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Ranching Catalogue Part 2(Authors D-G)

Items 2265-2289

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2265. GRESSLEY, Gene M. Bankers and Cattlemen. New York: Knopf, 1966. Another copy. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine, d.j. not present. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. $15.00

2266. GREW, David. Beyond Rope and Fence. New York: Boni & Liveright, [1922]. [8] vii [1] 240 pp., color frontispiece. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Ex-library, with perforated stamp on title page. Worn and shaken.
     First edition. Herd 929: “Scarce.... The story of a cow horse.” $15.00

2267. GREY, F[rederick] W[illiam]. Seeking Fortune in America. London: Smith Elder & Co., 1912. xiv, 307 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Binding shelf-slanted and with moderate wear and staining, front hinge starting, light scattered staining and foxing to text.
     First edition. Dykes, Kid 61;Western High Spots, p. 112 (“Billy the Kid Was My Friend”). Guns 874. Herd 931: “Scarce.” Howes G413. The author includes his experiences on a cattle ranch in Calgary (“A Cow-puncher,” “Roping,” “Life on a Ranch,” “Bad-men,” “`Roping’ Contests,” “Broncho-busting”) , while working in Texas (“Hunting in West Texas,” “Fishing in the Nueces River,” “Ben Thompson and other Desperados,” “Lynching and Jury Trial in Texas,” “Pistol-shooting,” “Trip to Corpus Christi,” “West Texas as a Health Resort”), and during his sojourns in Mexico (“Cold-blooded Ingratitude,” “Tequila,” “Wholesale Thieving”) and California (“The Growth of Los Angeles”). $250.00

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2268. GREY, Zane. Riders of the Purple Sage.... New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1912. [6] 335 [4, ads] pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original brown decorative cloth. Light shelf wear, text browned, overall fine in the rare d.j. Ink ownership inscription.
     Reprint of the first edition (Harper, 1912). Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 34 (“High Spots of Western Fiction: 1902-1952”): “The Mormon Trek and the settlement of Utah were events of much historical importance.... In [this book] the Mormons are the villains. This is the only one of Grey’s novels that will be mentioned as a High Spot here. Zane’s horses and the gunman hero, Lassiter, a former Texas Ranger, are certainly memorable as is the climax, the rolling of the balance rock to close the narrow pass in the very teeth of the pursuing Mormons. Dr. Powell calls this ‘perhaps the finest moment in all western fiction.’” Flake 3724n: “Novel with Mormon background.” $50.00

2269. GRIFFIN, John Strother. A Doctor Comes to California: The Diary of John S. Griffin, Assistant Surgeon with Kearny’s Dragoons, 1846-1847. San Francisco: [Lawton Kennedy for] California Historical Society, 1943. [2] 97 pp., frontispiece, maps (printed on green paper). Narrow 4to, original red cloth. Corners slightly bumped, otherwise fine.
     First separate printing (reprinted from the California Historical Society Quarterly 21:3-4 & 22:1). California Historical Society Special Publication 18; introduction and notes by George Walcott Ames, foreword by George D. Lyman. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 100. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, 13: “General Kearny’s ‘Army of the West’ came down the Gila and crossed the Colorado in the fall of 1846. Dr. Griffin’s account is selected for present purposes in preference to the well known ‘Notes of a Military Reconnaissance’ by the then Lieutenant W. H. Emory.” Rocq 16264.
     Dr. Griffin describes the difficulty of driving beef cattle and their tendency to become tender footed, Mexican and Native American rustling of the party’s cattle, poor grazing country between Santa Fe and Southern California (although he states that some of the land around the Rio Grande River is some of the finest grazing land he has ever seen). Good coverage of ranches including Warner’s Ranch, Stokes’ Ranch, San Pasqual Rancho, etc. $75.00

2270. GRIFFITHS, David. Prickly Pear As Stock Feed. Washington: GPO, 1920. 24 pp., text illustrations of cactus cultivation and processing. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers, stapled. Paper age-toned and a small tear to last few leaves, overall fine. Carl Hertzog bookplate.
     United States Department of Agriculture Farmers’ Bulletin 1072 (March, 1920). What will those wily range scientists think of next in their quest to fatten cattle on every remotely edible substance known to man? $35.00

2271. GRIFFITHS, David &/or R. F. Hare. 6 works bound in one volume:

(1) Prickly Pear and Other Cacti As Food for Stock II. New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station, Agricultural College, New Mexico. Bulletin 60 (November 1906). Santa Fe: New Mexican Printing Company, 1906. 134 [1, errata] pp., 3 folding tables.

(2) Experiments on the Digestibility of Prickly Pear by Cattle. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry, Bulletin 106. Washington: GPO, 1908. 38 pp., plates (photographic).

(3) The Tuna As Food for Man in U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 116. Washington: GPO, 1907. 73 pp., frontispiece (chromolithograph of cactus), photographic plates, 2 folding tables.

(4) Summary of Recent Investigations of the Value of Cacti As Stock Food. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 102, Part I. Washington: GPO, 1907. 16 pp., photographic plate.

(5) GRIFFITHS, David. The Prickly Pear and Other Cacti As Food for Stock. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 74. Washington: GPO, 1905. 48 pp., photographic plates, text illustration.

(6) GRIFFITHS, David. The Prickly Pear As a Farm Crop. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin 124. Washington: GPO, 1908. 37 pp., photographic plates.

8vo, full flexible sheep. Binding flayed and peeling, interior and plates with uniform light browning. Very good. Pencil ownership inscription of Joseph Daniel Mitchell (see note) of Victoria, Texas, on front pastedown.
     First editions. Mitchell (1848-1922) was a leading early scientist in Texas and a prominent rancher in Calhoun County, where he introduced such innovations as blooded stock, the first windmill west of the Colorado River, and barbed wire to enclose his range. Later moving to Victoria County, he became important as an expert on destructive insects, malaria, reptiles, and conchology. Handbook of Texas Online: John Daniel Mitchell. A portrait of Mitchell is in plate signature following p. 446 in Grimes’ 300 Years in Victoria County (see below).
     This volume is an interesting example of a working book from the library of a Texas rancher and scientist. As the articles make plain, scientific and practical interest was piqued by cactus as cattle food because the plant was extremely hardy and provided a consistent source of feed, even during extended droughts. An interesting problem repeatedly addressed in the publications is how to remove the spines. $250.00

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Git along Lil’ Doggerel

2272. GRIGGS, Nathan Kirk. Lyrics of the Lariat: Poems with Notes. New York, Chicago & Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Company [Lakeside Press, R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1893]. 266 pp., frontispiece (photographic portrait of author), text illustrations (sketches by James Cady and Hugo Schulz). 12mo, original maroon and brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, t.e.g. Mild shelf wear, upper hinge cracked but strong, otherwise fine.
     First edition. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 18. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 99: “An early volume of rhymes reflects one man’s efforts to capture the flavor of the range in the lingo of the waddy and puncher.” On p. 254 Griggs describes the cowboy as “Reckless and tireless, untamable as a prairie-chicken, brave as proudest knight in storied tourney, the Cowboy is the dauntless hero of a new chivalry, even more strange and romantic than that of the middle ages.” His comparison of the cowboy to a prairie chicken gives some good indication of the originality and breadth of the man’s insights into his subject. At the end Griggs gives background on some of the poems.
     Griggs (1844-1910), a native of Indiana and a member of Dr. Hans Rollmann’s Restoration Movement, was found dead on a train in Nebraska in 1910. A prominent lawyer and politician in Nebraska, he also served as a United States consul to Chemnitz, Germany. In his later years he became a composer and lyricist and told people that he would prefer to be remembered as a poet and musician rather than as a lawyer and politician. $250.00

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2273. GRIMES, Roy (ed.). 300 Years in Victoria County. Victoria, Texas: Victoria Advocate Publishing Company, [1968]. [16] 649 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, text illustrations (photographs and sketches by Tom Jones). 8vo, original teal cloth gilt. Very fine in d.j. Author’s signed presentation inscription to Dudley R. Dobie: “For my friend Dudley Dobie. Roy Grimes. Victoria, Christmas, 1965. From Ellen & Jack.” Folded d.j. with table of contents printed on verso laid in.
     First edition. This comprehensive history of coastal Texas, center of early Anglo-American settlement, is rich in ranching material, including Spanish and Mexican land grants, devoting almost 75 pages to the subject. Included are lists of early, important ranchers, the founders who owned giant spreads, and even a whole chapter on slaughter and packing plants. $200.00

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2274. GRIMES, Roy (ed.). 300 Years in Victoria County. Victoria, Texas: Victoria Advocate Publishing Company, [1968]. Another copy. Fine in d.j. Signed by author. $150.00

2275. GRIMM, Agnes G. Llanos Mestenas: Mustang Plains. [Waco: Texian Press, 1968]. xii, 189 pp., plates (mostly photographic), maps. 8vo, original red cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Very fine except for foxing on edges of text block. D.j. very fine. Signed and dated by author.
     First edition. History of the region encompassing the Rio Grande and Nueces river valleys from the first Spanish exploration to the early 1900s. Includes such important points as wild mustang herds in the region, Texas’ first cattle drive to Los Adaes, major area ranches, etc. $50.00

2276. GRIMSHAW, William Robinson. Grimshaw’s Narrative: Being the Story of Life and Events in California During Flush Times, Particularly the Years 1848-1850.... Written for the Bancroft Library in 1872. [Sacramento]: Sacramento Book Collectors Club, 1964. x [2] 59 [1] pp., frontispiece portrait, endpaper maps. Narrow 4to, original grey cloth, spine gilt. Very fine, mostly unopened.
     Limited edition (310 copies). Sacramento Book Collectors Club Publication 6, edited and with preface and notes by J. R. K. Kantor. Designed and printed by Roger Levenson, Tamalpais Press. Rocq S2515. Rush 296. Bancroft said of the narrative: “This is not only an interesting sketch of his life and adventures, but one of the best accounts of the events of ’48-’50 in the Sacramento region.” $80.00

2277. GRINNELL, George Bird. Bent’s Old Fort and Its Builders. Written for the Kansas State Historical Society. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1922]. 64 pp., text illustrations (photographic), folded map. 8vo, original red moiré cloth. Except for light browning to first few leaves, map reinforced at folds, otherwise fine. Contemporary manuscript corrections. Former owner’s copy, from the author. Extra illustrated with a photograph of the fort.
     Offprint from Publications of the Kansas Historical Society 15. Campbell, p. 184. Howes G431. Wynar 413. Includes information on Native American raids against ranches on outlying regions. $100.00

2278. GRINNELL, George Bird. Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales.... New York: Forest and Stream Publishing Company, 1889. 417 pp., frontispiece, text illustrations. Small 8vo, original green cloth with gilt vignette of papoose on upper cover and title in gilt on spine and upper cover. Except for light shelf wear, fine. Laid in is address label signed by author addressed to R. S. Ellison in Casper, Wyoming. Ownership signature in pencil on front free endpaper.
     First edition. Campbell, p. 158: “Notes on the origin, customs, and character of this remarkable people.” Dobie, p. 33: “Reveals the high values of life held by representatives of the original plainsmen.... Grinnell’s knowledge and power as a writer on Indians and animals has not been sufficiently recognized. He combined in a rare manner scholarship, plainsmanship, and the worldliness of publishing.”
     Although concerned almost chiefly with Pawnee legends, the author at the end of the book comments in some detail upon the Pawnee’s present condition. He remarks that despite beginning their sojourn on their reservation in a degraded condition, many of the tribe have begun to improve their lots by building houses, planting crops, and adopting modern farming methods. He quizzically remarks that although there are cattle on the reservation the Pawnees have not yet seen the advantages of becoming ranchers and raising stock. He notes that the problem is that the Pawnee prefer to eat any cattle that they have. Ironically, the solution to this problem would seem to be provided by fowl, of which there were 200 on the reservation in 1885, but 3,000 a mere three years later. $300.00

2279. GRINNELL, George Bird. When Buffalo Ran. New Haven & London: Yale University Press & Oxford University Press, 1920. 114 [2] pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original tan pictorial boards printed in green and black, lettering in dark brown. Light shelf wear to fragile boards, mild foxing to endpapers and preliminary pages, otherwise a fine copy. Bookplate of Henry Dexter Sharpe.
     First edition. Campbell, p. 128. Dobie, pp. 159-60: “Noble and beautifully simple.... Specific on work from a buffalo horse.” Rader 1703: “Social life and customs of Indians of North America.” This classic is the story of Wikis, a Plains Indian who grew up in the mid-1800s. The narrative frequently involves the narrator’s encounters with buffalo and the role they played in his tribe’s life. $175.00

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2280. GRINNELL, George Bird & Theodore Roosevelt (eds.). Hunting in Many Lands: The Book of the Boone and Crockett Club. New York: Forest and Stream Publishing Company, 1895. 447 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates. 8vo, original maroon cloth with bighorn sheep stamped in silver on upper cover, buffalo stamped in silver on spine. Binding with light shelf wear and abrading, small split at head of spine (no loss), otherwise very good. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of W. P. Whitman.
     First edition. Second publication of the Boone and Crockett Club. Campbell, p. 127. Dobie, p. 152. Chapters by Theodore Roosevelt (and his son Elliott Roosevelt), Henry L. Stimson, and George S. Anderson (“Protection of Yellowstone National Park”), and others concerning hunting big game in various parts of the world. Includes chapter by Theodore Roosevelt entitled “Hunting in the Cattle Country,” which concerns hunts on his ranch in 1893-1894, many of which involved antelope. $175.00

2281. GRINSTEAD, J. E. King of the Rangeland. New York: Dodge Publishing Company, [1939]. 256 pp. 8vo, original red cloth. Endpapers foxed, pp. 166-167 stained from sheet with Dobie’s ink notes listing author’s books; generally fine in d.j. Signed and with a biographical note about Grinstead by J. Frank Dobie on front flyleaf: “Grinstead knew hard characters in the Indian Territory. He was ‘sorter’ a cowboy. Came to Kerrville + got into newspaper business, founded also Grinstead’s Graphic magazine. Then he gave up such work and went to writing fiction—Westerns for the pulps—a million words in a few years. I go to see him when I go to Kerrville + enjoy his conversation very much. He is little with fire + gusto. J. Frank Dobie. 7/5/39.”
     First edition. Novel about a South Texas cattle baron named Ben King or “King Ben.” $60.00

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2282. GRISSO, W. D. (ed. & comp.). From Where the Sun Now Stands: Addresses by a Posse of Famous Western Speakers. Santa Fe: Stagecoach Press, 1963. 73 [2] pp., frontispiece by José Cisneros. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped).
     First trade edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 79). Famous speeches by Westerners, 1775-1955, among them New Mexico judge Kirby Benedict, Will Rogers, Temple Houston (Sam Houston’s son), as well as four Native Americans, including Chief Joseph’s famous speech at his surrender, from which the book takes its title. Also includes the speech of Comanche Ten Bears entitled “Do Not Ask Us to Give up Buffalo for the Sheep” in which he laments in an address given in October, 1867, that the Comanche have been attacked and forced off their lands in Texas. $50.00

2283. GRISWOLD, Don & Jean Griswold. Colorado’s Century of “Cities,” with Illustrations from the Fred M. and Jo Mazzulla Collection. Denver: Smith-Brooks, [1958]. xi [1] 307 [1] pp., color frontispiece, full-page photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original half green cloth over white-and-gray decorative boards. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in fine d.j. Signed by the Griswolds and Mazzullas.
     First edition. Wynar 522. Colorado local history focusing on the early days, with incidental material on livestock. $40.00

2284. GRISWOLD, Don & Jean Griswold. Colorado’s Century of “Cities”.... Denver: Smith-Brooks, [1958]. Another copy. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine in lightly rubbed d.j. $20.00

2285. GUERIN, Mrs. E. J. Mountain Charley; or, The Adventures of Mrs. E. J. Guerin, Who Was Thirteen Years in Male Attire.... Norman: University of Oklahoma, [1968]. xv [1] 112 pp. 12mo, original maroon cloth. One small nick on edge of lower board, otherwise very fine in fine d.j. (price-clipped).
     This is the first printing of the reprint of the exceedingly rare 1861 edition. Western Frontier Library publication. This revised edition has an introduction and notes by Fred W. Mazzulla and William Kostka. Guns 879. Jordan, Cowgirls, p. 287: “Mountain Charley...drove her herd of cattle to California, where she made a handsome profit on them.” Plains & Rockies IV:374an. Married at twelve and widowed at fifteen, Mountain Charlie disguised herself as a man in order to earn an honest living. She traveled widely throughout the West seeking revenge for her husband’s murder and worked variously as riverboatman, railroad brakeman, miner, rancher, Indian trader, businessman, and bartender. $35.00

2286. GUERNSEY, Charles Arthur. Wyoming Cowboy Days: An Account of the Experience of Charles Arthur Guernsey in Which He Tells in His Own Way of the Early Territorial Cattle Days and Political Strife.... True to Life, But not Autobiographical; Romantic, but not Fiction; Facts, But not History, Profusely Illustrated. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1936. 288 pp., frontispiece, plates (including a few by Charles M. Russell), portraits (including Russell on horse in front of his studio in Great Falls), facsimiles. Large 8vo, original blue cloth lettered in yellow. Fine in lightly worn d.j. with a few minor splits (no losses). Autographed by author.
     First edition. Guns 880: “Scarce.... Contains some material on the Johnson County War.” Herd 940. Yost & Renner, p. 247 #59. Account of the author’s experiences in Wyoming from territorial days to early statehood (1880-1935), with information on ranching, rustling, the Johnson County War, etc. $150.00

2287. GUERNSEY, Charles Arthur. Wyoming Cowboy Days.... New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1936. Another copy. Lightly scuffed, otherwise fine in chipped d.j. with a few short tears. $100.00

2288. GUYER, James S. Pioneer Life in West Texas. Brownwood, Texas, 1938. xi [1] 185 [2] pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic, including Good night and the Dobie longhorn). 8vo, original red cloth with photographic illustration on upper cover. Binding worn and discolored (especially spine), endpapers and title lightly foxed, overall very good. Signed by author, with at least one correction in his hand.
     First edition. Adams, Burs I:160. Dykes, Kid 252: “The second part of Guyer’s reminiscences is devoted to Billy the Kid and quotes letters received from a number of other old-timers about the Kid. Guyer met the Kid in 1877. Guyer, at the age of seventeen, was with a trail herd en route to Dodge City.” Guns 885. Herd 941: “Scarce.” Howes G469. Tate, Indians of Texas 3131: “Describes his buffalo hunting exploits in West Texas during 1878 and a non-lethal confrontation with unidentified Indians.” Chapter 16 is “The West Texas Cowboy,” Chapter 17 is “Captain Goodnight and Cattle Industry.” $80.00

2289. GUYER, James S. Pioneer Life in West Texas. Brownwood, Texas, 1938. Another copy. Upper hinge starting, otherwise fine. $75.00

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