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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2590-2614

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2590. HOLDEN, William Curry. Alton Hutson: Reminiscences of a South Plains Youth. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, [1975]. [12] 152 pp., illustrations (mostly photographic). 4to, original tan cloth. Very fine.

First edition. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 44. Quite a bit of information on the Spur Ranch. $20.00


2591. HOLDEN, William Curry. The Espuela Land and Cattle Company: A Study of a Foreign-Owned Ranch in Texas. Foreword by J. B. Frantz. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, [1970]. xv [7] 268 pp., frontispiece photograph, photographic plates, map, brands, endpaper maps. 8vo, original tan cloth with photographic illustration on upper cover. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition thus, an enlargement and expansion of [Holden’s] The Spur Ranch: A Study of the Inclosed Ranch Phase of the Cattle Industry in Texas” [see below]. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 44. Joseph Milton Nance reviewed the present book in The Magazine of Western History 22:1 (Winter, 1972), p. 72: “[This is] a complete revision and more thorough treatment and documentation of his first book on the Spur Ranch, published in 1934 and named after the brand used on the ranch.... Utilizing the records of the ranch itself, the author has written an interesting, informative, and careful analytical study of a large scale ranch enterprise.... Professor Holden has been clear, concise, and factual in telling the story of the Spur Ranch. He has presented the reader one of the most detailed studies ever written of a Texas Ranch.... The photographs of various phases of Spur Ranch operations by Erwin E. Smith add much to the book, and appendix II contains a list of brands purchased by the Espuela Cattle Company.” $40.00


2592. HOLDEN, William Curry. “The Cattlemen Get Together” in Southwest Review 18:1 (Autumn 1932). Pp. 28-34. 8vo, original orange wrappers. Spine sunned, wraps chipped, internally fine.

First printing. $10.00


2593. HOLDEN, William Curry. A Ranching Saga: The Lives of William Electious Halsell and Ewing Halsell. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, [1976]. [12] 289 + [8] 291-568 [1] pp., frontispieces and drawings by Cisneros. 8vo, original grey cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Very fine in publisher’s slipcase with illustrated label by Cisneros. Volume one signed by Holden and Cisneros.

First edition. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 44. Two remarkable cowmen, William and Ewing Halsell, father and son, operated a ranching empire spanning Texas and Oklahoma. A ranch hand since youth, William, by taking part of his wages in cattle, was able to build a herd of his own, ranching on Creek Nation land in Texas, then on Cherokee Nation land in Oklahoma. By stocking his new ranch with cattle purchased in southern Texas and fattened on the nutritious grasses and well-watered prairies of northeastern Oklahoma, he became a wealthy man through his cattle operations, in addition to those of banking and real estate. In 1901 he purchased the Spring Lake division of the XIT Ranch. Son Ewing (a lifelong friend of Will Rogers) managed operations in both Texas and Oklahoma, and with his three sisters handled the land sales of Spring Lake, when the decision was made to break it up to colonize that area through sale of arable lands to farmers. He was a lifetime director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. See Handbook of Texas Online: William Electious Halsell, Ewing Halsell. $150.00


2594. HOLDEN, William Curry. A Ranching Saga.... San Antonio: Trinity University Press, [1976]. Another set. Spines sunned, otherwise fine. $75.00


2595. HOLDEN, W[illiam] C[urry]. Rollie Burns; or, An Account of the Ranching Industry on the South Plains. Dallas: Southwest, [1932]. vii [1] 243 pp., frontispiece portrait of Rollie Burns. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Light outer wear, generally fine. Inscribed by J. Frank Dobie to Dudley R. Dobie.

First edition, first state, limited edition (500 copies), in tan cloth and with frontispiece. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 48. Dobie, p. 106: “Biography of a Plains cowman.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 1050: “Scarce.” Howes H582. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 43. Reese, Six Score 60: “An excellent picture of ranching in the 1870s, ‘80s and ‘90s in West Texas. Burns’s first work as a cowboy was in 1873. He worked for several other outfits and managed three more up to when the narrative ends in 1896.” $250.00


2596. HOLDEN, W[illiam] C[urry]. Rollie Burns.... Dallas: Southwest, [1932]. vii [1] 243 pp. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Lightly browned, else fine.

First edition, second state, in unrecorded red cloth. Reese, Six Score 60: “When the publishers went bankrupt the remaining 500 [copies] were bound in green cloth, without the frontispiece.” $100.00


Capt. Robert G. Carter’s Copy with Map Marking Site of His Fight with Quanah


2597. HOLDEN, William Curry. The Spur Ranch: A Study of the Inclosed Ranch Phase of the Cattle Industry in Texas. Boston: Christopher Publishing House, [1934]. 229 pp., endpaper map. 8vo, original tan cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Interesting association copy belonging to Indian fighter and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter, with his ownership signature and lengthy manuscript note on rear flyleaf: “Cat Fish Creek shown on this map [laid in and with Carter’s notes and annotations] and on inside cover of this book...runs through Cañon Blanco where I had my fight with Quanah Parker’s band.... Oct. 10, 1871, and the spot below the point marked ‘Cap Rock’ is where the action took place.” Carter has marked the endpaper map with place names and date of the battle. Laid in is a typescript of his record of military service with his manuscript comments on verso concerning the Indian brevets and the Medal of Honor that he was awarded. A newspaper article about the MacKenzie Trail pasted to flyleaf verso has Carter’s manuscript notes about the actions in which he took part while under McKenzie’s command. A final laid-in newspaper article about Carter presents his military career. Carter has marked places in the book that refer to the locations on and near the Spur Ranch where the actions occurred. (See below for more on Carter, about whom Indian Wars historian John Carroll remarked: “Carter’s enormously important writings on frontier military history will be recognized as source material for all future historians.”) Light soiling to upper cover, flyleaf browned from newspaper clipping and paperclip rust stain on rear endpaper where laid-in material was secured, but generally fine in fine d.j.

First edition. CBC 1190 and 3 additional entries. Dobie, p. 106: “History of a great Texas ranch.” Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 102 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 1051. Howes H583. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 43. Reese, Six Score 37n (in entry for W. J. Elliot’s The Spurs, comparing it to the present work): “Economic and business-oriented history.” J. Evetts Haley reviewed the present work in Southwestern Historical Quarterly 38:1 (July, 1934), pp. 72-73: “W. C. Holden, professor of history at Texas Technological College and frequent excursionist into the fields of ethnology and archaeology, has added another book to his growing list upon West Texas. ‘This work proposes to be a study of the ranching industry of the Great Plains area from 1885 to 1907 as exemplified by the Spur ranch of outstanding example of a ranch owned and operated by a foreign syndicate.’ In the beginning the author reminds the reader that this ‘analytical treatment’ will trace the Spur ranch from its acquisition by the Espuela Land and Cattle Company, in 1885, to its purchase by S. M. Swenson and Sons in 1907. Noting its founding at the foot of the Texas Plains by the Hall brothers in 1878, Holden observes its promotion by an American corporation in which A. M. Britton and S. W. Lomax were the principals, introduces its management, and proceeds to a detailed statement of its supplies and expenses. Following this introduction, Holden treats the major phases of large ranch economy of fifty years ago: cattle, fences, water, hands, trails, predatory animals—and fails not to mention drouths, horses, amusements, guests and neighbors. Emphasis is placed upon economic detail, but ranch routine is illustrated by entries from range diaries; cowboys are followed through their year’s work; and special application of the problems of the trail to the Spur range is handled in an interesting, readable style. The book is written largely from the letter files of the ranch, and is larded with frequent and apt quotations therefrom. It is amusing to know that Henry Johnstone, a new Scotch manager, ‘rested’ the hands by ‘allowing them to bust broncs’…. A study of the foreign syndicates on the Great Plains ranges can but impress one with the culture and the breadth of their owners and operators, who contributed much in the way of efficient business management, tone, and general character to the ranges of the West. And Holden has chosen his subject well.”

Regarding the provenance of this copy, The Handbook of Texas Online reports: “Robert Goldthwaite Carter (1845-1936), soldier and writer, was born at Bridgton, Maine, on October 29, 1845. The family moved in 1847 to Portland, where young Carter was educated, and in 1857 to Massachusetts, where he was about to enter Phillips (Andover) Academy when the Civil War broke out. Carter enlisted as a private in Company H, Twenty-second Massachusetts Infantry, and served from August 5, 1862, to October 4, 1864. He entered the United States Military Academy in 1865, graduated on June 15, 1870, and was assigned to Troop E, Fourth United States Cavalry. He married on September 4, 1870, and started with his bride, Mary, to San Antonio, Texas, on September 12, 1870. Carter was promoted to first lieutenant on February 21, 1875, and retired from the army on June 28, 1876, because of disability contracted in the line of duty. He was brevetted captain on February 27, 1890, for gallant service in action against the Kickapoo and Apache Indians at Remolino, Mexico, in May 1873. On January 23, 1900, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in the Brazos River campaign in October 1871.... After his retirement from the army, Carter wrote several books concerning his military career and that of early members of his family: The Boy Soldier at Gettysburg (1887), Four Brothers in Blue (1913), and The Old Sergeant’s Story (1926). An autobiographical work, Record of the Military Service of First Lieutenant and Brevet Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter, U.S. Army 1862-1876, was published in 1904. Carter also wrote several pamphlets on his Texas experiences; these were reprinted as part of his book On the Border with Mackenzie in 1935. Carter died in Washington on January 4, 1936, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.” $1,500.00


2598. HOLLAND, Ada Morehead. Brush Country Woman. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, [1988]. xix [1] 216 [1] pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations, map. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine in d.j. with a few short tears.

First edition. Biography of Helen Sewell Harbison, who began working alongside her father on the family farm at age eleven. Self-educated, she eventually attended college, taught school, and served as county clerk. She and her husband, Texas Ranger Pell Harbison, established a ranch near Hebbronville, Texas, where they raised six children; Helen ran the ranch on her own for thirty years after her husband’s death. $20.00


2599. HOLLAND, G. A. The Double Log Cabin: Being a Brief Symposium of the Early History of Parker County, Together with Short Biographical Sketches of Early Settlers and Their Trials. Weatherford, Texas: Privately printed by author, 1931. 83 pp., photographic plates and illustrations. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Very minor marginal browning to wraps, otherwise very fine. Scarce.

First edition. CBC 3697. Guns 1010: “Information on the Texas Rangers and on lawlessness, as well as on Sam Bass and Arkansas Johnson.” Herd 1052: “Scarce.... A privately printed little history of a Texas frontier county, which contains, among other material, some information on cattle.” Includes an account of J. R. Couts driving a herd of 1,000 wild Texas longhorns over the Kansas Trail through the Indian Territory, from Weatherford over the Rocky Mountains to California in 1866. “He found cowboys of the rough and ready kind who had experience on the trail—men who knew how to handle guns and were not afraid to use them.” His arduous drive and tough winter in Colorado proved profitable, and he brought home $50,000 in gold. Since there was no bank in Weatherford, Couts became a banker. Chapters on the first settlers, Cynthia Ann Parker, Sam Houston, Indian depredations, vigilantes, along with biographies and town histories. $150.00


2600. HOLLAND, G. A. History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin.... Weatherford, Texas: Herald Publishing Company, 1937. 296 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original blue cloth. Small faded area at head of spine, otherwise fine.

Second and best edition, revised and enlarged. CBC 3698. Guns 1011: “Revised and enlarged edition of the 1931 publication, with much added material.” Herd 1053. Story of the settlement of Parker County, with photos and biographies of many important early citizens. $150.00


2601. HOLLENBACK, Frank R. The Laramie Plains Line: Laramie, Wyoming to Coalmont, Colorado. Denver: Sage Books, [1960]. 94 pp., illustrations, maps (1 folding). 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Fine in fine d.j.

First edition, limited edition (#40 of 300 copies, signed by the author). Wynar 6650. History of railroads in the region, with some information on livestock transport. $35.00


2602. HOLLENBACK, Frank R. The Laramie Plains Line.... Denver: Sage Books, [1960]. 94 pp., illustrations, maps (1 folding). 8vo, original yellow pictorial wrappers. Fine.

First trade edition, wrappers issue. $20.00


2603. HOLLEY, Frances Chamberlain. Once Their Home; or, Our Legacy from the Dahkotahs: Historical, Biographical, and Incidental. Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, 1891. 419 [1, blank] v (index) pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 8vo, original blue decorative cloth. Pencil ownership signature. Fine.

Second edition, with added text and plates (first edition Chicago, 1890). Bradford 2346. Graff 1932. Howes H592. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 168. Luther, High Spots of Custer 58n: “This fairly active historian quotes information received from Lts. Varnum, McDougall, Hare, and Porter, Scout George Herendeen, and Interpreter F. F. Girard.” This classic work on the Black Hills includes ranching content: founding of Miles City on the boundary line of the Dahkotah reservation and how the town became important as the headquarters for ranchmen, stock meetings, and cattle associations; section on Marquis de Mores, perhaps the most unusual of the cattle barons; the Great Sioux reservation (“22,010,043 acres, comprising some of the best stock and farming lands to be found in the Dakotas”); some Native Americans retaining large herds of cattle and horses; Indian method of warfare involving setting the prairie on fire to make the cattle stampede U.S. troops; etc. The book is also interesting for providing some out-of-the-way history of women in the West, such as the captivity of Mrs. Galpin near Grand River. $100.00


2604. HOLLEY, Frances Chamberlain. Once Their Home.... Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, 1891. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original green decorative cloth. Very light wear to spinal extremities, overall fine. $100.00


2605. HOLLEY, Frances Chamberlain. Once Their Home.... Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, 1892. 419 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 8vo, original blue decorative cloth. A few small marks on upper cover, otherwise fine.

Third edition. $75.00


2606. HOLLING, Holling C. & Lucille Webster Holling. The Book of Cowboys. New York: Platt & Munk Company, [1936]. 126 pp., color frontispiece, color plates, and illustrations by H. C. and Lucille Holling, map, printed music, endpaper maps. 4to, original red pictorial cloth. Very fine in d.j. with slight edge wear.

First edition of a classic children’s book explaining many aspects of cowboy life. Holling Clancy Holling (1900-1973) was an instructor, freelance designer, advertising artist, and book illustrator. He and his wife, Lucille Webster Holling, collaborated on many books, including The Book of Indians (1935) and The Book of Cowboys (1936). Excerpt: “‘People in the East think sometimes that all a cowboy does is ride around on buckin’ broncs, shootin’ all over the place with sixguns and rifles!’ said Idaho Ike.... ‘But nowadays there’s no need for guns out here most of the time. Of course, when you’re in rattlesnake country, a revolver comes in handy and sometimes a coyote or wolf that’s been killin’ stock needs at-tendin’ to. But today a cowpuncher could ride most all the time and never need any kind of a gun.’” $50.00


2607. HOLLING, Holling C. & Lucille Webster Holling. The Book of Cowboys. New York: Platt & Munk Company, [1936]. Another copy, variant binding. 4to, original orange pictorial cloth. Light outer wear, otherwise fine. $30.00


2608. HOLLINGSWORTH, John McHenry. The Journal of Lieutenant John McHenry Hollingsworth of the First New York Volunteers (Stevenson’s Regiment) September 1846-August 1849.... San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1923. vii [3] 61 [1] pp., color frontispiece. 4to, original blue cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine.

First separate edition, limited edition (300 copies); reprinted from the California Historical Society Quarterly 1:3 (January 1923). Introduction by Robert E. Cowan and Henry R. Wagner. Cowan, pp. 289-90. Flake 4063. Howes H597. Kurutz 339. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 103. Concerns Hollingsworth’s voyage to California on the Susan Drew, military movements, and adventures of daily life. On the social scene, the author hobnobbed with the several of the old rancho families, adapted to the relaxed lifestyle, and fell hard for Isadora Bandini. $75.00


2609. HOLLISTER, Ovando J[ames]. The Mines of Colorado. Springfield, Massachusetts: Samuel Bowles, 1867. [7, ads (including pastedown)] vii [3, blank] 450 [31, ads] pp., large folding map lithographed by Major & Knapp, with outline color (Map of Colorado Territory to accompany Hollisters “Mines of Colorado” corrected from the Public Surveys of 1866; 44 x 58 cm) locating mines, railroads, Indian reservations, etc. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very light external shelf wear, folding map mended on verso (no losses), otherwise fine.

First edition, a greatly enlarged edition of the author’s previous title The Silver Mines of Colorado (87 pp.) and the first to include the map. Campbell, p. 188. Howes H602. LC, Colorado 58: “The earliest inclusive description of Colorado’s mines.” Wilcox, p. 61. Wynar 330. Hollister, editor and proprietor of the Colorado Mining Journal, provides an exhaustive treatise on Colorado Territory, including history of the Pikes Peak region before the discovery of gold, Native Americans, the gold rush, mining laws, geology, geography, climate, and agriculture. For those who ventured into the Rocky Mountain region in the 1860s, this book quickly became an essential and trusted guide. Various ranches in the area are mentioned and located. Mining laws of the Gregory District stated that a ranch claim could not exceed 160 acres and no person could obtain more than one ranch claim except by purchase. A few of the ranches discussed are St. Louis, Bergen’s, Slaght’s, Jones, Mayol’s, Hicklin’s, Post’s, Dirty Woman’s Ranch (so called because her house was said to be always in need of cleaning), etc. Chapter 17 discusses the pastoral qualities of the region, with descriptions of buffalo, cattle (including native cattle of the plains), horses, and sheep. The author in waxing eloquently on the possibilities of ranching in the region observes: “Well, the existence of buffalo proves the fine pastoral quality of the Plains, the best of which is the upper Valley of Colorado. When the buffalo of forty years ago shall have been replaced by domestic cattle, and the Indians, antelope, and wolves by horses and sheep, the idea of a ‘great American desert’ will doubtless be finally dismissed by the whole world, as it should be” (p. 428). The map outlines sixteen counties, mining sites, forts, a reserve for Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes, railroads, watershed, and mountains. The many and varied ads present a microcosm of regional business activity at the time. $750.00


2610. HOLLISTER, Ovando James. The Mines of Colorado. New York: Promontory Press, 1974. [4] 450 pp. 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j.

Facsimile of the first edition. America’s Pioneer Heritage Series. $10.00


2611. HOLLISTER, U. S. The Navajo and His Blanket. Denver: Published by the author, 1903. 144 pp., photographic frontispiece, 21 photographic plates (10 colored, showing Navajo blankets), text illustrations, pink decorative endpapers. Small 4to, original red gilt-lettered cloth with mounted photographic illustration, beveled edges. Fine.

First edition of a classic study of the Navajo blanket. Graff 1939. Howes H603. Laird, Hopi 1209. Munk (Alliot), p. 107. Saunders 1014. Yager 1663. Among the great herdsmen (and herdswomen) of the West are the Navajo. In this handsome book, Hollister juxtaposes beautiful color plates of Navajo blankets from his own collection with photographs of daily Navajo life. The author discusses Pueblo introduction of sheep to the Navajo and their incredible proliferation: “The Navajos turned out to be good shepherds. Their flocks increased until, for a number of years, they have counted a half million sheep as their own. This influenced their destiny, and has transformed them from fierce marauders into comparatively peaceful pastoral people. Nearly every family owns a flock of sheep and goats.... The whole family moves with the sheep, and lives practically out of doors.... Weaving is their principal and most attractive industry. The Navajos should give their women credit for the wide and distinctive reputation their tribe has achieved solely from the Navajo blanket” (pp. 44-52). $150.00


2612. HOLLISTER, U. S. The Navajo and His Blanket. Glorieta: Rio Grande Press, [1972]. [8] 144 pp., 10 color plates, illustrations. 4to, original tan pictorial cloth, three-color foil embossing on upper cover. Light soiling, overall fine.

Second edition, facsimile. Preface by Robert B. McCoy. $10.00


2613. HOLLOWAY, Carroll C. Texas Gun Lore. San Antonio: Naylor, [1951]. xii, 238 pp., plates. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:187. Dykes, Kid 433. Guns 1014: “Scarce.... A history of guns from flintlocks down to present-day arms. This work also contains much information on outlaws and gunmen, but most of his information is wrong. His index of eight hundred gunfighters is also full of errors. The author claims that freedom comes directly from the invention of the gun, and argues that the history of Texas proves his claim.” In the chapter entitled “Cattle,” the author examines the range cattle industry “from the gun lover’s point of view” (p. 143). $35.00


2614. HOLMAN, David (comp.). Letters of Hard Times in Texas, 1840-1890. Austin: Roger Beacham [William R. Holman], 1974. 56 [1] pp., title vignette. 4to, original burgundy cloth over marbled boards. Very fine. Presentation copy to Carl and Vivian Hertzog, signed by David Holman on colophon page, with publisher’s announcement laid in and Hertzog bookplate.

First edition, limited edition (295 copies, one of 90 with marbled boards). Fine-press book containing an interesting series of letters from a broad cross-section of disenchanted Texans and would-be Texans written between 1840 and 1890, including a letter from the unhappy wife of a cattle thief. This was David Holman’s first book, handsomely printed in Garamond and Mistral type on English handmade paper. $125.00