SHERMAN, JAMES A. and BARBARA H. SHERMAN
First Edition. Stiff Pictorial Wrappers. 208pp. Profusely illustrated with old photographs. 13 Maps. Preface. Bibliography. Index. Maps by Don Percious. Inevitable by-products of the development of gold, silver, copper, and other mineral deposits in Arizona, some of these communities mushroomed overnight into a hodgepodge of tents and makeshift homes, while others developed over a period of years into tidy, well-planned townsites. However, when their existence was no longer profitable, they slipped into the category of ghost towns. Covers 130 ghost towns in Arizona, with considerable information on each. Near fine.
DE LA VEGA, GARCILASO
First Edition. Cloth. v.-xlv.-655pp. Drawings for frontispiece and endpapers by Reese Brandt. "A history of the Adelantado, Hernando de Soto, Governor and Captain General of the kingdom of Florida, and of other heroic Spanish and Indian cavaliers, written by The Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega, an officer of His Majesty, and a native of the great city of Cuzco, capital of the realms and provinces of Peru." "Hernando de Soto's expedition for the conquest of North America was the most ambitious ever to brave the perils of the New World. Garcilaso tells in remarkably rich detail of the conquistadors' wanderings over half a continent, of the unbelievable vicissitudes which beset them, of the Indians whom they sought to win for King and Church and by whose hands most of them died, of De Soto's death, and of the final pitiful failure of the expedition." An attractive reprint of the 1605 original. Fine. Dust jacket is sunned on the spine, with minor edgewear.
STACEY, JOSEPH (EDITOR)
First Editions. Stiff Pictorial Wrappers. 48pp. each. Profusely illustrated. A group of 3 issues of Arizona Highways. In the 1970's, Arizona Highways published a few "Special Editions", each dedicated to specific Indian Arts. We believe that these are worthy of any collection about American Indian Arts or Ethnology. The photographs beautifully presents various examples of these arts. Photographers include Edward Curtis, Laura Gilpin, Jerry Jacka, Ray Manley, Peter Bloomer, Ted Hill, Arizona Photographic Associates, and others. Each issue in Very Good condition.
First edition. 8 1/2" x 11" stapled printed pictorial wrappers, n. p. [34 pp.], acknowledgements, illustrated, bibliography, appendix of images. Provides information on Clayton Rawson's biography, his life as an artist, magician, writer, editor and master of ceremonies. Also included is An Annotated Bibliography of the Works of Clayton Rawson. A crudely done booklet with a wealth of information about Clayton Rawson [1906-1971]. Covers lightly used else a very good copy
McKENNA, JAMES A.
First Edition. Cloth. 300pp. Illustrated with numerous woodcut-plates by Howard Simon. A great personal account of life in southwestern New Mexico. Of equal interest, is that this book came from the library of Fred Barton. With the exception of a few years in a New Jersey military school, Fred grew up ranching in Montana, where he established the Y-Bar Ranch in Miles City, Montana. In 1911, at the age of 24, he was hired by the Russian army, eventually establishing a horse ranch in the remote interior regions of China. Working with the U.S. Army to procure the American horses that he needed, he cross bred American Morgan horse with the large Russian Orlov horse to develop a breed to then be bred with the Mongol ponies from nearby Mongolia. When the Japanese invaded China in 1937, Barton left China and returned to the United States. This book has one 4.875"x7.375" photograph of Fred neatly affixed to the front pastedown, which shows what appears to be a full-length, oil-painting portrait of Fred, in his cowboy attire, labeled as Miles City, Montana 1906. Neatly affixed to the rear pastedown are 2 more photographs of Fred, both on horseback, one 5.5"x4.125" taken in a corral, the other 4"x3.25" in a grassy field. Fred signed both pastedowns and referenced the Y-Bar Ranch Miles City, Montana. Fred was a cowboy of very unique experience! A few small spots, else a clean, tight very good copy.
MCCARTY, LEA F. [PAINTING & TEXT BY]
First edition. 11" x 8 1/2" in colorful pictorial wrappers showing an illustration of Wes Hardin on front wrapper. 44 pp. frontis, appendix, 20 full page color portraits accompanied by full page text, foreword by A.M. King. Gunfighters include Joaquin Murrietta, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Bill Longley, Ben Thompson, King Fisher, Jim Courtright, John Wesley Hardin, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Clay Allison, Bat Masterson, Luke short, Old Man Clanton, John Ringo, Curly Bill Brodius, Dave Mather, Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid and Calamity Jane. Near Fine condition.
FRANTZ, JOE B., GEORGE ARMITAGE, and ERNEST M. RICHARDSON
First Edition. Stiff Pictorial Wrappers. 32pp. Illustrated with old photographs. Montana Heritage Series, Number 13. The story of the 79, XIT, John T. Murphy, O. C. Cato, other great ranches, cowboys and cowmen including the erudite Englishman, Moreton Frewen and his fabulous Powder River Cattle Company, Limited. Very good-near fine.
[BROWN FAMILY - MISSIONARIES]
12" x 10" photograph album containing 58 photographs, most black and white and most sized 3 1/2" x 5," that were taken by missionaries to Filadelfia, Paraguay, in 1973. Album begins with 4 black and white photos showing missionaries Judy (?), Harry (?), and Meril, Ruth and Dwight Brown. Fourteen photos of typical scenes around Filadelfia to include cattle, horses tied to posts, horse-drawn carts, city street scenes, market scene, etc. Seven photos of typical scenes of a Chulapi Indian Village showing homes, children playing in dirt streets and even a nurse at the Chulapi Indian village. At bottom of this grouping of pictures states, âThe Mennonites in Filadelfia have been working among the Chulapi Indians for many years. Because of the savage Moro Indians of the North the Chulapi and other Indians found safety where the Mennonites had settled. There are over 8,000 Indians who have taken refuge at Filadelfia and other near by Mennonite colonies. In the last eight years the Moro Indians have been in contact with civilization and there are three missionary families working among them.â Four photos of Lengua Indians including a home, a Lengua woman spinning wool and a Lengua Indian family. Twenty-nine 3 Â½ x 5" black and white photographs of a Manjui Indian village to include working in the field, spinning , children, men and women working, cooking, an oven, a group shot of a large group of children (what appears to be a school photo), homes, a woman who appears to be caring for an elderly man, women caring for children, an old woman carrying a huge sack on her back, etc. Of the 58 photographs, 42 include pictures of the natives. The Chulupi Indian Mission (Mennonite Brethren), located in the Mennonite Colony Fernheim in the Paraguayan Chaco, had its headquarters in the town of Filadelfia of the same colony. The Chulupi (Nivacle) first came to Fernheim in 1934 from the Pilcomayo River area, southwest of the Mennonite settlement. As more Indigenous arrived the Fernheim churches felt the need for a mission to them and in 1946 the first missionaries were sent to Fernheim by the Mennonite Brethren Board of Foreign Missions of North America, to assist the local churches in this undertaking. The Lengua are one of many nomadic tribes inhabiting the lower Gran Chaco of western Paraguay. With the introduction of Mennonite settlements in the central Chaco in the 1930s, many nomadic tribes semi-settled near the Mennonites. The Mennonites established Missions to many of these tribes, often grouping linguistically similar tribes nearby. The Lengua were settled on La Esperanza mission, southeast of Filadelfia. The Manjui people are an ethnic group belonging to the Mataguayo language family. Traditionally, they made a living by hunting, fishing, gathering herbs and fruits, and small-scale farming. All photos with great detail. A wonderful collection of photographs.
Third Edition. First American Edition. 251pp.+230pp. Numerous small diagrams. "Interesting, valuable and scientific."--Sabin 42761-2. "Lyell's powers of close, accurate observation, coupled with his judicious temper, render his work on America among the best of his generation. He planned his main route and numerous side trips with care. The presence of his wife enabled him to check his observations and judgements by hers, and she was able to give him some information that he otherwise would have missed.--Clark III-199.2. This edition combines the original 2 volumes into a single volume. No map present. Original wrappers heavily worn with chipping to edges, 1"x1" piece missing from top of front wrapper, 2"x2" dampstain spot on front wrapper, and wrappers attached to spine by externally applied cellphone tape. Text block is clean, but split at page 240, and complete. Top edge uncut. White Out applied to cover previous owners name on upper portion of title page. In all, a fair-good copy of an interesting and informative work.
WLLIAMS, O. W.
Typed Manuscript. 23pp. A very interesting and informative account of Williams' experiences in New Mexico and Texas in 1879-1883. This work is incomplete and unfortunately, is of unknown origin to us. It was found among some papers owned by New Mexico bookseller, Lawrence Gay, who had promoted the publication of a group of writings by Judge O. W. Williams in 1966, under the title of PIONEER SURVEYOR, FRONTIER LAWYER, THE PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF O. W. WILLIAMS, 1877-1902, published by Texas Western College of The University of Texas. As he relates his personal experiences, Williams also relates much regarding the recent history of southern and southwestern New Mexico. Tascosa, Santa Fe, Silver City, Shakespeare, El Paso, as well as forts Concho, Stockton, Davis, and Cummings are among those about which Williams relates his experiences. Additionally, Billy The Kid, Gov. Lew Wallace, Kit Carson, Emmett Mills, W. W. Mills, and Anson Mills are among the numerous individuals about which Williams shares information. Wish we knew more about this account. Comprised of 24 - 8.5"x11" sheets, in very good to near fine condition. Remnant of a rusty paper clip to top edge of title page.
[WESTERN BANK NOTE COMPANY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS]
11.25" x 7.875" unissued stock certificate. Great center vignette of cattle bearing the YM brand. The Searight Cattle Company of Texas was originally established by Gilbert A. Searight who arrived in Burnet County, Texas in 1859. By the 1870's he had established a cattle company in partnership with his brothers. The Searight brothers decided to expand their operations to the Wyoming Territory and in 1877 drove 20,000 head of cattle from Texas to Wyoming where they established the Searight Brothers Cattle Company on the Goose Egg Ranch 10 miles west of Casper. In 1883 Gilbert filed a homestead claim for 640 acres along Poison Spider Creek. According to the report of the Secretary of the Interior in 1883, the Searight Cattle Company was one of the biggest cattle raising operations in Wyoming and in 1886 Dunn's Register listed the assets of the company at over $1,000,000. The expansion of the Searight enterprises in Texas also continued with the establishment of the Dolores Land and Cattle Company with properties in Dimmit and Kinney Counties in 1886. However, the company was overextended and closed down by the end of 1887. The Searight holdings in Wyoming were also reduced and by 1889 its assets were sold to the Penn Cattle Company. Exceptionally fine engraving and printing by the Western Bank Note Company. An exceptionally attractive, unissued stock certificate, in Fine condition (11.25"x7.875").