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Ranching Catalogue Part 1 (Authors A-C)

Items 950-973

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“My Life on the Range”—On Everyone’s List—Superb Copy

950. CLAY, John. My Life on the Range. Chicago: Privately printed, [1924]. [8] 365 [2] pp., photographic plates (some by Huffman). 8vo, original dark green gilt-lettered ribbed cloth, t.e.g. Exceptionally fine and bright, unopened, in tattered remnants of publisher’s original glassine d.j. Signed by author on half title.
First edition (the book is made up from a series of articles originally published in the North British Agriculturist and the Kelso Chronicle). Athearn, Westward the Briton, p. 191. Aydelotte, p. 9: “This canny businessman, who reconstructed the bankrupt Swan Land and Cattle Company, was an educated Scot, an influential member of the Wyoming Stock Grower’s Association, and a writer of merit.... It has become a primary reference source for serious students of the cattle industry’s history.” Bay, Fortune of Books: “A series of magnificent personal reminiscences, interspersed with accounts of great business ventures and economic struggles.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 22. Dobie, pp. 98-99: “Clay...managed some of the largest British-owned ranches of North America. His book is the best of all sources on British-owned ranches. It is just as good on cowboys and sheepherders.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12; Western High Spots, p. 18 (“Western Movement: Its Literature”); p. 85 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Graff 748: “One of the best books on ranching.” Guns 434: “Rare.... He relates many incidents of the Johnson County War.” Herd 475: “This well-written book about the author’s ranch experiences has become very scarce and is one of the most sought after cattle books.... He was one of the better-known ranch owners of the Northwest and a well-educated Scotsman. His picture of ranch life is interesting and authentic.” Howes C470. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 153: “First-person account of the range industry in the Montana-Wyoming-Dakota area of the period from the 1870’s to the early 1900’s.... John Clay was a power in the range industry which developed in the grasslands surrounding the Black Hills.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 2. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 69. Rader 841. Reese, Six Score 19: “Clay presents the banker’s view of the range cattle industry better than any other writer.” Vandale 34. Wynar 6401. $660.00

951. CLAY, John. My Life on the Range. Chicago: Privately printed, [1924]. Another copy, without glassine d.j. Very fine and bright. Signed by author on front free endpaper. $605.00

952. CLAY, John. My Life on the Range. Chicago: Privately printed, [1924]. Another copy. Very fine and bright, with old newspaper clipping laid in (faint offsetting to one text leaf). E. A. Logan’s copy, with his small blindstamp and signed inscription describing his association with Clay and others: “E. A. Logan-April 1st 1925 Cheyenne Wyo Punched Cow 1883-84 on [Rocking 71] Ranch for Clay...under Cap Haskell, John Gatlin and Ed Harris.” Occasional light pencil corrections and notes by Logan in text. $550.00

953. CLAY, John. My Life on the Range. Chicago: Privately printed, [1924]. Another copy. Very fine and bright, mostly unopened. $465.00

954. CLAY, John. My Life on the Range. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1962]. xxiii [1] 372 [4] pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original ecru cloth. A few spots to spine and fore-edges, otherwise fine in fine d.j.
Third edition of preceding; scholarly reprint with added introduction by Donald R. Ornduff and additional plates. Smith S2594. $65.00

955. CLAY, W. J. Agricultural and Statistical Report, 1905. Austin: State Printing Company, 1905. 437 pp., tables. 8vo, original tan buckram. Fore-edges browned, overall a very good copy.
First edition. Section on “Livestock: How to Breed and How and What to Feed,” along with information on barbed wire, Angora goats, “Cows in Fly Time,” “Why Horses Slobber,” and “Farmer’s Daughter.” $45.00

956. CLAYTON, Lawrence. Chimney Creek Ranch [wrapper title]. College Station: Friends of the Texas A&M Library, 1994. [8] pp., illustrated tissue guard, text illustrations (some full page and/or color). Oblong 12mo, original color photographic wrappers. Very fine.
First printing of this little guide with text adapted from Dr. Clayton’s 1938 work under the same title. Interpretive guide to a working ranch near Albany, Texas, once a stop for the Butterfield-Overland Mail and site of the Bud Matthews cattle pens, a facility for holding and loading cattle onto the railroad by Lambshead and other area ranches, ending the need for cattle drives. $25.00

957. CLAYTON, William. William Clayton’s Journal: A Daily Record of the Journey of the Original Company of “Mormon” Pioneers from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. Salt Lake City: The Deseret News [for] the Clayton Family Association, 1921. [x] 376 pp., frontispiece portrait. 12mo, original tan cloth. Slight edge wear on upper cover, faint pencil notes on blank flyleaf, text uniformly age-toned, otherwise fine in lightly browned d.j. Difficult to find in collector’s condition, like this copy, and especially with the d.j.
First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 86. Flake 2427. Howes C474. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 2. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 220. Mintz, The Trail 96: “Clayton was ‘historian’ of the Mormon overland party of 1847 and kept a daily journal in which were recorded the events of the expedition, together with observations on the country and Indian tribes.” Scallawagiana 100 #8. See Plains & Rockies IV:147. Although cattle drives are usually associated with later decades, the overland recorded here deserves to be recognized as an early, well-organized, and huge cattle drive made under difficult conditions. Clayton, who became treasurer of Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution and Recorder of Marks and Brands, here ably and fully documents the overland precipitated by the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo in 1846. The Mormon’s main staging area at the Missouri River was south of Council Bluffs. Because there was not enough grass, wood, and water to support 10,000 to 15,000 people, 3,000 wagons, 30,000 cattle, immense flocks of sheep, and great numbers of horses and mules, some of the Mormons fanned out on both sides of the river to settle small communities, while others continued west. Corrals for the herds were constructed at Winter Quarters in Nebraska. Clayton documents that in April 1847, an advance group of 148 pioneers began to move west with a year’s provisions and agricultural implements packed into 72 wagons and a large herd of cattle. These pioneers blazed a new route which became known as the Mormon Trail. The advance party arrived at the Great Basin on July 24, and it was agreed that this was indeed “The Place” (Clayton comments: “There appears to be a unanimous agreement in regard to the richness of the soil and there are good prospects of sustaining and fattening stock with little trouble” p. 314). Clayton continues his journal until October 21, detailing establishment of the new Mormon headquarters, including identification of the exact spot for a temple, exploration of the region, and surveying and apportioning land for homes, agriculture, and stockraising. $400.00

“No Life for a Lady”

958. CLEAVELAND, Agnes Morley. No Life for a Lady. Boston & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company & Riverside Press, 1941. ix [1] 356 pp., text illustrations by Borein, endpaper maps. 8vo, original grey cloth. Fine in near fine d.j. (light wear and lower panel rubbed).
First edition. Campbell, p. 92: “There is nothing to match this autobiography of a lady rancher in New Mexico about 1900”; p. 243: “She, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, and Will Rogers got together and swapped yarns.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 17. Dobie, pp. 62, 99: “Best account of the frontier from a woman’s point of view yet published.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #2. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Borein 47); Kid 298; Western High Spots, p. 27 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”); p. 53 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #60); p. 80 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Guns 436: “One of the really good western books.” Herd 483. Jordan, Cowgirls, p. 287. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 15. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 17. Reese, Six Score 20: “Dobie called it the best book on ranching from a woman’s point of view; I would expand that to almost any point of view.” Saunders 3965. During the late 1800s Agnes and her brother took over the management of the family ranch in New Mexico when their stepfather deserted them. Cleaveland ends her outstanding account with an explanation of why she wrote No Life for a Lady (p. 356): “I began to want to put into some semblance of permanent form the story of the girl who had vanished, and her life, the life that was not for what the world calls a lady.” $125.00

959. CLEAVELAND, Agnes Morley. No Life for a Lady. Boston & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company & Riverside Press, 1941. Another copy. Shelf worn, a few spots to binding, short tear at foot of spine. Dust jacket not present. Ink ownership inscription on front free endpaper: “Robt. T. Neill, San Angelo, Texas. 9-16-’41” and subsequent ink gift inscription below: “To The Beloved Friend of My Boyhood Stanley Davis of El Paso. R.T.N. 10-6-41.” Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate. $45.00

960. CLEAVELAND, Agnes Morley. Advance review copy of Satan’s Paradise. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1952. [200] pp. (printed only on rectos). Tall, narrow 8vo, original green wrappers with printed label on upper cover, spiral-bound. Wrappers faded and chipped at edges, overall very good. Publisher’s review-copy slip laid in. Review copy, with New York Times printed instruction slip stapled to upper cover, addressed to J. Frank Dobie, who has penciled “caustic” on the slip and noted the reference to Clay Allison on p. 26. Occasional pencil notations and corrections by Dobie in text.
Uncorrected galley proofs, publisher’s review copy. Adams, Burs I:82. Campbell, p. 92: “Largely autobiographical.... Eminently readable.” Dobie, p. 62. Guns 437: “A well-written book, largely about a peace officer named Fred Lambert, with chapters on the Black Jack gang, Clay Allison, and other gunmen of New Mexico.” Herd 484. Reese, Six Score 20n. Written with the collaboration of Fred Lambert, the Cimarron lawman, this book tells of one hundred years of lawlessness in the range country. Cimarron means “wild” or “untamed.” $150.00

961. CLEAVELAND, Agnes Morley. Satan’s Paradise: From Lucien Maxwell to Fred Lambert. Boston & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company & Riverside Press, 1952. viii [2] 274 pp., decorations by Fred Lambert. 8vo, original orange cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, top edge dusty, tape stains to endpapers, price-clipped d.j.
First edition, later printing (without year of publication on title). $20.00

962. CLELAND, Robert Glass. The Cattle on a Thousand Hills: Southern California 1850-1870. San Marino: [Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press for] Huntington Library, 1941. xiv, 327 pp., decorated title, text illustrations (including cattle brands and diseño of the Nieto grant). 8vo, original green cloth. Endpapers lightly browned, otherwise very fine in slightly dusty d.j.
First edition. Barrett, Baja California 528. Dobie, p. 99. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 50: “Reference is made to bordering desert areas and peoples—Warner’s Ranch, Agua Caliente Ranch, San Gorgonio Ranch, the Cajón Pass, the Cahuilla Indians.” Graff 754. Guns 439: “Has much on Murieta and Vásquez.” Herd 485. Howes C477. Reese, Six Score 21: “The best scholarly account of the California ranchos. Cleland has made a careful investigation of life and society in southern California in this period.” Rocq 16224. $140.00

963. CLELAND, Robert Glass. The Cattle on a Thousand Hills.... San Marino: Huntington Library, 1941. Another copy. Very fine, without the d.j. Bookplate of Bruno C. Zielinski. $55.00

964. CLELAND, Robert Glass. The Cattle on a Thousand Hills.... San Marino: Huntington Library, 1951. xvi, 365 pp. 8vo, original red linen. Very fine in near fine d.j. (a few minor stains).
Second edition of preceding, with corrections, revisions, and substantial additions (chapter on the development of southern California between 1870 and 1880, bibliography, and numerous illustrations). Rocq 16225. $50.00

Encounter between Jack Slade & Mark Twain

965. CLEMENS, Samuel L[anghorn] (pseud. Mark Twain). Roughing It. Hartford, etc.: American Publishing Company, et al., 1872. 591 [1, ad] pp., 2 engraved frontispieces, 6 engraved plates, numerous text illustrations by True W. Williams and others. 8vo, original three-quarter brown morocco over brown cloth, marbled endpapers and edges. Joints and edges chafed, hinges cracked, a few signatures loose, an occasional stain or tear (no losses) to text, generally a very good copy in a desirable binding. Contemporary ink ownership inscription on blank preliminary leaf: “J. P. Jones, March 11th, 1872.”
First American edition, state A (p. 242 with lines 20-21 reading “premises—said he/was occupying his”—Blanck notes that state A probably came first), ad on p. [592] (no priority). BAL 3337. Cowan, p. 130. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 26 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West” #4): “The best thing written on the miners, mining, and all the people of Early American California and Nevada.” Flake 2431. Graff 762. Guns 443. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 1289 (quoting Albert Bigelow Paine’s Mark Twain: A Biography I, p. 366): “[Illustrator True W.] Williams was a man of great talent...but it was necessary to lock him in a room when industry was required, with nothing more exciting than cold water as a beverage.” Hill, pp. 377-78. Howes C481. Libros Californianos, p. 66. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 1807n. Paher, Nevada 350: “This is one of Nevada’s all time books.” Powell, California Classics, pp. 92-102. Wright II:554. Zamorano 80 #18.
Twain devotes two chapters to Joseph Alfred “Jack” Slade, the notorious frontiersman who had no qualms about taking the law in his own hands, executing rustlers, crooked ranchers, and other outlaws in order to clean up the cattle country. Twain describes his encounter with Slade in Wyoming (pp. 87-89): “In due time we rattled up to a stage-station, and sat down to breakfast with a half-savage, half-civilized company of armed and bearded mountaineers, ranchmen and station employees. The most gentlemanly-appearing, quiet and affable officer we had yet found along the road in the Overland Company’s service was the person who sat at the head of the table, at my elbow. Never youth stared and shivered as I did when I heard them call him SLADE! Here was romance, and I sitting face to face with it!—looking upon it—touching it—hobnobbing with it, as it were! Here, right by my side, was the actual ogre who, in fights and brawls and various ways, had taken the lives of twenty-six human beings, or all men lied about him! I suppose I was the proudest stripling that ever traveled to see strange lands and wonderful people. He was so friendly and so gentle-spoken that I warmed to him in spite of his awful history. It was hardly possible to realize that this pleasant person was the pitiless scourge of the outlaws, the raw-head-and-bloody-bones the nursing mothers of the mountains terrified their children with.”
In Nevada, Twain makes the unfortunate purchase of a horse (“a Genuine Mexican Plug”) after admiring and hoping to emulate the horsemanship of the Californians and Mexicans: “I had never seen such wild, free, magnificent horsemanship outside of a circus as these picturesquely-clad Mexicans, Californians and Mexicanized Americans displayed in Carson streets every day. How they rode! Leaning just gently forward out of the perpendicular, easy and nonchalant, with broad slouch-hat brim blown square up in front, and long riata swinging above the head, they swept through the town like the wind! The next minute they were only a sailing puff of dust on the far desert. If they trotted, they sat up gallantly and graceful, and seemed part of the horse.” Horsemanship also comes into play in Twain’s chapters on the Sandwich Islands. In “How Dick Hyde Lost His Ranch” Twain relates the story of a landslide in the Washoe District that slid Tom Morgan’s ranch right on top of Hyde’s ranch and the ensuing chaos (the ranch landslide is illustrated). Classic Western humor, profusely illustrated with vivacious, hilarious engravings by leading illustrators of the day. $1,045.00


Item 965

966. CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorn (pseud. Mark Twain). Roughing It. Hartford, etc.: American Publishing Company, et al., 1872. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original black gilt-pictorial cloth (rebacked, original spine preserved). Binding lightly stained and worn (especially at edges and corners where boards are exposed), hinges cracked, a few stains and abrasion to endpapers, text clean. Equestrian bookplate of Barbara A. Hatry. $660.00

967. CLIFTON, Robert T. Barbs, Prongs, Points, Prickers, and Stickers: A Complete and Illustrated Catalogue of Antique Barbed Wire. [Norman]: University of Oklahoma Press, [1970]. xxi [1] 418 pp., profusely illustrated with examples of barbed wire on almost every page. 12mo, original brown cloth. Very fine in d.j.
First edition. Fences and barbed wire marginalized the cowboy, closed the open range, and greatly influenced settlement of the American West. $55.00

968. CLOUD, John Worth. The Legend of Old Stone Ranch. Albany, Texas: Albany News, [1968]. x [4] 390 pp. 8vo, original dark grey cloth. Endpapers and fore-edges discolored, internally fine, in d.j. with light discoloration and a few minor tears. Signed by author on front free endpaper.
First edition, limited edition. The subject of this epic poem utilizing Finnish rhythms peculiar to the Kalevala is Newton Givens, who built the stone ranch house around 1856 with the intention of raising cattle to sell to the U.S. Army. The work deals primarily with conflicts between Comanches and settlers in the mid-1800s in north central Texas. At that time the Old Stone Ranch was the westernmost ranch on the northern frontier. Other families temporarily occupied the structure, and in 1866 the Barber Watkins Reynolds family and ranch crew moved there. Their daughter, Sallie Reynolds, who married John Alexander Matthews in 1876, left a record of the ranch in her book Interwoven. See Handbook of Texas Online: Newton Curd Givens; Old Stone Ranch. $35.00

969. CLOVER, Samuel Travers. On Special Assignment: Being the Further Adventures of Paul Travers; Showing How He Succeeded As a Newspaper Reporter. New York: Argonaut Press, 1965. [2] 307 pp., frontispiece and plates by H. G. Laskey. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine.
Second edition, limited edition (the first edition, published at Boston in 1903 is exceedingly rare; Bill Reese says that Jeff Dykes was never able to secure a copy). Guns 444n: “The author was a reporter sent out by a Chicago paper to cover the Johnson County War. Although written in the form of fiction, this book calls actual names and relates factual events as the author witnessed them.” Herd 493n. Englishman Clover (1859-1934), free-lance newspaperman who worked in Montana and Dakota Territory in the 1890s “was described as ‘a horseback correspondent of the kind brought forth by the Indian wars. He was also the kind of smart reporter who always manages to be there when the story breaks.’ After a year in Chicago, he picked up a stockyards rumor about a coming expedition by cattlemen against alleged rustlers in Wyoming and sold his editor on covering the event; thus he became the first outside reporter to attend the Johnson County War, his file remaining a prime and highly readable source on the affair.... He was...‘the only newspaperman ever known to have been invited by lynchers to witness a lynching’” (Thrapp I, p. 286). $140.00

970. CLUM, John P. It All Happened in Tombstone...with a Foreword and Annotations by John D. Gilchriese. Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1965. vii [1] 45 [1] pp. 8vo, original black cloth over red cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped). Signed by editor.
First book edition, limited edition (#194 of 200 copies); reprinted from Arizona Historical Review (October 1929). Adams, One-Fifty 30. Guns 445: “Tribute to his close friend Wyatt Earp. The original publication in the Arizona Historical Review has been very scarce, and this beautiful little book is indeed a welcome addition to the history of Tombstone.” Powell, Arizona Gathering II 329. Wallace, Arizona History X:11n. The subject of the work is lawlessness in Cochise County in the early 1880s. Wells Fargo had been looted and offered a reward, dead or alive, for the robbers—rustlers whose whereabouts might have been known by the Clantons. The Clanton and McLaury clans each had a “ranch” that served as headquarters for rustling activities on both sides of the Arizona-Mexico border. As tensions rose, the outlaw “cowboy” element was reputed to have drawn up a “Death List” that included the author, the Earps, and Doc Holliday. $80.00

971. CLUM, Woodworth. Apache Agent: The Story of John P. Clum. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1936. xiv [2] 296 [1] pp., color frontispiece of Geronimo, plates (mostly photos). 8vo, original red cloth, printed paper spine label. Fore-edges, endsheets, and first few leaves lightly foxed, otherwise very fine in lightly worn d.j. illustrated by Herbert Morton Stoops.
First edition. Adams, Burs I:83; One-Fifty 31. Campbell, pp. 80-81: “Story of a controversial figure who, as Indian agent, can only be compared with such past masters as Doctor V. T. McGillicuddy of the Red Cloud Sioux agency and John Homer Seger of the Cheyenne-Arapaho agency in Oklahoma. The Apaches have never forgotten him and his sensible, courageous, and kind treatment of their people.” Dobie, p. 32. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Stoops 14). Guns 446: “Scarce.... Deals with life in Tombstone and the outlaws and gunmen of that period, such as the Earps, Johnny Behan, Doc Holliday, Luke Short, and Billy Breakenridge. It gives an account of the OK Corral fight.” Rader 848: “Government relations with Apache Indians. San Carlos Indian reservation, Arizona. Geronimo, Apache chief, 1829-1909.” Saunders 2821. Wallace, Arizona History XIV:38. Mostly on area Native Americans and Clum’s association with them, with some information on cattle rustling and outlawry in Cochise County. $125.00

972. CLYMAN, James. James Clyman, American Frontiersman, 1792-1881: The Adventures of a Trapper and Covered Wagon Emigrant As Told in His Own Reminiscences and Diaries. Edited by Charles L. Camp. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1928. 247 [4, index] pp., frontispiece (tipped-in sepia-tone photograph of Clyman), portrait, 3 maps (one foldout), facsimile. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Very fine in chipped d.j.
First edition in book form (text first printed in the California Historical Society in installments from June 1925 to March 1927); limited edition (Charles L. Camp states in the introduction to the 1960 edition that only 330 copies were printed). California Historical Society Special Publications 3. Cowan, p. 132. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 88. Flake 2439. Graff 769. Howell 50, California 380: “One of the richest sources of early Western history. The author was one of the first white men to traverse South Pass and, in 1826, to circumnavigate Great Salt Lake.” Howes C81: “One of the most trustworthy narratives of the far west, for the period 1842-46; the only Oregon overland journal of 1844.” Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 3. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 3. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 7, 102, 169. Mintz, The Trail 99. Paher, Nevada 359n: “Rare.” Rader 849. Rocq 5867. Smith 1826. Zamorano 80 #19.
Clyman provides valuable firsthand documentation on early stockraising in Oregon and the last days of the California ranchos under Mexican rule. He comments on the herds he saw along the trail, including those owned by Fort Hall and other military establishments: “At one of the H[udson]. B[ay]. Cos Establishments I am informed that Thirty thousand sheep are kept and in fact a greate number of Sheep and cattle are kept at all Their Trading posts north of The columbia and more particularly on Peugetts Sound” (p. 128). He urges the expansion of herds: “Considerable stocks of cattle might be kept on the vallies of Bear River and weebers river on the lower vallies near the greate salt Lake and a resting place might here be made that would verry much assist Emigrants and others passing to and from the states to all parts of the Pacific Country” (p. 123). Several times he discusses the Hudson Bay Company monopoly of trade, including livestock, commenting that now that the fur trade is dwindling HBC is expanding its cattle trade to the Sandwich Islands and other far-flung locations. Clyman documents a roundup in Oregon, describes a cooperative stockraising venture at Yam Hill, Oregon, and discusses Jesse Applegate’s ranch.
Clyman’s 1845-46 account of his travels in California is filled with documentation on many of the important old ranches, the rancho life style, and the prospects for development of stockraising. Among the ranches visited and described are those of William Gordon (first Anglo settler in present Yolo County with a large ranch on Cache Creek); William Wolfskill (Rancho Río de los Putos in Solano and Yolo counties); Berryessa Family; George C. Yount (Napa Valley); General Byahos [Vallejo]; Robert Livermore (English sailor who jumped ship in California in 1822 and married Josefa Higuera); Antonio María Suñol (Spaniard who deserted his ship in Monterey in 1818, married into the Bernal family, and settled on their ranch in Alameda County), et al. Clyman describes the scene he found at the Suñol rancho: “Encamped at a ranche Belonging to a Mixican [Suñol] who with his Indian slaves ware Slaughtering cattle for the hides and tallow and a more filthy stinking place could not be easily immagined. The carcases of 2 or 300 cattle haled 20 rods from the slaughter ground and left to the vultures wolves and Bears” (p. 174). Clyman provides vivid glimpses of the California rancho lifestyle. “The Mexicans do not labour themselves the native indians perform all the labour and are kept in slavery much like the Negroes of the Southern states but not worked so steady or hard as all depend largely on their cattle stock for support and some fine Blankets are Here manufactured from the wool of their sheep The Mexican Ladies when they ride out alone mount a mans saddle in the same manner their husband would but frequently the husband takes his wife on before him and takes hold of the logerhead of his saddle with his arms around his bride and this method looks Quite loveing and kind and might be relished by the single” (p. 175). $550.00

973. CLYMAN, James. James Clyman, American Frontiersman.... Definitive Edition. Portland, Oregon: [Designed and printed by Lawton Kennedy for], Champoeg Press, [1960]. [6] 352 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, maps (2 folding). Large 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine, mostly unopened, in publisher’s original mylar d.j.
Second edition, corrected, revised, and enlarged (additional illustrations, plus material discovered since the original edition was published—Ashley diary of 1825, George Gibbs’ copy of Jedediah Smith’s map, etc.). Paher, Nevada 359: “This revised and enlarged edition is preferred because it contains interesting and important material on the fur trade and on Clyman.” The revisions and additional material make it much easier to identify many of the people and places in the 1928 edition. One of the illustrations added to the present edition is an 1878 lithograph of James Clyman’s farm at Napa Valley. Many of the intrepid frontiersmen and mountain men dreamed of one day owning their own ranches and farms in the West. Clyman realized his dream when in 1850 he purchased a portion of the Vallejo ranch (“Pueblo de Salvador”) that he describes in the 1846 California portion of the present work. Clyman commented in his original journal that despite the grand scale of the Vallejo ranch (14,600 acres), only four or five hundred acres were under cultivation. Clyman transformed his Napa property into a fruit and dairy ranch, leading an active and productive life there until he died in 1881. “Fur trapper, explorer, soldier, and farmer, Clyman’s eventful life spanned the entire period of American expansion to the Pacific.... [Clyman’s] shrewd, wry observations, often ungrammatical and full of outrageous phonetic spellings are a delight.... Clyman was a true frontiersman and mountain man but with a difference. He never lost his Southern accent or his courteous manner.... He was adventurous but never reckless and had, says his biographer, Charles L. Camp, ‘a feeling for history’” (Lamar, pp. 228-29). $190.00


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