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Fascination with ranching history and the cowboy has spawned an incredible wealth of printed

material. It sometimes seems that almost any historical account of the American West will yield

information and asides on cattle and ranching if examined closely enough. We were interested to

learn that the Hudson’s Bay Company for a time held a virtual monopoly on the incipient cattle

trade in the Paci


c Northwest. The most unpromising Utah county history might reveal the sur-

prising information that not only the entire town, but sometimes even their livestock, were hired

out as extras when Westerns were


lmed in the region. Through the pages of this catalogue (and

the next three in this series), many lesser-known corners of the cattle county will come to light:

the Southern Trail whereby Texas cattlemen supplied California and the miners for several

decades; WildWest shows other than Bu


alo Bill Cody’s; rustling not just


Native Americans but



them; women and children in the cattle country; the economic side of ranching; and

rodeo and its evolution.

In Bill Reese’s excellent bibliography,

Six Score: The


Best Books on the Range Cattle Industry,

we found the following quote which really says it all from the collecting perspective: “[Philip Ash-

ton Rollins] was one of the great collectors of Western Americana.... He once walked into Charles

Everitt’s store in New York and said he wanted ‘every damn book that says cow in it.’ All great cat-

tle collectors since have observed this maxim” (Reese,

Six Score


). And while we were sorely

tempted to cast our lasso that wide, we chose to let some of the mavericks go, facing the reality that

oxen and dairy cows really do not belong in this corral. Even so, we cannot resist observing that

some ranchers in California made their start in ranching by purchasing and nurturing the

exhausted, emaciated oxen that had faithfully transported the overlanders west.

Because this is a bookseller’s catalogue, and not a bibliography or the catalogue of a compre-

hensive collection, the selections herein are of necessity dictated by our stock on hand, and in no

way represent any attempt at completeness.We certainly hope that we do not see future statements

of “Not in Dobie-Rosenstock.” There are quite a few important and rare ranching books that will

not make their appearance in these pages, we are sorry to say (consignments of ranching rarities

are invited and encouraged!). However, we believe that the variety and depth of the material that

is present will compensate for any shortfall. And while some high spots may be missing from these

pages, there is virtually no corner of ranching history that is not illuminated: all of the great cat-

tle trails, and a few quite obscure ones; every aspect of life and work on the range, from equipage,

roping, and branding to chuck wagons, entertainment, and outlawry; range wars great and small;

the coming of fences and the cutting of fences; nesters and cattle barons. This wealth of informa-

tion comes in many forms, including ephemera,


ction, poetry, photo-essays, art, scholarly stud-

ies, and innumerable biographical accounts. Most of the Western illustrators are well represented,

including Frederick S. Remington, Charles M. Russell, Ross Santee, Edward Borein, E. Boyd Smith,

Maynard Dixon, Tom Lea, and José Cisneros.

Aside from content, the books herein are interesting purely from the standpoint of collecting.

One would be hard-pressed to


nd a private collection of ranching books with so many binding

variants and as many signed and association copies. There are many books from the libraries of

Carl Hertzog, Dudley R. Dobie, Sr., and J. Frank Dobie. Those from J. Frank’s Dobie’s library often

bear his manuscript notations in regard to the book (some of Pancho’s comments are quite caus-

tic, to say the least). Often the books o


ered here are exceptionally


ne copies, and many scarce

dust jackets are present.

Since ranching is such a pervasive element in the American West and its history, this catalogue

also presents an excellent cross-section of Western Americana. Every Western state is represented

in these pages, and there are many local and regional histories that provide information at great

depth. Perhaps nothing makes the ubiquity of stockraising so clear as how this e


ort was under-

taken upon every variety of Western landscape—from the arid brush country of South Texas to

the lush Paci


c Northwest, and from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains and on to the shores

of the Paci


c. Every era from early Spanish exploration to the present is covered. And while most

early explorations were clearly ruled out as having no relation to the cattle trade, many other facets

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