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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 3215-3239

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3215. LOGUE, Roscoe. Under Texas and Border Skies. Amarillo: Russell Stationery Co., 1935. [8] 111 pp., illustrations (some photographic, some by Ben Mead). 8vo, original red, white, and blue printed wrappers. Mild marginal tanning, generally fine.

Second printing. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Mead 45); Kid 207: “Scarce.” Guns 1355. Herd 1347. Includes “The Frontier Barbecue,” “Windmilling in the Panhandle,” “The Great Jack Rabbit Drive,” and a series of articles on brands. $20.00


3216. LOMAS, Thomas J. Recollections of a Busy Life. [Cresco, Iowa, 1923]. 220 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic text illustrations, portraits. 8vo, disbound. Text fine and unopened.

First edition. Cowan S373. Graff 2523. Holliday Sale (in 1954): “Extremely rare. One of a few copies printed for the family.” Howes L436. Mattes 1967: “Helped to take 500 horses to California.... A problem with driving on the plains was the universal drowsiness; if one succumbed, the stock would go in almost any direction other than the one wanted. There were ‘white raiders’ out to steal horses, a commodity in great demand in the border states and territories.” Mintz, The Trail 298: “The author relates memories of his 1864 wagon trip to Honey Lake, California. It seems that only a small number of copies were printed for his relations, making the book very scarce today.” $200.00


3217. LOMAX, John A. Adventures of a Ballad Hunter. New York: Macmillan, 1947. xi [3] 302 pp., illustrations by Ken Chamberlain. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Corner and lower spine bumped, light wear, text lightly browned, else very good in worn, chipped, and price-clipped d.j.

First edition of the biography of one of our great folklorists. Campbell, p. 50: “Story of his life simply told, but as sincere and genial as was the man himself.” Dobie, p. 129. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 83 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 83. Herd 1350: “Chapter III, ‘Hunting Cowboy Songs,’ deals with the cowboy and the author’s experiences in gathering songs in the cow country.” Reese, Six Score 73n. Lomax (1867-1948) arrived in Texas by covered wagon at age two. As a boy, “his home was located on a branch of the Chisholm Trail, he heard many cowboy ballads and other folk songs; before he was twenty, he began to write some of them down.... In the back room of the White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth he found cowhands who knew many stanzas of ‘The Old Chisholm Trail.’ A Gypsy woman living in a truck near Fort Worth sang ‘Git Along, Little Dogies.’ At Abilene an old buffalo hunter gave him the words and tune of the ‘Buffalo Skinners.’ In San Antonio in 1908 a Black saloonkeeper who had been a trail cook sang ‘Home on the Range.’ Lomax’s first collection, Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads, was published in 1910” (Handbook of Texas Online: John Avery Lomax). $75.00


3218. LOMAX, John A. Cow Camps & Cattle Herds. Austin: Encino Press, [1967]. xi [1] 62 [3] pp., illustrations by William D. Wittliff. 8vo, original green cloth with illustration on upper cover. Mint, signed by John A. Lomax Jr. son of the author and writer of the introduction.

First edition, limited edition (#453 of 750 copies). Reese, Six Score 73n. Whaley, Wittliff 23. Written for an anthology of regional American folklore edited by Dr. Stith Thompson that was never published. Thompson had asked him to write a piece on cowboy lore. The piece was returned to Lomax’s family after his death and remained unpublished for twenty-one years. Upon publishing it, John Lomax Jr. quotes his father as having written to Thompson that the piece would be “light on cowboy lore” and would instead stress customs, the vernacular, and facts, not fiction. “I think this is one of the best pieces I have ever done. A good percentage of it is entirely new material. My main object has been to set down...facts and fancies that will entice your readers to read on.” $50.00


3219. LOMAX, John A. Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads. New York: Sturgis & Walton Company, 1910. xxvi, 326 pp., printed music. 12mo, original terracotta pictorial cloth. Mild shelf wear, front hinge weak, text lightly browned, but overall a very good copy of the scarce first edition.

First edition of author’s first book. Campbell, pp. 159, 230. Dobie, pp. 128-29. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #39: “No writing represents the cowboy more authentically than the songs...that he sang to keep himself company and the sleeping herd quiet. Some of them have become household inheritances all over America.... Lomax collected...extensively and made the songs known to the nation.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 13. Flake 4972: “Two songs about Brigham Young: Mormon song; Mormon bishop’s lament.” McCracken, 101, p. 35. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 21. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 98: “According to Lomax, the songs in this collection had never before appeared in print.” Reese, Six Score 73: “The first collection of cowboy songs.... His contribution to American folklore is immense.” Saunders 4316. Smith 6012. One of the greatest collections of cowboy literature, collected from the men who rode the range. $300.00


3220. LOMAX, John A. Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads. New York: Macmillan, 1934. xiii [15] 414 pp. 12mo, original terracotta cloth. Moderate shelf wear, front hinge weak, edges and endpapers foxed, text browned, overall very good. Signed twice by Lomax. Postcard from Lomax to Carl Hertzog laid in.

Reissue of the second edition. $75.00


3221. LOMAX, John A. Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, [1950]. xiii [7] 189 pp., illustrated with 78 drawings and sketches by famous Western artists including Remington and Russell. 8vo, original tan cloth. Edges slightly browned, small bookdealer’s label on rear pastedown, otherwise fine in faded but otherwise fine d.j.

Revised illustrated edition. Campbell, pp. 159, 229: “Some poems and songs are merely dated, others are so dated that they never go out of date. These are all too good to be pigeonholed as folklore.” Dobie, p. 186. Dykes, Kid 420. Smith 6024n. Yost & Renner, Russell XVI:89. The result of three years of collecting thousands of cowboy songs. $20.00


3222. LOMAX, John A. Songs Texas Sings. Centennial Edition. Compiled by Public School Division of the Texas Department of Publicity for Centennial Celebrations. Dallas: Turner Company, 1936. 32 pp., printed music and lyrics. 8vo, original blue, orange, and white pictorial wrappers (striking cover illustration: night scene of cowboys in a circle cooking supper over an open fire, chuckwagon behind them, and background of starry dark blue sky with moon rising over a vast plain). Mint condition. Undoubtedly printed in a large edition, but few copies survive.

First edition. The songs were gathered and published to assist teachers in teaching children to love and appreciate their homeland and culture. Lomax in his short essay at the front remarks: “The group printed here best representing Texas and the southwest is the Cowboy songs. Such songs make vocal the life of the ranch and the cattle trail. Cowboys sang because they were lonely as they rode after a herd of longhorns. At night they sang to quiet the cattle on the bedding ground, as the cowboy sentinels rode round and round the sleeping herd. These night-herding songs were romantic or minor in tone, telling stories of disaster and death.... Some of these songs sprang out of the soil of the Southwest like prairie grass. No one knows the author of the music or the words.” Lomax states that “Home on the Range” is the best known of all cowboy songs, except perhaps, “Git Along, Little Dogies.” Other songs include “O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie,” “The Old Chisholm Trail,” “Texas Rangers,” “Make Me a Cowboy Again for a Day,” “La Cucaracha,” “Cielito Lindo,” etc. $100.00


3223. LOMAX, John A., Ruby T. Lomax & Alan Lomax. Fourteen Traditional Spanish Songs from Texas Transcribed by Gustavo Duran, from Recordings Made in Texas, 1934-1939. Washington: Music Division, Pan American Union, 1942. vi, 20 pp., map, printed music. 4to, original beige pictorial wrappers illustrated by Antonio Rodríguez Luna, stapled as issued. Ex-library: call letters on front wrapper and on blank verso facing page i, perforated stamp on title and last page, card pocket on rear endpaper. Mild shelf wear, small stain on rear wrapper, overall fine.

First edition. Music Series No. 4. Great cowboy iconography on upper cover. “As far as the text is concerned ‘La Corrida de Kansas’ is probably the most important corrida of this collection. The fateful and vague tone of the whole story and, above all, of the picture of this cowboy who gets in front of the bull with the sole object of being killed by him, gives to the story an unforgettable tragic accent” (p. 6). “En la corrida de Kansas / (ni me quisiera acordar), | caporales y vaqueros, | no más nos faltó llorar” (“La Corrida de Kansas”). $35.00


3224. LONG, Katherine W. & Samuel A. Siciliano. Yuma from Hell-Hole to Haven. Lusty Legends of Two Historical Centuries. Yuma: Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, 1950. 63 [1] pp., frontispiece, photographic text illustrations (some full-page), cover illustrations by John W. Hampton. Small 8vo, original multicolor pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued. Spine rubbed, otherwise fine.

First edition. Guns 1359. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 1057. Wallace, Arizona History X:46. In 1701, the forefather of the American cattle industry, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, was the first to recognize the Yuma crossing as the gateway to California. $10.00


3225. LONG, Margaret. The Oregon Trail: Following the Old Historic Pioneer Trails on the Modern Highway. Denver: [W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, 1954]. xxii, 278 [32, illustrations] pp., photographic text illustrations (many full-page), 2 foldout maps, endpaper maps. 8vo, original blue cloth. Mild shelf wear, otherwise a fine copy in lightly chipped d.j.

First edition, limited edition. Smith S443. Wynar 6477. Useful guide providing automobile logs with specific mileage readings for pioneer trails as far as South Pass. Large scale migration commenced in 1843, when a wagon train departed with over 800 people, 120 wagons, and 5,000 cattle. Their journey took five months. $40.00


3226. LONG, Margaret. The Santa Fe Trail: Following the Old Historic Pioneer Trails on the Modern Highways. Denver: W. H. Kistler Stationery Co., 1954. viii, 281 [30, illustrations] pp., frontispiece, photographic text illustrations (some full-page) 2 foldout maps, endpaper maps. 8vo, original green cloth. Mild shelf wear, back hinge split, otherwise very good in lightly sunned and chipped d.j.

First edition of a foundational work on the SFT. Rittenhouse 369: “An extensive guide for anyone who wishes to retrace, as far as is possible, the SFT along modern roads. Careful mileage readings are given from Westport to Santa Fe, with separate logs for side trips on variant Trail routes. Gives texts of many markers, list of stage stations in New Mexico (p. 275), and logs noted by early travelers.” Wynar 6459. As Plains tribes acquiesced to the westward expansion of the U.S., reservations were established and Indian Agencies were set up all over the West to distribute rations to Native Americans. This meant providing grains and flour, but more importantly, it meant replacing buffalo with beef. This triggered the real beginning of the cowboy era in New Mexico. Along the trail enterprising entrepreneurs established small pockets of private enterprise called road ranches, trading ranches, or in some cases, whiskey ranches. Most commonly known simply as ranches, the little businesses catered to the needs of travelers. To augment their income, ranch proprietors traded livestock and supplied forage. Dr. Long and her friend were the first two women to enter Death Valley alone. $75.00


3227. LONG, Margaret. The Shadow of the Arrow. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1941. 310 pp., frontispiece, photographic plates, maps. 8vo, original grey pictorial cloth. Light shelf wear, front hinge slightly loose, otherwise fine. Dr. Long’s working copy, with many of her annotations.

First edition. Edwards, The Enduring Desert, p. 159: “A carefully written and authentic account of Death Valley, coupled with intelligent exploratory findings of the physical routes traversed by the emigrants of 1849—from Salt Lake, across Nevada, and thence to the Coast. The Doctor’s book has not sustained itself by a parasitic nourishment upon the research of others. Here is a vigorous, first-hand contribution to Death Valley literature; one of the best, in my opinion, that has ever been made available. I would rate it among the first half-dozen Death Valley items of paramount importance.” Mintz, The Trail 299: “Contains most of the diary of forty-niner Sheldon Young….Young started from Joliet, went through Salt Lake City and describes his route from there to Death Valley.” Paher, Nevada 1159: “Two very proper ladies, Dr. Long from Denver and Miss Anne Martin from Reno, traveled together to trace the route of the ‘49ers through southern Nevada and Death Valley. Loading their Dodge with all kinds of equipment, and with the running boards stowing extra water, oil, and gasoline, the women ‘roughed it’...recording authentic history as they went. They retraced the trails of the Jayhawkers and searched for forgotten waterholes.... The desert descriptions and field work alone are a significant contribution.” The author’s investigations took her through stretches of ranching country, including research at Furnace Creek, Pahrump, Chino, and other ranches. Suffragist and politician Anne Martin and Dr. Long are discussed in Lillian Faderman’s To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999). $250.00


3228. LONG, Margaret. The Shadow of the Arrow. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1941. Another copy. Light shelf wear, otherwise very fine. Author’s signed and dated presentation inscription to Axton Clark, and signed by Anne Martin, Dr. Long’s traveling companion, to whom the book is dedicated. $100.00


3229. LONG, Margaret. The Shadow of the Arrow. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1941. Another copy. Moderate shelf wear, front hinge a little loose, otherwise fine. Author’s signed and dated presentation inscription to Florence Rena Sabin, news clippings of book reviews affixed to front and back flyleaves, bookplate. $75.00


3230. LONG, Margaret. The Shadow of the Arrow. Caldwell: Caxton Printers, 1941. Another copy. Very light shelf wear, otherwise a very fine copy in lightly worn and chipped d.j. $50.00


3231. LONG, Margaret. The Smoky Hill Trail: Following the Old Historic Pioneer Trails on the Modern Highways [+ The Smoky Hill Trail: Supplement to the Automobile Logs Which Follow the Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico]. [Denver]: W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, [1943 & 1947]. xi [3] 336 [38, illustrations] + 36 [1, index] pp., frontispiece, photographic text illustrations (some full-page), portraits, 10 maps (8 folding), endpaper maps, errata tipped in. 2 vols.: vol. 1 is large 8vo, original maroon cloth; vol. 2 is small 8vo, spiral-bound tan printed wrappers. Vol. 1: very fine in worn maroon d.j. with a few tears; vol. 2: very fine. Author’s signed and dated presentation copy to Florence Rena Sabin, with related newsclipping on front free endpaper and Sabin’s bookplate.

First edition. Herd 1352. Wilcox, p. 72: “Deals chiefly with the pioneer trails of eastern Colo.” Wynar 6476. Discussion of the cattle trails of Colorado and Kansas, including the Goodnight Trail and the National Cattle Trail. $150.00


3232. LONG, Margaret. The Smoky Hill Trail.... [+ ...Supplement...]. [Denver]: W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, [1943 & 1947]. Another set. Vol. 1: light creasing to text, otherwise fine in chipped and worn d.j.; vol. 2: very fine. $75.00


3233.  LONG, Margaret. The Smoky Hill Trail.... [+ ...Supplement...]. [Denver]: W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, [1943 & 1947]. Another set, vol. 1 with variant grey printed d.j. Vol. 1: mild shelf wear, otherwise fine in mildly chipped, worn, and sunned d.j.; vol. 2: slight wear, otherwise fine. $50.00


3234. LONG, Margaret. The Smoky Hill Trail.... [Denver]: W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, [1943]. Another copy of vol. 1 only. Moderate shelf wear, front hinge loose, overall very good in chipped d.j. Signed and dated by author. $35.00


3235. LONG, Margaret. The Smoky Hill Trail.... [+ ...Supplement...]. [Denver]: W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, [1947]. xiv, 376 [44, illustrations] + 36 [1, index] pp., frontispiece, photographic text illustrations (some full-page), portraits, 10 maps (8 folding), endpaper maps, errata tipped in. 2 vols.: vol. 1 is large 8vo, original maroon cloth; vol. 2 is small 8vo, original ivory printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Vol. 1: a fine copy in very lightly worn and chipped d.j.; vol. 2: fine.

Second edition. $65.00


3236. LONG, Margaret. The Smoky Hill Trail.... [Denver]: W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, [1947]. Another copy of vol. 1 only. Mild shelf wear, otherwise fine in worn and chipped d.j. $30.00


3237. LONG, Walter [Ewing]. The Longhorn Crossing. [Austin? 1960]. [2] 34 [1] pp., portraits, text illustrations (one in color, many photographic, some from old photos of cattle drives), double-page map showing the best route from Texas in 1874. 4to, original white pictorial wrappers, stapled as issued. Mild wear, especially at staples, otherwise fine. Signed by author.

First edition. This work has an account of an 1867 trail drive of a large herd of longhorns up the Chisholm Trail and their crossing of the Colorado River at Austin, Texas. In addition to interviewing old cowboys, Long collected vintage photographs of the Chisholm Trail, which were used in this book (the images were also consulted for at least one film on the Trail). The Handbook of Texas Online has a biography of author Long (1886-1973), but more humanizing is Joe B. Frantz’s obituary in SWHQ 7 (July 1973-April 1974), pp. 395-97. For decades Long, known as Austin’s Number One Citizen, was the father of city planning in Austin. His myriad contributions included creating the organization that evolved into the Lower Colorado River Authority and its chain of dams and lakes through Central Texas, enlarging the 40-acre University of Texas at Austin to add 132 acres, arranging the sale of bonds to construct the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, etc. $100.00


3238. LONGSWORTH, Basil N. Diary...March 15, 1853 to January 22, 1854, Covering the Period of His Migration from Ohio to Oregon. Denver: D. E. Harrington, 1927. 43 pp. 8vo, original red printed wrappers, stapled as issued. Mild shelf wear, otherwise fine. Printed in a short run for family members.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 296. Graff 2530: “This is a detailed day by day contemporary diary—a real overland.” Howes L458. Mattes 1403: “Noteworthy for significant detail about river crossings and about the incident at Fort Laramie’s Platte ferry, leaving Indian dead and imprisoned, which augured ill for emigrants, though no reprisals seem to have occurred.” Mintz, The Trail 301: “Details of the country, trails, deaths, murders, drownings and more.” Smith 6091. The overland party had 80 persons, 26 wagons, 300 head of cattle, and a unspecified number of horses. $50.00


3239. LOOMIS, Leander Vaness. A Journal of the Birmingham Emigrating Company: The Record of a Trip from Birmingham, Iowa, to Sacramento, California, in 1850.... Salt Lake City: [Legal Printing Company], 1928. [14] 198 pp., frontispiece portrait, 17 photographic plates, portraits, foldout map at rear. 8vo, original brown cloth. Mild shelf wear, upper hinge loose, some internal wear, overall very good in the scarce d.j. (chipped and well worn). Letter to Margaret Long from Hart Robinson (with his signature) and book announcement laid in.

First edition. Cowan, p. 396. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 297. Flake 4986. Kurutz, The 404. Howes L464. Mattes 880: “Journey fared well.... This was a cohesive and efficient group of relatives and neighbors who rested regularly on the Sabbath while other companies flogged on, and it elected a new set of officers every two weeks, thus neutralizing the malcontents who broke up many companies. Although capable of inspired prose...Loomis’s account is mainly straightforward reporting, the kind most valued by those interested in the nuances of trail geography. Ledyard’s footnotes make the most of this aspect.” Mintz, The Trail 302. Paher, Nevada 1167: “The party with which the author and his family emigrated west arrived in Sacramento in 1850. This volume contains a journal written on the overland journey, with supplementary data compiled from historical sources and five early itineraries covered in part by this company.... This book includes a complete reprinting of Clayton’s [1848] Latter-Day Saints Emigrants’ Guide [pp. 137-182].” Loomis was a rancher, and in his journal discusses livestock prices, fur trade, and brief stays at Horseshoe Ranch and Howard Ranch. Edited by Edgar M. Ledyard, introduction by J. Cecil Alter. $75.00