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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 3065-3089

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3065. LASATER, Laurence. The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1972. Another copy, wrappers issue. 8vo, original orange pictorial wrappers. Lightly rubbed, otherwise fine. $30.00


3066. LASATER, Laurence. The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1972. xiii [1] 69 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original white pictorial linen. Very fine in fine d.j.

Fourth printing. $10.00


3067. LATHAM, Francis S. Travels in the Republic of Texas, 1842. Austin: Encino Press, 1971. xi [1] 49 [2] pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations, and endpaper maps by Barbara Whitehead. 8vo, original cream printed boards. Very fine, signed by editor.

First edition (originally published serially in the American Eagle, April 21-July 9, 1842); edited by Gerald S. Pierce. Narratives of the American West Series 2. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “A first-person view of Texas in 1842 by an educated, insightful observer. The author arrived in Galveston and visited Houston, La Grange, Bastrop, Austin, and San Antonio. Includes descriptions of Sam Houston, Edward Burleson, a visit to a ranch near Seguin, the Lipan Apaches, agricultural opportunities, etc.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2078: “Provides considerable evidence of Comanche depredations and the great fear of Texans toward this tribe.” Whaley, Wittliff and the Encino Press 84. Handbook of Texas Online: “Francis William Latham, rancher and legislator, was born in Groton, Connecticut, in 1818. He came to Texas during the Mexican War and served in the military. In 1848 Latham settled near Brownsville and began to farm and ranch. Latham, a Democrat, was first elected as a representative from Cameron County in 1855 and served in the House of the Sixth and Seventh legislatures. In 1858 President James Buchanan nominated him to serve as the customs collector for Brazos de Santiago. In addition, Latham served as a county clerk. He was a member of the Secession Convention and voted to secede from the United States on February 1, 1861. After the war Latham served in the House of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth legislatures, and was the chairman of the Committee on Claims and Accounts during the Nineteenth and Twentieth.” $30.00


3068. LATHAM, Hiram. Trans-Missouri Stock Raising: The Pasture Lands of North America, Winter Grazing. Denver: [Designed by Carl Hertzog for] Fred A. Rosenstock, The Old West Publishing Co., 1962. xvi, 94 pp., illustrations by E. M. Schiwetz. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. A fine copy, with 2 d.j.’s and 3 copies of publisher’s announcement laid in.

Limited edition (999 copies, signed by Hertzog); first published in Omaha in 1871. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #71. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Schiwetz 29); Western High Spots, p. 16 (“Western Movement—Its Literature”): “Latham was the resident doctor at the Union Pacific Hospital at Laramie and an enthusiastic rancher on the Laramie Plains. He wrote a series of letters to the Omaha Herald, and they were published as a pamphlet...with the prediction in the subtitle: The Sources of the Future Beef and Wool Supply of the United States. The Union Pacific distributed thousands of copies of Dr. Latham’s pamphlet to promote the growth of population along their lines. Dr. Latham’s Account was the first general appraisal of any important segment of our great cow country. While McCoy’s Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade has long been regarded as the first of the great books about the range livestock industry, it was issued three years after the Latham. Only twelve copies of the Latham pamphlet are known today—all in institutional libraries. By 1881 the Union Pacific needed a new promotional piece and they persuaded General James S. Brisbin to lend his name to a rewrite of Latham’s pamphlet. It was published...with the title The Beef Bonanza.... Brisbin’s book is credited with helping promote the great cattle boom of the early eighties and with leading the British capitalists to invest considerable sums in the cattle industry in the West”; p. 22 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”); p. 86 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Graff 2408n. Herd 1309n. Howes L118n. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 146. Mohr, The Range Country 700. Reese, Six Score 68n. The first edition wrappers are reproduced on the endpapers. Introduction by Jeff Dykes. $40.00


3069. LATHAM, Hiram. Trans-Missouri Stock Raising.... Denver: [Designed by Carl Hertzog for] Fred A. Rosenstock, The Old West Publishing Co., 1962. Another copy. Very fine in very fine d.j. $25.00


3070. LATHAM, Hiram. Trans-Missouri Stock Raising.... Denver: [Designed by Carl Hertzog for] Fred A. Rosenstock, The Old West Publishing Co., 1962. Another copy. Very fine in lightly worn d.j. $15.00


3071. LATHROP, Amy. Tales of Western Kansas. [Kansas City, Missouri: La Rue, 1948]. 152 pp., photographic text illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth stamped in gilt. Fine. Scarce, privately printed.

First edition. Adams, Burs II:240 (among Adams’s criticisms regarding ranching are a misspelling of Chisum’s name; the assertion that Billy the Kid went to work on Chisum’s ranch where he “fed his cattle before driving them to Abilene and Denver markets”; reasons Garrett wanted Brazil off his ranch; etc.). Guns 1284: “Scarce.... Has material on Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, and Pat Garrett.” Kansas history based on the stories of old-timers, including many anecdotes relating to the cattle industry. The author was married to William C. Lathrop, medical pioneer in northwest Kansas, and served as his nurse and surgical assistant. $20.00


Excessively Rare Autobiography of an Early Cattle & Stage Driver of the West

3072. LATHROP, George. Memoirs of a Pioneer, Being the Autobiography of...One of the First to Help in the Opening of the West [cover title]. [Lusk, Wyoming: The Lusk Herald, “published about 1917”—Graff; some sources suggest 1915]. [1] 2-34 pp. Narrow 16mo, original green printed wrappers. Light wear to wrappers, otherwise a fine copy. As of 2016 OCLC locates six copies (Yale, Denver Public Library, University of Wyoming [Laramie], BYU, Autry). No copies offered for sale in standard venues, but H. M. Sender offered a copy in List 37, January, 1940, described as “the excessively rare first edition.”

First edition in book form, first published by the earliest weekly newspaper printed in the Wyoming Territory, the Lusk Herald (see American Imprints Inventory, Check List of Wyoming Imprints 1866-1890). Lathrop’s handwritten memoirs were augmented by his final notes given to cattle driver, stage operator, and all-around Western mogul, Luke Voorhees. Cowan, p. 385 (citing the second edition, 1927). Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 276. Flake 4760: “Drove a mule team into Salt Lake City. His reactions to the Mormons, particularly their liquor.” Graff 2409: “George Lathrop was one of the early cattle and stage drivers of the West.” Howes L119. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 190. From the Wyoming State Historical Society web site <>: “Stagecoach routes fizzled as railroads spread through the area, and George Lathrop drove the last Cheyenne-Deadwood stagecoach, drawn by six horses, on February 19, 1887. Lathrop, a longtime coach driver, later found employment on the Rawlins-Baggs stage line and then at a copper mine at Muskrat Canyon near Rawhide Buttes, south of Lusk. Friends encouraged Lathrop to write of his adventures along the stage lines, and in 1915 he began writing his memoirs. He wrote about being a pioneer in the Wild West, fighting Indians, and his adventures driving various coaches with travelers and crooks along for the ride. Lathrop died on Dec. 24, 1915, his 85th birthday, and his handwritten stories were published by the Lusk Herald.” George Lathrop’s monument in Lusk declares that he was “A good man whose life was filled with striving events.” The first sentence in the present book is the author’s statement: “I am known as Geo. Lathrop, but my right name is Martin M. Lathrop,” and his final sentence is “So long, Boys!” The Cheyenne-to-Deadwood stage route operated eleven years and Lathrop drove the route from 1879 until its very last run in 1887. $600.00


3073. LATHROP, George. Memoirs of a Pioneer.... Lusk, Wyoming: The Lusk Herald, [1929]. 30 pp., 2 plates. 16mo, original brown printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Light wear to wraps, otherwise fine. Laid in are a photograph of E. A. Logan (see next paragraph) at Lathrop’s grave, carbon copy of a letter, and publisher’s announcement.

Second edition of preceding (reset and two plates added, one of which is a portrait of Lathrop). For more on Earnest A. Logan, see Agnes Wright Spring, Near the Greats (American Traveler Press, Inc., 1981, pp. 98-100): “My very special pioneer has always been Earnest A. Logan of Cheyenne, Wyoming. When I knew him, he was a gentle little man, soft-spoken, who wore a tight-fitting black cap and was owner and manager of a rare book and curio store. In the 1880s, as a young man he had been a cowboy on the range.... He assisted taking 100 horses north from Camp General Nelson A. Miles during an Indian campaign.... Known on the range as ‘The Kid,’ Logan had been dumped by bronchos, had been sniped at by raiding Indians, but always managed to take care of himself. After working for some of the largest cattle outfits in Wyoming, including John Clay’s Seventy-One Quarter Circle and the Ogallala, Logan quit the range to devote his time to making spurs and silver ornaments.... About 1891, Logan opened a curio and book store in Cheyenne, which became the mecca for buyers of Western Americana and Navajo blankets. Logan was responsible for locating and preserving some of the rarest books on the Old West.” $250.00


3074. LATHROP, George. Memoirs of a Pioneer.... Lusk, Wyoming: The Lusk Herald, [1929]. Another copy. Creased, otherwise fine, with publisher’s announcement laid in. $100.00


3075. LATHROP, George & Luke Voorhees. Some Pioneer Recollections...and a Statement Made by John Sinclair Relative to the Rescue of the Donner Party; Also an Extract from a Letter Written by Geo. McKinstry with Reference to the Rescue of the Donner Party; Together with Personal Recollections of Pioneer Life by Luke Voorhees. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Co., 1927. 32 pp., portrait. 8vo, original green printed boards. Edges sunned and rubbed, cover worn, interior fine.

“Enlarged edition, with Luke Voorhees’ ‘Recollections’ added” (Howes L119). Cowan, p. 385. Flake 4761. Graff 2410. Howes L119, V142. Smith 5707. $75.00


3076. LATHROP, George. Some Pioneer Recollections.... Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Co., 1927. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original aqua cloth. with printed paper label on upper cover. Mild outer wear and soiling, text slightly age-toned, but overall fine. $65.00


3077. LATTIMORE, Mrs. S[arah] C[atherine Shivers] (comp.). Incidents in the History of Dublin, Gathered from Participants and Eye-Witnesses. Dublin, Texas: Press of the Dublin Progress, [1914]. [2] 65 pp., portrait of author, errata slip pasted to front endpaper. 4to, original half black cloth over green boards. Worn and fragile, hinges split, text stained. Privately printed and very scarce. Only one copy recorded at auction ($1,500 in 2015).

First edition. CBC 1620 (“aa”). Eberstadt 128:523 (printed wrappers): “A valuable frontier history going back to the days of the leather hunting shirt, before the organization of Erath County.... Personal accounts of the Choctaw and Comanche raids and depredations are given.” Howes L134. Mike Cox, “A History of the ‘Other’ Dublin” <>: “[The author] interviewed old-timers who remembered Erath County when it was organized in 1856 by men ‘in love with the freedom of the prairies, filled with enthusiasm over the possibilities for successful stock raising and consequent wealth, lured by the cheapness of the unoccupied land, were eager to avail themselves of such advantages.’ In addition, she paged through the musty pages of early newspapers.... Born in Marion, Alabama in 1841, Mrs. Lattimore came to Texas in the 1870s. She settled at Dublin with her husband and family in 1884. They had eight children, so maybe she was motivated to record her town’s history for their later enlightenment. Or maybe she just liked a good story, albeit one told in a very gentle way, likely reflective of her education at Alabama’s Judson Female Institute, where she graduated in 1857.... Her book, now quite rare, is held by only a handful of Texas libraries but the history she preserved more than a century ago is still there.” Dublin, in southwestern Erath County, was founded in 1854. It is an agricultural and industrial center, including saddle and rope manufacture, and is home to a world-champion rodeo (made famous by Gene Autry) and the 12,000-acre Lightning C Ranch (for a time the largest ranch in the world devoted exclusively to rodeo stock). Livestock raising and beef production remain an important source of income in the region to the present day. $1,000.00


3078. LAUBER, Patricia. Cowboys and Cattle Ranching: Yesterday and Today. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1973]. [10] 148 [1] pp., 124 illustrations (mostly photographic), map. 8vo, original blue cloth with color photographic illustration. Ex-library: call letters on spine of d.j., card pocket on back flyleaf, ink stamps on endpapers, title, and copyright. Minor stains to endpapers. School-book condition, but we’ve seen worse.

First edition. Well-executed history of the American cowboy and cattle industry for children at about sixth-grade level. Includes how ranching changed with the coming of barbed wire, railroads, etc., and describes modern ranching. $5.00


3079. LAUDERDALE, R. J. & John M. Doak. Life on the Range and on the Trail. San Antonio: Naylor, 1936. xiii [3] 227 pp., frontispiece sketch of Doak, photographic plates, sketches by Arrie Neal Fricke, brands. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Binding faded, minor foxing to title page, otherwise fine in the scarce d.j. (moderately foxed). J. Frank Dobie’s note about the authors laid in: “Lauderdale & Doak ‘Two of the best, most kindly, honest, natural men that ever lived. There is nothing dramatic in their records, but the records are downright—and to me interesting. They are both my friends, and I shall be a lot lonelier when they go on ahead of me’.... Austin, Nov. 28, 1936.”

First edition. Herd 1311: “Experiences of two real old-time cowboys.” Firsthand accounts of the cattle trade in Texas, with a glossary of Spanish terms and eight pages of brands. Edited by Lela Neal Pirtle. $150.00


3080. LAUDERDALE, R. J. & John M. Doak. Life on the Range and on the Trail. San Antonio: Naylor, 1936. Another copy, without the d.j. Spine lightly sunned, hinges a little loose, text age-toned, otherwise fine. $75.00


3081. LAUT, Agnes C. The Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier, Being the Log of the Upper Missouri Historical Expedition under the Auspices of the Governor’s & Historical Associations of Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana for 1925. New York: Robert M. McBride and Company, 1926. [2] xii, 271 pp., frontispiece, 21 plates, and 33 illustrations by C. M. Russell, foldout color map. 8vo, original brick red buckram with blind- and gilt-stamped scene on upper cover and gilt-lettered and decorated spine. Spine very lightly sunned, minor wear to cover, some foxing to fore-edges, but overall very good in publisher’s slipcase with minor split. Signed by author.

First edition, limited edition (#26 of 200 signed copies). Howes L143. Rader 2207. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “Contains material on LaVerendrye & Thompson, Old Fort Union, Chief Joseph, Lewis & Clark, John F. Stevens’ discovery of Maria’s Pass, etc. The six full-page Russell engravings are the first book appearance.” Smith 5723. Yost & Renner, Russell I:40. This work contains extensive discussion of trade in livestock and fur at Fort Union. Also of interest are the problems for Native Americans, some of whom learned to hide their cattle before submitting to forced removal to reservations. The Nez Percé did not have too much trouble when the first white settlers arrived, but after the discovery of gold on their lands, their horses and cattle were frequently rustled by miners. $150.00


3082. LAUT, Agnes C. The Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier.... New York: Robert M. McBride and Company, 1926. xii, 271 pp., plates and illustrations by C. M. Russell, foldout color map. 8vo, original green cloth with blind- and gilt-stamped scene on upper cover and gilt-lettered and decorated spine. Spine slightly faded, light cover wear, text slightly age-toned, overall very good in original glassine d.j. (with several tears).

First trade edition. $15.00


3083. LAVENDER, David. Bent’s Fort. Garden City: Doubleday, 1954. 450 pp., endpaper maps. 8vo, original tan cloth. Fine in chipped and price-clipped d.j. with a few tears; d.j. by George Mayer. Signed by author, with cut-out pictures of models and dioramas taped to title page and in an envelope inside lower cover with “Photographs from the Colorado State Museum Manual” written on envelope.

First edition. Rittenhouse 358: “Most comprehensive history of this Santa Fe Trail Fort, with extensive and useful notes.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2229: “Contains considerable information on trade with and attacks by Comanches and Kiowas along the Santa Fe Trail. Also provides insight into the vacillating war and peace relationship of these two tribes with the Southern Cheyennes.” Wynar 418. Bent’s Fort was an important component in the trade in buffalo hides, as well as being the only source for travelers to obtain supplies, livestock stock, and other necessities on a long, desolate, and dangerous section of the Santa Fe Trail. Author David Lavender (1910-2003), among the most prolific authors on the American West, delineates and brings alive the people, travellers, activities, and events associated with Bent’s old fort built on the Arkansas River in 1833 by Charles and William Bent. With the murder of his brother, Charles loaded his property, family, and employees in two wagons and then burned the fort. He established a new fort about eight miles down the Arkansas River. He operated the new fort for about eight years, then leased it to the U.S. Army, and finally retired to his ranch on the Purgatoire. Author Lavender was born and raised on a cattle ranch slightly north of Telluride and spent his early years as a cowboy and gold miner. J. Golden Taylor in “Across the Wide Missouri...” in WLA, A Literary History of the American West (p. 89): “It has been said by one scholar that no other book on the Santa Fe Trail can match Lavender’s work [which] communicates a ‘blend of narrative power, pictorial sense, scrupulous scholarship, and awareness of the great American melodrama.’ Some place Lavender’s history alongside the works of Parkman and Prescott.” $50.00


3084. LAVENDER, David. Bent’s Fort. Garden City: Doubleday, 1954. Another copy, without added photographs. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in worn, chipped, and price-clipped d.j. Signed by author. $30.00


3085. LAVENDER, David. The Big Divide. Garden City: Doubleday, 1948. x [2] 321, photographic plates, portraits, endpaper maps. 8vo, original light blue cloth. Minor shelf wear, light marginal browning, otherwise a fine copy in worn and faded d.j. Bookplate.

First edition. Guns 1291: “Touches upon many of the western outlaws, among them Billy the Kid, and upon the Johnson County and Lincoln County wars.” Herd 1314. Malone, Wyomingana, pp. 37-38: “History of the region of the Rockies from Yellowstone to Santa Fe. A very condensed account of the fur trading and explorations era. More detailed discussion of exploration of the region for gold and cattle. One of the few histories of the West that exposes the exploitation of...reclamation.” Wynar 52. $25.00


3086. LAVENDER, David. The Big Divide. Garden City: Doubleday, 1949. x [2] 321 pp., photographic plates, portraits, endpaper maps. 8vo, original teal cloth. Very fine in lightly worn d.j.

Reprint. $10.00


3087. LAWRENCE, Robert Means. The Magic of the Horse-Shoe with Other Folk-Lore Notes. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton, Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1898. iv [2] 344 [1] pp., frontispiece. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Ex-library: Blindstamp on title. Spine abraded and worn, corners bumped, some splitting at lower hinge, a well-read copy, and it shows.

First American edition (and still in print). Folklore relating to salt, sneezing, animals, odd numbers, and the magical properties of the horseshoe. Tired of grandiose bills from the veterinarian for your prize cattle and horses? Try this book of ancient curious remedies, such as an antidote against the nocturnal demons who inflict the murrain and epizoötics in cattle. Just briskly rub two pieces of wood together, and the cattle will be healed. Another defense against disease in cattle consists of placing broken horseshoes in their water trough on St. John’s Day. If your prize horses are restless and shuffling in their stalls for no apparent reason, it is because fairies are riding them; just spit three times at the restive horses, and the fairies will depart. $50.00


3088. LAWSON, W. B. The Indian Outlaw; or, Hank Starr, the Log Cabin Bandit [wrapper title]. Orrville, Ohio: Frank T. Fries, n.d. 7 pp., text illustration, printed on pink paper. 8vo, original self-wrappers, stapled as issued. Lightly sunned and discolored, but overall very good.

First edition. Guns 1299: “Scarce.... Tabloid account of the life and bank robberies of Henry Starr.” Starr (1873-1921), an Indian Territory cowboy gone wrong, “made his debut as a criminal during the Old West’s twilight years and was still operating as such until well into the automobile era” (see McLoughlin, Wild and Woolly: An Encyclopedia of the Old West, pp. 490-92, for biography). Henry began a downward spiral from upstanding cowboy by trading whiskey to Indians and moved forward at a brisk pace with horse theft, train robbery, bank robberies, and the murder of a U.S. marshal, for which he received the light sentence of five years. Fast forwarding through Starr’s life after release, a brief stint of good behavior was followed by the same old capers with more modern equipment interspersed with a film career with emphasis on the futility of crime. He met his Waterloo at the People’s Bank in Harrison, Arkansas, on February 22, 1921. $300.00


3089. LAY, Dan W. Management of Fur-Bearing Animals on Texas Farms and Ranches. [Austin]: Texas Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission, 1940. 8 pp. 8vo, original white printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Foxed at edges, otherwise fine.

First printing. Written with an eye toward diversification of ranch income, this article by an Austin regional game manager has tips on how to increase fur-bearing animals on ranches by improving habitat, increasing food supplies, and protecting and maintaining dens. $10.00