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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 601-625

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601. BRININSTOOL, E. A. Trail Dust of a Maverick: Verses of Cowboy Life, the Cattle Range, and Desert. Los Angeles: E. A. Brininstool, 1921. 244 pp., frontispiece. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth with tipped-on photo of a cowgirl. Ex-library: library stamps removed from pastedowns, inkstamp on p. 33, return sheet partially removed from rear flyleaf. Binding with some edge wear and soiling, fore-edges foxed, endsheets browned, foxing adjacent to frontispiece, and a few leaves carelessly opened. Signed by author.
Second edition, with added introduction by George Wharton James. $55.00

602. BRININSTOOL, E. A. Trail Dust of a Maverick.... Los Angeles: Brininstool, 1921. Another copy. Moderate discoloration to binding, typed list of poems affixed to back pastedown with browning adjacent, otherwise fine. $50.00

603. BRINTON, Christian. Cesáreo Bernaldo de Quirós: An Exhibition of Paintings of Gaucho Life in the Province of Entre Ríos Argentina, 1850-1870. New York: Hispanic Society of America, 1932. [6] 23 [3] [25, illustrations from paintings] [6] pp., frontispiece. 8vo, original light brown printed wrappers. Fine. Unrelated signed and dated (1971) letter from the librarian of the Hispanic Society of America laid in.
First edition. Nichols, Gaucho 1388: “Contains bibliography of other studies.” $30.00

604. BRISBIN, James S. The Beef Bonanza; or, How to Get Rich on the Plains. Being a Description of Cattle-Growing, Sheep-Farming, Horse-Raising, and Dairying in the West. Philadelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott, 1881. 222 [6, ads] pp., frontispiece, 7 plates. 12mo, original blue pictorial cloth decorated in gilt and black. Lower cover and section of spine water-stained, moderate outer wear, stain to blank margin of frontispiece, interior fine.
First edition. Aydelotte, pp. 4-5: “Using material from [Dr. Hiram] Latham’s publication [Stock Raising: The Pasture Lands of North America (1871)], the General explains ‘How to Get Rich on the Plains’ raising cattle. This the best known of like publications and difficult to locate.... One of [its] striking the author’s recognition that the Great Plains was anything but a vast desert. Brisbin writes, ‘These arid plains, so long considered worthless, are the natural meat-produing lands of the nation.’” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 10. Dobie, p. 98. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12. Eberstadt 114:113: “Cattle Kings of Wyoming and Nebraska; herds; ranches; stockdrivers; men and ranches of Texas; Colorado; sheep-farming on the plains; horse-raising; the chances for the emigrant in Montana, etc.” Herd 322: “Scarce.” Howes B780. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 74. Rader 486. Reese, Six Score 15: “Brisbin’s book has long been considered the most important promotional work adding fuel to the cattle boom of the 1880s.” Smith 1092. $75.00

605. BRISBIN, James S. The Beef Bonanza.... Philadelphia & London: Lippincott, 1882. 222 [6, ads] pp., frontispiece, plates. 12mo, original green pictorial cloth decorated in gilt and black. Ex-library, with bookplates of the Durham Mechanics’ Institute Library, and some damage to endsheets from removal of other pasted-in materials. Some discoloration to spine (but upper cover is bright), frontispiece foxed, text fine.
Second edition. $75.00

606. BRISBIN, James S. The Beef Bonanza.... Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1959]. xvii [1] 208 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 12mo, original dark green boards, spine gilt. Top edge foxed, endpapers slightly browned, otherwise fine in d.j.
Scholarly reprint of preceding, with added foreword by Gilbert C. Fite. Volume 13 in the Western Frontier Library. $20.00

607. BRISTOL, Sherlock. The Pioneer Preacher: An Autobiography. Chicago & New York: Fleming H. Revell, n.d. (ca. 1887-1898). 330 [6, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait, engraved plates. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Binding moderately shelf worn (bumped at corners and front edge), front hinge weak, generally very good.
Mixed edition, with points of various editions (1887, ca. 1888, and 1898); title is consistent with third issue, binding matches first issue, pagination as in first and second issues, portrait as in first issue, etc. It does not appear that the bibliographical complexities of this book have yet been worked out. Cowan, p. 72. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 52. Graff 404. Guns 279: “Scarce.... Some material on outlawry and robbery.” Howes (1954) 1210: “Includes his 1852 trip to Oregon and experiences in California and Idaho mining camps.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 74a-c. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 1831n. Mintz, The Trail 52. Occasional references to cattle and ranching: traveling to mines over the old cattle trails; stampedes of huge herds of wild cattle in California; lassoing and rounding up cattle to go aboard ships leaving San Francisco; staying at various ranches in California (Santa Margarita Ranch, Briggs Ranch, etc.); description of Southern California (the “Cow Counties”) in 1868. The parson had “ranches” of his own in California and Idaho, but they were vegetable ranches intended to supply miners. His vegetable ranch in Idaho was stockaded to protect against Native American incursions. $55.00

608. BRISTOW, Joseph Quayle. Tales of Old Fort Gibson: Memories along the Trail to Yesterday of the Oklahoma Indian Territory and the Old South. New York: Exposition Press, [1961]. 246 [1] pp. 8vo, original red cloth. Small section of text age-toned (different paper), otherwise fine in price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Guns 281. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “A collection of warm and vivid stories of Oklahoma and other southwestern sections of the country at the turn of the century.” Contains a chapter on longhorn cattle. $35.00

609. BRITTON, Wiley. Pioneer Life in Southwest Missouri.... Volume IX. Kansas City, Missouri: Smith-Grieves Co., [1929]. 402 [6, extracts from reviews] pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Ex-library: call letters mostly removed from spine, small bookplate on front pastedown, and slight damage to front endsheets from removal of pasted-in materials. Edge wear and light fading to upper cover, a few small snags along edge of spine. Signed by author.
Revised, enlarged edition (first edition 1923). Has description of early nineteenth-century ranching and droving in southwest Missouri, including mention of losses of cattle to Spanish fever. $55.00

610. BROADDUS, J. Morgan. The Legal Heritage of El Paso. El Paso: Texas Western College Press, 1963. viii [2] 250 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations by Russell Waterhouse. 8vo, original tan cloth. Minor discoloration to binding, otherwise very fine in d.j. with a few stains on back inner flap.
First trade edition. CBC 1523. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 156B. Occasional interest for ranching: legal squabbles of land use between settlers and semi-migratory herdsmen; Pike noting in 1807 that stockraising and agriculture were the principal occupations of the area; drives of sheep and cattle to California from El Paso in the mid-1800s; lawsuit over U.S. troops co-opting cattle from residents without paying for them; Coon’s Ranch and other ranches; price of sheep and cattle after the Civil War; etc. $40.00

611. BROADHEAD, W. Smithson. Hoof Prints over America: The Illustrated Story of the Light-Horse in America. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1951. 96 pp., profusely illustrated by the author. Oblong 4to, original black cloth with tipped-on color illustration. Fine.
First edition. Forty-five full-page illustrations with text on facing pages, relating the history of the horse in America from introduction by the Spanish to Man O’ War, with sections on “The Indian Pony,” “Mustangs,” and “The Quarter Horse.” $45.00

612. BROCK, Stanley E. Jungle Cowboy. London: Robert Hale & Company, [1972]. 190 pp., numerous photoplates. 8vo, original green buckram. Slight edge wear, else very fine in price-clipped d.j.
First edition. Account of author’s experiences in the 1950s as a vaquero on the Dadanawa Ranch, “haven for 30,000 wild, unruly, Longhorn cattle.” The Dadanawa Ranch, located on the Guyana-Brazil border on the Rupununi River deep in the southern savannah, still exists and is the largest and most isolated ranch in the country, covering some 2,000 square miles. $30.00

613. BROCKETT, L. P. Our Western Empire; or, The New West beyond the Mississippi. The Latest and Most Comprehensive Work on the States and Territories West of the Mississippi, Containing...Description...of the Geography, Geology...Climate, Soil, Agriculture, the Mineral and Mining Products.... Philadelphia, etc.: Bradley, Garretson & Company, et al., 1881. 1,312 pp., frontispiece, engraved plates, text illustrations, maps (numerous county maps of states in color, mostly double-page). Large, thick 8vo, original brown gilt-pictorial cloth. Binding worn, first few leaves of text water-stained, text and maps fine.
First edition. Flake 874. Herd 326: “Scarce.” Paher, Nevada 199. Rader 493. Saunders 2776 (giving 1882 publication date). Smith 1121. A massive, well-illustrated compendium of facts and statistics on the “glorious Western Empire,” with a great deal of information on ranching and stockraising: “Nutritious Grasses in the Grazing Lands,” “Incidents, Manners and Habits of Ranch-Owners and Ranchmen,” “The Stock Region, par excellence,” “The Herdsmen or Cow-Boys,” “Stock-Raising in Texas” [and other states], “The Difference of Profit Between ‘Store’ Cattle and ‘Fat’ Cattle,” “Sheep-Farming and Wool-Growing,” “The Immigrant as a Cattle-Breeder and Stockraiser,” “How a Man with a Small Capital May Eventually Have a Cattle-Ranche of His Own,” etc. There is also much information on Western mining. The excellent color maps include Texas and Indian Territory, Alaska, and Manitoba. $100.00

614. BROMLEY, George Tisdale. The Long Ago and the Later On; or, Recollections of Eighty Years. San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1904. xiii [3] 289 pp., frontispiece portrait. 12mo, original blue pictorial cloth. Moderate outer wear, especially to edges, slight discoloration to covers, a couple of leaves carelessly opened, overall very good.
First edition. Cowan, p. 73. Graff 408. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 78: “A portion of this Bohemian Club member’s reminiscences takes in his Gold Rush era experiences. He left New York in November 1850, reached the Isthmus of Panama, boarded the steamer Tennessee on the Pacific side, and arrived in San Francisco on January 8, 1851. Only 150 copies of this book were printed.” Bromley briefly tells how he and his friend Robert Parker became involved in the hide and horn trade during the Gold Rush, trading hides and horns they gathered for groceries that they then sold. $40.00

615. BROMLEY, George Tisdale. The Long Ago and the Later On.... San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1904. Another copy, variant binding. 12mo, original red pictorial cloth. Moderate outer wear and discoloration, contemporary ink gift inscription on blank flyleaf, else fine. $40.00

616. BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. The Red-Blooded. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company, 1910. [8] 342 pp., frontispiece, plates (many by Maynard Dixon, one by Russell). 8vo, original purple pictorial cloth. Light outer wear, slightly shelf-slanted, text with a few stains and mild foxing (heavier adjacent to plates), overall very good.
First edition (partly reprinted from various periodicals). Dobie, p. 98: “Free-wheeling non-fiction.” Guns 284: “An excellent piece of Western Americana.” Herd 329. Rader 497. Wallace, Arizona History X:1. Chapters include “Loving’s Bend” (discusses the origin of the great Texas trail drives) and “A Cow-Hunters’ Court” about Shanghai Rhett, a cattleman in Llano County, Texas, who, in a fashion typical in the 1870s, amassed his herd by rounding up unbranded cattle from the open range. $45.00

617. BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, n.d. [4] 341 [1] pp., frontispiece, plates (many by Maynard Dixon, one by Russell). 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Small abrasion at foot of spine, fore-edges foxed, otherwise fine.
Reprint. $30.00

618. BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. Reminiscences of a Ranchman. New York: McClure Company, 1908. [6] 314 pp. 8vo, original green cloth gilt. A few faint stains to binding and slight shelf wear, overall fine and bright. Scholar Margaret Long’s copy, with her label affixed to front pastedown.
First edition. Eberstadt 130:145: “Classic on the cowboy.” Graff 410. Herd 330. Howes B802. Rader 498. Smith 1131. Bronson got his start as a cowboy in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the early 1870s. $110.00

619. BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. Reminiscences of a Ranchman. New York: McClure Company, 1908. Another copy. Light edge wear, ink ownership inscription on front pastedown, else fine and bright. $95.00

620. BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. Reminiscences of a Ranchman. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company, 1910. [10] 369 [1] pp., plates (illustrators include Maynard Dixon and W. H. Dunton). 8vo, original terracotta cloth with tipped-on illustration. Spine a bit dark, moderate edge wear, front hinge cracked, title spotted, mild foxing (heavier adjacent to plates and on fore-edges).
First illustrated edition (text enlarged also). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Dixon 39) & (Dunton 31). Smith 1132. $40.00

621. BRONSON, Edgar Beecher. Cowboy Life on the Western Plains: The Reminiscences of a Ranchman.... 19 Full-Page Wonderful Wild West Pictures. New York: George H. Doran, [1910]. [10] 369 [1] pp., plates (illustrators include Maynard Dixon and W. H. Dunton). 8vo, original terracotta cloth with tipped-on illustration. Light outer wear and soiling, small stains to a few leaves, overall very good. Author’s signed presentation copy: “Inscribed for a good old scout...for Martin Wauner...N.Y. July 24, ’16.”
Reprint of preceding, with altered title. Herd 328. Smith 1130. $50.00

622. BROOKS, Bryant B[utler]. Memoirs of Bryant B. Brooks, Cowboy, Trapper, Lumberman, Stockman, Oilman, Banker, and Governor of Wyoming.... Glendale: [Privately printed for the author by] The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1939. 370 pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits, genealogical charts on endpapers. 8vo, original brown cloth, t.e.g. Very fine. Author’s signed presentation copy: “Casper Dec. 1940 To Al[?] Spaugh Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sincerely, B. B. Brooks.”
First edition, limited edition (Herd states limitation as 150 copies, Clark & Brunet state 250 copies). Dobie, p. 98. Clark & Brunet 29: “Though the original prospectus indicated 250 copies for sale, only 88 copies of the book were sold by the publisher. The balance of the edition was delivered over time to Brooks for his distribution.” Herd 332: “Very scarce.” Howes B814. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 14: “Life story of a pioneer in the vicinity of Casper, hence valuable picture of life and history of that section from 1861 to 1939.” Part 2, the author’s autobiography includes chapters “Cowboy in the Rockies,” “Starting a Cattle Ranch,” “The V-V [Ranch] Grows,” The Sheep Arrive,” and “My Ranches Today,” in addition to much on his political career, involvement in other enterprises such as mining, logging, and banking, and discussion of issues involved with public lands and water resources. $410.00

623. BROOKS, Bryant B[utler]. Memoirs of Bryant B. Brooks.... Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1939. Another copy. Light cover wear, otherwise very fine, with author’s presentation slip tipped in. $330.00

624. BROOKS, Chester L. & Ray H. Mattison. Theodore Roosevelt and the Dakota Badlands. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 1958. [4] 60 pp., profusely illustrated (including maps and many documentary photographs). 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Very fine.
First printing. Well-researched guide with much on ranching, including chapters on “The Open Range Cattle Industry,” “Roosevelt Buys a Cattle Ranch,” “A Typical Cattle Drive,” “Roosevelt the Rancher,” “Roosevelt and the Marquis de Mores,” “The Stockmen’s Associations,” and “Roosevelt’s Later Ranching Operations.” Some of the photographs are of interest, e.g., cattle beset by the blizzard of 1886-87, loading cattle onto a Northern Pacific Railway car, office of “The Bad Lands Cow Boy,” etc. Maps include Cattle Trails, Texas to Medora and Badlands Ranches in the 80’s. $20.00

625. BROOKS, Clinton E. & Frank D. Reeve (eds.). Forts and Forays: James A. Bennett, a Dragoon in New Mexico, 1850-1856. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1948. [4] 85 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, folding map in rear pocket. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in price-clipped and lightly rubbed d.j. Copyright notice on title verso is a cancel.
First book edition (first printed in 1947 in the New Mexico Historical Review). Journal account of frontier New Mexico, including many references to ranching and droving. $65.00

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