Kingsville, TX: Printed for the King Ranch, 1957. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. The deluxe "Saddle Blanket" edition, originally issued only for private distribution to family and friends, but later sold by the Book Club of Texas. Two volumes bound in heavy linen resembling the King Ranch saddle blanket with the running 'W' brand and housed in a matching slipcase, illustrated with map and drawings by the author. Research by Holland McCombs; annotation by Francis L. Fugate. Near fine, with slight rubbing to corners, front hinge of volume I just starting, some scuffing to the leather label on the slipcase. Reese (Six Score, 69) describes this as "Perhaps the most exhaustive ranch history ever written, and a tremendous account of the cattle industry of south Texas" and Lowman (Printing Arts in Texas p. 54) says "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." Jenkins Basic Texas Books 121A: "This is the best account of the most famous ranch in the world....The first volume consists of a biography of Richard King and the development of the ranch from 1853 to the end of the 19th century. It records the gradual development of the ranch empire from 1853 through all the troubles with the Civil War, outlaws, and cattle thieves. The second volume covers the history of the ranch in the 20th century until 1953..... Few, if any, Texas books have had such a perfect blend of text, design, and illustrations." Herd 1318; Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 79 ("It belongs in any range man's library").
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London: Richard Bentley, 1849. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes. 7.75" x 4.75", pp xii, -308; vii, , -328 pp, in original brown blindstamped cloth, spines decorated in gilt, patterned endpapers with publisher's advertisements. Chipping to cloth at spine ends, old repairs visible at joints, but still an attractive set, uncommon in the original cloth. Wagner-Camp 169: "John McLean entered the service of the Hudson's Bay Company during the winter of 1820-21 and worked in the Ontario area for the next decade. He was then sent to New Caledonia by way of the Saskatchewan River and to Fort St. James on Stuart's Lake in British Columbia. Streeter finds McLean's style entertaining but the Company's methods of suppressing competition prosecutable under present United States law." Field 996: "the largest portion of these volumes is devoted to the narration of incidents of travel among the Indians of the territory; descriptions of the life, habits, and character of the different tribes inhabiting it, and the relations of the Hudson's Bay Company to them. All of the statements of the author confirm the most authentic accounts of others....The last volume terminates with a vocabulary of Indian dialects." Graff 2640; Smith 6418; Streeter VI: 3712; Sabin 43514; TPL 2729.
Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1856. First Edition. 7.5" x 4.5", pp 2 (ads), 224, in publisher's brown cloth with blind-stamped image of a camel and rider on front board. Corners and spine ends rubbed, small loss of cloth at fore edge of front board, internally clean and sound. Marsh was a scholar and attorney who served four terms as a U.S. Congressman from Vermont before being appointed Minister to Turkey by President Zachary Taylor. He returned home in 1854 after having traveled extensively in the Middle East. This book includes considerable information about uses of camels in the East, but also suggests the practicality of using the animals for military purposes in the American southwest. Sabin 44735.
New Castle, PA: W.B. Thomas, 1884. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 7.5" x 5", 262 pp, with frontis portrait of Rose, in original blue cloth with decoration in black and gilt. Insect nibbling to cloth, short note in ink on verso of frontispiece, otherwise clean and sound. Rose was a member Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth's 1834 expedition to the Oregon Territory, which was intended to establish fur-trading post, a salmon fishery, and lumbering and agricultural activities in the Pacific Northwest. He was captured and briefly adopted by the Crow Indians, but managed to escape. Streeter (2115) calls this "An important addition to the stories of the Wyeth expedition in the history of the early days of the fur trade." Howes (M-306) notes that Rose "trapped with all the famous mountain men, Bridger, Carson, Meek, Sublette, et al." Graff 2688; Smith 6536.
Seattle: Lowman & Hanford, 1911. Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes bound in publisher's green cloth with gilt titles. A very good set with light rubbing to extremities. Bookplate of Portland attorney Alfred A. Hampson (b. 1882) on front pastedown of Volume I, and gift inscription dated December 25, 1911 to Hampson from Frederick V. Holman (Portland lawyer, civic leader, and President of the Oregon Historical Society) on front free endpaper. Graff 2691: "An attempt, based on the research of twenty-five years, to expose the myth that Whitman saved Oregon." Decker (Catalogue 23): "A monumental work of which only 200 copies were printed. The author is considered the best authority upon the subject and spent 25 years gathering materials for his work. The book is essential to any complete library bearing upon the history of Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana." The "Myth" in question is the assertion that missionary Marcus Whitman played a significant role in "saving" Oregon from possession by the British by traveling to Washington and convincing the United States government to send more settlers to the region. Howes M-322, Smith 6556.
Vancouver, B.C. 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 99 pp, illustrated. A very good copy in original burgundy boards, title stamped in gilt on front board. Light rubbing to corners, paper partially split over front hinge, small repair to front free endpaper. Gift inscription dated 1930 on verso of front free endpaper from Joseph "Happy Jack" Pollard (a well-known early resident of Lytle Creek Canyon, a remote community northwest of San Bernardino, California), as well as a later note from the inscribee, Holman Curtis. Curtis was an early resident and historian of the San Bernardino Valley. The S.S. Beaver, launched in 1835 and owned by the Hudson’s Bay Company, was the first steamship to operate in the Pacific Northwest and made remote parts of the west coast of Canada accessible for maritime fur trading. In addition to a history of the steamer and the Hudson's Bay Company McCain's work includes (per the title page) a "biography of Captain McNeil. The Narrative of a Fraser River Prospector of 1859. Historical Momentoes of the Beaver's Copper Remains. The sad ending of the author's last trip in search of old-time naval relics. Important developments in steam since its introduction in 1789, etc." Smith 6206, Graff 2572, Howes M-26. Howes references the presence of a commemorative medal, but none appears to have accompanied this copy.
London: Charles Knight & Co., 1846. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 6" x 3.75", 226 pp, with frontispiece (Mouth of the Columbia River) and small folding map. Bound in publisher's cream cloth, with boards dust-soiled, spine toned. Internally very clean, binding tight. Wagner-Camp 122c:1: "In addition to presenting the British arguments in the Oregon Controversy, Nicolay describes in detail the early settlement of the Pacific Northwest and the rise and development of the fur trade." Howes N-151; Sabin 55251; Smith 7311.
Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1822. 38 pp, disbound. Light foxing; very good. Decker 23-325: "An important document which throws some new light upon the dispute between Britain and America over the Astor Fur Settlement at the mouth of the Columbia River, and also the subsequent disputes between the U. S. and the Russian-American Fur Company’s expansion movements. During the War of 1812, the post at Astoria was seized by the British and renamed Ft. George. It was not until the fall of 1817 that Capt. Biddle, of the Ontario, took possession of the Columbia, but agreed to a joint occupancy of Ft. George. Later on in the year, Mr. J. B. Prevost, an agent of the State Dept., formally took possession of Ft. George and hoisted the American flag. In a long letter, dated “Monte Rey, New California, 11th of November, 1818,” printed in the above described document, Prevost gives a lengthy history of the proceedings and a description of the country. About this time Czar Alexander published a long list of instructions governing foreign fur vessels on the northwest coast, of which both the list and the subsequent correspondence between the U. S. government and the Czar’s government are included also in the above described document. This message of Monroe’s is important in that it was apparently the first published document which sought to clarify the disputes of all the interested parties. It laid the basis for possession and legality which had to coulminate in “54--40 or Fight” and the ultimate settlement." Eberstadt 161-537: "The inside history of the diplomatic duel between the United States and Great Britain over the question of ownership of the Oregon Country. The documents include the seizure of Astoria by Great Britain in 1815; the recapture of the post in 1817; Prevost’s report on the country; the Russian “Act of Surrender, 1818”; the Russian contentions; the Russian American Fur Company; Proofs (in 63 sections) of Russian rights by both discovery and occupation."
[Washington]: Blair & Rives, Printers, . 25th Congress, 3d Session, Rep. No. 101. pp. 51, 61, with folding "Map of the United States Territory of Oregon West of the Rocky Mountains. Exhibiting the various Trading Depots or Forts Occupied by the British Hudson Bay Company, Connected with the Western and Northwestern Fur Trade." Bound in recent marbled boards with cloth spine and corners. Map has some very light dampstaining, final two pages of main report are heavily browned; otherwise very clean. Massachusetts congressman Caleb Cushing (1800-1879) was an eager proponent of territorial and commercial expansion, who advocated for the acquisition of Texas and the Oregon Territory. Eberstadt (131:556) describes the main report as "a thorough resume of the claim of the United States to Oregon and the Northwest Coast," and says the "separate Supplemental Report with the grand map is...of great importance. It contains Wyeth’s celebrated Memoir, Lee’s Memorial, Slacom’s Report, and Kelly’s outstanding contribution to the history of Oregon." The map, which was prepared by Washington Hood, is based on Aaron Arrowsmith's 1834 map of North America and other sources. It covers present day Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, as well as southwestern Canada, and shows the locations of trading posts and forts connected with the American and British fur trade. It played an important role in political debates about the region, and took a position itself with a statement from Henry Clay printed at the lower left of the map asserting that the 49th parallel will be the boundary between American and British territory. Sabin 18095; Howes C-970.
New York: Sheldon and Company, 1878. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 7.5" x 5", 283 pp, in original green cloth boards with gilt spine lettering. Very good, with a few little spots of abrasion to the boards, some spotting (possibly insect-related) on two blank pages at the end, a few pages with penciled brackets in the margins. Lieutenant Colonel Elwell Stpehen Otis (1838-1909) was a Harvard Law School graduate who distinguished himself during the Civil War in fighting at Fredericksburgh, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. After the war he was transferred to the West to fight Indians and participated in the post-Little Bighorn campaign. He was strongly pro-military and argues here that the Bureau of Indian Affairs should be transferred from the Department of the Interior to the War Department. Dismissive of Indian claims to sovereignty, he opposed the use of treaties and was skeptical about the possibility of quickly civilizing the Indian, arguing that the most practicable solution was a reservation system that kept Indians contained and compelled good behavior through force.
Austin: University of Texas, 1931-1946. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good- in a good dust jacket. Title continues: An Argumentative Historical Treatise with Reference to the Verification of the True Limits of the Provinces of Louisiana and Texas written by Father Jose Antonio Pichardo, of the Congregation of the Oratory of San Felipe Neri, to Disprove the Claim of the United States that Texas was included in the Louisiana purchase of 1803; Published for the First Time from a Transcript of the Original Manuscript in the Mexican Archives; Translated into English by Charles Wilson Hackett, Charmion Clair Shelby, and Mary Ruth Splawn; and Edited and Annotated by Charles Wilson Hackett. Four volumes in original blue cloth, original dust jackets present on Volumes II-IV, prospectus for the full set laid in. Volume I: 630 pp, with four maps (three folding). Some scuffing to cloth, owner's name on front endpaper, significant soiling to fore edge of text block; text clean, binding sound. Volume II: 618 pp, with map in rear pocket. Previous owner's name on front endpaper, minor external wear; dust jacket toned at spine, chipped at corners and spine ends, and has some damage and losses to the spine, with internal archival tape repair. Volume III: 623 pp. Previous owner's name on front endpaper, minor spotting to fore edge; dust jacket toned at spine and lower front panel. Volume IV: 514 pp. Insect damage to front free endpaper, else fine. Dust jacket toned, with old splash stains. "When President Jefferson persisted in claiming that the territory included in the Louisiana Purchase extended to the Rio Grande, the Spanish government ordered that historical data be gathered to prove Spain's ownership of Texas. The result was that in 1808 Father Pichardo was named head of a commission to ascertain the historic boundary of Louisiana and Texas. Four years later, Pichardo delivered to the Viceroy in Mexico City a treatise of 3000 folio pages totalling a million words. When Secretary of State John Quincy Adams was later given the treatuse to study, he was forced to agree in the Treaty of 1819 that Texas indeed belonged to Spain. Few works of history have had a more direct effect on international diplomacy or law or on the subsequent history of the area involved" (Jenkins, Basic Texas Books, 160). In his introduction to Volume I, Hackett writes that Pichardo's "utilization of documentary source materials has been enormous; in fact, it is doubtful if any important event connected with the Louisiana-Texas area in the period before 1811 was studied by the author without reference to the basic primary sources relating to it." Clark (I, 23) comments that Hackett himself has done a similarly monumental job: "His editorial notes cover completely up to 1941 the existing monographic studfies in the field and contain voluminous references to archival source materials."
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Quarto, pp xi, 291, with 80 wood-engraved illustrations on 72 plates. 291 pp, handsomely rebound in full light brown leather with black spine label. New endpapers and new archival pocket on rear pastedown, containing the map and profile. Text and plates very clean, map has browning and a few tiny losses along one fold. Described by Wheat (Trans-Mississippi West 1261) as "one of the most justly celebrated documents in the literature of exploration," this is Powell's first-hand account of his now-legendary journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the length of the Grand Canyon. Others before had tried to explore the length of the Colorado, but all had failed. What began as a scientific reconnaissance of uncharted territory soon turned into a harrowing quest for survival. The party of 11 men in four boats had the best equipment available at the time, but nothing like modern river-running gear or supplies. They had no firm information on the perilous topography, nor the hostile attitudes of the native inhabitants they would encounter. Midway through the Canyon, some of the party judged the situation hopeless and received permission to abandon the river, climb out of the Canyon, and attempt to reach a civilized outpost from which they could send help to rescue the rest of the group. As soon as these men reached the top of the Canyon walls and started across the desert, they were killed by local natives. The remainder of the group, still on the water, worked their way slowly downriver and all survived, having traveled more than 900 miles from start to finish. Powell’s party discovered and named the Henry Mountains and the Dirty Devil River in what had been terra incognita. They passed through or by such landmarks as the Gates of Lodore, Cataract Canyon, Desolation Canyon, Gypsum Rapids, Glen Canyon – where they explored the Moqui ruins now drowned under Lake Powell, Dark Canyon, and more. “It was in this report that [Powell] made one bold appeal for immortality as a geologist by calling attention to the fact that the Uinta canyons were gorges of corrosion and due to the action of rivers upon rocks which were undergoing gradual elevation. As he expressed it, the rivers preserved their level, but the mountains were lifted up... The idea was not wholly new, but it had remained for Powell to bring it forward in all its effectiveness... With this report his geological work practically ceased, though in 1874 and 1875 he gave much attention to the land laws of the western states” (DAB). Graff 3336, Howes P-528, Flake 6429, Fraquhar 42, Sabin 64753.
London: Printed for J. Payne and J. Bouquet, 1752. First Edition. 8vo, pp vi + 84, 95, with 3 folding maps. Bound in full mottled calf with gilt rules. Small bookplate ("Lavington") on front pastwdown and one "From the Wilberforce Library Backsettown" on front free endpaper. Frontis map slightly misfolded, but overall a near fine copy. Robson was a former employee of the Hudson's Bay Company who had worked as a surveyor and "Supervisor of the Buildings" (i.e., construction superintendent). His experiences convinced him that the Company was mismanaging its holdings so badly that all of northern North America would soon be taken over by the French. Hill (1477) describes this account as one of the earliest and certainly the fullest of works that had hitherto been published on the Hudson Bay Territory," and explains that "Robson, with a sound knowledge of the locale and of the personnel of the Hudson's Bay Company, condemned the company for its failure to promote enterprise and development in its lands." The first 84 pages are the narrative, the remaining portion of the book is an appendix giving an account of the discovery of Hudson's Bay and English activities there. The maps are: "A Draught of Nelson & Hayes's Rivers" (Plate I), "A Draught of Churchill River," (Plate II), and "Plans of York and Prince of Wales's Fort," (Plate III, which also includes an illustration of two snowshoe designs). Field 1312; Graff 3532; Sabin 72259; Smith 8728; Streeter VI, 3648, TPL 217, Lande 1418.
London: Smith, Elder, 1855. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. First edition in original publisher's cloth of one of the most important books on the early history Pacific Northwest and the fur trade. Two octavo volumes, pp. xv, 333; viii, 262 + 16 pp publishers' catalog dated September 1855. With lithographed frontispiece in each volume, folding map in Volume I. A very good set in original orange cloth with blind-stamped decoration, gilt lettering on spines. Spines a bit faded (but easily legible), with some minor soiling at the heads, rear hinges starting, occasional light foxing (a bit more on map), but generally sound and clean. Ross (1783-1856) joined Astor's Pacific Fur Company in 1810 and was present at the building of Fort Astoria the following year. When the post was sold to the North West Company in 1813, Ross entered their employ and was a member of the expedition that established Fort Nez Percés in 1818, remaining in charge of the post until the amalgamation of the North West and Hudson’s Bay Companies in 1821. He describes his experiences as leader of the Snake Country Expedition of 1824 and gives the only detailed account of the operations of the North West Company in the Snake River country under the administration of Donald Mackenzie. The work concludes with an excellent account of Ross’s return to the Red River Settlement in 1825 with Governor George Simpson to take possession of a grant of 100 acres allotted him by Gov. Simpson. It is also rich in data about the Indians Ross encountered, and the Appendix to Volume I is a "Vocabulary of the Languages Spoken by the Nez Percés and other Tribes Inhabiting the Country About the Great Forks of Columbia River." The "Map of the Oregon" covers the area from north of Vancouver Island, to Mount Shasta. Field 1326; Graff 3578; Hill p 260; Howes R-449; Sabin 73327; Streeter Sale 3719; Wagner-Camp 269, Tweney 67.
Kansas City: Franklin Hudson Publishing Co., 1905. First Edition. 6.5" x 5", 99 pp, in original gray illustrated wrappers. Minor chipping to wrappers and first page, small stain on fore edge; very good. Napton, a Kansas City native, traveled west at the age of 18 with an expedition led by James "Jim Crow" Chiles, the son of a Missouri state senator who would go on to be a Confederate outlaw associated with Quantrill's Raiders. According to Eberstadt, "at Pawnee Rock [Napton] joined the wagon train of Majors, Russell and Waddell, with whom he crossed the plains to Fort Union. In 1858 he was appointed attache of the Blackfoot Agency on Sun River." The second part of this narrative describes his journey into the Upper Missouri county in the company of Indian agent Alfred J. Vaughan and artist Carl Wimar. Rittenhouse 428: "A perceptive personal narrative of a young man's experiences." Howes N-9, Graff 2944. Napton's narrative was reprinted in 1964, but is quite scarce in the first edition.
Austin, TX: Gammel Book Company, . First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 354 pp. Illustrations from photographs, in original green cloth decorated in black. Some soiling to front board, all else about fine. Jenkins, Basic Texas Books 189: "Of all the Texas memoirs, this is the most fun to read. J. Frank Dobie called it the 'best of all books dealing with life in early Texas"... It is full of insights into the major and minor events of his time [with] a fascinating depiction of social life in Texas when it was a colony and a republic. Smithwick served with the Texas Rangers and lived for a time with the Comanches, learning their language and representing them in making a treaty with the Texans in 1838. He gives us anecdotes available nowhere otherwise on men he knew, such as James Bowie, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, David G. Burnet, Gail Borden, Padre Michael Muldoon, R.M. Williamson, and others. He tells of smuggling, counterfeiting, gambling, drinking, and dancing with a frankness lacking in most other Texas autobiographies." Howes S-726; Sabin 85099, Flake 8148, Graff 3872, Rader 2948.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1846. First Edition. Two volumes, pp. xxix,-255; 240, in original brown cloth, with small gilt vignette of a buffalo hunt on each front board. Small losses at spine ends, horizontal crack in spine cloth on Vol. II, scattered foxing, but overall very good. Stewart, a British army officer, first came to America 1832. In search of adventure, he traveled west to the Rockies where he remained for several years, participating in the fur trade and encountering many well-known traders, explorers, trappers, and mountain men -- including Jim Bridger, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Benjamin Boneville, and French-Canadian Cree hunter Antoine Clement, with whom Stewart maintained a same-sex relationship over the course of a decade. This account of his experiences is believed to have been written by Webb, but based directly on Stewart's journals and dictation. Howes S-991; Field 1632; Sabin 91392; Wagner-Camp 125.
Washburn, ND: Printed and Published by the Author, 1895. Hardcover. Very good. Second edition, "enlarged and improved." 7.75" x 5.5", 283 pp, illustrated with line drawings and reproduced photographs, bound in three-quarter leather and marbled boards, with the spine being a later replacement. Penciled owner's signature, front free endpaper detached and laid in, a few pages with minor soiling, one page with a repaired tear, but still very good overall. Soliday D-834: "the scarcest and most important of Joseph Taylor's few works. The material was gleaned from observations made during a trip on the plains in 1854--5, during a term of soldiering on the border, and a residence in Wyoming and Montana as well as a continuous life in the Dakotas. It was first printed in Pottsville, Pa., in 1889. This edition is probably rarer than the original edition. It has added material." The Preface states that "many of the sketches of the first work are omitted and others substituted which more nearly conform to the book's title." Howes T-68, Graff 4090.
Privately printed by Rachel Lofton, Susie Hendrix and Jane Kennedy, 1926. Softcover. Near fine. 8.75" x 5.75", 118 pp, in original printed wrappers, with 118 pp, illustrated with portraits of Quanah Parker and Cynthia Ann Parker. Near fine, with just a touch of creasing to the wrappers. Scarce reprint (from an imperfect copy, lacking the final chapter) of the very rare Narrative of the Perilous Adventures, Miraculous Escapes and Sufferings of Rev. James W. Parker during a Frontier Residence in Texas...to which is appended a Narrative of the Capture and Subsequent Sufferings of Mrs. Rachel Plummer (1844 edition). On May 19, 1836, a large group of Indians, mostly Comanche, attacked Fort Parker (near present-day Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas), killing five of the inhabitants and taking five captives -- siblings John Richard and Cynthia Ann Parker (aged 5 and 9, respectively), 17-year old Rachel Plummer and her infant son, James, and Elizabeth Kellogg. Rachel Plummer lived as a Comanche slave for twenty-one months before being ransomed. Streeter (Texas Bibliography 1525) comments that "the capture of Fort Parker on the Navasota River in the then quite unsettled part of Texas and the subsequent captivities are among the famous events in Texas history. Parker gives a dramatic though overdrawn account of the massacre and his three trips into the Indian country in search of his daughter." Referring specifically to this reprint, Streeter notes that "the importance of the Parker family in Texas history is shown by the inclusion of articles on James W. Parker and of his brothers Daniel, Isaac, and Silas Parker, his niece, Cynthia Ann Parker, his nephew, John Parker, and his great-nephew, Quanah Parker, in the Handbook of Texas. There is also a brief account of Fort Parker."
Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, . Rare true first edition, preceding the reprint titled "Cow-Boy Life in Texas, or, 27 Years a Mavrick...". 7.75" x 5.5", pp 6 (including an introduction by I.F. Mather and Preface by James, neither of which appear in subsequent editions), 9-213, with photographic frontispiece and one photographic plate (both portraits of the author, also omitted in subsequent printings), and 24 full-page line drawings. An unrestored copy bound in original blue cloth stamped in gilt with image of a hand pointing at a bull’s head, with floral-patterned endpapers. Some staining to boards, owner's signature on front pastedown, pages tanned and somewhat brittle, title page detached and laid in, 8 leaves chipped at upper corner; good. Basic Texas Books 104: "Written by a cowboy turned preacher, this is a valuable account of the life of the Texas cowhand. James was born on his father’s ranch in Tarrant County near Fort Worth.... He worked as a cowhand from childhood until 1885 when he was converted, after which, he says ‘I went out among the cattlemen and worked as a missionary. Frank Dobie said James was 'a genuine cowboy who became a genuine preacher and wrote a book of vitality. This is the best of several reminiscences by cowboy preachers.'...The narrative is unusual because of James' deliberate avoidance of the sensational, which he so abhorred in pulp fiction. He gives straightforward descriptions of the cowboy and of ranch life." Herd 1159 (mistaking this edition for the reprint), Graff 2194; Howes J-51.
Dallas, TX: 1923. First Edition. 7"x 4.75", 30 pp, with frontis portrait of the author, in original wrappers. Roughly and unevenly trimmed by printer, creased at one corner, otherwise very good. Rare first edition of this privately printed cowboy memoir, of which a second edition with 8 additional pages was published in the same year. In an interview published in the Dallas Morning News on December 29, 1922, the author said: “In 1867, I went out West to Weatherford, Parker County, to defend my country against the hostile Comanche and Kiowa Indians, and incidentally, to engage in the cattle business, and I am, at this very moment, publishing a book, giving a description of the many encounters I had with them, and the hardships early settlers had to endure on the frontier of Texas." The book includes considerable description of working on the enormous John Hittson Ranch -- including buffalo hunts, round-ups, and Indian raids--and an account of the Battle of Wounded Knee (to which he was an eyewitness, but not a direct participant). Herd (1179) gives a slightly different title, suggesting there may be two variants of the first edition. Not in Howes or Graff, mentioned in the note to Rader 2095 (a 1935 expanded edition published by the author's son under the title Trail Blazing; A True Story of the Struggles with Hostile Indians on the frontier of Texas").
Santa Rosa, Cal. Sonoma Democrat Publishing Company, 1896. First Edition. 34 pp, illustrated, in original pale orange wrappers printed in black and red. Toning and light dust soilng at edges of wrappers, all else very good. "Fort Ross was established by the Russian-American Fur Company in 1812 for the threefold purpose of exploiting the rich fur hunting grounds of the California coast, opening trade with Spanish California, and providing an agricultural depot to supply Russian settlements in Alaska....In 1839, because of the great excess of costs over revenue in maintaining the fort, the company leased the southern coastal strip of southeastern Alaska to the Hudson's Bay Company, which agreed to furnish the Russian Alaskan settlements with agricultural commodities produced on its Columbia River farms. In 1841, John A. Sutter purchased Fort Ross for $30,000 in cash and a specified amount of agricultural products over the succeeding 4 years. The last Russians withdrew in January 1842" (National Park Service). Cowan (p. 229) calls Thompson's work "the most complete account of this phase of early settlement." Howes T-201 (noting that 700 copies were printed); Graff 4136; Rocq 14871.
Washington: Tippin & Streeper, 1848. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Senate Miscellaneous Document No. 26. 30th Congress, 1st Session. 141 pp + 3 folding maps. Bound in three-quarter leather and blue patterened cloth. Glue residue on front pastedown, minor damage to title page, small, non-archival tape repair to one map; very good. Frederick Adolphus Wislizenus (1810-1889), a physician from St. Louis, undertook and funded a scientific expedition into Texas, New Mexico and northern Mexico. He set out from Independence, Missouri, over the Santa Fe Trail in 1846, not realizing that war had just been declared between the United States and Mexico. He was accompanied by Albert Speyer, merchant and rumored gun runner. The group was captured near Santa Fe and transported to Matamoros, where they were imprisoned for six months. Upon the arrival of Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his 1st Regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers, Wislizenus was released. He joined Doniphan’s command as a surgeon and accompanied them on their return to St. Louis. The narrative is accompanied by two lithograph maps and one profile. The largest, "Map of a Tour from Independence to Santa Fe, Chihuahua, Monterey, and Matamoras by A. Wislizenus, in 1846 and 1847" (18" x 22.75"), is described by Wheat (Transmississippi 573) as "of considerable value, though it does not extend west of the New Mexico settlements nor north of the Arkansas River. A number of routes to New Mexico and across Texas are shown, and Doniphan's campaign is carefully followed from Independence through New and old Mexico to the camp of June 2nd, 1847, at Reynosa, near the mouth of the Rio Grande." Graff 4723; Howes W-597; Rader 3715; Rittenhouse 656; Wagner-Camp 159:1.