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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 901-924

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901. CHEESEMAN, Bruce S. Perfectly Exhausted with Pleasure: The 1881 King-Kenedy Excursion Train to Laredo; with Thirteen Illustrations of People and Places That Shaped Events, and Contemporary Accounts of the Trip. Austin: [W. Thomas Taylor for] The Book Club of Texas, [1992]. 41 [2] pp., plates, illustrations, map (printed by David Holman at Wind River Press). Oblong 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in original mylar d.j.
First edition, limited edition (450 copies). Cattle barons Richard King and Mifflin Kenedy of King Ranch fame helped finance construction of the railroad from Corpus Christi to Laredo. The railroad allowed them to get their cattle to market more efficiently, with the added benefit that much of the state bonus lands granted for completion of this railroad eventually ended up behind King’s fences. A delightful account of the extravaganza that King and Kenedy arranged for the first trip on the line. Among the lavish provisions were forty baskets of champagne (in addition to other liquor) and two thousand cigars. Robert Kleberg, who accompanied the party, commented in a letter to his sister: “Quite a number of our leading citizens and Pillars of the church were perfectly exhausted with pleasure by the time they reached Laredo.” $80.00

902. CHEESEMAN, Bruce S. & Al Lowman. “The Book of All Christendom”: Tom Lea, Carl Hertzog, and the Making of “The King Ranch” [wrapper title]. Kingsville: [W. Thomas Taylor for] King Ranch Inc., 1992. 11 [1] 13 [2] pp., 4 photographic plates. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers. Mint.
First edition, limited edition (750 copies). Shortly after the Book Club of Texas was re-established, remaining copies of the Saddle Blanket edition of The King Ranch were discovered at the ranch by archivist Bruce Cheeseman. Arrangements were made between the Book Club of Texas and the King Ranch for these newly located copies to be offered to Club members. A special dinner and event were organized at the King Ranch, complete with the excellent lectures printed in this book. Lowman quotes the printer of book, perfectionist Carl Hertzog: “No one will ever know what it takes to produce a book like this—and it’s frustrating to know that it is not what it ought to be when all the money needed was available, quite a paradox; wonderful story, wonderful people, a fine artist, a good writer, good historians, hardworking double checkers, but just too many people involved to make good—too much pressure. I wish I could start all over again.” Lowman ends his lecture with a comment that Holland McCombs made to Hertzog: “Maybe our ultimate reward will be a Running W [brand] on our tombstones.” $45.00

903. CHEYENNE CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE. One Hundred Fifty Years in Western Art. N.p.: [Pioneer Printing and Stationery Co., 1967]. 30 pp., text illustrations (art work in black-and-white and color by Catlin, Bodmer, Russell, Remington, Koerner, Schreyvogel, et al.). 4to, original yellow pictorial wrappers. Fine.
First edition. Includes an illustration of James Walker’s painting “Cowboys Roping a Bear.” Not in Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators. $30.00

904. CHIDESTER, Ida & Eleanor Bruhn (comps.). Golden Nuggets of Pioneer Days: A History of Garfield County. [Panguitch, Utah: The Garfield County Chapter of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1949]. 374 pp., text illustrations (mostly portraits). 8vo, original green cloth. Spine a bit light, otherwise fine.
First edition. A wealth of local and social history, with much on ranching, which is a primary industry in this area of south-central Utah. $50.00

905. CHILD, Theodore. Spanish-American Republics. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891. xii, 444 [4, ads] pp., engraved frontispiece, numerous engraved illustrations and maps by leading illustrators of the day (including Remington). Large 8vo, original dark teal pictorial cloth gilt. Light shelf wear, especially at spinal extremities and corners, front hinge a bit weak, internally fine. Contemporary ink gift inscription on front free endpaper. Small printed label of J. W. Hardy (Libreria Inglesa, Valparaiso) on front pastedown.
First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Remington 468). Larned 4030: “An account of Chile, Peru, the Argentine, Paraguay, and Uruguay as they appeared in 1890 to an active and well-equipped traveler from the U.S.” Palau 67777. Includes descriptions and illustrations of ranches, cattle, trade, gauchos, vaqueros, etc. The Remington illustrations are on pp. 35, 73, and 93. This volume is important from a cartographic perspective, since some of the regional maps, especially for wilderness areas, were the first printed of those areas. $110.00

906. CHILDS, Herbert. Way of a Gaucho. New York: Prentice-Hall, [1948]. [10] 429 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, else fine in d.j. with minor foxing. J. Frank Dobie’s copy with his inserted 3 x 5 inch card to Dudley R. Dobie: “I ordered this. It’s fiction. I don’t want it.”
First edition. Novel set in late nineteenth-century Argentina depicting a legendary gaucho’s battle for his way of life against the encroachment of settlers and their fences. “With the romance and action of Wister’s The Virginian and the authenticity and down-to-earth realism of Guthrie’s The Big Sky, it does for the gaucho what the latter book did for the mountain man or our own West” (from the d.j.). $30.00

907. CHIPMAN, Donald E. Nuño de Guzmán and the Province of Pánuco in New Spain, 1518-1533. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1967. 322 pp., frontispiece facsimile, plates, map, facsimiles. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Very fine.
First edition. Spain in the West, vol. 10. Clark & Brunet 40: “Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán ranks second only to Hernán Cortés in importance in the early conquest of New Spain. This is the first biography of a very important figure in the early history of Spanish colonization.” Guzman was an early Governor of Pánuco on the gulf coast of Mexico. As the region was so poor in cattle and other livestock, Guzman parlayed the encomienda system into a livestock-for-slaves trading contract with all incoming cargo vessels. $80.00

908. CHISHOLM, Fannie G. The Four State Chisholm Trail: A Factual Account of the Origin of the Old Chisholm Trail and Other Stories of the Chisholm Family in Early Days in Texas. [San Antonio: Munguia Printers, 1966]. [7] 143 pp., numerous illustrations (mostly photographs), maps, facsimiles, ornamental borders of brands. 12mo, original brown pictorial cloth. Very fine, signed by author.
First edition. Adams, Burs II:35: “This author claims that the Chisholm Trail was named after her relative Thornton Chisholm, whom she claims was the first man to drive cattle over this trail. But, as we know, the original Chisholm Trail was named after Jesse Chisholm, an Indian trader.” Written by the granddaughter of Thornton Chisholm, “founder of the Chisholm Trail,” this book tells the story of four generations of a ranching family in Central Texas. Includes an account of Kid McGee, a sharp-shooting ranch hand who “knew cattle backward and forward” and was discovered to be a woman upon her death. $50.00

909. CHISHOLM, Fannie G. The Four State Chisholm Trail.... [San Antonio: Munguia Printers, 1966]. Another copy. Very fine. $45.00

910. CHISHOLM, James. South Pass, 1868: James Chisholm’s Journal of the Wyoming Gold Rush, Introduced and Edited by Lola M. Homsher. [Lincoln]: University of Nebraska Press, 1960. vi, 244 [1] pp., plates, maps. 8vo, original half beige cloth over red boards. Very fine in lightly creased and rubbed d.j.
First edition. Pioneer Heritage Series 3. Guns 1016. Scotsman James Chisholm, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, was more suited to reviewing drama and charity balls than frontier life in raw young Cheyenne. Yet, he has left us a vivid and literate record of Wyoming and the South Pass gold rush in 1868. Chisholm arrived in Cheyenne only slightly ahead of a furious blizzard and just in time for a double lynching of a suspected murderer and the head of a gang of horse thieves. Between reporting on mining and vigilante violence, Chisholm describes Wyoming’s grass bonanza and the future prospects of the Wind River Valley for stockraising (chapter 10, “Return to Wind River Valley”): “It is the finest stock raising country in God’s world” (p. 123); “There are vast expanses of fine grazing ground on which thousands of herds could be raised” (p. 137); “Nothing but the fear of Indians could prevent the settlement of all these valleys. There are no finer ranges of grazing land in all the West” (pp. 178-79). Chisholm visited with area ranchers (the first permanent settlers) and describes their operations and difficulties with Native Americans and stock-stealing. $45.00

911. CHISHOLM, Joe. Brewery Gulch: Frontier Days of Old Arizona—Last Outpost of the Great Southwest. San Antonio: Naylor, [1949]. xi [1] 180 pp., frontispiece. 8vo, original brown cloth. Minor shelf wear, ink ownership inscription on front pastedown, otherwise fine in slightly worn d.j.
First edition. Adams, One-Fifty 28: “This most interesting book assembled from Chisholm’s earlier writings...deals with most of the better-known outlaws of Arizona.” Guns 419: “Scarce.” Chisholm includes the story of Cowboy Quinn, a young waddy who worked for Bill Greene, John Slaughter, the Erie Cattle Company, and other outfits. Once when Cowboy Quinn and his buckaroos had driven a large herd of cattle to the shipping pens at La Morita for inspection, he challenged the Mexican customs officials, claiming that he and his cowboys could vanquish bulls better than any Mexican bullfighters—and without the benefit of horses or weapons. A formal challenge was organized by Quinn and held at the cattle corrals at La Morita, with hundreds of gringos and Mexicans paying admission to see the event. Quinn and his cowboys proved themselves, and the bull became so badly scared that he broke down the corral fence to escape Quinn and his cowboys. The Mexicans, however, scornfully referred to Cowboy Quinn’s bullfight as lacking all technique. Chisholm devotes a chapter to daring gambler and copper king Bill Greene, who after succeeding in mining, established the Greene Cattle Company along the San Pedro Valley international boundary. Tom Mix and other famous cowboys punched cattle for Bill Greene and successfully kept rustlers in check. $75.00

912. [CHISHOLM BROS.]. Cowboy Life [cover title]. Portland, Maine, n.d. (ca. 1890). Accordion-fold view book with 22 sepia-tone lithographs on 12 panels, folded into original 16mo, embossed maroon leather covers with gilt illustration of a cowboy on a rearing horse. Fragile binding rubbed and lightly worn at edges; other than occasional slight foxing, the images are very fine.
This type of view book is very ephemeral, and the subject matter of “Cowboy Life” is atypical of the genre. Normally, view books of this era depicted scenes of a city or scenery of a region. The images, which were adapted from photographs, include “Cowboy” (a typical cowboy wearing chaps and holding a lariat; same illustration as that found in Chittenden’s Ranch Verses with caption “They called him Windy Billy”); “The Mess Wagon”; “Roping a Steer to Inspect Brand”; “Branding on the Prairie”; “Pitching Broncho”; “Hitting the Breeze” (cowboy on a bucking bronco); “Cow Ponies Taking a Rest”; “Riding a Yearling”; “Taking up the Back Cinch”; “Thoroughbred Hereford Bulls”; “Hereford Calves”; “Cutting Out”; “Roping a Pony from the Herd”; “Group of Cowboys”; “Cowboy and Pony”; “Throwing a Steer”; “Skinning a Beef”; “A Bull Fight on the Plains”; “Throwing a Calf”; “Branding a Maverick”; “A Burro”; and “Pikes Peak or Bust.” $330.00


Item 912

913. CHITTENDEN, [William Lawrence] “Larry.” The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball [wrapper title]. [Houston: Stagecoach Press, 1956]. 8 pp. Oblong 16mo, original pictorial wrappers illustrated by José Cisneros. Very fine with Carl Hertzog bookplate.
Limited edition. Christmas keepsake from Charlotte and Jack Rittenhouse. “The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball,” the author’s best-known poem, was first published in 1890 in the Anson Texas Western and has been reprinted and anthologized many times since. The citizens of Anson, Texas, staged a show called the Cowboys’ Christmas Ball in 1934, and the poem has been reenacted annually since (some sources say that the ball has been held continuously since 1885). G. P. Putnam’s Sons published a collection of Chittenden’s Texas poems, Ranch Verses, in 1893 (see next entry). $25.00

914. CHITTENDEN, William Lawrence. Ranch Verses. New York & London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons & Knickerbocker Press, 1893. xi [1] 195 pp., frontispiece, plates (photographic, including images of the Chittenden Ranch taken by J. N. Miller of Anson, Texas). 8vo, original teal gilt-pictorial cloth. Binding moderately worn and stained, endpapers and a few text leaves browned, occasional tears to some leaves and one plate (no losses), upper hinge cracked. Several related newspaper clippings pasted or laid in. Front free endpaper with ink gift inscription (September 17, 1894, and pencil ownership inscription of Mr. J. W. Ansell).
Second edition, revised and enlarged. Dykes, Kid 24n. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16 (citing the first edition, which came out the same year): “First book of poems on the range.” Mohr, The Range Country 645. Rader 771. “Coming to Texas in 1883, Chittenden, with an uncle, established the Chittenden Ranch near Anson [and] began composing the western poetry that was to gain for him the name of “The Poet Ranchman” (The Handbook of Texas Online: William Lawrence Chittenden). $50.00

915. CHRIESMAN, J. A. “The Texas Sheep Industry” in The Texas Historian 31:4 (March 1971). Pp. 11-13. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Wrappers somewhat foxed, otherwise fine.
First printing. In addition to the article on the Texas sheep industry there is an article with some information on ranching in the Big Bend region. The cover illustration and those in the two articles cited are by W. D. Smithers. $10.00

916. CHRISMAN, Berna Hunter. When You and I Were Young, Nebraska! [Broken Bow: Purcell’s Incorporated, 1971]. [14] 255 [11, index] pp., text illustrations (photographic), endpaper maps. 8vo, original maize cloth. Light foxing to fore-edges, otherwise fine in slightly worn d.j. Signed by editor.
First edition. Rewritten from Chrisman’s original manuscript and edited by Harry E. Chrisman and Clara Blasingame. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 15: “The author recalls life in Custer County, Nebraska, in the 1890s.” Autobiographical account of the author’s experiences growing up in a sod house in Cedar Canyon, Nebraska, and herding cattle. In 1897 her parents and the rest of her family left for Montana. Chrisman married Henry E. (Gene) Chrisman and settled with him on the Edon Ranch in Broken Bow, Nebraska. $55.00

917. CHRISMAN, Harry E. The Ladder of Rivers: The Story of I. P. (Print) Olive. Denver: Sage Books, [1962]. 426 pp., plates, map, facsimiles, brands and earmarks. 8vo, original dark grey cloth. Very fine in d.j. with a few small chips and tears.
First edition. Guns 420: “Well-written biography of one of cattle land’s unique characters, revealing many things heretofore unrecorded.” Wynar 6400. Pioneer Texas cattleman Print Olive (1840-1866) was active in Williamson County following the Civil War. The cattle business was a dangerous and violent one in Texas at that time, and Olive became known for taking the law in his own hands. After rustlers raided his pens near Taylor in 1869, Olive armed his cowboys and thenceforth they were known as “The Gun Outfit.” Olive made big trail drives in 1869 and the early 1870s. In 1876 two suspected rustlers were found dead on the Lee County prairie, killed by the “death of the skins,” an old Spanish method of torture. Wrapped alive in green cowhides with the Olive brand, the men were left to die as the sun slowly caused the skins to contract. Olive decided to remove to Colorado, but his reputation preceded him, forcing him to relocate to the Black Hills. In 1878, Olive and other ranchers organized the Custer County Livestock Association in an attempt to put a stop to widespread rustling. By 1879-80, the Olive herd in Custer County, Nebraska, numbered 31,000 head. He was found guilty of burning to death alleged rustlers in Nebraska, earning him the nickname “Man Burner.” His conviction was overturned; he once again relocated, this time to the Sawlog and Smoky Hill Rivers of Kansas. $50.00

918. CHRISMAN, Harry E. The Ladder of Rivers: The Story of I. P. (Print) Olive. Denver: Sage Books, [1965]. 426 pp., plates, map, facsimiles, brands and earmarks, endpaper maps. 8vo, original brown cloth. Bookdealer’s label pasted on title, otherwise very fine. Signed by author.
Second edition, revised. $30.00

919. CHRISMAN, Harry E. Lost Trails of the Cimarron. Denver: Sage, [1961]. 304 pp., plates (mostly photographic), endpaper maps. 8vo, original light grey cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped). Author’s signed presentation copy: “To Maurice Frink whose ‘When Grass Was King’ always inspired me. Sincere good wishes, Harry E. Chrisman.”
First edition. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 16. Guns 421: “Has material on Dodge City, the Coe Outlaws, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and others.” Mohr, The Range Country 646: “Mostly on the great cattle days of the High Plains and the Panhandle areas.” $80.00

920. CHRISMAN, Harry E. Lost Trails of the Cimarron. Denver: Sage, [1961]. 304 pp., plates (mostly photographic). 8vo, original tan cloth. Tape stains on endpapers, otherwise fine in fine d.j. Signed by author.
First edition. $55.00

921. [CHRISTENSEN, A. H.]. Little Known Facts: 1910 Diary... [wrapper title]. [Denver?: A. H. Christensen?, 1960?]. [10] 54 [2] pp., including map. 16mo, original orange printed wrappers (stapled). Very fine.
First edition. This volume was part of the author’s totally eccentric 10-volume series of odd facts presented in mimeograph format. The present volume describes the author’s 1910 train journey from Houston, San Antonio, and Laredo to Mexico and the pyramids. Among the author’s muddy ramblings on Mormonism, the pyramids, and possible origins of Mesoamericans, there is one shaft of light produced in response to Christensen sighting from his train window a lone vaquero in the brush country on the approach to Laredo: “Out in the mesquite may be seen the head and startled eyes of a steer, with menacing horns, one of the thousands of the herd. A little farther on...with drooping head and half closed eyes...stands the ‘hoss’ upon which is mounted, with full regalia, an expensive saddle, with belt of cartridges, huge iron in its holster, with ‘chaps,’ pink shirt and all, sits that romantic character endeared to all America.” $20.00

922. CHRISTIAN, Jane M. The Navajo: A People in Transition. Part One [and] ...Part Two. El Paso: Texas Western College Press, Fall 1964-Winter 1965. 35 [1] + [3] 40-69 [3] pp., illustrations (mostly photos), two double-page maps by Cisneros. 2 vols., 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Very fine.
First printings. Southwestern Studies 2:3-4. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 50, 51). General overview of the Navajo nation with information on the assimilation of Spanish livestock and development of their sheep-herding culture. $50.00

923. CHURCH, Peggy Pond. The House at Otowi Bridge: The Story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos. [Albuquerque]: University of New Mexico Press, [1960]. [10] 149 pp., text illustrations (line drawings by Connie Fox Boyd). 8vo, original orange cloth. Very fine in lightly soiled d.j. (price-clipped).
First edition. Western Book Award winner, designed by Roland Dickey. An interesting account of the transition of New Mexico cattle range to New Mexico nuclear range. The Los Alamos Ranch School (founded by the author’s father) was shut down to make way for “a young-looking man by the name of Oppenheimer. Cowboy boots and all.” $40.00

An Italian Count’s Cattle Drive to California in 1853

924. CIPRIANI, Leonetto. California and Overland Diaries of Count Leonetto Cipriani from 1853 through 1871, Containing the Account of His Cattle Drive from Missouri to California in 1853; A Visit with Brigham Young in the Mormon Settlement of Salt Lake City; The Assembling of His Elegant Prefabricated Home in Belmont...Later to Become the Ralston Mansion.... [Portland, Oregon: Designed and Printed by Lawton Kennedy, San Francisco, for]: Champoeg Press, 1962. [6] 148 [5, index] pp., frontispiece print. Tall 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine, partially unopened.
First edition, limited edition (750 copies). Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 1354. Mohr, The Range Country 647. Mintz, The Trail 91. Paher, Nevada 331: “The eccentric nature of this Italian aristocrat’s character nearly overshadows historical information in his diaries, which, of course, makes them all the more fun to read. Very candid about his accomplishments and attitudes, Cipriani recalls his adventures with a cattle drive from Missouri to California in 1853.... Very readable and attractively designed.” In 1852 the Count visited several California ranchos with the idea of real estate speculation. He arrived at the vast Cienaga del Gabilan rancho in the Salinas range and describes a rodeo that was being held: “After [a] meal fit for a cannibal, the Indians and more than a hundred other participants began horseback races and jousted with one another until nightfall.” Editor and translator Ernest Falbo suggests that Cipriani’s cattle drive was the earliest recorded drive to California. The count’s cattle drive was actually a business venture peripheral to the Count’s main goal of making a scientific survey in the West. The party, consisting of 24 hired hands, 500 cattle, 600 oxen, 60 horses, 40 mules, and over 20,000 pounds of cargo, left St. Louis in May of 1853. The rigors of the trail made the Count’s scientific exploration impossible. On June 5, a great storm and whirlwind caused a stampede, with five days lost to retrieving their entire herd. On July 2 near the approach to the Platte River, an earthquake caused another stampede. At South Pass, the tired and disgusted Count entrusted the cattle drive his companion Herman Reinke, commenting: “I am leaving the company, tired of leading an ignoble life among beasts with the wretched aim of amassing a fortune.” $75.00


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