August 18th, 2020
              
 
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Highlights this week include Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike complete with maps, a register from the Drovers Hotel in Colorado Territory (1870-1871),  J. Marvin Hunter's "Trail Drivers of  Texas" and a color woodcut by Blanding Sloan.   

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Lincoln Cane...Taos Pueblo Group [Signed]
Sloan, Blanding 

Very Good. Beautiful color woodcut by Blanding Sloan depicting the Taos group with their Lincoln Cane. Measures 9 ¾" x 13" (including margins). The print is colored with red and light blue, and titled and signed by the artist in pencil in the margin, "#5 The Lincoln Cane...Taos Pueblo Group. Blanding Sloan, imp." No content on verso. No publication date. Very light soiling to margins and small pin hole along top edge, edges are unevenly cut, otherwise very good.

Blanding Sloan (1888-1975) , or James Blanding Sloan, was an etcher, printmaker, puppeteer and theatrical designer. This fantastic print depicts three members of the Taos Pueblo holding their Lincoln cane. Lincoln canes were presented by President Abraham Lincoln to New Mexico's 19 Pueblos as an acknowledgement of Pueblo sovereignty and to honor their relationship with the federal government. They are still used by Pueblo Governors today as a symbol of authority. No comps found on OCLC or in commerce as of February 2020.  020668. $500

 
Sixty Years in Southwest Oklahoma or the Autobiography of George W. Conover with Some Thrilling Incidents of Indian Life in Oklahoma and Texas.
Conover, George W.; Frank W. Beach.  
 
 Anadarko, Oklahoma, N. T. Plummer, Book and Job Printer, 1927. First Edition. 8vo. 129pp. Hardcover. Very Good. Blue cloth with gilt lettering; b&w illustrations. Boards have light wear; text block has light toning.  
 
"George W. Conover (1848-1936), a native of Philadelphia, was a merchant, rancher and Indian agent in southwestern Oklahoma. From 1870 to 1873 he worked at the Indian commissary at Fort Sill, after which he moved to the area of Andarko to become a rancher, merchant and farmer" (Beinecke Library). Here are his reminiscences, as dictated to Frank W. Beach. Graff 854. Adams Herd 565. 021073.   $155
 
 
 
Message from the President of the United States, Communicating, In Compliance with a Resolution of the Senate, Information in Relation to Military Orders Issued to the United States Officers at Santa Fe, and Correspondence Between those Officers and the War Department in Relation to the Claims of Texas to Jurisdiction Over that Country. 
 
 
Senate, 31st Congress, 1st Session, Ex. Doc. No. 56. [Washington, 1850]. 8vo. 15pp. Good. Disbound. Content is in English and Spanish. Text block has light toning and foxing.  
 
This government document covers the boundary dispute over Texas and New Mexico. It provides information regarding the actions of Robert S. Neighbors who was commissioned to organize counties in the disputed area of New Mexico under the authority of Texas. 021078.   $225
 
 
Old Santa Fe Trail from the Missouri River - Illustrated - Documentary Proof of the History and Route of the Old Santa Fe Trail [Signed]  
Wood, Dean Earl 
 
Kansas City, Missouri, E. L. Mendenhall, Printers, [1951]. First Edition. Signed by Author. 4to 11" - 13" tall. 272pp. Hardcover. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket. Plain grey dust jacket over red cloth boards; signed and inscribed by author on front pastedown. DJ has moderate soiling; boards have light foxing to edges; previous owner's information on front endpaper; page 151 has toning where a piece of newsprint was laid in.  
 
A thoroughly researched monograph on the Old Santa Fe Trail with many maps and illustrations. 021096.   $68

Centennial History of Wise County, 1853-1953 [Signed]
Moore, Mary Cates
  
Dallas, Texas, The Story Books Press, [1953]. First Edition. Signed by Author. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 189pp. Hardcover. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket. White dust jacket with mylar covering; blue cloth with silver lettering; b&w illustrations; signed by author on front endpaper. DJ has moderate soiling and minor chipping; boards have light shelfwear.  
 
This history of Wise County, Texas shows the great changes that took place over the span of a century. Topics include early settlement by pioneers, the organization of the county, troubles with Apaches and Comanches, the Chisholm Trail and the Butterfield Stage Route, the Spanish-American War, coal mining and packing plants, the Civil War, WWI and WWII, the Depression years and the CCC, oil development and notable personages of the county. 021093.   $275


 
Cattlemen, The [Signed]
McAfee, W. R.  

[Alvin, Texas], Davis Mountain Press, [1992]. First Edition. Signed by Author. Large 8vo 9" -10" tall. 266pp. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket. Pictorial dust jacket with "autographed copy" sticker on front; DJ has mylar covering; grey cloth with gilt lettering; signed by author on title page; b&w illustrations. DJ has moderate chipping; boards have light soiling to edges.  
 
"This book is about the late Wade and Roy Reid, and about their ranch, the Eleven Bar 11. More, it is a portrait of a working ranch in the Davis Mountains as it really was, and of two Davis Mountain cattlemen - probably the last of their kind in Texas - told in their own words and by those who knew them best." 021098.   $38


 
 
Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, to Headwaters of the Mississippi River, Through Louisiana Territory, and in New Spain, During the Years 1805-6-7. A New Edition, Now First Reprinted in Full from the Original of 1810, with Copious Critical Commentary, Memoir of Pike, New Map and Other Illustrations, and Complete Index, By Elliott Coues. [Volumes I - III].
Pike, Zebulon Montgomery; Elliott Coues (editor).  
 
Three volume set. New York, Francis P. Harper, 1895. Numbered 248 out of 1150 copies. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. Paginated 356; 357-855; [856]-955. Hardcover. Very Good. Green cloth with gilt lettering; collated and complete, with frontis, folding plate, and 7 maps (6 folding maps) as called for; some leaves are uncut. All boards have light wear and soiling; all volumes have "Union League Club of Chicago" bookplate on front pastedown; all text blocks have light toning; front gutter of Vol. I is cracked; rear pocket in Vol. III is torn along top edge; maps are fragile along folds and have a few closed tears.  
 
Pike commanded two expeditions in the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.  In 1805, he was sent to find the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota (designated as Part 1, "Mississippi Voyage"). In 1806, he journeyed to the interior portion of then-Louisiana Territory, to the sources of the Arkansaw River and the Rocky Mountains of present Colorado (Part 2, "Arkansaw Journey"). After this expedition he was captured by the Spanish  and taken through Mexico to then Spanish-American boundary between Texas and Louisiana (Part 3, "Mexican Tour"). 021146.   $500  


 
Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Illustrated. Containing a History of this Important Section of the Great State of Texas, from the Earliest Period of Its Occupancy to the Present Time...

  Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892. First Edition. 4to 11" - 13" tall. 1011pp. Hardcover. Good. Full leather binding, rebacked with original spine affixed to new spine; decorative pastedowns and endpapers, all edges gilt; illustrated with many b&w plates. Boards have moderate chipping to corners and scratching; moderate dampstain to text block that affects content, including plates; missing page vii (from the table of contents).

This massive volume includes hundreds of biographical sketches of prominent citizens and the nation's presidents, and a lengthy history of Dallas County. 021108. $650


 
Horse Wrangler & His Remuda [Signed] 
Adams, Ramon F.  
 
 
Austin, Encino Press, 1971. First Edition. 454/850. Signed by Author. Large 8vo 9" -10" tall. 51pp. Hardcover. Fine. Brown paper boards with title label on front and gilt lettering on spine; illustrated endpapers; signed by Adams on a front endpaper.  
 
A monograph on horses and horse wranglers written by western author and bibliographer Ramon F. Adams. 021181.   $35
 

 
Relations with Indians of the Plains, 1857-1861 - A Documentary Account of the Military Campaigns, and Negotiations of Indian Agents - With Reports and Journals of P. G. Lowe, R. M. Peck, J. E. B. Stuart, S. D. Sturgis, and Other Official Papers
Hafen, LeRoy R.; Ann W. Hafen (Editors)
 
 
Glendale, the Arthur H. Clark Company, 1959. The Far West and the Rockies Historical Series, Volume IX. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. 310pp. Hardcover. Very Good. Green cloth, top edge dyed purple, other edges untrimmed; sepia-toned illustrations. Boards have light shelfwear, else very good.  
 
The Far West and the Rockies Historical Series "contains rare documents and journals dealing with the opening of the Rocky Mountain West..." This volume presents accounts of the U.S. military campaigns of 1857, 1858 and 1860 which are less familiar to scholars of Western history than the heated Indians Wars of the mid-1860s. Clark/Brunet104. 021195.   $125

 
Vigilante Days and Ways - The Pioneers of the Rockies - The Makers and Making of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. [Volumes I and II]
Langford, Nathaniel Pitt
 
Two volume set. New York and Saint Paul, D. D. Merrill Company, 1893. Second Edition. 12mo 7" - 7 ½" tall. 426pp; 485pp. Hardcover. Very Good. Blue cloth with decorative gilt lettering and red illustration; b&w plates. Volumes have light shelfwear and Vol. II has minor dampstaining on front board, else very good.  
 
From Six-Guns: "One of the standard works on the Montana vigilantes and the Plummer gang of road agents." Adams Six Guns 1280. Howes L-78. Graff 2390. 021187.  $175

 
 
Mississippi Valley in British Politics - A Study of the Trade, Land Speculation, and Experiments in Imperialism Culminating in the American Revolution [Volumes II & II]
Alvord, Clarence Walworth
 
Two volume set. Cleveland, The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1917. First Edition. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. 358pp; 396pp. Hardcover. Very Good. Blue cloth with top edge gilt; includes plates and illustrations. Boards have moderate shelfwear and text block has light toning.  
 
From Clark/Brunet: "This highly regarded work was a continuation of Alvord's work on the trans-Allegheny area in the colonial era. Alvord's thesis was that the British failure to promulgate a coherent policy to develop and settle the western regions was a major economic cause of the Revolution." Clark/Bruent 6. Howes A-195. 021217.   $150  
 
Hotel Register from the Drovers Hotel Pueblo, Colorado Territory     

Excerpts from the Drovers Hotel register of Pueblo, Colorado Territory dated to 1870 and 1871. Nine pre-printed sheets with columns for name, residence, destination, time, room and number of horses. Sheets measure 17 ½" x 12" and have content on both sides. Register was at one time reused as a scrapbook; 4 pages have newspaper clipping tipped in or remnants of newspaper clippings, affecting minimal content. Dates included: December 1st - 3rd 1870; January 23rd - 26th 1871; February 23rd - 28th; April 14th - 19th 1871; July 25th - 28th; August 13th-17th; September 14th-19th; October 15th and 16th, 24th and 25th. Overall good with expected toning and soiling; sheets are disbound; edges have light to moderate chipping.

This hotel register comes from early in Colorado Territory history. The town of Pueblo was incorporated in 1870 and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad didn't arrive until 1872. Located at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek, the area was settled early on by Native American groups, was established as a small settlement called El Pueblo or Fort Pueblo in the 1840s, and grew quickly after it was incorporated in 1870. By the 1890s Pueblo was one of the largest cities in Colorado being a hub for railroad companies, steel mills and farms.

As it was so early in Colorado Territory history, most of the names and locations in this register are associated with mining and ranching.  Passerby came from all over Colorado including Golden City, Cheyenne, Denver, Georgetown, Hardscrabble Creek, Fountain, Trinidad, Booneville (Boone, CO), Greenhorn, Kit Carson, Gomers Mills (Elbert, CO), Elizabeth, San Luis Valley, La Junta Fields, and Las Animas; and from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Montana. There are many regionally significant names found in this register. This includes members of the Doyle family, Thomas Suaso and J. Doyle of Doyle Ranch (Joseph Doyle purchased 1,200 acres of land along two miles of the Huerfano River in 1859 and established the Doyle Settlement, "the site of one of the earliest, non-mining communities established in Colorado"); John M. Francisco, here signed as Col Francisco, founded a trading post at the foot of the Spanish Peaks in Colorado Territory in 1862 and the town of La Veta grew up around the fort; Captain William Craig, signed as "Capt. Craig", owned one of the largest cattle operations in Pueblo County, and his Hermosilla estate encompassed over 100 square acres along the Huerfano River ("Along the Huerfano River," Avery, Kay Beth Faris); George S. Simpson (1818-1885) was a trapper, trader, adventurer, farmer, and rancher who helped to form El Pueblo and Hardscrabble in Colorado, and Barclay's Fort in New Mexico; and J.(?) B. Chaffee stayed at the hotel on August 17th, 1871, this is possibly Jerome B. Chaffee, a founder of Denver and a Colorado senator from 1876 to 1879. A historically significant register, rich with mining and ranching history of the just-incorporated town of Pueblo in the Colorado Territory. 020607.   $425
 


Mountaineer, Senior Edition, 1933  [cover title]
 
Butte, Montana, 1933. Folio. 14pp. Good. Wraps are made of copper and have black lettering; text block is newsprint and contains many b&w photographs and illustrations; around 20 signatures from classmates are found throughout the text block. Wraps have moderate creasing, and patina on  the inside of wraps; text block has detached from wraps but all content is present; text block has moderate creasing and ½" or less tears around all edges.  
 
A special issue of "The Mountaineer," the Butte High School newspaper, dedicated to the graduating class of 1933. This issue is Vol. XXIII, No. 8 and the wrappers were constructed of copper. The text includes a standard farewell address to the senior class, a list of their accomplishments, a page reserved for autographs of fellow classmates, and school happenings. One page is dedicated to the portraits of the senior class of 1933 and there are many advertisements from local businesses throughout the publication. 021002.  $250

 

Mapas y Planos de la Coleccion Orozco y Berra - Selección que se Publica con Introducción y Notas Descriptivas, Debidas a Marta Villamar y Cristina Treviño Urquijo
Villamar, Marta; Cristina Treviño Urquijo (editors) 
 
 
Mexico, San Angel Ediciones, 1978. First Edition. Limited to 1000 copies. Folio 13" - 23" tall. Unpaginated. Hardcover. Fine. Tan linen with leather title labels on front board and spine; color illustrations; housed in matching slipcase. Slipcase has light wear and soiling, else fine.  
 
This publication presents a selection of maps from the collection of Don Manuel Orozco y Berra (1816-1881). The maps are beautifully reproduced in color, and depict Mexico and the state of Texas dating from 1530 to 1839. 021249.  $95

 
 
History of Fort Bend County - Containing Biographical Sketches of Many Noted Characters
Sowell, A. J.  
 
Houston, Texas, W. H. Coyle & Co., 1904. First Edition. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 373pp. Hardcover. Good.  Original red cloth with black lettering; frontis portrait of author; housed in modern clamshell box. Boards are slightly shaken, have moderate soiling, heavy dampstaining and spine is slightly cocked; text block has moderate soiling; previous owner's name on front endpaper.  
 
This history of Fort Bend County, Texas is composed principally of biographical sketches of pioneers, including General M. B. Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas; Mrs. Jane Long, "Mother of Texas"; Deaf Smith, the spy and scout; Stephen F. Austin, etc. It also contains material on the Jaybird-Woodpecker feud, a muster roll of the Terry Texas Rangers, and county organization and affairs. This is a rare work; Howes states that there were only 100 copies printed. We have found 51 copies on OCLC meaning there are fewer than 50 copies in private hands. Howes S-798. Adams Six-Guns 2074. Graff 3908. 021255.   $1,950

 
T. U. Taylor Books on Jesse Chisholm (sold separately)  
 

Chisholm Trail and Other Routes
Taylor, T. U.
 
San Antonio, Texas, Printed for Frontier Times by the Naylor Company, 1936. First Edition. Signed by Author. 12mo 7" - 7 ½" tall. 222pp. Hardcover. Good. Tan cloth with black lettering; includes frontis and b&w plates; signed by author on title page and on front pastedown. Boards have moderate soiling and light wear; text block has light soiling. This book contains biographical sketches of Jesse Chisholm, John Simpson Chisum, and other trail drivers and cattlemen, a history of the Chisholm Trail, and colorful events along the Trail. Adam Herd 2236. 021269.   $125   
 
 


Jesse Chisholm
Taylor, T. U.  
 
Bandera, Texas, Frontier Times, [1939]. First Edition. 12mo 7" - 7 ½" tall. 217pp. Hardcover. Very Good. Grey cloth with black lettering; includes b&w plates. Boards have light wear; text block has light toning. "The story of the man who blazed the Chisholm Trail; also information on John Chisum and his antecedents" Adams Herd 2237. 021270.  $95

 
Trail Drivers of Texas - Interesting Sketches of Early Cowboys and Their Experiences on the Range and on the Trail During the Days that Tried Men's Souls - True Narratives Related by Real Cow-Punchers and Men who Fathered the Cattle Industry in Texas [Volumes I & II]
Hunter, J. Marvin 
 
Two volume set. [San Antonio, Jackson Printing Co., 1920 and 1923]. First Edition. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 498pp; 496pp. Hardcover. Good. Both volumes are first editions and were published under the direction of George W. Saunders, President of the Old Trail Drivers Association. Volume I: original blue cloth with black lettering; very good with light wear to boards, moderate toning and light marginalia to text block. Volume II: Original green cloth with black lettering; crudely bound with string, boards have moderate wear, pastedowns and endpapers have moderate wear and soiling, text block has moderate toning. Overall good.  
 
Ramon Adams deemed this publication "perhaps the most important single contribution to the history of cattle driving on the western trails." Jenkins Basic Texas Books 99. Howes H-816. 021261.  $850   
 
 
Cattle Trails of the Old West [Signed] 
Potter, Jack M.  
 
 Clayton, New Mexico, the Leader Publishing Company, 1935. First Edition. Signed by Author. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 40pp. Pamphlet. Good. Original wraps; includes folding map; signed by author on page 2. Wraps and text block have dampstaining along spine and bottom edge; text block has light toning; folding map has moderate toning and two 2" tears and two 1" tears along fold lines.

Pioneer day reminiscences and tales from the trail written by cowboy Jack Potter. A rare first edition, signed by the author. Adams Six-Guns 1749. Adams Herd 1821. Howes P-512. 021243.   $425 

 
Put Up or Shut Up
Porter, Millie Jones
 

Dallas, Texas, Wilkinson Publishing Co., [1950]. First Edition. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 350pp. Hardcover. Good. Red-orange cloth with gilt lettering; b&w illustrations. Boards have light shelfwear and edges have moderate toning; previous owner's return address label on front endpaper; endpapers, pastedowns and title page have heavy toning; marginalia throughout text block in blue ink.
 
This book introduces the reader to the white men and women who settled the great state of Texas, their reminiscences taken from letters gathered by the author. 021244.   $75  


Texas Camel Tales - Incidents Growing Up Around an Attempt by the War Department of the United States to Foster an Uninterrupted Flow of Commerce Through Texas by the Use of Camels     
Emmett, Chris  


San Antonio, Naylor Printing Co. , 1932. First Edition. Signed by Author and Numbered. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. 275pp. Hardcover. Good. Suede boards; b&w illustrations; numbered 184/300 and signed by author on half title page. Boards have moderate shelfwear and edges have minor dampstaining.

From Jenkins: "The best account of the famous camel experiment in Texas, this volume is also a successful blend of the numerous official records of the experiment with the memoirs and anecdotes of the people involved. " Jenkins Basic Texas Books 55. 021136.  $325

 
War with Mexico, 1846-1847. Doniphan's Expedition and the Conquest of New Mexico and California     
Connelley, William Elsey 

Topeka, Kansas, Published by the Author, 1907. First Edition. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. 670pp. Hardcover. Good. Gray cloth with gilt lettering and b&w illustration on front; includes frontis, b&w illustrations, and 2 folding maps. Boards have light soiling and wear; front gutter is cracked.

This history endeavors to make Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan's military achievements known to the world. Howes C-688. Graff 851. 021220.   $70

 
Journal of a Trapper or Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains, 1834-1843 - Being a General Description of the Country, Climate, Rivers, Lakes, Mountains, Etc. , and a View of the Life Led by a Hunter in Those Regions     
Russell, Osborne 


Boise, Idaho, Syms-York Company, 1921. Second Edition. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 149pp. Hardcover. Very Good. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; previous owner's small bookplate on rear pastedown. Boards have light soiling, wear to corners; text block has light creasing to leaves.

Second edition contains added information and is unusual in blue cloth. This narrative describes "the fur trade in its most colorful period. " Howes R-537. 021242.   $175
 
 
Ben K. Green Publications (sold separately)


Back to Back - Texas Cow Horses & the Vermont Maid - Mr. Undertaker & the Cleveland Bay Horse     
Green, Ben K.  

Austin, The Encino Press, 1970. First Edition. Numbered 150/850. Signed by Author. Oblong 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 51pp. Hardcover. Very Good. Red paper boards with portrait of author on front and rear boards; housed in original paper slipcase. Minor deterioration along spine; slipcase has light wear and soiling. Two stories by author, cowboy and horse trader, Ben K. "Doc" Green. Signed and inscribed by Green on a front endpaper. 021192.  $50

 


Last Trail Drive through Downtown Dallas     
Green, Ben K. ; Joe Beeler (Illustrator)   

Flagstaff, Arizona, Northland Press, [1971]. First Edition. Signed by Author. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 73pp. Hardcover. Very Good. Red and brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine; signed and inscribed by Green; missing dust jacket; sepia-toned illustrations by Joe Beeler. Edges have minor soiling affecting text block, else very good. The author's adventures as a cowboy driving and selling a herd of horses from West Texas to Bossier City, Louisiana. 021189.   $68
 
   

 
Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; Or, Yachting in the New World [Volumes I and II]
Houstoun, Mrs. [Matilda]  

Two volume set. London, John Murray, 1844. First Edition. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 314pp; 360pp. Hardcover. Good. Blue-green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine; all plates are present; Vol. II has 16pp of advertisements. Housed in modern clamshell boxes. Boards have light sunning and minor chipping; previous owners' bookplates found in both volumes; gutters starting to crack; plates have moderate foxing.

From Jenkins: "This sprightly account was written by a wealthy English lady who visited Texas in 1842 in her husband's yacht. Her view of the Texans is surprisingly free of snobbery...[and] she had the rare gift of intellect and character that enabled her to perceive the idiosyncrasies of the Texans without the bitterness and mockery of Mr. Dickens or Mrs. Trollope. Her narrative is so light and breezy that it is easy to shrug it off as superficial; in fact, she gives us some exceptional insights into Texas of the 1840's. " Howes H-693. Jenkins Basic Texas Books 97. 021177.   $3,250