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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 3140-3164

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3140. LEEPER, David Rohrer. The Argonauts of ‘Forty-Nine: Some Recollections of the Plains and the Diggings. South Bend, Indiana: J. B. Stoll & Company, 1894. 146, xvi (appendix) pp., portraits, text illustrations by O. Marion Elber, errata laid in. 8vo, original green decorative cloth. Moderate shelf wear, text age-toned, overall very good.

First edition. Cowan, p. 388. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 283. Graff 2447. Howes L226. Jones 1671. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 396: “Leeper, in a party of six, sets out for California from South Bend, Indiana, on February 22, 1849. The party crossed into California via the Lassen Cutoff. Leeper provides an excellent description of Sutter’s Fort and mining activities at Hangtown Creek, Kelsey’s Canyon, and the Trinity Diggings.” Mattes 522: “Leeper’s account is a lively one, spiced with rhetoric.” Mintz, The Trail 289. Paher, Nevada 1116. Rocq 15912. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 124. Of the Great Basin, Leeper reports, “Indeed, much of this region, despite its barren and desolate aspect, and contrary to the universal opinion held at that day as to its being utterly worthless, has since been found to afford fair range for stock, and is now all utilized by the ‘cattle barons’” (p. 53). He also comments on “an herb known as white sage, which is better for cattle than alfalfa after the frosts come, when they can lick snow as a substitute for water” (p. 65). He describes Digger Indian depredations on rancherias, and provides a description and illustration of the California vaquero, along with commentary on “rodeo” (roundups), branding, and methods of utilizing the lariat. In about 1853 Leeper and D. D. Williams established “the pioneer milk ranch” in the Eureka area. $75.00


3141. LEEPER, David Rohrer. The Argonauts of ‘Forty-Nine.... South Bend, Indiana: J. B. Stoll & Company, 1894. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original brown decorative cloth. Mild shelf wear, corners worn, hinges loose, otherwise good, errata tipped in. $60.00


3142. LEEPER, David Rohrer. The Argonauts of ‘Forty-Nine.... South Bend, Indiana: J. B. Stoll & Company, 1894. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original blue decorative cloth. Moderate shelf wear (especially to corners and spine), text age-toned, overall very good, errata tipped in. $60.00


3143. LEEPER, David Rohrer. The Argonauts of ‘Forty-Nine.... Columbus, Ohio: Long’s College Book Co., 1950. 146, xvi (appendix) pp., portraits, text illustrations by O. Marion Elbel. 8vo, original green decorative cloth. Very good in lightly worn d.j. with one small tear.

Facsimile of the first edition. Rocq 15913. $15.00


Profusely Illustrated Montana Plate Book, with the Map

3144. [LEESON, Michael A. (editor)]. History of Montana, 1739-1885: A History of Its Discovery and Settlement, Social and Commercial Process, Mines and Miners, Agriculture and Stock-Growing, Churches, Schools, and Societies, Indians and Indian Wars, Vigilantes, Courts of Justice, Newspaper Press, Navigation, Railroads and Statistics, with Histories of Counties, Cities, Villages and Mining Camps; Also Personal Reminiscences of Great Historic Value; Views Characteristic of the Territory in Our Own Times, and Portraits of Pioneers and Representative Men in the Professions and Trades. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Company, 1885. 1,367 pp., folding color lithograph map (title above upper border: Map of Montana—Printed Specially for the Montana History; below lower left border: Copyright, 1885, by Rand, McNally & Co., Map Publishers, Chicago, border to border: 32.7 x 49.5 cm), illustrated with almost 300 lithographs (included in pagination; some pages have two images): portraits (many from photographs); public, commercial, and private architecture; town views; ranches; mining operations; scenery; etc. 4to, original three-quarter maroon roan over brown gilt-lettered and decorated cloth, marbled edges. Light outer wear, covers slightly loose due to the heavy weight of the text block, otherwise fine. The map has a few small, clean splits (no losses), and the right blank edge of the map is slightly uneven and with mild browning not affecting map proper or border. Map coloring vivid. The map is sometimes missing. This is a difficult book to find in collector’s condition.

First edition of a scarce Western mug book with excellent illustrations, which truly evoke the time period. Decker 50:174: “The first full history of the state, with views and photographs of pioneers not to be found elsewhere.” Graff 2448. Guns 1321. Harvard Guide to American History, Vol. 2, p. 308. Herd 1322: “Scarce.... Has a chapter on cattle and cowboys.” Howes L228 (rated aa). Smith 5812. From the University of Montana website: “This book includes treatments of thirteen Montana counties as well as personal ‘reminiscences’ from several notable Montanans. The book also contains over 500 illustrations of people, buildings, farms, ranches, and natural features of the era” [the 500 illustrations refer to the full count of images rather than the leaves of plates: some leaves have two views, etc.]. Chapter 8, “The Secret Tribunal of Montana,” is devoted to the Montana Vigilantes. “Agriculture and Stock-Raising” is the subject of chapter 15, which includes a vivid description of “The Montana Cowboy,” in which the author states: “The term Cow Boy is the Western name of a herder, and under it, the herder claims greater license than even a poet.... He is a rough, uncouth, brave and generous creature, who never lies or cheats. It is a mistake to imagine they are a dangerous set. Any one is as safe with them as with any people in the world, unless he steals a horse or is hunting for a fight.” References to ranching are found throughout the book, including the separate thirteen essays on the counties of Wyoming. Included is fairly substantial material on Native America and “white” women in Montana (some of the portraits are of women). Good coverage of Yellowstone. Harry W. Fritz, “The Best Books about Montana” in Montana: The Magazine of Western History 32:1 (Winter, 1982), pp. 52-62: “One supporter of Leeson’s History of Montana, 1739-1885 appreciated this book ‘because he lived when events were taking place.’” $1,000.00


3145. LEFORS, Joe. Wyoming Peace Officer: An Autobiography. Laramie: Laramie Printing Company, [1953]. xiii [3] 200 pp., photographic plates, portraits. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Light shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in worn, faded d.j. (affixed to book with cellophane tape). Presentation copy from Dean Krakel (author of preface) to Maurice Frink.

First edition. Preface by Dean Krakel. Adams, One-Fifty 95: “Scarce. Published by the author’s wife after his death, this book reveals some heretofore unwritten history about the Johnson County War. The author was the officer who trapped Horn into a confession.” Guns 1315. Herd 1323. LeFors grew up on the Southern Plains and the first portion of the book recounts his experiences in the Texas Panhandle and Indian Territory, along with recollections of trailing cattle to Montana. Most of the book is about LeFors’ career as a Wyoming peace officer. In addition to the much-sought Tom Horn material, he gives details on Flat-Nose George Curry and the Wild Bunch. The appendix contains documents from the Wyoming Stockgrowers Collection. $100.00


3146. LEFORS, Joe. Wyoming Peace Officer.... Laramie: Laramie Printing Company, [1953]. Another copy. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine in worn d.j. Signed by Mrs. Nettie LeFors, who published the book after the author died. $100.00


3147. LEFORS, Joe. Wyoming Peace Officer.... Laramie: Laramie Printing Company, [1953]. Another copy, without the d.j. Mild shelf wear, light rubbing, otherwise fine. Presentation copy to Paul Gantt from Mrs. Nettie LeFors. $50.00


3148. LEFORS, Joe. Wyoming Peace Officer.... Laramie: Laramie Printing Company, [1953]. Another copy. Very light shelf wear, otherwise fine in d.j. with light wear and soiling. $75.00


3149. LEFORS, Joe. Wyoming Peace Officer.... Laramie: Laramie Printing Company, [1954]. xiii [3] 200 pp., photographic plates, portraits. 8vo, original red cloth. Mild shelf wear, otherwise fine in worn d.j. Ink ownership inscription of Edith Blunk.

Second printing. $$10.00


3150. [LEFTWICH, Bill]. Bracero: Los Machos de México en Los Estados Unidos. Helper: Men of Mexico in the United States. [Cisco, Texas: The Longhorn Press, 1958]. 31 pp., printed in English and Spanish, full-page text illustrations. 8vo, original brown pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine, signed by author.

Revised English-Spanish edition. Stories of Mexican workers in the U.S., called braceros in many places, especially on ranchos. $35.00


3151. [LEFTWICH, Bill]. Tracks along the Pecos. [Pecos: Pecos Press, 1957]. [9] 70 [1] pp., photographic illustrations, maps. 8vo, original white pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued. A few stains on back wrapper, else fine, signed by author.

First edition. Guns 1316: “Material on Jim Miller and John Wesley Hardin. The author gives a detailed description of Miller’s killing of Bud Frazier and his later hanging in Ada, Oklahoma.” Herd 1324. $30.00


3152. [LEFTWICH, Bill]. Tracks along the Pecos. [Pecos: Pecos Press, 1957]. Another copy. Worn. $15.00


3153. LEHMANN, Herman, et al. Nine Years among the Indians, 1870-1879.... The Story of the Captivity and Life of a Texan among the Indians. Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, [1927]. x, 235 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 12mo, original gilt-lettered maroon cloth. Binding scuffed, endpapers foxed, text browned, otherwise very good in chipped and worn d.j.

Second edition, extensively revised, edited by Marvin J. Hunter (first edition San Antonio, 1899, usually listed under editor Jonathan H. Jones and with title “A Condensed History of the Apache and Comanche Indian Tribes”). Editor Marvin J. Hunter refers to the 1899 edition, but states that he knew Lehmann personally for thirty-five years, and thus his version is more nearly “a true recital of facts,” which “were related to me by the ex-captive, who, at this with me and telling me of his harrowing and hair-raising experiences.” The first-person captivity genre is scarce. Basic Texas Books 124A: “The Hunter version is much more down-to-earth [than the first edition], but each has valuable material not in the other.” Campbell, p. 86. Dobie, p. 34. Graff 2246 (citing first edition under editor Jones’s name). Hoover 63. Howes J232. Rader 2122. Saunders 758. Tate, Indians of Texas 2311: “One of the best and most frequently cited of all Texas captivity stories. Lehmann spent nine years with the Comanches, and he describes their life in great detail during the twilight years of their free existence.”

From the University of New Mexico Press promotional literature: “The final chapters relate [Lehmann’s] difficult readjustment to Anglo life. Lehmann’s unapologetic narrative is extraordinary for its warm embrace of Native Americans and stinging appraisal of Anglo society. Once started, the story of this remarkable man cannot be put down.” A. C. Greene considers this captivity narrative the finest of the genre. An Apache raiding party captured Lehmann at the age of ten from his German family in Mason County in 1870. He became a warrior, taking part in expeditions against the Texas Rangers, later joining the Comanches and fighting the U.S. Cavalry. Eventually he was reunited with his family, but his reentry into “civilized” life was difficult. He worked for a time as a trail driver and later gave many public exhibitions of his skill at riding, roping, and archery. See Handbook of Texas Online: Herman Lehmann. $125.00


3154. LEHMANN, Valgene W. Forgotten Legions: Sheep in the Rio Grande Plain of Texas. [El Paso: Carl Hertzog for] Texas Western Press, [1969]. xv [3] 226 pp., illustrated half-title by Cisneros, frontispiece, photographic text illustrations, maps, facsimiles. 8vo, original grey pictorial hopsack cloth. Very light shelf wear, otherwise fine in d.j. with light wear. Contemporary ink gift inscription. Inscribed and signed by author.

First trade edition. Basic Texas Books 125: “The most thorough study of the history and development of the sheep industry in South Texas. Actually, its title is misleading, because it encompasses a detailed study of the economic history of the cattle and horse industry and an ecological study of the Rio Grande Plains as well.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 109). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 242B. Reese, Six Score 72. Good information on grazing, land use, water resources, barbed wire, and the King Ranch. $40.00


3155. LEHMANN, Valgene W. Forgotten Legions.... [El Paso: Carl Hertzog for] Texas Western Press, [1969]. Another copy. Light shelf wear, otherwise fine in worn d.j. Signed by Hertzog. $30.00


3156. LEHMANN, V. W. Forgotten Legions... [El Paso: Carl Hertzog for] Texas Western Press, [1969]. Another copy. Very fine in lightly rubbed d.j. $30.00


3157. LEIGH, William R. The Western Pony. New York: [A. Colish for] Huntington Press, [1933]. 116 [1] pp., 6 color plates by author tipped in (with tissue guards), 18 illustrations by author. 4to, original terracotta cloth stamped in gilt and blind, t.e.g., untrimmed. Mild binding wear, a few corners bumped, edges lightly browned, but overall a fine copy of a handsome book. Color print signed by Leigh laid in: “Nobody but a Navaho would hang his lariat on the left side! A cowboy would laugh, but the old black mustang can go when he has to.”

First edition, limited edition (100 copies). Campbell, p. 131. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 59. Dobie, pp. 134, 188: “One of the most beautifully printed books on the West, beautiful illustrations; illuminating text.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 16; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Leigh 120); Western High Spots, p. 51 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #53): “Quite expensive today. There was a second edition that doesn’t quite match the expert printing and reproductions of the first.” Graff 2451. Herd 1325: “Scarce.” Howes L242. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 21. Includes a chapter on “The Cowboy and His Horse.” $650.00


3158. LEMMON, [George] Ed[ward]. Boss Cowman: The Recollections of Ed Lemmon, 1857-1946. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969. xii [2] 321 pp., maps, headpieces. 8vo, original half black cloth over tan pictorial gilt-lettered boards. Mild outer wear, one corner bumped, edges foxed, else very good in foxed and chipped d.j.

First edition. The Pioneer Heritage Series 6. Edited by Nellie Snyder Yost. Adams, Burs II:231. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #53: “Ed was cowhand, trail driver, wagon boss, range manager and ranch owner.... He finished out the open range days and managed the largest fenced pasture—865,000 acres—of his day. His country was the Northern Plains from the Missouri to the Rockies.” Smith S2743. Spur Award winner, Western Writers of America, 1970. $30.00


3159. LEMMON, [George Edward]. Reminiscences and Observations of G. E. Lemmon. [South Dakota, ca. 1933]. Carbon copies of 67 typescript pages not consecutively numbered. Very good, with note from J. Frank Dobie, Nov. 1944: “Written about 1933. Sent me in 1943. I had two copies made, of which this is the carbon,” typed at the top of first page, entitled “Heroic Woman of Nueces—Texas.”

See Herd 1326 (preceding) for a book by Lemmon, well-known early-day cattleman who is credited with starting the Western South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, helping the Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul RR, and preserving much firsthand history of the early West with his prolific writings. Includes “Heroic Woman of Nueces—Texas” 5 pp.; “Castration to Deprive Animal of Power of Propagation” 9 pp. (final page[s?] missing); “Cow Range Preamble and Sooth-Sayings” 28 pp.; four pages numbered 6, 10, 11, 12 with more ranching advice and sooth-sayings; and 21 pp. of sixteen letters that appear to be not by Lemmon, but translations of Texas colonial letters from August 10, 1805, to March 14, 1809, many from Colonel Antonio Cordero, governor of Coahuila and acting governor of Texas, at Nacogdoches, who took over command from Lieutenant Colonel Juan Bautista de Elguezabal and reports to his superior on occurrences in the area under his command.

The letters mainly pertain to troubles with various Native American tribes and with the Anglo-American settlers. Some examples: October 4, 1805, orders from Cordero to Sebastian Rodriguez for taking a census as part of maintaining a state of security in his jurisdiction; a letter that accompanied a treasury report; a letter from Cordero that accompanied a document approving an expedition dispatched for the reconnoitering and exploring of the Port of Matagorda; a report on a visit by captains of the Comanche tribe, offering their respect and allegiance to the Spanish flag and their desire for protection from enemies, along with the return of “all the stock with our brand which is taken in their roundup of wild stock—which they use along with their own [private] stock”; a November 2, 1806, report from Pedro de Herrera on the mobilization of forces for the protection of his province, with a list of “the inconveniences which hinder them,” such as the great size of the province, and mention of an order he received from the viceroy advising him to order 300 men “to be ready to march to the province of Texas if the provisional governor, his Excellency, D. Antonio Cordero, asked me for them,” and reference to an order he received “to march...immediately to San Antonio de Bexar,” explaining that the militia “will march very poorly armed, as the greater part of those they have are in a bad state of repair”; a September 28, 1808, letter to the Viceroy of New Spain from Nemesio Salcedo, requesting “the largest number of carbines or short firelocks for the cavalry” in order for the inhabitants of his provinces to be “ready for quick action and necessary defense,” since “the restless, turbulent, covetous spirit of the Anglo-Americans on our borders, their roving character, and the looseness of their government, the rebellious spirits they hold within their borders, and the weakness of their constitution and laws...make it impossible to rely on their promise and good faith” and “makes me suspect some aggression on their part against the nearest provinces”; October 1, 1808, report from Nemesio Salcedo to the Viceroy of New Spain on the “hostile plans made by Colonel Burr’s partisans against these provinces” and “the preparations of American General, Wilkinson” and continuing to request aid; letter of March 14, 1809, from Nemesio Salcedo to the Viceroy of New Spain, continuing to report on the need for aid and increased fortification. $300.00


3160. LENOIR, Phil. Rhymes of the Wild and Wooly [wrapper title]. [Santa Fe, 1920]. [22] pp. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Small stain on front wrapper, text browned, otherwise fine.

First printing. N. Howard Thorp, Songs of the Cowboys, p. vii, acknowledges LeNoir’s contribution to the genre. Self-published range poetry, including “The Hangin’ O’ Wampus Pete,” “Down On the Ol’ Bar-G,” “The Finger of Billy the Kid,” “My Name is Charley Siringo,” “Helltown’s First Sky-Pilot,” “Eventide in Cowboy Land,” “When The Sheriff from East Met The Sheriff From The West,” “Siesta Time,” and “The Puncher Poet.” $75.00


3161. LESLIE, Frank & Richard Reinhardt. Out West on the Overland Train: Across-the-Continent Excursion with Leslie’s Magazine in 1877 and the Overland Trip in 1967. Palo Alto: American West Publishing Co., 1967. 207 pp., illustrations and facsimiles. Folio, original cloth. Very good in d.j.

First edition. Paher, Nevada 1638: “In the spring of 1877 Frank Leslie began a five-month overland excursion across the continent, writing trenchant western observations along the way for his Illustrated Newspaper. Chapter 12 discusses his 20-mile-an-hour travels in Nevada, ‘high, dry, and aboriginal.’ He comments upon the major Central Pacific railroad’s stations and silver and gold mines. He furnishes wood engravings of rural activities such as loading cattle, rabbit hunting, canal building, and scenes such as dugouts, Indian dwellings, and railroad stations. Richard Reinhardt, really more of an editor than an author, gives his observations on the same run ninety years later in 1967.” $15.00


3162. LEWIS, Alfred Henry. The Sunset Trail. New York: A. L. Burt Company, [1906]. x [4] 393 [9] pp., frontispiece, plates, ads. 12mo, original blindstamped pictorial green cloth. Fair copy only of a well-worn book.

Fourth printing. Guns 1324: “Mostly stories of Dodge City and its gunmen, written in fictional form.” Herd 1327. Bat Masterson is a central character in this fictional rendering of western history. $10.00


3163. LEWIS, Faye C. Nothing to Make a Shadow. Ames: Iowa State University, 1971. viii, 155 pp., illustrated title, head-pieces. 8vo, original yellow cloth. Mild shelf wear, otherwise fine in worn and torn d.j.

First edition. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 17: “A witty account of the author’s girlhood experiences on a homestead near Dallas, South Dakota, in the early 1900s.” $10.00


3164. LEWIS, Oscar. Sutter’s Fort: Gateway to the Gold Fields. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, [1966]. xiii [3] 222 [2] pp., portraits, plates (mostly photographic), facsimiles, maps on endpapers. 8vo, original navy blue cloth over brown cloth, spine gilt. Fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. The American Forts Series. Rocq S1545. Includes photographs and discussions of branding, cattle rustling, and other ranch activities; frontispiece photo of a cowboy with two doggies. $15.00