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October 26, 2007


260. [WESTERN AMERICANA]. Approximately 45 books.  See below for full inventory.  ($1,500-3,000)

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).    

BARNES, Charles M. Combats and Conquests of Immortal Heroes Sung in Song and Told in Story. San Antonio: Guessaz & Ferlet, 1910. 268 pp., color frontispiece of Onderdonk’s Alamo painting, photographic illustrations. Large 8vo, original pale blue cloth. Binding with moderate wear and light staining, occasional foxing to text, overall very good, much better than usually found.

     First edition.CBC 279. Howes B152. In addition to the Anglocentric rendering of the Texas Revolution and much out-of-the-way local history of San Antonio, the book contains a photograph of Uncle Jim Dobie and “Old Champion,” his famous longhorn steer (p. 126), Capt. Will H. Edgar’s firsthand narrative of rounding up wild mustangs in 1858 during a trip from Corpus Christi to Brownsville, and accounts of the early Texas cattle barons and the cattle trade.    

BATES, Ed[mund] F[rank]. History and Reminiscences of Denton County. Denton: McNitzky Printing Company, [1918]. xi [5] 412 pp., frontispiece portrait, 2 photographic panoramas on one folding plate, numerous photographic illustrations (mostly portraits). 8vo, original gilt-lettered black cloth. Publisher’s original prospectus laid in. Occasional mild foxing and back hinge cracked (but strong), otherwise a fine copy of a rare book.

     First edition of the first reliable history of Denton County, Texas. Adams, One-Fifty 6. CBC 1328. Dobie, p. 50: “A sample of much folk life found in county histories.” Guns 168: “Contains a chapter on Sam Bass, telling of his life in Denton, Texas, his start in crime, his career, and his death.” Herd 222. Howes B234. Rader 296. In addition to being an excellent and very scarce county history, this book contains a good account of early ranching and cattle drives in Denton County. “In the early days Denton County had but little to sell, except horses and cattle, which were driven overland to market in the North and East from three to eight hundred miles away.... To be a cowboy, in deed and truth, meant something more than a fairy tale” (pp. 167-68).    

BEDICHEK, Roy. Adventures with a Texas Naturalist. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1947. xx [2] 293 pp., frontispiece and text illustrations by Ward Lockwood. 12mo, original grey cloth. Other than occasional mild foxing, fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped).

     First edition, early reprint.    

BERRYMAN, Opal Leigh. Pioneer Preacher. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1948]. vi [2] 248 pp. 8vo, original yellow cloth. Some staining to fore-edges, endsheets browned, otherwise very good in d.j.

     First edition.Herd 253: “Life among the cowboys of West Texas.” Biographical narrative about a Baptist missionary minister in La Mesa, Dawson County, West Texas.    

BIGGERS, Don H[ampton]. From Cattle Range to Cotton Patch: A Series of Historical Sketches Dealing with Industrial, Social, and Commercial Evolutions That Have Taken Place in Western Texas from the Beginning of the Buffalo Slaughter to Date of First Publication in 1904 [wrapper title]. Bandera: Frontier Times, 1944. 80 pp., printed in double column. Large 8vo, original green printed wrappers.  Mild browning, small abrasion on upper wrap.

     Second edition (the first edition, printed at Abilene ca. 1908, is very rare). Campbell, p. 96. CBC 4248n. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 22n (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”): “Prime source material on the West Texas frontier, cattle, buffalo hunting, Indian fighting.” Graff 297n. Herd 258n. Howes 439. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, pp. 15-16n. Vandale 15n.    

BIGGERS, Don H[ampton]. German Pioneers in Texas: A Brief History of Their Hardships, Struggles and Achievements. [Fredericksburg]: Press of the Fredericksburg Publishing Company, 1925. [6] 230 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original aqua cloth. Browned; staining on spine.

     First edition.CBC 1886. Guns 2007. Herd 259. History of German pioneers in Gillespie County, with a section on “Some Noted Old Ranches,” as well as information on the Adelsverein, biographies (quite a few ranchers), and a rich fund of anecdotes.    

BISHOP, Curtis. Lots of Land: From Material Compiled under the Direction of the Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas, Bascom Giles. Austin: Steck Company, [1949]. x, 307 pp., illustrations by Warren Hunter. 8vo, original brown cloth. Light foxing to endpapers, otherwise fine in lightly worn and price-clipped d.j.

     First edition.Herd 265: “Chapter 5 deals with the cowboy and the Texas cattle industry.”    

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.”    

BODE, Elroy. Sketchbook II: Portraits in Nostalgia. El Paso: Texas Western Press, [1972]. x [2] 165 [2] pp., illustrations by Frank O’Leary. 8vo, original light brown cloth. Very fine in d.j.

[BOOKSELLER’S CATALOGUE]. PRICE, Clyde I. A Catalog of Dime Novels and Books Relating to Texas and the Southwest Catalog No. VIII, April 1946. Clarendon: Clyde I. Price, Bookseller, 1946. 20 pp., text illustrations by Bugbee. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Mild foxing, generally very good, in original mailing envelope.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 161).    

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.    

BRIGGS, J[ames] H[arper]. Friend Jasper: The Chaparral Philosopher. San Antonio: Naylor, 1944. [6] 90 pp., illustrated title page. 8vo, original ecru pictorial cloth. Mild discoloration to upper cover, upper fore-edge and endsheets foxed, otherwise fine in d.j. with light foxing and a few small tears. Author’s signed presentation inscription to Walter Prescott Webb: “To my friend Dr. W. P. Webb who[se] kindly comment on my writing has meant so much to me, and who is too human to be a professor. May 20, 1944.”

     First edition. Briggs used “Friend Jasper,” a small ranch owner in “the great open spaces,” as his voice in his monthly philosophical humor column published in various periodicals.    

BUNTON, Mary Taylor. A Bride on the Old Chisholm Trail in 1886. San Antonio: Naylor, 1939. Another copy. Fore-edges foxed, otherwise very fine in foxed d.j.    

CHRIESMAN, J. A. “The Texas Sheep Industry” in The Texas Historian 31:4 (March 1971). Pp. 11-13. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Wrappers somewhat foxed, otherwise fine.

     First printing. In addition to the article on the Texas sheep industry there is an article with some information on ranching in the Big Bend region. The cover illustration and those in the two articles cited are by W. D. Smithers.    

CLARY, Annie Vaughan. The Pioneer Life. Dallas: American Guild Press, [1956]. 264 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations (photographic). 8vo, original light blue cloth. A few small spots on fore-edges, otherwise very fine in lightly foxed d.j.

     First edition. Herd 471: “Cowboys, ranches, and cowboy reunions.” King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 15: “Good account of life as the wife of a cowboy in the early 1900s.” “A cowgirl and a rancher’s wife,” Clary’s account, mostly of the early 1900s in the vicinity of Stamford, Texas, is the story of her “own life written against the background of the old days as well as the exploits of the cowboys and cattlemen whom I knew so well and was so closely associated with” (p. 7).    

COFFIN, Robert P., et al. Lone-Star Longhorns: Texas Ballads. Cleveland: American Weave Press, [1953]. [6] 43 pp. 16mo, original brown printed wrappers, stitched. Very fine.

     First edition. Ballads chosen from manuscripts submitted at the 1953 Fine Arts Colony at Corpus Christi creative writing workshops under the direction of Coffin. Coffin’s poem “The Ghost-March” bemoans the passing of the longhorns like the buffalo before them. The subject of “Red Gober’s Ride,” by John Vail vows “I picked up my rope / Stumbled off to the pen / And swore every step / Not to trail-drive again” (unfortunately, he did, and when lightning struck, the herd stampeded).    

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 BOOK]. The Texas Cook Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Cooking. Seguin: The South Texas Printing Company, [1950]. 200 pp., text illustrations by A. Medlin. 8vo, original white pictorial boards lettered in red, upper cover with illustration of a cowboy, spiral bound. Very fine.

     First edition. Chosen for the cover illustration, a caricature of the stereotypical cowboy in full regalia. Text from the recipe for Huevos Rancheros: “They tell us to tear up all other Rancheros recipes. This one is ‘IT.’ We do know when our rancher friend dictated it to us in the bank one day, she sounds like a person who knows her Mexican cookery” (p. 9).    

[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).    

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.

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.”    

DAVIS MOUNTAIN FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS. The Big Bend of Texas [wrapper title]. [Brooklyn: Albertype, ca. 1928]. [80] pp., numerous sepia-tone photogravures. Oblong 16mo, original cream printed wrappers with photograph of Fort Davis on upper wrapper, map on lower wrapper, string tie. Very fine, sealed in original mailing envelope. Very scarce.

     First edition.CBC 647 (plus 2 additional entries). Dobie, Big Bend Bibliography, p. 6. According to the preface, the prime mover behind this project was Mrs. O. L. Shipman (see Basic Texas Books 184 and Herd 2062 & 2063). This superb guidebook contains descriptive text and excellent photogravures, including Gage Hotel, Rancho Valle la Cienega (“the first dude ranch ever established in Texas”), Brite Ranch, Jones Ranch, Fort Stockton, Alpine, Presidio-Ojinaga, and other landmarks of the region. A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate. The process, which was introduced in the mid-nineteenth century, is rarely used today due to the very high cost. Photogravure prints have the subtlety of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph.

DAY, Donald. Big Country: Texas. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, [1947]. x, 326 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original blue cloth. Ex-lib, shelf-worn, scuff on lower cover, endpapers damaged where lib materials removed.

     First edition. American Folkways Series; edited by Erskine Caldwell. Campbell, p. 104: “Manners and customs, history and legends.... A rich, racy variety of interesting materials.” Guns 572. Herd 663. A large portion of the book is devoted to ranching and the related issue of water, including much discussion of longhorns, fencing, mesquite, and railroads. 

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. The First Cattle in Texas and the Southwest Progenitors of the Longhorns. Pp. 171-97. 8vo, original beige wrappers. Very fine.

     First separate printing, offprint from The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 42:3 (January 1939). Cook 238: “Formed Chapter One of The Longhorns.” Herd 690. McVicker C163a. In this excellent treatise JFD traces the introduction of cattle to Texas by various Catholic missions and early Spanish expeditions. The astonishing vitality and incredible proliferation of longhorn cattle in Texas influenced the lifestyle of Spanish Texas (“stock-raising [in mission-era Texas] became almost the only civilian occupation, despite governmental attempts to enforce farming”). JFD compares the physical nature and mindset of Texas longhorns with cattle in California, New Mexico, and Arizona and discusses how they impacted regions in different ways (e.g., the rise of the hide and tallow trade in California, which was practically nonexistent in Texas).

     JFD tells how longhorns were so profuse in early nineteenth-century Texas that they were generally considered more as game animals than domesticated creatures. Occasionally Native Americans hunted the longhorns, too, although, according to JFD, they preferred buffalo and horse meat to beef. He describes how Texas plantation owners often hired a professional hunter to bring in wild cattle (mentioning Captain Flack). JFD surmises the longhorns were not domesticated because they were too difficult to capture and the natural antipathy between longhorns and domesticated stock Anglo settlers imported to Texas. This treatise is filled with fascinating information on the nature of longhorns, including observations and quotations from the great longhorn painter, Frank Reaugh.

DOBIE, J. Frank. The Flavor of Texas. Dallas: Dealey & Lowe, 1936. [12] 287 pp., frontispiece and text illustrations by Alexander Hogue (mostly full-page). 8vo, original cloth. Fore-edges slightly foxed, otherwise very fine, d.j. not present.

     First edition, first issue binding.  Chapter 1 first appeared in The Country Gentleman, the other chapters were printed serially in The Fort Worth Press. 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. 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. 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. Fine in d.j. slight wear, price-clipped).

     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. Tongues of the Monte.  Garden City:  Doubleday, Doran, 1951.  Later edition. Very fine in price-clipped d.j. Wonderful brightly designed binding and d.j. “Tongues of the Monte is about as close as Dobie ever got to writing a novel” (Abernethy, J. Frank Dobie, p. 18).  JFD’s favorite of his own works is this account of his adventures traveling 2,000 miles through Northern Mexico by horseback with descriptions of the land, its people and their folklore.

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

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


[DOBIE, J. FRANK]. GEDDIE, Jack. “What Is a Texan?” in The Cattleman 28:8 (January 1942). Pp. 28-29, 31, photograph of Dobie. 4to, original wrappers with photographic illustration. Slight abrasion to edges of wrappers, light foxing to first and last leaves, otherwise very fine.

     First printing. Cook 245 (see also end of note to Cook 383). Geddie pronounces JFD to be “an authentic image of the Texas heritage” and includes a section “Raised in Cow-Country.” At pp. 34-37 is C. E. Fisher’s “Mesquite Eradication Studies at Spur, Texas” (using sodium arsenic and lye). Great ads, including Flat Top Ranch, Adair Ranch, Houston Fat Stock Show (with photo of Gene Autry touting the world premiere of the Flying “A” Ranch Rodeo).

ELKINS, John M. Indian Fighting on the Texas Frontier.... Written for Captain Elkins by Frank W. McCarty. [Amarillo: Russell & Cockrell], 1929. 96 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original grey pictorial wrappers, stapled (as issued). Moderate shelf wear, fading to edges, otherwise fine; slight foxing to fore-edges.

     Some might consider this a “second edition.” (The very rare first edition was published at Beaumont in 1908 under title Life on the Texas Frontier; see Howes E90.) McCarty clearly had the original 1908 in hand and based this work on it, but in doing so, he substantially rewrote the original text, both embellishing for personalities and removing some of the boring details such as troop organization. McCarty made significant additions from other sources, probably the reminiscences of Elkins, then aged 88. Especially interesting is that McCarty identifies a white woman recaptured from the Indians (unnamed in the 1908 edition) as Cynthia Ann Parker, and rather than a short comment, he devotes a whole chapter to her in the present version (pp. 33-36). Also, three new chapters are added at the end, authored by Mrs. Ellen Johnson Elkins [Elkin’s wife]: “Old Phantom Hill and its Tragedies,” “The Story of Old Fort Chadbourne,” and “Interesting History of Old Camp Colorado.” Pages 92-96 are an additional new chapter by W. N. Alexander: “Born under the Lone Star Flag.”

     Campbell, p. 177. Rader 1292. Tate, Indians of Texas 2366: “In addition to recounting his role in Texas Ranger duties along the northwestern Texas frontier during the 1860s and early 1870s, Captain Elkins offers his firsthand description of the recapture of Cynthia Ann Parker by Rangers.” The author was a cattleman, Texas Ranger, and first sheriff of Coleman County. In an unvarnished manner Captain Elkins relates many violent encounters with Comanche rustlers and raiders who made ranching highly hazardous in the early days: “Battle of Marlin’s Ranch” (1860s); “The Fate of a Cruel Band” (raid of Wallis Brown Ranch, 1873); “The Fate of the Ranchman” (1864 attack on Mrs. Twiggs’ Ranch and the Bragg Ranch in which “several women used a gun equally as well as the men”); “The Courageous Frontier Women”; “The Shrewd Work of General Sherman” (1874 campaigns of Ranald Mackenzie).

     “The Theft of a Thousand Cattle” describes one of the most abortive cattle drives in range history. In 1871 Richard “Uncle Rich” Coffee, whose ranch was forty miles southwest of Camp Colorado on the Concho River, rounded up his herd of more than a thousand cattle for a trail drive to New Mexico. Comanches watched preparations from their hiding places, and as the trail drive began, they attacked, killing one cowboy, wounding Coffee’s son, and stealing the entire cattle herd and fifty horses. “This left Uncle Rich practically no property at all. In one day this ranchman lost the savings of a lifetime” (p. 50).


FISHER, O. C. It Occurred in Kimble. Houston: Anson Jones Press, 1937. 237 [3] pp., frontispiece, full-page text (photographs and illustrations by Lonnie Rees). 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Endpapers tape stained and moderately soiled, cover lightly soiled.  Very scarce.

     First edition, limited edition (500 copies, this copy not numbered). CBC 2825. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 118 (“Ranger Reading”). Guns 722: “Scarce.” Herd 805. Not in Tate. Includes many chapters on fighting Native Americans, as well as sections on “The Big Outlaw Roundup of ’77,” “Outlaws and Trigger-Pulling,” and “Some Early-Day Killings,” “Creed Taylor.”


FORD, Gus L. (ed.). Texas Cattle Brands: A Catalogue of the Texas Centennial Exposition Exhibit 1936. Dallas: Clyde C. Cockrell Company, [1936]. xx, 240 pp., 4 plates (historical maps of Texas), text illustrations (hundreds of brands), endpaper maps of cattle trails with descriptive text. 8vo, original maroon cloth with gilt lettering, ruling and vignette in orange. Binding slightly abraded, otherwise fine.

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

FRANKS, J. M. Seventy Years in Texas: Memories of the Pioneer Days, Indian Depredations, and the Northwest Cattle Trail. Gatesville, Texas, 1924. 133 [1] pp., photograph of author on verso of title page. 8vo, original beige printed wrappers, stapled. Discoloration to upper wrap, wrappers browned, generally very good, signed by J. Frank Dobie on title page.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:137. Campbell, p. 97. CBC 233 and 6 additional entries. Graff 1408. Guns 759. Herd 839: “Scarce.” Howes F339. Parrish, Civil War Texana 31. Rader 1466. Tate, Indians of Texas 2370: “Memoirs of life in North Central Texas from the 1850s through the end of the frontier era.... Pioneer families, their hardships, and their constant problems with Comanche and Kiowa raiders. Most of these personalized stories are not found in any other sources.” Authentic account of early life in Texas and the heyday of the cattle drives and ranching.

FRANTZ, Joe B. Gail Borden: Dairyman to a Nation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1951]. xiii [1] 310 [2] pp., plates, map. 8vo, original light blue cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     First edition.Basic Texas Books 65: “One of the most interesting of all Texas biographies.... A man who...founded an industry,...who played a large behind-the-scenes part in the birth of free Texas.... He later pioneered the packing and other industries in Texas, and in fact could justly be called the father of Texas industry. Frantz’s biography never lags, imbued as it is with a splendid understanding of his subject.” Campbell, p. 90. Dobie, p. 51: “This biography of a newspaperman and inventor brings out sides of pioneer life that emphasis on fighting, farming, and ranching generally overlooks.”

     In his early days, Borden was a stock raiser and later pioneered the beef biscuit intended for California ’49ers and travelers in distress, such as the Donner party (opposite p. 94 is a facsimile of a broadside touting Borden’s beef biscuit). Borden’s most important invention was the process of condensing milk, and, yes, Gail Borden is the Borden of Borden’s milk. See Handbook of Texas Online: Gail Borden, Jr.

GARD, Wayne. Rawhide Texas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1965]. xi [1] 236 pp., plates (mostly photographic). 8vo, original orange cloth. Light shelf wear, tape stains to endpapers, mild foxing to fore-edges, overall fine in d.j.

     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 158). Guns 802: “Tells about the lawmen and Texas Rangers.” Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 18. The people of Texas are portrayed in a series of informal sketches depicting pioneer life on the Texas frontier and illuminating the still-emerging Texas character. Social history with chapters on Comanches, plantations, cattle, sheep, sodbusters, schools, newspapers, oil, etc.

GILLETT, James B. Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875 to 1881. Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, [1921]. 332 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 12mo, original gilt-lettered dark green cloth. Moderate shelf wear, hinge loose, fore-edges darkened and spotted, otherwise a good copy.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:148; One-Fifty 62: “Published in a small edition by the author and sold personally by him.... Very scarce.” Basic Texas Books 76. Campbell, p. 78. Clark, New South I:83A: “Gillett’s service with the Rangers was in the western and northwestern part of Texas, an area that was real frontier in the 1870s.... An excellent account of frontier lawless society.” Dobie, Big Bend Bibliography, p. 9. Dobie, pp. 55, 59-60. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 20 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West” #3); p. 116 (“Ranger Reading”). Graff 1553. Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 73. A. C. Greene & His Library: “What can I say about this wonderful piece of Texana and the man who wrote it? James B. Gillett’s Six Years With the Texas Rangers is well written, well researched, and one of my `50 Best.’ I used it often in writing 900 Miles on the Butterfield Trail. If you wish to know the history of West Texas beyond the Pecos, you must include this book.” Guns 829. Howes G177. Rader 1591.

     “Gillett (1856-1937), Texas Ranger, author, and rancher.... [His] family moved to Lampasas in 1872. This was cattle country, and in 1873 he left home to work for nearby cattlemen.... On June 1, 1875, Gillett joined the Texas Rangers, Daniel Webster Roberts’ Company D, Frontier Battalion. He spent six years with the rangers on the frontier,...the bloodiest period of the Texas Indian wars. Gillett fought Kiowa, Comanche, and Lipan Apache Indians, as well as cattle thieves and outlaws.... In December 1881 Gillett resigned from the Texas Rangers and was appointed assistant city marshal of El Paso. In June 1882 he was appointed marshal.... On April 1, 1885, after having clubbed a city councilman with a six-shooter, he left the El Paso marshal’s office and became manager of the Estado Land and Cattle Company. He held this position for almost six years, then resigned to ranch for himself.... Gillett ranched south of Alpine on the O6 and Altuda ranches.... In April 1907.... He bought the Barrell Springs Ranch, made improvements, and began building a herd of registered Hereford cattle, which became well known for quality and brought premium prices.... He helped organize the West Texas Historical Association [and] was instrumental in organizing the Highland Hereford Breeders Association” (Handbook of Texas Online: James Buchanan Gillett).

GOODWYN, Frank. Lone-Star Land: Twentieth-Century Texas in Perspective. New York: Knopf, 1955. xii [2] 352, x [2] pp., photographic plates, maps. 8vo, original blindstamped blue cloth. Binding faded around edges, text

lightly browned, otherwise very fine in lightly rubbed and price-clipped d.j. Browned glassine d.j. still intact.

     First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 6: (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”): “Vivid, balanced word picture of present-day Texas.... Chapters on ‘The Longhorns,’ ‘The Cowboy,’ and ‘New Horizons on the Range’”; p. 90 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 906.

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 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.

Sold. Hammer: $1,500.00; Price Realized: $1,762.50

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