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Ranching Catalogue Part 2(Authors D-G)

Items 2240-2264

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2240. GREEN, Rena Maverick (ed.). Samuel Maverick, Texan, 1803-1870: A Collection of Letters, Journals, and Memoirs. San Antonio: [Privately printed], 1952. xix [1] 430 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Very fine in sunned fine d.j. Signed by editor Rena Maverick Green.
     First edition. Basic Texas Books 140B (citing the Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick). Herd 922: “Through Mr. Maverick’s correspondence we learn of his brief experience as a cattleman and the true origin of ‘maverick’ as a cattle term.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2090: “Includes several descriptions of Texas Ranger activities (especially by Jack Hays) against Indian raiding parties during the 1840s.” This work incorporates the memoirs of Mary Maverick and much correspondence between Mary and Samuel, including accounts of the Tilton Ranch purchase. $75.00

2241. GREEN, Rena Maverick (ed.). Samuel Maverick, Texan, 1803-1870.... San Antonio: [Privately printed], 1952. Another copy. Very fine in near fine d.j. (spine slightly sunned). $75.00

2242. GREENBURG, D[an] W. (ed. and comp.). Greenburg’s Gazeteer 1:1 (June, 1928). Casper, Wyoming: Western Recreations Company, 1928. 64 pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic), map, ads. 12mo, original orange pictorial wrappers, stapled Other than light foxing, very fine.
     First edition. Typical tourist flackery with some information on ranching possibilities. $150.00

2243. GREENBURG, Dan W. Sixty Years: A Brief Review. The Cattle Industry in Wyoming. Its Organization and Present Status and Data Concerning the Wyoming Stock Growers Association.... Cheyenne: Wyoming Stock Growers Association, 1932. 73 pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic, some full-page), facsimile. 8vo, original beige and brown pictorial wrappers, stapled, with illustration by Will James. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine.
     First edition. Herd 923: “Scarce.... This is the first of three histories written about the Wyoming Stock Growers’ Association. Others have followed every ten years.” Howes G375. Malone, Wyomingiana, p. 4. For the other two histories in this series, see listings under Frink and Gress in this catalogue. $500.00

2244. GREENBURG, Dan W. Sixty Years.... Cheyenne: Wyoming Stock Growers Association, 1932. Another copy. Ink stamp of publisher noting copyright of 1933, otherwise very fine. $500.00

2245. GREENBURG, Dan W. Sixty Years.... Cheyenne: Wyoming Stock Growers Association, 1932. Another copy. Wrappers soiled and worn with some chipping, text separated from wrappers, rust stains where formerly stapled, some ink underlining in text, overall pretty rough, with J. Frank Dobie’s ink ownership inscription. $400.00

2246. GREENE, A. C. The Fifty Best Books on Texas. Dallas: Pressworks Publishing, 1981. [10] 90 [1] pp., full-page text illustrations. 8vo, original cream cloth over beige printed boards. Very fine. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     First edition, limited edition (226 copies, this being Copy “A”—one of the 26 copies not for sale). Designed and printed by David Holman at the Wind River Press. Some of the titles relate to Ranching, and A. C. Greene’s notes are always enlightening. $300.00

2247. GREENE, A. C. The Fifty Best Books on Texas. Dallas: Pressworks, 1982. [8] 90 [1] pp., full-page text illustrations. 8vo, original dark yellow pictorial wrappers. Spine sunned.
     Second edition. $20.00

2248. GREENE, A. C. A Personal Country. New York: Knopf, 1969. [12] 328 [5] pp., illustrated by Ancel Nunn. 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth. Fine in slightly worn but very good d.j. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate.
     First edition of author’s first book. Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 89 (from afterword by Bill Porterfield): “This odyssey of West Texas is a classic.... If the list of best Texas books were reduced to but ten, [it] would still make the cut.” In this great book of recollections of growing up in West Texas in the 1920s and 1930s, the noted Texas essayist, book critic, and newspaperman, notes of his subject, “This is ranching country.” $35.00

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2249. GREENE, Max. The Kanzas Region: Forest, Prairie, Desert, Mountain, Vale, and River. Incidents of Travel on the Western Plains and in the Rocky Mountains, with a History of the Santa Fe Trade. New York: Fowler & Wells, 1856. 192 [12, ads] pp., 2 maps. 12mo, original dark green embossed cloth, spine gilt lettered. Spine extremities mildly worn and chipped, cloth lightly worn and faded, front and rear free endpapers missing, overall very good, contemporary bookplate of Henry Von Wackerbarth of Chicago on front pastedown and his purple ink stamp on title.
     First edition. Bradford 1989. Field 628. Flake 3712. Graff 1650. Howes G383. Plains & Rockies IV:276: “This work provides a good account of the prairie and mountain region featuring many incidents from the author’s own experiences from 1850 to 1855. It also contains a history of the Santa Fe trade and descriptions of the Santa Fe trail.” Rader 1677. Rittenhouse 253: “Has a useful table of distances from Independence to Santa Fe, compiled by Greene on a trip in 1850.” Sabin 28607.
     The author in this immigrant guide touts the stock-raising potential of the region which includes the area all the way from present-day Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and including Colorado. He also remarks that the formerly extensive herds of wild horses have now generally disappeared and that the legendary white buffalo is now also unheard of. $400.00

2250. GREENLEAF, Benjamin. The California Almanac for 1849. San Marino: [Anderson & Ritchie, The Ward Ritchie Press for] Friends of the Huntington Library, 1942. 8, 32 pp., stock text illustrations. 12mo, beige boards ruled in orange. Except for minor bumping to upper corners, fine.
     Facsimile of the original edition of 1849. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 293n: “Provides a general overview of California and the gold region based on standard sources.... ” The section on the climate and soil of California (pp. 21-26) includes comments on ranching and cattle in California. $15.00

2251. GREENWAY, John (ed.). Folklore of the Great West: Selections from Eighty-Three Years of the “Journal of American Folklore.” Palo Alto: American West Publishing Co., [1969]. [10] 453 [1] pp., line drawings by Glen Rounds. Large 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
     First edition. Paher, Nevada 727: “Book of stories, songs, poems, myths and legends.... Excellent index.” Anthology of selections from the first eighty-three years of the Journal of American Folklore; authors include Frank Hamilton Cushing, J. Frank Dobie, George Bird Grinnell, Alfred Kroeber, John A. Lomax, and Walter Prescott Webb. There is much material on cowboys and ranching, including ballads, Black cowboys, rustlers, etc. $30.00

2252. GREENWOOD, Robert. The California Outlaw, Tiburcio Vasquez...Including the Rare Contemporary Account of George Beers. Los Gatos: Talisman Press, 1960. 296 pp., photographic portraits, endpaper maps. 8vo, original half red cloth over beige pictorial boards. Very fine copy in price-clipped d.j. (rubbed along upper joint).
     First edition, including a facsimile of George A. Beers’ 1875 Vasquez; or, the Hunted Bandits of the San Joaquin....  (New York: De Witt, 1875). Adams, One-Fifty 63: “History of this outlaw...by George Beers published in 1875. At the time Beers was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and a member of the posse hunting Vasquez.” Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 99. Guns 868. Rocq 7003. The original edition of Beers is Guns 186, Howes B313, and Rocq 6998.
     Vásquez (1837-1875), noted desperado and nineteenth-century romantic antihero, is eclipsed in notoriety only by Joaquín Murieta. Vásquez was born to a respected, well-to-do Monterey family, received a good education, and spoke and wrote English and Spanish proficiently. In the California Gold Rush era and thereafter, Vásquez terrorized Monterey and Los Angeles counties and the wagon roads from Los Angeles to the Cerro Gordo Mines and the San Joaquin Valley, holding up stagecoaches, rustling cattle and horses, murdering, stealing, striking terror in the hearts of men, and evoking passion in the breasts of women.   Vásquez lived a life that survives as an amalgam of fact and fable, and it is difficult to separate the two. Perhaps his life reveals larger truths about the transition of California from Mexican to Anglo-American rule. Displaced Californios needed avengers like Vásquez and Murieta to act out responses to their helplessness and outrage at the loss of their lands, social status, and political power, and Anglos found in such figures dangerous but gallant symbols of a society they perceived they were “manifestly destined” to civilize. His jury took about three hours to sentence him to be hanged for murder on a scaffold furnished by Trueman & Woodrow, “an excellent piece of workmanship, constructed of clean pine lumber, skillfully put together, and cost $370.” It worked: “The drop was about eight feet; his neck was broken and he died without the quiver of a muscle.” The only word Vásquez uttered from the gallows was: “Pronto” (“Do it quickly”). $100.00

2253. GREER, Hilton Ross. Voices of the Southwest: A Book of Texan Verse. New York: Macmillan, 1923. xx [2] 207 pp. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Binding with a few small abrasions, upper hinge split, endpapers browned, overall very good. Contemporary ink presentation inscription on front flyleaf.
     First edition. Campbell, p. 221. Rader 1680. An anthology of verse by Texas poets representing different periods of Texas history, including ranching poems by William Lawrence Chittenden: “Ode to a Norther,” “The Ranchman’s Ride,” and “Neptune’s Steeds.” Among the sixty-one contributors are Reuben Potter, Mirabeau B. Lamar, James T. Lytle, Florence Duval West, Mary Hunt Affleck, Hilton R. Greer, and Margaret Belle Houston. $15.00

2254. GREER, James K[immins]. Bois d’Arc to Barbed Wire. Dallas: Dealey & Lowe, 1936. [14] 428 pp., photographic illustrations, maps. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, otherwise fine in the scarce d.j. Author’s signed inscription to Dudley R. Dobie.
     First edition. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 40. Dobie, pp. 104, 134: “Outstanding horse lore.” Guns 869. Herd 924. Howes G397. The author, a rancher and historian, created this autobiography of “Ken Cary” (1850-1890), “Meridian Cowboy, Indian Fighter, Philosopher, and Ranchman,” based on the life of a Texas ranchman who wished to remain anonymous. Set in Texas (primarily McLennan and Clay Counties) and Indian Territory, the book includes chapters on fence cutting and a drive on the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas, in 1871. $225.00

2255. GREER, James Kimmins. Colonel Jack Hays: Texas Frontier Leader and California Builder. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1952. 428 pp., color frontispiece, endpaper maps. 8vo, original red cloth. Edges of book block moderately foxed, otherwise a fine copy in chipped d.j.
     First edition. Basic Texas Books 170n. Biography of John Coffee “Jack” Hays (1817-1883), legendary Texas Ranger, frontiersman, “Indian fighter,” trailblazer through the Southwest and California. Hays, who commanded the Rangers in the Mexican-American War, later was sheriff of San Francisco, surveyor general of California, and founder of Oakland. Chapter 28 is devoted to Hays’ Mountain Home Ranch in Alameda County, California, and his activities in developing the area from raw ranch land into an urban environment. $90.00

2256. GREER, James K[immins]. Grand Prairie. Dallas: Tardy Publishing Company, [1935]. [8] 284 pp., plates (photographic). 8vo, original purple cloth with gilt lettering on spine and upper cover. Fine copy in the rare dust wrapper (slightly chipped, one light spot and short split at spine).
     First edition. Campbell, p. 187: “Dramatic and spectacular events in that Texas region from buffalo hunts to politics. An interpretation showing these only as background to character of the settlers.” CBC 4966. Guns 870: “Exceedingly scarce. Contains a great deal of information about various outlaws of Texas.” Herd 926. History of Grand Prairie and north-central Texas, 1850-1890. $200.00

2257. GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies; or, The Journal of a Santa Fé Trader, during Eight Expeditions across the Great Western Prairies, and a Residence of Nearly Nine Years in Northern Mexico. New York: Henry G. Langley, 1844. 320 + 318 [2, blank] pp., 6 engraved plates, woodcut text illustrations, 2 engraved maps, including folded cerograph map tinted in green: A Map of the Indian Territory Northern Texas and New Mexico Showing the Great Western Prairies.... [below neat line]: Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1844 by Sidney E. Morse and Samuel Breese.... (31 x 37.5 cm; 12-1/8 x 14-3/4 inches). 2 vols., 12mo, original brown pictorial cloth embossed and stamped in blind, gilt pictorial vignette of Mexican vaquero on upper covers, gilt-pictorial spines. Spinal extremities chipped, especially at top, corners rubbed, bindings slightly abraded, Vol. 2 has a large water spot on lower cover. Interior with scattered light foxing and water staining, heavy browning to a few plates. Map silked, split into three pieces (no losses). Nineteenth-century bookplate of G. Cusachs and contemporary armorial bookplate of G. W. Sargent.
     First edition, first issue (with only the Langley New York imprint). Dobie, p. 76. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 12 (“Western Movement—Its Literature”); p. 29 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West” #8): “The Santa Fe Trail ranks with the Chisholm Trail in its historical importance as a place in the West, and Gregg is the classic of that trail and the commerce on it.... It was written by a man who spent nine years as a Santa Fe trader and who knew the trail, the varmints and plants along it, the Indians, and his Mexican customers. He kept a diary, and his carefully recorded notes were before him as he wrote the book. It has been source material for all the other books on the Santa Fe Trail and trade.” Flake 3716. Graff 1659. Holliday 455. Howes G401. Norris 1435. Plains & Rockies IV:108:1. Raines, p. 99. Rittenhouse 255. Streeter 1502. Streeter Sale 378. Tate, Indians of Texas 2219. Wheat, Transmississippi West 482 & I, p. 186: “A cartographic landmark.”
     A cornerstone book of Western Americana in content, impact, and from a cartographic perspective. “Conveying the impression of a well-populated region, the map must have whetted the interest of prospective traders on the trail to New Mexico. Finally, in a concession to geographic reality, Gregg mapped for the first time the Llano Estacado.... A blend of optimism and reality, Gregg’s map was certainly one of the best of the southern plains before the Mexican War” (John L. Allen, “Patterns of Promise” in Mapping the North American Plains [Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987], p. 51 & Fig. 3.7).
     Gregg includes description of ranches in Northern Mexico and New Mexico, such as the vast Zarca operation near Durango (“so immense is the amount of cattle on this estate, that...the proprietor once offered to sell the whole hacienda, stock, etc., for the consideration alone of fifty cents for each head of cattle found on the estate; but that no person has ever yet been able or willing to muster sufficient capital to take up the offer”). A chapter on “Animals of the Prairie” discusses the mustang and methods of lassoing. Gregg describes prospects for stock raising in the regions traversed. Saddles, equipage, and riding dress of New Mexicans are covered in chapter 9, and a glossary of Spanish words contains some terminology relating to ranching. $2,000.00

2258. GREGG, Josiah, et al. Early Western Travels...Commerce of the Prairies.... Edited...by Reuben Gold Thwaites....  Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1905. 349 [1, ad] + 356 [10, ads] pp., frontispiece, plates, maps. 2 vols., 8vo, original maroon cloth, spines gilt lettered, t.e.g. Hinges a bit loose, otherwise very good.
     Scholarly reprints. Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, no. 19 & 20, edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites. Clark & Brunet 253:XIX & XX. Cites for the Early Western Travels series: Howes T255; Dobie, p. 82; Rader 3125; Saunders 2927. In addition to Gregg’s classic Commerce of the Prairies, this two-volume set contains George W. Ogden’s Letters from the West and W. Bullock’s Sketch of a Journey through the Western States.
     This scholarly reprint includes the glossary of Spanish or Hispano-Mexican words with some terminology relating to ranching and horsemanship and equipage. $150.00

2259. GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies. Chicago: Lakeside Press and Donnelley & Sons, 1926. xxxii, 343 pp., frontispiece, folding map. 12mo, original navy blue cloth gilt, t.e.g. Fine.
     Scholarly reprint, edited and with introduction by Milo Milton Quaife. $75.00

2260. GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies.... Dallas: Southwest Press, [1933]. ix [1] 438 pp., frontispiece, plates, map. Large 8vo, original beige cloth lettered in red. Fine copy in moderately chipped and torn d.j. (slight losses to jacket at upper spine).
     Reprint, with a new foreword by Frederick Webb Hodge. $45.00

2261. GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1954]. xxxviii, 469 [1] pp., plates, text illustrations, folding map. 8vo, original grey buckram decorated in green. Very fine in fine d.j.
     American Exploration and Travel Series 17; edited by Max L. Moorhead. Rittenhouse 255: “Most useful edition.” $50.00

2262. GREGORY, Annadora Foss. Pioneer Days in Crete, Nebraska. [Lincoln: State Journal Printing Company, 1937]. 243 pp., maps. 8vo, original tan cloth lettered in brown. Very fine copy.
     First edition. Detailed local history of this county in eastern Nebraska, 1860-1888, with a short chapter on Nebraska Territory, appendix of local leaders, and an extensive bibliography. Page 119 to 122 include discussion of cattle feeding, which is described as “one of the cheap sources of prosperity in Saline County.” Included is discussion Crete in the 1870s, when it was an important shipping point for livestock. $300.00

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2263. GRESS, Kathryn. Ninety Years Cow Country: A Factual History of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association with Historical Data Pertaining to the Cattle Industry in Wyoming. N.p.: Wyoming Stock Growers Association, 1963. 85 pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers, stapled. Very fine.
     First edition. History of this powerful organization, with photos of past presidents and cow belles. This is one of the three histories of the Association. The others were authored by Greenburg and Frink (both listed in this catalogue). $75.00

2264. GRESSLEY, Gene M. Bankers and Cattlemen. New York: Knopf, 1966. xix [3] 320, viii [1] pp., plates. 8vo, original half tan and black cloth. Very fine in lightly worn d.j. with 2 cm tear at spine (slightly loss).
     First edition. Reese, Six Score 51: “One of the few scholarly treatments of Eastern capital in the range cattle industry from 1870 to 1900. The book is founded mainly on primary sources. Mr. Gressley’s thesis is that Eastern capital was vital to the growth of the range industry. This is a highly debatable point, and in the case of Montana, at least, I do not feel the thesis works. However, Mr. Gressley writes persuasively and brings much evidence to bear to support his theory. Whether one agrees or not, it is an important work.” Smith S271. $40.00


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