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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 3240-3263

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3240. [LORD, John Keast]. At Home in the Wilderness; Being Full of Instructions How to Get Along and to Surmount All Difficulties by the Way, by “The Wanderer.” London: Robert Hardwicke, 1867. xvi, 323 pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrated title page, text illustrations. 12mo, original purple blind stamped cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Binding worn and shelf-slanted, interior browned, some pencil markings, generally good.

First edition. Sabin 42034. Smith 6110A. Practical hints on the details of traveling, or “the way to get through a wild country as one ought, by adopting the better means of doing that which has to be done,” provided by one with twenty years experience “as a rambler in various parts of the world.” This work includes his travels in the Great Plains, California, and the Pacific Northwest. Lord was naturalist to the British North American Boundary Commission and offers a wealth of practical information, from “how to equip and manage a train of pack-mules” to how to “build log shanties, nail a raft, dig out a canoe or build it with bark or hide, manage dog-sleighs, and tramp on snowshoes.” Chapter XIV is devoted to wild horses and cattle, detailing how to lasso, saddle, and mount wild cattle, the origins of mustangs, the vast numbers of mustangs and cattle roaming the Texas plains, methods for breaking wild horses, the rodeo, making a lasso and a cabresto, etc. The author also wrote The Naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia (Howes L464). $200.00


3241.  LOTT, Virgil N. & Mercurio Martinez. The Kingdom of Zapata. San Antonio: Naylor, [1953]. xiii [1] 254 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 8vo, original blue cloth. Binding slightly warped, otherwise fine in lightly chipped and worn d.j.

First edition. CBC 4901. History of Zapata County, center of extensive ranching and agricultural endeavors, with a chapter on the ranches of the county and brief sketches of Starr and Webb Counties. European settlement of the region began in 1750 under the command of Col. José de Escandón. In 1898, the town of Bellville was renamed Zapata in honor of Col. Antonio Zapata, a local rancher and military man who became one of the leaders of the federalist movement to found the Republic of the Rio Grande. $75.00


3242. LOTTO, F. Fayette County: Her History and Her People. Schulenburg, Texas: Privately published by F. Lotto, Sticker Steam Press, 1902. [i-iii] vi-xvi, 424 pp., frontispiece of courthouse, many photographic illustrations, ads. 8vo, original green cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Moderate foxing, generally very good.

First edition. CBC 1687. Howes L484. Detailed history of Fayette County in South Central Texas, 1821-1902, with many biographies, descriptions of towns, and documentary illustrations. The area was first settled by members of Austin’s Old Three Hundred. German and Bohemian settlers arrived in large numbers after the Civil War, changing the ethnic base of the county. The rich Blackland Prairie in the region was more suited to agriculture and large plantations, but there is a brief discussion of stock raising and its role in the county’s economy. $125.00


3243. LOUNSBERRY, Clement A. Early History of North Dakota.... Washington: Liberty Press, 1919. xv [1] 645 pp., frontispiece portrait, numerous plates (mostly photographic, a few in color), portraits, maps. 4to, original green gilt-decorated leather, all edges marbled. Outer wear, upper hinge split, interior fine.

First edition. Graff 2548. Howes L516. Some coverage of ranching in North Dakota’s history, particularly the role of investors. $75.00


3244. LOVE, Robertus. The Rise and Fall of Jesse James. New York & London: G. P. Putnam’s & The Knickerbocker Press, 1926. ix [1] 446 pp., photographic frontispiece. 8vo, original black cloth. Joints chafed, otherwise fine in d.j., with a few small chips and tears. Pencil ownership inscription dated 1939.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:251. Dobie, p. 141: “Excellently written.” Dykes, Rare Western Outlaw Books, p. 38: “My favorite book about the James boys.” Guns 1366: “Scarce.... Probably the most reliable book written about Jesse James to that date.” Howes L521. Rader 2253. Although this book primarily contains outlaw material, the chapter on Jim Cummins, a James gang hanger-on, reveals that Cummins later ranched in Barry County, Missouri, and near Beaver, in Carroll County, Arkansas. The best rider of the gang, Cummins’ lifelong speciality was horses and, even after retiring to a Confederate home in his sixties, he would leave from time to time to break a bunch of broncos. $225.00


3245. LOVELAND, Cyrus C. California Trail Herd: The 1850 Missouri-to-California Journal of Cyrus C. Loveland. Los Gatos: Talisman Press, 1961. 137 [1] pp., 2 photographic plates (including frontispiece), endpaper maps. 8vo, original red cloth with printed paper spine label. Very fine in lightly worn slipcase.

First edition, limited edition (750 copies, signed by the editor Richard C. Dillon). Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 407. Paher, Nevada 1175: “A cowboy’s journal of a very early (1850) Missouri to California cattle drive, a precursor to many such drives from the Midwest, especially after the mid-1850s. Pages 97-117 describe the drive along the Humboldt Trail, making up to 22 miles a day, though sometimes as little as four to ten miles a day.” Mattes 882: “Loveland hired by Walter Crow as one of forty hands to herd 700 head of cattle overland to California.... At destination, 500 gaunt cattle remained after Indian attacks, stampedes, alkali poisoning, and ‘hollow horn.’ This account is remarkable as the record of one of the first herds, if not the first herd to be driven to the California beef market. It is even more remarkable that a cowhand working twenty-four hour shifts for six months was able to find time to keep a diary.... Dillon’s introduction is a good capsule history of pioneer cattle drives.” Mintz, The Trail 307. Mohr, The Range Country 707. $100.00


3246. LOVELAND, Cyrus C. California Trail Herd.... Los Gatos: Talisman Press, 1961. 137 [1] pp., 2 photographic plates (including frontispiece), endpaper maps. 8vo, original red cloth with printed paper spine label. Very fine in slightly soiled d.j.

Trade edition. $40.00


With Original Leaf from the Loving Brand Book

3247. LOVING, James C. The Loving Brand Book, with an Introduction by Charles Goodnight III and Illustrations by William D. Wittliff. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1965. x, 118 pp., text illustrations by Wittliff (portrait of Loving on title page and longhorn steer on facing page), reproductions of pages from original brand book on pastel orange panels, pocket on front pastedown with an original leaf from Loving’s brand book. Oblong folio, original full terracotta leather, title gilt-lettered on spine, facsimile signature of Loving in gilt on upper cover, brands. Corners bumped, otherwise fine in publisher’s buckram slipcase (lightly worn).

First edition, limited edition (#104 of 119 copies, signed by Goodnight and Wittliff, and with an original leaf from the brand book compiled in 1884). Reese, Six-Score 74: “Reproduces James C. Loving’s original manuscript brand book of Texas cattle brands. Loving was the son of Charles Goodnight’s partner Oliver Loving and one of the founders of the first Texas stock association. This reproduction makes available to all a picture of how brands were recorded by a working cattleman on the range, besides preserving an important brand book for posterity.” Whaley, William D. Wittliff and the Encino Press 10: “Loving, who was brought to Texas by his family in 1845, began the task of compiling a list of brands and brand owners as a young man. Branding stock was vital in proving ownership but only if one knew whose brand belonged to whom. The task was essentially completed in 1884, when presumably several copies were made for the stockmen’s protective organization. The copy used to produce this volume is the only one known to exist.” $1,200.00


3248. [LOWE, Paul Emilius]. Cowboys of the Wild West: A Graphic Portrayal of Cowboy Life on the Boundless Plains of the Wild West with Its Attending Realistic Exciting Incidents and Adventures, by Harry Hawkeye [pseud.]. Baltimore: I. & M. Ottenheimer, 1908. 189 [3, ads] pp., illustrations. 12mo, original cream pictorial wrappers. Fragile wrappers chipped, as are a few pages; text browned, overall a good, tight copy.

First edition. Herd 1357: “Scarce.” Fred White Sr. notes that “this edition was no doubt sold by news Butch on railroad trains. Printed on the cheapest newsprint, a miracle comparable to the fishes & loaves it survived.” Surely this is the climax of cheapness. Chapters include “The Kow King’s Ranch,” “The Cattle Thieves,” “Chasing the Cattle Thieves,” “Battle with the Cattle Thieves,” “Captured by the Bandits and Rescued by the Cowboys,” “Fight with the Indians,” “The Prairie Fire,” etc. The story ends on an all’s-well-that-ends-well note: “The Triple Wedding.” The text illustrations are full page, and rather nice, all considered. $150.00


3249. LOWE, Percival G. Five Years a Dragoon (‘49 to ‘54) and Other Adventures on the Great Plains. Kansas City, Missouri: Franklin Hudson Publishing Company, 1906. 418 pp., photographic frontispiece portrait, text illustrations (mostly photographic—military personnel, Native Americans, etc.). 8vo, original maize pictorial cloth. Moderate shelf wear and a few stains upper hinge weak, light marginal browning, overall very good.

First edition. Campbell, p. 66: “Much on the Santa Fé Trail and Plains Indians, including our best eyewitness account of the treaty of Laramie, 1851. Clear, vivid, intelligent.” Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 299. Flake 5001. Graff 2550. Howes L526. Mattes 1607, 1642, and 1071: “Few soldiers among enlisted men have left overland records. Lowe is a brilliant exception. His observations on the first Fort Laramie trip of 1851 are noteworthy, but his account of the later Fort Laramie Treaty Council is priceless, being a primary source of first-hand information about this historically unique event. This was without doubt the largest assemblage of Plains Indians anywhere in recorded times. Lowe says that a mere 270 soldiers nervously confronted over 10,000 warriors and that the total of all Indian men, women, and children was around 60,000, so that their portable villages and horse herds occupied many square miles. This governmental effort to ensure peace on the Plains is doubly ironic, for it was the Grattan Massacre of 1854 and the retaliatory so-called Ash Hollow Massacre of 1855, both in the general vicinity of Scotts Bluff, that shattered peace on the Plains, peace, which would not be restored until the aftermath of the Little Big Horn in 1876.” Mintz, The Trail 571. Rader 2255. Rittenhouse 375. Saunders, 3015. Sloan, Auction 9 (quoting Pingenot): “One of the best personal accounts of cavalry service and wagon freighting on the plains, from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Laramie, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Santa Fe. After his army service, Lowe continued to travel the Santa Fe Trail as a freight contractor until 1870.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2234. Extensive information on selection and care of cavalry horses, accounts of several horse dealers and beef contractors, and some material on cattle rustlers. $75.00


3250. LOWE, Percival G. Five Years a Dragoon.... Kansas City, Missouri: Franklin Hudson Publishing Company, 1906. Another copy, variant binding. 8vo, original brown cloth. Some outer wear and front hinge weak and repaired with tape. $60.00


3251. LOWE, Percival G. Five Years a Dragoon.... Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1965]. xxxi [1] 336 pp., photographic plates, text illustrations, map. 8vo, original blue cloth. Light shelf wear, front hinge a little weak, otherwise fine in rubbed d.j. by Fritz Kredel.

Revised edition, with introduction and notes by Don Russell. $15.00


3252.  LUBBOCK, Francis Richard. Six Decades in Texas; or, Memoirs of Francis Richard Lubbock, Governor of Texas in War-Time, 1861-63: A Personal Experience in Business, War, and Politics. Edited by C. W. Raines. Austin: Ben C. Jones & Company, 1900. xvi, 685 pp., plates, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Binding worn and soiled, upper hinge weak, some foxing to text, otherwise very good. Contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf.

First edition. Agatha, pp. 70-71. Basic Texas Books 130A. Bradford 3088. Dobie, p. 52. Howes L542. Nevins, CWB II:196. Parrish, Civil War Texana 59. Rader 2259. Raines p. 141. Lubbock arrived in Texas in 1836 and was one of Houston’s first residents. He was narrowly defeated in the first mayoral election, served as lieutenant governor of Texas in 1857, and became the first Texas governor elected under the Confederacy. He served on the staff of Gen. John B. Magruder, and later as Jefferson Davis’s aide. Though imprisoned after the war, he was elected state treasurer in 1878 and served six terms. Chapter 7 is largely devoted to ranching, describing Lubbock’s ranch and cowboys long before the Civil War. Chapter 14 revisits to the ranch and also discusses the camel experiment. Galveston and the “Beef Packery” are covered in chapter 33. $300.00


3253. LUBBOCK, Francis Richard. Six Decades in Texas.... Austin & New York: Pemberton Press, 1968. [4] xvi, 685 [9] pp., frontispiece, plates, photographic illustrations. 8vo, original beige cloth. Very fine in worn d.j. with a few tears.

Reprint. Brasada Reprint Series. Basic Texas Books 130B. $75.00


3254. LUCAS, Mattie Davis & Mita Holsapple Hall. A History of Grayson County, Texas. Sherman, Texas: Scruggs Printing Company, [1936]. 209 [3] pp., double-page map. 12mo, original green cloth. Light shelf wear, front hinge a little weak, otherwise a fine copy.

First edition. CBC 2025. On pages 143-55 the authors discuss industry in Northwest Texas during the Reconstruction period, when “there were no industries—but there were cattle… The long-horn was in the hey-day of his glory, [and] cattle drives proved the salvation of Texas at this particular time in her history.” $75.00


3255. LUDEMAN, Annette Martin. La Salle: La Salle County, South Texas Brush Country, 1856-1975. [Quanah, Texas]: Nortex Press, [1975]. viii [2] 224 [11, index] pp., portraits, photographic text illustrations, endpaper maps. 4to, original green cloth. Covers scuffed and bumped, interior fine.

First edition. Cruz & Irby 3671. Permanent Anglo settlement did not begin in this isolated region until the mid-1800s. Livestock raising, the primary activity of the early settlers, remains a key endeavor in the region to the present. “At the turn of the century ranching completely dominated La Salle County’s economy and set the tone for its culture” (Handbook of Texas Online: La Salle County). Includes material on La Mota Ranch. $45.00


3256. LUMMIS, Charles F. A Bronco Pegasus. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1928. xviii [2] 149 [1] pp., frontispiece, photographic plates (6 by Lummis), untrimmed. 8vo, original yellow pictorial cloth. Light shelf wear, mild foxing to text and adjacent to plates, otherwise fine, in worn, chipped, and lightly foxed price-clipped d.j.

First edition. Powell, p. 434: “Although there have been more polished writers on the Southwest, none has equaled his genius for seeing, understanding, and popularizing the region. It was he who first called it ‘The Southwest.’” This collection of poetry includes “At the Hacienda,” “Brother Burro,” “The Fellow in Greasy Jeans,” “In the Southwest,” and tributes to John Muir, John Burroughs, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Moran, John C. Frémont, and an epic poem on Geronimo. $40.00


3257. LUMMIS, Charles F. A New Mexico David and Other Stories and Sketches of the Southwest. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1891. ix [1] 217 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 12mo, original grey pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, silver, and blind. Spine lightly sunned, text browned, otherwise a fine copy. Ink gift inscription on front flyleaf.

First edition. Campbell, pp. 209-10: “Pueblo Indians, cowboys, and the Spanish in New Mexico. Short stories for children.” Dobie, p. 42: “Folk tales and sketches.” Herd 1362. Powell, Southwest Classics, p. 49: “A book of stories and pieces about the Southwest intended for young readers.” Saunders 4334. Wright III:3435. Sketches of the Southwest based on the author’s travels. Includes “How to Throw the Lasso.” $35.00


3258. LUMMIS, Charles F. A Tramp across the Continent. New York: Scribner’s, 1892. xiii [1] 270 pp. 12mo, original green pictorial cloth. Spine sunned, mild outer wear, slightly shelf-slanted, internally very good.

First edition. Herd 1363. Powell, Southwest Classics, p. 49. Saunders 4336. Account of Lummis’s 1884 walking tour of 3,500 miles from Ohio to California; during his trekking he spent time at ranches along the way and with cowboys. $100.00


3259.  LUNA, Richard L. Lady of Taos. Colorado Springs: El Napeste Publishing, 1974. [7] 329 pp., pictorial title page, portraits, text illustrations (some photographic). 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine in chipped and lightly soiled d.j. Inscribed and signed by the author: “The flowing in the Río Napeste In Pueblo, Colo. is soothing... So much history has gone...”

First edition, second printing. Wynar 6818. Story of the Sandoval family, who made their living herding cattle. $40.00


3260. LUNSFORD, Perry E. (ed.). Bullmanac: Jack Frost Ranches. Dallas: Jack Frost Ranches, [1958]. 72 pp., photographic illustrations, cartoons by the inimitable cowboy cartoonist J. R. Williams, maps, tables. 8vo, original brown photographic wrappers, stapled. Light foxing to top edge, otherwise fine.

First printing. McVicker D66. Reprints J. Frank Dobie’s introduction to Out Our Way. Almanac for ranchers, with articles, pedigree charts, etc. $30.00


3261. LYLE, Eugene P. The Lone Star. New York: Doubleday, Page, 1907. ix [3] 431 pp., color frontispiece, plates by Philip R. Goodwin. 8vo, original green cloth with color illustration of a cowgirl astride her horse. Corners bumped, endpapers foxed, otherwise fine. Attractive image on binding.

First edition. Agatha, p. 135: “Has a place beside the historical novel in the fact that it gives a good picture of Texas in the characters of half the prominent Texas heroes and writers.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Goodwin 20); Western High Spots, p. 34 (“High Spots of Western Fiction: 1902-1952”). Illustrator Goodwin (1881-1935) was noted for his outdoor paintings and wild life renditions. Among the main characters is an “exasperatingly independent” rancher’s daughter. $50.00


3262. LYMAN, George Dunlap. The Story of a Trailblazer on Six Frontiers. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1930. xii [2] 394 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, facsimiles, portraits, endpaper maps. 8vo, original blue gilt-lettered cloth. Mild outer wear, upper hinge weak, otherwise fine in worn d.j.

First edition. Cowan, p. 400. Dobie, p. 88: “Prime biography and prime romance. Laid mostly in California. This book almost heads the list of all biographies of western men.” Guns 1376: “Scarce.... Chapter entitled ‘Robbers’ has some material on Murieta.” Howes L578. Rocq 1606. Marsh arrived in San Jose in 1837 and purchased Los Megaños from José Noriega for $500. He built a small cabin where he practiced medicine; accepting payment in the form of cattle, he amassed one of the largest herds in early California, later shipping beef and produce to the gold mines and San Francisco. He also undertook a successful campaign of letters to encourage U.S. citizens to immigrate to California, touting its vast agricultural resources. $30.00


3263. [LYNDON, Ross] (Wilbert Edwin Eisele, pseud.). The Real Wild Bill Hickok: Famous Scout and Knight Chivalric of the Plains—A True Story of Pioneer Life in the Far West. Denver: William H. Andre, 1931. [2] 364 pp., text illustrations. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth. Binding lightly rubbed, endpapers stained, otherwise very good in d.j.

First edition, “Collector’s edition.” Adams, Burs I:119. Guns 668. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 108. Rader 1289. Biography from Civil War days to the McCanles “fight,” with information on Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show, and Hickok’s days as marshal in the Kansas cow towns. The author knew Wild Bill personally. $35.00