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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2865-2889

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2865. JOCKNICK, Sidney. Early Days on the Western Slope of Colorado and Campfire Chats with Otto Mears, the Pathfinder, from 1870 to 1883, Inclusive. Denver: Carson-Harper Company, 1913. 384 pp., frontispiece, plates, map. 8vo, original green cloth. Light shelf wear, but generally fine.

First edition, without the leaf of typed text that frequently appears between pp. 322 and 323. Eberstadt 105:93. Flake 4418. Graff 2212. Guns 1176. Herd 1173: “Scarce.” Howes J115. Wilcox, p. 65. Wynar 351. Jocknick was a trapper, cowboy, rancher, and prospector in Colorado. Included are Ute Indian troubles and treaties (including disputes over livestock and grazing), gold and silver mining, and the development of early railroads in Colorado. $250.00


2866. JOHANNSEN, Albert. The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickle Novels: The Story of a Vanished Literature. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1950] & 1962. xxv [3] 476 + [4] 443 pp. plates (many in color), illustrations (some photographic), facsimiles, + supplemental addendum, vol. 3: viii, 99 pp. 3 vols., 4to, original maize cloth, spines gilt-lettered. Very fine in original glassine d.j. and slipcase with printed labels on both sides. Dudley R. Dobie’s original invoice from 1950 laid in.

First edition of the standard history and bibliography of Beadle publications and their authors, profusely illustrated with almost three hundred illustrations and facsimiles. The first two volumes of this encyclopedic reference were published in 1950, vol. 3 in 1962. Dobie, p. 178: “Magnificent volumes.” Comprehensive history and bibliography of the dime novels, valuable for short synopses of many of the plots of the yellowbacks. Good leads on ranching, including the women of the dime novels, many of whom were cattle country Amazons. Among the biographies of authors are William Cody (Buffalo Bill), Ned Buntline, Mayne Reid, and Frederick Marryat. $100.00


2867. JOHNSON, A[dam] R[ankin]. Homes in Texas: 200,000 Acres of Valuable Land for Sale...Grand Opportunities to Secure Splendid Homes in the Best Section of the Lone Star State. Iron, Marble and Granite of the Finest Quality in Abundance. Fine Farms, Ranches, City Homes, Unimproved Lands, Cattle, Sheep and Horses [wrapper title]. [Galveston: Clarke & Courts, Stationers, Printers, Lithographers], n.d. [1890, or after]. [1] 2-7 [1, ad] pp. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers with illustration of the Texas State Capitol (completed in 1888). Minor wear to very fragile wraps, but all in all a fine copy of a rare survival. Small ink stamp on upper right wrapper. OCLC locates copies at Yale, Baylor, and Texas State Library.

First edition. Not in CBC and standard sources. The criteria for dating are completion of the state capital in 1888 and creation of Clarke & Courts in 1890. Land promotional for Texas and Burnet County with ads for forty-seven specific parcels of land in prime ranching country. The first page declares in large type: “Homes in Texas. Two Hundred Thousand Acres of Valuable Land for Sale, Embracing, Ranches, Farms, City Lots, Business and Dwelling Houses. Also Sheep, Cattle and Horses, in Numbers to Suit Purchasers.” An example of the properties offered is Parcel No. 2: “6400 acres, 6 miles s.w. of town, and 8 miles n.w. of Marble Falls City, subdivided into 3 pastures; fine water; cedar timber, 3 ranch houses, excellent grazing land; some lithograph stone and beds of fine variegated marble; all under fence. A bargain at $3 per acre; one-third cash, balance in 1 and 2 years.” The ad at end is for the Grand Steam Tannery at Marble Falls City, including boots, saddles, and harnesses.

Kentucky-born Adam R. Johnson (1834-1922) left school at age twelve and apprenticed to be a drug store proprietor, but subsequently became a tobacco merchant. In 1854 Johnson moved to Hamilton Valley in Burnet County, Texas, then on the edge of the western frontier. There he gained a reputation as the surveyor of much virgin territory in West Texas, as an Indian fighter, and as a stage driver for the Butterfield Overland Mail. Those early years fighting Indians in the Burnet area provided him the experience to be a seasoned scout to General Forrest in the Civil War. One of his most remarkable feats in that war was the capture of Newburgh, Indiana, from a sizable Union garrison with only twelve men and two joints of stovepipe mounted on the running gear of an abandoned wagon. This episode won him his nickname of “Stovepipe.” He was blinded in the Civil War, but that did not slow him down very much. He was ever a tireless promoter of Burnet and the surrounding area, developing granite mining in Marble Falls, founding the town of Marble Falls, working to harness the water power of the Colorado River, promoting a railroad line to the area, etc. His memoir, The Partisan Rangers of the Confederate States Army (1904), is one of Jenkins’s Basic Texas Books. For an interesting biography of Johnson, see L. E. Daniell, Types of Successful Men of Texas, pp. 134-44, and the Handbook of Texas Online. $500.00


2868. JOHNSON, Eleanor M. Cowboys: How We Get Our Meat. [Columbus: American Education Press, 1936]. 36 pp., illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original red pictorial wrappers, stapled. Ink stain at fore-edges affecting margins but not text, lightly browned, overall very good. Undoubtedly printed in a large run for educational purposes, yet the work is rare.

First edition (republished in 1948). “Unit Study Book No. 210.” Easy reader for grade school students. The author was editorial director of My Weekly Reader. $25.00


2869. JOHNSON, Elmer H[arrison]. The Basis of the Commercial and Industrial Development of Texas: A Study of the Regional Development of Texas Resources. Austin: [The University of Texas Press, 1933]. 148 pp., maps. 4to, original blue wrappers. Mild browning to spine and edges, lightly browned, overall fine. Inscribed by the author “To my good friend Mr. Dudley R. Dobie, With best wishes, Elmer H. Johnson.”

First edition. University of Texas Bulletin 3309. Dense Depression era study including insight into the unglamorous but essential economic underpinnings of the Texas cattle industry in transition to modern methods of ranching. $35.00


2870. JOHNSON, Harry. A History of Anderson County, Kansas, from Its First Settlement to the Fourth of July, 1876. Garnett, Kansas: Garnett Review, 1936. xi [3] 383 pp., illustrations. 4to, original brown cloth. Fine.

First edition. History containing synopses of the rare Campbell and W. A. Johnson histories of Anderson County, with biographical sketches of pioneers, including many stockmen. This is a year-by-year chronology beginning in 1867 and continuing until 1936 with an account of just about every news event in the county. Includes a few historical photographs. $50.00


2871. JOHNSON, M[arshall] L[afayette]. Intensely Interesting Little Volume of True History of the Struggles with Hostile Indians on the Frontier of Texas in the Early Days. Never Before Published in Book Form: A Real Cow Boy’s Experience with Indians and the Cow Trail [wrapper title].[Dallas, 1923]. [2] 30 [2, blank] [8] pp., portrait (photograph of author). 12mo, original blue wrappers with tan paper spine, stapled (as issued). Very fine.

Second edition, revised, with eight additional pages. The first edition was published the same year. Both editions were published by the author, who owned and operated a printing plant at 2611 Elm Street in Dallas. In the Dallas Morning News dated December 29, 1922, the author commented (Part 2, p. 10): “In 1867, I went out West to Weatherford, Parker County, to defend my country against the hostile Comanche and Kiowa Indians, and incidentally, to engage in the cattle business, and I am, at this very moment, publishing a book, giving a description of the many encounters I had with them, and the hardships early settlers had to endure on the frontier of Texas.” Herd 1179n. Not in Howes or Graff. Here is a cowboy’s privately printed, unvarnished memoirs—early cattle drives and roundups, buffalo hunt in Palo Pinto County, Indian fights (including the Battle of Wounded Knee), “Origin of the Cattle Business in West Texas,” and other colorful recollections of an old-timer. Johnson was an eye-witness to the Comanche depredations against the men and livestock under the care of John Hittson (1831-1880) and his son, Jesse J. Hittson, from 1867 to the end of the great cattle drives from Texas. Hittson, who is sometimes referred to as the “Cattle King of West Texas,” was no ordinary rancher. While others were fighting in the Civil War, Hittson with the help of the author was building a cattle empire with about 100,000 head of cattle. Johnson’s accounts are recorded in Frontier Times magazine and his later book, True History of the Struggles with Indians (see next entry). $500.00


2872. JOHNSON, M[arshall] L[afayette]. Intensely Interesting Little Volume of True History of the Struggles with Hostile Indians on the Frontier of Texas in the Early Days. Never Before Published in Book Form: A Real Cow Boy’s Experience with Indians and the Cow Trail [wrapper title]. [Dallas, 1923]. [2] 30 [2, blank] [8], [4] pp., portrait (photograph of author). 12mo, original blue wrappers with tan paper spine, stapled (as issued). Other than a bit of very mild foxing to first leaves, very fine.

Second edition, second issue of preceding, with four additional revised pages laid in about the harshness of Indian warfare, where it is noted, “The following account of Indian warfare is too horrible to go in print.” A version of this text appears in the body of the book. $600.00


2873. JOHNSON, M[arshall] L[afayette]. Trail Blazing: A True Story of the Struggles with Hostile Indians on the Frontier of Texas. Dallas: Mathis Publishing Company, [1935]. [12] 116 pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 12mo, original green cloth. Binding sunned, otherwise fine in d.j.

Later (third?) edition, substantially enlarged (the original edition of 1923 had only 30 pages; see preceding entries). Mohr, The Range Country 692: “Experiences of a trail driver of the 1860s.” Rader 2095: “Includes an account of the battle of Wounded Knee.” Tate, Indians of Texas 3030n: “Johnson describes his experiences as a cowboy with John Hittson during the 1870s. He recounts numerous fights with ‘fiendish’ Comanches and Kiowas across northwestern Texas and along the Concho River. The book reflects the strong anti-Indian sentiment of the era and praises the ‘making of bad Indians into good Indians’ by exterminating them.” The introduction, by Elvira Johnson Pearson, is titled “Origin of the Cattle Business in West Texas.” $125.00


2874. JOHNSON, Neil R. The Chickasaw Rancher. Stillwater: Redlands Press, [1961]. xxii, 242 pp., frontispiece, map. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine in lightly soiled d.j.

First edition, second printing. Introduction by A. M. Gibson. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 50. Mohr, The Range Country 693: “Ranching among the tribe by a man who became one of the leading cattlemen of the Southwest.” Montford Johnson, the subject of the book, was a fourth-blood Chickasaw, whose grandfather was an itinerant English actor who stopped long enough in Mississippi to marry a half-breed Chickasaw girl and help the tribe move to Indian Territory. Montford inherited his father’s abilities to organize and became a very successful rancher and land-owner. Montford and his son Edward became multi-millionaires and philanthropists by collecting oil royalties. From a review by Elmer L. Fraker, Oklahoma Historical Society, p. 79: “In Oklahoma history, one of the most intriguing developments was the absorption of the people of the Five Civilized Nations by white civilization. Within this amalgamation process, none was more complete than that of the Chickasaws. In The Chickasaw Rancher, Neil Johnson, by telling the story and writing the biography of his grandfather, Montford Johnson, shows how in two generations, through intermarriage and association with white people, the Chickasaws changed from the tribal life of the Indian to the more complicated way of the white man.... The Chickasaw a remarkable narrative portraying the life of ranching people in the period following the Civil War up to the time of the opening of Oklahoma to white settlement. It shows how the fiction writers and television script authors miss their mark in their portrayal of the cowboy and the Indian. This book should be required reading for all Hollywood script writers of the Western scene.” $100.00


2875. JOHNSON, Overton & William H. Winter. Route across the Rocky Mountains. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1932. xix [1] 199 pp., plates. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Fine in illustrated d.j. with chips and tears.

Second edition, with preface and notes by Carl L. Cannon (the first edition, published at Lafayette, Indiana in1846, is one of the more elusive early overlands). Narratives of the Trans-Mississippi Frontier Series. Bradford 2705n. Cowan, p. 315n. Graff 2221n. Howes J142: “In historical importance one of the greatest of early overland narratives.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 144. Mintz, The Trail 259. Plains & Rockies IV:122n. Rocq 15882. Smith 5281. Johnson and Winter’s overland journey from Independence to Oregon and California in 1843 was the most important Western Odyssey up to that time and deservedly earned the sobriquet of the “Great Migration.” And why not? The cavalcade consisted of 121 wagons, 200 families (about a 1,000 persons of both genders), 694 oxen, and 773 cattle. Their journey was also a most unusual cattle drive. The authors describe Capt. Sutter and his establishment: “Besides the fur trade he carries on an extensive business in farming, stock raising, and manufacturing. He has a very large farm, and large bands of cattle, horses, sheep, and hogs.” Regarding the denizens of Southern California the authors state: “The Spaniards, who comprise the chief population [are] engaged principally, in rearing and herding cattle and horses, for which, both the climate and country are peculiarly adapted. Many individuals own several thousand animals; which are kept in bands, and only require a herdsman. They are always very wild, and can only be managed only by force.” This is followed by an appreciative and detailed description of the rancheros’ branding, lassoing, horsemanship, etc., concluding: “These Spaniards are probably equal, in horsemanship, to any people in the world.... The Mexican Spaniard does every thing on horseback and with the lasso.” This positive tribute is immediately followed by a jarring stereotype and prediction: “The Californians like most other Mexican Spaniards, are a lazy, indolent and cowardly people, and have neither enterprise nor spirit of improvement in their disposition, they are only a grade above the aborigines, and like them they will soon be compelled from the very nature of things, to yield to the swelling tide of Anglo-Saxon adventure.” $30.00


2876. JOHNSON, Overton & William H. Winter. Route across the Rocky Mountains. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1932. Another copy. Very fine in original fine, plain paper d.j. $20.00


2877. JOHNSON, Paul, et al. (eds.). The California Missions: A Pictorial History. Menlo Park: Lane Book Company, [1971]. 321 [1] pp., profusely illustrated. 4to, original pictorial cloth. Fine in shelf-worn d.j. (table of “A Visitors Guide to the Missions” printed on inside of d.j.).

Fourth printing. Weber, The California Missions, p. 57n: “A compilation of earlier studies, the volume has a distinctive character in so far as it brings together the most representative set of mission illustrations ever assembled in a single source.” The unique California pastoral society evolved from the missions. Apparently, what was founded on Christ ultimately flourished in cattle. $15.00


2878. JOHNSON, Theodore T. Sights in the Gold Region and Scenes by the Way. New York: Baker and Scribner, 1849. xii, 278 pp. 8vo, original green embossed cloth, spine gilt. Moderate shelf wear, short tear at head of spine, some interior foxing and discoloration, overall very good, the binding tight and sound.

First edition. Bradford 2714. Byrd 44. Cowan II, p. 315. Graff 2223. Hill II:895. Howell, California 50:126. Howes J154. Jones 1206. Kurutz, Gold Rush 363a: “One of the earliest, liveliest, and most detailed accounts of the Gold Rush.” Mintz 260. Plains & Rockies IV:167g:1. Rocq 15883. Sabin 16328. Smith 5296. Streeter Sale 2575. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 112: “One of the earliest published accounts by an actual ‘returned Californian,’ who asserts that he ‘visited California to dig gold, but chose to abandon that purpose rather than expose his life and health in the mines.’” Johnson began his journey on February 5, 1849, on board the steamer Crescent City, sailed for Panama City, and entered San Francisco Bay on April 1. Observations of camps and towns, prominent individuals, Native Americans and their mistreatment, Peruvians, social life, mining methods, and the natural wealth of California, including livestock (abundance of wild cattle in Sacramento Valley, but difficult to capture; ridges on San Francisco Bay covered with herds of wild cattle and horses; reduced state of Indians in servitude at Fort Sutter, noting however that some of them are exceptionally skilled vaqueros; best grazing for cattle in Santa Clara Valley; etc.). $250.00


2879. JOHNSON, Virginia D. It Happens Once in a Lifetime. Denver: Bell Printing, [1950]. 191 pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original blue cloth. Spine worn at joints, light shelf wear. Author’s signed presentation copy, inscribed and with her business card laid in.

First edition. Wynar 135. Colorado and Denver local history with biographies of early settlers, including stockmen. $20.00


2880. JOHNSON, W. Fletcher. Life of Sitting Bull and History of the Indian War of 1890-91: The Red Record of the Sioux. N.p.: Edgewood Publishing Company, [1891]. 587 pp., illustrations. Small 8vo, later dark green cloth with reinforced hinges, binder’s ink stamp on front endpaper and owners ink stamps on rear endpapers, text foxed and browned.

First edition. Campbell, p. 179: “Sensational and largely untrue. The author’s preface admits as much. Interesting as a sample of popular feeling at the time.” Dustin 155. Rader 2101. Among the amusing observations regarding stockmen and cowboys: “[They] wore big, jingling Mexican spurs. Indeed it is part of the religion of every man connected with a Western stock ranch to never remove his spurs on any occasion whatever, with the possible exception of when going to bed—and there are occasions in the life of the gay and exuberant cowboy when the formality is humorously omitted even at the time of retiring, and the hotel landlord is confronted in the morning with a hopeless tangle of spurs, cowboy, and bed clothing.” Included are accounts of some outlaws and formerly fierce Indian warriors who transitioned into successful ranchers and cattlemen. $30.00


2881. JOHNSON, William Weber. Kelly Blue. Foreword by Tom Lea. Garden City: Doubleday, 1960. 263 pp., color plates and pictorial endpapers by H. O. Kelly. 8vo, original beige cloth. Fine in worn and repaired d.j. Presentation copy inscribed to Carl and Vivian Hertzog, signed by Johnson. Two postcards of H. O. Kelly paintings laid in.

First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 84). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 123. Biography of painter H. O. “Cowboy” Kelly, who spent most of his life as a hired hand, working as a teamster in Arizona, ranch hand in Texas, sheepherder in Nebraska, and farmer in the Dust Bowl. Introduction by Harold McCracken. $30.00


2882. JOHNSON, William Weber. Kelly Blue. Foreword by Tom Lea. College Station & London: Texas A&M Press, [1979]. xii, 175 pp., plates (from paintings by H. O. Kelly). Square 8vo, original blue cloth. Very fine in d.j.

Second edition. $10.00


2883. [JOHNSON COUNTY WAR]. The First Eyewitness Accounts of the Johnson County War in Wyoming 1892 [wrapper title]. Evanston: Branding Iron Press, 1955. 7 pp., 4to, inserted into original yellow pictorial portfolio wrappers. Very fine.

Limited edition (1,000 copies, signed); the first printing, Buffalo, 1892, is exceedingly rare. Adams, One-Fifty 86n: “This pamphlet, rare in the original edition, makes many serious accusations and calls names, listing some of Wyoming’s most prominent cattlemen. Every effort was made to destroy all the copies and was so successful that only a few copies are known to exist. It originally appeared in the Buffalo Bulletin and ten days later was issued in folder form.” Guns 1184n. Herd 1175n. $35.00


2884. JOHNSTON, Harry V. My Home on the Range: Frontier Life in the Bad Lands. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Webb Publishing Company, [1942]. [13] 313 pp., frontispiece portrait of author, illustrations (many photographic), brands. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Fine in moderately rubbed d.j. Inscribed by author.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:221. Guns 1188: “A book of reminiscences which contains some minor information on Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.” Herd 1184. The author arrived in the Dakota Territory at the age of ten; his recollections of pioneer life in the badlands include many anecdotes of ranch families and life on the range. $35.00


2885. JOHNSTON, Harry V. My Home on the Range: Frontier Life in the Bad Lands. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Webb Publishing Company, [1942]. Another copy, not inscribed. Fine in worn, soiled, chipped d.j. $20.00


2886. JOHNSTON, Winifred. “Cow-Country Theatre” in Southwest Review 18:1 (October 1932). Pp. 10-27. 8vo, original terracotta wrappers. Wrappers worn at edges, light foxing to fore-edges and endpapers, generally fine.

First edition. Herd 1187n (listing offprint): “Scarce.... Deals with the rodeo as a show.” Article on the contribution of Wild West shows to the image of America. Also contains “The Cattlemen Get Together” by W. C. Holden and “Naturalists of the Frontier” by Samuel W. Geiser. $10.00


2887. JONES, C. N. Early Days in Cooke County, 1843-1873. Gainesville: Privately published, [ca. 1936]. 4 [2] 5-44 [2] 45-88 pp., photographic portraits, text illustrations. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers, stapled. Lower corner slightly dog-eared, otherwise fine. Signed by author and ink stamped September 19, 1936. Later ink ownership inscription on title.

First edition. CBC 1121. Guns 1191: “Though a comparatively recent book, this volume seems to have become rare. It contains some material on outlawry.” Herd 1188. Jones (b. North Carolina 1858) came to Cooke County, Texas, with his parents in 1860, where they established a stock-raising farm near Leo on Clear Creek, later relocating to Gainesville. Indian troubles; emigrant trail to California that passed through Cooke County; Butterfield Overland Trail; “Chisum” Cattle Trail; 1860 overland trip from Illinois to Marysville by Theodore von Schausiell; Cloud Ranch across the border in Indian Territory owned by Mrs. Dibberrell, who was half Choctaw, educated in Boston, and spoke French, English, and Choctaw; “Hunting for Wild Beeves”; “A Brief History of Early Days in North Texas and Indian Territory” by Joe T. Roff; Gainesville executions during the Civil War; fencing war in Chickasaw Nation 1876-77; whiskey peddlers operating in Indian Territory and related violence; cowboy D. H. Sapp’s account of Marysville (including open-range ranching and early cattle drives); etc. $450.00


2888. JONES, Daniel W. Forty Years among the Indians.... Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1890. 400 pp. (without the portrait that Mintz notes is not found in all copies). 8vo, original blue cloth embossed with floral design, stamped in gilt. Very minor wear, overall a fine copy.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and of the Rockies 253. Flake 4484. Graff 2234. Howes J207. Mintz, The Trail 262: “Surprised by an early and devastating winter, 145 of the 376 Mormon Handcart pioneer members of Edward Martin’s Company perished. A dramatic rescue of the survivors took place from a stone refuge near Devil’s Gate Wyoming. One of these, Daniel Jones, writes firsthand about this incident, along with many others, as he relates his adventurous life.” Munk (Alliot), p. 120. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 919n: “The experiences of a Mormon peacemaker among western tribes.” Rader 2112. Saunders 2992. Daniel W. Jones (1830-1915) was born in Boonslick, Missouri. During the Mexican-American War he enlisted and spent some “wild and reckless” days in Mexico. He learned Spanish, and, after leaving the army, traveled as a sheepherder to Utah with 8,000 sheep. Accidentally wounded near Provo, he was nursed to physical and spiritual health by the Mormons, whom he joined. Jones’s inspired recipe for rawhide, developed during the winter ordeal, may give some insight into Mormon self-sufficiency and emphasis on laying in provisions: “I was impressed how to fix the stuff and gave the company advice, telling them how to cook it; for them to scorch and scrape the hair off.... After scraping, boil one hour in plenty of water, throwing the water away which had extracted all the glue, then wash and scrape the hide thoroughly, washing in cold water, then boil to a jelly and let it get cold, and then eat with a little sugar sprinkled on it. This was considerable trouble, but we had little else to do and it was better than starving.” A good deal of the narrative relates to cattle: trail driving, cattle rustling, and the perception by most all denizens of the West that cattle were essential for survival. Many interesting observations are made, such as the rawhide recipe preceding; “We kill our cattle to keep them from wolves”; documentation of battles with Indians and others regarding ownership of cattle; etc. $150.00


2889. JONES, Daniel W. Forty Years among the Indians.... Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1890. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, green cloth with embossed floral design, stamped in gilt. Shelf wear at spinal extremities and edges, newspaper clipping mounted on front endpaper, otherwise fine. $125.00