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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2640-2664

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2640. HORN, Calvin. New Mexico’s Troubled Years: The Story of the Early Territorial Governors. Albuquerque: Horn & Wallace, [1963]. 239 pp., portraits (including frontispiece), pictorial endpapers. 8vo, original light blue cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition (first published as a series of articles in New Mexico Magazine). Guns 1032: “Quite a bit of material on the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid, and other lawlessness in New Mexico.” New Mexico Territory, 1850-1880, including Governor Lew Wallace’s correspondence with Billy the Kid. Foreword by John F. Kennedy. $20.00


2641. HORN, Tom. Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter.... Denver: Louthan Book Co., [1904]. [3]-317 pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits. 12mo, original brown pictorial cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise very fine.

First edition. Adams, One-Fifty 72. Dobie, pp. 106-107. Graff 1957. Guns 1033: “Scarce.... The authorship of this book is variously attributed to Horn himself; his friend and employer, rancher John C. Coble; and Hattie Louthan, of the family which owned the Louthan Book Company, publisher of the book. It is an attempt to vindicate the crimes of Horn, and much of it is about his scouting days in Arizona.” Herd 1066: “Also published in cloth, but the cloth-bound edition is much rarer than the wrapper-bound copies.” Jones 1696. Rader 1931. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 855n (citing the 1964 edition). $300.00


2642. HORN, Tom. Life of Tom Horn.... Denver: Louthan Book Co., [1904]. Another copy, wrappers issue. 8vo, original grey pictorial wrappers. Fine. $100.00


2643. HORNADAY, William T. The Extermination of the American Bison. With a Sketch of Its Discovery and Life History. Washington: GPO [for the Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum], 1889. [4] iv, 369-548 pp., frontispiece, plates, 2 maps (1 foldout). 8vo, original brown cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Lightly worn and browned, overall very good. Author’s presentation inscription on front flyleaf.

First separate printing (offprint from the Report of the National Museum, 1886-87). Campbell, p. 128. Dobie, p. 160. Graff 1958. Rader 1932. In his time, Hornaday was the leading authority on the extirpation of the bison; his scholarship is enhanced by the fine plates and maps. Occasional ranching interest in fieldwork and more: “The Sioux have been compelled to admit that the game is up and the war-path is open to them no longer. Should they wish to do otherwise they know that they could survive only by killing cattle, and cattle that are guarded by cow-boys and ranchmen are no man’s game.”... “The main body of the fugitives which survived the great slaughter of 1871-74 continued to attract hunters who were very ‘hard up’ who pursued them, often at the risk of their own lives, even into the terrible Llano Estacado. In Montana in 1880 I met on a cattle ranch an ex-buffalo-hunter from Texas, named Harry Andrews, who from 1874 to 1878 continued in pursuit of the scattered remnants of the great southern herd through the Panhandle of Texas and on into the Staked Plain itself.”... “In December, 1880, the Smithsonian expedition left about fifteen buffaloes alive in the bad lands of the Missouri-Yellowstone divide, at the head of Big Porcupine Creek. In 1887 three of these were killed by cowboys, and in 1888 two more, the last death recorded being that of an old bull killed near Billings. There are probably eight or ten stragglers still remaining in that region, hiding in the wildest and most broken tracts of the bad lands, as far as possible from the cattle ranches, and where even cowboys seldom go save on a round up.” $200.00


2644. HORNECKER, Martin. Buffalo Hunting on the Texas Plains in 1877. [Geneseo, Illinois: Geneseo Republic], 1929. 36 pp., frontispiece portrait. Narrow 8vo, original salmon pictorial wrappers, stapled (as issued). Very fine. Rare.

First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:400: “Vivid narrative of two years’ experiences in west Texas and on the edge of the Staked Plains.” Howes H645. Tate, Indians of Texas 3138: “Good straightforward description of hunters working out of Ft. Griffin during the heyday of the hide trade.” Hornecker (born 1852, Baden, South Germany) and his family emigrated to Illinois when “even Illinois was still known as ‘the west’ to all who lived east of the Hoosier state and to them, Texas was beyond the pale of civilization. Little did Hornecker and [his companion Ed] Stewart dream when they left Colona township that they would spend nearly two years hunting buffalo, 200 miles beyond the government outposts, where the Indians roved in great numbers and did what they pleased and where there was nothing to do but die if a rattler or a centipede got you. Martin Hornecker is one of the few men now living, belonging to that vanguard of hardy courageous men who faced the rigors of a life on the wild, open plains of the West to prepare it for the approach of civilization, and helped to decimate the uncountable herd of buffalo to make way for the cattle men and their droves of cattle. Just as it was necessary for the Indians to move toward the setting sun as the white man moved westward, so the buffalo had to be driven from the plains to make room for the white man’s cattle.” The author and his buddy had planned to get a job as “cow punchers” on one of the big cattle ranches in Texas, having heard they paid big wages, but the ranches were much farther west. They walked 120 miles in four days and discovered that the ranchers wanted only men with experience and under 130 pounds. Working in a stone quarry in 90-degree weather quickly inspired them to return to Ft. Worth and take up buffalo hunting. While buffalo hunting on the Staked Plains with his powerful single-shot forty-five caliber Creedmore breech loaders, Hornecker learned of a cattleman named Tasker who started a cattle ranch in the area and learned that the cattle and buffalo could not graze on the same ranch because the buffalo always stampeded the cattle and trampled them to death. Hornecker’s reaction to Texas includes: “We thought Ft. Worth, when we first saw it, was the worst city in the United States, but its wildness was no comparison to that of Ft. Griffin.” Of the ladies of Ft. Griffin, Hornecker opines: “The women looked hard and were even harder than they looked.” $500.00


2645. [HORSES]. Approximately 100 printed items. Details upon request.


2646. HORTON, Thomas F. History of Jack County: Being Accounts of Pioneer Times, Excerpts from County Court Records, Indian Stories, Biographical Sketches, and Interesting Events. Jacksboro, Texas: Gazette Print, n.d. (ca. 1932). [4] 166 pp. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers, cloth reinforced spine. Light foxing to edges, generally very good, inscribed by author.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:194. CBC 2565. Guns 1035. Herd 1069: “This little book is quite scarce because most of the edition was burned. It contains some material on certain notable Texas cattlemen.” Howes H653. Tate, Indians of Texas 3026: “Reprints several brief accounts of the 1870s Indian fights by pioneer participants, and the trial of Satanta and Big Tree.” $250.00


2647. HOTCHKIS, Katharine Bixby. Christmas at Rancho los Alamitos. San Francisco: [Lawton Kennedy for] California Historical Society, 1957. 30 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by Clement Hurd. Small square 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Fine.

First edition, limited edition (1,000 copies). Rocq 2969. Christmas celebrations in the early twentieth century on one of southern California’s oldest and largest ranches, part of which is now Long Beach. $15.00


2648. HOTCHKIS, Katherine Bixby. Christmas Eve at Rancho los Alamitos. [Los Angeles]: California Historical Society, 1971. vii [1] 23 [1] pp., illustrations. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Fine, author’s signed presentation copy.

Second edition, revised and limited (500 copies). Rocq 2969n. $20.00


2649. HOUGH, Emerson. The Covered Wagon. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1922. [6] 379 pp., frontispiece by W. H. D. Koerner, endpaper map of the United States showing the route west. Small 8vo, original red cloth. Spine slightly faded and shelf-slanted, hinges cracked, else very good, with contemporary inscription: “Louise D. Kleinsorge to Mrs. S. A. Lewis, March 23/25, Sacramento, California.”

First edition, contents leaf a cancel and last page of text with [1]. BAL 9359. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 34 (“High Spots of Western Fiction: 1902-1952”): “Travel on the Oregon Trail.” Flake 4094. Graff 1965. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 5. Rader 1940. Smith 4656. One of Merle Johnson’s High Spots of American Literature, p. 42: “A novelized narrative of the pioneer movement across the western plains, with all its romance and tragedy.” Hough was among the first Western authors to enter into the motion picture industry. In 1923 Hough’s best-selling novel of overland pioneers who traveled in covered wagons from Kansas to Oregon was turned into one of the earliest and greatest epic Western films, shot on locations ranging from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Fort Laramie. The party of 200 wagons included cattle herds of the pioneers, and sometimes the herd numbered over 2,000 head. In one of the most dramatic sequences in the book, the cattle, mules, and horses mixed in a blind, destructive stampede. In another sequence, Native Americans witnessing the wagon train, its tents, fires, and herd, conclude “that now the white man has come to fly his flat over a new frontier.” As the story unfolds, the herd is as pivotal to the action as the main characters. $30.00


2650. HOUGH, Emerson. North of 36. New York & London: D. Appleton and Company, 1923. vii [3] 429 [8] pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original green cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Some outer wear and shelf-slanting, internally fine.

First edition of the first trail-drive novel to feature a woman as the main character. BAL 9362. Campbell, p. 252. Dobie, p. 107: “Historical novel of the Chisholm Trail. The best character in it is Old Alamo, lead steer.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #38. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Koerner 50); Western High Spots, pp. 35-36 (“High Spots of Western Fiction: 1902-1952”); p. 80 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Hough’s good historical novel...really stirred up the critics because it has the young woman owner of the herd on the trail with it.” Graff 1966. Howes H673. Jordan, Cowgirls, p. 293. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 16: “A good fictional account of a woman who assumed responsibility of her father’s ranch upon his death, taking her cattle up the Chisholm Trail to Kansas in 1867.” Rader 1941. $30.00


2651. HOUGH, E[merson]. The Story of the Cowboy. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897. xii, 349 [1] [6, ads] pp., frontispiece, plates by C. M. Russell and William Wells. 12mo, original tan decorated cloth. Binding lightly worn and somewhat stained, otherwise very good. C. M. Russell’s copy with his ink stamp on front pastedown and bookplate.

First edition. The Story of the West Series. Adams, Burs I:195. BAL 9315. Campbell, p. 208. Dobie, p. 107. Dykes, Kid 30: “Rare.” Eberstadt 107:166: “Chapters on the cowboy’s outfit; marks and brands; the drive; the round-up; ranch life; the trail; society in the cow country; the cowboy’s amusements; the rustler; the wars of the range.” Graff 1967. Guns 1037: “Reprinted many times through the years.... The original edition is quite scarce.” Herd 1073. Howes H673. McCracken, 101, p. 31: “Considered a classic in the field.” Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 19. Munk (Alliot), p. 109. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 60: “The appearance of a female on the herd trail leads to a Western Frontiersmen Series in this historical novel of the Chisholm Trail, not an usual feature in works of Hough’s contemporaries.” Rader 1944. Rosenstock 1081. Saunders 4224. Smith 4669. Yost & Renner, Russell I:5. $125.00


2652. HOUGH, E. The Story of the Cowboy. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897. Another copy. Fine. $100.00


2653. HOUGH, E. The Story of the Cowboy. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1898. xii, 349 [1] [6, ads] pp., frontispiece, plates by C. M. Russell and William Wells. Small 8vo, original tan decorated cloth. Binding worn and stained, overall very good. Bookplate on front pastedown and contemporary pencil ownership signature.

Second edition. $20.00


2654. HOUGH, E. The Story of the Cowboy. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1902. x [2] 349 [1] [6, ads] pp., frontispiece, plates by C. M. Russell and William Wells. 8vo, original tan decorative binding. Binding worn and stained, ink and pencil notations to front endpapers including contemporary ink ownership inscription. Dudley R. Dobie’s note laid in: “Although the title page of this copy bears the date 1902, the last page of text bears the figure (1) denoting a first edition text.”

Later printing. Smith 4670. $10.00


2655. HOUGH, E. The Story of the Cowboy. New York: D. Appleton and Company, n.d. xii, 349 [1] [6, ads] pp., frontispiece, plates by C. M. Russell and William Wells. 8vo, original tan decorative cloth. Binding lightly worn, overall very good.

Later printing; this copy also has the figure (1) on the last page. $5.00


2656. HOUGH, E. The Story of the Cowboy. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1916. x [2] 349 pp., frontispiece, plates by C. M. Russell and William Wells. 12mo, original tan decorated cloth. Fine.

Later printing; the last page of this copy has the figure (17) and does not have the last six pages of ads as in the previous copies. $10.00


2657. HOUGH, E. The Story of the Cowboy. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, n.d. x [2] 349 [7, ads] pp., frontispiece, plates by William Wells. 12mo, original green decorated cloth. Spine worn and faded, else fine in d.j. worn and chipped at spine. J. Frank Dobie’s presentation copy to Dudley R. Dobie “1931.”

Later edition, without the Russell illustrations. This copy has the figure (23) on the last page. Go figure. $10.00


2658. HOUGH, Emerson. The Story of the Outlaw: A Study of the Western Desperado. New York: Outing Publishing Company, 1907. xiv, 401 pp., frontispiece, plates (many photographic). 12mo, original half rust cloth over brown pictorial boards. Some edge wear to binding, else fine.

First edition, first state (with printer’s rule at the top of page v). BAL 9326. Adams, Burs I:196. Dobie, p. 141. Dykes, Kid 50. Graff 1968. Guns 1038: “Very scarce in the original edition.” Howes H674. Munk (Alliot), p. 109. Rader 1945. Saunders 2965: “Includes material on Lincoln County war.” Smith 4672. Wallace, Arizona History XV:15. $100.00


2659. HOUGH, Henry W. Development of Indian Resources. [Denver: World Press, 1967]. xvii [1] 286 pp., illustrations, charts, folding map. 8vo, original blue decorative cloth. Very fine.

First edition. “The Indian Community Action Fund produced this handbook for tribal leaders” (title page). Chapter on farming and ranching with much on an often-overlooked aspect of ranching history—Native American stock raising. $15.00


2660. HOUSE, Boyce. City of Flaming Adventure: The Chronicle of San Antonio. San Antonio: Naylor, [1949]. ix [1] 214 pp., frontispiece, illustrations by Melvan D. Jordan. 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. CBC 368. Guns 1039. Herd 1074. Vivid history of San Antonio, with chapters on Texas Ranger Jack Hays, Ben Milam, Deaf Smith, and the Alamo, along with extensive information on the development of the South Texas cattle trade and the trail drives northward. $15.00


2661. HOUSE, Boyce. Cowtown Columnist: Human Interest Stories of Texas. San Antonio: Naylor, [1946]. xii, 275 pp. 8vo, original rust cloth lettered in silver. Text lightly browned, else fine in repaired d.j.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:197. Dykes, Kid 362. Guns 1040: “Includes chapters on Billy the Kid, Sam Bass, Ben Thompson, Belle Starr, and El Paso, the last chapter dealing with such gunmen as John Wesley Hardin, John Selman, and George Scarborough.” Many anecdotes from Texas history; ranch interest in “Cowboy’s Funeral,” a tale set in Old Tascosa, etc. $10.00


2662. HOUSE, Boyce. I Give You Texas: An Indispensable Guidebook for Centennial Visitors and Vade Mecum for After-Luncheon Speakers. Dallas: Dealey and Lowe, 1936. [10] 83 pp., comically illustrated by Winston Croslin. 12mo, original grey pictorial wrappers. Fine.

First edition (original version of a popular book published the year of the Texas centennial, subsequently expanded; see next entry). Campbell, p. 102. Classic Texas humor, including cowboys and ranching, e.g., taking down greenhorns a notch: “Why, he even thought a cowboy was a bull.” $25.00


2663. HOUSE, Boyce. I Give You Texas: 500 Jokes of the Lone Star State. San Antonio: Naylor Company, [1943]. [6] 100 pp., illustrations by Winston Croslin. 8vo, original teal cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j.

Sixth printing of an enlarged edition of this perennial groaner. $10.00


2664. HOUSE, Boyce. Tall Talk from Texas. San Antonio: Naylor, 1944. [8] 104 pp., illustrations by William Kresse and Vic Lemay. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j. Signed by author.

First edition. Stories, poems, legends, and folklore. The author devotes a section to “Cattle and Cowboys,” with humor such as this: “A cowboy said to the ranch cook, ‘There ain’t no chicken in this chicken soup.’ The cook retorted, ‘No, and there ain’t no horse in the horse radish either.’” We will spare you the rhymes. $25.00