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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2740-2764

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2740. HUNTER, J. Marvin. The Trail Drivers of Texas.... New York: Argosy-Antiquarian, 1963. xxviii, 549 + [5] 550-1,070 pp., photographic illustrations. 2 vols., 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth, spine gilt-lettered. A few minor spots to binding, else very fine in publisher’s slipcase.

Limited edition (750 copies). New introduction by Harry Sinclair Drago. Basic Texas Books 99E. $150.00


2741. HUNTER, J. MARVIN. The Trail Drivers of Texas.]. VON-MASZEWSKI, W. M. & Matthew E. Von-Maszewski. Index to the Trail Drivers of Texas. Houston: [David Holman for] Tortuga, 1983. x [2] 113 [2] pp., illustrations. 4to, original grey cloth over brown cloth with decorative brand motif. Very fine in plain d.j. Signed by David Holman.

First edition, limited edition (970 copies). Illustrations are from “The Texas Cattle Trail,” Harper’s Weekly, May 2, 1874. $75.00


2742. HUNTER, Lillie Mae. The Book of Years: A History of Dallam and Hartley Counties. Hereford, Texas: Pioneer Book Publishers, [1969]. x, 206 pp., numerous illustrations (mostly photographic). 4to, original gold pictorial cloth. Very fine.

First edition. Following the removal of Native Americans from the region, cowmen entered this area of the Panhandle. By the late 1870s and 1880s the raw frontier was transformed into the domain of the established rancher. Among the great ranching names associated with these two counties are XIT, Littlefield, Matador, et al. $40.00


2743. HUNTER, Lillie Mae. The Moving Finger. Borger, Texas: Plains Printing Company, 1956. [12] 171 pp., illustrations by Bill Hacker. 8vo, original blue cloth. Tape stains on endpapers, previous owner’s small label on front pastedown, overall very good, signed by author.

First edition. CBC 895. Guns 1086. Herd 1104: “Much on the cattle business of West Texas.” Castro County history with good social background. $40.00


2744. HUNTER, Lillie Mae. The Moving Finger. Borger, Texas: Plains Printing Company, 1956. Another copy. 8vo, original blue cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine. $40.00


2745. HUNTER, Milton R. Utah Indian Stories. Salt Lake City: [Art City Publishing Co.], 1946. 282 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original brown embossed cloth. Fine.

First edition. Not in Flake. Hunter presents the history and ethnology of the Shoshone, Ute, and Paiute tribes of Utah, including their interactions with Mormon pioneers. One of the stories (“The Herd Boy of the Plains”) is unusual for the cattle and ranching genre, being an account of an incident in the life of a very young Joseph Fielding Smith (1838-1918), who later became the sixth president of the LDS Church. In 1846 seven-year-old Smith fled with his mother, Mary Fielding Smith, to Nauvoo. The lad drove their team of oxen to the LDS Winter Quarters in Nebraska where the pioneers built over 800 wooden cabins. A few months later, one day Smith and his buddy, Thomas Burdick, were on horseback overseeing the group’s grazing cattle when a band of Native Americans attempted to rustle the herd. Burdick rode back to get help, while Smith rode toward the Indians and managed to make the cattle stampede before the Indians reached them. Smith turned the herd back toward the settlement, and saved the herd from capture. $20.00


2746. HUNTER, Robert Hancock. Narrative of Robert Hancock Hunter, 1813-1902: From His Arrival in Texas, 1822, through the Battle of San Jacinto, 1836. [Austin: Cook Printing, 1936]. [2] 41 pp. 8vo, original stiff white wrappers. Cover lightly browned and soiled, otherwise fine.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 100: “The most vivid of all recollections of the Texas Revolution.” Hunter was one of Austin’s “Old Three Hundred,” and he and his family were probably the first of Stephen F. Austin’s colonists to settle within the present boundaries of Harris County. Written in 1860, the Narrative describes, in Hunter’s own “strung together” manner, his arrival to Texas in 1822 and his participation in events of the Texas Revolution, including the Grass Fight, which led to the Battle of San Jacinto. During the Runaway Scrape Hunter drove five or six hundred head of cattle on the escape but lost all but about 125 head when crossing on the San Jacinto ferry. The Hunter family established a stock-raising enterprise in the Fort Bend area in the late 1830s. See Handbook of Texas Online: Robert Hancock Hunter. $40.00


2747. HUNTER, Robert Hancock. The Narrative of Robert Hancock Hunter: Describing in His Own Manner His Arrival to Texas in 1822 and His Participation in Events of the Texas Revolution, including the Grass Fight, Leading to the Battle of San Jacinto. Slightly Edited and with an Introduction by William D. Wittliff. Austin: Encino Press, 1966. vii [1] 27 [2] pp., frontispiece by William D. Wittliff. 8vo, original brown cloth over beige pictorial boards. Mint. Inscribed and signed by Bill Wittliff with an original ink sketch by Wittliff above inscription.

Limited edition (#453 of 640 copies). Lightly edited and with an introduction by Bill Wittliff. $40.00


2748. HUNTINGTON, Bill. Both Feet in the Stirrups. [Billings: Western Livestock Reporter Press, 1959]. 408 pp., illustrations by J. K. Ralston. 8vo, original brown cloth. Upper hinge splitting, otherwise fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. Guns 1088: “Information on Tom O’Day, Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, and others of the Hole-in-the-Wall country. There is also some mention of Calamity Jane.” Smith S2697. The author relates his adventures punching cows in Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, Utah, and Idaho. $40.00


2749. HUNTINGTON, Bill. Good Men and Salty Cusses. [Billings: Western Livestock Reporter Press, 1952]. [6] 207 pp., illustrations by J. K. Ralston. 8vo, original black cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Upper fore-edge lightly foxed, else fine in d.j. Limitation statement on back flyleaf. Signed by author.

First book edition, limited edition (#1,676 of 2,000 copies); first published serially in the Western Livestock Reporter. Guns 1089: “Contains some material on Doc Middleton, Tom O’Day, and a few other outlaws of the Northwest, as well as a mention of Calamity Jane.” Herd 1105. $75.00


2750. HUNTINGTON, Bill. Good Men and Salty Cusses. [Billings: Western Livestock Reporter Press, 1952]. [6] 207 pp., illustrations by J. K. Ralston. 8vo, original black cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine in creased and torn d.j.

Second printing. $25.00


2751. HUNTON, John. John Hunton’s Diary…. Vols. 1-5: [Vol. 1: 1873-1875; Vol. 2: 1876-1877; Vol. 3: 1878-1879; Vol. 4: 1880-1882; Vol. 5: 1883-1884], Lingle, Wyoming: Guide-Review, 1956-1964; Vol. 6: [1885-1889] Arthur H. Clark, Company, 1970. 134 + 289 + 228 + 247 + 261 + 291 pp., portraits, maps. 6 vols., 12mo, original cloth and wrappers. Fine. Vols. 2 and 3 are presentation copies signed by the editor.

First edition. Edited by L. G. (Pat) Flannerty. Graff 2023 (vols. 1 & 2 only). Herd 1106 (vol. 1 only). John Hunton’s diaries were issued over a period of fourteen years, and are often found separately. Hunton was an early cattleman in Wyoming who maintained a superbly detailed diary of his ranch operations from 1873 to 1889. Hunton ( 1839-1928), a native of Virginia, Confederate veteran, Montana pioneer, bull team freighter, cattleman, and longtime Fort Laramie area settler, left an invaluable detailed record for researching ranching and Wyoming local history. “With his homeland overrun and devastated during the Civil War, Virginian John Hunton turned his eyes westward and, in 1867, traveled to Wyoming Territory’s Fort Laramie, bastion of the plains and headquarters for military operations against the Sioux and other Indian Nations. He settled near that vast army reservation and later became one of the largest government contractors, freight haulers, and cattlemen on the booming Wyoming frontier. In 1873, Mr. Hunton began to record the story of his life and experiences in his diaries, which ultimately spanned more than half a century” (Michael Griske, The Diaries of John Hunton, 2005). See also Progressive Men of Wyoming, pp. 377-79. Note: The OCLC entry for the first five volumes gives a lengthy synopsis for each volume: <>. $250.00


2752. HURD, C[harles]. W. Boggsville, Cradle of the Colorado Cattle Industry [cover title]. [Boggsville: Boggsville Committee, 1957]. [4] 89 [3] pp., plates, portraits. 8vo, original grey pictorial wrappers. Fine.

First edition. Guns 1090. Herd 1107: “Chapters on the various ranches of Bent County, Colorado.” Wynar 648. $15.00


2753. HURD, Peter. “The Peter Hurd Mural” in The Museum Journal 1 (1957). 95 pp. illustrations (some in color). Lubbock: West Texas Museum Association, 1957. 8vo, original pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

First printing. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Hurd 150). The mural inhabits the rotunda of the West Texas Museum on the campus of Texas Technological College in Lubbock. It commemorates the settlement of the South Plains through representations of various categories of pioneers. Among those honored are the cowboy, represented by Sam Cullen Arnett, and cattleman William Electious Halsell. $15.00


2754. HURT, Wesley R. & William E. Lass. Frontier Photographer: Stanley J. Morrow’s Dakota Years. Nebraska: University of South Dakota & University of Nebraska Press, [1956]. xvi, 135 pp., frontispiece, numerous illustrations of Morrow’s photographs, endpaper maps. 8vo, original adobe gilt-pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 233: “Pioneer Yankton photographer.” Morrow learned photography as Brady’s assistant during the Civil War, and was active in Dakota and Montana territories and other points West between 1868 to 1882. This work includes a short account of Morrow’s overland journey with his wife in a covered wagon from Wisconsin to Dakota Territory in 1868 (with reproduction of slide “Emigrating across the Plains”). Morrow’s photographs are remarkable documentary images of the West—Plains Indians, Black Hills, Crook Campaign, Custer Reburial Expedition, etc., along with a few ranch-related images. Text includes references to the recurring problem of Indians rustling cattle herds. $75.00


JFD’s Rather Unbridled Review

2755. HUSON, Hobart. El Copano: Ancient Port of Bexar and La Bahia...A Port of Entry for Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States, the Confederacy, and the United States Again, El Copano, Played an Important Part in Shaping the Destinies of the Great State of Texas. Refugio: The Refugio Timely Remarks, 1935. [6] [1] 2-64 pp., text illustrations (photographs, portraits, and maps). Tall 8vo, original printed wrappers (title within decorative border), stapled. Very light staining to text and small chip to upper right blank corner of first leaf, otherwise a very good copy of an uncommon book. At the conclusion of the preface is J. Frank Dobie’s snarky comment in ink to Dudley R. Dobie regarding Huson’s reading his paper before the Texas State Historical Society: “At which time he bored the Society into a state of coma. He read every word, read for close to 2 hours, and never had a gleam of humor or of humanity during the whole time. J. to D.”

First edition. CBC 3848. In 1809, the parish priest reported that the Karankawa living near the mission had about 5,000 head of cattle, which were subsequently rustled by the Comanche. Peter Fagan, whose ranch was in the Copano region, donated most of his cattle to Fannin in the early days of the Texas Revolution. We learn that cattle were so numerous in coastal Texas that a thriving industry operated in the Copano Bay area for hides and tallow, and as an afterthought a meatpacking plant was established in nearby Refugio. One of the first of the big ranches near Copano was that of Milford P. Norton, who in the early 1850s established an 1,800-acre ranch (“Norton’s Hill”) on the Copano-Refugio Road. $450.00


2756. HUSON, Hobart. Refugio: A Comprehensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal Times to 1953. Woodsboro: The Rooke Foundation, Inc., 1953. [8] xvi [2] 596 [20] + [6] xiii [7] 633 [1] pp., portraits, photographic illustrations. 2 vols., large 8vo, original gilt-lettered green buckram. Slight foxing to fore-edges, otherwise very fine.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 101: “The most comprehensive compilation on the history of any Texas county.... Its scope reached far beyond Refugio County.... Unquestionably a fundamental resource for any study of Texas history.” CBC 3850. Guns 1091: “Vol. II contains a chapter on lawlessness and the Taylor-Sutton feud and deals with John Wesley Hardin, King Fisher, Ben and Bill Thompson.” Herd 1108: “Contains a long chapter on the early cattle industry of Refugio County, Texas.” Tate, Indians of Texas 1783. The rich history of Refugio County is explored by one of Texas’s most intensely interesting scholars. Recognizing the Texas coastal area between Nueces and Coleto-Guadalupe and the adjacent offshore islands as exceptional cattle-raising country, Spanish and Mexican settlers established ranches in the early eighteenth century, and their activities were integral to the region’s history. Besides the superb chapter on “The Rise of the Cattle Industry,” Huson discusses ranching and the cattle trade in the section on missions and also covers the Power and Hewetson Colony, range wars between cattlemen and sheepmen, cattle rustling, origin of the words cowboy and vaquero, shipping, meat-packing at Rockport, and ranchers and ranching families (including Thomas M. and Dennis M. O’Connor and Dillard R. Fant, the first major cattleman who saw the business possibilities of sending herds up the trail). A scarce book. Vol. 1 was printed in an edition of 1,000 copies, though only 500 were bound; the remaining copies were distributed to Texas schools. Only 560 copies of the second volume were printed. $950.00


With Nahl’s Iconic Image “Rancheros Lassoing Cattle”

2757. HUTCHINGS, J[ames] M[ason]. In the Heart of the Sierras. The Yo Semite Valley, Both Historical and Descriptive: and Scenes by the Way. Big Tree Groves. The High Sierra, with Its Magnificent Scenery, Ancient and Modern Glaciers, and Other Objects of Interest; with Tables of Distances and Altitudes, Maps, etc. Profusely Illustrated. By J. M. Hutchings, of Yo Semite. Yo Semite Valley & Oakland: Published at the Old Cabin...and at Pacific Press Publishing, 1886. [4], [i[b][/b]] ii-xii, [13] 14-496 pp., 3 maps (including inserted plate at front, large folding map, one text illustration); 35 inserted plates (including photolithographs with imprint of Geo. Fiske and Britton & Rey), botanical plate op. 466 printed in red: The California Snow Plant; numerous text illustrations. 8vo, original light green gilt pictorial cloth, beveled edges, a.e.g. Light binding wear and small abrasions, remains of book plate on front pastedown, upper hinge cracked and title page detached, overall a very good, clean copy. The large folding map is in exceptionally fine. Author’s presentation inscription in ink on dedication page opposite author’s portrait: “Dr. J. P. and Mrs. Newman. With the kind regards of the Author. San Francisco, August 10th. 1887.” The Rev. Dr. J. P. Newman was a Methodist bishop during his later years and served at the church where General Grant and his wife attended services.


[1] [Title below map] Map of Routes to Yo Semite Valley. [lower right in image] Moss Eng. Co. NY. Border line to border line: 10.2 x 16.5 cm. This map is an inserted plate after the list of illustrations.

[2] [At top above neat line] Copied by Permission Topographical Map of the Yosemite Valley and Vicinity. Preliminary Edition. [above upper neat line] U.S. Geological Surveys West of the 100th. Meridian. | Part of East Central California. [above lower neat line] Mountain Drawing by J. E. Weyss; Lettering by M. Franke. | From Topographical Plat by Lt. Macomb, Nov. 30, 1883. [below lower line] Expeditions of 1878-79, Under the Command of | Capt. Geo. M. Wheeler, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army. [below scale] Photo. Lith. Britton & Rey S. F. By Order of the Honorable the Secretary of War under the Direction of Brig. Gen. H. C. Wright Chief of Engineers. U.S. Army. Neat line to neat line: 32.7 x 48 cm; overall sheet size: 43 x 54 cm. Lithograph map on thin paper.

[3] [Top left on text p. 483] Outline Map of the High Sierra Adjacent to the Yo Semite Valley.... Border to border: 8 x 11.4 cm. This map is within the text.

First edition, second printing (conforming fairly well with Currey & Kruska) with additional plates (35 inserted plates), Britton & Rey imprint on large folding map, plate opposite 470 with title “The Sierras, from Glacier Point,” etc. Cowan, pp. 299-300. Currey & Kruska, Yosemite 175: “Hutchings (1818-1902), an early Yosemite Valley resident and hotel keeper and one of the first Sierra Valley mountaineers, was a pioneer publicist of northern California. A native of England, Hutchings arrived in California in 1849 and for several years lived in the mining regions. In 1853 he began publishing letter sheets.... In the Heart of the Sierras was Hutchings’ most ambitious literary undertaking. It covers, more fully than other works of the period, every aspect of the Yosemite Valley and big trees that could be considered of general interest to visitors. The work is an important primary source for information on the early human history of the region. Hutchings is still considered an authority on the early climbs in Yosemite and his accounts of these ascents are of great value.” Kruska, James Mason Hutchings of Yo Semite: A Biography and Bibliography 98b. Rocq 5206.

In chapter 19, “The Madera Route to Yo Semite” (pp. 272-78), Hutchings notes that a short distance from the town of Madera “was once a very favorite place for rodeos and for Rancheros.... Before gold was discovered in California its main wealth seemed to consist in its cattle and horses, the former being slaughtered almost exclusively for their hides and tallow, which then formed about the only articles of export. As there were no fences in those days, all animals were allowed to roam wheresoever they chose; generally between defined bounds, as between rivers, or mountain ranges; and every spring their different owners, with their vaqueros (all well mounted), would sally out on a given day, scour the whole district assigned to them, and drive every animal found within it to the spot designated for the rodeo. Others, would do the same for districts assigned to them, until every animal ranging at large was collected and gathered. This accomplished, all would assemble around a large campfire for social pleasures, and spend the remainder of the day in frolicking or feasting. Sometimes those indulgences would continue for a number of days, before commencing upon the business which had brought them together. Finally, however, they would settle down to their exciting work. Every ranchero had and knew the particular brand which belonged to him, and which was well understood and conceded by everyone present. But wherever there was a single doubt about that, the animal in question was immediately lassoed...thrown upon the ground, and examined. This satisfactorily determined, every calf or colt that followed its mother, was unhesitatingly conceded to belong to the same owner, and was accordingly braded with the red-hot iron which formed the brand. Sometimes this was a character...and at others a letter—generally the initial of the family name. After the counting and branding, each drove would be driven back to its usual range, and there left to look out for itself until the next spring. Occasionally there would be two rodeos a year, but not often.” At p. 276 is a very lively print of “Rancheros Lassoing Cattle” by Charles Christian Nahl (1818-1878), who is considered by some to be California’s first significant artist. $200.00


2758. HUTCHINGS, J[ames] M[ason]. In the Heart of the Sierras. The Yo Semite Valley.... Yo Semite Valley & Oakland: Published at the Old Cabin...and at Pacific Press Publishing, 1888. [4], [i[b][/b]] ii-xii, [13] 14-496 pp., 3 maps (as in preceding entry); 34 inserted plates, numerous text illustrations. 8vo, original light green gilt pictorial cloth, beveled edges. Binding, endsheets, and a few leaves at front and back smoke stained, edges and corners lightly rubbed, fair copy only. Ownership inscription of T. G. Roberts dated 1888.

First edition, fourth printing (conforming fairly well with Kruska and Currey & Kruska, with publishers’ imprint as in the first and second printings except date altered to 1888), Britton & Rey imprint on large folding map, plate opposite 470 with title “The Sierras, from Glacier Point,” etc. $100.00


2759. HUTCHINSON, W. H. Another Verdict for Oliver Lee. Clarendon: Clarendon Press, 1965. ix [23] pp., plates, illustrated by H. D. Bugbee and Olive Vandruff Bugbee. Large 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (650 copies). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 97). Guns 1094: “Has some material on Oliver Lee, Pat Garrett, Jim Gilliland, and the Fountain murder, but it mostly quotes from Eugene Cunningham and is largely about him.” Fountain was murdered while returning to Las Cruces from Lincoln County, where he had obtained indictments against local rustlers. Transplanted Texan and rancher Oliver Lee, an excellent marksman, was implicated in the murder, although to all outward appearances he was an upstanding citizen, and among the founders of the Southeast New Mexico Livestock Association, established to curtail rustling. $40.00


2760. HUTCHINSON, W. H. A Notebook of the Old West. Chico, California: Bob Hurst for the author, [1947]. 122 pp., illustrations by H. D. Bugbee. 8vo, original green pictorial wrappers. Spine slightly faded, otherwise very fine. Signed presentation copy from the author to H. E. Britzman.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:206. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 94). Graff 2032. Guns 1096. Rocq 15869. Book based on the author’s weekly radio show on outlaws. Companion volume to the author’s Another Notebook of the Old West published in 1954 (Herd 1111) and One Man’s West (1948). Ranching content includes: transition of Comanche trade from horses and mules to cattle (“Without the buffalo, the Comanche was no bold Buccaneer of the Plains, he was just a hungry Indian”); buffalo ranges overtaken by Texas longhorns and trail drivers such as Chisum, Slaughter, Goodnight, et al; increased demand of cattle to stock Indian reservations; Comanches trading cattle for watered-down whiskey (three head for one cup); Geronimo’s wisdom: “If we kill off all the Mexicans, there won’t be anybody left to raise horses and cattle for the Americans and Indians to steal”; etc. Also includes a chapter on the great camel experiment. $40.00


2761. HUTCHINSON, W. H. A Notebook of the Old West. Chico: Bob Hurst for the author, [1947]. Another copy. Spine slightly faded, otherwise very fine. Presentation copy from the author to Charles Webb. $45.00


2762. HUTCHINSON, W. H. A Notebook of the Old West. Chico: Bob Hurst for the author, [1947]. Another copy. Spine slightly faded, otherwise very fine, signed by author. $40.00


2763. HUTCHINSON, W. H. One Man’s West: Companion Volume to “A Notebook of the Old West.” Chico, [1948]. [14] 127 [1] pp., illustrations by John Pagan. 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers. Fine. Signed presentation copy from the author to Charles Webb.

First edition. Rocq 15870. Topics include Butte County, California, the Legend of Tonto Basin, the last Bronco Indian, the Oroville, California hoax, Peter Lassen, Jedediah Smith, and Ethan and Hosea Grosh, who came with the ‘49ers in search of gold, but instead followed their reasoning and hunches and were among the first to discover the great silver deposits of the Washoe area. Companion volume to Herd 1111. Designed by Bob Hurst. $40.00


2764. HUTTO, John R. Howard County in the Making [wrapper title]. N.p.: [Jordan’s Print], 1938. Approximately 75 unnumbered pp. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers. Light fading to edges, overall a fine copy.

First edition. CBC 2519. Herd 1113: “Privately printed little county history, with chapters on some early Texas ranches and ranchmen.” Includes chapters on “Ranching in the Early Days” (concerning cowpuncher Dave Rhoton) and “Building of Ranch Empires” (W. T. Roberts, C. C. Slaughter, Lucien Wells, L. S. McDowell, et al.), as well as early Texas oil industry information. $30.00