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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 1101-1123

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1101. The Commonwealth: A Monthly Magazine, Denver, Colorado, Volume I, from March to September, 1889. Denver: The Commonwealth Publishing Co., 1889. vi, iv, 136; 134 [4]; [2] 144; [2] 142; 120; 128 pp., 2 engraved portraits, ads. 6 issues bound together, 8vo, three-quarter contemporary black sheep over black cloth, spine with raised bands. Moderate edge wear, internally fine.
First edition of a Denver periodical, published with the intent of stimulating writings by Western men and women. The contributions cover a large range of topics—history, fiction, economics, mining, etc. Some contributions in this volume are: “Jonathan Tarboys’ Ranch” (ranching fiction) by Jenny L. Hopkins; “Sue—A Story of Dakota” (ranching fiction) by H. M. Milliken; “A Basis for Western Literature” (including interview with H. H. Bancroft) by Will C. Ferril; “The Future of the Arid Regions” (good ranching content) by C. L. Ingersoll; “Irrigation Conditions in Colorado” by J. S. Greene; and “Administrative Control of Water” by Hon. Platt Rogers. $80.00

1102. CONARD, Howard Louis. “Uncle Dick” Wootton, the Pioneer Frontiersman of the Rocky Mountain Region: An Account of the Adventures and Thrilling Experiences of the Most Noted American Hunter, Trapper, Guide, Scout, and Indian Fighter Now Living. Chicago: W. E. Dibble & Co., 1890. 473 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait, 30 plates (included in pagination), text illustrations. Large 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Other than a few faint spots on rear cover, a very fine, tight, and bright copy. Related newsclippings laid in.
First edition. Campbell, pp. 60-61. Dobie, p. 72. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 100. Flake 2470. Graff 846. Howes C659. Littell 208: “One of the most authentic and interesting accounts of early life in the Rockies and on the plains.” Rittenhouse 121. Saunders 2828. Wynar 275. Wootton (1816-1893) went West to work for Bent & St. Vrain’s Fur Company at the age of twenty. He was involved in various cattle and sheep enterprises, referring to himself as “something of a ‘cattle king’” (p. 245) and driving nine thousand sheep from New Mexico to California in 1852 (chapter 16). In 1847, when contracted to supply cattle to the troops stationed at Taos, Wootton lost to Ute rustlers $5,000 worth of fine beef steers being driven from Arkansas Valley to Taos. In chapter 12, Uncle Dick recounts serving as scout on the Doniphan expedition which, with Kearney’s conquest, gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona. This expedition is considered one of the most brilliant long marches ever made. Without quartermaster, paymaster, commissary, uniforms, tents, adequate provisions, or even military discipline, the force covered 3,600 miles by land and 2,000 by water, all in the course of twelve months. One of Uncle Dick’s tasks was to draw on the resources of the country to feed the men. “There were bands of wild cattle roaming over the hills and mesas...and whenever we wanted a supply of meat we ‘rounded’ up a lot of these cattle.... It was thought advisable to lasso, instead of shooting them, as some ammunition would be saved thereby. Lassoing wild cattle was a new business to most of the [soldiers], and they had some very amusing experiences.... At first the soldier always thought he had the steer, but before much time had elapsed he usually learned that the steer had him. Being able to lasso an animal of that kind is one thing, and knowing how to land him on his back, instead of being landed on your own back, and perhaps seriously hurt, is quite another.” (pp. 190-91). $400.00

1103. CONARD, Howard Louis. Uncle Dick Wootton. Chicago: Lakeside Press; R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1957. xxvii [1] 464 pp., plates, map. 12mo, original navy blue cloth. Fore-edges foxed, else fine, with presentation card of Lakeside Press laid in.
Third edition, index and map added, and corrected and edited by M. M. Quaife, who wrote the introduction and notes. The first edition came out in 1890, and a second edition (a reprint of the first) was published in 1950. $20.00

1104. CONGER, Roger N. “Fencing in McLennan County Texas: A History of Barbed Wire” [wrapper title] from The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 59:2 (October 1955). Extract containing pp. 215-221, photographs and illustrations. 8vo, original pale green wrappers. Fine.
First separate printing. CBC 3118. Mohr, The Range Country 653. “Of the several different factors which combined near the close of the last century to bring an end to the romantic era of the cattle trails, one of the most obvious and most important was the advent of the barbed wire fence” (p. 215). Conger presents a history of fencing from early methods of stone, split wood, and bois d’arc hedges to the introduction and spread of barbed wire. $30.00

1105. CONLEY, James K. Memorabilia...An Album of Early West Texas. Abilene: Reporter Publishing Company, [1971]. [80] pp., mostly photos. Oblong 4to, original brown printed wrappers. Very fine, signed by author.
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. $25.00

1106. CONLEY, James K. Memorabilia...An Album of Early West Texas. Abilene: Reporter Publishing Company, [1971]. Another copy. Very fine. $20.00

1107. CONNELLEY, William Elsey. The Life of Preston B. Plumb, 1837-1891. 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. Fine, mostly unopened. Presentation copy from Plumb’s son with his presentation TLs to Hattie Horner Louthan laid in.
First edition. Biography of Preston B. Plumb (U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1871-1891), with a chapter on Texas cattle and Plumb’s role in the early cattle trade in Kansas. Plumb was active in the Grange movement, championing the cause of stockraisers and farmers in the Senate and working to make the Department of Agriculture one of the Executive Departments of the government. Plumb, born in Ohio in 1837, went to Kansas Territory in 1856 to aid the Free-State cause and established a newspaper in Emporia. When the Civil War broke out, he raised a group of volunteers who mustered into the 11th Kansas Cavalry, fighting at Cane Hill, Prairie Grove, Lexington, and against guerrillas. Included are accounts of the border warfare (Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, Price’s Raid, etc.) and Plumb’s service in the Indian Wars in Wyoming in 1865. $140.00

1108. CONNELLEY, William Elsey. Wild Bill and His Era: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok. New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1933. [2] xii [2] 229 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 8vo, original red gilt-pictorial cloth. Light shelf wear, spine light, foxing adjacent to plates, but overall very good.
First edition, limited edition (#87 of 200 copies, printed on heavier stock than the trade edition). Adams, Burs I:87; One-Fifty 33. Dobie, pp. 141-42. Graff 852. Guns 480: “Scarce.” Howes C690. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 105: “An honest attempt to get at the truth about Hickok.” Rader 896. Saunders 2831. Smith 1959. In the chapter “Cowboys and Cowboy Life” the author expounds on the necessity for marshals like Hickok to protect frontier towns from cowboys and to protect the cowboys from the towns. $200.00

1109. CONNELLEY, William Elsey. Wild Bill and His Era: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok. New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1933. [2] xii [2] 229 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 8vo, original red cloth. Tape residue on pastedowns and flyleaves, ink ownership inscription on verso of half-title, overall very good.
First trade edition. Introduction by Charles M. Harger. $75.00

1110. CONNELLEY, William Elsey. Wild Bill—James Butler Hickok...David Colbert McCanles at Rock Creek. [Topeka, 1928]. 27 pp. 8vo, later grey library boards. Very good.
First separate issue, reprinted from Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society 17:2 (1926-1928). $20.00

1111. CONNER, Daniel Ellis. Joseph Reddeford Walker and the Arizona Adventure. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1956]. xxii, 364 pp., plates (mostly photographic portraits, but including Alfred Jacob Miller’s 1837 painting of Walker and his Native American wife), maps. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Slight shelf wear, a few spots to fore-edges, back endpaper torn, otherwise fine.
First edition. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 362. Wallace, Arizona History IV:70. Walker (1798-1872) was one of the great mountain men and his impact on the West was immense. He engaged in herding and ranching several times during his life (supplied beef to California Gold Rush mining camps; purchased a ranch in Monterey County in the 1850s; and spent the last five years of his life ranching in Contra Costa County). The present work contains Conner’s biography of Walker and the first publication of Walker’s own well-written, insightful account of his 1861 expedition to central Arizona. This expedition resulted in the capture of Mangas Colorados, perhaps the greatest Apache leader of record, and thereby opened the region to ranchers and settlers. Mangas was known and feared for his devastating raids on Mexican ranches and theft of stock from the Arizona ranchers and miners who came later. Other ranching interest in this volume: witnessing Apache warriors rustling a herd of sheep from a Mexican, and their custom of taking the herder as a slave to continue care of the flock; visiting the old rock corral (subject of a later work fiction [see item 844 herein]); visiting ranches in the region; Apache rustling stock from a ranch on Granite Creek and the ensuing fierce battle. $55.00

1112. CONOVER, George W. Sixty Years in Southwest Oklahoma; or, The Autobiography of George W. Conover with Some Thrilling Incidents in Indian Life in Oklahoma and Texas. Anadarko, Oklahoma: N. T. Plummer, Book and Job Printer, 1927. [6] iii [1] 129 pp., frontispiece portraits, text illustrations (mostly photographic portraits of Native Americans, but including “Conover Cattle on the Range”). 12mo, original blue cloth gilt. Just about perfect condition.
First edition. Campbell, p. 97. Graff 854. Herd 565: “The author denies that there ever was such a thing as the Chisholm Trail, and claims the Indian Red Blanket drove the first cattle over the trail.” Rader 899. Tate, Indians of Texas 3006: “Conover...arrived as a soldier in western Oklahoma during 1867 and witnessed some of the most important events in Indian-military confrontations.” A pioneer’s autobiography describing life and tribes on the plains of Oklahoma in the latter part of the nineteenth century: Chisholm Trail, cattle trade, captivities, rustling, Adobe Walls, Battle of the Washita, etc. After leaving government service in 1873, the author embarked in the cattle business, taking charge of the Chander Ranch on the Little Washita. “Here I had the opportunity to observe some of the work of the cattle thieves and whiskey peddlers. They had headquarters over the line in the Chickasaw Nation or across Red River in Texas. They would trade with the Indians for a number of horses, then sell them whiskey, and while the Indians were drunk, they would drive off a herd of horses many more than they had bought” (p. 66). $250.00

“Makes Garrett’s ‘Authentic Life Of Billy The Kid’ Seem Like a Bedtime Story for Squeamish Infants”

1113. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Twenty Years of Detective Life in the Mountains and on the Plains. Denver: Republican Publishing Company, 1882. 285 pp., engraved pictorial half-title, engraved frontispiece portrait, numerous primitive and lurid wood-engraved plates by A. P. Proctor (32 plates in all, including the rare pictorial half-title, frequently lacking). 8vo, original dark teal pebbled cloth with gilt-pictorial illustration of two hands up and knife. Slight shelf wear, front hinge cracked, 2.5-cm split at lower portion of upper joint, otherwise very fine and bright. On front free endpaper is a note in purple ink: “Colorado Live Stock Record. Compliments of D. J. Cook.” This book is notoriously difficult to find complete and in fine collector’s condition.
First edition. Adams, One-Fifty 34 (citing the wrappers issue): “This rare book was originally published to be sold on trains by newsboys. It was reprinted the same year bound in cloth. When the cloth edition was first issued, there was a picture on the cover of two upraised hands holding a scalping knife. The knife was said to have belonged to Wild Bill Hickok and to have been given to Cook. The design was made from a photograph of Wild Bill’s hands and his scalping knife. It is said the book was largely written by Thomas Fulton Dawson, a prolific writer and editor. The scarcity of the first edition is claimed by some to be the result of using its pages for gun wadding during an Indian scare.” Campbell, p. 74. Eberstadt 105:94: “Cook was Chief of the Rocky Mountain Detective Association and from 1871 to 1879 Sheriff of Arapahoe County.” Graff 861. Guns 483. Howes C728. Wilcox, p. 32. Wynar 7005. McLoughlin, Wild & Woolly, pp. 110-11: “This saga of murder, robbery, lynching, and shootouts...makes Garrett’s Authentic Life of Billy the Kid seem like a bedtime story for squeamish infants. This Rocky Mountain blood-hound managed to survive all his shooting scrapes, and he died in his home at Denver on April 29, 1907.”
The 1882 edition of this book is genuinely rare, and it is a mere fluke (and the luck of the collector) that dear old Fred Rosenstock had a little stash of this Denver imprint in variant bindings. The present copy is the cream of the crop. Chapter 5, “A Cowboy’s Sad Fate,” is about Johnny Pelt, “a cowboy, who used to make his headquarters at Alamosa, was a reckless a lad as ever punched cattle in Southern Colorado.” Chapters 34-36 deal with the 1871 murder of ranchman George Bonacina and his sister Mrs. Belle Newton by Theodore Meyers. Chapter 43 relates the nefarious doings of horse thieves George B. Britt and William Hiligoss, who in 1866 stole a herd of horses at McNassar’s corral in Denver. Chapter 57 “(A Townful of Thieves”) is about the rustling activities of the people of Carson, whose specialty was stealing entire cars of livestock from the Kansas Pacific Railroad Company during 1877; Cook arrested the entire male population of the town. In chapter 65 (“A Mexican Bandit”) Cook describes the crimes and capture of Candado Costello after he and his gang stole a fine cattle herd from wealthy Mexican cattleman Romero and murdered him at his ranch near Bernalillo in 1886. $2,500.00


Item 1113

1114. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Twenty Years of Detective Life.... Denver: Republican Publishing Company, 1882. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original gilt-pictorial purple pebbled cloth. Corners bumped and frayed, slightly shelf-slanted, new endpapers, frontispiece reinforced with tissue, some spotting and smudging to interior, generally very good. A laid-in card has an unrelated illustration (“Hands Up”) with descriptive text. $2,000.00

1115. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Twenty Years of Detective Life.... Denver: Republican Publishing Company, 1882. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original gilt-pictorial terracotta pebbled cloth. Moderate shelf wear and soiling, new endsheets, first and last leaves and occasionally a few inner leaves chipped and with short tears (mostly confined to blank margins), occasional smudges and soiling. $1,500.00

1116. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Twenty Years of Detective Life.... Denver: Republican Publishing Company, 1882. Another copy (lacking the pictorial half-title, which is often absent). 8vo, original gilt-pictorial pebbled green cloth. A poor, defective copy, recased with a heavy hand at an early date. Binding worn, spotted, and slightly flecked, heavy cloth tape along hinges, front and back free endpapers chipped, some spotting and smudging to interior, a few repairs to torn leaves. $660.00

1117. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Twenty Years of Detective Life.... Denver: Republican Publishing Company, 1882. Another copy, rebound into an apparently recycled contemporary full sheep binding with spine lettered “Denver Board of Fire Underwriters.” Text block detached, first plate missing, frontispiece, front and back pages chipped, newsclippings pinned in front. $550.00

1118. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Thirty-Five Years of Detective Life.... Denver: W. F. Robinson Printing Company, 1897. [2] 442 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 8vo, original purple cloth. Slight shelf wear, a few minor spots to upper cover, pencil ownership inscription on front pastedown, otherwise fine and bright.
Second edition of preceding, revised and enlarged to cover fifteen additional years of Cook’s experiences. Compiled by John W. Cook. Adams (Guns 483) notes that this 1897 edition is scarce. $300.00

1119. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Thirty-Five Years of Detective Life.... Denver: W. F. Robinson Printing Company, 1897. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original dark brown cloth. Light shelf wear, slight discoloration to covers, small split at top of upper joint, upper hinge cracked, ink ownership inscription on front pastedown, otherwise very good. $250.00

1120. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Thirty-Five Years of Detective Life.... Denver: W. F. Robinson Printing Company, 1897. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Light shelf wear, lower edge of cover dented, front free endpaper removed, and front hinge cracked. $250.00

1121. COOK, D[avid] J. Hands Up; or, Thirty-Five Years of Detective Life.... Denver: W. F. Robinson Printing Company, 1897. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Light shelf wear, slight fraying to corners and edges of spine, small chip in back hinge. $250.00

1122. COOK, H. G. (Teen). Boomer-Sooner: A Life Story. Norman: Cooperative Books, 1939. 56 pp. 8vo, original tan wrappers. Very fine. Caustic manuscript critique in ink by J. Frank Dobie on title: “Like nearly all other pioneer chronicles of Oklahomans, this lacks zest and meat. They were a bunch of petty land-grabbers—a bunch of pop-suckers. A little about a few cattle Cook helped handle in Texas & Oklahoma is my only excuse for putting this tedious and significance-lacking item in my cowboy collection. J. Frank Dobie, Austin, Tx May 15, 1939.”
First edition. Herd 568. The author (b. Yolo County, California 1869) was raised by his ’49er grandfather, John E. Copp, who “owned most of Sacamata Valley.” Cook spent part of his youth on his grandfather’s horse ranch at the foot of Mount Shasta and then on a large ranch near Lubbock beginning in 1880. “The ranches were far apart and no fences at all. The cattle in those days were all Spanish long horns and very wild” (p. 6). In 1883 Cook ran away from home and went to work at Sam Reynolds’s ranch east of Denton. Next he entered Indian Territory, working on a ranch for two years and eventually rushing for his own claim. $50.00

1123. COOK, Harold J. Tales of the 04 Ranch: Recollections of Harold J. Cook, 1887-1909. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, [1968]. xviii [2] 221 pp., photographic plates, endpaper maps. 8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine in very good d.j. (rubbed).
First edition. Harold was the son of James H. Cook, author of Fifty Years on the Old Frontier (see next entry), and grew up on their 04 Ranch in Nebraska. His collection of reminiscences chronicles the transition of Nebraska from open range to fenced ranches. Introduction by Agnes Wright Spring. $35.00


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