Copyright 2000- by Dorothy Sloan-Rare Books Inc. for all materials on this site. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.
177. AUSTIN, Mary. One Hundred Miles on Horseback.
Los Angeles: [Saul and Lillian Marks, The Plantin Press for] Dawson’s Book
Shop, 1963. xiv  19  pp., portraits. 16mo, original tan cloth over marbled
boards, paper spine label. Very small chip to lower blank margin of paper
spine label, otherwise very fine. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
Limited edition (300 copies). Austin’s first published essay, reprinted from her college’s magazine, The Blackburnian (1889). Introduction by Donald P. Ringler. Account of the author’s journey in 1888 from Pasadena to the Tejon Ranch in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley. $80.00
178. [AUSTRALIA]. [POSTCARDS]. Lot of 5 pictorial postcards
illustrating scenes from ranch life in Australia. Sydney: Kerry & Company,
n.d. (early twentieth century). Fine.
The illustrations include: “Breaking Camp” (two cowboys urging a herd of cattle across a river): “Midday Halt” (cowboys at rest with campfire, herd in background); “Riding the Rebel” (aboriginal cowboy busting a bronco); “A Station Race” (two cowboys jumping their horses over a wooden fence); “A Kangaroo Hunt” (two cowboys giving chase to four kangaroos). These all look like they could be in the American West except for the English saddles and the kangaroo hunt. Very attractive and unusual ranching ephemera. $80.00
179. AUTRY, Gene (comp.). Western Stories. New York:
Dell Publishing Company . 191 [1, ads] pp. 16mo, original multicolor
pictorial wrappers. Laminated wrappers peeling, text age-toned, otherwise
First edition. McVicker B64 (contains “The Rider of Loma Escondida” by J. Frank Dobie). “When the publishers of this book asked me to act as editor for a collection of Western stories, I didn’t hesitate a minute. I’m no literary critic, but I’ve read lots of Western yarns and I know what I like” (from Gene Autry’s introduction entitled “I Like Westerns”). Authors include Eugene Cunningham, Ross Santee, Clarence E. Mulford, et al. $10.00
180. AUTRY, George. “Much Obliged!” A Limited and Loose
Collection of Gratitude and Bias, Tales and Sensations. [Fort Worth: King
& Mary, 1977].  153 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by H. D. Bugbee,
Ben Carlton Mead, and Sahula-Dycke. 8vo, original tan pictorial linen. Very
fine in very fine d.j. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
First edition. Stories and recollections with a cowboy twist. The author was a cowboy in his youth, and his stories focus on Southwest Texas. $20.00
181. AVINI, Teresa Jones (artist). Original watercolor and
charcoal drawing on grey paper illustrating a cowgirl and her horse. Austin,
ca. 1986. 23.0 x 18.7 cm. Fine.
This was the illustration on which Barbara Holman based the embossed cover of the limited cloth-bound edition of Sloan Catalogue 3, Women in the Cattle Country. $140.00
182. AXFORD, Joseph. Around Western Campfires. Tucson:
University of Arizona Press, .  266 pp. 12mo, original red cloth.
Very fine in fine d.j.
Second edition (first edition New York, 1964). Adams, Burs II:4n. Guns 96n: “The life of an Arizona cowhand: ranching on the San Pedro River, his time as sheriff’s deputy and jailer in Tombstone, and his experiences as an employee of mining magnate W. C. Green.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 116: “This edition omits some material in the original.” $10.00
183. AYDELOTTE, Frank. “The Literature of the Range Cattle
Industry: A Critical Survey” in The Trail Guide 15:4 (December 1970).
19 pp. 8vo, original self-wrappers. Fine.
First printing. We obtained this copy from Fred White, Sr. who wrote this note: “Presented at Kansas City Posse. At the time, Aydelotte was director of Special Collections, Spenser Library, University of Kansas. Few knew more about cow books than Frank.” $25.00
184. AYRES, Mary C. The Founding of Durango, Colorado
in 1880. N.p., . 10 pp., text illustrations (some photographic).
8vo, original brown textured wrappers. Remains of paper label on inside of
lower cover, otherwise fine. Signed by author.
First edition. Wynar 1134. Brief mention of the cattle industry around the town in the late 1800s, noting that the cattle were brought from Texas, that the heyday of the roundups was from 1877 to 1887, and that afterwards the country began to be taken up by ranches. The author comments: “The cowboys added a picturesque though rough element to Durango’s early population, enacting all the wild life which we now know only in fiction and the movies.” $30.00
185. AYRES, Mary C. The Founding of Durango, Colorado in 1880. N.p., . Another copy. Very fine. $20.00
186. BABB, Jewel. Border Healing Woman. Austin &
London: University of Texas Press, . xvii  134 pp., photographic
illustrations. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in d.j. Carl Hertzog bookplate.
First edition. The story of an Anglo woman who lived most of 80 years in the isolated desert region near El Paso. She married into a wealthy ranching family that later lost its fortune; after the death of her husband, her sons were arrested for cattle smuggling. She subsequently became a widely sought healer. $20.00
187. BACA, Carlos C. de. Vicente Silva, New Mexico’s
Vice King of the Nineties. N.p., . 39 pp. 16mo, original grey printed
wrappers, stapled. Light browning along spine, otherwise very fine, with Carl
Hertzog’s bookplate and book dealer’s printed catalogue description calling
the book rare.
First edition. Guns 103: “Rare.... The author admits he used Manuel Cabeza de Baca’s book [see below] as the basis for his own...but he does add a little new material.” $110.00
188. BACA, Carlos C. de. Vicente Silva, New Mexico’s Vice King of the Nineties. N.p., . Another copy. Text with light uniform browning, as usual (due to the poor paper on which it was printed), otherwise fine, with former owner’s pencil note on upper wrapper: “Scarce.” $100.00
Publisher’s Presentation Copy to Hertzog
189. BACA, Manuel C. de. Vicente Silva and His Forty
Bandits.... Translation Lane Kauffmann.... Washington, D.C.: Edward McLean,
1947. vi, 77  pp., illustrations by Fanita Lanier. Small folio, original
red cloth over black boards with title printed in red on upper cover. Stitching
broken with split in center of book block, one stain on a text leaf and some
light offsetting from illustrated chapter headings. Black d.j. somewhat worn
and chipped. Presentation copy to Carl Hertzog, signed by illustrator and
translator and with publisher’s signed inscription: “For Carl Hertzog with
all good wishes...September sixth ’57” (publisher McLean was a Colorado-based
bookbinder with whom Hertzog was contemplating collaboration in the 1940s).
Hertzog’s bookplate on front pastedown.
First edition in English (the first edition, which was in Spanish, appeared in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in the 1890s), limited edition (500 copies printed, this copy apparently a variant presentation binding not listed on the colophon page). Guns 108: “Miss Lanier’s drawings are adapted from the illustrations of the edition in Spanish”; 106n: “The author was a police reporter for a Spanish-language newspaper in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and wrote the first account of that gang of killers.” Howes B10. Saunders 3276n. This handsomely designed book delves into the lawless ranching country of New Mexico in the late nineteenth century, vividly describing the exploits of one of its most flamboyant characters, Vicente Silva. He secretly purchased the Ojo de Monte Largo ranch, where he and his gang hid large herds of rustled cattle and horses and other plundered booty. $300.00
190. BACA, Manuel C. de. Vicente Silva and His Forty
Bandits.... Washington, D.C.: Edward McLean, 1947. Another copy, variant
binding. Small folio, original grey cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Very fine,
Limited edition (500 copies printed, this being one of 300 copies bound in cloth and signed by translator and illustrator). $200.00
191. BACA, Manuel C. de. Vicente Silva and His Forty
Bandits.... Washington, D.C.: Edward McLean, 1947. Another copy. Other
than mild foxing to blank leaf at end, very fine, unopened.
Limited edition (500 copies printed, this being one of 300 copies bound in cloth and signed by translator). $195.00
192. BACA, Manuel C. de. Vicente Silva and His Forty
Bandits.... Washington, D.C.: Edward McLean, 1947. Another copy. A few
foxmarks to fore-edges, otherwise very fine, unopened.
Limited edition (500 copies). $165.00
193. BACA, Manuel C. de. Vicente Silva and His Forty
Bandits.... Washington, D.C.: Edward McLean, 1947. Small folio, original
black French wrappers. Fine.
Limited edition (500 copies, this being one of 175 copies bound in wrappers). $165.00
194. BACKHOUSE, Hugo. Among the Gauchos. London:
Jarrolds, . 208 pp., color frontispiece, plates, text illustrations
by author. 8vo, original dark red gilt-pictorial cloth. Edges slightly foxed,
otherwise fine in price-clipped d.j. Inscribed by Deering Davis to J. Frank
Dobie: “To Frank Dobie and thanks for all the information about Spanish ponies
he has given me.” Uncommon.
First edition. Autobiography by an Englishman who fled to Argentina as a youth and worked his way from peon to wealthy rancher during the early 1900s. The author’s dynamic illustrations document gaucho life, and some depict unusual subjects, such as riding wild camels, pursuing ostriches with the bola, fighting wild fires on the pampas, and gaucho sports. This lively, popular book was followed by a French edition in 1953 and a Spanish edition in 1955. $150.00
Watercolor on Rice Paper—El Gaucho Enlazando
195. [BACLE, Adrienne Macaire (after)]. Unsigned watercolor
on rice paper depicting a gaucho on horseback tossing a lasso while coursing
across the pampas in pursuit of a steer. Approximately 23.5 x 14.5 cm. Undated,
but ca. 1830-1850. Other than one tiny chip at upper right blank corner and
two neat archival repairs on verso (no loss of image), exceptionally fine
and fresh, with excellent detail. A wonderful exhibit item offering the possibility
of expanding the concept of the American cowboy beyond the Marlboro Man.
This attractive, lively image of a gaucho in full native costume was made by an anonymous nineteenth-century artist based on an original painting created by Adrienne Macaire Bacle for Trages y costumbres de la Provincia de Buenos-Aires, the first lithographic book printed in Buenos Aires. Bacle and her husband, Cesár Hipólito Bacle, published their album between 1833 and 1834. The present watercolor represents a genre of travel and costume art made for travelers to Buenos Aires in the nineteenth century. Artists copied the images of Bacle, Vidal, and other artists, as found in nineteenth-century lithographed and engraved costume books. These images capturing the exotic flavor of the country and its people were sold to foreign travelers as souvenirs (the New York Public Library has an extensive collection of these paintings). Naturally, the quality of such copies varied, depending on the skill of the particular artist.
This painting is an exceptionally fine example of this genre of travel art, exquisitely rendering extensive costume detail as well as interesting facial nuances. Already, the process of romanticizing the gaucho is in full force. The handsome, young gaucho with innocent face and wide eyes is perched comfortably on his wild-eyed black steed, who is flying through the pampas with long tail rippling in the breeze and red tongue extended. The skillful gaucho sits on his recado—a flat saddle with sheepskin that could be used as a bed at night. The gaucho’s right arm is raised high, twirling his braided lasso, which is flying in a wide circle above. He wears the striking garb of his trade: chiripá (baggy white trousers), tirador (tooled leather road belt), vincha (headband holding a red silk handkerchief fashioned into a turban over his hair and with feathers at back), short blue jacket with brass buttons, white open-throated shirt with decoration at bottom, red poncho draped over left arm, and ponderous silver spurs with his bare toes exposed next to the stirrup. The medium of watercolor on rice paper imparts a especially beautiful luminosity to this vivid image.
Adrienne Pauline Macaire Bacle was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1796 and emigrated to Argentina in 1828 with her husband. They established the first lithographic shop in Buenos Aires. In 1833 the Bacles began a series of lithographed costumes of Buenos Aires, eventually publishing six parts with six lithographs in each one (though seven parts were planned). Adrienne Bacle returned to Europe after her husband's death in 1838, where she continued painting as a miniaturist (see Thieme Becker, Künstler-Lexikon, and Benezit, Diccionaire). Rodolfo Trostine notes that very little of Adrienne Bacle’s work has survived and that he had seen only one original work by her (“Bacle,” Buenos Aires: Asociación de Anticúarios, 1953, p. 65). Garaño comments in his introduction to the reprint edition of Trages y costumbres: “This repertory deserves to be classified—without detriment—in the same class as the drawings by Vidal.”
The Bacles’s lithograph album, Trages y costumbres de la Provincia de Buenos-Aires, is exceptionally rare (no copies of the original listed in RLIN and only one copy and another incomplete copy in OCLC, no copy in British Museum). The lithographed album is so scarce that even the Museo Histórico Nacional in Buenos Aires had only 8 of the 43 lithographs when Alejo B. Gonzalez Garaño wrote the exhibition catalogue, Exposición de las obras de Bacle (Buenos Aires: Amigos del Arte, 1933). For more on the printed work see: Guide to the Art of Latin America, p. 270 (“album of engravings [sic] of Argentine life, now very rare”); Hiler, Bibliography of Costume, pp. 36, 58. $1,650.00
196. BACLE, Cesár Hipólito (lithographer). Colección
general de las marcas del ganado de la provincia de Buenos-Aires. Buenos
Aires: Editorial Monserrat, 1975.  134  [15 folding leaves of brands]
pp., first leaf with illustration of a round-up and branding on the pampas.
Tall folio, original unbound signatures in leather folder in slipcase. Fine.
Limited edition (500 copies) of the original 1830 edition of this celebrated brand book, a cornerstone book for the cattle industry in Latin America, and an important, early milestone in the history of Argentine printing and lithography. Palau 56523n (citing the first edition). The original edition was lithographed by Bacle, who with Italian Carlos Risso introduced lithography to Argentina. The book illustrates and lists brands, names of ranches, locations, owners, dates of recording, etc. Accompanying the facsimile is a scholarly essay by Isodoro J. Ruiz Moreno. “Edición facsimilar de esta importantisima obra de Bacle tanto por su valiosa información como desde el punto de vista iconografico. Contiene, ademas de la reproducción de cada marca de ganado, el nombre de los hacendados, de las estancias y de los propietarios del terreno” (Alfredo Breitfeld). $715.00
197. BADER, Roy & Avis Bader. Kit Carson County and
Its Cattlemen. N.p., . vii  131 pp., brands, maps, tables. 8vo,
original green illustrated wrappers. Very fine. Rare.
First edition. Wynar 6416. This substantial work is divided into three sections: “The Cattlemen in Kit Carson County, Colorado,” “The Development of the County,” and “Stories of the People Who Helped Develop the County.” The third section contains firsthand accounts of pioneers, rich in social history and women’s history. Included is Anna Homm’s narrative, “A Pioneer Cattlewoman,” recounting that her husband died soon after they arrived in Kit Carson County and how she managed her ranch while raising a large family. Her six daughters were in charge of caring for the cattle. $110.00
198. BAEGERT, Johann Jakob. Observation in Lower California.
Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1952. xx  218
pp., plates, illustrations, maps. 8vo, original terracotta buckram with printed
paper spine label. Very fine in d.j.
First edition in English in book form (first edition Mannheim, 1772). Cowan, p. 27n. Hill, p. 13n. Graff 137n. Howes B29. LC, California 25n. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 157n. Includes chapters on livestock and agriculture after the arrival of the first Spaniards. Baegert says that despite unfavorable conditions for animal husbandry, it was essential for survival of the California missions. Includes interesting details of how the mission ranches operated, such as herding methods employed by Native American herders. $55.00
199. BAILEY, Harry H. When New Mexico Was Young by Harry
H. Bailey: His Autobiography. [Las Cruces: Las Cruces Citizen,
1946]. 203 pp., photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original yellow wrappers
with Bailey’s portrait. Fine. J. Frank Dobie’s copy with his pencil note:
“Not truthful, a good deal of El Paso.”
First edition. Guns 113. Herd 193: “This is a separate reprint from a series which ran in the Las Cruces Citizen from 1946 to 1948, which accounts for the fact that the copyright antedates the book by two years.” Mohr, Range Country 29. Bailey (b. 1868 in Kansas), spent his early years in Los Angeles, but later lived and worked in Southern New Mexico and El Paso. $95.00
200. BAILEY, L[ynn] R. The Long Walk: A History of the
Navajo Wars, 1846-68. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1964. xiii  252
 pp., maps, illustrations. 8vo, original embossed navy cloth. Fine in price-clipped
d.j. Signed by author.
First edition. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 124. Wallace, Arizona History VI:85. The author states that the Navajo measured their status in terms of ownership of sheep and horses, and recounts how the tribe attempted to satisfy the harsh demands of the Bonneville Treaty by sending livestock to repay the New Mexicans for losses amounting to almost 6,000 animals valued at more than $14,000. $45.00
|<Back to Table of Contents||Home||<View previous group of items||View next group of items>|