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ranching books complemented one another. Dobie’s collection emphasized Texas and the South-

west, with interesting inroads into Mexico and Argentina. Rosenstock’s collection, while rich in

Texas material, had great strengths in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, California, and the Paci



Northwest. Between the two collections, the range of variants, editions, and unique association

copies was marvelous. Here was a unique opportunity not only to catalogue and sell good, solid

books, but to do something signi


cant with them that would honor both Dobie and Rosenstock.

I must admit that deciding how to organize the sale of these tens of thousands of books was a

dilemma for us, since we are much more accustomed and inclined to deal with the few, select rar-

ities, such as rare cartography, high spots of Western Americana and Texas, or the



collection of the most important books on California. Seeing the large number of mint

copies of the worthy Arthur H. Clark publications, our


rst step was to create a bulletin of those

wonderful titles as a way of gingerly dipping our toes into a vast river of Western Americana in

which we feared we might drown. Next, we conducted a careful roundup of the Rosenstock

duplicates that related to ranching. This meant reviewing tens of thousands of books and pulling

titles found in Ramon Adams’ bibliography,

The Rampaging Herd: A Bibliography of Books and

Pamphlets on Men and Events in the Cattle Industry



herein). Since Adams’ bibliography

was published in


, we encountered many ranching books published after Adams’ book was

completed; of course, we added those books. In reviewing every single Rosenstock duplicate, we

also discovered many books that were not in


but which had good ranching content, or in

some way illuminated the wide horizon or the nooks and crannies of the cattle country. We felt

that such books o


er important insights and present an opportunity for libraries and collectors

with ranching collections to expand their existing holdings in a meaningful way with Western

Americana titles of tangential interest.

When we went back to the ever-patient and understanding Dobie family and explained what

we wished to do with respect to the Dobie Ranching Catalogue, Marcelle Dobie Smith, Dudley R.

Dobie, Jr., and Jim Dobie graciously agreed to allow us take temporary leave from their consign-

ment to work with the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles. In November of


we conducted an auction at the Autry Museum of the non-ranching Rosenstock duplicates—over




individual items relating to American and Western history. The Autry sta


, including

Manola de la Madrid, Jeanette Hoskinson, Sharon Johnson (rest in peace), Kevin Mulroy, and

many other hardy souls at the Museum kindly assisted us in this unusually large undertaking.

Next we brought the Rosenstock duplicates of ranching titles from Los Angeles to Austin,

where we had constructed a special climate-controlled library with compact shelving to properly

and securely house the Rosenstock and Dobie ranching books. The fortuitous commingling of

these ranching books, along with other consignments from generous, interested parties, is the cat-

alogue you now hold in your hands (or view over the Internet); three additional parts to this

Ranching Catalogue will be published over the next year and a half.

Perhaps we are not the most


t to loose this motley herd on the bibliophilic world. We


nd par-

ticular delight in the arcane corners of the cattle country, such as photographs of herding turkeys

in Texas, a little gem of an essay on horse slobber, and epic gaucho poetry. Other tales that piqued

our interest involved the heartbreak of a tough cowboy reduced to licking horse sweat from his

saddle after the chuck wagon’s salt was lost on a rough trail drive; the daring introduction of the

“divided skirt” for women riding astride in Ouray County, Colorado; Philip St. George Cooke’s

account of “The Battle of the Bulls” during the




Mormon Battalion march across the


nada de muerte

from New Mexico to California; a masked ball in wild and woolly Deadwood at

which one lady wore a dress emblazoned with all the regional cattle brands; Captain Jack Craw-

ford’s hilarious account of “Broncho vs. Bicycle,” complete with wacky photographs; and little girls

trapped atop a large boulder on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake, terrorized by wild cattle.

We have been fascinated to encounter material that falls outside of the usual Marlboro-man

stereotype: a good selection on women in the cattle country; many accounts and descriptions of

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