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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2965-2989

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2965. KING, Frank M. Mavericks: The Salty Comments of an Old-Time Cowpuncher. Pasadena: Trail’s End, [1947]. xii, 275 [1] pp., color frontispiece and illustrated endpapers by C. M. Russell, chapter illustrations by Clarence Ellsworth. 8vo, original tan leatherette, gilt lettering on spine and upper cover, Charles M. Russell gilt illustration on lower cover. Slight wear to head of spine, upper hinge cracked, otherwise very fine in fine d.j. Signed by author.

First edition (#25 of 350 signed and numbered copies). Introduction by Ramon Adams. Adams, Burs I:227. Campbell, p. 98: “All who relish cowboy lore will love this one.” Dobie, p. 110. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Ellsworth 21). Guns 1237: “Frank King knew many of the outlaws of the Southwest personally, and his book contains many references to them.... Debunks some of the legends about Billy the Kid.” Herd 1275: “The material in this book was selected from the author’s column ‘Mavericks,’ which ran for many years in the Western Livestock Journal of Los Angeles.” Yost & Renner, Russell I:52. Includes a chapter on “The Weaker Sex.” $100.00


2966. KING, Frank M. Mavericks.... Pasadena: Trail’s End, [1947]. 8vo, original red fabricoid, green lettering on upper cover and spine. Another copy of limited edition (#242 of 350 copies, signed by author). $100.00


2967. KING, Frank M. Mavericks.... Pasadena: Trail’s End, [1947]. 8vo, original red cloth, gilt lettering on spine and upper cover. Very fine in d.j. with slight wear.

First edition, trade issue. $35.00


2968. KING, Frank M. Mavericks.... Pasadena: Trail’s End, [1947]. 8vo, original red cloth, gilt lettering on spine and upper cover. Fine copy, d.j. not present. Another copy of trade issue. $20.00


2969. KING, Frank M. Pioneer Western Empire Builders: A True Story of the Men and Women of Pioneer Days. [Pasadena: Trail’s End, 1946]. [18] 22-383 pp., photographic frontispiece, plates (one by Russell), portraits, maps, facsimiles. 8vo, original three-quarter leather with raised bands over gilt-pictorial tan cloth. Text toned (as usual), else fine, with author’s signed and dated inscription to Leonard J. Strock (1889-1972), Wyoming rancher who was also an expert trainer of thoroughbred horses.

First edition. Deluxe edition (#274 of an undesignated number of copies, signed by author; “First edition” is handwritten by the author on the limitation page). Adams, Burs I:228. Dobie, p. 110. Dykes, Kid 367. Guns 1238: “Scarce.... Contains some information on Billy the Kid and other outlaws of the Southwest.” Herd 1276. Smith 5491. Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:79. Chapters include “The Old Butterfield Stage Coach Line,” “Bustin’ the Rough Ones,” “Montana Vigilantes and Sheriff Plummer,” “J. J. Ballard—One of the West’s Builders,” “The Round-Up Wagon,” “The Arbuckle Ranch,” “Longhorn Steer Intelligence,” “Old Style Harness Races,” “Col. Jeff D. Milton,” “Old Double Circle Ranch,” “Early Cattle Drive by a Pioneer Cattleman,” and “George W Coe.” Good information on women pioneers. $75.00


2970. KING, Frank M. Pioneer Western Empire Builders.... [Pasadena: Trail’s End, 1946]. Another copy (#1,043 of an undesignated number of copies, signed by author; “First edition” is an ink stamp above the limitation statement), variant binding. 8vo, original gilt-pictorial brown leather. Edges rubbed, margins of text age-toned, otherwise fine. $25.00


2971. KING, Frank M. Wranglin’ the Past, Being the Reminiscences of Frank M. King. [Los Angeles: Haynes Corp. for the author; “Privately Published For His Friends By The Author”], 1935. 244 pp., illustrated title, photographic frontispiece portrait, plates (mostly photographic). 8vo, original gilt-lettered red cloth. Binding worn and discolored, text block loose. Signed, dated, and inscribed by author to novelist John T. McIntyre (1871-1951). Scarce, and difficult to find in collector’s condition.

First edition, limited edition (500 copies). Adams, Burs I:229; One-Fifty 91: “Scarce.... Considerable material on gunmen such as Johnny Ringo, Billy the Kid, and the Earps.” Dobie, pp. 109-10: “King went all the way from Texas to California, listening and looking.” Dykes, Kid 219 & 365: “King invaded Lincoln County in 1884 and worked on the old Flying H ranch, south of Lincoln, for Jimmy Dolan.” Guns 1239. Herd 1277. Howes K151. Saunders 3001. Smith 5492. Wallace, Arizona History X:26. $100.00


2972. KING, Frank M. Wranglin’ the Past.... [Pasadena: Trail’s End, 1946]. 284 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates, illustration by C. M. Russell. 8vo, original red cloth gilt. Fine in rubbed, price-clipped d.j.

 Second edition, revised, with added Russell illustrations and introduction by H. E. Britzman. Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:80. $45.00


2973. KING, Frank M. Wranglin’ the Past.... [Pasadena: Trail’s End, 1946]. Another copy, variant binding and without the d.j. 8vo, original gilt-pictorial light brown leather. Cover rubbed, otherwise fine. Specially bound to match Pioneer Western Empire Builders (above). $25.00


2974. KING, Leonard. From Cattle Rustler to Pulpit. San Antonio: Naylor, 1943. x, 216 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 8vo, original textured red cloth. Very light shelf wear, text browned, otherwise fine in lightly foxed d.j.

First edition. Campbell, p. 98. Guns 1240: “Taught cattle rustling by his father, this author became an expert and followed the outlaw trail until he was converted to religion and became a minister of the gospel.” Herd 1278. From the foreword by Carl S. Chilton: “No student of ‘Americana’ is thorough who neglects the saga of the cattle industry. During the peak of this industry in the seventies and eighties of the past century, great fortunes were amassed and ranches, larger than some of the eastern states, were formed. In the United States of a generation ago, it was the dream of every boy to become a cowboy. Farm boys and city boys alike ran away from home to become tenderfeet. Remittance men from England became cowboys. Capitalists invested in the business for monetary returns. Thieves and outlaws became cowhands and rustlers. Men of all classes , and abilities, and levels were the attracted by the daring outdoor life and by the hazards of bad men and stampeding animals. The cattle industry is indigenous to America. Nowhere else in the world did it exist in the manner and on the scale that prevailed here.” $35.00


2975. KING, Thomas E. The Great White Cattle: The Origin and Development of the Charolais Breed. Chicago: Wolf & Krautter, [1967]. 56 pp., photographic text illustrations (some in color and full-page), map. 4to, original brown printed wrappers. Lightly worn, some foxing to text, otherwise fine.

First edition. Originating in France and becoming internationally popular after World War II, the Charolais breed changed beef production concepts almost as much as the original British breeds did in the American Southwest more than a century ago. $45.00


2976. [KING RANCH]. CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES. One Hundred Years of Ranching, King Ranch. Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 1953. 143 pp., photographic illustrations, maps. 4to, original beige pictorial cloth. Fine.

First edition. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 54. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 102 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 2260. Mohr, The Range Country 703: “Outstanding on cattle and ranching.” On July 12, 1953, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times published a special edition saluting the King Ranch on the occasion of its centennial, with stories written by the Caller-Times staff. Because of the large demand for more copies of the paper, the Caller-Times published this volume of selected stories and pictures on King Ranch history and personnel, geography, cattle, roundups, racing, oil, and business. Information on Henrietta King and Helen Kleberg, as well as social aspects of the ranch. $30.00


2977. [KING RANCH]. FRISSELL, Toni (photographer). The King Ranch, 1939-1944: A Photographic Essay.... Dobbs Ferry, New York: Morgan & Morgan for the Amon Carter Museum, [1975]. 20 unnumbered pp. (introductory material) + 106 black and white plates. 4to, original half burgundy cloth over white decorative linen with Running W brand on upper cover. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine in rubbed d.j. with minor chipping.

First edition. Introduction and captions by Holland McCombs. Whaley, William D. Wittliff and the Encino Press: A Bibliography 129: “Frissell made this photographic record of activities on the ranch owned by the Kleberg family during several visits between 1939 and 1944. Pictured are roundups, branding, cattle drives, cow camps, and the individuals who participated in them.” Toni Frissell’s photographs deserve a place in Evelyn King’s Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup. Rancher Helen C. Kleberg invited her friend Antoinette “Toni” Frissell Bacon (b. 1907, Manhattan-d. 1988, Long Island) to document that grandest of ranches—its land, people, and activities. Frissell was an internationally known photographer in the 1930s and 1940s with keen interest in women, Blacks, fashion, sports, and World War II. The original photos in this book are the property of the King Ranch, but have been exhibited from time to time, most recently at the Witte Museum in an exhibit entitled Two Women Look West: Photographs of King Ranch by Helen C. Kleberg and Toni Frissell. $40.00


2978. [KING RANCH]. KELLEY, Hubert. “America’s Forbidden Kingdom” in The American Magazine 124:4 (October 1937). Pp. 30-31, 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, illustrations. 4to, original multicolor pictorial wrappers. Lightly worn, overall fine.

First printing. Article about the King Ranch. $10.00


2979. [KING RANCH]. The King Ranch Family [genealogical chart]. N.p.: Exxon Company, 1981. Folio broadside measuring 43 x 56 cm. Fine.

Revised edition. Family tree of five generations of the descendants of Captain Richard King and Henrietta Maria Morse Chamberlain King. $45.00


2980. [KING RANCH]. WALSH, James W. “Untold Facts about Texas’ Mysterious King Ranch” in Front Page Detective 2:3 (April 1938). Pp. 26-31, 105-107, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original multicolor pictorial wrappers. Lower spine damaged, acidic paper friable, otherwise very good.

First printing. Article on the King Ranch and several mysterious deaths that occurred there. $10.00


2981. [KINGSLEY, Rose Georgina]. South by West; or, Winter in the Rocky Mountains and Spring in Mexico. London: W. Isbister & Co., 1874. xvii [3] 411 pp., frontispiece, numerous text illustrations, folded map. 8vo, contemporary three-quarter purple leather over boards, spine gilt. Binding rubbed, interior lightly foxed, overall good to very good. Binder’s small ink stamp on front free endpaper. Also included is a copy of Christmas and New Year’s in Colorado, Seventy-Five Years Ago, 1871-1872, from “South by West.” Colorado Springs: Privately Printed for the Friends of Julia F. and John J. Lipsey, Christmas 1946. 13 [1] pp., 1 text illustration. 8vo, original green printed wrappers. Rubbed, corners bumped, otherwise fine. Signed by the Lipseys (who wrote the introduction) for H. M. Sender.

First edition. Edited by Rev. Charles Kingsley, whose name is on the title with designation of editor; Halkett & Laing and others identify the work as that of Rose Georgina Kingsley, daughter of Rev. Kingsley. Eberstadt 107:99: “The author travelled overland from St. Louis to Denver in 1871. In the following year she continued her journey via the Denver and Union Pacific Railroad to Ogden and Salt Lake City, where she described the life of the Mormons; she passed Virginia City on her way to San Francisco, whence she journeyed south to Mexico.” Flake 4633b. Sabin 87346. Wynar 2042. Rose Kingsley travelled as a member of a reconnaissance team for the Mexican National Railway, headed by U.S. railroad promoter William J. Palmer. The book is about evenly divided between travels through the United States and Mexico. Observations include buffalo, stagecoaches and stage drivers, antelope hunting, Native Americans, Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, Yosemite, Querétaro, “A Wicked Bull,” “Cow Catching a Dangerous Amusement” (about cow-catchers on trains), and “Stock-Farmers’ Troubles”: “When we crossed the Divide the difference in climate showed strangely. With us at Colorado Springs, the snow has never lain more than four days at the longest. Northward, the country is covered with a solid cake of frozen snow, two to twelve inches deep; and our Scotch friends on Plum Creek are in sad trouble about their cattle, most of them having run off before the storms to the rich pastures of the Arkansas River, a hundred miles south, while those that remain are grubbing about in the snow for patches of buffalo or bunch grass.”

The author generally comments negatively and poignantly on the ranches north of the border, e.g., this observation on a prairie ranch near Salina: “It is a lonely life, that of a rancheman. Settled out upon the prairie with his herd of horses and cattle, often without another house within a dozen or twenty miles, the only human beings whom he sees are the passengers on the daily train, or some passing emigrants, wearily crawling over the plains with their white-covered ox-waggons; except when he drives his beasts for sale to the nearest market. In the winter the storms are terrible; and in December 1871, hardly more than a month after I crossed the plains, twenty-seven men were brought in on the Kansas Pacific Railroad frozen to death while tending their herds. One man, large cattle-owner, was found dead thirty yards from his own door, with $5000 in his pockets; having apparently wandered round and round, bewildered in the blinding snow, and dropped at last from exhaustion, not knowing he was close to his home.” So much for the thrill and delight of ranch life. For interesting commentary on the author and her observations, see Karen M. Morin, Frontiers of Femininity: A New Historical Geography of the Nineteenth-Century American West (Syracuse University Press, 2008). $175.00


2982. KINO, Eusebio Francisco. Kino’s Historical Memoir of Pimeria Alta: A Contemporary Account of the Beginnings of California, Sonora, and Arizona. By Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, S. J. Pioneer Missionary Explorer, Cartographer and Ranchman 1683-1711 From the Original Manuscript in the Archives of Mexico, Translated into English, Edited, and Annotated By Herbert Eugene Bolton.... Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1948. 379; 329 pp., 7 plates and maps (one folding). 2 vols. in one, 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in rubbed and chipped d.j.

Reprint of first edition, published in a limited edition of 750 copies in Cleveland in 1919. Clark & Brunet 139: “First publication of Kino’s history in any language. He was one of the most remarkable of the many remarkable men to serve in the missions of the Spanish borderlands. His history will be for all time the principal history of Pimeria Alta during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.” Cowan, p. 331. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 4d. Herd 1282: “Scholarly work dealing with, among other things, the early cattle soon after their introduction into this country.” Howes K169: “The original Jesuit manuscript; of grave value on the early southwest.” Wallace, Arizona History III:15.

In 1684 Kino led the first overland expedition across Baja California. He proved that California was not an island, and his revised maps of the Pacific coast of North America demonstrated that California was accessible overland. While serving in Pimería Alta, he made about forty expeditions into what is now Arizona and was probably the first white man to see the Casa Grande ruins. He missionized approximately 30,000 Indians from many tribes and performed some 4,000 baptisms. An indefatigable equestrian, Father Kino often rode thirty-five miles a day bringing Christianity into areas where it had never been before and establishing herds and mission ranches. Father Kino did not own even one pair of Levis, but truly he was the father of the ranchers and drovers of the Southwest U.S. $50.00


2983. KIP, Leonard. California Sketches, with Recollections of the Gold Mines. Los Angeles: N. A. Kovach, 1946. xi [5] 58 [4] pp., decorative title page, photographic plate, text illustrations, map, errata slip laid in. Small 8vo, original brown gilt-pictorial cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine in worn d.j.

Second edition (first edition, Albany, 1850). California Centennial Series 1. Introduction by Lyle H. Wright, title page designed by John B. Goodman. Cowan, p. 331n. Graff 2343n: “Informative and valuable.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 379bn: “Excellent descriptions of San Francisco, Stockton, mining camps, and life in the diggings around the Mokelumne River area.” Howes K174. Rocq 10081. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 119n. Included is interesting ranch-related content, such as observations on Californios’ skill with the lasso; rounding up wild cattle; and a “legend” of Stockton’s origins (“One day, when Weber was wandering about after elk, he was met by an affrighted Mexican, who, having been attacked by the natives, had, after considerable personal risk, seen his cattle driven off and his rancho partially burnt, and was then about to abandon the country, being unwilling to remain longer in a place where such assaults were every day becoming more and more frequent; that Weber, taking advantage of the fugitive’s terror, easily [obtained] the whole estate and fixtures; that the friendship of the good chief Cacoux caused the plundered cattle to be restored and preserved the rancho from future outrages; and that, better yet, it was upon part of this estate Stockton arose, thereby changing cattle pastures into city lots, and, in a few months, making the lucky owner, one of the wealthiest nabobs of the country”). $20.00


2984. KIP, W[illia]m Ingraham. Early Days of My Episcopate.... Oakland: Biobooks, 1954. [10] 105 [3] pp., several plates. Folio, original half purple cloth over grey pictorial boards. Edges rubbed, otherwise fine.

Limited edition (500 copies). California Relations 38. Cowan, p. 332n. Graff 2344n: “Personal and local history from Bishop Kip’s arrival in California in 1853 to 1860 are treated here.” Rocq 16971n. The author provides several literate descriptions of ranching and cattle, including a visit with Don Juan Bandini. Of Bandini’s numerous ranches and thousands of head of cattle, the Bishop remarks: “Belonging to an old Spanish Mexican family, [Bandini] has retained much of his landed possessions, which in this country constitute wealth.” The Right Reverend Bishop Kip describes the challenges faced by Mexican and Indian Californians due to U.S. citizens’ migration to California: “Our country...robbed their ranches, seized their lands, and drove them to the wall. At the very time that Don Juan was showing his unbounded hospitality to a party of American strangers, who had no claim on him...his son arrived from one of his ranches on the other side of the lie, ninety miles distant. He had ridden in on a single horse in one night, to announce to his father, that Walker’s company of filibusters had killed the cattle, driven off the horses, and completely stripped the ranch. And this is not by any means the first time he has been thus plundered.” $20.00


2985. [KIRKER, JAMES]. Captain Don Santiago Kirker (James Kirker), the Indian Fighter: His Warring against the Apaches from 1836 to 1847. Santa Fe Republican, November 20, 1847. [Kansas City: H. M. Sender?], n.d. 8 pp. imposed on a single letter-sized sheet, not folded into a signature. Browned, otherwise fine.

Undated facsimile edition of the original 1847 Santa Fe imprint. The account presented in the Santa Fe Republican originally appeared in the St. Louis Post. Eberstadt 137:328. Plains & Rockies IV:135n: “Born in Ireland, Kirker came to Saint Louis in 1817, entered the fur trade, and in 1824 traveled to Santa Fe where he was active for a number of years. He moved to California during the Gold Rush, settled in Contra Costa County and died there a few years later. Kirker’s colorful biography is to be found in LeRoy Hafen’s Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the West 5:125-43.... Two hundred copies of the article from the Republican were printed by Muir Dawson of Los Angeles at his private press in 1948. Camp ascribed another reprint, undated and on eight unnumbered pages, to H. M. Sender in Kansas City.” Kirker was alleged to have accompanied Apache bands on livestock raids into Mexico before 1830, but was hired by the Chihuahuan government in 1831 to fight the Apache. In 1846 Kirker and his men in arms massacred 130 peaceful Apache at Galeana. He claimed to have followed the trail of rustled livestock to their encampment. $30.00


2986. KIRKPATRICK, Thomas Jefferson. The Kirkpatrick Story: The Day by Day Report of the Trek across the Plains by the Kirkpatrick Party in 1854. Orland, California: The Orland Register, 1954. [2] 18 pp. 8vo, original pale green wrappers. Head of spine with clean tear, text loose, otherwise fine.

Reprinted from the Orland Register. Mattes 1854: “A charging buffalo herd narrowly missed the train as it galloped headlong to the river, churning it to a froth and swimming across. ‘White wolves’ were pestilential, causing stampedes.... Although Snake Indians massacred a train ahead, they did not molest the Kirkpatrick outfit.” Mintz, The Trail 279: “Account of a journey from Springfield, Illinois to St. Joseph and from there to Oregon, driving a herd of cattle along the way.” $65.00


2987. KLASNER, Lily. My Girlhood among Outlaws. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, [1972]. vi [2] 336 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Lightly worn, otherwise fine.

First edition. Adams, Burs II:117: “This most interesting book of memoirs gives us some heretofore unpublished history of the frontier days of Texas and New Mexico, especially the Lincoln County War and John Chisum, whom the author knew intimately.” King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 16. In 1862 the author’s family moved to Rio Hondo, New Mexico, from Mason County, Texas, with 300 cattle, 200 sheep, and a large remuda. Lily grew up in lawless Lincoln County, where she learned to hold her own with the worst of them. Edited by Eve Ball. $25.00


2988. KLEBERG, Richard M. America: Speech of Hon. Richard M. Kleberg of Texas in the House of Representatives December 4, 1944. Washington: GPO, 1944. 3-13 pp. 8vo, original white wrappers. Upper wrapper foxed and lightly creased, bleeding from ink note on front wrapper, overall good. Typed note by J. Frank Dobie on front wrappers: “I have known Dick Kleberg for about 20 years. At the time the King Ranch put him up for Congress, they were dickering with me to write the history of the ranch—which I decided not to write—too many skeletons. Caesar Kleberg told me that Dick was their public relations man. He never represented anything but King Ranch interests, indirectly when not directly. His integrity is non-existent. J. F. D., Feb. 15, 1945.”

First edition. A speech warning against the evils of Sidney Hillman. “America did not send her sons to war to Hillmanize America.” Handbook of Texas Online: Richard Mifflin Kleberg (1887-1955): “Kleberg, rancher and congressman, son of Alice Gertrudis (King) and Robert Justus Kleberg, was born on the King Ranch.... He was active in the management of the King Ranch from 1913 to 1924 as foreman and part owner. He was an expert marksman and horseman, and in his early life he was a rodeo cowboy. He was elected in November 1931 as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Republican Harry McLeary Wurzbach. Kleberg was reelected to six succeeding congresses before being defeated in 1944 by John Lyle. He was known as the ‘Cowboy Congressman.’ He selected Lyndon B. Johnson as his first administrative assistant, thus providing Johnson with the opportunity to begin his own political career.” $150.00


2989. KLEBERG, Robert J., Jr. The Santa Gertrudis Breed of Beef Cattle [wrapper title]. Kingsville, n.d. [1954]. [12] pp., photographic illustrations. Small 4to, original white wrappers, stapled as issued. Foxed, otherwise very good.

First printing. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 82 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “A pamphlet about the first beef breed to be developed in this country.... The Santa Gertrudis are becoming popular in the Gulf Coast country”; p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). $50.00