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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2915-2939

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2915. KEITH, Elmer. Sixguns by Keith: The Standard Reference Work. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Stackpole Company, [1955]. [10] 308 pp., color frontispiece by C. M. Russell, portraits, text illustrations (many photographic, some full-page). 4to, original green cloth. Fine in moderately rubbed and chipped d.j.

First edition. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 8 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”). Guns 1212: “Some information on Soapy Smith, Billy the Kid, and other gunfighters.” Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:114. Keith was a cowboy, bronco buster, hunting guide, and rancher. He played an important role in developing the .41 and .44 Magnum revolvers. $50.00


2916. KEITH, Elmer. Sixguns by Keith: The Standard Reference Work. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Stackpole Company, [1961]. [12] 335 pp., color frontispiece by C. M. Russell, portraits, text illustrations (many photographic, some full-page). 4to, original two-tone green cloth. Very fine in lightly chipped and worn d.j.

Second edition, revised. $25.00


2917. KEITH, Noel L. The Brites of Capote: Published on the Sixty-Fifth Anniversary of Lucas Charles Brite’s Arrival beyond the Big Bend at Capote Mountain Following a Six-Hundred-Mile Cattle Drive from Central Texas. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1950. xlvi [2] 272 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original navy blue cloth gilt. Fine in lightly worn and price-clipped d.j. Inscribed and signed by author.

First edition. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 51. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #56n. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 1261. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 16: “Good account of life on the Brite Ranch in the Big Bend area during the Mexican Revolution.” Reminiscences and photos of a pioneer Big Bend family, with a great deal of information on the Bar Cross Ranch. See Handbook of Texas: Lucas Charles Brite II (excerpt): “Brite developed a ranch of 125,000 acres in Presidio County and became the breeder of champion Herefords. By March 1920 he had managed to ship 1,000 bulls of his own breeding for each of the preceding fourteen years. His cattle-breeding received several honors. He took greatest pride in the Cudahy Trophy for Grand Champion Carload of Feeder Cattle, which he won in 1922 and 1925. In 1918 he helped to organize the Highland Hereford Breeders Association in Marfa. That same year he was elected president of the Panhandle and Southwestern Stockmen’s Association. He became president of the American National Live Stock Association in 1927. In July 1928 Brite helped organize the Highland Fair Association in Presidio County and served as chairman of the livestock committee.” See also the article in the Handbook of Texas on the Brite Ranch Raid, an account of the 1917 horrendous raid on Christmas Day by Mexicans (possibly Villa’s men). The present book is one of the primary sources for that catastrophe, which documents how wild Texas could be, even in the early 20th century. $300.00


2918. KEITHLEY, Ralph. Buckey O’Neill: He Stayed with ‘Em While He Lasted. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1949. 247 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, portraits, maps. 8vo, original blue cloth. Light wear, but otherwise fine in lightly chipped d.j.

First edition. Arizona 50 #27. Guns 1213: “Biography of a noted Arizona peace officer, with an account of his chase and capture of four of the outlaws who robbed the Atlantic and Pacific train in 1889. The book also gives some information on the Earp-Clanton feud.” Powell, Arizona 50 #27: “William Owen ‘Buckey’ O’Neill was Irish, colorful, impetuous. He was at the center of everything that went on in central Arizona, and especially in Prescott until he met untimely death...almost as he would have wished...with the Rough Riders in Cuba during the Spanish American War.” Wallace, Arizona History VI:43. O’Neill was variously employed as court reporter, probate judge, superintendent of schools, editor of the Hoof and Horn (a cattleman’s journal), and sheriff. O’Neill joined the Rough Riders and became Captain of Troop A. He tried to make an entire regiment of Arizona Cowboys. Eventually though, only three troops were authorized. Buckey earned his nickname because of his tendency to “buck the tiger” at faro or other card games. $50.00


2919. KELEHER, William A. The Fabulous Frontier: Twelve New Mexico Items. Santa Fe: Rydal Press, [1945]. ix [5] 317 pp., plates, endpaper maps. 8vo, original blue cloth. Fine in soiled and worn d.j. Author’s signed and dated presentation copy to “Judge and Mrs. Orie L. Phillips old time New Mexico friends....”

First edition, limited edition (500 copies). Adams, One-Fifty 87. Campbell, p. 168. Dobie, p. 109: “Keleher is a lawyer.... The Fabulous Frontier...illuminates connections between ranch lands and politicians; principally it sketches the careers of A. B. Fall, John Chisum, Pat Garrett, Oliver Lee, Jack Thorp, Gene Rhodes, and other New Mexico notables.” Dykes, Kid 351. Guns 1214: “Scarce.... Scholarly and dependable book, which can be safely used as a source for material on Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Jim Miller, and other New Mexico gunmen. The author is a thorough historian of that state.” Herd 1262. Howes K37. $40.00


2920. KELEHER, William A. The Fabulous Frontier.... Santa Fe: Rydal Press, [1945]. Another copy. Fine in sunned d.j. (spine bumped). $40.00


2921. KELEHER, William A. The Fabulous Frontier.... Santa Fe: Rydal Press, [1945]. Another copy, without the d.j. Bookdealer’s label on back pastedown. Rubbed, otherwise fine. $25.00


2922. KELEHER, William A. The Fabulous Frontier.... Santa Fe: Rydal Press, [1946]. ix [5] 317 pp., plates, portraits, endpaper maps. 8vo, original blue cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in sunned, price-clipped d.j. with one tear.

Second printing of preceding. $10.00


2923. KELEHER, William A. Maxwell Land Grant: A New Mexico Item. Santa Fe: Rydal Press, [1942]. xiii [1] 168 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, portraits. 8vo, original sierra pictorial cloth. Fine copy in fine d.j. Frequently described as rare, but not so.

First edition. Campbell, p. 168. Dobie, p. 109: “The Maxwell grant of 1,714,764 acres on the Cimarron River was at one time perhaps the most famous tract of land in the West. This history brings in ranching only incidentally; it focuses on the land business, including grabs by Catron, Dorsey, and other affluent politicians.” Guns 1215: “Although published comparatively recently, this book has become rare.... Some material on Clay Allison, the vigilantes of New Mexico, and Billy the Kid.” Herd 1263. Howes K38. Reese, Six Score 102n: “Another excellent book, focusing more on the business aspect of the Grant.” Saunders 4279. Wynar 162. History of the 2,680-square-mile Maxwell Land Grant in Colorado and New Mexico. Cover design and case binding by Hazel Dreis. $45.00


2924. KELEHER, William A. Turmoil in New Mexico, 1846-1868. Santa Fe: Rydal Press [1952]. xii [2] 534 pp., frontispiece, plates, illustrated by Ernest L. Blumenschein and Oscar E. Berninghaus. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, The Mexican American War, p. 31. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 946: “Much on Arizona—California Column, Apaches and Navajos, the Long Walk.” Rittenhouse 344: “One section deals with the Kearny and Doniphan trips over the Santa Fe Trail.” Tutorow 3000. Scholarly study of the pivotal years between Anglo occupation and the coming of the railroad, a period that spanned the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and numerous conflicts with Apache and Navajo Indians. Included is some information on the prelude to the Lincoln County Range War. $40.00


2925. KELEHER, William A. Violence in Lincoln County, 1869-1881. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, [1957]. xvi, 390 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, endpaper maps. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Adams, One-Fifty 88: “One of the best histories of Lincoln County and its troubles, as well as the life of Billy the Kid.... Most trustworthy.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #79: “Keleher did the impossible in this book—he wrote a history of the Lincoln County War without over-emphasizing the role of Billy the Kid! This is the best book ever written about a range war.... Balanced, documented, and strongly written history.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Blumenschein 62); Rare Western Outlaw Books, p. 37; Western High Spots, p. 80 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Guns 1216. Herd 1264. Reese Six Score 64. $50.00


2926. KELLER, George. A Trip across the Plains and Life in California. Oakland: Biobooks, [1955]. x, 44 [4] pp. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.

Limited edition (500 copies), facsimile of the first edition, published at Massillon, Ohio, in 1851 (rare; only a handful of copies have survived). California Relations Series 39; with foreword by Joseph A. Sullivan. Cowan, pp. 323-24n. Graff 2284 (citing the first edition): “Wessen surmises the pamphlet may never have been distributed since in August of 1851 a severe fire destroyed all the buildings on the north side of a square on Main Street [in Massillon].” Howes K41n. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 367b: “The Wayne County Company left St. Joseph on April 10, 1850. The group followed the California Trail and entered California via Lassen’s Cutoff.” LC, California Centennial 189n. Mattes 858: “Probably first published account of the many who made the misguided turn off the Humboldt up the ‘Lawson’ or Lassen Trail.... The overland time of one week less than three months was remarkably fast for anyone diverted to Lassen’s.” Mintz, The Trail 267n: “Includes some sarcastic references to statements in Ware’s guidebook, a copy of which he appears to have used.” Plains & Rockies IV:199n. Rocq 15893. Some observations on ranchos, horses, and cattle in California, e.g.: “The horses, generally, are descendants of those brought to Mexico by the Spaniards. They are of the ordinary size, active, and capable of enduring a great deal of fatigue. Immense numbers were at the different ‘ranchos,’ or farms, prior to the discovery of the gold mines, and were then worth almost nothing. Some proprietors owned from fifteen to twenty-five thousand. If a horse was hired, they were generally satisfied if the saddle and bridle were returned. The Spanish cattle make much better meat than ours, though living on nothing but grass. They are, generally, pretty wild, and require the lasso to capture them. Some are very docile, and may be taught to be of essential service in driving cattle.” Among the ranches along the route were Lawson’s Rancho (“very little water, and a bad road”), Potter’s Rancho, Yeat’s Rancho, “First Ranchero in California,” etc. $40.00


2927. KELLER, George. A Trip across the Plains and Life in California. Oakland: Biobooks, [1955]. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original brown cloth. Mild wear to binding, otherwise a fine copy. $35.00


2928. KELLEY, [James H.] “Horsethief.” Old Aspen Photos: Prints of Twelve Historic Photographs from the Collection of Horsethief Kelley Found in an Old Aspen House. N.p. [Colorado: Estate of Alice Bertha Masterson, 1972]. 11 sepia-tone prints from old glass negatives (25 x 30.5 cm) in a pictorial folder (12th print is on folder). Folio, original goldenrod printed wrappers. Mild staining to wraps, otherwise fine.

First edition. A portfolio of miscellaneous photographic images: cowboys circa 1890; members of Utes Four Hundred Elite Society; jacks packed and ready to leave Aspen in 1890s; Colorado freighter at the turn of the century; a whole mining town has its picture taken; “parlour girl” photograph hung on backbars for advertising; Hot Springs pool at Glenwood Springs in 1890s; jacks with empty ore sacks in high mountain corral, 1880s-90s; an Indian camp; high country miners wait for a pack train to haul away bags of ore; ditch digging at the turn of the century; Denver & Rio Grande western engine #65, crew and helpers. $50.00


2929. KELLEY, [James H.] “Horsethief” (photographer). Janet Landry & Joan Lane (text and design). “Horsethief” Kelley and His Camera: A Rare Photographic Look at Aspen Area Children, Dogs, Working People, Families, Ranches, Mines, Horses, etc., at the Turn of the Century. Aspen, [1972]. [64] pp., photographic illustrations on every page. Large 8vo, original white pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued with plain white wrapper over cover (also stapled). Light soiling, but overall fine.

First edition. Wynar 1321. Photographs from the estate of Alice Bertha Masterson, including ranch themes. $35.00


2930. KELLY, Charles. The Outlaw Trail: A History of Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch, Hole-in-the-Wall, Brown’s Hole, Robber’s Roost. Salt Lake City: Published by the author, 1938. [iii]-337 [1 blank], [2] pp., 23 plates (mostly photographic), text illustrations and endpaper maps by Bill Fleming. 8vo, original maroon gilt-pictorial cloth in a faux levant style. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in the scarce d.j. (rubbed, minor chipping at corners).

First edition. Privately printed with a stated limitation of 1,000 copies (lore of the trade suggests that because of the Depression, only 500 copies were printed). Adams, One-Fifty 89: “Scarce.... An excellent history of the lives and exploits of the better-known outlaws of the Northwest.” Dykes, Rare Western Outlaw Books, pp. 29, 35. Guns 1221. Howes K58: “Includes other spectacular bandits infesting the mountains of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.” Mohr, The Range Country 695: “Issued privately in a small edition and now rare.” Thrapp (Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography II, p. 767) describes Kelly’s classic book as “among the finest books published on outlaws of the Great Basin country.” Thrapp discusses Kelly’s iconoclastic, cynical nature “almost to the point of misanthropy” and recalls that Kelly’s eulogist conceded Kelly had a “barbwire personality.” 

Kelly (1889-1971) compiled this work from newspapers, books, articles in periodicals, and—most importantly—interviews with old-timers. “Cassidy was one of the first to break ground on the Outlaw Trail, a meandering ghostlike path that began in Mexico, ran through Utah, and ended in Montana. The unofficial trail linked together a series of hideouts and ranches, like the Carlisle Ranch near Monticello, where ranch owners seemed willing to give jobs to outlaw cowboys” <>. Occasionally Kelly discusses women on the Outlaw Trail, such as distaff rustler and rancher Ann Bassett of Brown’s Peak: “[Sam] Bassett was an unassuming individual but his Amazonian wife had the reputation of being able to outride, outrope, outshoot and outcuss any cowboy in that part of Wyoming. Her two daughters became expert in handling cattle. Ann, who earned her title as ‘Queen of the Rustlers,’ and Josie, who was quick on the trigger, were a pair of real desert queens” (p. 70). Josie Bassett, “the hard-riding, straight-shooting cowgirl not content to play the part of a meek housewife” (p. 73), was married five times, and Butch was said to be one of her myriad paramours. The book ends with a chapter asking that age-old question about icons who capture the popular imagination: “Is Butch Cassidy Dead?” $300.00


2931. KELLY, Charles. The Outlaw Trail: A History of Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch. New York: Devin-Adair Company, 1959. x, 374 pp., plates (mostly photographic), endpaper maps. 8vo, original half black cloth over turquoise gilt-pictorial cloth. Endpapers stained, otherwise fine in d.j.

Second edition, revised and enlarged, with two added chapters, postscript, and index. Guns 1222. $30.00


2932. KELLY, Charles. Salt Desert Trails: A History of the Hastings Cutoff and Other Early Trails Which Crossed the Great Salt Desert Seeking a Shorter Road to California. Salt Lake City: Western Printing Co., 1930. 178 [4, index] pp., frontispiece, illustrations, facsimile, endpaper maps. 8vo, original green cloth over flexible boards, title and illustration embossed on upper cover. Lightly rubbed, some staining to back cover, otherwise fine. With author’s signed and dated presentation inscription to H. M. Sender, “in appreciation of your enthusiasm for this kind of history....”

First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 87: “Some mention of Death Valley.” Flake 4565: “Concerned with the Hastings cut-off, but has some material on Mormon pioneers.” Howes K59. Paher, Nevada 1020: “Discusses the major routes across the Great Salt Desert and northern Nevada and provides information on the principal emigrant parties which made the overland journey to California in the mid-19th century. He includes Smith, 1827; the Bartleson party, 1841; Frémont, 1845; the Donner party, 1846; James Clyman, 1846; the Stansbury expedition, 1849 and others.” The text mentions several ranches located around the various springs that were sparsely scattered along the trails, including Miles Goodyear’s Ranch. Had the Donner-Party known of Goodyear’s stockade, they could have been saved from disaster after the loss of their cattle, which could have been replaced. Kelly describes how the loss of about a 100 cattle and oxen played a pivotal role in the misfortunes of the Donner-Reed party and the fortunes of the Paiutes. Other ranches of note include the Cummings Brothers Ranches on the long slope of Pilot Peak and the McKeller Ranch nearby, whose proprietor (eighty-year-old Eugene Munsey) provided much documentation on the trail, including artifacts from the Donner Party and other emigrants. $125.00


2933. KELLY, Charles. Salt Desert Trails.... Salt Lake City: Western Printing Co., 1930. Another copy. Very fine, signed by the author. $125.00


2934. KELLY, Charles. Salt Desert Trails.... Salt Lake City: Western Printing Co., 1930. Another copy, not signed. Corners bumped, otherwise fine. $75.00


2935. KELLY, Charles. Salt Desert Trails.... Salt Lake City: Western Printing Co., 1930. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original brown and green cloth over flexible boards, title and illustration embossed on upper cover. Binding rubbed, otherwise fine; laid in are remnants of the scarce d.j. (with publisher’s blurbs) and a few related news clippings. $75.00


2936. KELLY, Charles & Maurice L. Howe. Miles Goodyear: First Citizen of Utah, Trapper, Trader, and California Pioneer. Salt Lake City: [Privately Printed for the Authors by] Western Printing Company, 1937. 152 [8, index] pp., frontispiece, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original green cloth. Lower hinge weak, otherwise fine in fair d.j. Kelly’s signed and dated presentation inscription to J. Cecil Alter “who would have made a much better job of this story!...”

Limited edition (#5 of 350 copies). Howes K56. Goodyear, born in 1817 and orphaned at age four, went West in 1836 with the Whitmans but left the party at Fort Hall to become a mountain man. He married Pomona, daughter of a Ute chief, and established Fort Buenaventura, the first Anglo fort and trading post west of Wasatch Range (on the site of present Ogden). This settlement, strategically placed for the convenience of emigrants to Oregon and California, included gardens and corrals for livestock. Goodrich hoped to profit from both trapping and trade with overland emigrants in need of supplies, vegetables, and livestock. After making a very good deal selling supplies to Frémont’s party, he traveled to California (Fort Sutter) to acquire horses to trade to emigrants bound for California and Oregon. He made one of the longest stock drives in U.S. history, driving about 230 horses from the California ranchos to St. Joseph, Missouri. He sold Fort Buenaventura to the Mormons in 1847 for slightly under $2,000 in gold, and for the next two years engaged in horse trading and gold mining before dying in the Sierra on November 12, 1849. Goodyear represents the transition of the mountain man and fur trade in the West to the focus on cattle and horses. $200.00


2937. KELLY, Charles & Maurice L. Howe. Miles Goodyear.... Salt Lake City: Western Printing Company, 1937. Another copy (#312 of 350 copies). Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in fair d.j. Signed by Charles Kelly. $150.00


2938. KELLY, Charles & Maurice L. Howe. Miles Goodyear.... Salt Lake City: Western Printing Company, 1937. Another copy, not signed (#294 of 350 copies). Fine in sunned and rubbed d.j. $100.00


2939. KELLY, Charles & Dale Morgan. Old Greenwood: The Story of Caleb Greenwood, Trapper, Pathfinder, and Early Pioneer. Georgetown, California: Talisman Press, 1965. 361 [19, index] pp., color engraving on title page, full-page photographic illustrations, folding map, pictorial endpapers. 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine in two slipcases.

Limited edition (#65 of 100 copies, signed by Kelly and Morgan); revised, with additional notes and research by Dale Morgan (first edition Salt Lake City, 1936). Howes K57n. Paher, Nevada 1019n: “Included in the adventures of this colorful pioneer are passing references to several incidents which occurred in northern Nevada, as Greenwood led various emigrant groups along the Humboldt River to California.” Rocq S2526. This biography includes information on Greenwood’s encounters with ranchers and stockmen. Caleb Greenwood (ca. 1763-c. 1850) at the age of 81 led one of the first wagon trains to California. Among the groups Greenwood led to California was the William Campbell party. $200.00