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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 101-126

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101. ALTROCCHI, Julia Cooley. The Old California Trail: Traces in Folklore and Furrow. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1945. 327 pp., frontispiece, plates from photographs by the author, endpaper maps. 8vo, original light blue cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine in two lightly chipped d.j.’s.
First edition. Guns 28. Herd 41: “Chapter on cowboys and Nevada ranches.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 11: “Many quotations from the diaries and chronicles of the covered-wagon people, especially Thornton and other members of the Donner Party. Locations of many obscure markers and graves.” Paher, Nevada 14: “Competent as a field and library researcher, the author presents an interesting history of the California Trail which followed the Humboldt River across northern Nevada. It carried more traffic during the early western settlement than the Santa Fe and the Oregon trails combined.” Smith 163. $50.00

102. ALVAREZ DEL VILLAR, José. Men and Horses of Mexico: History and Practice of “Charrería.” [Mexico City]: Ediciones Lara, n.d. (ca. 1980; copyright 1979). 115 pp., numerous plates, text illustrations (many photographic). 16mo, original pictorial wrappers. Small abrasion on upper cover where price tag removed, otherwise fine.
First edition in English (first edition Mexico, 1980, entitled Hombres y caballos de México: Historia y práctica de la Charrería). From the prologue: “The following brief narrative, having as its hero the Mexican charro (cowboy, or Western rider), is intended to impart to the reader a deeper knowledge of the many sporting features of the ‘faenas’ (ranch work undertaken on horseback) that the charro performs with broncos and young bulls alike, both in city and ranch.” Filled with interesting history, such as the first saddle maker in Mexico (1530) and the first horse breeders in Mexico (1529). Wonderful illustrations, including some from codices and historical prints. Translated by Margaret Fischer de Nicolin. $35.00

103. AMERICAN ABERDEEN-ANGUS BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION. Two leaflets: Aberdeen-Angus Cattle at the Chicago International Live Stock Exposition of 1900.... [&] The Live Stock Trade of 1900. [Harvey, Illinois: American Aberdeen-Angus Breeder’s Association, 1901]. 4 pp. + 4 pp. 2 leaflets, narrow 16mo. Very fine.
First edition. These rare little imprints, which tout the Aberdeen-Angus breed as the leader in “The Battle of the Breeds,” provides a classified list of sales of car-lots of Aberdeen-Angus show cattle that sold at auction on December 6, 1900, along with other statistics. The writers contend that the market demand is for light beeves, like the Aberdeen-Angus. $125.00

104. AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION. History of Aberdeen Angus Cattle. St. Joseph, Missouri: American Angus Association, n.d. [1959]. 76 pp., photographic illustrations, mostly of champion Aberdeen-Angus cattle. 8vo, original gold printed wrappers. Light outer wear, otherwise fine. Contemporary signed and dated ownership inscription of Edith Williams Blunk.
First printing. Here is a well-illustrated history of this prized breed, filled with statistics, and including a history of the American Angus Association. Among the photos is one of President Dwight D. Eisenhower with his herd of registered Aberdeen-Angus cattle. $45.00

105. AMERICAN CARBON PAPER MFG. CO. & ENNIS CARBON PAPER CO. Two pictorial cardboard boxes of carbon paper: Longhorn Wax Back-Carbon. Ennis, Texas: American Carbon Paper Company, ca. 1967; [&] Longhorn Pasti-Carbon Non-Curl. Paso Robles, Ennis & Chatham, Virginia, n.d. Each box approximately 22.8 x 30.4 cm, containing about 40 or so sheets of carbon paper and protective paper folders, both decorated with longhorns and brands. Boxes a bit worn and foxed, but really quite fine, given their fragility.
Unusual ranching ephemera. The two boxes bear the same illustration by “M.H.” of a busy corral scene with three singing cowboys sitting on a fence while a cowgirl listens. The illustration on the first box is in full color; the second is in sepia tones. $45.00

106. AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Feature Films, 1911-1920, Film Entries and Credit and Subject Indexes. Berkeley, Los Angeles & London: University of California Press, [1988]. xviii [2] 1,081 + vii [1] 476 pp. 2 vols. (second volume is index), 4to, original red decorative cloth. Scratch on upper cover of first volume, otherwise very fine.
First edition. Listing of the technical details and plot synopses of feature films. A great resource for anyone interested in early Western films. $165.00

107. [AMERICAN HEREFORD ASSOCIATION]. Cow Country U.S.A. [wrapper title]. [Kansas City, Missouri: Public Relations Department, American Hereford Association, n.d. (ca. 1950)]. 32 pp., color photographic illustrations on every page. 4to, original multicolor pictorial wrappers. Very fine.
First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 60 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #121): “The color photos by Charles Belden and others are outstanding.” Pictorial tribute to the Hereford breed set against a backdrop of American scenery. $45.00

108. 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. $10.00

109. AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART. Inaugural Exhibition, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art: Selected Works Frederic Remington and Charles Marion Russell, Fort Worth, Texas, 1961, January 21. N.p., [1961]. 41 pp., reproductions of the artists’ works, some in color, photographic illustrations. Large 8vo, original stiff pale blue printed wrappers. Very fine in very fine d.j. with Remington illustration.
First printing. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Remington 25). Yost & Renner, Russell II:106. This epochal catalogue with introduction by C. R. Smith contains many famous cowboy images. $35.00

110. ANDERSON, A. A. Experiences and Impressions: The Autobiography of Colonel A. A. Anderson. New York: Macmillan Company, 1933. xiv [2] 245 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates (3 in color), facsimiles. 8vo, original blue cloth. Light shelf wear and staining to binding, front joint beginning to split, hinges cracked, interior fine. In chipped and soiled d.j.
First edition. Herd 98: “Contains chapters about the Wyoming ranch of this noted American artist.” $40.00

111. ANDERSON, Adrian Norris. Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie on the Texas Frontier, 1873-1874. A Thesis in History. N.p., Texas Technological College, 1963. v, 131 leaves. Photostat of typescript. 4to, original half black cloth over stiff blue wrappers, “Riley Flynn Collection” stamped in gilt on cover. Small dent at bottom of upper cover, a few spots to fore-edges, pencil notation to margins, otherwise fine.
This unpublished thesis deals with the rustling and depredations that plagued the borderland ranches in the region between the Nueces River and Rio Grande following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The raids subsided momentarily during the Civil War, but intensified afterwards, as the number of ranches increased and cattle and horse stealing became more profitable. In response to increasing lawlessness in a wild region difficult to monitor, Colonel Mackenzie was sent to bring order to the region. This thesis, overseen by Ernest Wallace, is a good, scholarly treatment of one of the most vivid chapters of the history of Texas ranching. Tate, Indians of Texas 3169. $275.00

112. ANDERSON, E. T. A Quarter-Inch of Rain. Emporia, Kansas: [McCormick-Armstrong, Co.], 1962. 220 pp., 8 photographic plates. 8vo, original maize cloth. Fore-edges and endsheets foxed, overall very good, with ink gift inscription. Very scarce.
First edition. Guns 53. Mohr, The Range Country 624. Ranching in Colorado and Kansas from 1885 to 1962, with much on the author’s days as a wrangler and cattleman; topics include the duties of a wrangler, unsatisfactory cattle drive, fever tick, first cattle loss, purchases and drives 1912 and 1913, Burdick rodeo, cattle on islands in the Mississippi River, etc. “It is said that the only things necessary to make a cattleman happy are a quarter inch of rain and a thirty-day extension of his note at the bank” (p. 4). $100.00

113. ANDERSON, George L. Kansas West. San Marino: Golden West Books, [1963]. 268 [1] pp., frontispiece, numerous photographic illustrations, maps, text illustrations. 8vo, original dark red cloth. Book block bound upside down in binding. Very fine in slightly worn d.j.
First edition. Information on the railroad in conjunction with the cattle trade in the late nineteenth century. $65.00

114. ANDERSON, Jan H. S. (ed.). Texas in Pictures. [Austin: Texas in Pictures Company, 1940s]. [56] pp. (consisting of black and white photographic illustrations with captions). 4to, original color photographic wrappers. Fine, in original illustrated mailing envelope.
First edition. Ephemeral photo-documentary, with several pages at the end on ranching, horses, rodeo, prize cattle, riding the range, etc. $20.00

115. ANDERSON, John Q. (ed.). Texas Folk Medicine: 1,333 Cures, Remedies, Preventives, and Health Practices. Austin: Encino Press, 1970. xix [1] 91 [1] pp., woodcuts by Barbara Mathews Whitehead. 8vo, original gold cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. Carl Hertzog bookplate.
First edition. Whaley, Wittliff 69. Editor John Anderson grew up in the ranching country of Wheeler County in the Texas Panhandle and knew folkways at firsthand. In rural, agrarian communities, animals provided much of the material for folk cures, and an alarming number of ailments in this book call for some form of application of the ubiquitous cow manure. $40.00

116. ANDERSON, J[ohn] W[esley]. From the Plains to the Pulpit. [Houston: Rein & Sons] For Sale by Miss Myrtle Anderson, Addicks, Texas, [1910]. [2] 296 pp., portrait, plates (mostly photographic). Small 12mo, original blue pictorial cloth (longhorn and ranching images). Book block detached from binding, front fore-edges spotted, internally very fine, with author’s pencil presentation inscription dated 1911 at Addicks, Texas, to the Ladies Aid Society in St. Louis, Missouri. Tipped onto the back pastedown is author’s printed solicitation for donations totaling $30,000 to buy 1,000 acres of land near Houston so that he can establish an Orphans’ and Widows’ home (dated February 11, 1911).
Second edition, enlarged, with six added chapters not in the original edition (Houston: State Printing Company, 1907, 214 pp.). The first edition is genuinely scarce, and later editions are often catalogued as the first. Dobie, p. 109 (rating the book very high in the genre of cowboy-preacher literature): “The second edition (reset) has six added chapters.” Herd 102. Rader 149. Anderson was born in Arkansas in 1855, traveled overland with his family by oxcart to Harris County, Texas, in 1861 (“when that large Houston prairie had no houses on it”), and by the age of ten began to join long drives on the range. “I was green in the business, but...was soon up in all branches of the round-up and I let no one beat me running down a wild herd of horses or throwing the lasso.... As I was a small boy to ride on the range, other boys and some men would tease me.” The book is filled with interesting, detailed information on roundups and the cattle business in the Houston and coastal area in the nineteenth century. $110.00


Item 116

117. ANDERSON, J[ohn] W[esley]. From the Plains to the Pulpit. Goose Creek, Texas: J. W. Anderson & Sons, [1922]. 315 pp., portrait, plates (mostly photographic). Small 12mo, original green pictorial cloth (longhorn and ranching images). A few minor stains and abrasions to binding, generally fine and tight (much better than usually found).
Third edition, further enlarged (one more chapter added [a sermon on eternity], copyright 1907, but verso of family portrait at front dated 1914, preface dated 1922). Dobie, p. 109: “The third, and final, edition, Goose Creek, Texas, 1922, again reset, has another added chapter.” $95.00

118. 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. $100.00

Over Forty Lithos of Nevada Ranches

119. [ANGEL, Myron (ed.)]. History of Nevada, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Oakland: Thompson & West, 1881. 680 pp., 87 lithographic plates (some double-page) of architecture, mining, manufactures, residences and ranches, portraits, and a plan and system of timbering (primarily by the firm of Britton & Rey); 25 steel-engraved portraits; 77 woodcut portraits from photographs; tables, charts, facsimiles. Thick 4to, modern maroon buckram. Intermittent marginal water staining (primarily affecting the lithos, rather than text or engraved plates), though in most cases the staining to the lithos is confined to verso or blank margins of the images; only about three of the images have staining around edges of image proper); small, clean tear to blank margin of title, blank margins of a few text leaves chipped (no loss of text).
First edition of one of the best and most important books on Nevada. AII (Nevada) 514. Flake 175. Graff 64. Guns 58. Hart, Companion to California, p. 52: “The firm of [Britton & Rey] in San Francisco (1852-92), the oldest west of the Rocky Mts., also engaged in printing, engraving, and decoration on tin.” Howes A273: “Exhaustive work on this state and its fifteen counties.” Paher, Nevada 27: “Commonly known as ‘Thompson & West,’ this classic work is the most used and quoted history of any ever issued on the state. It is likely to remain forever the all time Nevada book, for nothing issued since compares to its exhaustive coverage.... In 1881 it was acclaimed the finest of any state history yet published.... In general, ‘Thompson & West’ is poorly organized and is written in the style of a newspaperman—briefly, blunt, and often unscholarly. But there is very little worth knowing about Nevada before 1881 that cannot be found in this first statewide Nevada history.” There are copious text references and images relating to ranching and ranchers—over half of the excellent lithos are charming Victorian images of Nevada ranches, often with their owners’ portraits above. Other images include mining, logging and milling, and urban and rural architecture. The portraits and biographies constitute a mug book within the history proper. $375.00


Item 119

120. ANTONE, Evan Haywood. Tom Lea: His Life and Work. El Paso: Texas Western Press, [1988]. [10] 163 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, photographs, illustrations. 8vo, original grey cloth over navy cloth. Very fine in d.j. Author’s signed presentation copy to Vivian Hertzog “... She and Carl helped and encouraged me in this project from its beginning. With love and appreciation.... This is copy #3.” With related review clippings laid in and Carl Hertzog bookplate.
First edition. Biography of the distinguished Texas artist-author with an emphasis on his literary work, especially his history of the King Ranch, which was printed by Carl Hertzog. $60.00

121. ANZA, Juan Bautista de. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, Governor of New Mexico, Diary of His Expedition to the Moquis in 1780. Paper Read before the Historical Society at its Annual Meeting, 1918. With an Introduction and Notes by Ralph E. Twitchell. [Santa Fe]: Historical Society of New Mexico, [1918]. 47 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Very fine.
First printing. Publication No. 21 of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Anza was the first European to establish an overland route from Mexico through the Sonoran Desert to the Pacific coast of California, and he provided the foundation stock of cattle and horses for the vast herds which subsequently established the great ranchos of California. Anza, writing as Governor of New Mexico, gives an account of his expedition to the Moqui in 1780. He reports on the Zuni: “The failure [of crops] requires them to continue living at the ranches where they pasture their small stock, of which there is a reasonable abundance.” Regarding the Moqui, he compares their livestock as reported by Escalante in 1775 (“300 sheep and many cattle”) to what he found in 1780 (“no more than five head [of horses] in all the pueblos, no cattle and about 300 sheep”). Anza blames this poor state of affairs on drought and Ute and Navajo warfare. $40.00

122. APPLEGATE, Frank G. Native Tales of New Mexico. Introduction by Mary Austin, with Illustrations in Color by the Author. Philadelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott Company, [1932]. 263 pp., 5 color plates (including frontispiece) after author-artist’s watercolors. 8vo, original terracotta cloth decorated in silver. Very fine in the scarce d.j. (lightly stained and price-clipped).
First edition. Campbell, p. 241: “A New Mexico classic.” Dobie, pp. 38, 180: “Delicious; the real thing.... A delighted and delightful teller of folk tales.” Guns 66. Nicely printed and illustrated collection of stories about Indian and Hispanic folklife from the pueblos and ranchitos of New Mexico. Chapters include “San Cristobal’s Sheep,” “Burros,” and “The Apache Kid” (rancher Jack Fraser’s account of The Apache Kid’s murder of young Texan Charlie Dobie and the subsequent murder of The Kid, both of which took place on Fraser’s ranch). $100.00

A Merrill Aristocrat—“A Day with the Cow Column”

123. APPLEGATE, Jesse & Jesse A[pplegate] Applegate. A Day with the Cow Column in 1843...[and] Recollections of My Boyhood.... Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Joseph Schafer.... Chicago: [Designed by William A. Kittredge, Lakeside Press for] The Caxton Club, 1934. xvii [1] 207 [1] pp., pictorial title. 12mo, original grey pictorial cloth. Superb condition.
First edition thus, limited edition (300 copies); the first account (by Jesse Applegate), A Day with the Cow Column, first appeared in the Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society (Portland, December 1900); the second account (by Jesse Applegate’s nephew, Jesse Applegate Applegate), Recollections of My Boyhood, was first printed at Roseburg, Oregon, in 1914. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 8n. Graff 74. Herd 108: “Scarce.” Howes A294: “Account of the great Oregon migration of 1843. Applegate established the southern route to Oregon.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 72n. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 15. Mintz, The Trail 11: “Jesse Sr. was famous as the originator of the Applegate Trail into Oregon” (see also Mintz, The Trail 10, in regard to Recollections of My Boyhood: “One of the great overland narratives, and the classic account of the Oregon migration of 1843”). One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 67: “The first segment is a printing of an address delivered in 1876 by the ‘prince of pioneers’ to the Oregon Pioneers Association. The second segment relates the experiences of an emigrant train as seen through the eyes of Applegate’s seven year old nephew as he recalled those experiences in his adult years. Scarce.” Smith 263, 265n. This book gives a firsthand account of one of the great, early trail drives into the Oregon country. During the 1843 “Great Migration,” about a thousand pioneers congregated at Independence, Missouri, for the trek over the Oregon Trail. In addition to their hundreds of oxen for pulling wagons, they also had a large herd of cows and other loose stock. Because the stock impeded progress, the party divided into two parts. The wagons were organized into one train and moved ahead. The remaining pioneers herded the stock into Oregon in what they called “the cow column.” Jesse Applegate served as captain of this ambitious, early trail drive, bringing the animals all the way to the Willamette Valley. $410.00

124. APPLEGATE, Jesse A[pplegate] & Lavinia H. Porter. Westward Journeys: Memoirs of Jesse A. Applegate and Lavinia Honeyman Porter Who Traveled the Overland Trail. Chicago: [The Lakeside Press for] R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1989. lxiii [1] 416 pp., illustrations (including drawings by Bruff), map. 16mo, original black cloth. New, as issued.
Modern reprints of Jesse Applegate Applegate’s Recollections of My Boyhood (see preceding entry), offering the unique perspective of a child on the overland, along with Lavinia H. Porter’s By Ox Team to California...in 1860 (first printed at Oakland in 1910 in an edition limited to 50 copies; see Cowan, p. 496, Graff 3325, Howes P488, and Mintz, The Trail 373 “one of the rarest of the modern overland narratives”). Applegate and the editors include a few references to his uncle’s A Day with the Cow Column, but we include the book in this catalogue primarily because of Porter’s account of her 1860 overland trip to California with her husband and child, in which she documents the demand for good cattle in California at the time. On the approach to Sacramento (near Folsom), the Porters stopped at a ranch to obtain hay for their well-kept cattle. The stock of overlanders was usually in pitiful shape by the time California was reached. To the surprise and delight of the Porters, the rancher offered to purchase all of their sleek, healthy stock and their outfit for the astounding sum of $400 plus a week’s board. Lavinia observes: “We could not in reason refuse such a satisfactory offer. It was a much larger sum than we had even hoped to get although we had been told that horned cattle were very high at that time in California.” $40.00

125. APPLEMAN, Roy E. Charlie Siringo, Cowboy Detective. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Corral, The Westerners, 1968. [4] 19 [1, ad] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original goldenrod boards with Russell illustration. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (#126 of 250 copies signed by the author). Great Western Series 3. Guns 67. Brief biography of the noted cowboy and historian, focusing on Siringo’s years as a range detective. Siringo penned the first autobiography of a cowboy. $45.00

126. APPLEMAN, Roy E. Charlie Siringo, Cowboy Detective. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Corral, The Westerners, 1968. [4] 19 [1, ad] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original goldenrod printed wrappers with Russell illustration. Very fine.
First edition, trade issue, in wraps. $20.00


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