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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2440-2464

The items in this catalogue have been sold. This catalogue was issued in print form in 2016, and is presented in full on our website as a courtesy to users and for reference purposes.

2440. [HAMNER, Laura V.]. Pen Points: In Commemoration of the Twenty-First Anniversary of the Panhandle Pen Women. New York: Henry Harrison, [1941]. 238 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original gilt-lettered navy blue cloth. Endpapers browned, generally very good in faded d.j. (chipped at edges).

First edition. Anthology of poetry, plays, and prose by the Panhandle Pen Women, of over fifty women writers, including works by Olive King Dixon, Millie Alice Porter, and Laura V. Hamner (founder and first president of the Panhandle Pen Women). Many of the women were members of ranching families, and their work contains many impressions of the cattle country. $35.00


2441. HAMRICK, Alma Ward. The Call of the San Saba: A History of San Saba County. San Antonio: Naylor, 1941. x, 331 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Fine in lightly worn, price-clipped d.j.

First edition. CBC 4003. Herd 981. A good, solid history from the Spanish period to modern times, including an account of the massacre at Mission San Saba, the legend of the lost mines, Native Americans, German settlement, forts, the Civil War, biographies (many stock raisers), women’s history, social history, etc. Filled with great material on ranching, including an account of Jim and George B. Baker (both under twenty-one years of age) driving 6,000 head of cattle from Travis County to San Saba in 1856, where the herd increased to 8,000. During the Civil War, a band of 300 Apaches drove the entire herd to Mexico. Chapter 5 deals with cattle rustling, wire cutting, and lynching. $100.00


2442. HANAUER, Elsie V. The Old West: People and Places. South Brunswick, New York & London: A. S. Barnes and Company & Thomas Yoseloff, [1969]. 167 pp., profusely illustrated with portraits by the author. 8vo, original maize cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Adams, Burs II:89: “This unusual book is made up of drawings of various western characters made by the artist-author with a [biographical] sketch of each character on the preceding page.” Includes ranch country denizens such as Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill Cody, Clay Allison, Pete Kitchen, Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, King Fisher, George Parrott, Tom Horn, et al. $15.00


2443. HANCHETT, Lafayette. The Old Sheriff and Other True Tales. New York: Margent Press, 1937. ix [3] 208 pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original purple cloth. Binding faded along edges, front endpaper browned, else fine in soiled and chipped d.j. Author’s signed and dated presentation copy.

First edition. Herd 986. Wynar 992. History and reminiscences of early days in the mining towns of Colorado and northern Mexico, with a biography of sheriff William Z. Cozens, “the man who first brought law and order to Colorado.” The author states that he was “the first white man to establish a ranch in the Park” and goes on to describe some of the problems and disputes relating to the ranchers in the early years, noting that keeping the peace was more challenging after the miners came. $15.00


2444. HANCOCK, Samuel. The Narrative of Samuel Hancock, 1845-1860. With an Introduction by Arthur D. Howden Smith, and a Map of the Oregon Trail. New York: Robert McBride & Co., 1927. xxii, 217 pp., double-page map (based on Mitchell’s 1846 New Map of Texas, Oregon, and California). 8vo, original black cloth. Fine in chipped and torn pictorial d.j.

First American trade edition (a limited, large paper edition and a London edition issued the same year). The Argonaut Series 1. Ayer Supplement 63. Cowan, p. 853. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 208. Mattes 138. Mintz, The Trail 206: “An excellent narrative.” Smith 4027. Tweney, Washington 89 #26: “First publication of this journal.... A detailed account of Hancock’s overland trip to the Oregon Territory in 1845,...together with an account of his captivity, and a recital of the Whitman massacre.” In addition to the overland trip (perhaps the best firsthand account of the party led by Stephen Meek who sought, disastrously, to reach Oregon by an unproven cutoff), the author gives details on life on Whidbey Island off Puget Sound; a gold-seeking expedition to California; adventures as an Indian trader; and descriptions of Native American war dances, marriage ceremonies, medicinal practices, and methods of house building, whaling, and fishing. Bancroft used the manuscript of this work as one of the sources for his History of Oregon (see vol. I, p. 509). Hancock’s entrepreneurial efforts include cattle trading during the California Gold Rush, a cattle drive to the mines, the employment of a Native American drover, and visits to ranches along the way. $35.00


2445. HANCOCK, Samuel. The Narrative of Samuel Hancock 1845-1860.... New York: Robert McBride & Co., 1927. Another copy. Fine. Bookplate. $25.00


2446. HANCOCK, Samuel. The Narrative of Samuel Hancock 1845-1860.... New York: Robert McBride & Co., 1927. Another copy, binding and d.j. variant. 8vo, original light green cloth. Fine in lightly soiled non-pictorial d.j. $30.00


2447. HANLEY, Mike & Ellis Lucia. Owyhee Trails: The West’s Forgotten Corner. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1973. xxii [2] 314 pp., illustrations (mostly photographic, a few drawings by Mike Hanley), maps, endpaper maps. Large 8vo, original orange cloth. Fine in d.j. rubbed at edges.

First edition. Smith S287. History of the high desert region where Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho meet. This sparsely populated and little-known region has a turbulent and rich history of ranching, mining booms, outlaws, Basques, and conflicts between settlers and Native Americans. $15.00


2448. HANNA, Phil Townsend. Libros Californianos; or, Five Feet of California Books. Los Angeles: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, 1958. [8] 87 [1, colophon] pp. 12mo, original yellow boards with red printed labels. Lightly soiled, head of spine chipped, else fine.

New edition, revised and enlarged by Lawrence Clark Powell (first edition 1931), limited edition (1,000 copies signed by Powell). Includes good notes on some selections relating to pastoral California, ranching history, and the hide and tallow trade. $20.00


2449. HANSON, Bert. Gold Creek Bonanza: Centennial Celebration of the First Discovery of Gold in Montana [wrapper title]. N.p.: [Silver State Post], 1952. 34 pp., illustrations by Paul Ferryman. 8vo, original gold pictorial wrappers. Small stain on upper wrapper, otherwise fine.

First edition. Although the author does not credit cattle baron Granville Stuart with the discovery of gold in Montana, he states that Stuart and his brother James were the first to try to mine that gold in a systematic fashion. Realizing they needed more money to buy proper mining equipment, the Stuart brothers returned to raising, selling, and trading cattle to make the money to operate their mining claim effectively. Granville Stuart became the most important man in the cattle industry of the Northwest, and served several years as president of the Board of Stock Commissioners. $25.00


2450. HANSON, Joseph Mills. The Conquest of the Missouri, Being the Story of the Life and Exploits of Captain Grant Marsh.... Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1916. xiv, 458 pp., illustrations, folding map. 8vo, original green cloth. Front hinge slightly loose, else fine in lightly chipped d.j.

Third edition (first edition, 1909). Graff 1772n. Howes H177n. Luther, High Spots of Custer 158n: “This interesting book relates details of the campaign, but is especially selected for its account of Grant Marsh’s amazing trip down the Yellowstone to Fort Lincoln with the wounded troopers from Reno’s and Benteen’s commands.” Smith 4051. Marsh was captain of the steamship Far West for many years on the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. Chapter 41 (“Patrol Duty with Miles and ‘Buffalo Bill’”) gives a firsthand account of the dashing Cody when he was serving as Crook’s first scout. Chapter 45 (“Rustlers”) contains material on rustlers and lawlessness in Montana and presents good statistics on how the ranches and livestock mushroomed overnight: “Game was becoming...scarce, and to keep themselves from starvation, Sitting Bull’s followers resorted to raids into Montana, where so many pioneer farmers and stockraisers fell easy victims to their attacks. In spite of the dangers they were compelled to encounter, settlers poured into the fertile valleys of the Missouri and Yellowstone, most of them engaging in the herding of cattle, for which industry the country was peculiarly suited.” $40.00


2451. HANSON, Joseph Mills. Frontier Ballads. Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1910. 92 pp., color and black-and-white illustrations and drawings by Maynard Dixon, pictorial endpapers. 8vo, original pictorial boards. Binding soiled and shelf-worn, edges and corners chipped, front hinge starting, ownership stamp on front free endpaper.

First edition. Smith 4053. South Dakota verse by a historian born in Yankton, South Dakota, in 1876. Divided into three sections: “Soldier Songs,” “Prairie Songs,” and “River Songs.” Includes “Cowboy Song” and other range verse. $30.00


2452. HANWAY, J. Edwin. The Memoirs of J. Edwin Hanway, a Wyoming Newspaper Publisher.... Douglas, Wyoming: Douglas Enterprise Co., 1942. [6] [9]-247 [2] pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, illustrations. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine. Author’s signed presentation card on front free endpaper.

First edition. Herd 991: “Scarce.... Has a chapter on the author’s trail herd experiences.” Malone, Wyomingana, pp. 30-31. Hanway was a Wyoming newspaper publisher related to the Gilpin family of Pennsylvania. $40.00


2453. HARDIN, John Wesley. The Life of John Wesley Hardin...As Written by Himself. Seguin: Smith & Moore, 1896. 144 pp., illustrations. 12mo, original grey printed wrappers. Paper browned as usual, spine chipped,. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his book label.

First edition, first issue, with the mislabeled portrait. Adams, One-Fifty 66: “Scarce.... The book is carefully written; in fact, so well written that some claim that it came from the pen of someone more literate than Hardin. On the other hand, Hardin was not as illiterate as many believed; he taught a frontier school as a young man, and his study of law while he was in prison no doubt improved his education.” Basic Texas Books 84: “One of the most ferocious of all Texas killers.... The book was withdrawn from circulation a few days after publication and stored in a San Antonio warehouse. The warehouse burned and destroyed all of the edition except for 400 copies sold surreptitiously to a local bookseller.... The edition has now become rare.” Campbell, p. 71. Graff 1780. Guns 919. Howes H188. Rader 1780. C. L. Sonnichsen wrote that “Hardin was an unusual type killer, a handsome gentlemanly man who considered himself a pillar of society, always maintaining that he did not kill anyone who did not need killing.” It might seem that the sadistic Hardin was too busy killing people and running from the law to have time to work, but this is not so. In 1871 Hardin went on a trail drive to Abilene, Kansas, but he didn’t allow that trail drive to interfere with his true calling. During the trail drive, Hardin killed four lawmen, one Native American, and about a half dozen Mexicans. After marrying Jane Bowen of Coon Hollow in 1872, Hardin tried to settle down as a horse-trader, but by the next year was embroiled in the Sutton-Taylor feud and in 1875 was running a cattle operation in Florida. $175.00


2454. HARDIN, John Wesley. The Life of John Wesley Hardin...As Written by Himself.  Seguin: Smith & Moore, 1896. Another copy of the first issue, with the mislabeled portrait. Paper browned, some chipping to fragile wraps, a slightly better copy than preceding. $200.00


2455. HARDIN, John Wesley. The Life of John Wesley Hardin...As Written by Himself. Seguin: Smith & Moore, 1896. 144 pp., laid-in frontispiece portrait of John Wesley Hardin, illustrations. 12mo, original grey pictorial wrappers. Wrappers lightly soiled and paper browned as usual, else fine.

First edition, second issue, with the laid in portrait of John Wesley Hardin correcting the misidentification of the portrait on page [3]: “The picture on opposite page is that of Joe Hardin, brother of John Wesley.” $175.00


2456. HARDIN, John Wesley. The Life of John Wesley Hardin As Written by Himself. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1961]. xxi [1] 152 [1] pp., illustrations. 12mo, original grey boards. Very fine in slightly worn d.j. Gift inscription: “To El Cuentista, Carl Hertzog, with our appreciation! Karyn & Bob McCubbin.”

Third edition, with a new introduction by Robert McCubbin. $15.00


2457. HARDING, A. R. Wolf and Coyote Trapping: An Up-to-Date Wolf Hunter’s Guide, Giving the Most Successful Methods of Experienced “Wolfers” for Hunting and Trapping These Animals, also Gives Their Habits in Detail. St. Louis: A. R. Harding, Publisher, [1909]. 252 [4, ads] pp., illustrations (some photographic). Small 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth. Covers with spots and some soiling, otherwise very good.

First edition. In chapter 1, the author states: “In early days the wolves of the western plains followed the great buffalo herds and preyed on the young animals, also the old and feeble. After the extermination of that animal they turned their attention to the herds of cattle which soon covered the great western range, and their depredations have become a positive nuisance. In the Northern States and throughout Canada they subsist almost entirely on wild game.” Chapter 3 is devoted to “Killing of Stock and Game by Wolves.” Protection of livestock was, of course, one of the primary reasons for near-eradication of wolves in the U.S. The wily and resilient coyote fared better in the all-out warfare against four-footed predators. $35.00


2458. HARDY, Allison. Wild Bill Hickok, King of the Gun-Fighters. Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Publications, [1943]. 23 pp. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Text browned as usual due to the cheap pulp paper, otherwise exceptionally fine. The imprint is from the series of popular pamphlets known as “Little Blue Books” published by Jewish-American socialist E. Haldeman-Julius, the sales of which reached into hundreds of millions of copies. The publisher gave his books lurid titles to attract readers, and the present title is a fine example of that literary bait.

First edition. Guns 921: “A small book on a large subject, but a fairly accurate one. The author debunks some of the earlier accounts, such as those by Buel and Hough.” About the most definitive thing that can be said about Old West folk hero James Butler Hickok (also known by various other names; 1837-1876) is that it is difficult to separate the truth from fiction. Wild Bill certainly was a Big Man in the cattle country. But he was no rancher because he had a hard time staying in one place and a habit of changing his name as needed. He did not go on cattle drives (about as close as he came to that was his encounter with John Wesley Hardin in 1871 in Abilene where Hardin had just completed a cattle drive). But being a lawman in Abilene, Kansas, on the crossroads of the cattle trails at their zenith, his duties sometimes called him to the trail to chase down renegade cattle rustlers. Before Hickok shot Phil Coe in Abilene, Coe rounded up about 200 cowboys and filled them with whiskey in a futile effort to protect him from Wild Bill’s sure shot. At least one of Wild Bill’s victims was a cowboy (Samuel Strawhun in Hays, Kansas, in 1869). In 1873 Buffalo Bill Cody and Texas Jack Omohundro invited Wild Bill to join them in a their play Scouts of the Plains. $15.00


2459. HARDY, Dermot H. & Ingham S. Roberts (eds.). Historical Review of South-East Texas and Founders, Leaders and Representative Men of Its Commerce, Industry and Civic Affairs. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1910. xxii [2] 480 + [481]-1026 pp., numerous photoplates of town views and architecture, engraved and photogravure portraits. 2 vols., 4to, original three-quarter dark brown leather over brown cloth, marbled endpapers. Some wear and chipping at corners, but generally fine.

First edition. CBC 4974. An important record of the history and leading citizens of southeast Texas, from the Gulf Coast as far north as San Antonio and Austin. Portraits include Bishop Gallagher, Houston mayor and cattleman Horace Baldwin Rice, Walter C. Moore (“father of the Texas rice industry”), oilman J. Mally Eastham, railroad man Jeff Miller, and cattlemen James McFaddin and George Littlefield. $400.00


2460. HARKEY, Dee. Mean as Hell. [Albuquerque]: University of New Mexico Press, 1948. xvi, 223 pp., illustrations by Gene Roberts, photographic plates, endpaper maps. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Fine in lightly rubbed d.j. with a few minor chips.

First edition, first printing, second issue, three cancelled leaves (109/110, 115/116, and 219/220). Adams, Burs I:169; One-Fifty 6. Campbell, pp. 74-75. Dykes, Kid 386. Guns 922: “The author had personal experience with many of the outlaws as a peace officer and he records some facts not found elsewhere.” Herd 993: “A most interesting account of lawlessness and cowboys in New Mexico and West Texas.” Harkey and his brothers were lawmen in San Saba. Though he was shot at many times, he was only hit “by a girl I was sweet on.” Dee Harkey (1866-1948), cowboy, rancher, gunfighter, and lawman, was born in Richmond Springs, Texas. One of eight children, he was orphaned at the age of three and raised by an older brother. During his youth, he saw much violence, including attacks by Native Americans and the death of three of his brothers in gunfights. As a young lad, Harkey worked as a farmhand and cowboy. At age sixteen, he was hired as a deputy under his brother, Joe, elected sheriff of San Saba County, Texas. In 1890 after a dispute with a neighbor in Bee County, Texas, in which Harkey killed the neighbor, he moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he became a U.S. deputy, and eventually U.S. deputy marshal and cattle inspector. After retirement, he lived on his ranch in Eddy County. $75.00


2461. HARKEY, Dee. Mean as Hell. [Albuquerque]: University of New Mexico Press, 1948. xvi, 223 pp., illustrations by Gene Roberts, photographic plates, endpaper maps. 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Fine in d.j. with light wear.

First edition, second printing of preceding, corrections incorporated in printed text. $40.00


2462. HARLOW, Neal. Maps and Surveys of the Pueblo Lands of Los Angeles. Los Angeles: [Printed by Grant Dahlstrom for] Dawson’s Book Shop, 1976. [4], ix-xvii [1, blank], [2], 1-169, [1 blank], [2, colophon] pp., color frontispiece view of Los Angeles in 1853 (from Pacific RR Survey), 15 maps and plans, 8 of which are folded (including two colored maps in the rear pocket). Folio, original half green linen over boards decorated with grapes and grape vines, spine lettered in gilt. Superb condition.

First edition, limited edition (#198 of 375 copies signed by author and printer). Zamorano Select 43: “Makes clear that one hundred years passed between the first entitlement to land and the final adjudication and legitimization of the city’s land title. Such a comprehensive approach to the cartographic history of Los Angeles had never previously been undertaken.” E. M. J. Campbell, Imago Mundi 29 (1977), p. 96: “Not only beautifully printed but also erudite. A well-nigh perfect volume; the whole work including the references and the scholarly index is impeccable.” Howell 50, California:1355: “An elaborate and detailed history of the cartography of Los Angeles from 1781 to 1881, with extensive commentary on the complicated land claims, surveys, and boundary questions, as well as the extensive legal transactions involved in Los Angeles’ growth from an isolated Spanish-Mexican pueblo to an emerging American city in the 1880s.” Roby Wentz in Grant Dahlstrom Master Printer (Los Angeles: The New Ampersand Press, 1977, p. 15): “Of late there has been evidence in [Dahlstrom’s] book design of a less restrained approach. This can be discerned in the splendid title-page and noble text pages of Neal Harlow’s Maps and Surveys of the Pueblo Lands of Los Angeles (1976).” Of interest for ranching history in the area are Harlow’s discussions and illustrations of many of the important ranchos in the area, such as Los Alamitos, San Pasqual, Santa Gertrudis, Los Feliz, etc. The ever-expanding city limits gradually absorbed the large Spanish and Mexican ranchos that had surrounded the original pueblo. The maps presented are beautiful and highly important. It is difficult to decide which of Dawson’s wonderful imprints is our favorite, but this book may be The One. $150.00


2463. HARLOW, Rex. Oklahoma Leaders: Biographical Sketches of the Foremost Living Men of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City: Harlow Publishing Company, 1928. [8] 15-530 pp., plates (portraits, included in pagination). Large 8vo, original green cloth. Fine, unopened.

First edition. Rader 1777. This compilation of biographies and portraits includes some interesting folks, such as Charles Francis Colcord (b. 1859), who as a sickly Kentucky teenager was sent to work as a cowboy on a Corpus Christi ranch. He took to cowboy life and wouldn’t even sleep in the bunkhouse. The only thing that terrified him was going back to Kentucky and attending school. Colcord participated in some of the early trail drives through Indian Territory, and “he became accustomed to looking death in the face.” Colcord was one of the fifty cowboys who pursued Cheyenne Dull Knife’s band in the Cimarron Valley in 1878. In 1884 Colcord contracted with Major B. B. Bullwinkle to take charge of the Arizona Land and Cattle Company in Flagstaff. Colcord participated in the Oklahoma land rush, on the first day winning a claim that he sold to the first man who offered to buy it. He went right to Oklahoma City and bought the first lot surveyed and later became the lawman in charge of the tough federal prisoners in the Cherokee Strip, many of whom were ex-cowboys. In 1893 when the Cherokee Strip was thrown open for settlement, Colcord made the run on a thoroughbred horse trained for the occasion, and was beaten only by George Parker, the sheriff of Lincoln County. Colcord ended up a rich oil and gas man. This work also includes a chapter on George Miller of the 101 Ranch. $50.00


2464. HARMAN, Samuel W. Belle Starr, the Female Desperado. Houston: Frontier Press of Texas, 1954. 59 [5] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original stiff blue printed wrappers. Spine sunned, text lightly browned as usual, generally near fine.

First edition. Guns 927. Winegarten, p. 204. Another trumped-up version of the life of legendary Myra Maybelle Shirley Starr (1848-1889), the Queen of the Oklahoma-Texas rustler outlaw gang, around whom myriad myths swirl. This is a reprint of a chapter from Harman’s Hell on the Border (see below). $10.00