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Marshall, Bruce, UNIFORMS OF THE ALAMO AND THE TEXAS REVOLUTION AND THE MEN WHO WORE THEM, 1835-1836. NEW copy, oversized PAPERBACK. (Schifferbooks). 22 color plates. 80 pages.
~~~ The notion has persisted far too long that the army of patriots that won Texas independence from Mexico in 1835-1836 was totally without uniforms, clad indifferently for the most part in rustic frontier garb. This was true for many, but by no means all. Surprisingly, there were uniformed Texas units in all of the major battles of the Texas Revolution from the first to the last: the siege of Bexar, the Alamo, Goliad (Coleto), and the final victory at San Jacinto. This new book by Bruce Marshall is a long overdue history of the uniforms of the Texas Revolution and the men who wore them. It will also reveal certain hitherto suppressed material from some who served, including the vast majority of the Texas officers, challenging the generally accepted historical version portraying the Texas commander, General Sam Houston, as a master strategist who, alone, deserved full credit for saving Texas.

$24.95



Myers, John, THE ALAMO. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Bison Books, 1973). Maps. 240 pages.
~~~ "The majority of the stories of the Alamo fight have been partly legendary, partly hearsay and at best fragmentary. It has been left to John Myers Myers to present an exhaustively researched book which reveals the chronicle of the siege of the Alamo in an entirely different light. . . . Myers' story will stand as the best that has yet been written on the Alamo. . . . It's a classic."—Boston Post
~~~ "Here is an historian with the vitality and drive to match his subject. A reporter of the first rank, he can clothe the dry bones of history with the living stuff of which today's news is made."—Chicago Tribune

$16.95







Opler, Morris Edward, MYTHS AND TALES OF THE JICARILLA APACHE INDIANS. University of Nebraska Press, 1994. (Originally published in 1938). Introduction by Scott Rushforth. NEW copy. Trade paperback. Page-end notes throughout, index, 406 pages.
~~~ "The publication of Myths and Tales of the Jicarilla Apache Indians by the American Folk-Lore Society in 1938 illustrated the richness of the material on the tribes of the Southwest. Still a treasure-house of information, it appears with a new introduction and for the first time in paperback. Morris Edward Opler based his pioneering work on the accounts of Jicarilla men and women born in the nineteenth century. In a preface he explains that the stories, sacred and profane, were meant to be told on winter nights. The book takes up the creation of the universe, the birth of Killer-of-Enemies and Child-of-the-Water, the slaying of monsters, and the Hactcin ceremony. Other myths center on games and artifacts, hunting rituals and encounters with supernatural animals, and the trickster Coyote. There are also vivid, earthy stories of foolishness, unfaithfulness, and perversion; mon-strous enemies; and Dirty Boy's winning of a wife. A professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, Morris Edward Opler is an authority on the Apaches. In his introduction Scott Rushforth considers Opler's work as well as the history of the tribe."

$15.00





Averell, William Woods. Edited by Edward K. Eckert and Nicholas J. Amato, TEN YEARS IN THE SADDLE: THE MEMOIR OF WILLIAM WOODS AVERELL 1851-1862. Presidio Press, 1978., F/NF. 1st Edition. Original "$16.95" price still intact on DJ. Slight scuffing & one tiny tear to spine of DJ, otherwise in "as new" condition. Photographs, sketches, notes, bibliography, index, 443 pp. "West Point, the Indian Wars, the expanding West, the Civil War~ significant forces in the growth of our nation, and all experienced by cavalryman William W. Averell. The discovery and publication of his memoir, Ten Years in the Saddle is an important addition to the historic literature of the era. In sensitive and readable prose, Averell captures the mood of America during a decade of growth and destruction. Averell begins his reminiscences in 1851 with his appointment to the military academy. There the fun-loving youth forms close freindships~ many to be broken by the wrenching choice between the North and South. The young graduate's adventures begin at Fort Defiance in the New Mexico Territory. He vividly describes the frontier: the beautiful but desolate desert, the battles with hostile Indians, the strange customs of the people, the throngs of hopeful emigrants moving west. As the Civil War breaks out, Averell is in Washington. He tells of the stunned disbelief in the city at the news of the firing on Ft. Sumter . After an exciting secret mission deep within Confederate territory, Averell, now a Union cavalry commander, finds himself fighting his former classmates at Bull Run and on the Virginia Peninsula. To complete the story of Averell's life, the editors have added an introduction detailing his early years, as well as an epilogue recounting his controversial removal from command by General Sheridan and his remarkable later career as an entrepreneur and diplomat. Long neglected by historians, William Averell's story now emerges ~a vivid portrait of the man and the time." OUT OF PRINT.

$45.00


Bartlett, Richard A., THE NEW COUNTRY: A Social History of the American Frontier, 1776-1890. Oxford, 1974., VG/NF, a nice clean copy. Minor creasing to top of dust jacket, which is in mylar protector. First Edition Original "$17.50" price intact on dust jacket. Photographs, engravings, drawings, notes, bibliographical essay, index, 487 pp. Major sections on "The People", Agriculture, Despoilment, Transportation and "New Country Society". (Hardcover currently out of print. Paperback in print at $24.95).

$35.00


Billington, Ray Allen and Martin Ridge, AMERICA'S FRONTIER HERITAGE. University of New Mexico (reprint editon), 1993. 310 pages. NEW copy, still in shrinkwrap. Dark brown laminated boards & gilt lettering; issued without dust jacket. "The hypothesis advanced in Frederick Jackson Turner's famous 1893 essay, The Significance of the Frontier in American History, has been debated by three generations of scholars. The pioneering experience, Turner suggested, accounted for some of the distinctive characteristics of the American people: during three centuries of expansion their attitudes toward democracy, nationalism and individualism were altered, and they developed distinctively American traits, such as wastefulness, inventiveness, mobility, and a dozen more. After opening with a summary of the appearance, acceptance, and subsequent dismissal of the theory, the author carefully defines the "frontier" and reviews recent evidence on its political, social, and economic characterstics. He discusses the compulsion to migrate and examines other behavioral patterns and traits in his explanation of how and why pioneers moved west. His extensive bibliographic notes constitute a remarkable guide to the literature of many disciplines dealing with the frontier concept. "

$25.00










Gardner, Mark Lee., TO HELL ON A FAST HORSE: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West. New copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Morrow). 325 pages.

This first dual biography of Billie the Kid and Pat Garrett re-creates the thrilling manhunt for the Wild West's most iconic outlaw. Two of the Kid's victims were deputies from Lincoln County, New Mexico, killed during his brazen daylight escape from the courthouse jail on April 28, 1881. The Kid and Garrett were both larger than life characters who would not have become legendary without the other.

$27.00


Garret, Pat F., THE AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BILLY THE KID. New copy. Trade paperback. (Skyhorse). Drawings. 137 pages.

First published in 1882. Written just months after he shot Billy in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in 1881, Sheriff Pat Garrett takes us through Billy's earliest days in New York, his move west, adventures in Mexico, and Billy's repeated arrests and escapes: all of which led to the Kid's eventual death.

$12.95


Vernon, John, LUCKY BILLY: A Novel about Billy the Kid. New copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008). 304 pages.

A myth-busting novel about America’s most infamous and beloved outlaw, Billy the Kid, from a critically acclaimed historical novelist
~~~ According to legend, Billy the Kid killed twenty-one men, one for every year of his short life; stole from wealthy cattle barons to give to the poor; and wooed just about every senorita in the American Southwest.
~~~ In Lucky Billy, John Vernon digs deeply into the historical record to find a truth more remarkable than the legend, and draws a fresh, nuanced portrait of this outlaw’s dramatic and violent life.
~~~ Billy the Kid met his celebrated end at the hands of Pat Garrett, his one-time carousing partner turned sheriff, who tracked Billy down after the jail break that made him famous. In Vernon’s telling, the crucial event of Billy’s life was the Lincoln County War, a conflict between a ring of Irishmen in control of Lincoln, New Mexico, and a newcomer from England, John Tunstall, who wanted to break their grip on the town. Billy signed on with Tunstall. The conflict spun out of control with Tunstall’s murder, and in a series of revenge killings, an obscure hired gunman called Kid Antrim became Billy the Kid.
~~~ Besides a full complement of gunfights, jail breaks, and bawdy behavior, Lucky Billy is a provocative picture of the West at a critical juncture between old and new. It is also a portrait of an American icon made human, caught in the middle, more lost than brave, more nadve than principled, more of an accidental survivor than simply the cold-blooded killer of American myth.

$24.00







Rudner, Ruth, A CHORUS OF BUFFALO. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Marlowe & Company). 181 pages.
~~~ A Chorus of Buffalo is Ruth Rudner's lyrical consideration of the American bison's struggle to exist amid the harsh realities of human society. Bringing readers to the meadows, foothills, and wooded regions of Yellowstone National Park, Rudner describes the lives of these fragile beasts with wide-ranging depth and meticulous detail. Rudner considers buffalo from multiple vantages - as a wild animal on the Great Plains and on Indian Reservations, as the revered provider of the necessities of life for Indian people, as a circus performer, as a symbol of the earth's struggle for integrity. She charts the buffalo's affliction with brucellosis, a disease that puts them in the crosshairs of wildlife politics in the American West, a milieu in which ranchers are pitted against environmentalists, bureaucrats against Native Americans, and government agencies against each other.

$14.95








Bower, B.M., FLYING U RANCH. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996). Illustrated by D.C. Hutchison; introduction by Kate Baird Anderson. 253 pages.
~~~ Life at the Flying U Ranch in the Bear Paw country of Montana was pleasant—until thousands of sheep invaded the coulee. B. M. Bower casts the ancient enmity between cattlemen and sheepmen in her own robust and slyly humorous style. Flying U Ranch brings back the Happy Family of cowboys introduced in Chip of the Flying U.
~~~ Bertha Muzzy Bower, a Montanan herself, understood the joshing, boasting, and thoroughly decent young hands who worked at the Flying U—Andy, Pink, Slim, Big Medicine, Happy Jack, and the other members of the Happy Family. Here they must confront defiant sheepherders just when Chip and the Old Man are in Chicago. Bower delights in showing how they deal with rage and frustration without resorting to violence. The witty and nervy Flying U bunch gets satisfaction from a difficult situation justly ended.

$12.00



Bower, B.M., LONESOME LAND. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997). Illustrated by Stanley L. Wood; introduction by Pam Houston. 326 pages.
~~~ Valeria had come to Montana to marry a cowboy named Manley, expecting a future full of companionship and bracing freedom, lodges with great fireplaces and bearskin rugs, manageable cattle and sleek horses, and dazzling sunrises. If Val had known what was really waiting for her, she simply wouldn’t have gotten off the train. Oh, the country was impressive, but it could be cruel in winter and lonesome for a woman stuck on a ranch miles from the nearest neighbor. Val is cast into circumstances that test her temper, strength, and sanity. Married to an alcoholic, she is forced to revise her back-East notions about men and women, duty, and the West itself. She goes from romanticization to "blind unreasoning terror of the empty land" to decisive action.
~~~ B. M.(Bertha Muzzy) Bower (1871–1940), the first woman to make a career of writing popular westerns like Chip of the Flying U, lived on a ranch in Montana and knew from experience Val’s situation, her awakening and embrace of the unconventional. Originally published in 1912, Lonesome Land is an extraordinary novel, perhaps Bower’s best. She was decades ahead of her time in taking on the subjects of divorce and spouse abuse.
~~~ Pam Houston, who wrote the introduction, is the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories, winner of the 1993 Western States Book Award. She lives in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

$13.95



Bower, B.M., THE HAPPY FAMILY OF THE FLYING U. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996). Illustrated. Introduction by Kate Baird Anderson. 323 pages.
~~~ The boisterous and bow-legged Happy Family of Montana rides high in this sequel to Chip of the Flying U. Originally published in 1910, The Happy Family is, like Chip, cinematic in its fast action, unusual in its emphasis on human relationships, unique in its warmth and humor. Here are the cowpokes who endeared themselves to generations of readers—Andy, Weary, Irish, Pink, Happy Jack, Big Medicine, and the rest. They were so popular that their creator devoted a series of novels to their wrangling on the rangeland and in the ranchhouse.
~~~ These stories play out in the badlands, on the edge of the Rockies. Andy Green, "not famous ever for clinging to the truth," encounters Miss Verbena Martin, who is dedicated to the self-improvement of cowboys and is a character worthy of Mark Twain. Riding a red roan at a contest in Great Falls, Andy hangs on to his honor and pride by the seat of his pants. In another story, there is a crisis concerning the French cook Patsy, whose specialty is heavy pie and not floating island. All this fun has a western flavor, the smell of sage, and the feel of cowhide.

$12.00













Bryan, Howard, and Max Evans, WILDEST OF THE WILD WEST: True Tales of a Frontier Town on the Sante Fe Trail. NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. Clear Light Publishers, 1988. Maps, photographs, bibliography, index, 269 pages. "Historic photos and a lively text chronicle dramatic events from the time of wagon trains to the arrival of airplanes. Bryan drew most of these tales, many published here for the first time in book form, from the pages of early newspapers and from the accounts of New Mexico old-timers whom Bryan interviewed in the 1950s and 1960s. Las Vegas, New Mexico, is the focal point of this narrative of a town's and dramatic history on the western frontier. Real life in the West was wilder than fiction, as these tales of the Santa Fe Trail and Las Vegas from 1835 to 1915 vividly demonstrate. The cast of characters is a large one, including Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, "Doc" Holliday, "Mysterious Dave" Mather, Jesse James, Bod Ford, and the beautiful and mysterious gambling woman, Monte Verde. Historic photos and a lively text drawn from basic sources chronicle eighty years of dramatic events from the time of covered wagons to the arrival of airplanes." Hardcover OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00





Aleshire, William, A BUFFALO SOLDIER'S STORY: Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant Thomas Boyne and His Comrades, 1864 to 1889. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. Heritage Books, 2004, 2006. Illustrations, photographs, bibliography, index, 709 pages.
~~~ This is the life story of Sergeant Thomas Boyne, a native of Prince George's County, Maryland, who joined the 2nd Light Artillery Company "B" of the United States Colored Troops at Point Lookout, Maryland, on February 5, 1864 and went on to receive our nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, while serving in the 9th United States Cavalry during the Indian Wars. This is also the story of Boyne's comrades-African-American Buffalo Soldiers and the officers who commanded his various assigned units-who helped to open and preserve the West while performing their military duty for their country. This is a story that needs to be told. The integration of official government records, historical events, and newspaper articles enhance this comprehensive look at the struggles endured by Sergeant Thomas Boyne, and other African-Americans who served their country during this period. Sergeant Thomas Boyne's entire military career is covered in precise detail. Careful transcriptions of original muster rolls for the period covered include: Muster Roll Records and Returns for Company "B" 2nd Light Artillery United States Colored Troops, Company "K" 40th United States Infantry and Company "F" 25th United States Infantry, Company "C" 9th United States Cavalry, Company "L" 9th United States Cavalry, and Company "H" 25th United States Infantry. Includes numerous specific details from documents, orders, acts, and news articles.

$66.00

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Lewis, J.P. Sinclair, BUFFALO GORDON ON THE PLAINS. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Black remainder mark on bottom of book. (NY: Tom Doherty Associates, 2001). First Edition. 480 pages.
~~ The tumultuous years after the Civil War are seen through the unique perspective of an escaped slave who became a sergeant major of the United States Cavalry in this ambitious, adventurous saga about one man's experiences as an African-American Buffalo Soldier.

$26.95



Call, Tomme Clark, THE MEXICAN VENTURE: FROM POLITICAL TO INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION IN MEXICO. New York: Oxford University Press., 1953. VG/.VG. Some chipping to dust jacket, which is in a mylar protector. First Edition. Endpaper maps, photographs, bibliography, index, 273 pages.

$25.00

click to enlarge Cantor, George, NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN LANDMARKS: A TRAVELER'S GUIDE. Gale Research Inc, 1993., NEW, a mint copy. Laminated hardcover issued without dust jacket. Numerous photographs & maps, glossary, bibliography, index, 409 pp. "Anasazi cliff dwellings, the Wounded Knee battlefield, Sequoyah's birthplace, Trail of Tears State Park, and the Little Big Horn National Battlefield are among the more than 300 sites profiled & illustrated."

$40.00





click to enlarge [Carson], Brewerton, George Douglas, OVERLAND WITH KIT CARSON: A Narrative of the Old Spanish Trail in '48. University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1993. Originally published in 1930 by Coward-McCann, NY., NEW copy. Trade PAPERBACK. Numerous line illustrations by the author. Maps. New introduction by Marc Simmons. Notes, bibliography, index. 301 pp. OUT OF PRINT.

$20.00


Castillo, Bernal Diaz del, THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF MEXICO, 1517--1521. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux., 1981. VG. Large trade paperback, very nice condition. 9th printing. "Edited from the only exact copy of the original MS (and published in Mexico) by Genaro Garcia. Translated with an Introduction and Notes by A.P. Maudslay. Introduction to the American edition by Irving A. Leonard." Extensive page-end notes, appendices, index, 478 pages.

$25.00





click to enlarge [Catlin], Dippie, Brian W., CATLIN AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES: The Politics of Patronage. University of Nebraska Press, 1990., New, still in shrink-wrap. 1st edition. Black boards with pictorial dust wrapper. 7.25"x 10.5". 3 maps, 125 b&w illustrations, 16 half- & full-page color plates. 86 pp of notes, bibliography, index. "...examines how the preeminent painter of western Indians before the Civil War went about the business of making a living from his work. Catlin shared with such artists as Seth Eastman and John Mix Stanley a desire to preserve a visual record of a race seen as doomed and competed with them for federal assistance. In a young republic with little institutional and govermental support available, painters, writers, and scholars became rivals and sometimes bitter adversaries. Dippie untangles the complex web of inter-relationships between artists , government officials, members of Congress, businessmen, antiquarians and literati, kings and queens, and the Indians themselves. In this history of the politics of patronage during the nineteenth century, luminaries like Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, Henry H. Sibley, John James Audubon, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Karl Bodmer are linked with Catlin in a contest for the support of the arts, setting a precendent for later generations." "The best book in American cultural history of the last twenty-five years. Dippie's organization and presentation of a very complex subject is a dazzling performance, fully matched by his brilliant and evocative writing." 553 pp.

$65.00






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click to enlarge Bode, E.A. (Thomas T. Smith, ed), A DOSE OF FRONTIER SOLDIERING: The Memoirs of Corporal E.A. Bode, Frontier Regular Infantry, 1877-1882. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1994). Maps, illustrations, 250 pp.
~~~ “Bode’s literary skills matched an inquisitive eye and wry wit and helped make his soldier narrative utterly endearing. . . . With unbridled curiosity, Bode makes sumptuous reading of even the most ordinary experiences.”—Montana.
“Bode was extraordinary in intelligence, literacy, intellectual curiosity, and skill at writing and mapmaking. Accounts by privates and corporals in the post–Civil War infantry are rare; this is one of the best.”—True West.
~~~ “Bode’s observations offer a truer picture of the frontier military experience than some other books that try to glamorize such activities.”--Ross McSwain, Standard Times
~~~ “Uncommon and perceptive memoirs, perhaps the best published account by an enlisted infantryman from the era.”—Western Historical Quarterly.
~~~ Emil Adolph Bode, a German immigrant down on his luck, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1877 and served for five years. More literate than most of his fellow soldiers, Bode described western flora and fauna, commenting on the American Indians he encountered as well as the slaughter of the buffalo, the hard and lonely life of the cowboy, and towns and settlements he passed through. His observations, seasoned with wry wit and sympathy, offer a truer picture of the frontier military experience than all the dashing cavalry charges and thundering artillery in Western literature.
~~~ Thomas T. Smith is a regular army lieutenant colonel of infantry assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas. He is the editor of Mary Leefe Laurence’s Daughter of the Regiment (Nebraska 1994).

$14.95


click to enlarge Burks, Brian, SOLDIER BOY. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Harcourt Children's Books). 148 pages.
~~~ The orphaned son of a prostitute, Johnny "the kid" is forced to face great challenges in life, but even after he achieves a respectable position in the cavalry, he stills finds things difficult as he now poses questions to himself with regard to his new duties.

$12.00


click to enlarge Chappell, Gordon, BRASS SPIKES AND HORSETAIL PLUMES: A History of U.S. Army Dress Helmets. NEW copy. Laminated hardcover without dust jacket, as issued. Still in shrinkwrap. (Gettysburg: Thomas Publications, 1997).
~~~ Using speciments from museums, private collections, and historic photographs, Chappell has completed the definitive work on American military helmets from 1872 to 1904. Detailed and extensively illustrated with over 160 photographs. Identifies when, where, and how the helmets were manufactured and worn.
~~~ Originally published at $29.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

$35.00


click to enlarge Forsyth, General George, , THRILLING DAYS IN ARMY LIFE. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2003). Introduction by Sandy Barnard. Frontier Classics series. Illustrated, 496 pages.
~~~ In this book, the author relates the six-day siege in September that pitted his small force against 750 Cheyennes and Sioux. Because the battle occurred in a dry bed of the Arickaree Fork of the Republican River in Western Colorado and claimed the life of Forsyth's brave lieutenant, Frederick Beecher, it would be known to history as the Battle of Beecher Island.

$8.95


click to enlarge Langellier, John P., , BLUECOATS: The U.S. Army in the West, 1848-1897. NEW copy, oversized paperback. (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1995). Part of the "G.I. Series: The Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equiment." Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings & color plates, 80 pages.
~~~ After the conclusion of the war with Mexico in 1848 to the end of the 1890s, U.S. frontier troops garrisoned scattered posts from the Mississippi to the Pacific and from the border with Mexico to Canada. The 100 superb images and informative text in this volume vividly record the uniforms, weapons and campaigns of the Bluecoats who lived and fought in the American West.

$15.00


click to enlarge Langellier, John P. and Kurt Hamilton Cox , LONGKNIVES: The U.S. Cavalry and Other Mounted Forces, 1845-1942. NEW copy, oversized paperback. (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1996). Part of the "G.I. Series: The Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equiment." Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings & color plates, 80 pages.

$15.00


click to enlarge Merrill, James M., , SPURS TO GLORY: The Story of the United States Cavalry . VG/VG. Cornerwear to jacket; 1/2-inch piece missing from head of jacket spine; 1/4-inch circle from jacket spine scuffed off (not all the way through). Original "$6.95" price intact on jacket flap. Book itself has two flaws: right upper corner of front cover bumped; small gift inscription in ink on upper corner of half-title page. Book otherwise clean and tight. (NY: Rand, McNally & Co., 1966). First Printing. Full & half-page illustrations, bibliography, index, 302 pages.

$35.00


click to enlarge Parker, James, , THE OLD ARMY: Memories, 1872-1918. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2003). Introduction by Sandy Barnard. Frontier Classics series. Illustrated, 496 pages.
~~~ Brigadier General James "Galloping Jim" Parker (1854-1924) had a remarkable and exciting military career. The blunt, opinionated, and brilliant officer participated in several prominent battles, including Ranald Mackenzie's raids against the Kickapoo in 1878, the Ute campaign of 1879, and the Geronimo campaign. The Old Army: Memories, 1872-1918 is not only an essential source for the Indian Wars, but also for the Spanish-American War, the Philippines insurrection, and the Regular army at the turn of the century.

$19.95


click to enlarge Prucha, Paul, BROADAX AND BAYONET: The Role of the United States Army in the Development of the Northwest, 1815-1860. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1995). Introduction by Edward M. Coffman. Map, 277 pp.
~~~ "In a style that is clear, unhurried and . . . vigorous, Francis P. Prucha has written a definitive study of [the] frontier army that was itself a pioneer. It pushed the line of occupation far beyond settlements. It raised crops, herded cattle, cut timber, quarried stone, built sawmills and performed the manifold duties of pioneers. It restrained lawless traders, pursued fugitives, ejected squatters, maintained order during peace negotiations and guarded Indians who came to receive annuities."—New York Times Book Review.
~~~ "A work of original research which stands almost alone in relating the Army’s work to the peaceful processes of territorial expansion and social development. Studying the thirteen army posts established in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and northern Illinois, the author demonstrates their importance for Indian and land policy administration, as cash markets for the early settlers, and as centers of exploration, road-building, and cultural developments."—A Guide to the Study of the United States of America.
~~~ "Well-written. . . . a significant contribution to the study of . . . both the westward movement and our military establishment."—Mississippi Valley Historical Review.
~~~ Known for his books about American Indian government policy and the frontier army, Francis Paul Prucha, S.J., is an emeritus professor of history at Marquette University. Introducing this edition is Edward M. Coffman, a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the author of The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784–1898

$14.00


click to enlarge Prucha, Francis Paul. GUIDE TO THE MILITARY POSTS OF THE UNITED STATES. Madison, Wisconsin.: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin., 1966. As new condition. 11x8. Very minor flaws to jacket. Original "$7.50" price still intact on jacket flap. Originally published in 1964, this is the Second Printing from 1966, with a number of corrections. Includes the following: ~A brief chronological history of the expansion and contraction of the military frontier; ~An alphabetical catalog of military posts of every description: forts, camps, barracks & cantonments; ~A chronological series of cartographs showing the distribution of regular army troops; ~A set of detailed two-color maps locating the posts in their topographical setting; ~An outline of army territorial commands; ~An extensive bibliography on military posts; ~A selection of 18 etchings & photographic plates ilustrating the military frontier. The material has been gathered from the official records of the War Department and the cartographic collections of the National Archives. This one reference book presents information hitherto scattered in many places. It will serve both the scholar and the general reader as a brief, accurate encyclopedia of army posts from 1789 to 1895. Maps, etchings, photographs, appendices, bibliography, 178 pages. OUT OF PRINT.

$150.00


click to enlarge Settle, Raymond W., editor, THE MARCH OF THE MOUNTED RIFLEMEN: First Military Expedition to Travel the Full Length of the Oregon Trail from Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Vancouver, May-Oct 1849, as Recorded in the Journals of Major O. Cross and G. Gibbs and the Official Report of Colonel Loring. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1989). Originally published by A.H. Clark in 1940. Map, journal of distances, bibliography, index. 378 pp.
~~~ Here is the only complete record of one of the longest marches ever made-a five-month, two-thousand-mile trek to establish forts along the Oregon Trail.

$15.00


click to enlarge Steffen, Randy, , THE HORSE SOLDIER, 1776-1943. Volume III. The Last of the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, The Brink of the Great War, 1881-1916 . VG/VG, hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket in mylar. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1978). Profusely illustrated throughout. 282 pages.
~~~ This is the third volume of a four-volume work. In Volumes I and II the author described and pictured the uniforms, arms and equipment of the cavalry from Revolutionary days to the outbreak of the Indian Wars. In this volume the author addreses the period of the cavalry's decisive conquest of the Indians and the securing of the western frontier, the Spanish-American War and the glory of "Teddy Roosevelt's boys," and the years when the thunder of the Great War in Europe was echoing ominously across the Atlantic to America.
~~~ "Through extensive use of illustrations~~almost all of which are drawings by the author~~and quotations from official documents, Steffen provides a detailed look at cavalry dress and paraphernalia. His artistry is superb and research impeccable." ~~Western American Literature.
~~~ "Endorsed by the Company of Military Historians as a 'standard reference' in the subject field, Volume III fills a great need. The narrative, published regulations, and many detailed pen and ink illustrations, as well as many in color, make this book essential for the researcher and valuable to the student of American military history." ~~~Journal of Arizona History

$135.00


click to enlarge Utley, Robert M., FRONTIERSMEN IN BLUE: The United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Lincoln: Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 1981). Maps, illustrations, page-end notes, bibliography, index, 384 pages.
~~~ Frontiersmen in Blue is a comprehensive history of the achievements and failures of the United States Regular and Volunteer Armies that confronted the Indian tribes of the West in the two decades between the Mexican War and the close of the Civil War. Between 1848 and 1865 the men in blue fought nearly all of the western tribes. Robert Utley describes many of these skirmishes in consummate detail, including descriptions of garrison life that was sometimes agonizingly isolated, sometimes caught in the lightning moments of desperate battle.
~~~ "Along with his analysis of the general situation, Utley writes an excellent description of the frontier soldier and the army. . . . His style is unobtrusive, entertaining, and objective to an extent rarely encountered today. It is refreshing to find a history of the frontier, the army, and particularly the Indian without the present-day mawkish sentimentalism." ~~~Journal of American History
~~~ "One of [the book’s] several impressive features is the author’s talent for drawing from the indispensable detail of campaigns those significant trends in frontier military policy. Certainly Utley has applied creative management to a great mass of military minutiae and given it a meaningful, readable format." ~~~ Arrell M. Gibson, American Historical Review.
~~~ Robert M. Utley is recognized as one of the leading historians of the American West. He is the author of the much-acclaimed Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life, published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1989, and of the award-winning books Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier (1988) and High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier (1987), as well as the authoritative Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866–1891 (also a Bison Book).
~~~ This Bison Book edition originally published at $16.95, currently in print at $26.95 (earlier price still on book)..

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click to enlarge Utley, Robert M., FRONTIER REGULARS: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Lincoln: Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 1984). Maps, illustrations, chapter-end notes, bibliography, index, 462 pages.
~~~ "An excellent piece of scholarship and writing. Lucid, balanced, comprehensive, interpretative, and thorough ly documented, it is a scholar’s dream and a layman's delight." ~~~ Library Journal.
~~~ In Frontier Regulars Robert M. Utley combines scholarship and drama to produce an impressive history of the final, massive drive by the Regular Army to subdue and control the American Indians and open the West during the twenty-five years following the Civil War. ~~~ Here are incisive accounts of the campaign directed by Major General William Tecumseh Sherman—from the first skirmishes with the Sioux over the Bozeman Trail defenses in 1866 to the final defeat and subjugation of the Northern Plains Indians in 1890. Utley's brilliant descriptions of military maneuvers and flaming battles are juxtaposed with a careful analysis of Sherman's army: its mode of operation, equipment, and recruitment; its lifestyle and relations with Congress and civilians. ~~~ Proud of the United States Army and often sympathetic toward the Indians, Utley presents a balanced overview of the long struggle. He concludes that the frontier army was not "the heroic vanguard of civilization" as sometimes claimed and still less "the barbaric band of butchers depicted in the humanitarian literature of the nineteenth century and the atonement literature of the twentieth." Rather, it was a group of ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary) men doing the best they could.
~~~ Other Bison Books by Robert Utley are Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life and Custer and the Great Controversy: The Origin and Development of a Legend.
~~~
~~~ This Bison Book edition originally published at $17.95, currently in print at $26.95 (earlier price still on book)..

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Boye, Alan, HOLDING STONE HANDS: On the Trail of the Cheyenne Exodus. NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. (University of Nebraska Press, 1999). Map, photographs, notes, 347 pages. Originally published at $29.95; currently in print at $35.
~~ From the Publisher: "In 1878 approximately three hundred Northern Cheyennes under the leadership of Dull Knife and Little Wolf fled shameful conditions on an Indian Territory reservation in present-day Oklahoma. Settled there against their will, they were making a peaceful attempt to return to their homeland in the Tongue River country. Despite earlier promises that the Cheyennes could choose to leave the reservation, government officials declared them renegades and sent thousands of soldiers in pursuit.. "In 1995 Alan Boye set out on foot to follow Dull Knife's thousand-mile flight through the sparsely populated wilderness of America's high plains. Along the way he was joined by descendants of Dull Knife. Holding Stone Hands is the tale of two journeys. Boye provides a vivid, moving account of the Cheyennes' struggle to return to Montana. At the same time, he details the trek he and his Cheyenne companions made through four states and his growing understanding of why the Cheyennes' longing for their homeland was stronger than their desire to live."
~~ "Boye and his companions follow the Cheyenne's trail, using a patchwork of highways, county roads, and open country. As Boye recounts their journey, he loops back through the history of the exodus, providing a detailed and moving narrative of the trek. More impressive still is Boye's humble, even self-effacing approach to his journey. When journalists approach the traveling party, he tries to slip into the background, knowing the true story is about the Cheyenne and their attempt to recover this faded trail and, along with it, a fuller sense of their past and present. . . . Holding Stone Hands is a Montana story through and through--perhaps one the most important ones to come along in recent years." -- Montana Magazine.
~~~ "In a gracefully written and compassionate account of his return to a dark page in this country's past, Boye, who is white, relates one of the most poignant, if largely forgotten, tragedies of Native American dispossession. . . . Boye greatly enriches this story by describing his own hardships retracing the exodus through a starkly beautiful landscape, accompanied by descendants of the surviving Cheyenne. Never mawkish or patronizing, Boye recognizes early on that both journeys belong more to his companions than to himself. By reaching back and touching the suffering of their ancestors, they begin what Native Americans call 'a healing,' a reconciliation of the past with the present." — Publishers Weekly (starred review).

$30.00

Grinnell, George Bird, THE FIGHTING CHEYENNES. Corner House Publishers, 1976, reprinted from the Scribners edition of 1915., F/NF, new from the distributor, never opened, but dj shows a little color-smudging from being stored with other books and is slightly rippled along the spine. Index, 431 pp. "Grinnel lived among the Cheyenne in the latter part of the 19th century. He was a deeply sympathetic observer of Indian life & culture... In this volume Grinnell gathered both Cheyenne & White accounts of the many battles between the two. He carefully explored Cheyenne culture & the way the Cheyenne to the threats on an alien society..." 431 pp.

$35.00






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click to enlarge O'Meara, Doc, COLT'S SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. NEW copy; oversize PAPERBACK. (Krause). 160 pages.
~~~ Offers a rare look at the production history of the highly popular handgun, which has been almost continuously manufactured since 1873. Insightful numbering and production figures are listed, along with test results from reproductions and rivals. Well illustrated some in color.

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Collis, Maurice, CORTES AND MONTEZUMA.. Harcourt, Brace & Company., 1955. VG/VG. Some chipping to jacket, which is price-clipped & in a mylar protector. Top edge of book spine slightly frayed. End-paper maps, illustrations, chronology, index, 256 pages.

$30.00

Horgan, Paul, CONQUISTADORS IN NORTH AMERICA. London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1963. VG/VG. First Edition. Slight chipping to top of jacket spine, with is otherwise bright, clean & in mylar protector. Book itself bright & tight. Endpaper maps, bibliography, index, 303 pages.

$37.50

click to enlarge Mirsky, Jeannette, THE GENTLE CONQUISTADORS. N.Y.: Pantheon Books., 1969. VG. Pictorial hardcover (library binding, but not ex-lib), probably issued without dust jacket. "The Ten Year Odyssey Across the American Southwest of Three Spanish Captains and Esteban, the Black Slave." Juvenile historical fiction based on actual events. Drawings by Thomas Morley. Author's note, 216 pages.

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Bauer, Helen, CALIFORNIA RANCHO DAYS. VG--. Quarter-inch strip missing from top of spine, and both sides of spine cracked about 3/4" down from top. In all other respects, however, a tight clean copy: neither spine nor hinges are loose. Lacks dust jacket. (Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1953). Photographs, chart showing adobes & landmarks of ranchero days, glossary & pronunciation table. 128 pages.

$25.00


click to enlarge Dobie, J. Frank. THE LONGHORNS. NF/VG+. Slight rubbing to jacket folds; slight cornerwear: a very nice unfaded jacket, protected by mylar. Book itself is nearly pristine. All-in-all, an exceptional copy, though not a 1st. (Boston: Little Brown & Co: 1941). Nineteenth printing. Colored frontispiece painting and numerous black & white drawings by Tom Lea. Photographs, extensive notes, index, 388 pages.
~~~ The Texas Longhorn made more history than another other breed of cattle the world has ever known. The Longhorns were more than a breed -- they were a race. Gaunt, wiry, intractable, they were themselves pioneers in a hard, strange land.
~~~ This is their story, told by a born teller of tales, who knows that legend and folklore are proper parts of history. It is the story, too, of the men the Longhorn brought into being -- the Texas cowboys who rode over the rim with all the energy, insolence and pride of the booming west.
~~~ Mr. Dobie tells of the Spanish conquistadores, who brought their cattle with them; of ranching in turbulent colonial times; of 'Mavericks and Maverickers' and the abrupt justice of the rope. He catches the terrible excitement of the stampede, the poetry of the play of lightning on a sea of seething horns. He writes absorbingly of titanic bull fights on the range, 'ghost' steers, fabulous treks and Indian torture.
~~~ A relentless prospector of the history and legends of the southwest, Mr. Dobie has spent most of his life preparing to write this book. He was born in that part of the Texas brush contury where the Longhorns made their last stand. He has back-trailed them into Mexico, whence they came. From old-time Texans and Mexican vaqueros, he has learned much vivid lore. No historian or naturalist has ever so related an animal to the land, to men and to history.
~~~ The twilight of the Longhorn has fallen. The noble breed is nearer extinction than the buffalo ever was. Yet in this rousing chronicle the great days of the Longhorn live again, a brave and surging part of our national heritage.

$85.00


click to enlarge Dyer, John. EL VAQUERO REAL: The Original American Cowboy.
~ ~ ~ NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Bright Sky Press, 2007). 10.5x10.5. 80 photographs, 10 full-color paintings, 160 pages.

~ ~ ~ The Vaquero were in Texas before there was a Texas. They came north from Mexico with the big Spanish land grants of the 18th century. Descended from a long, illustrious line of mounted riders, the Vaquero can trace his ancestry many hundreds of years ago to the North African riders of Morocco, to the original Vaqueros in Spain, and to Mexico. When Captain King and other early ranchers came into South Texas and began amassing huge swathes of land, it was the Vaquero who enabled him to go into the cattle business. It was the Vaquero who taught the Anglo cowboy everything he needed to know about cattle and horses. We all know that the Anglo cowboy has been celebrated endlessly. The Vaquero, unfortunately has often been overlooked.
~ ~ ~ The world of the Vaquero may be moving from the realistic to the mythic. El Vaquero Real is a mosaic of images, impressions, and history, of the life that was and life that is, a tribute to the Vaquero: heritage; style; equipment; factual data; numbers in their heyday, how many there are today, the importance to the Latino culture and the larger culture of America.

$34.95


click to enlarge Elofson, Warren E. FRONTIER CATTLE RANCHING IN THE LAND AND TIMES OF CHARLIE RUSSELL.
~ ~ ~ NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (University of Washington Press, 2004). 6x9. 52 illustrations. Map, notes, index, 226 pages.

~ ~ ~ Frontier Cattle Ranching in the Land and Times of Charlie Russell is an engaging, sprightly comparison of ranching experiences in Montana and Alberta/Assiniboia from 1880 to 1920. Elofson argues that these two frontiers had much in common. Montana is revealed to have a more sedate, and less wild, cultural tradition than is remembered. Alberta/Assiniboia is shown to have a rowdier, more "western" ranching culture than is typically acknowledged. The regional stereotypes-of American individualism, lawlessness, and self-reliance, and of Canadian law and order-are exaggerated.
~ ~ ~ Elofson examines the lives of cowboys and ranch owners during the short-lived free-range era with its oversized spreads. He looks at the prevalence of drunkenness, prostitution, gunplay, and rustling in both localities and contact with the supposed civilities of tennis courts, grand pianos, ostentatious dinners, and fancy balls in both regions.
~ ~ ~ Elofson drawns upon the artwork, short stories, and legend of Charlie Russell, a cowboy and rancher who moved between the regions, to illustrate his point.

~ ~ ~ Warren M. Elofson is professor of history at the University of Calgary and the author of Cowboys, Gentlemen and Cattle Thieves. He has farmed and ranched in Alberta all his life.

$34.95

click to enlarge Jaques, Mary J., TEXAN RANCH LIFE. NF/VG+. Both internal flaps of jacket creased; otherwise jacket & book in as-new condition. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1989). Facsimile reprint of original 1894 edition. Illustrations, photographs, 363 pages.
~~~ 'The lowing of Texan cows is not very musical...' English traveler Mary Jaques wrote in 1894 in a charming, vividly detailed account of her two-year-stay in Texas, with side trips to Canada and Mexico. J. Frank Dobie once claimed that 'the English write our best Western books,' and Jaques' account bears him out. Out of print for some ninety years, this collector's classic will delight and inform, entertain and amuse. ~~~ So taken with Texas that she bought a 25-acre spread with 'a dear little one-roomed cottage,' Mary Jaques entered into the frontier life around Junction City with gusto, describing it with a lively intelligence and humor that recreate for modern readers the land and its inhabitants as an earlier generation knew them. Outings to gather algerita berries, coon hunts, camp meetings, weddings, funerals, cave explorations -- all find their place in Jaques' chronicle. She gives vivid portrayals of the countryside, the crops, and the wildlife, from snapping turtles to coyotes, deer, wild turkeys, and even tarantulas ('in Texas they prefer whisky to music as an antidote'). ~~~ Local hospitality proferred a dance to honor her and her companion, Didymusa -- a real 'Texan dance,' with a 'stand-up supper of black coffee without sugar, hot biscuits, and all kinds of cakes.' Her sportsmanship even earned her an impromptu stint as a stagecoach driver on one trip. At last, the 'sentiment' growing in her to see her homeland again, she voyaged back to England, to write this tale of her adventures, a tale which gives an important perspective on the land she had visited. ~~~ This facsimile reprint of the 1894 edition published in England makes available a valuable resource on early Texas life, long sought by collectors and historians alike.
~~~ Hardcover OUT OF PRINT. Paperback currently in print at $19.95.

$50.00


click to enlarge Rollins, Philip Ashton. THE COWBOY: His Characteristics, His Equipment, and His Part in the Development of the West.
~ ~ ~ NEW copy. Trade paperback. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2007). 378 pages.

~ ~ ~ First published in 1924. Provides perhaps the most accurate and detailed account of the real-life American cowboy ever written. Rollins illustrates the beginnings of ranching in America, and how horses and cattle were raised, as he describes the cowboy and his work.

$15.00


click to enlarge Stratton, W.K. CHASING THE RODEO: On Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West.
~ ~ ~ NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005). Bibliography, index, 326 pages.

~ ~ ~ Rodeo has grown into an international, prime-time television sport. Steeped in tradition and Western spirit, it calls aspiring cowboys and cowgirls to its rough-and-tumble fame as they repeatedly risk their lives for eight seconds of triumph. In Chasing the Rodeo, Kip Stratton takes us into the addictive core of rodeo, bull riding, and the circuit. Immersed in this world, he collides with the specter of his "rodeo bum" father, finding part of the cowboy dream that was his father's legacy.

"Filled with delicious rodeo tidbits. Stratton's the perfect tour guide, a natural-born storyteller whose prose is as lean as a cowboy and as poetic as a sunset, rendered with a delight and wonder that are downright infectious." —The Boston Globe.

$25.00




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Cowie, Isaac, THE COMPANY OF ADVENTURERS: A Narrative of Seven Years in the Service of the Hudson's Bay Company during 1867-1874 on the Great Buffalo Plains, with Historical & Biographical Notes & Comments. University of Nebraska Press, 1993. Originally published in 1913 by William Briggs, Toronto. NEW copy, still in shrinkwrap. Facsimile reprint. Green boards without dust jacket, as issued by publisher. 5.5"x 8.25". Illustrations, page-end notes, appendices, glossary, index, 515 pp.
~~~ The Hudson's Bay Company had been operating for nearly two centuries when young Isaac Cowie joined it in 1867. He sailed from the Shetland Islands to Rupert's Land, finally reaching York Factory, where he awaited his assignment. Company of Adventurers describes the early, lusty history of the HBC and the years of Cowie's service, when manufactured goods were driving out the demand for furs and buffalo hides. It contains rare information about the Assiniboin and Plains Crees Indians during the period before their confinement to reservations. Alive to the historical and ethnographic value of his writing, Cowie tells about his tenure as a clerk (later manager) at Fort Qu'Appelle in southern Saskatchewan, the colorful personalities who served with him, the wide-ranging fur brigades, remote outposts, and the Company's relations with Indian tribes. He was the first white man known to have set foot within the Swift Current District when in 1868 he hunted buffalo there. His dealings with the Mitis during the Red River Rebellion placed him where history was being made. In an introduction to this Bison Book edition, David Reed Miller discusses how Cowie fitted into a great commercial enterprise and how he became a victim of unpleasant circumstances that forced his retirement in 1891
~~~ (Hardcover formerly in print at $50, now OUT OF PRINT).

$40.00






click to enlarge Marshall, Joseph M., THE JOURNEY OF CRAZY HORSE. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Viking Books). 310 pages.
~~ In the great oral tradition of the Lakota people, Marshall shares the compelling history of a man, a tribe, and a legacy of courage and endurance.

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click to enlarge Taylor, William O., WITH CUSTER ON THE LITTLE BIG HORN. A Newly-Discovered First-Person Account by William O. Taylor. NEW copy, Viking Press, 1996. Photographs, appendices, suggested readings, map on endpages, 207 pages. From Library Journal: "In 1876, William Taylor was a corporal in the Seventh Cavalry, assigned to A Troop, which was part of the battalion at the Little Bighorn. From this vantage point he takes the reader along on a vivid re-creation of his part of the battle and its aftermath. This carefully constructed account is based on his observations and on information gathered from survivors on both sides that withstood his careful scrutiny. His criteria do not allow for any discussion of how Custer's battalion met its end but do permit sympathetic discussion of why the Indians fought. Only Taylor's death in 1923 prevented publication of the completed manuscript, which was subsequently lost for 70 years. The information he collected but did not use in his narrative has been placed in an appendix so that it is available to readers. This valuable documentary source is essential for specialized collections and recommended for others."

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click to enlarge Wagner, Frederic C., III, PARTICIPANTS IN THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN: A Biographical Dictionary of Sioux, Cheyenne and United States Military Personnel. NEW copy, hardcover. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2009). Glossary, index, 248 pages.
~~~ The Battle of Little Big Horn was the decisive engagement of the Great Sioux War of 1876-77. This biographical dictionary contains a brief description of the battle, as well as information on the various Indian tribes, their customs and methods of fighting. Appendices list the units soldiers were assigned to, uniforms and equipment of the Seventh Cavalry, controversial listings of scouts and the number of Indians in the encampments, the location of camps on the journey to Big Horn, and more. A glossary of terms and abbreviations is also provided to help the reader understand the full story of the battle.

$75.00


click to enlarge Dawson, Joseph G, III (editor), THE TEXAS MILITARY EXPERIENCE: From the Texas Revolution Through WWII. Texas A&M., NEW. Hardcover in dust jacket. 10 b&w photos, 264 pp. "In the only collection of its kind, prominent scholars address such issues as myth vs. reality in the military history of Texas. A fine starting point for students seeking guideposts for furth er study of Texas' martial heritage." $30.00

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click to enlarge Siebert, Diane, ILLUSTRATED SKETCHES OF DEATH VALLEY: (American Land Classics). NEW copy, Trade PAPERBACK. (John Hopkins University Press). Woodcuts by David Frampton. 244 pages.
~~ In 1891, New York Sun reporter and travel writer J. R. Spears accepted an invitation to visit Death Valley to write about the region and explore its borax mines. Spears, the first professional journalist to visit, photograph, and report on the region, provided the American reading public with an engaging and informed account of Death Valley and its surrounding desert country. Through nineteen chapters, Spears examines the 20-mule teams used in borax mining, freighting in the rugged desert landscape, and various desert characters, including "Desert Tramps" and a California bear hunter. Long considered an important literary and regional history of Death Valley and a primary source of information, Illustrated Sketches of Death Valley and Other Borax Deserts of the Pacific Coast will appeal to enthusiasts of the region and of the American West.

$19.95




Dwyer, Richard A. and Richard E. Lingenfelter. LYING ON THE EASTERN SLOPE: James Townsend's Comic Journalism on the Mining Frontier, University Presses of Florida, 1984., NEW, hardcover with dust jacket. A pristine copy. OUT OF PRINT. Map of Sierra Nevada country on endpages, frontispiece photograph, drawings, glossary, sources, notes, index, 200 pp. A collection of Townsend's best, though almost forgotten, tall tal es, anecdotes, descriptive and dramatic writing from the archives of numerous frontier papers. "One of the most neglected of the western American humorists of the last century. And, if not forgotten, he is more often remembered for stories about him than by him. He has become more lied about than lying." $30.00

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