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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 576-600

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576. BREIHAN, Carl W. Badmen of the Frontier Days. New York: Robert M. McBride Company, [1957]. [12] 315 pp., photographic plates, facsimiles. 8vo, original beige cloth. Text browned due to acidic paper, otherwise fine in d.j.
First edition. Adams, Burs I:44. Guns 263: “Chapters on Murrell, Plummer, King Fisher, the Reno Brothers, Sam Bass, Rube Burrow, Billy the Kid, Harry Tracy, the Daltons, and Bill Doolin.” Of particular interest in regard to ranching is information on the Lincoln County War and chapter 3, “King Fisher: Gunslinging King of the Cattle Country.” $35.00

577. BREIHAN, Carl W. The Complete and Authentic Life of Jesse James. New York: Frederick Fell, Inc., Publishers, [1953]. [41, mostly photographic plates, some unopened] 42-287 [1] pp. 8vo, original gilt-lettered red cloth. Very fine in d.j. with a bit of mild foxing.
First edition. Adams, Burs I:45; Burs II:17. Guns 264. Mention of the occasional refuge of the James brothers—their Rest Ranch in the Texas Pecos River country. The ranch was well stocked with cattle, and defending their herd against thieves sometimes led to gunplay. $40.00

578. [BREITFELD, Alfredo]. Gaucho Collection [wrapper title]. Buenos Aires: Libreria de Antaño, n.d. [74] pp. 4to, original grey wrappers, stapled. Fine.
First printing. Catalogue of gaucho literature issued by the noted Argentine rare book dealer. 453 books are described. $45.00

579. BRENT, William. The Complete and Factual Life of Billy the Kid. New York: Frederick Fell, [1964]. [10] 212 [1] pp., plates. 8vo, original half brown cloth over tan boards. Small bookdealer’s label on front pastedown, otherwise very fine in d.j.
First edition. Guns 272. Rustling, robbery, and the Lincoln County War. $55.00

580. BRERETON, F[rederick] S[adleir]. Roughriders of the Pampas: A Tale of Ranch Life in South America. London & Glasgow: Blackie & Son, Limited, n.d. (ca. 1908?). 366 pp., frontispiece and plates by Stanley Wood. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Some edge wear, light foxing to first and last few pages, otherwise fine. Ink gift inscription on front free endpaper dated “24 Feby. 1934.”
First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Wood 32). Not in Nichols, Gaucho. English author Brereton (1872-1957) is chiefly noted as a writer of English boys’ stories with a war setting in which the main character is incredibly brave, capable, sensible, honest, and enamored of the free life. Here the author’s prototypical hero sails for Montevideo, where he goes to work as a gaucho on a rancho up the Rio Parana. A rousing tale of adventure with lots of exclamation points. $55.00

581. BRETT, Bill. The Stolen Steers: A Tale of the Big Thicket. College Station & London: Texas A&M University Press, [1977]. 116 pp., illustrations by Michael Frary. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in d.j. with a few very small tears.
First edition. Realistic fiction about cattle drives from the Big Thicket at the turn of the century. $30.00

582. BRETT, Bill & Mickey Byrd (eds.). East Texas Tales. [Lincoln: Bluestem Press, 1972]. 39 pp., portrait. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers. Very fine. Author’s signed inscription: “To Carl Hertzog: who treats a guest as a privilege.” Carl Hertzog bookplate.
First edition in book form. These stories of East Texas cowboys, farmers, and hunters, written in vernacular, first appeared in the Liberty Gazette in 1971. The author’s colorful background includes stints as rancher and bronc buster; he recollects those days in the final selection. $35.00

583. BREWERTON, George D. In the Buffalo Country.... Introduction by David Lavender. Ashland: Lewis Osborne, 1970. 71 [2] pp., portraits, illustrations, endpaper map. Tall 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Very fine in plain white d.j.
Limited edition, first published in Harper’s in 1862. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 33n. Plains & Rockies IV:222n. Rittenhouse 82n. Independence, Missouri to Las Vegas New Mexico along the Santa Fe Trail in the early 1850s, with mention of Comanche horsemanship, hunting buffalo, and buffalo stampeding before a thunderstorm. The company included traders, travelers, and Mexican herdsmen watching over an unruly drove of about 500 loose cattle. With this book, we include its companion volume: Incidents of Travel in New Mexico. (Ashland: Lewis Osborne, 1969. 73 [3] pp., illustrations, endpaper map. Tall 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Very fine in plain white d.j. Limited edition, first published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 1854. Saunders 2772n.) $110.00

584. BRICE, James. Reminiscences of Ten Years Experience on the Western Plains: How the United States Mails Were Carried before Railroads Reached the Santa Fe Trail [wrapper title]. Kansas City, Missouri, 1905. 24 pp., text illustrations. Small 8vo, original green printed wrappers, stapled. Light fading to edges of wrappers, overall very fine. Very scarce.
First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 51. Howes B759. Rittenhouse 83. Account of delivering the weekly mail from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe in 1858, including details on several skirmishes between Kiowas and ranchers near present-day Wichita, Kansas. $300.00

585. BRIDGES, Anne C. Huff & Mary Louise Bridges Witt. Do You Remember? Early Days in Luling, Texas. [Luling, 1967]. 59 [2] pp. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers, stapled. Fine, signed by Witt.
First printing. Covers pioneer days, plantation life, Reconstruction, coming of the railroad, early settlers, the 1880s, and immigrants, with slight mention of open range days, trail drives, mavericks, the great die-off of cattle in the drought of 1873-74, etc. Luling was along the trail from South Texas to Dodge City. $30.00

586. BRIGGS, Harold E. The Development and Decline of Open Range Ranching in the Northwest. [Mississippi Valley Historical Review], n.d. Pp. 521-36. Tall 8vo, original self-wrappers, stapled. Very fine.
First separate issue. Extract of an article focusing on Wyoming, Montana, and Dakota about 1870-90, when settlement by homesteaders effectively ended the open-range era. $20.00

587. BRIGGS, Harold E. Frontiers of the Northwest: A History of the Upper Missouri Valley. New York & London: D. Appleton–Century, 1940. xiv, 629 pp., frontispiece, plates, maps, portraits, endpaper maps. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine.
First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 19 (“Western Movement—Its Literature”). Guns 275. Herd 319. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 14: “Treats section now North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and parts of Idaho and northern Colorado as six frontiers; the miner, the buffalo, the cattle-rancher, the sheep-rancher, settlement, and agriculture.... Easy style for so large and technical a book. Carefully footnoted. Extensive bibliography. Scholarly, yet of popular appeal.” Reese, Six Score 14: “Contains a twenty-four chapter section on the development of the cattle industry in the Northwest. The book as a whole is one of the best studies of the development of the region.” Smith 1071. $80.00

588. BRIGGS, J[ames] H[arper]. Friend Jasper: The Chaparral Philosopher. San Antonio: Naylor, 1944. [6] 90 pp., illustrated title page. 8vo, original ecru pictorial cloth. Mild discoloration to upper cover, upper fore-edge and endsheets foxed, otherwise fine in d.j. with light foxing and a few small tears. Author’s signed presentation inscription to Walter Prescott Webb: “To my friend Dr. W. P. Webb who[se] kindly comment on my writing has meant so much to me, and who is too human to be a professor. May 20, 1944.”
First edition. Briggs used “Friend Jasper,” a small ranch owner in “the great open spaces,” as his voice in his monthly philosophical humor column published in various periodicals. $20.00

589. BRIGGS, J[ames] H[arper]. Friend Jasper: The Chaparral Philosopher. San Antonio: Naylor, 1944. Another copy, signed by author. Endsheets and fore-edges discolored, otherwise fine in foxed d.j. $10.00

590. BRIGGS, L. Vernon. Arizona and New Mexico 1882, California 1886, Mexico 1891. Boston: Privately printed, 1932. x, 282 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, illustrations. 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine, t.e.g. Slight browning to endpapers, otherwise fine, partly unopened.
First edition. Eberstadt 107:40: “In day-by-day diary form.... A record of observation, travel, Indian lore, and pioneer and later annals not elsewhere to be found. The numerous contemporary plates are of extreme interest.” Guns 276: “This contains some information on the killing of Jesse James by Bob Ford.... The author has a poor opinion of the Earps, which he spells Arps.” Saunders 2774. The author’s kaleidoscopic view includes slight mention of buffalo, Buffalo Bill, rustlers, ranches, sheep, skirmishes with Native Americans over livestock, and a photo of noted cowboy “One Horse Charley.” $140.00

591. BRIGHAM, Lillian Rice (comp.). Colorado Travelore, A Pocket Guide: Romance of Its Trails, Railroads, Highways, and Airways. [Denver: Peerless Printing Co., 1938]. xxxii, 447 pp., illustrations, endpaper map, folding map (Map of the Highways and Railways in Colorado, with profiles and descriptive text). 8vo, original maroon flexible cloth. Map detached but present, overall very fine and bright in d.j. From the library of Margaret Long, the noted scholar, with envelope addressed to her attached to lower pastedown (postmarked Boston, September 3, 1946), containing TLs from the Massachusetts Historical Society in regard to an unrelated research question.
First edition. Wilcox, p. 18. Wynar 2171. The author arrived in Colorado at the end of “the great cattle era” and she and her husband sought a cattle property for investment purposes. Much detailed local history and lore, including numerous allusions to ranches, open range, wild forage, rodeos, roundups, longhorns, trail herds, cattle barons, Spanish methods of branding, sheep, rustling, erosion due to overgrazing, shipping cattle on railroads, conflicts between cattlemen and sheep raisers, etc. $40.00

592. BRIGHAM, Lillian Rice (comp.). Colorado Travelore, A Pocket Guide.... Denver: Peerless Printing Co., [1938]. Another copy. Frontispiece separating, ownership signature with date, otherwise very fine and bright, without the d.j. $25.00

593. BRIMLOW, George Francis. The Bannock Indian War of 1878. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1938. 241 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original grey cloth lettered in red. Ownership inscription on half title, otherwise very fine in price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Paher, Nevada 194: “Some of the last major Indian uprisings took place northern Nevada in 1878. This book includes information on Nevada Paiutes and Sarah Winnemucca in particular—her services as scout, interpreter and guide to the U.S. Army.” Smith 1076. Many skirmishes in the Bannock War resulted from conflicts over land use and livestock. The ranches, ranchers, and their interests, defended by the U.S. military, form a frequent backdrop to this history. $165.00

594. BRINCKERHOFF, Sidney B. & Odie B. Faulk. Lancers for the King: A Study of the Frontier Military System of Northern New Spain, with a Translation of the Royal Regulations of 1772. Phoenix: Arizona Historical Foundation, 1965. xx, 128 pp., frontispiece, 2 maps (one foldout), text illustrations (some in color), many pages of facsimiles. Small folio, original brown gilt-decorated cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j.
First edition. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 243. Important scholarly study including a complete facsimile of the 1834 edition of the Royal Reglamento of 1772, with translation and notes on facing pages (see Cowan, p. 256; Graff 4914; Howes N225; LC, California 29; Streeter, Texas 76B; and Wagner, Spanish Southwest 159 for information on the Reglamento, which established a plan of frontier defense for the Spanish Southwest). On p. 77 are illustrations of a vaquero on horseback, his saddle, and equipage. Vaqueros like these were the first real cowboys and trail drivers of the Southwest. They guarded the cattle of the missions and ranchos from rustling by Native Americans. The vaqueros introduced equipment, methods of working with cattle, branding, and jargon that were later used by modern cowboys. $165.00

595. BRININSTOOL, E. A. Dull Knife (A Cheyenne Napoleon): The Story of a Wronged and Outraged Indian Tribe.... Hollywood: Privately published by E. A. Brininstool, 1935. 31 pp. 8vo, original red wrappers printed in black, stapled. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (250 copies signed by author). The white invasion of the Black Hills during the gold rush of the mid-1870s led to widespread hunger and desperation among tribes, forcing some to resort to rustling, which escalated the conflict. $150.00

596. BRININSTOOL, E. A. Fighting Red Cloud’s Warriors. Columbus: The Hunter-Trader-Trapper Co., 1926. 241 [7, ads] pp., frontispiece, portraits, text illustrations. 12mo, original terracotta pictorial cloth. Very fine.
First edition. The Frontier Series 2. Guns 277. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 1. Smith 1083. Contains chapters on buffalo extermination, Battle of the Alamo (!), and Calamity Jane (reprinting her little autobiography and providing other materials and information on her). $110.00

597. BRININSTOOL, E. A. Fighting Red Cloud’s Warriors. Columbus: The Hunter-Trader-Trapper Co., 1926. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original red pictorial cloth. A few inconsequential spots to binding, but generally very fine. $100.00

598. BRININSTOOL, E. A. Fighting Indian Warriors. Harrisburg: The Stackpole Co., 1953. xiii [1] 353 pp., frontispiece, portraits, maps, facsimile. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Ownership signature, otherwise very fine in price-clipped d.j.
Revised and enlarged edition of preceding. Guns 278: “Scarce.” Tate, Indians of Texas 3172: “Contains a chapter on the Buffalo Wallow Fight during the Red River War. Easy reading.” $80.00

599. BRININSTOOL, E. A. Trail Dust of a Maverick. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1914. [16] 249 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original brown cloth lettered in white and with tipped-on photo of a cowgirl. Slight flecking of white lettering on spine, otherwise very fine and tight.
First edition. Mohr, The Range Country 639. Rader 480. Book of poems about cowboy life, including “A Prairie Mother’s Lullaby,” “The Cowgirl,” “Cupid on a Cow Ranch,” “His Cowgirl Sweetheart,” and “‘Suffrage’ in Sagebrush.” Introduction by Robert J. Burdette. $80.00

600. BRININSTOOL, E. A. Trail Dust of a Maverick. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1914. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original olive cloth lettered in grey and with tipped-on photo of a cowgirl. Binding rubbed, otherwise fine, with contemporary ownership inscription on blank flyleaf.
Second edition. $70.00


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