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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 3090-3114

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3090. LE NETREL, Edmond. Voyage of the Héros: Around the World with Duhaut-Cilly in the Years 1826, 1827, 1828 & 1829.... Los Angeles & [Pasadena: The Castle Press for] Glen Dawson, 1951. [8] 64 [2] pp., frontispiece, full-page text illustrations. 12mo, original maroon cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Very light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy.

Limited edition (200 copies). Reprint of an excerpt from Nouvelles Annales des Voyages (Paris, 1830). Illustrations are reproduced from Viaggio Intorno al Globo by Auguste Bernard Duhaut-Cilly (Italian edition, Turin, 1841). Early California Travels Series 3; translated by Blanche Collet Wagner. The authors diary is filled with descriptions of mid-nineteenth century California settlements, ranchos, and rancheros. “There are no habitations near the sea. The nearest one is a very rich rancho five leagues in the interior which has 14,000 head of cattle on it...this is the most dismal part of the coast of California” (p. 30). “Bears are common in this district [Bay of Santa Cruz] and sometimes the farmers or rancheros find it difficult to protect their cattle from attacks of these animals” (pp. 25-26). $35.00


3091. LEA, Tom. The Brave Bulls. Boston: Little, Brown, 1949. xvii [1] 270 pp., color title illustration and black-and-white text illustrations (including endpapers) by Lea. 8vo, original purple pictorial cloth. Mild shelf wear, front hinge a little weak, some staining to edges, otherwise very good in lightly worn d.j. With this book is Carl Hertzog’s tribute to Lea. Very fine.

First edition of Tom Lea’s first novel. Dobie, p. 181: “Written with the utmost of economy, and beautiful in its power.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 36). Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 31 (“High Spots of Western Fiction: 1902-1952”). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 86C. Al Lowman, “Remembering Tom Lea” in Southwestern Historical Quarterly 105:1 (July 2001), p. 7: “[When Lea received an] assignment to research and illustrate the historical development of the beef cattle industry in the Western Hemisphere, [he] became intrigued with fighting bulls, an interest that led to his first novel, The Brave Bulls, which became a bestseller in 1949, and two years later a well received movie.” Lou Rodenberger, “The Southern Border” in WLA, Literary History of the American West, p. 629: “When The Brave Bulls was published, Spaniards praised it for its powerful and sensitive examination of bull fighting. Published in nine languages finally, Lea’s knowledgeable explanation of the mystique of bull fighting develops the theme of the fear of death.” The novel is set on Las Astas, the fictional name for the ranch La Punta (about 37,000 acres) in eastern Jalisco where bulls were raised for bullfighting in Mexico, which at one time was the largest fighting bull ranch in the world. $50.00


3092. LEA, Tom (artist). The Cattleman 36:5. Fort Worth: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, October 1949. 144 pp., illustrations, ads. 4to, original full-color pictorial wrappers with illustration by Tom Lea (“Hazford Rupert 81st”). Fine.

First printing. “Hazford Rupert 81 st” was the first bull to produce $1 million worth of offspring. This issue also includes “Kansas Grass Cattle” by Frank Reeves and an article on windmills, “Water from the Wind,” by Joe M. Carmichael. $20.00


3093. LEA, Tom. 87 Paintings and Drawings by Tom Lea. [Austin & El Paso]: [Encino Press for] El Paso Museum of Art, 1971. [9] 87 pp., full-page text illustrations of artwork by Lea. Oblong 12mo, original half black cloth over cream pictorial boards. Very fine in glassine d.j. and publisher’s slipcase.

First edition, limited edition, signed by Lea. Introduction by Leonard P. Sipiora and design by William Wittliff. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 11). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 152. Whaley, Wittliff 72. $100.00


3094. LEA, Tom. 87 Paintings and Drawings by Tom Lea. [Austin & El Paso]: [Encino Press for] El Paso Museum of Art, 1971. [9] 87 pp., full-page text illustrations. Oblong 12mo, original beige and brown pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

First edition, trade issue. $25.00


3095. LEA, Tom. The Hands of Cantú. Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown & Company, [1964]. [8] 244 pp., text illustrations by Lea (some double-page). 8vo, original maize cloth. Mild shelf wear, overall very good, signed by author.

First edition. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #85: “Beautifully written novel of life on a great Spanish hacienda—a story of men and horses told with restraint and power.” Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 134C. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 58. $25.00


3096. LEA, Tom. The King Ranch by Tom Lea. Drawings by the Author. Research Holland McCombs. Annotation Francis L. Fugate. Kingsville: Printed [by Carl Hertzog] for the King Ranch, 1957. Vol. I: [10], 1-467 [1, blank], [2] pp.; Vol. II: [10], [469] 470-838, [2] pp., text illustrations by author (some in color), maps, facsimiles. 2 vols., square 8vo (24 x 18.5 cm), original natural linen with the King Ranch “Running W” brand in brown, maize mesquite pattern endpapers, sprinkled edges, in publisher’s original linen case with gilt-lettered tan leather label. Label on slipcase slightly damaged as usual, due to the soft leather, otherwise very fine. 

First edition, limited edition, the Saddle Blanket edition, produced exclusively for the King Ranch; first issue (Vol. II, p. 507, first word is “Alice.”). Basic Texas Books 121A: “This is the best account of the most famous ranch in the world.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 56. CBC 2785 (plus three additional entries). Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 16; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 65); Western High Spots, p. 79 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Belongs in any range man’s library”; p. 102 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 1319. Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 114. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 17: “This ranch history includes substantial information about Henrietta King.” Lowman, Printer at the Pass 99n: “This book was originally planned as a 250-300 page private edition to be published on the occasion of the ranch centennial in 1953, but it grew steadily for the next four years.” Lowman, Printing Arts in Texas, p. 54: “Tom Lea’s history of the King Ranch is one of the most important books ever to emerge from a Texas background. Its typographical achievement is equally distinguished.” Reese, Six Score 69: “Perhaps the most exhaustive ranch history ever written, and a tremendous account of the cattle industry of south Texas.”

In 1885 Henrietta King inherited the debt-ridden, 500,000-acre ranch from her visionary but impractical husband. She ran the ranch until her death in 1925, developing important and early scientific techniques for beef production. The Santa Gertrudis breed, for which the King Ranch is now renowned, started under her direction. At her death, the ranch had grown to well over a million acres and she had cleared all debts, leaving an estate of over $5 million. The book was never offered by sale by the King Ranch and was originally intended to be given away to family and special friends. Thus, for many years this book was difficult to obtain (and expensive), but shortly after the Book Club of Texas was re-established ca. 1989, the remaining copies of the Saddle Blanket edition were discovered at the ranch by archivist Bruce Cheeseman. Arrangements were made between the Book Club of Texas and the King Ranch for these newly located copies to be offered to club members. Thereafter the Saddle Blanket edition was found more readily on the market, but in recent years, the set has grown scarce in commerce once again. $1,500.00


3097. LEA, Tom. The King Ranch. Boston: Little, Brown, 1957. [14] 467 [1] + [15] 470-838 [1] pp., text illustrations by the author (some in color), maps, facsimiles. 2 vols., 8vo, original half beige buckram over rust buckram, decorative spine. Very fine set in publisher’s slipcase (light wear to slipcase).

First trade edition, first issue (as distinguished by issue point on p. 507). Basic Texas Books 121B. $100.00


3098. [LEA, Tom. The King Ranch]. Advertisement: “The King Ranch. Place an Advance Order Now for Your Copy of The King Ranch.” N.p., n.d. [ca. 1957]. 122 x 32.5-cm pictorial advertisement on cardboard with Tom Lea illustration of cowboys herding cattle. Fine. $150.00


3099. [LEA, Tom. The King Ranch]. Map of Coastal Area between the Rio Grande and the Nueces Showing Early Spanish and Mexican Land Grants As of 1852, the Year Captain Richard King First Rode from Brownsville to Corpus Christi. N.p., n.d. (ca. 1957). 33 x 53.3 cm. Scale: 1 inch = approx. 7 miles. Very fine.

This is an oversize, uncolored version of the map that appears at pp. 378-79 in the published version of The King Ranch. Hertzog’s name does not appear as an imprint, but the paper bears the running “W” watermark. $700.00


3100. [LEA, Tom. The King Ranch]. Prospectus for The King Ranch. [N.p.: Carl Hertzog, n.d.]. 1 leaf, printed on one side, measuring 19 x 28 cm. Creased from being folded, slightly smudged, overall fine. Note at bottom of page in red ink from Carl Hertzog: “I wrote L-B Co. about McMurray’s $15 adv.—Dudley—Sorry I missed you in El Paso— we need a good long visit. Carl.” $25.00


3101. [LEA, Tom. The King Ranch]. Prospectus for The King Ranch. N.p., n.d. 1 leaf, brown paper printed on both sides in brown ink. 29.5 x 25 cm, folded off-center, as issued, with title down right margin. Fine. $20.00


3102. [LEA, Tom. The King Ranch]. Prospectus for The King Ranch. N.p.: Little, Brown & Company, n.d. 1 leaf, beige paper printed on one side in brown ink, with Tom Lea illustration. Fine. In original envelope. $20.00


3103. [LEA, Tom. The King Ranch]. Lot of eight newspaper reviews of Tom Lea’s The King Ranch, all dated Sunday, September 15, 1957. The newspapers are: New York Herald-Tribune, El Paso Times, San Angelo Standard Times, The Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, The [Austin] American-Statesman, and The San Antonio Light.

First printings. Interesting ephemera relating to Lea’s seminal book. $20.00


3104. LEA, Tom. “The Land of the Mustang” in The Graduate Journal 7:2. (Austin: The University of Texas, 1967). Pp. [593-615], 8 color plates of Lea’s paintings tipped in. 8vo, original white pictorial wrappers. Moderately foxed, generally very good.

 First printing. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 77): “Tributes to Walter Prescott Webb with eight illustrations, in color, by Lea.” Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 135. The eight paintings depict classic subjects of Southwestern history: “Unloading the First Cattle in North America,” “Rio Grande,” “Texas Longhorns,” etc. Introduction by W. Gordon Whaley. $35.00


3105. LEA, Tom. The Land of the Mustang. [Austin: W. Gordon Whaley, 1967]. [23] pp., 8 color plates of paintings by Lea tipped in. 8vo, original tan cloth. Covers loose, otherwise fine.

Offprint of preceding. $25.00


3106. LEA, Tom. One Hundred Paintings and Drawings by Tom Lea. El Paso: El Paso Museum of Art, 1963. 65 pp., full-page text illustrations. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

First edition, wrappers issue. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 7). Hinshaw & Lovelace 132. Many paintings with ranch themes, including “Where Did You Ride, Juan Sanchez?,” “Hacienda del Sauz and Don Julian Llaguno,” “Texas Longhorns,” and “Word in the Night.” $20.00


3107. LEA, Tom. A Picture Gallery: Paintings and Drawings by Tom Lea with Text by the Artist. Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown, [1968]. Text: xiv, 160 [1] pp., profusely illustrated + portfolio: 35 plates (12 in color). 2 vols., 4to and folio, original half brown cloth over beige linen, publisher’s slipcase. Book very fine; slipcase worn.

First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 82); Western High Spots, p. 75 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #219). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 146. Images include the Southwest, cowboys, Native Americans, World War II, ships, and bullfighters. $75.00


3108. LEA, Tom. A Portfolio of Six Paintings with an Introduction by J. Frank Dobie. Austin & London: University of Texas Press, [1953]. 8 pp., 6 color prints tipped onto individual sheets. Folio, original light blue paper portfolio with printed paper label. Fine.

First edition. Cook 140. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 247). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 106. McVicker B92. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 15. The prints are “Fighting Bull,” “Pacing White Mustang,” “Hills of Mexico,” “Shining Plain,” “Trail Herd,” and “Lonely Town.” $150.00


Randado—”An imperishable tribute that tells the story of the Southwest in epic form”

3109. LEA, Tom. Randado. [El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1941]. [14] pp., text illustrations by Tom Lea (images in grey, initials in maize). 4to (29.3 x 22.4 cm), original textured reddish brown wrappers, upper wrapper with title printed in silver and mounted pictorial paper label, stitched, as issued. Very fine in original glassine d.j. Signed by Lea.

First edition, limited edition, wrappers issue (#72 of 100 copies, signed by Lea on colophon page). Randado was the author-artist’s first work to appear in print that contained both his words and illustrations. Mary Lasswell in her reproduction of the poem in her 1958 book I’ll Take Texas described the work as “an imperishable tribute that tells the story of the Southwest in epic form.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 28). Herd 1317. Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 46A. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 16: “When Tom Lea undertook to illustrate J. Frank Dobie’s book The Longhorns, the author and the artist made a trip together, visiting the ranches where they might see the last remaining herds of wild longhorns. When Lea saw the ruins of the old ranch at Randado, and heard its legend, he was inspired to write his poetic tribute. According to Hertzog, ‘the type selected was not by choice, but was simply the best available face in El Paso for machine composition. The presswork is faulty, partly on account of the pressman, but more on account of using an old press with a loose platen and loose rollers.’ Even so, the book is stunning in its format. Only 25 copies were for sale to the public, prompting H. Bailey Carroll to comment at the time: ‘Copies may soon become as scarce as the remaining tangible evidence of the existence of El Randado—now largely dust upon the sunburned face of Jim Hogg County.’—Southwestern Historical Quarterly (April 1941), p. 512. The original binding for the entire edition was a heavy brown paper cover. When certain collectors wanted a more permanent binding, 15 copies were rebound in boards, using the same light brown cover (although on three copies a yellow cover was substituted). These copies have a knife edge.” See also the introduction to the Book Club of Texas reprint, Randado: A Commemorative Tribute to Tom Lea (2001).

El Randado Ranch dates from the late eighteenth century during Spanish colonization in Texas. The 1830s San Rafael Chapel, the campo santo (ranch cemetery), La Presa and Norias de Buque (water sources), La Bodega (site of the ranch commissary and post office), and several other stone buildings are maintained by owners, Bernardo de la Garza, a great-great-grandson of the founder, Hipolito Garcia. These days the longhorns are gone, and Bernardo de la Garza manages a purebred Beefmaster herd. El Randado is one of the longest continually operated family ranches in the United States. Lea was not the only person inspired to write about El Randado. Confederate General Robert E. Lee described his stay at El Randado while touring the border before the Civil War. J. Frank Dobie and John Houghton Allen also wrote about the historic ranch. But no one has more perfectly captured the essence of El Randado than Tom Lea is his words and images. In his oral history published in 1995, Lea describes the genesis of this book (p. 61): “I had the opportunity to spend a little time all by myself at the ruin of one of the outbuildings of the old Spanish ranch of Randado, they call it ‘Randa’o’ down there. A great strain of Spanish horses were raised there in the old Rancho Randado. And I wrote a piece about it and showed it to Frank (Dobie) and he said, ‘Well, I don’t know if it’s prose or poetry, but it’s pretty damn good.’” $1,500.00


3110. LEA, Tom. “Randado,” in Fifty-Eighth Annual Meeting, April 30 and May 1, 1954. Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1954. [4] pp. 8vo, original cream pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued. Very fine.

Reprint of the text of Randado. Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 46B. “This year, with the theme of the annual meeting built around the subject of horses, Tom Lea of El Paso has generously consented to the reprinting of the text of Randado, a booklet for which he supplied text and pictures to Carl Hertzog in 1941…. Now the text may have circulation as part of the Association’s annual meeting program of 1954. Copies may be preserved through many decades to delight those who believe in the Texas tradition and those who thrill to the story of horses” (H. Bailey Carroll in his preface to this reprint). $50.00


3111. LEA, Tom. Tom Lea: A Selection of Paintings and Drawings from the Nineteen-Sixties. [Austin &] San Antonio: [The Encino Press for] The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, 1969. 41 pp., text illustrations. Oblong 4to, original brown cloth over ivory printed boards. Very fine in publisher’s slipcase. Signed by Lea, Ransom, Lowman, and Wittliff.

First printing, limited edition, the “Rio Bravo Edition” (#65 of 200 copies). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 19). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Tom Lea 106A. Whaley, Wittliff 56. This catalogue for an exhibition from December 6, 1969, to January 17, 1970, includes tributes to Lea by Harry Ransom and Al Lowman. Many images of vaqueros, cowboys, and cattle. $125.00


3112. LEA, Tom. Tom Lea: A Selection of Paintings and Drawings from the Nineteen-Sixties. [Austin &] San Antonio: [The Encino Press for] The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, 1969. 40 pp., text illustrations. Small 4to, original blue wrappers. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition, trade issue. Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 106B. $15.00


3113. LEA, Tom. Western Beef Cattle: A Series of Eleven Paintings by Tom Lea Commissioned by “Life” Magazine and Presented to the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in 1950 by “Life.” [Dallas]: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1950. [19] pp., text illustrations by Lea. 8vo, original orange pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine.

First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 3). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 94. Reese (Six Score 70 cites the 1967 edition; see next entry). Reese describes the images as a “beautiful series of paintings illustrating the development of the Texas range stock and the progress of a steer from range to slaughter-house.” The text includes Lea’s comments on each image. $20.00.


3114. LEA, Tom. Western Beef Cattle: A Series of Eleven Paintings by Tom Lea Depicting the Origin and Development of the Western Range Animal. [Austin]: Encino Press, [1967]. v [3] 34 [2] pp. 4to, original brown cloth. Very fine in publisher’s brown cloth slipcase with illustrated label.

Second edition, revised, in larger format and additional text. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #73 (mentioned in a note for Percival’s Navajo Sketch Book): “Expertly produced by The Encino Press—another combination of artist-printer that clicked,” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 80). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 94. F Reese, Six Score 70 (citing this second edition): “The first appearance of these paintings was in a booklet issued by the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in 1950. This Encino Press edition, in much more elegant format, was limited to 850 copies.” Whaley, Wittliff 35: “Through an error at the bindery, a blue mark appears at the top of the centerfold of the title page. This mark, which appeared on all but approximately 40 copies, was corrected by Wittliff with white latex house paint.... Lea had done this series of paintings at the end of World War II on assignment for Life. Only one of the paintings appeared in Life, but several had been printed on the covers of The Cattlemen, including the title-page picture which had been reproduced on the cover of the November 1951 issue.” $75.00