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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

 

257. [WESTERN AMERICANA].  Approximately 90 books.  See below for full inventory. ($2,500-5,000)

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, Ramon F. Burs under the Saddle: A Second Look at Books and Histories of the West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1964]. x [2] 610 [2] pp. 8vo, original brown buckram. Ex-library—Sul Ross State College, bookplate and inkstamps, fore-edges foxed, d.j. torn.

     First edition.Basic Texas Books B4. Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 46n: “[Points] out the errors, inconsistencies, and deliberate lies to be found in hundreds of western titles.... Ramon Adams was a dedicated man whose life will reward scholars for at least another hundred years, but he could be unforgiving. In reviewing Burs Under the Saddle, which, as noted, is about errors in other books, I pointed out a couple or so mistakes in Ramon’s book. It took nearly ten years for him to speak to me again.... I’m happy to say, he lived long enough to forgive me. Incidentally, Ramon Adams, so identified with cowboys and outlaws, came to Texas originally to play violin in a Dallas theater orchestra. When he injured his hand and stopped playing, he made his living as a candymaker, even after some of his most important books came out.” Guns 7: “A critical analysis of 424 books and pamphlets dealing with western outlaws and an attempt to correct some of the incorrect history which has been written about them for many years.”    

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. Spine sunned, else very fine in d.j. with slight wear and foxing. Signed by author. Many pages of Dudley R. Dobie’s related handwritten notes laid in.

     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 Six-Guns...you 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.    

AIKEN, Riley. Mexican Folktales from the Borderland. Dallas: Southern Methodist University, [1980]. xv [1] 159 pp., text decorations by Dennis Zamora. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j. Presentation card laid in.

     First edition. Half-title states: “From the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society.” Aiken was born on the Texas-Mexican border and grew up on the Los Alamos Cesaria rancho; many of the stories are set against this backdrop.    

ALLEN, Jules Verne. Cowboy Lore. San Antonio: Naylor Printing Company, 1933. xiii [3] 165 [1] [8, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait of author, illustrations by Ralph Pereida, brands, printed music. 8vo, original printed pictorial wrappers with border of brands. Light wear and staining to wraps, uniformly browned (due to acidic paper).

     First edition, third printing.    

The American West 1:2. Salt Lake City: Western History Association, Spring 1964. 80 pp., illustrations (many photographs). 4to, original stiff black-and-white photographic wrappers. Fine, in original mailing envelope to J. Frank Dobie. Signed and dated gift inscription from Mary W. Clarke.

     First printing. Includes “Cowboys, Indians, Outlaws” by John G. Cawelti; “The Lonely Sheepherder” by J. S. Holliday; “The Vaquero” by Arnold R. Rojas; and “Geography and History in the Arid West” by Ronald L. Ives.    

ANDERSON, J[ohn] W[esley]. From the Plains to the Pulpit. Goose Creek, Texas: J. W. Anderson & Sons, [1922]. Another copy. Dudley R. Dobie’s copy, signed by him on front free endpaper and dated 1931. Binding with mild to moderate abrading, internally fine.    

[ARIZONA]. Arizona and the West. Tucson, 1959-65. 20 issues.      First printings. Articles of interest for ranching in this group include Owen Ulph’s “Cowboy’s Lament; or, The Dilemma of a Twentieth Century Buckaroo,” Don D. Walker’s “Reading on the Range,” James M. Jensen’s “Cattle Drives from the Ranchos to the Gold Fields of California,” and Don E. Worcester’s “Wild Horses West: Fact and Fancy.”

ARNOLD, Oren. The Story of Cattle Ranching. Irvington-on-Hudson, New York: Harvey House, [1968]. 127 pp., color plates, text illustrations (some photographic, some after the artwork of John J. Floherty, Jr.). Large 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped).

     First edition. Arnold, who was “born to the saddle,” worries that young people’s ideas of the cowboy and rancher are based on stereotypes presented by television, and here gives a good, well-illustrated account of the history of ranching for the younger reader. He gives tribute to those he considers as being founders and influential, such as Coronado, Father Kino, Spanish and Mexican precursors, Pancho Villa, Will Rogers, Brigham Young, LBJ, and others.

ARNOLD, Oren. Thunder in the Southwest: Echoes from the Wild Frontier. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1952]. ix [1] 237 pp., text illustrations by Eggenhofer. 8vo, original slate green cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:10. Campbell, p. 153: “Sixteen exciting episodes of the days when six-shooters and ropes were the law in the Southwest.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 25). Guns 78. Herd 170. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 103. Wallace, Arizona History X:50.

ARNOLD, Oren (ed.). Roundup: A Collection of Western Stories, Poems, and Articles for Young People. Dallas: Banks, Upshaw, and Company, [1937]. xvii [1] 301 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by Creston F. Baumgartner. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Very fine in slightly chipped, price-clipped d.j. (lacking one small piece of jacket at lower corner).

     First edition.Herd 172. McVicker B26. Contributors include J. Frank Dobie, Sharlot M. Hall, Bret Harte, Oliver La Farge, Ross Santee, and Steward Edward White.    

AUSTIN, Mary. Isidro. Boston, New York, & Cambridge: Houghton, Mifflin and Company & Riverside Press, 1905. vii [3] 425 [3, ads] pp., 4 color plates by Eric Pape. 8vo, original olive gilt-pictorial cloth. Binding rubbed and a few small abrasions, interior fine.

     First edition of author’s first novel.Fifty Western Writers, p. 299. Lyday, p. 13. The hero of this novel set in Southern California must choose between managing his father’s sheep ranch and entering the priesthood. Central to the plot is a shepherd named El Zarzo, a young woman disguised as a boy.    

AUTRY, Gene (comp.). Western Stories. New York: Dell Publishing Company [1947]. 191 [1, ads] pp. 16mo, original multicolor pictorial wrappers. Laminated wrappers peeling, text age-toned, otherwise fine.

     First edition. McVicker B64 (contains “The Rider of Loma Escondida” by J. Frank Dobie). “When the publishers of this book asked me to act as editor for a collection of Western stories, I didn’t hesitate a minute. I’m no literary critic, but I’ve read lots of Western yarns and I know what I like” (from Gene Autry’s introduction entitled “I Like Westerns”). Authors include Eugene Cunningham, Ross Santee, Clarence E. Mulford, et al.    

AXFORD, Joseph. Around Western Campfires. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, [1969]. [6] 266 pp. 12mo, original red cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

     Second edition (first edition New York, 1964). Adams, Burs II:4n. Guns 96n: “The life of an Arizona cowhand: ranching on the San Pedro River, his time as sheriff’s deputy and jailer in Tombstone, and his experiences as an employee of mining magnate W. C. Green.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 116: “This edition omits some material in the original.”

[BARBED WIRE]. Photocopies of 3 articles on the history of barbed wire: (1) PELLETT, Kent. “When Iowans Battled for Barbed Wire” in Des Moines Sunday Register (January 21, 1940); (2) VANDENBURG, C. M. Typescript from Wire Magazine (February 1936); (3) WARREN, Arthur G. “Barbed Wire—Who Invented It?” in Iron Age (June 24, 1926). Fine.

     With the articles is a TLs to Dudley R. Dobie from Sheffield Steel in Kansas City regarding samples of barbed wire.    

BAUGHMAN, Theodore. The Oklahoma Scout. Chicago: Homewood, n.d. (ca. 1902). Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original red, blue, and black pictorial cloth. Poor condition, binding worn and paper friable.    

BELL, Horace. Reminiscences of a Ranger.... Santa Barbara: Wallace Hebberd, 1927. [16] 499 [1] pp., frontispiece and illustrations by James S. Bodrero, endpapers with illustrations from California pictorial lettersheets. 8vo, original green gilt-pictorial cloth. Very fine in the scarce d.j., slightly worn.

     Second edition, revised and enlarged. Guns 189: “The later edition contains an index identifying many of the characters mentioned in the original edition.” Foreword by Arthur M. Ellis.    

BLAKE, Vernon. Goliad. [Goliad: Goliad Printing Company], n.d. (1935?). [2] 48 pp. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Fine.

     First edition.CBC 1939. In the late 1800s, cattle ranching was the primary regional activity. Good statistics, such as 42,096 cattle in Goliad in 1930. Includes a photograph of “Herding Turkeys in Goliad County.”

BLOODGOOD, Lida Fleitmann & Piero Santini (comp.). The Horseman’s Dictionary. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., [1964]. 214 pp. 8vo, original red cloth. Ex-library: call letters on spine and upper cover, label on front pastedown, blindstamp on title page, stamp on back pastedown.

     First edition. Over 3,500 entries, including ranch terminology.    

[BOOKSELLER’S CATALOGUE]. PRICE, Clyde I. A Catalogue of Books, Dime Novels and Pamphlets Relating to Texas and the Southwest. Including a Distinguished List of Western Illustrators. Catalogue No. IX, April 1947. Clarendon: Clyde I. Price, Bookseller, 1947. 38 [2] pp., text illustrations by Bugbee. Fine.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 162).    

BOSWORTH, Allan R. Ozona Country. New York, Evanston, & London: Harper & Row, [1964]. xiv [2] 238 pp., photographic plates (including marks and brands and many documenting ranches and rodeo). 8vo, original black cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     First edition.CBC 1168. The story of Ozona, the “Biggest Little Town in the World” and how oil money transformed this frontier ranching community.    

BOTKIN, B. A. (ed.). Folk-Say: A Regional Miscellany, 1930. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1930. 473 [1] pp., frontispiece by Keith Mackaye and linoleum cuts by Ina Annett. 8vo, original gilt-pictorial beige cloth. Very fine in tattered original glassine d.j.

     First edition of the second annual publication of the Oklahoma Folklore Society. Campbell, p. 154: “These annuals (containing not only folklore, but much just about the folk) marked the beginning of increased interest in folklore in the Southwest.” Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 106 (“Billy the Kid Was My Friend”). Guns 240. McVicker B10. Wallace, Arizona History XV:42. Includes “Provincialism” by J. Frank Dobie and “The Southwest in Literature: Back Trailing along the Texas Border” by Ernest Staples Osgood (a review of Dobie’s A Vaquero of the Brush Country).    

BRADDY, Haldeen. Pershing’s Mission to Mexico.... El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1966. Very fine in d.j.    

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).  Very fine in foxed 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. 

BREIHAN, Carl W. Badmen of the Frontier Days. New York: Robert M. McBride Company, [1957]. [12] 315 pp., photographic plates, facsimiles. 8vo, original beige cloth. Text browned due to acidic paper, otherwise fine in d.j.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:44. Guns 263: “Chapters on Murrell, Plummer, King Fisher, the Reno Brothers, Sam Bass, Rube Burrow, Billy the Kid, Harry Tracy, the Daltons, and Bill Doolin.” Of particular interest in regard to ranching is information on the Lincoln County War and chapter 3, “King Fisher: Gunslinging King of the Cattle Country.”    

BREIHAN, Carl W. The Complete and Authentic Life of Jesse James. New York: Frederick Fell, Inc., Publishers, [1953]. [41, mostly photographic plates, some unopened] 42-287 [1] pp. 8vo, original gilt-lettered red cloth. Very fine in d.j. with a bit of mild foxing.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:45; Burs II:17. Guns 264. Mention of the occasional refuge of the James brothers—their Rest Ranch in the Texas Pecos River country. The ranch was well stocked with cattle, and defending their herd against thieves sometimes led to gunplay.    

BROADHEAD, W. Smithson. Hoof Prints over America: The Illustrated Story of the Light-Horse in America. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1951. 96 pp., profusely illustrated by the author. Oblong 4to, original black cloth with tipped-on color illustration. Fine.

     First edition. Forty-five full-page illustrations with text on facing pages, relating the history of the horse in America from introduction by the Spanish to Man O’ War, with sections on “The Indian Pony,” “Mustangs,” and “The Quarter Horse.”    

BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, n.d. [4] 341 [1] pp., frontispiece, plates (many by Maynard Dixon, one by Russell). 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Small abrasion at foot of spine, fore-edges foxed, otherwise fine.

     Reprint.    

BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. Reminiscences of a Ranchman. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company, 1910. [10] 369 [1] pp., plates (illustrators include Maynard Dixon and W. H. Dunton). 8vo, original terracotta cloth with tipped-on illustration. Spine a bit dark, moderate edge wear, front hinge cracked, title spotted, mild foxing (heavier adjacent to plates and on fore-edges).

     First illustrated edition (text enlarged also). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Dixon 39) & (Dunton 31). Smith 1132.    

BROWN, Dee & Marvin F. Schmitt. Trail Driving Days. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1952.  Small folio, original black cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j.

     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.

BURNS, Walter Noble. The Saga of Billy the Kid. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926. Another copy. edges and first few leaves foxed, front hinge split, overall good.    

BURNS, Walter Noble. Tombstone.... Garden City, New York: Garden City Publishing Company, n.d. ix [7] 388 [1] pp., illustrations and illustrated endpapers by Will James. 8vo, original orange cloth. Fore-edges somewhat foxed, otherwise very fine in somewhat foxed d.j. with moderate chipping along upper edge.

     Second edition, with illustrations added. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Dufault [James] 46).    

CARLSON, Raymond (ed.). Gallery of Western Paintings. New York, London, & Toronto: McGraw-Hill Book Company, [1951]. 85 [1] pp., with 64 pages of full-color paintings by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Maynard Dixon, and others, 20 line drawings by Ross Santee. Small folio, original terracotta cloth with tipped-on color illustration. Slightly musty smelling, otherwise fine in d.j. with slight tear.

     First edition. Dobie, pp. 188-89. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Dixon 43); (Leigh 88); (Remington 452); (Santee 30).    

CARR, Harry. The West Is Still Wild.... Boston, New York, & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, [1932]. iv, 257 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations by Charles H. Owens, endpaper maps. 8vo, original maize cloth, printed paper labels on spine and upper cover. Fore-edges foxed, otherwise fine in d.j. with stain on upper panel.

     First edition, later printing (date of publication not on title).    

CARTER, Robert G. The Old Sergeant’s Story: Winning the West from the Indians and Bad Men in 1870 to 1876. New York: Frederick H. Hitchcock, 1926. 220 pp., frontispiece portrait, 7 photographic plates. 8vo, original red ribbed cloth. Binding badly stained, interior fine except for intermittent mild foxing. Author’s presentation copy: “To Nellie from her father R. G. Carter, Washington, D. C. May 23, 1926.” Contemporary pencil ownership inscription of Mrs. A. H. von(?) Bayer of Baltimore on verso of front free endpaper (author’s daughter?). Scarce.

     First edition.Guns 383. Howes C194. Rader 610. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “The story of John B. Charlton, Sergeant, ‘F’ Troop, 4th Cavalry.... In 1920, Charlton, then a retired stock raiser living in Uvalde, Texas wrote Captain Carter, his former commander, beginning a correspondence and friendship that lasted until the sergeant’s death.” Tate, Indians of Texas 3001. Wallace, Arizona History X:7. John B. (Jack) Charlton (1848-1922), the noted Indian fighter known as the “Old Sergeant,” was closely involved in many of the military operations against Native Americans that allowed ranchers in Texas and the surrounding regions to carry on their activities without the threat of constant depredations. Charlton was involved in the operations during which the Comanche, through Quanah Parker and Mow-way, finally relinquished their tribal lands to federal authority—a moment in time when the balance of power shifted from Native Americans to the Anglo ranchers and settlers. Charlton joined Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie’s Fourth United States Cavalry in 1870, participating in many pivotal campaigns, from the Blanco Canyon expedition to trailing rustlers and outlaws in Northwest Texas and Indian Territory (1875). After his discharge in 1876, Charlton began a freight service between Cheyenne and Deadwood, South Dakota, and he tells of meeting Wild Bill Hickok, Texas Jack, and Buffalo Bill Cody. Charlton prospected in Alaska and South America, accompanied the Cole Circus as a horse trainer to Hawaii and Australia, and worked in Mexico as a grader for the Mexican Central Railroad. In 1884 he returned to Texas and settled in Brackettville as a stockraiser. See Handbook of Texas Online: John B. Charlton.    

The Cattleman 36:5. Fort Worth: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, October 1949. 144 pp., illustrations, ads. 4to, original full-color pictorial wrappers with illustration by Tom Lea. Fine.

     First printing. Includes “Kansas Grass Cattle” by Frank Reeves, and an article on windmills, “Water from the Wind” by Joe M. Carmichael.    

CHASE, Edward L. The Big Book of Horses. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1951. [26] pp., color illustrations by author. Folio, original green pictorial boards. Head of spine torn (approximately 2.5 cm), otherwise fine.

     Children’s picture book of horses with brief explanatory text on breeds and history. Double-page illustration of “Cutting Pony and the Quarter Horse” showing a herding scene.    

CLAY, W. J. Agricultural and Statistical Report, 1905. Austin: State Printing Company, 1905. 437 pp., tables. 8vo, original tan buckram. Fore-edges browned, overall a very good copy.

     First edition. Section on “Livestock: How to Breed and How and What to Feed,” along with information on barbed wire, Angora goats, “Cows in Fly Time,” “Why Horses Slobber,” and “Farmer’s Daughter.”    

CLIFTON, Robert T. Barbs, Prongs, Points, Prickers, and Stickers: A Complete and Illustrated Catalogue of Antique Barbed Wire. [Norman]: University of Oklahoma Press, [1970]. xxi [1] 418 pp., profusely illustrated with examples of barbed wire on almost every page. 12mo, original brown cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     First edition. Fences and barbed wire marginalized the cowboy, closed the open range, and greatly influenced settlement of the American West.    

CLOVER, Samuel Travers. On Special Assignment: Being the Further Adventures of Paul Travers; Showing How He Succeeded As a Newspaper Reporter. New York: Argonaut Press, 1965. [2] 307 pp., frontispiece and plates by H. G. Laskey. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine.

     Second edition, limited edition (the first edition, published at Boston in 1903 is exceedingly rare; Bill Reese says that Jeff Dykes was never able to secure a copy). Guns 444n: “The author was a reporter sent out by a Chicago paper to cover the Johnson County War. Although written in the form of fiction, this book calls actual names and relates factual events as the author witnessed them.” Herd 493n. Englishman Clover (1859-1934), free-lance newspaperman who worked in Montana and Dakota Territory in the 1890s “was described as ‘a horseback correspondent of the kind brought forth by the Indian wars. He was also the kind of smart reporter who always manages to be there when the story breaks.’ After a year in Chicago, he picked up a stockyards rumor about a coming expedition by cattlemen against alleged rustlers in Wyoming and sold his editor on covering the event; thus he became the first outside reporter to attend the Johnson County War, his file remaining a prime and highly readable source on the affair.... He was...‘the only newspaperman ever known to have been invited by lynchers to witness a lynching’” (Thrapp I, p. 286).    

COLT, Samuel. Sam Colt’s Own Record...of Transactions with Captain Walker and Eli Whitney, Jr. in 1847. Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, 1949. [10] 157 [2] pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations, facsimiles. Large 8vo, original half green cloth over white pictorial boards. Light foxing to fore edges and edges of covers, otherwise fine.

     First edition, limited edition (1,000 copies). This previously unpublished account of Colt’s redesign of his famous revolver in 1847 documents the creation of the pivotal weapon that helped “win the West” and which became the favorite firearm of the American cowboy in his heyday. Colt’s early revolvers had won the devotion of frontier Texans, and Texas Ranger Samuel H. Walker opened negotiations with Colt for the production of one thousand improved revolvers. Familiar with the shortcomings of the previous design, Walker outlined a substantial new design, which Colt followed. “The Colt revolver remained preeminent among such arms in Texas and throughout the West for the remainder of the nineteenth century. The 1873 Single Action Army model, known as the Peacemaker or simply six-shooter, became the standard sidearm of the postwar military, the Texas Rangers, and the majority of cowboys across the plains.... Windmills, barbed wire fences, and Colt revolvers have been credited with settlement of the Great Plains. The Colt revolver and Texas remain inextricably associated in history, symbolism, and romance” (Handbook of Texas Online: Colt Revolvers).    

CONLEY, James K. Memorabilia...An Album of Early West Texas. Abilene: Reporter Publishing Company, [1971]. Very fine. Chicago: Browne & Howell Company, 1913. vi [4] 473 pp., frontispiece portrait (photogravure in sepia tone), foldout maps. 8vo, original navy blue cloth, t.e.g.

     First edition. Reproduction of a photo album for the counties within about a hundred-mile radius of Abilene from the last quarter of the 1800s to about World War II, including a section on “Grazing and Growing” with several ranch and cowboy photographs (Pitchfork Ranch boys tenderly holding coyote pups, with text: “Hollywood cowboys who mumble about ‘those mangy coyotes’ might note this photograph taken in 1917”); Two “authentic cowboys” (Clem Davis and Frank Austin, from a tintype taken June, 1885, in Coleman after a cattle drive); decked-out Abilene cowboy John H. Bullock at eighteen years of age in 1906; a cowboy Christmas in Eastland County ca. 1918 with a Santa looking more like a cowboy; etc.

COOK, John R. The Border and the Buffalo: An Untold Story of the Southwest Plains; The Bloody Border of Missouri and Kansas; The Story of the Slaughter of the Buffalo; Westward among the Big Game and Wild Tribes; A Story of Mountain and Plain. Topeka: Crane & Company, 1907. xii, 351 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations (some full-page, mostly photographic). 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth.  Lower corners lightly bumped, endsheets a bit browned, fore-edges foxed.

     First edition. Campbell, p. 58: “A classic of the Hide Hunters. The author’s personal account. A collector’s item.” Dobie, p. 159. Dykes, Kid 46: “Very scarce.” Guns 487: “Contains some information about the Benders of Kansas.” Graff 864: “Border warfare between Missouri and Kansas and the slaughter of the buffalo are the principle subjects.” Howes C730. Rader 909. Rittenhouse 128. Saunders 2836. Tate, Indians of Texas 2032. There was not room enough on the vast plains for buffalo, Native Americans, cattle, and farmers, and in the struggle for survival, the buffalo were the first to succumb. Frontiersman Cook (1844-1917) grew up in Kansas and Indiana and fought with the 12th Kansas Infantry in anti-guerilla service. He visited Texas, New Mexico, and other points in the West and lived in Dakota Territory and Eugene, Oregon, in later life. The fame of this candid southern plainsman (and the emphasis of the present book) is the destruction of the buffalo, which Cook graphically relates from a firsthand perspective. Ranching interest is interspersed throughout the book. Cook tells of his 1873 trip to Texas (chapter 2), where he became embroiled in a feud and stampede related to the Texas cattle fever trouble along the Indian Territory border. Chapter 3 on his sojourn in New Mexico includes the amusing story of an atheist and some cowboys who were driving a herd of cattle to Taos from the Arkansas River. While engaged in a buffalo hunt on the Llano Estacado in Texas, Cook noted that in summer of 1881 approximately 200,000 head of Texas cattle were herded across the North Fork of Red River; he observed several trail drives in progress (3,000 head destined for the Wind River country and another 2,500 head to stock a range on the Cimarron in southwest Kansas). He comments: “We hunters were making it possible for this to be done” (chapter 7).    

COOLIDGE, Dane. Comanche Chaser. New York: E. P. Dutton and Co., 1938. 255 pp. 12mo, original tan cloth. Minor soiling to covers, a few spots on spine, endpapers browned, overall very good. Author’s signed presentation inscription in ink: “Comanche Chaser With many thanks to my kindest critic, G. W. Harris. From Dane Coolidge, Berkeley, Cal., April 3, 1938” on a card tipped onto front free endpaper.

     First edition. “In 1937 The New York Times declared ‘no man alive today writes better Westerns’” (Tuska & Piekarski, Encyclopedia of Frontier & Western Fiction, pp. 54-55). Novel centered on French-Canadian Hautecoeur at his forted ranch in the valley of the Little Cimarron, New Mexico, “a tract of land, much as kings conferred.... Every morning the Mexican herders drove their bands of bleating sheep through the gateway to the plains below; and up the valley, well shut in by the high walls of the canyon, thousands of cattle grazed along the meandering stream. Such was the domain of the noble Frenchman.” The action opens with Comanche rustlers making off with the Utes’ prize herd of horses, but then the tables turn. A contemporary review of the book in the New York Herald Tribune stated: “A humdinger and no mistake, complete with Utes, Comanches, Kiowas and Apaches, two heroic trappers, a couple of nice girls.... A grand fantasia based on the Kit Carson days.”    

COOLIDGE, Dane. Fighting Men of the West. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, [1932]. 343 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates (some by author). 8vo, original red cloth. Binding moderately discolored, fore-edges and a few leaves foxed. Dust jacket not present.     First edition. Adams, Burs I:90. Campbell, p. 68. Dobie, p. 140. Dykes, Kid 182: “Despite the fact that John S. Chisum hardly ever carried a gun, Coolidge devotes a chapter to him.... Since [Chisum] was a thief on a grand scale, stealing entire herds rather than a cow or two, he became the cattle king of his day.” Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 55: “Even in its reprint editions this book is hard to come by.” Guns 489. Herd 574. Howes C742. Rader 916. Saunders 2840: “Biographies of Charles Goodnight, John Chisum, Clay Allison, and others.” Wallace, Arizona History X:21. Tuska & Piekarski, Encyclopedia of Frontier & Western Fiction, p. 55 (evaluating the present work, Death Valley Prospectors, and Texas Cowboys as the best of the author’s non-fiction books). One of the chapters is devoted to noted rustler-regulator Texas Ranger John R. Hughes.

COOLIDGE, Dane. JessRoundtree, Texas Ranger. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1933. 252 pp. 12mo, original blue cloth. Spine faded, a few spots to upper cover, moderately foxed, overall very good.

     First edition. Romantic Western novel set against the backdrop of 1880s Texas range life. “[Coolidge] spent a good deal of time in mining towns, on Indian reservations, on round-ups, and with Texas Rangerson the Rio Grande, collecting material for stories” (Handbook of Texas Online: Dane Coolidge).    

COOLIDGE, Herbert. Pancho McClish. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company, 1912. [10] 341 pp., 4 color plates after oil paintings by J. N. Marchand (including frontispiece). 8vo, original green decorated gilt-lettered cloth. Lightly worn, top edge mildly foxed, overall very good. J. Frank Dobie’s copy with his pencil note on front free endpaper: “Owned for the illustrations by Marchand. J. Frank Dobie.”

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Marchand 17). Adventures of the narrator and his foster father and brother, the McClishes, who trade, doctor, and break horses.    

[COOPER, JOE E.]. The Hottest Book of the Year.... [Dallas: William S. Henson, 1952]. Publicity brochure. 1 folio sheet, illustrated, folded to brochure size. Very fine. Chiliana ephemera.

     Publicity brochure for With or without Beans. Includes an insert with reprints of six newspaper articles reviewing the book (1 folio sheet, folded to brochure size, printed in brown on one side, very fine).    

COX, James. My Native Land: The United States, Its Wonders, Its Beauties, and Its People, with Descriptive Notes, Character Sketches, Folk Lore, Traditions, Legends, and History, for the Amusement of the Old and the Instruction of the Young. Philadelphia: Blair Publishing Co., 1903. 400 pp., plates (many photographic, including frontispiece). 8vo, original blue cloth. Binding rubbed and worn, hinges cracked, front free endpaper absent.

     Reprint of the first edition (Philadelphia, 1895). Eberstadt 111:174. Flake 2564n. Herd 594n. Chapters on “The Mormons and Their Wives,” “The Invasion of Oklahoma,” “Wards of Our Native Land [Indians],” “Cowboys,” etc.    

COX, William R. Luke Short and His Era. Garden City: Doubleday, 1961. 214 pp. Small 8vo, original green cloth. Light foxing to fore-edges and endpapers, otherwise fine in very good d.j.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:97. Guns 505: “Contains many errors of fact and some wrong dates.” Biography of a famous gambler, an important ally of the Earps in Tombstone, and a power in Fort Worth in his own right. Luke Short, like many icons of the old West, traded his career as a cowboy for that of a gambler and gunman.    

CRAWFORD, Thomas Edgar. The West of the Texas Kid, 1881-1910: Recollections of Thomas Edgar Crawford, Cowboy, Gun Fighter, Rancher, Hunter, Miner. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1962]. xviii, 202 [4] pp., illustrations by Eggenhofer. 12mo, original yellow boards. Fore-edges and endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise fine in fine d.j.

     First edition (not a reprint, as are most of the Western Frontier Library). Volume 20 in Western Frontier Library, edited and with an introduction by Jeff Dykes. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 61). Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 62: “One of the most intimate records available concerning the day-by-day life in the old supply camp [Ballarat] during the peak of its activity.” Guns 510.    

CROWELL, Pers. Cavalcade of American Horses. New York, London, & Toronto: McGraw-Hill Book Company, [1951]. vi [2] 311 pp., text illustrations (photographs and vignettes by author). 4to, original teal cloth over pale green boards. Light shelf wear, minor stain on fore-edges, otherwise a fine copy in lightly worn d.j. with tape reinforcement at foot of spine.

     First edition. The chapter on “The Western Horse” traces the introduction of horses into present-day United States by Spanish conquistadors. Also includes Native American horsemanship (“The Plains Indians were credited by American generals with being the world’s best cavalry soldiers”); horses of the California missions; Young and Hally’s cattle drive from California to the Oregon country, which broke the Hudson’s Bay Company monopoly on cattle herds and horses and introduced the cattle that would form the nucleus for a new industry in the Northwest; Spanish mustangs; rodeo; etc.    

CUNNINGHAM, Eugene. Famous in the West. El Paso: Hicks-Hayward Co., 1926. [6] 25 [1] pp., illustrations (some photographic). 12mo, original pictorial wrappers. Acidic paper browned, otherwise fine.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:102: “In this rare little booklet is a chapter on Billy the Kid.” Dykes, Kid 111. Guns 529: “Exceedingly rare.... Originally published as an advertisement to be distributed by a firm dealing with cowboy style clothes. It is said to have been published in an edition of 60,000 copies, but when the dealer discovered how much postage it would take to distribute them, he gave up the idea and destroyed most of the copies. The author tells about the Texas Rangers and the outlaws of the Southwest.” Rader 999.

DALE, Edward Everett & J. Frank Dobie. An Exhibition of Paintings and Bronzes by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell May to October, 1950 [wrapper title]. Tulsa: Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1950. [37] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original pale orange printed wrappers. Very fine.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Remington 43). McVicker B77. Yost & Renner, Russell II:67. Introductions by Dale (Remington) and J. Frank Dobie (Russell).

DAVIDSON, Harold G. Edward Borein, Cowboy Artist: The Life and Works of John Edward Borein, 1872-1945. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1974. 189 pp., frontispiece, color plates, text illustrations (artwork and photographs). Small folio, original maroon cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

     First trade edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 62 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #137). First biography and compilation of one of the great artists of the Western range (Borein’s close friend Charles Russell is reputed to have once called him the better artist of the two). Borein (1872-1945) left school at age seventeen and worked with a saddler where he learned about gear and braided riatas. After working at odd jobs on a California ranch, he briefly attended art school in San Francisco and met Maynard Dixon and James G. Swinnerton.

     The first sketches Borein sold were printed in the Los Angeles publication, The Landof Sunshine, where he was described as a vaquero on the Jesús María Rancho, Santa Barbara County. The “cowpuncher artist” went on to become one of the most important western genre painters, often working in a seldom-used medium in Western art—etching.

DAWSON, Nicholas. California in ’41, Texas in ’51. Austin & New York: The Pemberton Press, Jenkins Publishing Company, [1969]. [8] 119 [13] pp., frontispiece portrait of Dawson. 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in slightly rubbed d.j.

     Facsimile of the Streeter copy of the first edition of the rare original edition printed in Austin around the turn of the century in an edition of 50 copies for private distribution. References to the first edition: Cowan, p. 161n. Graff 1027. Herd 661: “The author...was in the first company to cross the Rocky Mountains in 1841.... Some scattered information on cattle of California and Texas.” Howes D159. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 54. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 171. Mintz, The Trail 118. Rader 1084. Vandale 47.  Dawson’s observations are some of the earliest and least stereotyped writing on the West, and include good content on cattle: description of specific ranches Dawson visited, such as Marsh’s Ranch near Mount Diablo; cult of horsemanship in Mexican California; social history (e.g., attending a fandango at a ranch near San Jose Mission); hide and tallow trade (“cattle are the only source of wealth of this country”); Anglos and other foreigners acquiring ranches by becoming Mexican citizens, marrying Mexican women, or professing Catholicism; rustling by runaway mission Indians; bull and bear fights; etc. Upon his return to Texas, Dawson settled in Austin and engaged in freighting, farming, and stock raising.

DAY, Donald & Beth Day. Will Rogers, the Boy Roper. Boston & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, [1950]. [6] 201 pp., text illustrations by William Moyers. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. autographed by both authors.

     First edition. Campbell, p. 206. Biography of Will Rogers for children, focusing on his early days and his desire to become the best trick rider and roper in the world.

DENHARDT, Robert Moorman. The Horse of the Americas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1948. xvii [1] 286 pp., photographic plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine in price-clipped d.j. with slight wear.

     Second printing. Campbell, p. 130: “A book on an appealing subject written by one who is thoroughly familiar with his theme. As former editor of The Western Horseman magazine he is an unquestioned authority.... Horses of the Spanish conquerors were cherished, since they frightened the enemy ‘and after God, to them belonged the victory.’ A thorough job destined to be a classic in horse literature.... Well illustrated and handsomely turned out.” Dobie, p. 132. Herd 675. McVicker B65. Mohr, The Range Country 814. Foreword by J. Frank Dobie.

    

DENHARDT, Robert Moorman. The King Ranch Quarter Horses and Something of the Ranch and the Men That Bred Them. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1970]. xiv, 256 [2] pp., photographic plates, tables, map. Large 8vo, original tan cloth with “Running W.” Minor spotting to binding, else very fine in fine d.j.

     First edition. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #65: “Some ranch history and much on the men who guided the remarkable breeding and selection programs that brought about a superior race of sturdy and fleet cow horses.”

    

DENHARDT, Robert Moorman. Quarter Horses: A Story of Two Centuries. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1969]. xiv, 192 [2] pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

     Second printing (first printing 1967). See Herd 676-77 for two related works by the same author.

DEVOE, Caryl. In Borderland: A Story of Frontier Life in the Early Eighties. N.p., n.d. [1920s or 1930s]. 36 pp. 8vo, original red pictorial wrappers, stapled (as issued). Two-inch clean diagonal cut to upper wrapper and first few leaves, wraps and a few leaves slightly stained. With J. Frank Dobie’s signed and dated ink note: “Very strange that such as this should be printed as it is printed. Yet it is no worse than most of the picture shows—just as convincing. J. Frank Dobie 11/4/38.” No locations cited by OCLC or RLIN.

     First edition? Lively novella about a band of rowdy Texas cowboys, set in a cowtown named Coltsville, with dialogue along these dreadful lines: “Now, Pap, them cow punchers ain’t done nothin’ onlawful, an’ what’s more, if they’re treated right, they ain’t goin’ to. There’s no better hearted man livin’ than th’ average cowboy, ’f he does shoot up the town once in a while.” The author also wrote nonfiction, including Legends of the Kaw: The Folk-Lore of the Indians of Kansas River Valley (Kansas, 1904).

DEVOL, George H. Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi: A Cabin Boy in 1839; Could Steal Cards and Cheat the Boys at Eleven; Stock a Deck at Fourteen; Bested Soldiers on the Rio Grande during the Mexican War; Won Hundreds of Thousands from Paymasters, Bottom Buyers, Defaulters, and Thieves; Fought More Rough-and-Tumble Fights Than Any Man in America, and Was the Most Daring Gambler in the World. Austin: Steck-Vaughn, [1967]. [16] 300 pp., portrait, plates. 8vo, original maroon cloth gilt with gilt illustration of a hand holding three playing cards. Very fine in publisher’s slipcase. Christmas card from Steck-Vaughn laid in.

     Facsimile of the first edition (Cincinnati, 1887). Introduction by John O. West. Graff 1071n. Howes D295n. In the introduction, editor West discusses the strange coincidence of two orphan runaways both on board the steamer Corvette on the Rio Grande during the Mexican-American War. One was George H. Devol, and the other was Richard King, who went on to found the King Ranch. West also reveals that early in his gambling career, Devol played roulette alongside Juan Cortinas, the noted Mexican bandit and cattle rustler. Among Devol’s anecdotes are some relating to cowboys, a favorite target of gamblers of the day. In “Rattlesnake Jack” Devol tells of cleverly extracting several thousand dollars from “Rattlesnake Jack” (Jackson McGee) in a game of three-card monte. In an ironic twist, “Rattlesnake Jack” had told Devol that he was on his way to Texas and intended to utilize three-card monte to win the money of Texas cowboys. In “The Cattle Buyer” Devol tells of “getting a nice slice” ($4,700) from a good-natured, cool-headed Texas cattle buyer in a game of euchre. In “The Green Cow Boy” Devol used the old reliable game of euchre to sucker $10,000 from an El Paso cowboy.

DOBIE, J. Frank. Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver. New York: Bantam Books, [1951]. [12] 212 pp. 16mo, original multicolor pictorial wraps by Tom Lea. Remarkably fine, especially for a popular paperback of this vintage. This one is from Dudley R. Dobie’s library and looks so fresh that it must have been immediately stashed with his other treasures.

     First paperback edition (unabridged). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 128) McVicker A7b. Dobie for the masses, with histrionic advertising blurb on half-title: “Fabulous wealth and incredibly savagery.... The REAL Southwest. Out of the turbulent history of the Southwest comes this record of blood and treasure. Here are the arrogant Spaniards sweltering in armor and encased in fear. Here is the twang of an Apache arrow, the flat crack of a rifle, the rattle of pistol fire. And here is also silence—the shimmering, heat-cracked silence of the vast Southwest.”

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. Coronado’s Children.... New York: Literary Guild of America, 1931. Reading copy.

DOBIE, J. Frank. Lost Mines of the Old West: Coronado’s Children. London: Hammond, Hammond and Company, [1960]. xv [1] 367 pp., text illustrations by Mead. 8vo, original ecru cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j. with illustration of treasure hunter looking very much like JFD.

     First British edition.Basic Texas Books 45H. McVicker A2d, “A line-by-line reprint from the Southwest Press trade edition.” Mead’s plates omitted.

    

DOBIE, J. Frank. Lost Mines of the Old West: Coronado’s Children. London: Hammond, Hammond and Company, [1960]. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original red cloth. Mild staining at lower hinge, else very fine in d.j. with same illustration as preceding.

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. Do Rattlesnakes Swallow Their Young? Austin: Texas Folklore Society, 1946. 24 pp. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Fine.

     First separate printing, offprint from Texas Folklore Society Publication 21 (Austin, 1946). McVicker D36. JFD, who likes rattlesnakes because “they make the country more interesting and more natural,” presents firsthand accounts (mostly from cowboys and ranchers) documenting that rattlesnakes sometimes swallow their young to protect them.

DOBIE, J. Frank. The Flavor of Texas. Dallas: Dealey & Lowe, 1936. [12] 287 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by Alexander Hogue. 8vo, original orange and cream cloth printed in dark blue, plain beige spine, without GTT at foot, top edges uncolored. Very fine in d.j., back of d.j. damaged (salmon and cream pattern with illustration of Texas flag and leaping man firing a pistol). Signed by author.

     First edition, second issue binding, second issue d.j. Campbell, p. 105. Cook 16. Dobie, p. 51: “Considerable social history”; p. 55: “Chapters on Bean, Green, Duval, Kendall, and other representers of the fighting Texans.” Dykes, My Dobie Collection, p. 8: “Hard to find and expensive” (#11 on his rarities list). Guns 602. Herd 691. McVicker A5. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 8. References to cowboys and ranching are found throughout, and two chapters are specifically devoted to ranching history (“Riders of the Stars” and “The Trail Driver Breed”). One of Hogue’s striking black-and-white illustrations shows a cowboy drinking water from a cow track, with Ab Blocker’s famous quote about how he had “drunk more water out of cow tracks than any trail driver left alive.” JFD includes a first-rate chapter on “How Texas Was Hell on Women.”

DOBIE, J. Frank. The Flavor of Texas. Austin: [Designed by Larry Smitherman for] Jenkins Publishing Company, 1975. [8] 167 pp. Large 8vo, original tan cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     Second edition (illustrations omitted).

DOBIE, J. Frank. Hunting Cousin Sally [wrapper title]. Austin: Privately published, 1963. 14 pp. (printed in double column). Large 8vo, original blue pictorial wrappers (portrait of Ike Pryor in his hand-me-down Union uniform, by William Wittliff). Lightly foxed, else fine.

     First separate issue, offprint from Southwest Review (Summer 1963), the Dobies’ Christmas greeting for 1963. McVicker D84. Whaley, Wittliff 3. JFD’s biographical notes on cattleman Ike Pryor are followed by Pryor’s firsthand recollections, including how the eighteen-year-old orphan became involved with the cattle business when he was working as a farmhand near Austin: “I could watch the herds of Longhorns trailing by, see the cowboys, and smell the trail dust. I wasn’t a bit satisfied with keeping my eyes on a pair of mule ears and walking up one row and down another between a pair of plow handles. Moreover, I had learned that cowboys were getting thirty dollars a month, while here I was getting just fifteen. I took the cow fever.” One of Pryor’s witticisms is: “Any cowman of open range days who claimed never to have put his brand on somebody else’s animal was either a liar or a poor roper.”

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 Mustangs. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, [1952]. xvii [1] 376 pp., color frontispiece and text illustrations (some full-page), illustrated endpapers by Charles Banks Wilson. 8vo, original blue and tan pictorial cloth. Very fine in very good d.j.,(Wilson illustrations on front and back).

     First trade edition, first issue d.j. (with Wilson drawing of mustangs on rear panel). McVicker A14a(3). WLA, Literary History of the American West, p. 541: “The Mustangs may well prove to be the most enduring of Dobie’s books. The English Romantic, the lover of the open range, and the critic of contemporary society merge into the marvelously elegiac opening lines of the volume: ‘Like the wild West Wind that Shelley yearned to be, the mustangs, the best ones at least, were “tameless, and swift, and proud”.... ’ He wrote obliquely of the spiritual truth of freedom, a value he believed the wild horses and their world embodied. Such a principle, of course, had been defined by Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the few American writers to significantly influence Dobie. The tales and facts collected in the book, however, have a vital tang of actual experience that transcends the abstract message.”

DOBIE, J. Frank. Rattlesnakes. Boston: Little, Brown, [1965]. [9] 201 pp., illustrated title page. 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j.

     First edition. McVicker A19. The majority of the rattler incidents JFD describes occurred on ranches or trail drives. JFD interviewed Charles Goodnight in 1926, and includes his account of the giant rattler that saved the lives of Oliver Loving and One-Armed Bill Wilson during an encounter with Comanche warriors on their grueling trail drive from Palo Pinto County, Texas, to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in 1867. In typical JFD style, he supplements Goodnight’s account of the same incident with those of Bill Wilson, J. Evetts Haley, Loving’s great grand-daughter, and others.

     A. C. Greene and His Library: “I am not one of that recent tribe that seems so eager to topple [Dobie] from the lofty position he continues to hold in Southwestern letters. Dobie wrote about what Dobie knew: nature and what he called ‘natural men.’ Rattlesnakes is a good example of Dobie writing about nature in a serious but amusing vein.”

         

[DOBIE, J. FRANK]. GADDIS, Isabel. Presentation of the Isabel Gaddis Collection of J. Frank Dobie by Dr. and Mrs. Charles N. Prothro. [Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones], 1970. [24] pp., frontispiece portrait of Dobie, text illustrations. 8vo, original pale grey wrappers with illustration of Dobie’s symbolic roadrunner. Mint in original mailing envelope.

     First printing. Dykes, “Not in Cook” 241. Includes an introduction on J. Frank Dobie and Isabel Gaddis, along with photographs illustrating the collection.

DODGE, Richard Irving. The Hunting Grounds of the Great West: A Description of the Plains, Game, and Indians of the Great North American Desert.... With an Introduction by William Blackmore. London: Chatto & Windus, 1878. lvii [1] 448 pp., photographic frontispiece portrait of author, 20 engraved plates, folding lithographed map with partial and outline coloring (Map of the Western States and Territories of the United States Showing All the Existing Indian Reservations and the Buffalo Range in 1830 and 1876, 21.7 x 31.5 cm). Thick 8vo, original red gilt-pictorial cloth stamped in black. Moderate outer wear, book block partially detached from binding, lower blank margins of two preliminary leaves stained, a few old tape repairs to map verso, text and plates clean and fine. Engraved armorial bookplate of John George Fenwick and British book dealer’s small printed label on front pastedown.

     Second English edition (first English edition London, 1877; first American edition New York, 1877). Campbell, p. 127: “The best part of the book is on the bison. This information the author obtained in 1870 from the buffalo hunter J. Wright Moar, when he visited Fort Dodge.” Dobie, p. 151: “Outstanding survey of outstanding wild creatures.” Graff 1113n. Howes D404.

     Though primarily a survey of Native American culture in the Great Plains and Rockies, we include this book here for its excellent material on buffalo and wild cattle. J. Frank Dobie cited this work extensively in his Longhorns for its chapter on “Wild Cattle,” which is mostly concerned with Texas longhorns. Dodge believes that buffalo and wild cattle can be cross-bred, but only when the buffalo cow is the mother of the mule. One of the plates depicts Native Americans rustling livestock.

DONNELLY, Thomas C. (ed.). Rocky Mountain Politics. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, [1940]. vi [2] 304 pp., text maps. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Light shelf wear, edges and endpapers moderately foxed, otherwise fine in d.j.

     First edition.Herd 715. Malone, Wyomingiana, p. 21: “Introductory chapter discussing geography, people, economic picture, voting habits of the region. Gives an excellent general history and survey of the state as a background for its politics.” Paher, Nevada 488. Saunders 4043. State-by-state review of Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Arizona, with sheep and cattle discussed in sections on economy.

DRAGO, Harry Sinclair. Wild, Woolly, and Wicked: The History of the Kansas Cowtowns and the Texas Cattle Trade. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, [1960]. viii [2] 354 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original brown cloth. Light foxing to fore-edges and d.j.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:114. Guns 629: “This book does much to debunk some of the nonsense written about the Earps.” This is the story of the cattle boom towns, dusty villages that sprung up around the cattle trade—Dodge City, Abilene, Wichita, and others. This book, which was Drago’s first historical work, won the Buffalo Award for best Western book of the year.

DYKES, Jeff C. Billy the Kid:The Bibliography of a Legend. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1952. 186 pp., frontispiece by Charles Russell. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Corner bumped, endpapers lightly foxed, generally fine.

     First edition, second printing, with corrections. Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:94. Thrapp IV, pp. 152-53: “Jefferson Chenworth Dykes (1900-1989), writer, bibliographer, born at Dallas, Texas...graduated from Texas A & M in 1921.... Meanwhile he had become a book collector, eventually accumulating some 16,000 volumes; book appraiser (he appraised the J. Frank Dobie collection for the University of Texas); book reviewer and bibliographer. He wrote Billy the Kid: The Bibliography of a Legend (1952), which Ramon Adams judged...`the first complete list of materials on this young outlaw...’ Dykes was working on a revised edition at his death.” Jeff was also one of the great bookdealers, especially for Cow Country books.  

EICKEMEYER, Rudolf. Letters from the South-West. [Astor Place, New York: Press of J. J. Little], 1894. 111 pp., plates and text illustrations (including frontispiece of author riding a horse) by E. W. Deming. 4to, original three-quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, paneled spine with raised bands. Joints cracked, spine worn and chipped, otherwise a very good but fragile copy. Presentation inscription to “Friend Butcher” (perhaps photographer Solomon D. Butcher?) signed by author and artist.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Deming 43). Herd 750: “Scarce.... Letters written by an educated New Yorker seeking health in the Southwest, in which he gives some information on the cowboy.” Howes E84. The author, an electrical engineer who fled Germany in 1848, invented a hat-curling machine and designed motors for an elevator company (later to be known as Otis). Eickemeyer traveled from New York to San Antonio and on to El Paso and Santa Fe. He quotes a letter written by his son Carl (see previous entry) at El Paso in 1893, describing ranches in the El Paso area and around Hueco Tanks:

     “I have spent a good deal of time with the cow-boys down in this section, taking trips out to their ranches and into the mountains with them, and have gotten a fair insight into the cattle business. There are only a few losses that the ranchman here has to guard against. He does not have to worry about cattle being frozen, taken sick, or straying very far from the ‘cow-camp,’ which is generally situated near the tanks or springs where they come to get water.... Now and then a cattle thief will start at the northern part of the State, with a few head of cattle, and pick up others from the different ranches all along the Rio Grande, where he will cross with them into Mexico. In this way they sometimes collect a herd of many hundred cattle, which they sell the Mexicans. At other times the thieves are killed by some of the cow-boys before they reach their destination.”

     In the latter section of the book, the author narrates his travels in Santa Fe and New Mexico, where artist Deming’s horse was stolen by Apache or Navajo. The author states that most of Deming’s illustrations in the book were made from life.

ELLIMAN, SONS & COMPANY. The Uses of Elliman’s Embrocation for Horses, Dogs, Birds, Cattle. Slough, England: Elliman, Sons & Company, 1899. 184 [2] pp., engraved frontispiece, text illustrations (some full-page), ads. 8vo, original gilt-lettered purple cloth. Binding faded, spine damaged, lower hinge cracked and endpaper torn—fair copy only.

     “Second edition” (according to title; RLIN, OCLC, and British Museum Catalogue show no earlier edition). A first-aid manual for animals, with descriptions of various cattle ailments and accidents, including choking, cramps, delirium, dislocations, glossitis, warbles, and lightning (no remedy for the latter, alas, but the author notes that in many cases fire insurance will cover the loss). Amazingly, many of the maladies described can be cured or eased by purchasing Elliman’s Embrocation.

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. Light tape stains to endpapers, else fine in worn 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).

FARBER, James. Texans with Guns. San Antonio: Naylor, [1950]. xi [1] 196 pp., text illustrations by R. L. McCollister. 8vo, original yellow cloth. Binding stained at joints and edges, light foxing to endpapers and prelims, good to very good copy, in near fine d.j. with one small chip. Signed and inscribed by author on half-title. Small printed label of O. Henry Book Store of San Antonio on back pastedown.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:125. Dykes, Kid 408. Guns 695: “Covers most of the Texas gunmen.” In this volume, which explores the role of guns in forming the society of Texas, the chapter on “Winchester Quarantine” describes violence due to Texas fever and Texas trail herds in the early 1880s. The author quotes a letter written by Charles Goodnight admonishing a neighboring rancher against driving his cattle through Goodnight’s land: “I hope you will not treat this as idle talk, for I mean every word of this. My cattle are now dying of fever contracted from cattle driven through here and therefore do not have any hope you can convince me your cattle will not give mine the fever. This we will not speak of. I simply say you will not pass through in good health” (p. 96).

FAULKNER-HORNE, Shirley. Mexican Saddle. London: H. F. & G. Witherby, [1947]. 182 pp., plates (sketches by Peter Beigel). 12mo, original magenta cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, endpapers browned. Very good in lightly worn d.j.

     First edition, second printing (first printing, 1946). D.j. blurb: “A thrilling mystery story centred round a Mexican saddle which makes its appearance at a village jumble sale.”

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. A bit loose and endpapers lightly foxed.

     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. Poor copy.

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

FORREST, Earle R. Missions and Pueblos of the Old Southwest: Their Myths, Legends, Fiestas, and Ceremonies, with Some Accounts of the Indian Tribes and Their Dances; and of the Penitentes. Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1929. 386 pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine, t.e.g. light shelf wear, opened, otherwise fine.

     First trade edition (Clark published a 2-vol. limited issue of 100 copies in 1928; the second volume was an atlas). Campbell, p. 102. Clark & Brunet 87: “Forrest spent twenty-five years researching this work. He traveled extensively throughout the Southwest visiting historic ruins, pueblos, and tribes. Much information of an ethnographic nature is contained in the work. Forrest gathered together an important collection of photographs of the missions and pueblos before modern changes were made.” Laird, Hopi 920: “Much of Forrest’s Hopi material is firsthand from his visits to the mesas soon after the turn of the century but he has also done his homework. This is a good readable survey of the Indians and churches of the Southwest.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 597n. Saunders 2172. Wallace, Arizona History III:19.

     This work contains valuable information on Father Kino and his work (Kino is considered to be the Father of Ranching in the Southwest). Information on cattle ranches is provided, including San Bernardino Ranch, C O Bar, and the Gandara Ranch, the latter one of the most famous of the old Spanish ranches in the entire Southwest in the 1830s and 1840s: “From his great adobe mansion, surrounded by an army of peons and vaqueros, Don Manuel ruled like a feudal baron of old while his cattle grazed on a thousand hills, until a change in political fortunes forced him to flee from Mexico to California” (pp. 259-61).

FRASER, Chelsea. Heroes of the Wilds. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1923]. x [2] 372 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Light shelf wear, fore-edges and endpapers lightly foxed, small ownership label on front pastedown, overall very good.

     First edition. Popular history dedicated “to the red-blooded men who, menaced daily by danger, earn an honest living under the wide roof of the sky,” with chapters on cowboys, Texas Rangers, loggers, etc. The chapter on cowboys has a vintage photo of a cowboy twirling his lariat (by Underwood & Underwood).

FRENCH, Joseph Lewis (ed.). A Gallery of Old Rogues. New York: Alfred H. King, [1931]. 285 pp. 8vo, original red cloth. Light shelf wear, mild foxing to fore-edges and endpapers, overall fine.

     First edition. Dykes, Kid 166. Guns 768: “An anthology concerning outlaws, some from the American West, such as Billy the Kid, Al Jennings, and Joseph Slade.” Contributors include Mark Twain (on Slade), Owen White, Walter Noble Burns, and William Jennings.

FUGATE, Francis. The Spanish Heritage of the Southwest.... El Paso: Carl Hertzog [and] Texas Western Press, 1952. [35] pp., 12 full-page illustrations and map by José Cisneros. Small folio, original red cloth over “adobe” boards. Very fine in fine d.j. Signed by Hertzog.

     First edition, limited deluxe edition (525 copies, #452 of 475 copies printed on white Andorra Text paper). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 76). Lowman, Printing Arts in Texas, pp. 19, 53; Printer at the Pass 78.

GARD, Wayne. Fabulous Quarter Horse, Steel Dust: The True Account of the Most Celebrated Texas Stallion. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, [1958]. 64 pp., illustrations by Nick Eggenhofer. 4to, original terracotta pictorial cloth gilt. Binding lightly worn at edges, else very fine in d.j.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer 78); Western High Spots, p. 83 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Story of one of the famous sires of this purely American breed so popular as cow horses.” Guns 798: “Has some material on Sam Bass, mostly about his race horse, the Denton Mare.”

GARD, Wayne. Frontier Justice. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1949. xi [1] 324 pp., plates (many photographic), map. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Mild foxing to fore-edges, endpapers lightly browned, otherwise fine in price-clipped and lightly worn d.j.

     First edition. Campbell, p. 163: “Comprehensive account of the broad lines of the development of justice in the West, of the sudden and swiftly advancing steps in the process of civilizing the frontier. There are chapters on Indian atrocities, early feuds, vigilantes, range wars, cattle and sheep wars, strife with fence cutters, and the Johnson County War.... Well documented, handsomely illustrated, and readable.” Dobie, p. 103: “Useful bibliography of range books.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #77. Dykes, Kid 401. Guns 800: “Deals with...cattle rustlers, such outlaws and gunmen as Sam Bass, Billy the Kid, the Earps, John Wesley Hardin, Wild Bill Hickok, and Ben Thompson, and the Lincoln County and Johnson County wars.” Herd 877.

GARRETT, Pat F. Authentic Story of Billy the Kid. Foreword by John M. Scanland and Eyewitness Reports Edited by J. Brussel. New York: Atomic Books, 1946. 128 pp. 12mo, original pictorial wrappers. Wrappers worn, abrasion to top corner of upper wrapper affecting spine, text browned and fragile, overall good.

     A cheap reprint of the first edition (1882) with some new material, such as analysis of the Kid’s handwriting. Dykes, Kid 361. Guns 809.

GIBSON, Arrell Morgan (ed.). Ranching in the West: Journal of the West 14:3, July 1975. viii, 160 pp., illustration by H. Jordan Rollins on p. 1, ads. 8vo, original grey-and-white printed wrappers. Light wear and foxing, otherwise fine.      First printing. This issue of the Journal includes “Texan Influence in Nineteenth-Century Arizona Cattle Ranching” by Terry Jordan; “Western Livestock Policy during the 1950s” by Edward L. and Frederick Shapsmeier; and “Cattlemen’s Association in New Mexico Territory.”

GIBSON, George Rutledge. Journal of a Soldier under Kearny and Doniphan, 1846-1847.... Edited by Ralph Bieber. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1935. 371 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, foldout map. 8vo, original maroon cloth, spine gilt, t.e.g. Shelf wear, browning to preliminary pages, spine sunned, ink ownership inscription on front free endpaper, overall fine.    

First edition. Southwest Historical Series 3. Clark & Brunet 19:III. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 180. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 216. Howes S791. Rittenhouse 240: “In 1846 [Gibson] enlisted in the Army of the West under Kearny and marched over the SFT. In Santa Fe he was editor of the Santa Fe Republican in 1847 and returned east over the Trail in 1848. The length of his journal and [editor] Bieber’s careful notes make this a valuable work.” Saunders 2918.

GIPSON, Fred. 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. Endpapers with light browning, otherwise fine in d.j. with a few short tears reinforced on verso.

     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.

GIPSON, Fred. Fabulous Empire: Colonel Zack Miller’s Story. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company & Riverside Press, 1946. ix [3] 411 pp. 8vo, original tan cloth. Binding lightly worn and faded at spine, good with Robert Platt’s bookplate.

     First edition. Introduction by Donald Day. Campbell, p. 82: “The 101 Ranch in Oklahoma was famous. It grossed more than a million dollars a year until World War I and the depression brought that Western empire down.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 39. Dobie, p. 104: “Biography of Zack Miller of the 101 Ranch and 101 Wild West Show.” Guns 835: “Contains some information on Henry Starr.” Herd 898.

GOODNIGHT, Charles, et al. Pioneer Days in the Southwest from 1850 to 1879: Thrilling Descriptions of Buffalo Hunting, Indian Fighting and Massacres, Cowboy Life and Home Building. Contributions by Charles Goodnight, Emanuel Dubbs, John A. Hart and Others.  Guthrie, Oklahoma: State Capital Company, 1909. 320 pp., 20 plates, including color frontispiece of Adobe Walls Fight by “Tivizey” (mostly photographic portraits and scenes, a few from line drawings). 8vo, original green cloth, spine gilt lettered and decorated in black, upper cover stamped with pictorial design in black and gilt-lettered. Light outer wear, one corner bumped, front hinge splitting, text with uniform browning, book dealer’s small label on front pastedown, overall very good.

     Second edition, second issue. In this issue the first letter of the title is undamaged, there is an edition statement (“Second Edition”) on title verso, the distance between the rules and the copyright statement is .02 cm, the first word of page iii is “Introduction,” page v contains two full paragraphs, the index leaf is the same as in the first issue, and the plate at p. 107 is oriented landscape. The cover stamping has the device on the spine and the bars at the extremities. On the front board, the stamp has the “h” printing just above the circle. The frontispiece is present.

     In this second issue, the added paragraph at the end of the introduction is a virulent denunciation of Native Americans concentrating on their supposed atrocities when on the warpath: “They would, and did to my own personal knowledge, take the babe from its mother’s arms and beat out its brains against the door frame, and then work their pleasure on the mother and cruelly mutilate and kill her afterwards, sparing no one, young or old, male or female.”

     Dobie, p. 105: “Good on the way frontier ranch families lived. The writers show no sense of humor and no idea of being literary.” Graff 1802. Herd 903: “Scarce.... An enlarged reprint with the additions of History of Pioneer Days, by John A. Hart, and thus considered a second edition.” Howes H258. Saunders 2921. Tate, Indians of Texas 2363: “Personal stories of thirteen pioneers...who lived in north central and northwestern Texas during the mid-nineteenth century. Their accounts are filled with stories of ‘savage’ Comanche and Kiowa raids and pursuits by civilian defense groups and Texas Rangers. Despite the one-sided nature of these stories, they contain much useful information on frontier hardship and adventure.”

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 green cloth. Shelf-slanted with abrasions at edges, endpapers lightly browned, otherwise fine in d.j. with tear at upper spine.

     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.

GRIMES, Roy (ed.). 300 Years in Victoria County. Victoria, Texas: Victoria Advocate Publishing Company, [1968]. [16] 649 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, text illustrations (photographs and sketches by Tom Jones). 8vo, original teal cloth gilt. Very fine in d.j., slight foxing to fore-edges, signed and dated by author.

     First edition. This comprehensive history of coastal Texas, center of early Anglo-American settlement, is rich in ranching material, including Spanish and Mexican land grants, devoting almost 75 pages to the subject. Included are lists of early, important ranchers, the founders who owned giant spreads, and even a whole chapter on slaughter and packing plants.

GRINNELL, George Bird. When Buffalo Ran. New Haven & London: Yale University Press & Oxford University Press, 1920. 114 [2] pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original tan pictorial boards printed in green and black, lettering in dark brown. Boards browned and worn at spine, endpapers browned, some foxing to first few leaves, otherwise fine.  

     First edition. Campbell, p. 128. Dobie, pp. 159-60: “Noble and beautifully simple.... Specific on work from a buffalo horse.” Rader 1703: “Social life and customs of Indians of North America.” This classic is the story of Wikis, a Plains Indian who grew up in the mid-1800s. The narrative frequently involves the narrator’s encounters with buffalo and the role they played in his tribe’s life.

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