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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 374-399

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374. BENTON, Frank. Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack: Being an Extremely Humorous and Sarcastic Story on the Trials and Tribulations Endured by a Party of Stockmen Making a Shipment from the West to the East. Denver: Western Stories Syndicate, [1903]. 207 [1] [3, ads] pp., illustrations (mostly photographic). 12mo, original green cloth with illustration of author. Very fine. Author’s signed inscription: “To Philip McCall, With Author’s compliments. Frank Benton.”
First edition. Herd 249: “Scarce.... A humorous dig at the railroad companies for the way that they handled stock shipments.” Rader 334. In his introduction, Benton states that he worked as a cowboy for 32 years, the earlier years in Wyoming. Fun Western humor. $110.00

375. BENTON, Frank. Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack.... Denver: Western Stories Syndicate, [1903]. Another copy. A few minor stains to binding, generally fine. Author’s signed inscription: “To Mary Louise Lowrie[?]. Kindest regards of author. Frank Benton.” Bookplate. $100.00

376. BENTON, Frank. Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack.... Denver: Western Stories Syndicate, [1903]. Another copy. Binding with a few spots and narrow stain along two edges of upper cover. $65.00

377. BENTON, Frank. Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack.... Denver: Western Stories Syndicate, [1903]. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original red cloth with illustration of author. Other than a minor spots to binding, very fine and tight. Author’s signed inscription: “To Mrs. Sarah E. Reeves[?], Compliments of author Frank Benton.” $100.00

378. BENTON, Frank. Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack.... Denver: Western Stories Syndicate, [1903]. Another copy. Binding with mild to moderate staining, some shelf wear. Author’s signed inscription: “To Estelle Sincerely yours From Frank Benton.” $85.00

379. BENTON, Frank. Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack.... Denver: Western Stories Syndicate, [1903]. Another copy. Binding flecked and a bit shelf worn. Funny inscription by former owner: “J. R. Gregory duped deceived and Be D——-D by buying this book.” $55.00

380. BENTON, Frank. Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack.... Denver: Western Stories Syndicate, [1903]. Another copy. Other than inconsequential rubbing along back joint, very fine, tight, and bright. $75.00

381. BENTON, Jesse James. Cow by the Tail. Boston & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company & Riverside Press, 1943. xii [2] 225 pp., pictorial title, text illustrations. 12mo, original blue cloth. A bit of minor flecking to upper cover, faint offsetting from title illustration, but generally fine in scarce d.j. (price-clipped, lightly worn, back panel rubbed).
First edition. Adams, Burs I:32. Campbell, p. 96. Dykes, Kid 334. Guns 202: “Here is another old-timer who claims he knew Billy the Kid well.... Also some material about the James boys.” Herd 251. Benton came to Texas and settled in Denton with his family in 1872. He joined a cattle outfit at age 13, and claims to have hunted and lived with the Comanche. His adventures ranged from Texas to Arizona and New Mexico. $110.00

382. BENTON, Jesse James. Cow by the Tail. Boston & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company & Riverside Press, [1943]. xii [2] 225 pp., pictorial title, text illustrations. 12mo, original blue cloth. Cloth slightly faded, d.j. not present. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his signature and bookplate.
First edition, later printing. $30.00

383. BENTON, Minnie King. Boomtown: A Portrait of Burkburnett. [Quanah: Nortex, 1972]. [12] 65 pp., plates (mostly photographic), endpaper maps. 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. History of Burkburnett in northeast Wichita County on the Red River, a farming and ranching community until the discovery of oil 1918-19. Contains information on the town’s namesake, cattle baron Burke Burnett, one of the first in Texas to buy and feed steers for market. $20.00

384. BENTON ABERDEEN-ANGUS FARM. The Angus Capitol of Texas: Sale November 17, 1955, 56 Lots, 5 Bulls, 51 Females...[wrapper title]. [Nocona, Texas: Benton Aberdeen-Angus Farm, 1955]. [43] pp., photographs of the ranch owners and their prize cattle. 12mo, original white pictorial wrappers printed in green. Other than light foxing to lower wrapper, very fine, with original mailing envelope. Uncommon.
First printing. Catalogue for an auction at Mr. and Mrs. Joe Benton’s breeding farm. The Bentons assisted many ranchers in starting to breed Angus cattle. $80.00

385. BERNHARDT, C. Indian Raids in Lincoln County, Kansas, 1864 and 1869.... Lincoln: Lincoln Sentinel Print, 1910. 62 pp., frontispiece, plates, folding map, text illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Binding soiled (heavier on lower cover), front hinge cracked. Scarce in cloth.
First edition. The first settlers in Lincoln County intended to raise stock, but were massacred by Native Americans. In a letter home, one victim reports: “This is an excellent grazing country.... We were doing very well and would do as well now if it were not for the Indians.” Includes a description and several references to the Schermerhorn Ranch, which employed several of the early settlers and where several victims of one raid unsuccessfully sought refuge. $105.00

386. BERNHARDT, C. Indian Raids in Lincoln County, Kansas, 1864 and 1869.... Lincoln: Lincoln Sentinel Print, 1910. Another copy, wrappers issue. 8vo, ivory printed wrappers. Printed list of Lincoln Memorial Monument Fund subscribers laid in (usually this little pamphlet is lacking). Fragile wraps a bit worn, generally fine. $85.00

387. BERNHARDT, C. Indian Raids in Lincoln County, Kansas, 1864 and 1869.... Lincoln: Lincoln Sentinel Print, 1910. Another copy, wrappers issue. Fund subscribers list not present. Fragile wraps a bit worn, generally fine. $65.00

388. BERRYMAN, Opal Leigh. Pioneer Preacher. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1948]. vi [2] 248 pp. 8vo, original yellow cloth. Some staining to fore-edges, endsheets browned, otherwise very good in d.j.
First edition. Herd 253: “Life among the cowboys of West Texas.” Biographical narrative about a Baptist missionary minister in La Mesa, Dawson County, West Texas. $20.00

389. BICKHAM, William D. From Ohio to the Rocky Mountains: Editorial Correspondence of the Dayton (Ohio) Journal. Dayton: Journal Book and Job Print, 1879. 178 pp. Square 16mo, original green blindstamped cloth. Binding flecked and shelf worn (spinal extremities frayed), hinges cracked, interior clean and fine.
First edition. Wilcox, p. 14: “Mostly of adventures in Colorado, and en route, in June, 1879, as a member of the Ohio Editorial Association Excursion.” Journalist Bickham discusses the great opportunities for stockraising in Colorado, notes how ranches serve as way stations along the rail route, compares buffalo grass to bunch grass as forage for stock, tells of the throngs of cattle drovers in Denver streets, etc. Traveling toward Pike’s Peak, Bickham vividly describes a roundup: “The windows and platforms were crowded with spectators eager to see cattle on a thousand hills.... The glossy cattle browsing on the crests, and the rude but graceful horsemen carelessly galloping over the billows, in contrast with the absolutely still life of the Plains, formed a spirited picture. Now we entered a station that seemed to be a general rendezvous for cow-boys.... A corral larger than usual occupied a slope. On a crest some distance onward, masses of cattle were concentrated in uneasy motion. A score or more of vigilant horsemen were stationed at intervals around them like commanders ordering a column massing for a change in battle. Now and then one of them made a reckless dash into the apparently impenetrable herds, and not long afterwards an interval appeared between the mass and a small ‘bunch’ of cattle. Presently two or three other cow-boys dashed in and completed the separation of the ‘bunch’ from the herd. Occasionally a single fractious steer stampeded, and then a wild race ensued to drive him back to position. The scene was animated and exciting.... When there is sharp dispute there is a funeral.... The Mexican bucharos—cow boys—who formerly monopolized this business have retired before the Western American and are rarely seen among the herds on the Plains. But you will find them on Texas ranches.” $125.00

390. BIDDLE, Ellen McGowan. Reminiscences of a Soldier’s Wife. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1907. 256 [1] [2, list of subscribers] pp., frontispiece (photographic portrait of author), 18 photographic plates. 12mo, original gilt-decorated blue cloth, t.e.g. Spine faded and some light shelf wear, hinges loose. Presentation copy, signed by author: “To Chase W. and Elizabeth Kennedy U.S.A.” Carl Hertzog bookplate.
First edition. Graff 288: “A very good account of Army life at western posts after the Civil War.” Howes B426. Myres, Following the Drum, p. 3. Wallace, Arizona History VI:11. A Mississippi belle recounts cavalry life in Arizona, Colorado, California, Nebraska, and elsewhere. In this classic of army wife narratives of the West, Biddle gives occasional observations of the ranching country; Dodge City in the early years; socializing with ranching families; concern that seemingly friendly Utes actually wanted to steal stock; buying a cow in Arizona from a Texan driving a herd to market; Apache depredations against ranchers; large herds of cattle observed in Texas during her brief sojourn there; and how the presence of the military at Western army posts made it more practical for settlers to farm and ranch. $220.00

391. BIDWELL, John. Echoes of the Past about California: An Account of the First Emigrant Train to California, Fremont and the Conquest of California, the Discovery of Gold, and Early Reminiscences [wrapper title]. Chico: Chico Advertiser, [1914]. [4] 91 pp., photographic illustrations. 16mo, original green printed wrappers, sewn. One miniscule tear at foot of spine, otherwise exceptionally fine. Difficult to find in this condition.
First separate edition. Consists of three articles first published in Century Magazine (November & December 1890, February 1891), with an additional chapter of reminiscences. Cowan, p. 52. Dobie, p, 84: “Bidwell got to California several years before gold was discovered. He became foremost citizen and entertained scientists, writers, scholars, and artists at his ranch home.... Graphic, charming, telling.” Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 35. Graff 292. Howes B432. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 55: “The photographs depict the Bidwell mansion and ranch.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 52n. Mintz, The Trail 36. Paher, Nevada 127: “Narrates his journey from Ohio in 1839 to California, which he completed in 1841. Obviously impressed with the Humboldt River and its sink, the author devotes more detail than usual on his exploration of the river four years prior to Frémont’s arrival there. Well written.” Rocq 1371. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 16. Bidwell’s first employment in California was at Sutter’s Fort. He gives an account of Sutter’s method of threshing wheat. A huge mound of wheat was placed in a corral. Then 300 or 400 wild horses were turned into the corral where Native Americans chased them to make them run faster. Also includes observations on the hide and tallow trade, rounding up wild cattle, etc. $190.00

392. BIDWELL, John & John Steele. Echoes of the Past about California [and] In Camp and Cabin. Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1928. xxii, 377 pp., frontispiece, large folding map (facsimile of mining district map by W. A. Jackson). 12mo, original burgundy cloth, t.e.g. Very fine.
Second edition of both accounts (the first edition of Steele was published at Lodi in 1901). See above for cites to Bidwell. Cowan, p. 612. Graff 3964. Guns 2130 (noting rarity and presence of material on Joaquín Murieta). Howes S924. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 598: “This detailed and important account of mining life is a sequel to Across the Plains...based on Steele’s daily journal.... He provided important information on mining techniques and laws while laboring in the Coloma District and on the Yuba and Feather Rivers.” Rocq 16078. Steele includes information ranching and the hide and tallow trade. $50.00

393. BIDWELL, John. In California before the Gold Rush. With a Foreword by Lindley Bynum. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1948. vii [3] 111 [2] pp., portrait on title, additional portraits. 8vo, original half mauve cloth over beige pictorial boards. Fine, unopened.
Limited edition. Ward Ritchie fine press edition of Bidwell’s Echoes of the Past (See item 391 above). Rocq 1373. $45.00

394. BIDWELL, John. A Journey to California, with Observations about the Country, Climate and the Route to This Country.... With an Introduction by Herbert Ingram Priestly.... San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1937. ix [1] 48 pp., illustrated chapter headings. 4to, original tan cloth over orange boards, printed paper spine label. Superb copy in very fine d.j.
Third edition of Bidwell’s journal (first published St. Louis?, ca. 1842-1844). The original edition is known only by the Bancroft copy; Mintz comments: “Since the first printing is virtually unobtainable, the beautifully printed 1937 edition by John Henry Nash is a worthy substitute.” The second appearance of Bidwell’s journal was in 1907 as part of Addresses, Reminiscences, etc. of General John Bidwell, compiled by C. C Royce. Cowan, p. 51. Howes B433. Mintz, The Trail 35: “A classic of its kind, depicting with grim realism the hazards and frustrations experienced by the emigrants of the first wagon train to California.” Paher, Nevada 126n: “The story of the first emigrant party to California by wagon train. While traversing northern Nevada along the Humboldt (St. Mary’s) River, mules and men carry the baggage, for they had abandoned their wagons in western Utah.... Much description about the route.” Plains & Rockies IV:88n: “They broke their own trail west, crossing from Salt Lake to the Carson River, and then over the Sierra Nevada and down the Stanislaus River.” In Bidwell’s observations about the California country, he states: “Of all the places in the world, it appears to me, that none can be better adapted to the raising of cattle than California. The cattle here are very large, and a person who has not a thousand is scarcely noticed as regards stock.” Included is information on prices for cattle, forage, decline of mission herds, etc. $165.00

395. BIDWELL, John. A Journey to California in 1841.... Introduction by Francis P. Farquhar. Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1964. [6] 55 [3] 32 pp., folding map. 4to, original brown and turquoise plaid cloth. Very fine, unopened.
Fourth edition, with introduction and bibliography by Farquhar and facsimile of the first edition of Bidwell’s journal, with transcription and notes. Keepsake Edition, number 12. Paher, Nevada 126. $80.00

396. BIDWELL, John. Life in California before the Gold Discovery. Foreword by Oscar Lewis. Palo Alto: Lewis Osborne, 1966. 76 [2] pp., text illustrations (primarily portraits and old prints), endpaper maps. Large 8vo, original sage green buckram. Very fine in brown paper protective folder.
Limited edition, reprint of two articles first published in Century Magazine, (December 1890 and February 1891), which subsequently appeared in book form in Echoes of the Past about California. Rocq S205. $45.00

397. BIEBER, Ralph P. (ed.). Southern Trails to California in 1849. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1937. 386 [1] pp., frontispiece, plates, foldout map. 8vo, original maroon cloth, t.e.g. Very fine, mostly unopened.
First book edition (first published as newspaper articles). Southwest Historical Series 5. Campbell, p. 191. Clark & Brunet 19:V. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 27-28. Howes S791. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 56: “Carl Wheat calls this the definitive discussion of the southern trails.... An indispensable reference book for the study of the Gold Rush. After a thorough introduction, Bieber reprints key government documents, advertisements, letters, and journals published in contemporary newspapers. Subjects covered by Bieber include news of the discovery and advertisements concerning the southern trails through Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, and New Mexico. The letters and journal of New Orleans Daily Picayune correspondent John E. Durivage (pages 159-255) make one of the finest records of travel from Texas through Mexico and the Colorado Desert. Other journals published by Bieber are: ‘Sketches from the Journal of a Traveler: Overland to California’ from the La Grange (Texas) Monument (pages 260-280), the Alden M. Woodruff Journal from the Arkansas State Gazette and Democrat, and the letters and journal of Dr. Augustus M. Heslep concerning the Santa Fe Trail, which first appeared in the Daily Missouri Republican.” Rader 357. Rittenhouse 52. Wallace, Arizona History VIII:40. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 17. Includes good observations on ranches in Mexico and California and the hide trade. $220.00

398. BIERSCHWALE, Margaret. Fort McKavett Texas, Post on the San Saba. Salado: Anson Jones Press, 1966. 134 pp., illustrations, facsimiles, map, plan, endpaper maps. 4to, original pictorial cloth. Moderate shelf wear and soiling, otherwise fine. Author’s signed presentation copy to Vivian and Carl Hertzog, with Carl Hertzog’s bookplate.
First edition, “Author’s Limited Edition.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2906. Among the duties of this army post on the West Texas frontier was protecting area ranchers and livestock from theft by Native Americans, rustlers, and even locals. $75.00

399. BIGELOW, John. On the Bloody Trail of Geronimo with the Original Illustrations of Hooper, McDougall, Chapin, Hatfield, and Frederic Remington. Foreword, Introduction, and Notes by Arthur Woodward. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1958. xxv [1] 237 pp., illustrated title, text illustrations, endpaper maps. 8vo, original embossed pictorial maroon cloth. Other than a few spots on upper cover, very fine in price-clipped d.j. Signed by the editor.
First book edition, limited edition (750 copies); first published in Outing magazine, April-July, 1896. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Remington 406). Powell, Arizona Gathering II 183. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “An army officer’s journal-account of the Apache Campaign of 1886.... This is the first published book version with the original illustrations by artists such as Frederic Remington, and others. Carefully annotated and with an informative foreword and introduction by the editor.” The soldiers got provisions or stayed at area ranches in Arizona—Page’s Ranch, Palo Parado Ranch, Peck’s Ranch, and Shanahan’s Ranch, and many others. $70.00

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