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Ranching Catalogue Part 2(Authors D-G)

Items 1890-1914

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1890. FERGUSON, Charles D. The Experiences of a Forty-Niner during Thirty-Four Years’ Residence in California and Australia. Cleveland: Williams Publishing Company, 1888. xviii, 7-507 pp., frontispiece portrait, engraved plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original maroon gilt-stamped decorative cloth. Light shelf wear, a few spots to edges of text block, otherwise fine.
     First edition. Cowan, p. 206. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 159. Flake 3324. Graff 1305. Guns 707: “Scarce.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 235a. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 443. Mintz, The Trail 148: “Ferguson worked in such California mining towns as Nevada City, and (on the Feather River) Gold Run. He describes his overland sojourn via South Pass and Salt Lake City, which he actually undertook in 1850.” Rocq 5986. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 74.
     This standard California Gold Rush book is one of few works covering both the American and the Australian gold rushes. It is also contains one of the few firsthand accounts of the Eureka Stockade Rebellion that took place in New Zealand in 1850. We have a rather unusual cattle drive to report: While mining in Australia, Ferguson and his partner, realizing the scarcity of cattle in the Beechworth mining district, decided to purchase cattle in New South Wales and drive them back to the mines. Because there were no banks on the 350-mile road to their destination, they took cash. They were well aware of the presence of robbers on the road (“The country was full of bush-rangers, and there was not a week but someone was stuck-up, so it was necessary for us to be well mounted” p. 340). Ferguson and his partner encountered fellow cattle-trader and drover Canadian Dan Sweeney and decided to join forces for protection and unite the herds they intended to buy into one drove. At Bombaloo, they purchased five hundred cattle at $12.75 a head. “We had to be with [the cattle] night and day, especially at night, in case of a stampede. We gave them their own time in driving, for they were all prime beef and we wanted them to hold their own, for if we rushed them they were sure to waste” (pp. 342-43).
     In chapter 25 Ferguson tells his experiences in Australia relating to wild horses and how he took up horse-taming based on his childhood experiences in Ohio and by applying the principles found in Rarey’s famous book (see Herd 1863). The author served as foreman of the 1860 Victorian Exploring Expedition, the first transcontinental survey of Australia. The caravan Ferguson oversaw was exotic, with respect to both men and animals, including twenty-six camels overseen by two East Indiamen. “The caravan caused no little commotion in traversing the settled portion of the country.... Cattle and horses along the route stampeded from terror at the sight, and even at the smell of the camels, wafted on the breeze in advance of their appearance. It was said that some wild horses on the ranches ran thirty miles before stopping.”
     We’ve handled copies of this book numerous times without realizing fully what resides within. And we didn’t even mention Lord Trotter’s sheep empire, the cattle kings of Australia, lynch law Down Under, or stock breeding and noted horses in Australia. This riveting book with amusing illustrations is required reading for anyone conducting comparative research on the American West and Australia in the nineteenth century. $175.00

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1891. FERGUSON, Charles D. California Gold Fields. Oakland: Biobooks, 1948. xvii [2] 163 [1] pp., chapter heading illustrations by Victor R. Anderson, folding map (facsimile of John B. Trask’s 1853 Topographical Map of Mineral Districts of California). 8vo, original gold cloth. Very fine.
     Limited edition (750 copies), with only the California portion of Ferguson’s narrative. California Centennial Editions 14. Foreword by Joseph A. Sullivan. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 235c. Rocq 5988. The first edition is rich with material on ranching and trail driving Down Under. The California portion of Ferguson’s book contains occasional references of ranching interest, such as Adams of Long Bar, who drove small herds of cattle from the Sacramento flats and was almost eaten by a grizzly bear when he was counting and salting down his cattle (pp. 88-89). $40.00

1892. FERGUSSON, Erna. Albuquerque. Albuquerque: Merle Armitage Editions, [1947]. [10] 87 [2] pp., text illustrations from drawings by Li Brown. 8vo, original black cloth lettered in red. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in slightly rubbed d.j.
     First edition. Campbell, pp. 121-22: “History, description, and memories of old-timers. Interpretive and anecdotal.” Guns 709: “Some short, but new, stories about Elfego Baca.”
     Fergusson asserts that Albuquerque is the microcosm of the Southwest: “Sitting at the crossroads of the centuries, Albuquerque has seen every phase of Southwestern life, has participated in most of it, still has walking up and down its streets people who represent every period of its long history—Indians, Mexicans, cattle and sheep men, modern booster, and Easterners in what they consider Western garb.” Fergusson discusses Native American cowboys, how the large land grants created a hacienda life style, and the evolution away from a rural-centered culture (Chapter 4: “From Rodeo to Rotary”), etc. $35.00

1893. FERGUSSON, Erna. Murder and Mystery in New Mexico. Albuquerque: Merle Armitage Editions, [1948]. 192 [4] [8, photographic plates] pp., frontispiece by Peter Hurd, silhouettes by Al Ewers, endpaper map. 8vo, original black cloth. Fine in d.j. with Hurd illustration (d.j. neatly reinforced with cloth tape on verso at spine and with one tear). Bookplate of Father Stanley (Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola) and author’s signed letter to Stanley asking a research question (taped to lower pastedown).
     First edition. Campbell, p. 71 “Billy the Kid, among others. Very readable”; p. 167: “Nine well-sifted historically true accounts of killings which took place in New Mexico...from 1890 to 1935.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Hurd 72). Guns 710. In addition to Lincoln County War and Billy the Kid coverage, included is a chapter on Albert J. Fountain (served as attorney for the New Mexico Stock Association following “The Kid” era), Black Jack Ketchum (discussing his propensity to seek work as cowhands when laying low from the law), etc. $50.00

1894. FERGUSSON, Erna. Murder and Mystery in New Mexico. Albuquerque: Merle Armitage Editions, [1948]. Another copy. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate. A few light stains to fore-edges, otherwise fine in slightly worn d.j. $35.00

1895. FERGUSSON, Erna. Murder and Mystery in New Mexico. Albuquerque: Merle Armitage Editions, [1948]. Another copy. Light shelf wear, bookplate on front pastedown, fine in worn, soiled and chipped d.j. The Josey copy, with Dorothy and Clint Josey’s bookplate on endpaper. $35.00

1896. FERGUSSON, Erna. New Mexico: A Pageant of Three Peoples. New York: Knopf, 1951. [1] xii [2] 408, vi [1] pp., tinted frontispiece map, photographic plates, text map. 8vo, original pale green pictorial cloth. Spine slightly darkened and with a few abrasions, otherwise fine in chipped d.j. Leaf with author’s signature laid in.
     First edition. Campbell, p. 106. Dobie, p. 19: “Essayical in form, it treats only of the consequential. It evaluates from the point of view of good taste, good sense, and an urbane comprehension of democracy.... A cultivated mind can take pleasure in this interpretation of New Mexico—and that marks it as a solitary among histories of neighboring states.” Herd 801.
     A general history of New Mexico, with particular emphasis on the cultural dynamics among and between Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglos, with cattle and sheep raising constituting a pervasive background. Included is material on Oñate’s bringing cattle to New Mexico, the Bell Ranch, Eusebio Kino (father of cattle ranching in the southwest), Albert B. Fall, Albert J. Fountain, John Chisum, Agnes Morley Cleaveland, the “Rawhiders,” etc. The excellent documentary photographs include several relating to ranching $50.00

1897. FERGUSSON, Erna. New Mexico: A Pageant of Three Peoples. New York: Knopf, 1951. Another copy. Front endpapers with some offsetting from a related newspaper article laid in (book review by J. Frank Dobie), otherwise fine in slightly worn d.j. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate. $40.00

1898. FERGUSSON, Erna. New Mexico: A Pageant of Three Peoples. New York: Knopf, 1951. Another copy. Binding slightly discolored, otherwise a fine copy in price-clipped d.j. with a few small voids on rear panel. $35.00

1899. FERGUSSON, Erna. Our Southwest. New York: Knopf, 1952. [13] 376, vi [2] pp., photographic plates (by Ruth Frank and Laura Gilpin), foldout maps, colored double-page map by Miguel Covarrubias, endpaper maps. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias (price-clipped). Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     First edition, fourth printing. Campbell, p. 106. Dobie, p. 14. Guns 711. Herd 802. Saunders 4083n: “History, description, manners and customs, language, industries.” Fergusson opens with that perennial question, “What is the Southwest?” Fergusson includes information on the range cattle business as it evolved in the Southwest (Charlie Goodnight, Will C. Barnes, Lincoln County War, John Chisum, Jesse Chisholm, Maxwell grant, cattle trails, etc.). Some of the excellent photographic plates relate to ranching. Includes material on Big Bend. $20.00

1900. FERGUSSON, Harvey. Rio Grande. New York: Knopf, 1936. [3] x, 296, viii [2] pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original tan pictorial burlap. Slight shelf wear, small spot to upper fore-edge. Otherwise fine in torn and worn d.j.
     First edition, fourth printing (first printing 1933). Campbell, pp. 106, 167: “History of the valley of the Rio Grande and the Southwest region, beginning with the Pueblo builders and continuing to the present day.” Dobie, p. 40: “Best interpretation yet written of upper Mexican class.” Guns 712n: “Has quite a bit of material on Elfego Baca, as well as some on Billy the Kid, Joel Fowler, and others.” Herd 803n. Saunders 4086n.
     The chapter “Longhorns and Six Shooters” has information on the cattle industry in the Rio Grande Valley: “With the buffalo went the Indian and with the cattle came the cowboy. Created by that northward sweep of the longhorned herds he was briefly the dominant figure in the whole southwest as the mountain man had been before him and the Mexico rico before that” (p. 240). $10.00

1901. FERGUSSON, Harvey. Rio Grande. New York: Knopf, 1945. [2] x, 296, viii pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original dark blue cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy. Carl Hertzog bookplate. Dallas bookseller McMurray’s printed label on rear pastedown.
     First edition, fifth printing. $10.00

1902. [FERRIL, Will C. (ed.)]. Sketches of Colorado in Four Volumes, Being an Analytical Summary and Biographical History of the State of Colorado.... Volume 1 [all published]. Denver: Western Press Bureau Co., 1911. 419 pp., illustrations, portraits. 4to, original black gilt-lettered leatherette. Hinges cracked and slight outer wear, otherwise fine and fresh, much better than usually found.
     First edition. Wilcox, p. 44. Wynar 33. This mug book includes biographies and photographs of prominent Colorado stockmen, such as John Iliff, among the first of the Colorado ’59ers seeking gold. Realizing that the vast army of gold-seekers must be fed, Iliff quickly turned his attention to supplying provisions and within a year and a half invested all he had in a small herd of cattle that was the beginning of his vast fortune on the hoof.
     “[Iliff] made the cattle business a study, giving to it his almost entire attention and best efforts. He mastered its every detail, gaining experience as the business developed. The influence of his life upon the pastoral interests of Colorado and the West cannot be overestimated. He blazed the cattle trails for the great industry from Texas to the ranges of Montana. His operations were bold and daring. He was a man of indomitable will and perseverance. Whether facing the blizzards of the mountains and plains, or sweltering in the heat of the southern trails, or with courage checking a stampede of startled or storm-driven herds, he was quiet and unassuming, but always the man of nerve and steel. He declined to carry the weapons borne by many a cowboy of a later period, and at all times refused to take intoxicating liquors. He lived on friendly terms with the Indians and they with him. In business tact, integrity, and good morals his name was a synonym for all that is best in a business career and that, too, amid the wild life of the Far West. At the time of his death, he owned perhaps the best cattle range in the world, containing 20,000 acres of pasturage, and some of the finest springs and grazing valleys of the West” (pp. 282-83). $350.00

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1903. FERRIS, Benjamin G. Utah and the Mormons: The History, Government, Doctrines, Customs, and Prospects of the Latter-Day Saints. From Personal Observation during a Six Months’ Residence at Great Salt Lake City. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1854. 347 pp., wood-engraved frontispiece portrait of Joseph Smith and numerous text illustrations (7 attributed to Theodore Rabuske, all engraved by Richardson-Cox). 8vo, original blue embossed cloth. Shelf-worn, mild to moderate age-toning to endsheets and first and last few leaves, hinges loose, internally fine.
     First edition. Flake 3328. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 1174. Howes F98. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 1164. Mintz, The Trail 149: “The plates include many of the well known overland scenes such as Chimney Rock and Devil’s Gate, plus a number of scenes of Mormon life.” Paher, Nevada 589. Plains & Rockies IV:238b:1: “Ferris served in the Utah Territorial government in 1852-53. His wife...accompanied him and also wrote of Utah and the Mormons.” Brief mention made of various cattle enterprises of the Mormons in Utah, including the unsuitability of the saltwater basins of northern Utah for livestock. $250.00

1904. FERRIS, Benjamin G. Utah and the Mormons.... New York: Harper and Brothers, 1854. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original purple embossed cloth. Spine sunned, one spot on upper cover, front endpaper removed, internally fine. $225.00

1905. FERRIS, Mrs. B. G. [Cornelia] . The Mormons at Home; with Some Incidents of Travel from Missouri to California, 1852-3. In a Series of Letters. New York & London: Dix & Edwards, Sampson Low, 1856. viii, 299 [4, ads] pp. 8vo, original dark brown ribbed embossed cloth, spine gilt decorated and lettered. Slightly shelf-worn and slanted, extremities lightly chipped and frayed, spine a bit faded, intermittent light stains and spotting to text, small piece missing from upper corner of front flyleaf and pastedown with four abraded spots where bookplate was removed, overall a good copy. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of Lucy Ellsworth on front free endpaper.
     First book edition (first issued in a series of letters in Putnam’s Monthly under the title “Female Life among the Mormons”). Bradford 1652. Cowan, p. 207. Flake 330. Graff 1308. Howes F99. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 1165: “In her cultivated journalistic style, she dwells on the peculiarities of some of her traveling companions as well as sharp vignettes from the vantage point of a non-emigrant.” Mintz, The Trail 150. Plains & Rockies IV:274. The author, who was the wife of the late U.S. Secretary for Utah, includes much of interest for women’s history (“Elder Snow and his Six Wives,” “A Wife’s Confession,” “Conversation with a Wife of Brigham Young,” “A Wedding,” “A Woman’s Martyrdom”). Her account encompasses several cattle-related incidents and observations during her overland journey: stampedes, roundups, presence of imported breeds in Mormon herds, Capt. Egan’s cattle drives from Utah to California, corrals constructed in stockade style, white hunter at Ogden Hole who married a chief’s daughter and gathered a large herd he drove to California, etc. $200.00

1906. FETLER, John. The Pikes Peak People: The Story of America’s Most Popular Mountain.... Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1966. [2] 296 pp., frontispiece after an 1879 print, photographic plates. 8vo, original aqua decorative cloth. Very fine in very fine d.j.
     First edition. Wynar 549. Introduction by Marshall Sprague. The section on trail rides from Colorado Springs to Pikes Peak includes descriptions of area ranches along the way. Chapter 39 is devoted to the establishment in 1949 of the riding club known as the Range Riders. $40.00

1907. FIELD, Maria Antonia. Where Castilian Roses Bloom, Memoirs.... [San Francisco: Grabhorn Press] Privately printed, 1954. [12] 142 [1] pp., frontispiece, numerous plates. 4to, original beige linen over gilt decorated blue boards, paper label on spine. Gift inscription on front free endpaper, otherwise a fine copy.
     Limited edition (500 copies). Grabhorn 548. Rocq 5685. Memoirs of Maria Antonia Field, a lifelong resident of Monterey who descended from a family of rancheros. $60.00

1908. [FIELD, Matt]. Matt Field on the Santa Fe Trail, Collected by Clyde and Mae Reed Porter. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1960]. xxix [1] 322 pp., photographic plates (scenes, views, portraits). 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. Signed by editor.
     First edition. Rittenhouse 470: “In 1839 Matt Field went over the Santa Fe Trail with a caravan.” See Plains & Rockies IV:104. Tate, Indians of Texas 2240: “Contains some discussion of Comanches along the Santa Fe Trail and around Bent’s Fort.” There is a good section on the Mexican ranchero, including their method of roping buffalo (pp. 244-247). $65.00

1909. FIELDING, Loraine Hornaday. French Heels to Spurs. With an Introduction by Will James. New York & London: Century Company, [1930]. viii [2] 203 pp., numerous text illustrations by Eve Ganson (author of Desert Mavericks). 12mo, original blue cloth over orange diced cloth with title and illustrations of bucking horse and rider, gilt-lettered and illustrated spine. Binding with a few spots and abrasions, interior fine. J. Frank Dobie’s signed comment on front flyleaf: “The girl who wrote this book is much more real and sincere than the one introducing it—Will James. The illustrations by Eve Ganson, author & illustrator of delicious Desert Mavericks, are delightful. J. Frank Dobie. Aug. 3, 1942.”
     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Dufault [James] 114). Herd 804. Smith 3053: “Author’s experience on TZ Ranch in Montana.” A humorous and enthusiastic account of life on a Montana dude ranch by a seventeen-year-old girl from the East, including rodeo, roundup, branding, Native American dances, etc. $100.00

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1910. FIERMAN, Floyd S. The Impact of the Frontier on a Jewish Family, the Bibos. [El Paso]: Texas Western College Press, 1961. 32 pp., photographic plates, facsimiles. 8vo, original brown wrappers with map by Cisneros, stapled. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine.
     Limited edition (300 copies, one of 275 in wrappers). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 134B. Nathan Bibo, one of the subjects of this study, owned a herd of sheep in the Bernalillo area, and the author quotes Arthur Bibo in discussing a land feud concerning the Acoma Cattle company. $50.00

1911. FIERMAN, Floyd S. Peddlers and Merchants—on the Southwest Frontier 1850-1880 [caption title]. [El Paso: El Paso County Historical Society, 1963]. 17 [1] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers, stapled. Fine. Carl Hertzog’s printed slip on colophon.
     First separate printing, limited edition (150 copies). Lowman, Hertzog 159. Reprint from the Password of the El Paso County Historical Society 8:2 (ca. 1962), with two appendices, footnotes, and corrections. Includes brands and brief mention of area cattlemen. $30.00

1912. FIERMAN, Floyd S. Some Early Jewish Settlers on the Southwestern Frontier. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1960. [2] 58 [2] pp., text illustrations by Russell Waterhouse. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in d.j. with José Cisneros illustration. Second d.j. folded and laid in. Signed by Fierman and designer Carl Hertzog. Very scarce.
     Limited edition (250 copies, of which 30 were bound in cloth and signed by Fierman and Hertzog). Lowman, Hertzog 120. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 571: “The Lesinsky, Solomon, and Freudenthal families.” The cattle industry is always a background feature in any history of the Southwest. Here that author mentions the change that occurred in area banks as they transformed from “cattle banks” to banks dealing with copper and other mineral wealth. $200.00

1913. FIERMAN, Floyd S. “The Spiegelbergs of New Mexico, Merchants and Bankers, 1844-1893” in Southwestern Studies 1:4 (Winter 1964). 48 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original grey pictorial wrappers. Very fine.
     First edition. Lowman, Hertzog 173. The entire issue is devoted to the author’s article discussing trials of frontier life, the economy of New Mexico Territory, conflicts with Native Americans, land grants, mining, hide trade, etc. $25.00

1914. FIFE, Austin [E.] & Alta [S.] Fife. Saints of Sage and Saddle: Folklore among the Mormons. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1956. xiv [2] 367 pp., photographic plates, endpaper maps. 8vo, original blue cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in price-clipped d.j. with some wear and short tears.
     First edition. Mormon history, legends, and lore, including ranching, particularly Native Americans and their rustling of sheep, cattle, and horses. $45.00

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