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Ranching Catalogue Part 2(Authors D-G)

Items 2115-2139

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2115. GAY, Theressa. James W. Marshall, the Discoverer of California Gold: A Biography. Georgetown, California: Talisman Press, 1967. 558 [1] pp., color frontispiece portrait, pictorial title page, photographic plates, maps, 5 facsimiles (4 in rear pocket). 8vo, original half black leather over marbled boards. Very fine, signed by author. In publisher’s chemise and slipcase.
     First edition, limited edition (#125 of 250 copies). Rocq S300. Has peripheral material on the early cattle trade, especially in relation to the Gold Rush. $150.00

2116. GAY, Theressa. James W. Marshall, the Discoverer of California Gold: A Biography. Georgetown, California: Talisman Press, 1967. 558 [1] pp., color frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, maps. 4to, original mustard cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
     First edition, trade issue. $75.00

2117. GEFFS, Mary L. Under Ten Flags: A History of Weld County, Colorado. Greeley: [McVey Printery], 1938. 318 pp., plans, maps. 8vo, original terracotta cloth lettered in black. Very fine.
     First edition. Herd 889. Wilcox, p. 49. Wynar 1450. Local history with statistics on the cattle trade in the county. $50.00

2118. GEHLBACH, Frederick R. Mountain Islands and Desert Seas: A Natural History of the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, [1981]. xvi, 298 pp., color photographic plates, maps, illustrations. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in very good price-clipped d.j. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     First edition. Extensive information on cattle ranching, including a discussion of overgrazing in this mostly arid and fragile region. $25.00

2119. GENTRY, Diane Koos. Enduring Women. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, [1988]. xvii [1] 244 [1] pp., photographic illustrations. Oblong 8vo, original brown wrappers with photographic illustrations. Some wear, but generally very good, with gift inscription on front free endpaper, otherwise fine. Signed by author.
     First edition. Among the women profiled and photographed is Harriet Johnson, who left her job as an Ivy League professor to marry a cowboy and become a rancher in Montana. $15.00

2120. GEORGE, Floy Watters. History of Webster County, 1855 to 1955. [Springfield, Missouri: Roberts & Sutter, Printers, 1955]. 264 pp., photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original blue cloth. Text browned due to quality of paper, otherwise fine.
     First edition. The chapter entitled “Agriculture—Yesterday and Today” discusses the role of cattle ranching through the years in this Missouri county. $50.00

2121. GETLEIN, Frank. Harry Jackson, Kennedy Galleries Monograph-Catalogue. New York: Kennedy Galleries, Inc., 1969. 98 pp., color frontispiece, photographic text illustrations (some foldout, most full-page and in color). Oblong 4to, original tan printed wrappers. Fine in fine d.j., with errata slip laid in.
     First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 62 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #151). Exhibition catalogue of artist Harry Jackson who created cowboy and ranch-themed sculptures. $30.00

2122. GHENT, W. J. The Road to Oregon: A Chronicle of the Great Emigrant Trail. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1929. xvi [2] 274 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, maps, endpaper maps. 8vo, original dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Very fine in lightly worn d.j. with a few chips and tears.
     First edition. Flake 3548: “Mormon movement to Utah; Mountain Meadows Massacre, Johnston’s Army.” Smith 3528. Chapters on path makers, missionaries, the first caravans, heyday of the trail, Gold Rush, stagecoaches, Native Americans, details on the route, and markers and monuments. Includes material on Jesse Applegate and 1843 migration with the “Cow Column.” $50.00

2123. GIBBONS, J. J. In the San Juan. Chicago: Press of Calumet Book & Engraving Co., [1898]. 194 pp., photographic plates lettered and with seal of Colorado in silver. 12mo, original orange cloth. Very good copy with some outer wear and darkening at top edges.
     First edition. Guns 824: “Scarce. Also published under the title ‘Notes of a Missionary Priest in the Rocky Mountains,’ New York, by the Christian Press Association Publishing Co., 1898.” Wilcox, p. 49. Wynar 8963. Though primarily an account of pioneer life and mining camps, there is a sketch about a cowboy and a bronco (pp. 28-31). $60.00

2124. GIBBS, Josiah. Kawich’s Gold Mine: An Historical Narrative of Mining in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and of Love and Adventure among the Polygamous Mormons of Southern Utah. Salt Lake City: Century Printing Company, 1913. 228 pp., photographic text illustrations (full-page), map. 8vo, original red printed wrappers, stapled. Wrappers moderately worn and with a few small voids on spine and along upper joint, interior fine.
     First edition. Flake 3551: “Fiction with a Mormon setting.” Includes in episode 6 (“Unfortunately Cattle Deal”) the description of the hazardous delivery of a herd of a thousand cows to St. George. $100.00

2125. GIBBS, Josiah F. Lights and Shadows of Mormonism. Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Co., [1909]. 535 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic text illustrations, portraits, maps. 8vo, original dark blue cloth. Light shelf wear, especially to spinal extremities, overall fine.
     First edition. Flake 3552. Chapter 21 is a discussion of early settlement at Salt Lake City, including the role of early cattle and sheep ranching in assuring the colony’s survival. In general the work is an anti-Mormon political and religious indictment. $50.00

2126. GIBBS, Josiah F. The Mountain Meadows Massacre...Illustrated by Nine Full-Page and Five Half-Page Engravings from Photographs Taken on the Ground. Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Co., 1910. 59 pp., illustrations, map. 8vo, original green pictorial wrappers, stapled. Marginal browning to wraps and title, otherwise fine, with Shepard Book Company contemporary purple ink stamp on lower wrap.
     Second and best edition, with correction regarding Isaac Laney on title verso: “The above explanation has been given for purpose of disarming Mormon critics who are ever alert to even the slightest discrepancies that may find their way into the writings of those who presume to criticize the conduct and motives of the Mormon leaders.” Flake 3354. Guns 825: “Scarce.”
     It is fairly obvious in which direction the author is heading regarding the lamentable Mountain Meadows Massacre on the Hamblin, Holt, and Burgess ranches when early on, he states: “With malice toward none, least of all toward the misguided assassins, and in a spirit of even-handed justice, the attempt will be made to assemble the fragments of causation and history and join them together in a consecutive narrative.” Like some later writers (e.g., David L. Bigler in Forgotten Kingdom), the author contends that part of the motivation for the first attack on the Baker-Fancher wagon train seems to have been an effort to steal their cattle (the overland party was one of the wealthiest trains to come through Utah territory). An aside relating to the Massacre in general: “Nine cowhands hired to drive cattle also were murdered, along with at least 35 other unknown victims. In all, 120 people, mostly women and children, were slain” (Salt Lake Tribune, March 14, 2000, p. A-4). $150.00

2127. GIBSON, A[rrell] M[organ]. The Life and Death of Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1965]. xi [1] 301 [7] pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original navy cloth. Very fine in slightly chipped d.j. (illustrated by Joe Beeler). Carl Hertzog’s copy with his bookplate.
     First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Beeler 40). Guns 826: “A well-written and long-needed book about one of the leading characters in New Mexico. It contains much on the lawlessness of that state and tells about Oliver Lee, Jim Gilliland, Pat Garrett, and others, with a mention of Billy the Kid.” Though at its core this volume is about outlaws, ranching is a constant backdrop to the story, and there is content on the Lincoln County War. $45.00

2128. GIBSON, Arrell Morgan (ed.). Ranching in the West: Journal of the West 14:3, July 1975. viii, 160 pp., illustration by H. Jordan Rollins on p. 1, ads. 8vo, original grey-and-white printed wrappers. Light wear and foxing, otherwise fine. Ink signature of Donald D. Brand on upper wrapper; laid in are two letters between Brand and Terry G. Jordan discussing the latter’s article in this issue of the journal.
     First printing. This issue of the Journal includes “Texan Influence in Nineteenth-Century Arizona Cattle Ranching” by Terry Jordan; “Western Livestock Policy during the 1950s” by Edward L. and Frederick Shapsmeier; and “Cattlemen’s Association in New Mexico Territory.” $50.00

2129. GIBSON, George Rutledge. Journal of a Soldier under Kearny and Doniphan, 1846-1847.... Edited by Ralph Bieber. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1935. 371 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, foldout map. 8vo, original maroon cloth, spine gilt, t.e.g. Spine slightly faded, otherwise fine. Ink ownership signature on title (C. W. & N. M. Wiegel).
     First edition. Southwest Historical Series 3. Clark & Brunet 19:III. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 180. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 216. Howes S791. Rittenhouse 240: “In 1846 [Gibson] enlisted in the Army of the West under Kearny and marched over the SFT. In Santa Fe he was editor of the Santa Fe Republican in 1847 and returned east over the Trail in 1848. The length of his journal and [editor] Bieber’s careful notes make this a valuable work.” Saunders 2918.
     Includes material on ranchos along the route, fandango in El Paso, Apache, Comanche, Pawnee, and Ute depredations against stock, procuring beef cattle to replace stolen stock, and general tips for getting around Mexico in the mid-nineteenth century: “When you arrive at a place in Mexico and wish anything, by all means call on the alcalde first, tell him your wants, give him a dollar or two, and if to be had, he will procure it” (p. 330). $100.00


Merrill Aristocrat

2130. GIBSON, J. W. (Watt). Recollections of a Pioneer. [St. Joseph, Missouri: Nelson-Hanne Printing, 1912]. 216 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original dark red cloth lettered in black on spine and upper cover. Binding slightly faded along edges, interior very fine. Difficult to find in collector’s condition.
     First edition. Anderson 1686:487. Braislin 824. Loring Campbell. Cowan, p. 235. Dobie, p. 103: “Like many another book concerned only incidentally with range life, this contains essential information on the subject. Here it is trailing cattle from Missouri to California in the 1840s and 1850s.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 181. Flake 3558. Graff 1546. Herd 891: “Scarce.... Chapters on driving cattle across the plains.” Howes G154.
     Kurutz, California Gold Rush 272: “Gibson had the distinction of making three overland trips, the first in 1849. The author set out from Buchanan County, Missouri, with brothers William and James. They followed the California Trail and crossed the Sierra via Carson Pass. The brothers first mined for gold on Weaver Creek in August. Gibson then wandered from Sacramento to Shasta City before joining up with fellow Missourians at Salmon Falls. With his brothers, he started ranching but returned overland to home to bring cattle back to California. In May 1850, Gibson led 550 head back to the ranch. The rancher made two more trips in 1853 and 1854. According to Dale Morgan, ‘His original return trip was one of the rare West to East trips that year.’” Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 18. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 455. Mintz, The Trail 176: “Gibson made his first of three overland trips in 1849 and here relates experiences and adventures in the land of gold mining. He returned to Missouri in 1851, and then returned to California in 1852, driving cattle along the way. Gibson made another cattle driving trip in 1854.... Quite an adventurer and quite engaging reading.” Norris 1220. Rader 1578. Smith 3539.
     Gardiner (In Pursuit of the Golden Dream) discusses this book on p. xxxiv. Gibson includes several chapters on his participation in the Civil War, in both Missouri and Arkansas, in Musser’s 8th and 9th Missouri Infantry. In 1861 he joined Elijah Gates’ company just after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, went on to fight at Lexington and Pea Ridge, then joined the Confederate army in John B. Clark’s division. One particularly grim event he relates is how a company of artillery was overrun by a company of African-Americans who promptly killed the survivors (pp. 154-155). $1,500.00

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2131. GIBSON, J. W. (Watt). Recollections of a Pioneer. N.p.: Practical Personal Planning, n.d. 216 pp., photographic frontispiece portrait. 12mo, original red printed wrappers, stapled. Very fine.
     Facsimile reprint of the rare original edition. $125.00

2132. GIDEON, Samuel E[ward]. (ed.) A Group of Themes on the Architecture and Culture of Early Texas. Austin: The University of Texas, n.d. 110 pp. (mimeographed), text illustrations (line drawings of architecture). 4to, original blue paper wrappers, stapled. Very good. Pencil notes indicate this copy was a gift from J. Frank Dobie to Dudley R. Dobie, and the scattered manuscript corrections appear to be in the hand of JFD.
     First edition. This work consists of students’ research essays prepared for a university course on the evolution of Texas architecture, with some material of interest for ranching (such as adaptation of the dog-run style to later ranch houses; see p. 27). Dr. Gideon (1875-1945), also known for his wonderful paintings, taught at Texas A&M, MIT, and UT after studying at MIT, Harvard, and the School of Fine Arts at Fontainebleau, France (Handbook of Texas Online: Samuel Edward Gideon). $50.00

2133. GIESE, Henry. Farm Fence Handbook. Chicago: Agricultural Extension Bureau, Republic Steel Corporation, 1938. 63 [1] pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic), tables. 4to, original blue pictorial wrappers. Small abrasion on back wrapper, else very fine.
     First printing. An in-depth survey of fencing meant for the use of agricultural college students. One of the illustrations (p. 33) shows a barbed wire machine in action with a note explaining how it operates. $25.00

2134. GIESECKE, Walter. Reminiscences and Adventures of Walter Giesecke As He Told Them to His Children and Grandchildren. N.p., n.d. (ca. 1925). 60 leaves, typewritten, double-spaced carbon copy. 4to, secured in stiff green paper covers. Other than occasional mild rust staining from metal clasps, fine. A few of J. Frank Dobie’s rough pencil notes.
     Unpublished, original account by a cowboy-rancher, who was born on a sheep farm in Washington County, Texas, in 1856 and moved to Burnet County after the Civil War. He worked mostly at home until 1882, when he “decided for the ‘cowtrail’” and “hired to Major Zeth Mabry, a prominent cattle trader and dealer, who sent thousands of cattle ‘up the trail’ every spring, to help drive a herd of steers to Ogallala, Nebraska.” His account of this trail drive is informative and exciting. From Ogallala he accepted a job of accompanying a cattle train consisting of ten cars of stock bound for Chicago. $500.00

2135. GIFFEN, Helen S. Casas and Courtyards: Historic Adobe Houses of California. Oakland: Biobooks, 1955. [6] 153 [1] pp., color frontispiece, photographic text illustrations (full-page) by Guy J. Giffen. 8vo, original half black cloth over tan linen, spine lettered in gilt. Very fine.
     First edition, limited edition (600 copies). California Relations, no. 40. Foreword by W. W. Robinson. Rocq 16878. Many of the buildings included are ranch houses. $85.00

2136. GIFFEN, Helen S. Trail-Blazing Pioneer, Colonel Joseph Ballinger Chiles. San Francisco: [Lawton and Alfred Kennedy for] John Howell-Books, 1969. [6] 100 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine, unopened, in very fine d.j.
     First edition, limited edition (750 copies). Kane, Howell 73. Rocq S1228. This biography of one of the 1841 Bartleson-Bidwell overlanders has two chapters on “The Rancho Catacula,” a rancho grant in present-day Napa Valley wine county, made to Joseph B. Chiles in 1844. $75.00

2137. GILBERT, Hila, George Harris & Bernice Pourier Harris. Big Bat Pourier, Guide and Interpreter, Fort Laramie 1870-1880 [wrapper title]. Sheridan, Wyoming: The Mills Company, 1968. [6] 82 pp., photographic text illustrations (some full-page). 8vo, original yellow pictorial wrappers, stapled. Very fine.
     First edition. Big Bat Pourier, a Frenchman who married Lakotan Josephine Richards, negotiated the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. His ability to speak French, English, and Lakota, and his empathy for the plight of Native Americans helped him obtain a favorable treaty. The book includes a chapter on Horsehead Ranch, where Bat settled and near which the massacre of Wounded Knee occurred. $50.00

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2138. GILBEY, Walter. Ponies Past and Present. London: Vinton & Co., 1900. [8] 112 pp., frontispiece, plates (photographic, some from engravings or woodcuts). 8vo, original orange cloth with lettering and illustration of pony and dog in gilt, a.e.g. Binding moderately stained and worn with some abrading at spine and corners, foxing to first and last few leaves, overall a very good copy. Modern bookplate on front pastedown. Printed list of “Works by Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart” on lower pastedown.
     First edition. The emphasis of the work is the possibilities of breeding, with a history of various breeds and types, including New Forest, Welsh, Exmoor, Darmoor, Cumberland, Westmoreland, Connemara, Scotland, and Shetland. In one chapter the author comments extensively on the relative superiority of the pony to the horse, remarking that ponies have more endurance and need less care. Gilbey regrets that England must import ponies to meet the demand. Finally, he points out that ponies are essential for work in mines because horses are too large. $75.00

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2139. GILCREASE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND ART. “Titans of Western Art: Frederic Remington, Charles Russell” in American Scene 5:4 [Tulsa: Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, 1964]. [2] 64 [4] pp., text illustrations (some in color, most full-page). 4to, original stiff brown embossed wrappers. Very fine.
     First printing. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Remington 45). McVicker Yost & Renner, Russell, p. 74. Includes articles by J. Frank Dobie (not in McVicker), Harold McCracken, Lola Shelton, N. Orwin Rush, Ramon Adams, Will Rogers, Jr., Helen Card, and Dean Krakel. $25.00

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