets of his memory are of the open plains, the wild cattle, and the irresistible cowboy.... To portray this wild, active and strenuous life, and to give an accurate pen-picture of this past and forgotten industry, is the mission of Circle-Dot.

DUKE, Cordia Sloan & Joe B. Frantz. 6,000 Miles of Fence: Life on the XIT Ranch of Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1961]. xxii [4] 231 pp., frontispiece portrait of R. L. “Bob” Duke, photographic plates, maps. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. Signed by authors, with University of Texas Press catalogue of Western Americana title list (with illustrated wrappers by Tom Lea) laid in. Second printing.

ELLIOT, W. J. The Spurs. [Spur, Texas]: The Texas Spur, 1939. [12] 274 pp., frontispiece (photographic portrait of author) and photographic plates printed on clay-coated paper (lime green on rectos, kelly green on versos), text illustrations. 12mo, original green cloth. lightly browned, tape stains to endpapers, else fine.

     First edition. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 32. CBC 1406. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Western High Spots, p. 102 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 757: “Scarce.... A history of this famous ranch by one connected with it. Privately printed and now quite difficult to come by.” Howes E100. Reese, Six Score 37: “While this book is rather crudely printed and written, it gives more of the flavor of the Spur Ranch than any other book. The author worked for the Spur outfit, and there are many tales of personal experiences of himself or his comrades.”

     The author spends more time discussing the fantastic dinosaurs that roamed the vast prehistoric landscape that became the Spur Ranch than the Wanderers-Who-Make-Bad-Camps band of Comanche who dominated the region before being chased out by Ranald Mackenzie and losing their life sustenance to Anglo buffalo hunters with their omnipotent 40-70 Sharps Winchesters. The author glosses history: “It was only a very few years after the slaughter of the buffalo began until they were practically exterminated. Then the cowmen with the longhorn cattle took the place of the Indian and the buffalo. So short a time has passed, with such tremendous changes, and consequences in the evolution of an empire” (p. 5).

     In 1883 Alfred M. Britton and S. W. Lomax established Spur (or Espuela) Ranch east of the Southern High Plains, quickly augmenting their holdings with 242,000 acres in Dickens, Kent, Garza, and Crosby counties purchased at $515,540 from the New York & Texas Land Company. The deal was sweetened by the fact that Britton and Lomax leased at a giveaway rate the blocks of state-owned land (327,000 additional acres) adjacent to their holdings (Texas had retained title to alternate sections in the surveyed block for railroads). The savvy entrepreneurs purchased most of their cattle from small ranchers who, no longer having access to the open range, were forced to sell to the Espuela.

     Aware of keen British speculation in American cattle and range privileges, Britton scurried to London in 1884 and by 1885 sold the Spur Ranch to British capitalists (the Espuela Land and Cattle Company), who had twenty-two long, unprofitable years to regret their decision. In 1906 the Brits unloaded the ranch for $5 an acre (including livestock, improvements, and equipment) to E. P. and S. A. Swenson of New York (Spur Syndicate). The new goal was not to raise cattle, but to found towns. As for this venture, some idea of the success of the towns founded by the Spur Syndicate may be inferred from statistics on the town of Spur: “Spur had a population of 1,747 in 1970, 1,690 in 1980, and 1,300 in 1990. It is the largest town in the county” (Online Handbook of Texas: Spur, Texas). The present book ably documents the bright side of life on the Spur Ranch in its hey-day.

ELLISON, Glenn R. “Slim.” Cowboys under the Mogollon Rim. [Tucson]: University of Arizona Press, [1968]. [10] 274 pp., illustrated title and text illustrations by author, brands. 8vo, original gilt-lettered orange cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. with one small tear.

     First edition. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 532: “Reminiscences in cowboy vernacular.” The story of an Arizona cowboy, trail driver, and homestead rancher, born in 1891. Chapters include “Cowboys at Work,” “Cowboys at Play,” and “Homesteading.” The latter two chapters are good on women and social history in the cattle country.

EMRICH, Duncan. The Cowboy’s Own Brand Book. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, [1954]. xiii [1] 75 [7] pp., text illustrations and brands by Ava Morgan. Oblong 12mo, original green cloth. Slight foxing to endpapers, else very fine in fine d.j.

     First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 6 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”): “Informative and delightful reading for all boys from seven to seventy”; p. 85 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Herd 765. The author instructs the three fundamental rules for reading brands (read from left to right, top to bottom, and from the outside to the inside) and shows how to recognize the variety of letters, figures, numbers, and pictures in brands.

ERWIN, Allen A. The Southwest of John H. Slaughter 1841-1922: Pioneer Cattleman and Trail-Driver of Texas, the Pecos, and Arizona and Sheriff of Tombstone. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1965. 368 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, maps, facsimiles. 8vo, original red cloth. Fine in d.j.

     First edition. Western Frontiersman Series 10. Clark & Brunet 78. Guns 682: “Contains a foreword on the book by William McLeod Raine (perhaps the last writing he completed before his death), and a foreword on the author by Ramon F. Adams. It is the first, and a long-needed, book on the famous John Slaughter and shows much research.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 543.

     Slaughter (1841-1922), sheriff, rancher, and Texas Ranger, descended from the Slaughter dynasty of pioneer ranchers of Texas and the Southwest. As a boy, he ranched with his father and brothers. He learned Spanish and the art of cowboying from Mexican vaqueros, and many lessons from Native Americans who still roamed the frontier of Texas. After the Civil War, he and his brothers formed the San Antonio Ranch Company in Atascosa County. Slaughter was one of the first to drive cattle up the Chisholm Trail. When Texas became too crowded for him in the 1870s, he moved to Arizona, eventually establishing San Bernardino Ranch near Douglas. In 1886 he was elected sheriff of Cochise County. “He was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s series of the late 1950s, ‘Texas John Slaughter.’” (Handbook of Texas Online: John Horton Slaughter).

FEAGLES, Elizabeth. Talk Like a Cowboy: A Dictionary of Real Western Lingo for Cowboys and Cowgirls. San Antonio: Naylor, [1955]. ix [1] 82 pp., text illustrations in sepia tone, brands. 12mo, original yellow cloth. Endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise fine copy in d.j.

     First edition.Herd 795. From d.j. blurb: “Not like the usual dictionary, Talk Like a Cowboy is written in an easy flowing narrative that tells the story of a cowboy’s day along with explaining the real, everyday, working language of the man on the range.” The author, who also wrote under the pen name Beth Day, was the wife of Donald Day.

FIFE, Austin E. & Alta S. Fife (eds.). Cowboy and Western Songs: A Comprehensive Anthology. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, [1969]. xii, 372 pp., illustrations by J. K. Ralston, printed music. 4to, original maize cloth. Fine in fine d.j.

     First edition. Two hundred songs with printed music, guitar chords, lyrics, commentary, notes, lexicon, and variants of words and melodies.

FLANAGAN, Sue. Trailing the Longhorns: A Century Later. Austin: [Designed by Ward Ritchie for] Madrona Press, [1974]. xix [1] 209 [3] pp., frontispiece, numerous photographic illustrations, illustrated maps by Cisneros. 4to, original brown pictorial cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Very fine in fine d.j.

     First trade edition. The author focuses on three major trails: Goodnight-Loving, Chisholm, and Western. The history of these trails is enhanced by excellent contemporary documentary photographs of surviving trail landmarks.

FLETCHER, Sydney E. The Big Book of Cowboys. New York, 1950. [26] pp., color illustrations by the author. 4to, original orange pictorial boards. Very fine. Difficult to find in collector’s condition.

     First edition. Colorful juvenile pandering to the usual stereotypes.

FLETCHER, Sydney E. The Cowboy and His Horse. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [1951]. 159 [1] pp., frontispiece, sepia-tone illustrations by author-artist, brands, map, printed music, endpaper map of the Chisholm Trail (with descriptive paragraph on front flyleaf). 4to, original blindstamped brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Small abrasion at lower spine, else fine in d.j. worn at edges and corners.

     First edition.Herd 813: “An excellent example of western art illustrating some of the technical points of the cowboy’s life.”

FORD, Gus L. (ed.). Texas Cattle Brands: A Catalogue of the Texas Centennial Exposition Exhibit 1936. Dallas: Clyde C. Cockrell Company, [1936]. xx, 240 pp., 4 plates (historical maps of Texas), text illustrations (hundreds of brands), endpaper maps of cattle trails with descriptive text. 8vo, original gilt-lettered red cloth with navy blue vignette of cow on upper cover, navy ruling on spine and upper cover. Very fine and bright, signed by author on title page.

     First edition. Campbell, p. 130. Loring Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 34. CBC 4962. Dobie, p. 102. Herd 818. History of brands and brand law, with brief discussion of cattle breeds and the cattle trade. A “Hall of Cattle Kings” gives biographies of fifty-three ranchers, including Gail Borden, Oliver Loving, Richard King, Robert J. Kleberg, et al.


FRASER, James. Cattle Brands in Arizona: A Bibliography of Published Territorial and State Brand Registration Books. Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1968. 45 [1] pp., facsimiles, brands. Tall narrow 8vo, original brown boards, printed paper label of brands on upper cover. Very fine.

     First edition. Introduction by Don Perceval. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Perceval 25a): “[Perceval] drew, researched and described the brands used on the title label and in the text.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 609: “Unusually handsome.”

FREEMAN, James W. (ed.). Prose and Poetry of the Live Stock Industry of the United States.... With a New Introduction by Ramon Adams, Illustrated. Prepared by Authority of the National Live Stock Association. New York: Antiquarian Press, 1959. [2] 757 pp., plates (mostly portraits), numerous text illustrations. Small folio, original half dark brown calf (blindstamped with brands) over brown buckram, upper cover with gilt vignette of cow, gilt-lettered spine, t.e.g. not in slipcase, very light foxing to fore-edges, very fine, no prospectus.

     Second edition, limited edition (#349 of 550 numbered copies in an edition of 550 copies); facsimile of the extremely rare 1905 first edition, with a new introduction by Ramon F. Adams. References to first edition: Loring Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 35. Dobie, p. 114. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12; Kid 41: “Contains a chapter on ‘The Range Rustler’ in which the Lincoln County War is called ‘the most famous of the troubles of the cattlemen in the Southern country’”; Western High Spots, p. 27 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”); pp. 86-87 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “An exceedingly rare book.” Graff 1412. Guns 764. Herd 844. Howes P636 (“c”). McCracken, 101, p. 28. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 18. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 53. Reese, Six Score 41: “The most desired and desirable book on the range cattle industry. This book contains an incredible collection of information on men and events concerned with cattle. This volume is the only one of the three projected that was ever published, since its publication bankrupted the printing company and nearly broke the association.”

Streeter Sale 2391: “One of the rarest, most important, and thorough books on the American cattle industry.” Vandale 136.

FRENCH, C. C. “A Long Winding Trail: Some Chapters from the Autobiography of One Who Remembers the Open Range in Texas” in The Texas Monthly 2:5, 3:1, and 3:3 (December 1928; January 1929; March 1929). Pp. 583-596 + 117-125 + 361-374. 3 issues, 8vo, original orange printed wrappers. Light wear to wrappers, otherwise fine.

     First printing. Texas trail driver C. C. French gives a valuable firsthand account of the development of the cattle trade and drives in post-Civil War Texas. Included in the January 1929 issue is A. H. Norris’s “The Texas Pony: Something of the Origin and Characteristics of the Monarch of the Plains.”

FRINK, Maurice. Cow County Cavalcade: Eighty Tears of the Wyoming Stock Exchange. Denver: The Old West Publishing Company, 1954. xvi, 243 pp., sketches, brands, and map by Paul A. Rossi, photographic plates, facsimiles. 8vo, original light blue cloth. Binding worn and faded, mostly at spine, endpapers browned, otherwise fine, d.j. not present.

     First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 6 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”): “Story of eighty years of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association”; p. 79 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Guns 776: “Has a long chapter on the Johnson County War.” Herd 852: “This is the most recent of a series of histories which have been written on the Wyoming Stock Growers’ Association every ten years for the past thirty years.”

GANN, Walter. Tread of the Longhorns. San Antonio: Naylor, [1949]. ix [1] 188 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in a somewhat tattered and chipped d.j.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:143: “Chapter on the early cowtowns.” Dykes, Kid 299: “Gann [was] an old cowboy turned peace-officer and Western novelist.” Guns 794: “Contains a chapter on cattle thieves and range wars, including the Lincoln County and Johnson County Wars.” Herd 870. History of the cattle trade, from the coming of the Spanish to the time of publication. Foreword by William MacLeod Raine.

GARD, Wayne. Cattle Brands of Texas. [Dallas: First National Bank], n.d. (ca. 1956). [36] pp., text illustrations and photographs (some in color and/or full-page), brands. Oblong 12mo, original wrappers illustrating several brands. Mint in original mailing envelope.

     First printing.Herd 874: “Cattle brands taken from Texas Cattle Brands edited by Gus Ford (1936).” 

GARD, Wayne. The Chisholm Trail. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1954]. xi [1] 296 pp., plates (mostly photographic), text illustrations by Nick Eggenhofer, map. 8vo, original grey cloth. Light shelf wear, foxed, in foxed and worn d.j.      First edition.Basic Texas Books 70: “Entertaining and scholarly, this is the best book on the Chisholm Trail.... A large number of fellow historians provided assistance, including J. Frank Dobie, Carl Coke Rister, Edward Everett Dale, Ralph Bieber, and Ramon Adams. It would be difficult to imagine a more solidly researched book.” Campbell, p. 192. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 37. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 77); Western High Spots, p. 15 (“Western Movement: Its Literature”): “Tops on the most important of the trails”; p. 78 (“A Range Man’s Library”); p.103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Guns 797: “Has material on many of the outlaws and gunmen of the trail-driving days.” Herd 875.


GIPSON, Fred. The Cow Killers with the Aftosa Commission in Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1956. x, 130 [1] pp., frontispiece and illustrations by Bill Leftwich (caricatures, sometimes humorous and sometimes grim). 4to, original orange cloth, spine gilt-lettered, vignette of cow on upper cover. Light foxing to endpapers, else very fine in lightly rubbed but fine d.j. Signed by author and illustrator on front free endpaper.

     First edition. Not in Guns or Herd. The “cow killers” were the gringos of the Aftosa Commission who invaded rural Mexico in 1949 armed with six-shooters and hypodermic syringes, in an attempt to stamp out the spread of hoof-and-mouth disease. At its peak the Commission employed 1,166 U.S. and 7,938 Mexicans, including Leftwich, a cowboy with the Commission, who sketched scenes he encountered in the course of his work. Lack of adequate explanation and campesino suspicion of authority led to many episodes of misunderstanding.

GLOVER, Jack. “Bobbed” Wire: An Illustrated Guide to the Identification and Classification of Barbed Wire. Wichita Falls, Texas: Terry Bros., 1966. [10] 49 [1] pp. (versos blank), text illustrations throughout. 8vo, original beige pictorial textured wrappers, stapled. Mint.

     First edition. Illustrated guide with identification of types and patent dates. Barbed wire examples and some patent dates, plus illustrations of fencing tools.


GLOVER, Jack. The “Bobbed” Wire II Bible. [Sunset, Texas], 1971. [176] pp., text illustrations throughout. 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Slight tear to wrappers, else very fine. Signed and inscribed by author on title page. Original mailing envelope

     Augmented edition of preceding, much enlarged.


GLOVER, Jack. The “Bobbed” Wire III Bible. Centennial Edition. Sunset, Texas: Cow Puddle Press, 1972. [208] pp., illustrations. 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Fine. Signed and inscribed by author on title page. Another augmented edition, the “Centennial Edition.”

GOUGH, L[ysius]. Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs: Rhymes and Miscellany of Cow Camp and Cattle Trails in the Early Eighties. Amarillo: Russell Stationery Company, 1935. [2] 110 pp., plates (including full-page illustrations by Ben Carlton Mead from his Prairie Series; some photographic). Narrow 8vo, original gilt-lettered tan cloth. Binding lightly spotted.

     Revised edition, from the author’s first book, Western Travels and Other Rhymes (1886; Vandale 74). This edition also came out in wrappers, but the cloth is more scarce. The author was born in Lamar County, Texas, in 1862, and was a working cowboy all his life.

GRANT, Bruce. How to Make Cowboy Horse Gear. Cambridge, Maryland: Cornell Maritime Press, [1953]. xii [2] 108 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations (some photographic and full-page). 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Wrappers worn at spine and foxed, otherwise fine.

     First edition. Pictures and instructions for the crafting of authentic cowboy gear from contemporary rawhide. From the preface: “In this book are to be found the necessary braids for making all types of cowboy gear - rawhide lariats, headstalls, hackamores, bosals, reins, romals, quirts, hobbles, etc., as well as the general types of utility articles such as dog leashes, collars, belts, hatbands, wrist-watch straps, etc.

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