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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 276-300

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276. BARNES, Will C. Tales from the X-Bar Horse Camp: The Blue-Roan Horse “Outlaw” and Other Stories. Chicago: Breeder’s Gazette, 1920. [12] 217 pp., photographic plates, text illustrations, printed music. 8vo, original half green cloth over tan boards, gilt-pictorial spine. Fragile boards lightly rubbed and stained, a bit of minor water staining to a few preliminary and terminal leaves, mild foxing adjacent to plates, generally a very good copy of a book difficult to find in collector’s condition.
First collected edition (first published in various magazines). Dobie, p. 96. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 41 (“High Spots of Western Fiction: 1902-1952”). Herd 211: “A scarce collection of true stories...dealing with the rough life of the cowman and peace officers of northern Arizona.” Howes B156. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 15. Reese, Six Score 7n. Wallace, Arizona History XV:28. Includes a chapter on camel hunting in Arizona. $200.00

277. BARNES, Will C. Western Grazing Grounds and Forest Ranges: A History of the Live-Stock Industry As Conducted on the Open Ranges of the Arid West, with Particular Reference to the Use Now Being Made of the Ranges in the National Forests. Chicago: The Breeder’s Gazette, 1913. 390 pp., 6 lithographed color plates (botanical), numerous photographic illustrations, text illustrations, brands. 8vo, original green cloth gilt. A few tiny abrasions to binding, fore-edges foxed and a few foxmarks in text, otherwise fine in a bright binding. Errata laid in.
First edition. Dobie, p. 96. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 14; Western High Spots, p. 77 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “About the intermountain ranges.... [Hard] to find but worth the search.” Graff 190. Herd 212: “Scarce.” Howes B157. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 15. Reese, Six Score 7: “One of the first systematic studies of the range industry as a whole. Barnes covers the history of the industry, types of fodder, range management, and many other lesser known facets of ranching and livestock care. A fascinating work, and a good picture of the industry at the turn of the century.” Smith 566. Wallace, Arizona History VII:7. $250.00

278. BARNETT, Joel. A Long Trip in a Prairie Schooner.... Whittier: [Western Stationery Co., 1928]. 134 pp., 2 portraits. 12mo, original textured maroon cloth. Foot of spine repaired where torn, endsheets mildly foxed, stains in gutter.
First edition, limited edition (350 copies). Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 22. Graff 191: “Keokuk County, Iowa, to Oregon in 1859.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 1655: “Along Platte noted several large herds of cattle and horses being driven to California markets.” Mintz, Trail 22: “Barnett wrote this account based on the diary left by John Millican, a member of the party, and one of a number of that group who died almost immediately after reaching Oregon. Parts of this little book do a good job of communicating the very feelings of those on the trail.” Smith 579. This substantial overland by a Quaker has good details on the small herd of cattle that the party took with them to Oregon, where he established a ranch that became known as “The Quaker Ranch.” The party began the journey with about 250 cattle (three cattle to pull each of the thirty-five wagons and a loose herd). Barnett refers to the herders on the journey as “cowboys” and vividly describes rigors of the trail (especially river crossings) for cattle. He tells how Native Americans preferred to steal horses and mules rather than slow-moving cattle. $110.00

279. BARNETT, Joel. A Long Trip in a Prairie Schooner.... Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, [1928]. 134 pp., 2 portraits. 12mo, original maroon textured cloth. Very fine.
First edition, the Clark remainder, with their printed cancel slip over imprint. Clark & Brunet do not mention this title as one of the Clark remainders in their non-inclusive list (pp. 221-25). $165.00

280. BARNEY, Robert Owen. The Romantic Story of Dallas from Buckskins to Top Hat. [Dallas: William Noll Sewell, 1948]. 82 pp., profusely illustrated with cartoons by Bill McClanahan depicting people and events in Dallas history. 8vo, original wrappers with photographic illustration of downtown, stapled. Slight split at lower spine and light cover wear, internally fine. Scarce in commerce.
First edition. CBC 1215. A humorous look at Dallas history, with lively illustrations by the cartoonist for the Dallas Morning News. Extermination of the buffalo, Belle Starr and her ranch at Younger’s Bend, horsemanship, county fairs, brands, saddle manufacturing industry, etc., primarily in the early years. $55.00

281. BARNS, Cass G. The Sod House: Reminiscent Historical and Biographical Sketches Featuring Nebraska Pioneers, 1867‑1897. Madison, Nebraska: Cass G. Barns, 1930. 287 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 8vo, original brown cloth with tipped-on photograph. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. Mohr, The Range Country 629. Chapter 11 covers livestock and grain dealers, and there are many other references to stockraising (trail drives in the earliest days, sandhill cattle range, meat-packing industry, large herds of sheep in the western part of the state, etc.). $140.00

282. BARNS, Chancy R. (ed.). The Commonwealth of Missouri: A Centennial Record. St. Louis: Bryan, Brand & Company, 1877. xxiv, 936 [6] pp., frontispiece portrait, plates (mostly steel-engraved portraits), text illustrations. Large 4to, original embossed maroon leather, a.e.g. Binding worn, upper cover detached, lower cover secured with library tape, interior fine. Contemporary gift inscription.
First edition. Flake 315. Not in Howes and other standard references. Massive, well-illustrated history of Missouri with a wealth of local and social history. The chapter on “Material Wealth” includes some information and statistics on livestock, and the many biographies include individuals involved in the cattle trade. The local history section discusses the Kansas City stockyards and has an illustration of the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange. The author was a publisher in St. Louis. $150.00

283. BARR, Elizabeth N. A Souvenir History of Lincoln County, Kansas. [Salina, Kansas, 1961]. [4] 123 [11] pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 8vo, original beige wrappers. Very fine.
Facsimile edition of the rare original edition published in Topeka, 1908, with 10 pages of additional material added at the end. Not in Howes and other standard bibliographies. Contains a section on “The Stock Business” and ads related to stockraising. $50.00

284. BARREIRO, Antonio. Antonio Barreiro’s “Ojeada sobre Nuevo Mexico.” Santa Fe: El Palacio Press, 1928. 60 pp., frontispiece photograph. 8vo, original brown wrappers, stapled. Fragile wrappers with some splits, small inkstain to fore-edges (affecting blank margin of a few leaves in the middle of the text).
Second edition in English (first published in Spanish in Puebla, 1832; in 1849 the account was republished in Mexico City with two other New Mexico reports; the first appearance in English appeared in two issues of New Mexico Historical Review the same year). Publications in History, vol. 5; edited by Lansing B. Bloom. Graff 194n. Howes B169n. Plains & Rockies IV:45an (new entry): “Barreiro was a delegate from New Mexico to the Mexican Congress. Streeter notes that his survey of the state was apparently undertaken at the request of the Mexican minister Espinosa.” Rittenhouse 21n. Saunders 2465. In the section on natural resources, the author includes material on buffalo, wild horses, sheep, and goats. He also discusses Apache incursions against livestock. The emphasis is on sheep raising rather than cattle. $30.00

285. BARROWS, John R. A Wisconsin Youth in Montana [wrapper title]. Missoula: State University of Montana, 1932. 15 pp. 8vo, original printed self-wrappers. Very fine.
First separate issue, offprint from Frontier 8:1 (November 1927). Sources of Northwest History, no. 1. Herd 216. The author describes his experiences working as a cowboy for the DHS outfit in western Montana in the early 1880s. While working for another outfit, he herded cattle on the Yellowstone River. $50.00

286. BARRY, [James] Buck[ner]. A Texas Ranger and Frontiersman: The Days of Buck Barry in Texas, 1845-1906. Edited by James K. Greer. Dallas: The Southwest Press, 1932. xi [1] 254 pp., frontispiece, plates, maps, text illustrations. 8vo, original green cloth. Light wear and discoloration to binding, intermittent mild foxing, overall very good, in the rare d.j. (near fine condition). Signed by Greer on title page and with J. Frank Dobie’s signed presentation inscription on front free endpaper: “To Dudley Dobie with appreciation of his help & friendship.”
First edition. First edition. Basic Texas Books 11: “Best memoir of a Texan Ranger during the mid-nineteenth century, covering his early life in North Carolina as hunter and schoolteacher, trip at the age of 23 through Texas in the last year of the Republic, service in the Mexican War under Jack Hays, and life as a pioneer on what was then the farthest frontier of Texas.” Dobie, p. 60. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 118 (“Ranger Reading”). Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 17: “Modern readers may not find Buck Barry’s attitudes and views entirely lovable, especially concerning Indians. But while he didn’t sympathize with them, he treated them as honorable foes, never sneering at them or projecting them as mere savages to be exterminated. James K. Greer assured me twenty years later, that his editing of Barry’s journals included a great deal more than just deciphering his handwriting, that old Buck had some things to say that just couldn’t be loosed on the world.” Herd 927: “Scarce.... Chapter on stock farming.” Howes G398. Rader 1682. Tate, Indians of Texas 2512: “Barry provides...descriptions of numerous confrontations between Texas Rangers and Indians (especially Comanches), and expresses the general anti-biases of the period.... His discussion of the 1858-1859 Reservation War, near Ft. Belknap, is especially valuable.” Not in North America Divided and Tutorow. Chapters on “Daily Life of a Texas Settler in the ’Fifties,” stockraising, and horse thieves. $250.00

287. BARRY, [James] Buck[ner]. A Texas Ranger and Frontiersman.... Edited by James K. Greer. Dallas: The Southwest Press, 1932. Another copy. Binding somewhat mottled, discolored, and shelf worn, one signature starting, some mild to moderate foxing. Generic bookplate on title. $195.00

288. BARRY, Louise. The Beginning of the West: Annals of the Kansas Gateway to the American West. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, [1972]. viii, 1,295 [1] pp., plates, maps, endpaper maps. Thick 8vo, original green buckram. Very fine in lightly worn d.j.
First book edition (originally published as 24 articles in the Kansas Historical Quarterly 1961-67). Rittenhouse 22: “In many ways this is perhaps the single most useful reference source on the SFT since the works of Josiah Gregg and James J. Webb. D. W. Wilder published, until 1886, his Annals of Kansas. They were historically deficient for the years prior to 1854.... Barry...assembled this collection of excerpts, notes, and comments on Kansas history from early and recent sources. While it relates to Kansas as a whole, it includes most major events and personalities on the SFT.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2208: “Detailed (almost day-by-day) account of the Santa Fe Trail history and constant Comanche, Kiowa and Cheyenne problems for the traders.” This work complements D. W. Wilder’s The Annals of Kansas City (originally published in Topeka in 1886; see Herd 2517). Barry’s massive compendium of original sources documents early trail drives in Kansas, including statistics, such as the estimate that in 1853 over a hundred thousand cattle had crossed the plains. Brief notes on the cattle trade and Texas fever. $75.00

289. BARTHOLOMEW, Ed. Black Jack Ketchum, Last of the Hold-Up Kings. Houston: Frontier Press, 1955. 116 pp., plates, portraits. 12mo, original turquoise cloth. Very fine.
First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 7 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”). Guns 148. Ketchum (1863-1901) was born in western San Saba County, Texas. Two chapters cover Ketchum’s youthful experiences working on ranches in Texas and Pecos Valley, New Mexico. During his criminal career, Ketchum specialized in holding up stage coaches and trains and his activities were invariably set against the backdrop of the cattle country, ranging from Wyoming to the Rio Grande. Frequent and excellent peripheral details on ranching and cowboy life, such as descriptions of specific ranches, cowboys, lawmen, and rustlers, and even unusual details like how cowboys spent the idle months of winter. For more on Ketchum, see Thrapp II, p. 776. $80.00

290. BARTHOLEMEW, Ed. Buffalo Bill’s Life: An Adventurous Career That Led from the Savagery of Western Life to a Seat beside Kings and Princes. Houston: Frontier Press of Texas, 1958. 30 pp. (printed on pale yellow paper), photographic illustrations. 12mo, original red printed wrappers, stapled. Very fine.
First edition. According to the title verso, this crudely printed little biography of the Wild West showman was taken “from a newspaper letter sent from London in May 1888.” Cody describes his ranch in North Platte, Nebraska as “one of the finest ranch-houses in the country.” Included are some early and rare photographs, such as four-year-old Cody with elaborate hairdo, fancy ruffled jacket and pants, and Mary Jane shoes. $45.00

291. BARTHOLOMEW, Ed. Kill or Be Killed: A Record of Violence in the Early Southwest.... Houston: Frontier Press, 1953. [4] 148 pp., plates, portraits. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine, signed by author.
First edition. Guns 152. The focus is on gunmen in the Southwest, especially Texas, after the Civil War. Some of the gunmen covered were rustlers, and many of the bloody events took place in the cattle country. The author asserts that many of these outlaws were young Southern men disillusioned by the rigors of Reconstruction. He states that as such they were “manufactured gunfighters” who were drawn to crime through the “magnet of gold, cattle, loot, [and] the reckless life.” He discusses the fallout of these young hot-heads starting to go up the cattle trail: “The top year was 1871, when well over a half million were driven north by Texas cowboys. From 1866 to 1875, nearly six million head were trailed north from Texas. Soon, up there in Kansas, in the cattle towns, rail heads, the word ‘cowboy’ came to be known as nothing, the word was changed to ‘Texan.’ In the end the expression, ‘Texan,’ came to be known as any wild and wooly individual.... Later it got so bad over in Arizona that folks around there came to refer to any outlaw or badman as a ‘cowboy’.” $70.00

292. BARTLETT, Ichabod S. History of Wyoming. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing, 1918. 69 pp., frontispiece portrait, numerous photographic plates. 4to, original green wrappers. Very fine.
First edition. This is the prospectus for the three-volume history published in 1918 (see Flake 324, Guns 159, Herd 217, and Malone, Wyomingana, p. 1). The prospectus contains six photographs of the Cheyenne Frontier Days and text on stockraising. $55.00

293. [BASS, SAM]. Life and Adventures of Sam Bass, the Notorious Union Pacific and Texas Train Robber Together with a Graphic Account of His Capture and Death—Sketch of the Members of His Band, with Thrilling Pen Pictures of Their Many Bold and Desperate Deeds.... Dallas: Dallas Steam Commercial Print, 1878 [actually Austin: John A. Norris, ca. 1905]. 89 pp. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers. Wraps lightly worn and with some browning along left side of upper wrap, internally very fine.
Second edition. The rare first edition was published in Dallas in 1878 with 110 pages (Adams knew of only two copies of the 1878 edition; see Dykes, Rare Western Outlaw Books, p. 14). Adams, One-Fifty 5n. Guns 162n: “Exceedingly rare.... Said to have been written by a Dallas newspaper reporter named Morrison.” Howes D227. Bass (1851-78) began his slide down the slippery slope of outlawry in 1876 when he and Joel Collins gathered up a herd of cattle of questionable title which they drove to northern Kansas. The author discusses how Bass, in habits and attire, typified cowboys of the period. $80.00

294. [BASS, SAM]. Life and Adventures of Sam Bass.... Dallas: Dallas Steam Commercial Print, 1878 [actually Austin: N. H. Gammel, early twentieth century?]. 89 pp. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers. Very fine.
Third edition. Austin publisher Gammel issued this reprint of the Norris edition (Gammel began publishing in 1892 and continued well into the twentieth century). $65.00

295. [BASS, SAM]. True Story of Sam Bass the Outlaw Written and Published for the Sam Bass Café in Round Rock, Texas. Price 10c [wrapper title]. N.p., n.d. 12 pp., photographic illustration. 12mo, original printed self-wrappers, stapled. One light stain on first leaf, otherwise fine.
Unidentified issue (measures 14.5 cm; Adams calls for 16 cm). Guns 164: “A pamphlet published by the Sam Bass Café of Round Rock, Texas, where Bass was killed. First issues of this pamphlet are scarce, but its publisher kept it in print for advertising purposes until he went out of business. This condensed history of Bass was based on the files of the adjutant general of Texas and written by the son of a Texas Ranger. The author merely hits the high spots of Bass’s career.” $35.00

296. BASSETT WILLIS, Ann. “‘Queen Ann’ of Brown’s Park” in The Colorado Magazine 29:2-4 & 30:1 (1952-53). Pp. 81-98 + 218-35 + 284-98 + 58-76, a few photographic text illustrations. 4 vols., 12mo, original beige printed wrappers. Occasional slight foxing, otherwise fine.
First printing. Autobiography of Ann Bassett, born in 1878 in Brown’s Park, Routt County, Colorado, who “began life as a cow hand at the mature age of six...and early on adopted buckskin breeches for my personal use.... Imagine my mother’s disturbance of mind!” (pp. 94-95). “I rode those old round-ups for months at a time, for many, many years. And I became the wife of Hi Bernard (one of the West’s most noted managers of two of the biggest outfits in Wyoming and Colorado).... From my own experiences and observation...I learned that the grasping cattle barons of those early days were the biggest cattle thieves of all time” (p. 69). She gives an excellent history of the earliest ranching in the region: introduction of domestic cattle by the Edwards brothers in 1869; arrival of vast herds from Texas; conflicts with homesteaders; how most smaller outfits were absorbed the big operations; formation of the Brown’s Park Cattle Association; fencing; Butch Cassidy; Tom Horn; etc. $80.00

297. BATEMAN, Ed., Sr. Horse Breaker. Seattle: Carl K. Wilson [colophon: Knox City, Texas: Moss Publishing], 1947. [3] 110 [1] pp., photographic illustrations by Tommy Thompson. Small 4to, original brown buckram. Fine in price-clipped d.j. with photograph of horses.
First edition. Herd 220. Excellent photo-essay on techniques for breaking horses Texas or Western style. Bateman commenced ranching in 1927 in Texas. He explains that a horse breaker is a working man and a bronc rider is an exhibitionist—that a horse breaker wants to train a horse so that it is a reliable, working mount, whereas the bronc rider wants an undisciplined horse whose spirit he can conquer. $50.00

298. BATEMAN, Ed., Sr. Horse Breaker. Seattle: Carl K. Wilson [colophon: Knox City, Texas: Moss Publishing], 1947. Another copy in variant d.j. Fine in rose d.j. with line drawing of a bucking horse and rider in green ink. Nickel-sized hole in d.j. (at spine and upper panel, but not affecting illustration). $75.00

299. BATEMAN, Ed., Sr. Pecos Bill Junior. San Angelo: San Angelo Press, [1952]. 102 [1] pp., cartoon illustrations by Ace Reid. Large 8vo, original green cloth. Insect damage to binding, internally very fine.
First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 84n (“A Range Man’s Library”), mentioning Reid’s illustrations. This work consists of letters from “Pecos Bill, Jr.” to Jim Smith written in cowboy vernacular. $15.00

300. BATEMAN, Ed., Sr. Rawhide Bound. Seattle: Carl K. Wilson [actually Moss Publishing Company, 1950]. 100 pp., 5 full-page silhouettes and other text decorations by Ace Reid, Jr. 8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine in price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Herd 221. Humor written in cowboy vernacular. $45.00

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