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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2565-2589

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.

2565. HINES, Gordon. Alfalfa Bill: An Intimate Biography. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Press, [1932]. ix [1] 308 pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original teal cloth. Very good in very good d.j.

First edition. Written in an anecdotal, episodic style, this biography of Oklahoma governor William Henry Davis Murray (1869-1956) was published as part of his strategy to obtain the presidential nomination. Born in Toadsuck, Texas, Murray was torn between his interest in being a cowboy and his passion for learning, but finally settled on law and politics, though he retained farming and ranching as side interests. In 1898 Murray left Texas and joined the Chickasaw (although not a Native American, Murray married Mary Alice Hearrell, niece of Chickasaw Governor Douglas H. Johnston, in 1899). Murray was appointed by Johnston as the Chickasaw delegate to the convention for the proposed State of Sequoyah and was later elected as a delegate to the constitutional convention for the state of Oklahoma. On his recommendation, a twenty-five-cent fee on livestock was levied on Anglo residents of Oklahoma to retire the tribe’s $300,000 debt. After an active political career, Murray retired and decided to take his dream of establishing an agrarian utopia in Oklahoma elsewhere. In 1924, Murray led a group of Oklahoma ranchers who formed a colony in southeastern Bolivia. One scholar sums up Alfalfa Bill by stating that he remains an enigma (Bill Bryans, “A Tale of Two Bills...” in The Public Historian, 30:3 (Summer 2008). Pp. 11-25). $15.00


2566. HINES, Gordon. True Tales of the Old 101 Ranch and Other Stories. Oklahoma City: National Printing Company, [1953]. v [1] 89 pp., illustrations by John Shelby Metcalf. 8vo, original beige decorative wrappers. Fine.

First printing. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 47. Dobie, p. 125. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Kid 245. Graff 1898. Herd 1041: “The experiences of a New Mexico cowboy, written by a man who later became governor of the state. A very rare book.” Howes H507. Reese, Six Score 58: “One of the rarest of all pamphlets on ranching. Only 35 copies were printed, according to the colophon. However, Dudley Dobie stated in a 1981 book catalogue that Gov. Hinkle had told him that 300 copies were printed, although none were sold. The rarity of the item in the marketplace would support the smaller number. It is possible, of course, that the bulk of a larger number was destroyed. Hinkle was for a time Governor of New Mexico (1923-25), and was long a prominent rancher in southwest New Mexico. Although brief, this little pamphlet conveys the flavor of the range with great flair.” In thirty-five short pages Hinkle gives us more accurate and entertaining descriptions of being a cowboy on the Pecos than other writers with five times the length, or as Dobie says, “Some people don’t have to talk to say plenty. Hinkle was one of them” (Guide to the Life and Literature of the Southwest). $2,500.00


2568. HINKLE, James F. Early Days of a Cowboy on the Pecos. Santa Fe: Stagecoach Press, 1965. 47 [1] pp., photographic illustrations. 12mo, original grey cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition, first state. Southwestern Studies Monograph, No. 19. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 215. This pamphlet relates to Pancho Villa’s attack of Juárez in 1919, and how the Aerial Border Patrol intervened to protect the El Paso-Big Bend area. When two of the young pilots disappeared, the leader of the Mexican bandits delivered a ransom note to rancher-storekeeper Dawkins Kilpatrick demanding $15,000. The area ranchers were at the annual open-air meetings of the Bloys Cowboy Campmeeting, and they subscribed the $15,000 within five minutes. The action occurred on ranches on both sides of the border. $25.00


2570. HINTON, Richard J. The Hand-Book to Arizona: Its Resources, History, Towns, Mines, Ruins, and Scenery. San Francisco: Payot, Upham; New York: American News Co., 1878. 431 [1, blank] [2, Britton & Rey ad] [2] ci [1, blank] 43 (ads, including 4 lithographed plates) pp., 16 lithographed views, tables, 4 maps, numerous text illustrations and maps; [with the large separately issued lithograph map] Map of Arizona Prepared Specially for R. J. Hinton’s Handbook of Arizona Compiled from Official Maps of Military Division of the Pacific Surveyor General’s Office A. T. & from the Notes of Col. W. G. Boyle Col. J. D. Graham, H. Ehrenberg, Pro. Pumpelly and Lieut. Philip Reade, U.S.A. 1878 [lower left] Payot, Upham & Company Publishers & Wholesale Stationers 204 Sansome Street near Pine San Francisco. [lower right] Lith. Britton, Rey & Co. S.F. Copyright secured by Richard J. Hinton [inset map at left showing California from San Francisco to San Diego]. Thick 12mo, original green pictorial cloth (neatly rebacked, original spine retained). Fine copy, map excellent. The map is seldom found with the book.

The author assesses the potential of various areas for stockraising, emphasizing the availability of water and discouraging such ventures in areas with only small streams, which are apt to run dry. The exploring party crossed over into Sonora, Mexico, where the author commented: “We scouted around the southern base of the Huachuca mountains—this portion of country it is needless to describe, as it is (at present) outside our jurisdiction. This country is much better for farming and cattle raising than we have heretofore given it credit for, and there is land sufficient for farming and grazing for many an emigrant” (Manifestering Destiny?). Not surprisingly, the author frequently recommends for grazing the areas where the Spanish established their missions and forts. The lengthy appendices include tables of distances, a business directory arranged by town, a glossary of mining terms, and a bibliography of books on Arizona. The expansive map emphasizes the growing prospects of the area, especially mining, transportation, and communication opportunities. Numerous grants and other areas are shown already platted. Although they have yet to arrive, the proposed routes of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Texas and Pacific Railroad are shown, the former dipping below the 32nd parallel into the area that comprised the Gadsden Purchase. The Texas and Pacific, however, follows the route along the Gila River. The inset map shows the proposed route of the Southern Pacific and Central Pacific railroads from Anaheim to Sacramento. $3,000.00


2571.   HINTON, Richard J[osiah]. The Hand-Book to Arizona: Its Resources, History, Towns, Mines, Ruins, and Scenery. Tucson: Arizona Silhouettes, 1954. 431 [5] ci [1] 43 (ads) pp., frontispiece, plates, folded map in front pocket. 8vo, original tan decorative cloth. Fine in lightly chipped and soiled d.j.

Limited edition (#644 of 1,000 copies); facsimile of the 1878 first edition. $50.00


2572.   HINTON, Richard J[osiah]. The Hand-Book to Arizona: Its Resources, History, Towns, Mines, Ruins and Scenery. Glorieta, New Mexico: Rio Grande Press, [1970]. [20] 431 [5] ci, 43 (ads) [19] pp., frontispiece, plates. 4to, original tan decorative cloth. Fine.

Oversize facsimile of the 1878 first edition. $40.00


2573. [HINTON, Mrs. T. E. (Mary)]. Weimar, Texas: First Hundred Years, 1873-1973. Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1973. [8] 339 pp., photographic illustrations, ads, endpapers with bird’s-eye view. 8vo, original goldenrod pictorial cloth. Very fine, signed and dated by the author.

First edition, limited edition (510 copies printed). Reese, Six Score 57: “An excellent picture of Arizona ranching in the late 1870’s.... Hislop provides another Englishman’s view of the ranching industry.” Lowman, Printer at the Pass 193. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 833: “Hislop and the Vails were early owners of the Empire Ranch near Sonoita.” Entertaining and often humorous letters, mostly to the author’s sister, from the Empire Ranch near Tucson. Introduction by Bernard Fontana. $50.00


2575. HITCH, A. M. Will Rogers, Cadet: A Record of His Two Years As a Cadet at the Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri. Boonville, Missouri: Kemper Military School, 1935. 23 [1] pp., illustrations (many photographic). 8vo, original grey decorated wrappers. Fine copy of a homegrown production with hilarious comic illustrations.

Early edition (first published in 1882 as Bancroft’s Pacific Coast Guide Book). Cowan, p. 283 (listing the 1885 edition). Munk (Alliot), p. 326. Smith, Pacific Northwest Americana 1732. Spamer et al., A Bibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River 9.842. At the end of the introduction, the publisher states: “The publishers expect to issue every spring a new edition, with such corrections and additions as will make it one of the most complete works of its kind.” Overland Monthly (1888, p. 335): “In the compass of a small and convenient volume. Mr. Hittell has crowded a cyclopedia of information for the stranger coming to California.... The book is one that will stand the test of actual use.” The author describes the four routes across the U.S. from New York to the Pacific states: Southern Pacific, Atlantic & Pacific, Northern Pacific, and the Central Union Pacific. Included are the Hawaiian Islands. Hittell records his journey by rail to California, with occasional notes on ranches across the route: Iliff’s herd of 26,000 cattle on his 150-mile range near Julesberg, Colorado; Battle Mountain, Nevada, whose name Hittell explains is a reference to the battle between the Piute and “a party of white men whose cattle had been stolen; Dunphy & Hildreth’s ranches in Idaho and California between Argenta and Shoshone with over 40,000 head of cattle; Leland Stanford’s 8,000 acre-ranch (which his widow intends to donate as an educational institution); and many more. This work has good coverage of Yosemite, including several images. $200.00


2577. HITTELL, Theodore H. The Adventures of James Capen Adams, Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter of California. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1911. xiii [1] 373 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by Charles Nahl. Small 8vo, original brown embossed cloth. Fine.

First edition. Edited by Waldo Taylor. Bagley, Across the Plains, Mountains, and Deserts: A Bibliography of the Oregon-California Trail, 1812-1912, p. 235. Eberstadt 128:22: “The overland narrative of Mary Ellen Todd, who later married the Oregon cattleman, John Applegate.” Mintz, The Trail 230: “The overland story of Mary Ellen Todd [1843-1924], from Arkansas to Oregon in 1852. Once in the territory she married John Applegate. Hers is a vividly told narrative, and includes a clash with the Indians and a rescue by the men of Joab Powell’s train. These reminiscences were told to, and written by, Mrs. Applegate’s daughter. Somewhat difficult to find.” Not in Smith. Mary Ellen Todd was nine years of age when she went overland with her family on the rigorous journey to Oregon. Her mother was not always approving of her unladylike behavior, such as Mary Ellen striving to be an expert at cracking the whip to drive the oxen. She overheard her father asking her mother: “Do you know that Mary Ellen is beginning to crack the whip?” Her mother complained that Mary Ellen was unladylike. Mary Ellen states in this narrative: “I felt a secret joy in being able to have a power that set things going.” At the same time she felt some shame for her new accomplishment. This was a dichotomy that no doubt followed Mary Ellen Todd into her forthcoming role as the wife of one of the scions of the great Oregon ranching families. $50.00


2579. HOBBS, James. Wild Life in the Far West; Personal Adventures of a Border Mountain Man. Comprising Hunting and Fishing Adventures with Kit Carson and Others; Captivity and Life among the Comanches, Services under Doniphan in the War with Mexico...Desperate Combats with Apaches, Grizzly Bears, etc. etc.... Hartford: Wiley, Waterman & Eaton; St. Louis & Chicago: F. A. Hutchinson & Co., etc., 1873. 488 pp., chromolithograph frontispiece (“The Author As a Comanche”), engraved plates and text illustrations (several of Texas subjects), folding map. 8vo, original green cloth. Some wear at spinal extremities and corners, spot on lower cover, first signature loose, still a very good copy.

Hobbs includes many adventures relating to cattle and ranching, such as a description (“Cattle Speculation”) of his action-packed and at times perilous cattle drive in the 1850s during the Gold Rush to purchase stock at a low price in Sonora and drive the herd to California to make a big profit ($16,000) by selling to a U.S. government contractor in San Francisco. He used his profits to hire a team of eighteen men and the necessary tools and equipment for mining rich placer diggings. In Tucson, Baja California, and other places, Hobbs recovered cattle rustled by Apache and other tribes. Tiring of the dangerous life, Hobbs decided to become a stock raiser in Tulare, where he was also hired by area ranchers to assist with catching wild cattle (“No wild bullock could escape me when I had a good horse a good lasso”). Mountain man, Indian captive, participant in the Mexican-American War, California Gold Rush, witness to Maximillian’s execution in Mexico, etc., etc.—seemingly improbable, but a good read with great detail. Believe it or not. $200.00


2580. HOBBS, James. Wild Life in the Far West.... Glorieta, New Mexico: Rio Grande Press, [1969]. [12] 496 [3, ads] pp., frontispiece, illustrations, map tipped in back. 8vo, original brown cloth decorated in gilt and green. Fine.

First edition. Herd 1045: “Scarce.... Chapter on stock raising and cattle lands.” Wallace, Arizona History 4. Notes of a thorough tour of Arizona by a journalist who went West for health-related reasons. Beyond ranching content, there is a wealth of detail on Native Americans, missions, mining, agriculture, railroads, stage lines, Colorado Steam Navigation Company, military forts, newspapers, telegraphs, archaeology, geography, and climate. $100.00


2582. HOGAN, William. “Amusements in the Republic of Texas” in The Journal of Southern History 3:4 (November, 1937). Pp. 397-421. Signed by author. Very good.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 91: “Best social history of the Republic of Texas [and] analysis of the forces which blended together to give the Republic of Texas its peculiar national character and to create the image of Texan nature which persists to the present day.” Campbell, p. 172: “A lively book full of insight and colorful detail.” Dobie, p. 51. Includes information on James Taylor White (1789-1852), “the first cattle king of Texas” (p. 21). $25.00


2584. HOGAN, William Ransom. The Texas Republic: A Social and Economic History. Austin & London: University of Texas, [1969]. xiii [1] 338pp. 8vo, red, white, and blue wrappers. Foxed.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 92. Governor Hogg rails about various federal laws and policies that negatively impact Texas stockmen and the cattle trade. He also takes a swipe at foreign cattle barons, painful price gouging by railroad companies who ship cattle from Texas, etc., etc. James Hogg was the first native Texan to be governor of Texas. He was Texas State Attorney General from 1886 to 1890 and served as governor from 1891 to 1895. Hogg garnered praise, such as this from Eugene C. Barker: “Probably only two other men have left their impression so deeply on the history of Texas as did James Stephen Hogg. Those two were Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston.” $50.00


2586. HOHES, Pauline Buck. A Centennial History of Anderson County, Texas. San Antonio: Naylor, 1936. xviii, 565 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth gilt. Other than occasional mild foxing, fine in near fine d.j. Uncommon, particularly in d.j.

First edition. Western Frontiersmen Series 15. Clark & Brunet 122: “Smith was a rather enigmatic figure in the West. An early fur trapper, he spent his entire life on the frontier. He greeted the first settlers on Cherry Creek, what is now Denver, and entertained Louis Garrard, who later introduced him to the national reading public in Wah-To-Yah and Taos Trail (1848). He became familiar enough to have...a listing in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He was a witness to the Sand Creek Massacre and testified in the hearings on that event.” Smith, an enigmatic and largely forgotten character, was more involved in the development of the Central Plains between 1830 and 1871 than any other one man. He was one of the early fur trappers, served as official government interpreter in treaties with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, aided Schoolcraft in setting down vocabularies, was an Army scout, and was probably more knowledgeable about the country from the Upper Missouri of Montana to the Red River of Texas than any of the other guides. There are scattered references to cattle, such as supplying rations to some 3,000 Indians representing 257 lodges at Camp Supply in Indian Territory. The bacon was so bad even the horses would not eat it, so herds of Texas Longhorn cattle were sent, but the tribesman preferred hunting buffalo. Kiowa chief Satanta was blamed for rustling cattle from the fort. Another cattle problem was that when issued beef, the Indians preferred chasing and killing the cows as if they were buffalo, ruining the valuable hides by filling them with bullet and arrow holes (as a result, the soldiers slaughtered the cattle for the Indians). $20.00


2588. HOLBROOK, Stewart H. Little Annie Oakley and Other Rugged People. New York: Macmillan, 1948. xii, 238 pp. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Fine in very slightly chipped d.j.

First edition. Campbell, p. 172. Dobie, p. 51: “Pioneer life in West Texas.” Herd 1049: “Scarce.” Howes H581. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 43. Reese, Six Score 60n: “General social history of the Texas frontier.” $65.00