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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 201-225

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201. BAILEY, Mary Ellen Jackson. The Diary of Mary Ellen Jackson Bailey. Edited by Agnes Wright Spring [wrapper title]. N.p.: [Denver Posse of the Westerners, 1962]. Pp. 109-134, portraits, map, illustrations. 8vo, original black-and-white pictorial wrappers. Very fine. Editor’s signed presentation copy: “Best wishes to Dr. Philip W. Whiteley, who knows well the west that Ellen Bailey knew.”
First separate printing, extract from The 1962 Brand Book of the Denver Posse of the Westerners. In 1869, as a 22-year-old bride, Bailey began keeping a diary at her Colorado ranch home at Latham on the South Platte River, which served as a gathering place for local events such as county commissioner meetings and court hearings. Herders often forded the South Platte at the Latham crossing, and Bailey mentions “Goodnight and herder stayed all night.” Good coverage of Native American uprisings. $45.00

202. BAILEY, Mary Ellen Jackson. The Diary of Mary Ellen Jackson Bailey... [wrapper title]. N.p.: [Denver Posse of the Westerners, 1962]. Another copy. Very fine, signed by editor. $40.00

203. BAILEY, Paul. Jacob Hamblin, Buckskin Apostle. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1948. xi [1] 408 pp., frontispiece, illustrations, maps. 8vo, original maroon cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 34. Paher, Nevada 54: “A Mormon missionary and trail blazer, Jacob Hamblin was a remarkable Western frontier figure.... He worked for peace with Indians and also guided and protected emigrant caravans along the Salt Lake–Los Angeles trail.... Extracted from Hamblin’s unpublished journal and his reminiscences published in 1881 and narrated by James Little.” Wallace, Arizona History IV:58. Hamblin established a ranch in House Rock Valley, Arizona in 1873. $50.00

204. BAILEY, Paul. Walkara, Hawk of the Mountains. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, [1954]. xi [1] 185 [8] pp., portraits, illustrations. 8vo, original embossed maroon cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Very fine in d.j.
First edition, limited edition. Great and West and Indian Series 2. Wynar 1752. In the mid-19th century, Ute chief warrior Walkara struck a bold path from the Colorado River to the Pacific, from the Shoshone lands to Southern California. He was the scourge of the peaceful California ranchos, where he was known as the greatest horse thief in history. $45.00

205. BAILEY, Philip A. Golden Mirages: The Story of the Lost Pegleg Mine, the Legendary Three Gold Buttes, and Yarns of and by Those Who Know the Desert. New York: Macmillan, 1940. xvii [11] 353 [5] pp., frontispiece, 24 plates, 9 maps. 8vo, original gilt-lettered navy blue cloth. Fine in price-clipped d.j. Signed “W. J. Dermody, Ogden, Utah.”
First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 17: “Rivets one’s attention all the way from the artistic dust wrapper to the conclusion of the last chapter.... A classic in the realm of lost-treasure tales.” Paher, Nevada 55: “Much archival research and informal interviews with prospectors led to the writing of this well-documented book on lost and found treasures, chiefly in southern California. It is considered a classic study.... Good reading. Scarce in first edition.” Contains a good deal on Warner’s Ranch. $45.00

206. BAILLIE-GROHMAN, W. A. Camps in the Rockies: Being a Narrative of Life on the Frontier and Sport in the Rocky Mountains, with an Account of the Cattle Ranches of the West. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882. viii, 438 [4, ads] 32 (ads) pp., frontispiece, plates, folding map of Idaho and Wyoming. 8vo, original green cloth gilt. Somewhat worn, upper hinge cracked, map with one tear, but generally very good. Pencil ownership inscription on front free endpaper.
First English edition (Scribner’s published the American edition the same year). Athearn, Westward the Briton, p. 188: “The author made repeated hunting trips in the West and Northwest and his writings are among the best of the British who came here. His Camps is by far the most useful of his books and is based primarily upon his experiences among the Rockies, particularly in Wyoming, during the winter of 1880-1881. He had been there before—in 1879.” Dobie, p. 150: “A true sportsman, Baillie-Grohman was more interested in living animals than in just killing.” Herd 194. Phillips, American Sporting Books, p. 30. Reese 67:39: “The author has not been given enough credit for his role as a booster of investments in cattle to English investors.... ‘Camps in Cowboyland’ promotes vigorously. Rumor has it that the author was slow to pay his bills, and was not a ‘gentleman.’” Smith 434. $200.00

207. BAIRD, Joseph Armstrong. California’s Pictorial Letter Sheets, 1849-1869. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1967. 171 [2] pp., 59 plates (4 folding), 1 folding facsimile in rear pocket. Folio, original red morocco over red-and-white decorated boards. Very fine in plain white d.j.
First edition, limited edition (475 copies). Grabhorn-Hoyem 6. Howell 50, California 1289: “The standard work on the first two decades of California’s pictorial letter sheets, listing 343 items, of which 60 are reproduced in full and tinted to resemble the original paper on which they were printed. The letter sheets are an extremely important visual source for California’s early history.” Includes illustrations of a few scenes related to life on California ranchos. $275.00

208. BAIRD, Josie. Tom Bond: Bronc-Buster, Cow-Poke, and Trail Driver. Sweetwater, Texas: Watson-Focht Company, [1960]. x, 135 pp., portraits, text illustrations. 8vo, original gilt-lettered blue cloth. Light shelf wear, some discoloration to edges of upper cover, endpapers foxed, otherwise very good in foxed and price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Guns 116. J. T. (“Tom”) Bond (1866-1947) was born in Central Texas and worked as a cowboy in the 1880s, going on the last long trail drive to Miles City with the Matadors. $40.00

209. BAKARICH, Sarah Grace. Gun-Smoke. N.p., 1947. 153 pp. 16mo, original red pictorial wrappers, stapled. Book block detached from lower wrapper (as usual), otherwise fine, signed by author.
First edition. Guns 118: “This little book deals with the gunmen and outlaws of Tombstone, Arizona.” Wallace, Arizona History X:38. The violent side of cowboy and ranch life, with material on cattleman Phil Clanton, cowboys Billy Claibourne and Billy King, and a host of desperados and their victims. $50.00

210. BAKARICH, Sarah Grace. Gun-Smoke. N.p., 1947. Another copy. Small stain on upper wrapper. $45.00

211. BAKARICH, Sarah Grace. Gunsmoke: The True Story of Old Tombstone. Tombstone: Tombstone Press, 1954. 197 pp. 16mo, original red pictorial wrappers. Very fine.
Second edition. $30.00

212. BAKER, Inez. Yesterday in Hall County, Texas. Memphis, Texas: Privately printed, 1940. [10] 219 pp., portraits. 8vo, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in silver. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. CBC 2154. Herd 196: “Much on cattle, cowboys, and ranch life.” King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 13: “Interviews with men and women about the early days in Hall County, Texas.” Excellent Panhandle history. $140.00

213. BAKER, James H. & LeRoy R. Hafen (eds.). History of Colorado.... Denver: Linderman Company, 1927. 5 vols., complete, plates, portraits, maps, illustrations. 8vo, original green morocco over green cloth, spines gilt, t.e.g. Very fine, bright set.
First edition. Herd 197. Wilcox, p. 30: “Vol. 1-3 paged continuously; vol. 4-5 contain biographical material written and edited by the publishers.” Wynar 22. Comprehensive history of Colorado prepared under the supervision of the State Historical and Natural History Society of Colorado. Includes a chapter on the history of livestock in Colorado by Alvin T. Steinel (pp. 645-94). $250.00

214. BAKER, James H. & LeRoy R. Hafen (eds.). History of Colorado.... Denver: Linderman Company, 1927. Another set in variant binding of red leather over brown cloth, spines gilt, t.e.g. Light shelf wear (especially at corners), otherwise fine. $220.00

215. BAKER, Marvel L. & Guy N. Baker. The Use of Various Pastures in Producing Finished Yearling Steers. N.p.: Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Nebraska, Bulletin 414, October 1952 [1953]. 12 pp., photographic illustration. 8vo, original photographic wrappers printed in green, stapled. Very fine.
First issue, second printing. $15.00

216. BAKER, M[arvel] L., Leslie E. Johnson & Russell L. Davis. Beef Cattle Breeding Research at Fort Robinson. N.p.: Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Nebraska, Misc. Pub. 1, April, 1952. 7 pp., photographic illustrations. 4to, original wrappers with photographic illustration, stapled. Very fine.
First issue. Includes information on Fort Robinson, the Red Cloud Indian reservation converted to a military reservation and then to a cattle research station. $20.00

217. BAKER, T. Lindsay. Blades in the Sky: Windmilling through the Eyes of B. H. “Tex” Burdick. [Lubbock]: Texas Tech University Press, [1992]. [8] xvi, 107 [4] pp., numerous photographic illustrations. Small 4to, original pictorial wrappers. Very fine.
First edition. Uses the story of “Tex” Burdick as an example of the importance of windmills for early ranchers. $20.00

218. BAKER, T. Lindsay. A Field Guide to American Windmills. Norman & London: University of Oklahoma Press, [1991]. xii, 516 pp., copiously illustrated (mostly documentary photographs). Oblong 4to, original black cloth. Very fine in d.j. Author’s signed presentation copy: “There is no more placid view of the world than that afforded from the top a windmill tower....”
First edition, third printing (first printing, 1985). The hands-down authoritative encyclopedia of the windmill and its history, with much collateral material on ranching, including documentary photographs of the XIT and other ranches. $110.00

219. BAKKER, Elna & Richard G. Lillard. The Great Southwest: The Story of a Land and Its People. Palo Alto: American West, [1972]. 283 [4] pp., maps, illustrations (many in color). 4to, original terracotta cloth. Very fine in near fine d.j. From the library of Carl Hertzog, with his bookplate.
First edition. Contains a chapter on “Metal Fever and Money on the Hoof.” $20.00

220. BALDRIDGE, M. A Reminiscence of the Parker H. French Expedition through Texas and Mexico to California in the Spring of 1850. Los Angeles: Privately printed, 1959. [14] 52 pp., folding map. Small 8vo, original pale blue boards, spine gilt-lettered. Very fine.
First book edition (originally published as a series of articles for the San Jose Pioneer, August-December, 1895), limited edition (#244 of 300 copies). Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 30. Mintz, The Trail 516: “Best account of this famous story of overland travel across the southern part of the country. The problems, misery, and frustrations are here revealed much more emotionally than in the better known book by William Miles.” Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “Parker French concocted an elaborate hoax in which he led a group of emigrants from New York to California, by way of Texas and Mexico.” A colorful episode in southern overland history with references to the band of cattle bought to be driven with the train (and subsequent sale of the stock to French and American traders when the party split); ranching and stockraising along the route (including a ranch with a reputed 55,000 head of cattle in northern Mexico); saddlery; Native Americans hunting wild cattle near El Paso; and difficulties of crossing the Pecos with stock and how a government train just ahead of them had lost 30 head of stock. $70.00

221. BALDWIN, Sara Mullin & Robert Morton Baldwin (eds.). Nebraskana: Biographical Sketches of Nebraska Men and Women of Achievement.... Hebron, Nebraska: The Baldwin Company, 1932. [6] 1,374 [2] pp., portraits. Thick 4to, original embossed green cloth. Very fine. Uncommon.
First edition. Biographical entries of the life members in the Nebraskana Society with copious portraits of individual members. Includes biographies of many ranchers and stockraisers. Rich in Midwestern social history, with portraits and biographies of many women. $165.00

222. BALL, Eve. Ma’am Jones of the Pecos. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, [1969]. xiv, 238 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. Guns 122. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 13: “An excellent biography of Barbara (‘Ma’am’) Jones, who moved to New Mexico in 1866; she befriended all of her neighbors—the Apaches, the Mexicans, the Outlaws, including William Bonney (Billy the Kid).” Jones raised 10 children on a ranch during the Lincoln County War. $95.00

223. BALL, John. John Ball, Member of the Wyeth Expedition to the Pacific Northwest, 1832 and Pioneer in the Old Northwest: Autobiography Compiled by His Daughters Kate Ball Powers, Flora Ball Hopkins, and Lucy Ball. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1925. xi [1] 231 pp., portraits. 8vo, original gilt-lettered dark green cloth. Very fine in d.j. (with portrait of author; front inner flap excised).
Second printing, with Clark cancel title. See Clark & Brunet, p. 222. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 17. Graff 152. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 15n. Smith 475. Plains & Rockies IV:53n. Ball accompanied Captain Nathaniel Wyeth during the 1832 expedition to Oregon. He gives a good description of lassoing a wild bullock, discusses immense herds of buffalo and wild horses in the West, and mentions the hide trade. He also visited Sutter’s fort. $140.00

224. BANCROFT, Caroline. Trail Ridge Country: The Romantic History of Estes Park and Grand Lake. Boulder: Johnson Publishing Co., [1968]. 70 pp., portraits, illustrations. 8vo, original red wrappers with photographic illustration. Very fine. Scarce.
First edition. Wynar 1019, 1162. Colorado local history commencing with an account of Estes Park and pioneer Joel Estes who established a ranch on Fish Creek in 1866 that was later acquired by Lord Dunraven; Isabella Bird visited in 1873 and illustrates the ranch in her classic book. Also discusses the MacGregor ranch in Black Canyon, and Griff Evans’s ranch, which became the first dude ranch in Colorado. $40.00

225. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. California Pioneer Register and Index, 1542-1848, Including Inhabitants of California, 1769-1800, and List of Pioneers. Baltimore: Regional Publishing Co., 1964. 392 pp. 8vo, original black cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Very fine in d.j.
First separate edition (extract from The History of California). Many biographies of individuals involved in ranching in California from the Spanish era to the late nineteenth century. $70.00


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