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October 26, 2007


258. [WESTERN AMERICANA].  Approximately 25 books.  See below for full inventory.  ($700-1,400)

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. “Western Interpreters” in Southwest Review 10:1 (October 1924). Pp. 70-74. 8vo, original rose printed wrappers. Spine faded, fragile wraps chipped and torn, light foxing to fore-edges, paper uniformly age-toned, overall very good.

     First printing. Hudson, Andy Adams, pp. 203: “Andy was induced by Dobie and Webb to write an article for the Southwest Review.... [It is] his sole critical essay.” Adams declares that “The Cattle industry was a primal factor in winning the West and has proved to be an inviting field for pen and pencil. Yet when reduced to a last analysis, transcripts of life, the books about it reveal few values. The primal, high notes have been overlooked, and its mole hills have been magnified into mountains.”    

[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, ANDY]. HUDSON, Wilson M. Andy Adams: His Life and Writings. Dallas: [Designed by William D. Wittliff for] Southern Methodist University Press, 1964. xv [1] 274 pp., photographic plates, decorated endpapers. 8vo, original half pale yellow linen over brown cloth. Fine in near fine d.j.

     First edition.Guns 1060. Smith S2694. Whaley, Wittliff 4: “Reviews Adams’ experiences in the later days of the open range and trail, discusses the sources and literary value of his novels and stories, and recounts his friendship with southwestern literary lights.”    

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. Tape stains to pastedowns and flyleaves, otherwise very fine in d.j.

     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.]. TheLegendary West: An Exhibit by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library. [Dallas]: Dallas Public Library, 1965. [8] 47 [7] pp., photographs, illustrations. 8vo, original multicolor decorated wrappers, stapled. Tear at staple on spine, scratch on front wrapper, otherwise fine.

     First edition.Guns 11. Catalogue by Ramon Adams. The exhibit included items about Belle Starr, Buffalo Bill, Billy the Kid, and Calamity Jane, as well as classic and important books on the cattle trade.    

ADAMS, Ramon F. The Rampaging Herd: A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets on Men and Events in the Cattle Industry. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1959]. xix [1] 463 [1] pp., facsimiles. 8vo, original green cloth. Tape stains to endpapers, otherwise fine in d.j.

     First edition.Basic Texas Books B2: “Comprehensive checklist of 2,651 works on the cattle industry, with some critical commentary.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Beeler 28); Western High Spots, pp. 77, 86 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Mohr, The Range Country 615: “The only full bibliography on the subject, and indispensable.” Reese, Six Score 4. Wallace, Arizona History 67.    

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 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.    

BILLINGTON, Ray A[llen]. America’s Frontier Culture: Three Essays. College Station & London: Texas A&M University Press, [1977]. 97 pp. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     First edition. Includes the essay “Cowboys, Indians, and the Land of Promise.”    

BOATRIGHT, Mody C. Mody Boatright, Folklorist: A Collection of Essays. Austin & London: University of Texas Press for Texas Folklore Society, [1973]. xxvi, 198 pp., frontispiece portrait of Boatright, text illustrations. 8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     First edition. Edited and with an introduction by Ernest B. Steck; “Biographical Essay” by Harry Ransom; and foreword by Wayland D. Hand. A series of essays by Boatright, many exploring the folklore of the West and its impact on the U.S. Essays include “Frontier Humor,” “The American Myth Rides the Range: Owen Wister’s Man on Horseback,” “Theodore Roosevelt, Social Darwinism, and the Cowboy,” “How Will Boatright Made Bits and Spurs,” etc.    

[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).    

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).    

CARROLL, H. Bailey. Texas County Histories: A Bibliography. Foreword by Walter Prescott Webb. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1943. xxxii, 200 pp., frontispiece portrait of E. L. Shettles (“Texan Bibliographer Unexcelled”) by Bugbee, title with county map of Texas, foldout Texas county map. 8vo, original beige linen. Slight foxing to spine, edges of covers, and fore-edges, otherwise fine, untrimmed and unopened.

     First edition.Basic Texas Books B37: “The first checklist on the subject, with an introduction by Walter Prescott Webb.” CBC 4947. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 29). Dobie, p. 58. Tate, Indians of Texas 26: “Though...dated, this remains a valuable reference tool because it includes all books, pamphlets, articles, theses, dissertations, and even some manuscript items.” Because county and local histories are frequently so dense in information and biography, this work contains many good leads into ranching history in Texas.    

CARROLL, H. Bailey & Milton R. Gutsch (eds.). Texas History Theses: A Check List of the Theses and Dissertations Relating to Texas History Accepted at the University of Texas, 1893-1951. Austin: Texas [State] Historical Association, 1955. xiii [1] 208 pp., frontispiece illustration of the old Barker Texas History Center. 8vo, original tan linen. Very fine in slipcase with small stain on spine label.

     First edition.Basic Texas Books B38: “A useful, indexed guide with content summaries to 470 theses and dissertations, updated periodically in issues of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.CBC 4948. Tate, Indians of Texas 27: “Many...contain single chapters on local Indian history.” Valuable research tool containing many listings of interest for ranching. Perhaps the most notable is John Evetts Haley’s “A Survey of Texas Cattle Drives to the North, 1866-1895,” but there are many others indexed under cattle, cattle brands, cattle drives, cattle markets, cattle ranges, and specific ranches including the XIT, JA, and King ranches.    

CARROLL, John Alexander. Reflections of Western Historians. Papers of the Seventh Annual Conference of the Western History Association on the History of Western America San Francisco, California: October 12-14, 1967. [Tucson]: University of Arizona Press, [1969]. xiv, 314 pp. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in d.j. with light wear at head of spine.

     First edition. Western Historical Studies 1967. Articles include David B. Gracy, “George W. Littlefield: From Cattle to Colonization, 1871-1920,” Lewis G. Thomas, “The Umbrella and the Mosaic: The French-English Presence and the Significance of the Canadian Prairie West,” and Earl Pomeroy, “The West and New Nations in Other Continents.”    

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.”  $150.00  DRD 5290

DAVIS, Britton. The Truth about Geronimo. New Haven, London & Oxford: Yale University Press, Humphrey Milford & Oxford University Press, 1929. xvii [1] 253 pp., frontispiece (photographic portrait of Geronimo), photographic plates, map. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Slight abrading to binding, top edge of text-block foxed, overall very good, in worn d.j. with front inner flap missing.

     First edition, edited and with introduction by Milo Milton Quaife. Campbell, pp. 39-40. Dobie, p. 33: “Davis helped run Geronimo down.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 428n. Rader 1066. Saunders 719. Wallace, Arizona History XIV: 34. WLA, Literary History of the American West, p. 107: “With the exception of Custer’s Last Stand, no incident in the Indian Wars became more clouded in controversy than did the surrender of Geronimo.... None of those writers, however, had credentials superior to those of Britton Davis, one of the promising junior officers selected to serve with the Apache scouts.... A key participant in many of the important events of the last Apache campaigns, Davis writes of them with surprising skill.”

     Davis includes material on transborder cattle rustling carried out by Geronimo and his band. In Chapter 7, Davis recounts the 1886 surrender of Geronimo to Davis and his Apache scouts at Sulfur Springs Ranch in Arizona. Geronimo’s entourage of almost one hundred men, women, and children also included a herd of ponies and cattle stolen from Mexican ranches. “I called [Geronimo’s] attention to the cloud of dust that was slowly approaching. ‘Ganado’ he explained, laconically, in Spanish. And cattle they were, 350 head of beeves, cows, and half-grown calves stolen from the Mexican ranches just below the international line. My heart beats went up to a record!” (p. 85).

DOBIE, J. Frank. Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest.... Austin: University of Texas Press, 1943. 111 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations (some full-page) by Russell, Borein, Bugbee, et al. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers.  Fine, in original mailing envelope.

     First edition of a pivotal book in the literary historiography of the West (“one of J. Frank Dobie’s most significant contributions to the recognition and study of southwestern literature was his initiation and teaching of a celebrated course at the University of Texas at Austin: ‘The Life and Literature of the Southwest’.... From this course emerged Dobie’s...Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest”—WLA, Literary History of the American West, p. 505). Basic Texas Books B73: “A delightful, intensely subjective guide to Dobie’s favorite books.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Borein 51), (Bugbee 65), (Dunton 40), (Hurd 67), (Lea 140), (Leigh 91), (Santee 40), (Thomason 21). Guns 603. Herd 692. McVicker A10a(1).

     Powell, Southwest Classics, p. 348: “[Dobie] met departmental skepticism of a course he proposed on the Life and Literature of the Southwest. When his colleagues questioned that there was any literature, Dobie countered that there was plenty of life and he’d teach it. He did both. The course proved legendary. He kept expanding its syllabus until its final publication as Guide to the Life and Literature of the Southwest, then and now the best of all books of its kind.” Saunders 273b. Yost & Renner, Russell, p. 248 (“Appearances”).

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 & 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 (ed.). Publications of the Texas Folk-Lore Society, Number IV. Austin: Texas Folk-Lore Society, 1925. Another copy. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers bound in later red cloth. Slight wear to wraps, top edge lightly foxed, overall fine.


DOBIE, J. Frank (ed.). Publications of the Texas Folk-Lore Society V. Austin: Texas Folk-Lore Society, 1926. 190 pp., printed music. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers bound in later green cloth. Binding lightly stained, fore-edges lightly foxed, else very fine.

     First edition, wrappers issue.Basic Texas Books 203:5. CBC 290 & 4204. Cook 77B. McVicker B5(a).

     Ranch content includes: Branch Isbell’s “Episodes at Ranch Community Dances”; JFD’s “The Tournament in Texas” (early Texas rodeo-like affairs with a Southern flavor of chivalry); Mary Daggett Lake’s “Pioneer Christmas Customs of Tarrant County” (includes cowboy dances); John K. Strecker’s “On the Origin of Reptile Myths” (cow-puncher beliefs that rattlesnakes, owls, and prairie dogs cohabit burrows; horse-hair rope protects against rattlesnakes; cowboy mythology about “The Great Water Dog of the Plains”; etc).

DOBIE, J. Frank (ed.). Publications of the Texas Folk-Lore Society V. Austin: Texas Folk-Lore Society, 1926. Another copy. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers hand bound in half red calf over green cloth by Dr. S. K. Stroud. Wraps lightly chipped, else fine.


DOBIE, J. Frank (ed.). Puro Mexicano. Austin: [Designed by H. Stanley Marcus for the] Texas Folk-Lore Society, 1935. [2] x, 261 pp., title illustrated with sombrero. 8vo, half black cloth over rose cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, otherwise fine, in original glassine d.j.

     First edition, cloth issue. Publications of the Texas Folk-Lore Society 12. Basic Texas Books 203:12. McVicker B21. Paul S. Taylor’s “Songs of Mexican Migration” includes the corrido “The Two Rancheros” (dialogue between a returned emigrant and a rancher who remained in Mexico). Sarah S. McKellar, a native Texan and the wife of a Scottish rancher in Mexico, relates the tale “Br’er Coyote” as told by her ranch cook. In the telling, McKellar provides social history on ranch life at La Mariposa in northern Coahuila. In Joe Storm’s “Sons of the Devil,” Jim Jackson, a cowman of the old school, tells of Mescalero Apache stealing horses from Texan and Mexican ranches and the tale of Diablo, a big black stallion thought to be a medicine horse. Simple, elegant design by Stanley Marcus of Nieman-Marcus fame.


[DOBIE, J. FRANK]. DANIEL, Price, Jr. Texas and the West.... Waco: [Designed by Carl Hertzog for Price Daniel, Jr., 1963]. [32] pp., text illustrations (including photographic portrait of JFD). 8vo, original brown illustrated wrappers with Tom Lea’s portrait of Dobie. Very fine.

     First edition, wrappers issue. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 159B.

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.  

DYKES, Jeff C. Law on a Wild Frontier: Four Sheriffs of Lincoln County. Washington: Potomac Corral of the Westerners, 1969. iv, 25 [2] pp., text illustrations (photographic portraits, Russell, Remington), map. 8vo, original yellow pictorial wrappers. Fine.

     First trade edition. The Great Western Series 5. Dykes explores the lives of four sheriffs of Lincoln County: William Brady, Pat Garrett, John Poe, and George Curry. Though the book is ostensibly about these men, the overarching theme is Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War.

DYKSTRA, Robert R. The Cattle Towns. New York: Knopf, 1968. [12] 386, x [2] pp., photographic plates, maps. 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine in d.j.

     First edition. Adams, Burs II:60. Guns 656: “The author treats the Kansas cowtowns from a different angle.... He concentrates on their growth, economic condition, and decline rather than upon the lawlessness so often emphasized.” Reese, Six Score 35: “A social history of the Kansas cattle towns written almost entirely from primary sources. Few books have dealt seriously with the realities of life in the cattle trading centers of Abilene, Ellsworth, Wichita, and Dodge City, and none as well or as completely as this.” 

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. Ink signature of Donald D. Brand on upper wrapper; laid in are two letters between Brand and Terry G. Jordan discussing the latter’s article in this issue of the journal.

     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.”

Sold. Hammer: $700.00; Price Realized: $822.50

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