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Barra, Allen. INVENTING WYATT EARP: His Life and Many Legends . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Castle, 2005). Photographs, bibliography, index, 426 pages.
~~~ In a violent half-minute, in a gunfight near the O.K. Corral, Wyatt Earp became a legend. He was thirty-three. He died forty-eight years later, in Hollywood, where he worked as an advisor on film westerns. He'd had firsthand experience in the creation of American myth, and in this remarkable volume, Allen Barra illuminates fully the man who strode into our national imagination, as well as the myths that have continually reinvented him in history, film, and fiction. "Any future arguments will have to reckon with the evidence and explication that Allen Barra presents in this thoughtful, careful book.

$27.00


Parker, Robert B., GUNMAN'S RHAPSODY. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (G.P. Putnam's Sons). Fiction. 289 pages.
~~ It is the winter of 1879, and Dodge City has lost its snap. Thirty-one-year-old Wyatt Earp, assistant city marshal, loads his wife and all they own into a wagon, and goes with two of his brothers and their women to Tombstone, Arizona, land of the silver mines. There Earp becomes deputy sheriff, meeting up with the likes of Doc Holliday, Clay Allison, and Bat Masterson and encountering the love of his life, showgirl Josie Marcus. While navigating the constantly shifting alliances of a largely lawless territory, Earp finds himself embroiled in a simmering feud with Johnny Behan, which ultimately erupts in a deadly gun battle on a dusty street.

$22.95






[Fowler], Coues, Elliot (editor), THE JOURNAL OF JACOB FOWLER: Narrating an Adventure from Arkansas through the Indian Territory, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico to the Sources of the Rio Grande, Del Norte, 1821-22. F/NF, minor soiling to front of dust jacket, otherwise near-mint. A nice copy. Original "6.75" price still intact on jacket. (Minneapolis: Ross & Haines, 1965). Reprinted from the 1898 editon., First Edition thus, limited to 2000 copies.
~~~ The importance of the Fowler Journal lies in the fact that while other men had previously traversed the great southwest, their accounts were never recorded for furture generations, and the present volume is the first account by an American covering this wild and unknown area.
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$35.00







Frémont, John Charles. MEMOIRS OF MY LIFE: with a Sketch of the Life of Senator Benton by Jessie Benton Frémont. VG. Corners worn, with some paper exposed. Edges worn, but not through the cloth. Small tears to head & heel of spine, but no pieces missing. Colors bright on covers & spine. Gold, silver, red, black & blue decorations. Title stamped in gold on spine Decorated endpapers, marbled edges, beveled boards. Binding tight, though rear hinge has 2-inch split (still attached & tight).
~~~~~ (Chicago and New York: Belford, Clarke & Company, 1887). Volume I (Vol 2 never published, though manuscript for 2nd volume in Library of Congress). Frontispiece portrait of Fremont, 82 plates, 7 maps (1 color, 4 folding, 1 in rear pocket). Tables. 653 pages.
~~~~~ "Embraces the first three exploring expeditions and the part played by him in the conquest of California." (Howes).

$545.00




[Fremont] Tom Chaffin, PATHFINDER: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire. VG/VG. Small tear and crease to bottom of jacket spine. Remainder dot on top of book (pages edges). (NY: Hill and Wang, 2002). First Edition. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Inscription on title page reads: "To Donna Buzzard, Thanks for your help with the event. All the Best, Tom~~ Atlanta, Feb. 13, 2003." Illustrated with plates, notes, bibliography, index, 559 pages.
~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: "A comprehensive, lively study of one of America's greatest-and most controversial-explorers. John Frémont scaled mountains, coined the geographical term 'Great Basin,' and battled renegades and rebels while traversing and mapping the American West. For his troubles, he was accused at various points of lying about the places he'd been, of inventing adventures in the interest of self-promotion, and of committing various crimes, from fomenting revolt to dining on his dead companions. His political rivals, who were legion, also never failed to mention that he was the illegitimate son of a French homewrecker. Frémont himself didn't help matters much, writes Chaffin (History/Emory Univ.): he was arrogant, to be sure, and so loose with the accounting in his role as a would-be mining and railroad magnate as to verge on fraud. He also had a profound talent for picking 'formidable enemies, including General Stephen Watts Kearny, the philosopher Josiah Royce, and Frank Blair of Washington's powerful Blair family' -- to say nothing of Abraham Lincoln, who removed Frémont from Civil War command and effectively ruined his postwar career. (He also had a good eye for choosing allies, however, among them the powerful politicians Thomas Hart Benton and Joel Poinsett.) Chaffin takes pains to show what in Frémont's record was of his own making, and what was laid at his door by enemies. He recognizes Frémont's many accomplishments as an explorer and geographer whose work advanced the cause of American empire -- not only by helping thwart the ambitions of Mexico in California and of Britain in the Northwest, but, more simply, by providing accurate charts for those who followed ('Frémont's 1843 map [of the interiorWest]-eschewing anecdotes, legends, and other half-truths repeated from past maps-included only areas that he had personally seen and surveyed. Areas uncrossed by the expedition remained blank'). Little remains blank in this thorough life, of great interest to students of Western history."
~~~ Hardcover originally published at $35.00, now OUT OF PRINT.

$45.00










Coover, Robert, GHOST TOWN. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Henry Holt & Company). 147 pages.
~~ A despondent horseman, the last of his kind, rides into a desert ghost town and in a moment that broaches reincarnation, becomes both its lawman and outlaw. Equal parts Don Quixote and Western epic, Ghost Town will both charm and disturb readers with its hero's comic misadventures and hallucinogenic ramblings. Author Robert Coover seeks to venerate the All-American cowboy before the curtain is brought down on him forever.

$24.00




Siebert, Diane, RHYOLITE: The True Story of a Ghost Town. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Clarion Books). Woodcuts by David Frampton. 31 pages.
~~ Long ago, in a proud desert town named Rhyolite, businesses thrived and children played and people had dreams that were big and grand. But Rhyolite survived only a few years before those dreams were dashed and the desert reclaimed the town. Now the streets are populated by laughing coyotes and the ghosts of happier times. What happened to this once-prosperous place? In fluent, compelling verse, this unusual and witty picture book tells the story of the rise and fall of a real-life Nevada town built near the site of a famous 1904 gold strike. Dramatic woodcuts by David Frampton bring this haunting tale of a ghost town stunningly to life.

$16.00









Brands, H.W., THE AGE OF GOLD: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Doubleday Books). 547 pages.
~~ When gold was first discovered on the American River above Sutter's Fort in January 1848, California was sparsely populated frontier territory not yet ceded to the United States from Mexico. The discovery triggered a massive influx as hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to California in search of riches, braving dangerous journeys across the Pacific, around Cape Horn, and through the Isthmus of Panama, as well as across America's vast, unsettled wilderness. Cities sprang up overnight, in response to the demand for supplies and services of all kinds. By 1850, California had become a state -- the fastest journey to statehood in U.S. history. It had also become a symbol of what America stood for and of where it was going. In The Age of Gold, H. W. Brands explores the far-reaching implications of this pivotal point in U.S. history, weaving the politics of the times with the gripping stories of individuals that displays both the best and the worse of the American character. He discusses the national issues that exploded around the ratification of California's statehood, hastening the clouds that would lead to the Civil War. He tells the stories of the great fortunes made by such memorable figures as John and Jessie Fremont, Leland Stanford and George Hearst -- and of great fortunes lost by hundreds now forgotten by history. And he reveals the profound effect of the Gold Rush on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the Puritan ethic of hard work and the gradual accumulation of worldly riches gave way to the notion of getting rich quickly.

$29.95




Burns, Walter Noble, THE ROBIN HOOD OF EL DORADO: The Saga of Joaquin Murrieta, Famous Outlaw of California's Age of Gold. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (University of New Mexico Press). Historians of the Frontier and American West Series. 304 pages.
~~ First published in 1932 and never reprinted since, this historical drama re-creates the life and adventures of Joaquin Murrieta, an Hispanic social rebel in California during the tumultuous Gold Rush. Published during the Great Depression, at a time of mass deportations of Hispanos to Mexico, this sympathetic portrait of Murrieta and Mexican Americans was a unique voice of social protest. The author romanticizes the pastoral society of Mexican California into which Murrieta was born and introduces the protagonist as a quiet, honest, unpretentious, and reserved resident of Saw Mill Flat, California. But the rape and murder of his wife, Rosita, by racist Anglo miners unleashes his vengeful rage. Picking up his pistols, Murrieta tracks and kills Rosita's murderers and defends Hispanos against violence and dispossession by rampaging gold rush miners. Richard Griswold del Castillo discusses the significance of Murrieta to twentieth-century Mexican Americans and Chicanos and of Burns's history to contemporary understanding of the mysterious social bandit.

$17.95


Cadnum, Michael, BLOOD GOLD. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Viking Books). 210 pages. (children's book)
~~ After an arduous journey, Will Dwinelle and his friend Ben finally reach California in 1849 intending to bring home the man who betrayed the honor of a girl back home in Philadelphia, but find themselves tempted by the riches of the Gold Rush.

$16.95




Dillon, Richard H, TEXAS ARGONAUTS: Isaac H. Duval and the California Gold Rush. VG. Hardcover (illustrated boards with cloth spine). Printed title on paper label on spine. (Vanderbilt University Press). (San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1987). Illustated by Robert Shaw. Color frontispiece and twelve color plates. Map on endpages. Limited to 450 unnumbered copies. 199 pages.
~~ One of the more important historical narratives published by the Book Club of California, Texas Argonauts is the saga of the company of Texans led by Major Duval from the Dallas area to the Mother Lode in the spring of 1849. The text condenses Duval's account of his early life and then presents his unvarnished narrative of the trials and tribulations along the trail. Duval was a pioneer of the Gila Trail, the southern route from Texas to California.

$195.00




Durham, Walter T, VOLUNTEER FORTY-NINERS: Tennesseans and the California Gold Rush. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Vanderbilt University Press). 210 pages.
~~ Other than the Civil War, no single event of the nineteenth century affected so many Americans as did the California Gold Rush of 1849. Responding with the same enthusiasm shown by the Mexican War volunteers, Tennessee gold seekers rushed to be among the first from the South to reach the California mines. In Volunteer Forty-Niners, Walter T. Durham provides the first comprehensive examination of the role Tennessee and Tennesseans played in creating a new state and a new society on the West Coast. Drawing from such archival sources as personal narratives in letters and diaries, public records, and newspaper reports, Durham has woven a wealth of information into his recounting of their adventures. He follows many of the emigrants into the mines and details the activities of others in commerce and government. In the process, he shows that Tennesseans made an enormous contribution to the beginnings of government in California. Among the many offices they held were governor, assemblyman, sheriff, state senator, secretary of state, state treasurer, controller, U.S. senator, U.S. marshal, U.S. surveyor general, and Indian commissioner.

$29.95




Pelton, Lord Israel Shipman, J.S. Holliday, & Necia Dixon Liles, A DOCTOR'S GOLD RUSH JOURNEY TO CALIFORNIA. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Lincoln: Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 1996). 441 pages.
~~ One hundred and forty-nine years ago, a homeopathic physician luxuriously named Israel Shipman Pelton Lord trudged across the country in the midst of thousands of wagons, oxen, and seekers of the first free gold in history. Disappointed with the maps and guides of the day, Lord determined to set the record straight for future travelers.

$17.95


Quaife, Milo Milton, PICTURES OF GOLD RUSH CALIFORNIA. (Chicago: Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Co., 1949). VG. 1st Edition. Gilt lettering & decoration on dark red boards. 4.5x7. Some gilt on spine slightly rubbed, otherwise NF. No corner or edgewear. Tight & true. Numerous plates protected by onionskin paper, appendix, index, 383 pp.

$50.00




Walker, Dale L, EL DORADO: The California Gold Rush. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Forge). 379 pages.
~~ In Eldorado, award-winning historian Dale L. Walker presents the complete, often gaudy, always fascinating story of the California Gold Rush, the greatest mining bonanza in all of American history. The story ranges from the discovery by a New Jersey carpenter at a sawmill north of Sutter's Fort to the advent of large-scale hydraulic mining that spelled the ruination of the land and the end of the boom days when a Forty-niner with a pick and a pan found "colors" in a streamed and earned his wages - an ounce of raw gold a day. Walker's narrative of this pivotal event of American history is drawn from the lives and experiences of those "on the ground" in the rush, those who blazed the trails and settled the West in their search for the riches at the rainbow's end.

$27.95







Pyne, Stephen J, HOW THE CANYON BECAME GRAND: A Short History. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Viking Penguin). 199 pages.
~~~ How the Canyon Became Grand is both a chronicle of discovery, recounting the achievements of explorers, geologists, artists, and writers, from John Wesley Powell and Clarence Dutton to Wallace Stegner, and a provocative explanation of how they turned the Canyon into a symbol of American grandeur, and later of wilderness-in other words, how they transformed an almost overlooked phenomenon into a fixture of the American identity.

$24.95





Gregg, Josiah, THE COMMERCE OF THE PRAIRIES: A Narrative Involving the Author's Recollections of the Santa Fe Trail and its Development from 1831 until 1840. (NY: Citadel Press, 1968). Originally published by Lakeside Classics., NF/VG. 1st edition thus. Very slight edgewear & chipping to jacket. Tight & intact overall. Original "$7.50" price unclipped.
~~~ Gregg crossed and recrossed the Great Plains four times as a trader, frontiersman and trail-blazer in the 1830's and 40's. His epic account of early Santa Fe trade has been used as a guide by historians, naturalists and sociologists because of its accuracy and detail. "Commerce of the Prairies" gives a remarkably clear view of the country as it was when white people first arrived. Gregg describes the thrill of a buffalo hunt, the disappointment of a desert mirage, and the terror of an Indian attack with first-hand immediacy.
~~~ This edition OUT OF PRINT. (Univ of Oklahoma paperback edition currently in print at $29.95).

$25.00







Eickhoff, Randy Lee, AND NOT TO YIELD: A Novel of the Life and Times of Wild Bill Hickok. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Forge). 430 pages.
~~ Born James Butler Hickok, Wild Bill Hickok made his reputation as a gunslinger extraordinaire, and his legend has titillated journalists, novelists, and historians ever since. Here is the story - crafted by a master novelist - of this complex hero whose exploits have become part of the lore of the American frontier.

$27.95






Hillerman, Tony, THE FALLEN MAN. HarperCollins, 1996, F/F, as new. First Edition.

$25.00







Herda, DJ, THEY CALL ME DOC: The Story Behind the Legend of John Henry Holliday. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Lyons). Photographs. 188 pages.
~~~ This new biography sets the record straight on the man best known for his participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral--a man of refinement who went West after contracting tuberculosis and became a gunfighter, gambler, and saloonkeeper.

$16.95






Wollaston, Percy, HOMESTEADING: A Montana Family Album. The Lyons Press., 1997. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (The Lyons Press, 1997). Photographs, 130 pages.
~~~ Chronicles the Wollaston family's attempt to carve a successful homestead out of the harsh plains around Ismay, Montana, in the period from 1910 to the late 1920s.
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00










Malotki, Eddehart (collected, translated & edited by), HOPI TALES OF DESTRUCTION. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Lincoln: Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press). 230 pages.
~~ Hopi Tales of Destruction preserves seven powerful tales about ancient Hopi villages that now lie in ruins. These narratives shed considerable light on the Hopis' past, giving insight into cultural values and social motivations beyond the ability of archaeology.
~~~ Originally published at $27.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00










[Houston], Long, Jeff, EMPIRE OF BONES: A Novel of Sam Houston & the Texas Revolution. NEW copy. 1st Edition. Hardcover with dust jacket. (William Morrow & Co., 1993). Maps on endpapers. 256 pp.
~~~ Epic hero, valiant general, intellectual fond of quoting Homer, self-styled Messiah, opium drinker, alcoholic, exotic dresser - Sam Houston was all of these. The pivotal event of his life was the Battle of San Jacinto, when fate handed him Santa Anna, the Scourge of the Alamo, along with the patrimony of the nation of Texas. Houston, who survived both scandals and war wounds that would have buried ordinary men, later went on to become Texas president, senator, and governor, but the memory of San Jacinto never left him. In the popular imagination, the Battle of San Jacinto was a glorious victory in which heroic Americans freed Texas from the clutches of the despotic Mexican empire. The truth, however, is quite different - the so-called "miracle" of San Jacinto was a massacre. This rousing novel begins with the surrender and execution of David Crockett and the last survivors of the Alamo - an event that most Texans refuse to believe happened. It features a cast of larger-than-life characters from Texas history such as William Travis, David Crockett, Deaf Smith, Wylie Martin, Juan Seguin, and Pamela Mann. Empire of Bones re-creates the drama of the famous battle at San Jacinto: Houston's rag-tag, mutinous troops bent on vengeance for their comrades' horrific defeat at the Alamo, a surprise encounter with a wing of Santa Anna's army, and the savage slaughter of six hundred Mexicans at a cost of only a handful of Americans. Among the dead was a beautiful Mexican woman, and this shocking atrocity - as the Southern code regarded the murder of a woman - became Houston's moral Rubicon. Author Jeff Long, whose Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo was called by James A. Michener "a remarkable contribution to Texas history," has done painstaking research to find the truth behind the Houston myth. Empire of Bones is based on actual depositions for a slander suit from some of the survivors of the Battle of San Jacinto, recorded twenty-five years later on

$25.00

[Houston], John Hoyt Williams, SAM HOUSTON: The Life & Times of the Liberator of Texas, An Authentic American Hero. Touchstone, 1994., NF. PAPERBACK. ~~~ In a compelling account that won raves in The New York Times Book Review, historian John Hoyt Williams delivers a portrait of one of America's most colorful and prominent figures. Sam Houston's life as military hero and politician was filled with heated controversy and spanned a lifetime of dramatic roles, including battle-scarred soldier and officer, Indian agent, district attorney, congressman, governor, United States senator, and twice president of the independent Republic of Texas. Based on unpublished material from the Houston archives, this book reveals an ambitious yet troubled man whose failures as well as his major achievements define him as a legendary American.

$15.00













[James], William A. Settle, Jr, JESSE JAMES WAS HIS NAME. NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. (St Louis: Univeristy of Missouri Press, 1966). Illustrations, bibliography, index, 276 pp.
~~~ "The latest in a long succession of books about America's most famous and beloved outlaw. It is also the best. . . . This is must reading for all those seriously interested in the history and the legends of the West." --Journal of the West

$29.95





Josephy, Alvin M. Jr., Editor in Charge, THE AMERICAN HERITAGE HISTORY OF THE GREAT WEST. American Heritage Publishing Company, 1965., F in NF pictorial slipcase. Maroon cloth with gilt lettering. The only flaw to the slipcase is a slight bump on lower left front corner. No edgewear. Tight & clean. 9"x 11.5". Lavishly illustrated history of American westward expansion, beginning wi th the trans-Allegheney migrations in the 18th century and ending with the "closing" of the West on the eve of the 20th. 416 pp. A near-perfect copy.

$40.00




La Flesche, Francis, THE MIDDLE FIVE: INDIAN SCHOOLBOYS OF THE OMAHA TRIBE. University of Nebraska, Bison Books, 1978. Originally published in 1900., VG, PB. Some light scuffing to cover, otherwise a clean, bright copy. Corners crisp. Map, 152 pp. A classic of Native American literature, written by an Omaha Indian about his life as a student in a Presbyterian mission school in northeastern Nebras ka about the time of the Civil War.

$15.00








click to enlarge Palmer, Jessica Dawn, THE DAKOTA PEOPLES: A History of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota through 1863. . NEW copy, 7x10 hardcover. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008). 99 photographs, maps, tables, notes, bibliography, index, 277 pp.
~~~ The Dakota people, alternatively referred to as Sioux Native Americans or Oceti Sakowin (The People of the Seven Council Fires), have a storied history that extends to a time well before the arrival of European settlers. This work offers a comprehensive history of the Dakota people and is largely based on eyewitness accounts from the Dakota themselves, including legends, traditions, and winter counts. Included are detailed analyses of the various divisions (tribes and bands) of the Dakota people, including the Lakota and Nakota tribes. Topics explored include the Dakotas’ early government, the role of women within the Dakota tribes, the rituals and rites of the Dakota people, and the influence of the white man in destroying Dakotan culture.

$75.00










McMurtry, Larry, COMANCHE MOON: The Final Volume of the Lonesome Dove Saga. Simon & Schuster., 1997. NEW copy. Stated first edition, but dust jacket has no price. Small red remainder dot on bottom of book. 752 pages.

$30.00




McMurtry, Larry, THE WANDERING HILL: Volume Two of the Berrybender Narratives. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Simon & Schuster). 302 pages.
~~~ In The Wandering Hill, Larry McMurtry continues the story of Tasmin Berrybender and her family in the still unexplored Wild West of the 1830s, at the point in time when the Mountain Men and trappers like Jim Bridger and Kit Carson, though still alive, are already legendary figures, when the journey of Lewis and Clark is still a living memory, while the painter George Catlin is at work capturing the Mandan tribes just before they are eliminated by the incursion of the white man and smallpox, and when the clash between the powerful Indian tribes of the Missouri and the encroaching white Americans is about to turn into full-blown tragedy. Amidst all this, the Berrybender family - English, eccentric, wealthy, and fiercely out of place - continues its journey of exploration, although beset by difficulties, tragedies, the desertion of trusted servants, and the increasing hardships of day-to-day survival in a land where nothing can be taken for granted.

$25.00











click to enlarge Anderson, Ann, SNAKE OIL, HUSTLERS AND HAMBONES: The American Medicine Show . . NEW copy, 7x10 PAPERBACK (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005). Photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 200 pp.
~~~ Long before television and radio commercials beckoned to potential buyers, the medicine show provided free entertainment and promised cures for everything from corns to cancer. Combining elements of the circus, theater, vaudeville, and good old-fashioned entrepreneurship, the showmen of the American medicine show sold tonics, ointments, pills, extracts and a host of other “wonder-cures,” guaranteed to “cure what ails you.” While the cures were seldom miraculous, the medicine show was an important part of American culture and of performance history. Harry Houdini, Buster Keaton, and P.T. Barnum all took a turn upon the medicine show stage.
~~~ This study of the medicine show phenomenon surveys nineteenth century popular entertainment and provides insight into the ways in which show business, advertising, and medicine manufacture developed in concert. The colorful world of the medicine show, with its Wild West shows, pie-eating contests, clowns, and menageries, is fully explored. Photographs of performers and of the fascinating handbills and posters used to promote the medicine show are included.

$35.00










Ball, Bob. WESTERN MEMORABILIA AND COLLECTIBLES. NEW copy, paperback. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007). 503 photographs, 192 pages.
~~~ This fascinating, detailed book provides a sweeping survey of the hats produced by the company whose name is synonymous with cowboys and the Wild West. Surprisingly, though, the John B. Stetson Company was based in Philadelphia and produced all manner of headwear. Over 500 illustrations display never-before-worn Stetson hats (men's and women's alike), hat boxes, miniature boxes, and a surprisingly large number of collectible items associated with this most famous hat company. Original research charts the development of of the company, and individuals closely related with the firm provide their memories. Hat styles from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth get a review, and for those lucky enough to own one of these valuable collectibles, there are tips on how to wear and care for vintage and modern Stetsons. Values for the hats illustrated, an extensive bibliography, and an index are included.


$19.95



Friedman, Michael. COWBOY CULTURE: The Last Frontier of American Antiques. NEW copy, hardcover. 9x12. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1999). 1000 color photographs, 304 pages.
~~~ The American cowboy's unique life-style inspired tools, clothing, amusements, advertising, and more which are avidly sought by collectors today. They are presented here with over 1000 color photographs identified in text and captions. Each section of this beautiful new second edition is more complete and has better examples than earlier books devoted to each subject. In Cowboy Culture, these items are inspected in their many variations. Here are exquisite spurs, saddles, gambling tools, photography, guns, holsters, bits, chaps, gloves, boots, hats, badges, and knives. Objects related to Wild West shows-which popularized the myths and accomplishments of cowboys to town dwellers who fantasized life on the open range-are also included. That same fantasy endures to this day as people all over the world who today dream of being a "cowboy."


$79.95



Overton, Joice. COWBOY AMERICANA. NEW copy, hardcover. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007). 524 color & 17 b&w photographs, 160 pages.
~~~ This book opens a door to a way of life in America that is rapidly disappearing, that of the American cowboy. It portrays items used by cowboy ancestors and presents a glimpse of what life was like in the heyday of riding the range and trailing big cattle drives. Containing over 500 photos of cowboy bits, spurs, saddles, boots, and weapons, it also displays beautiful Native American beadwork and design. These old cowboy items continue to be more valuable each year as collectors of antique cowboy equipment grow in numbers. The equipment displayed here brings the cowboy's way of life to each of us who treasure the ways of the American Wild West.


$39.95



Overton, Joice. COWBOY BITS AND SPURS. NEW copy, hardcover. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007). 432 color photographs, 160 pages.
~~~ Here is a comprehensive collector's guide to bits and spurs, which combines "Working Cowboy" knowledge with "Cowboy Collectibles," providing the reader with the actual usage, background, and value information. Dozens of styles of bits and spurs, dating back to the mid-1800s, are illustrated and described in over 400 color photographs, detailed text, and diagrams. There are also chapters devoted to additional cowboy accessories, such as leather bridles, and the repair, care, and maintenance of the spurs and bits. This book is an excellent reference guide for both the beginning and serious collector, and provides valuable information for antique dealers, traders, and the modern day cowboy.


$39.95



Overton, Joice. COWBOY EQUIPMENT. NEW copy, hardcover. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2003). 547 color photographs, 160 pages.
~~~ From saddles to silverware, this latest book by Joice Overton portrays the many various and diversified items that were so essential to the cowboy way of life. An invaluable source for historic reference as well as a present day guide for collectors, antique dealers, traders, and modern-day cowboys, this book's colorful photographs and information bring the Old West back to life, and will be of interest to all lovers of the Western Lore. Containing over 500 photographs along with helpful text and captions which describe the items and their usage, Cowboy Equipment also comes complete with recommendations as to proper care of items and a full value guide.


$39.95



Snyder, Jeffrey B. STETSON HATS & THE JOHN B. STETSON COMPANY: 1865-1970. NEW copy, hardcover. 11x8.5. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007). 503 photographs, 192 pages.
~~~ This fascinating, detailed book provides a sweeping survey of the hats produced by the company whose name is synonymous with cowboys and the Wild West. Surprisingly, though, the John B. Stetson Company was based in Philadelphia and produced all manner of headwear. Over 500 illustrations display never-before-worn Stetson hats (men's and women's alike), hat boxes, miniature boxes, and a surprisingly large number of collectible items associated with this most famous hat company. Original research charts the development of of the company, and individuals closely related with the firm provide their memories. Hat styles from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth get a review, and for those lucky enough to own one of these valuable collectibles, there are tips on how to wear and care for vintage and modern Stetsons. Values for the hats illustrated, an extensive bibliography, and an index are included.


$39.95



Witherell, Brad and Brian Witherell. CALIFORNIA'S BEST: Old West Art & Antiques. NEW copy, hardcover. 9x12. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1999). 714 color photographs, 256 pages.
~~~ This is the most comprehensive study of Old West art and antiques from the Golden State to date. Best quality furniture, gold and silver objects, gold quartz jewelry, gambling tools, firearms, Bowie knives, and beer advertising items of California significance from 1850 to 1920 are shown in over 700 color photos with extensive descriptions and history. An extensive directory of California makers and manufacturers is especially useful for reference. California's Old West legacy is captured in the dramatic imagery and carefully researched explanations.


$89.95








Bauer, K. Jack, SURFBOATS AND HORSE MARINES: U.S. Naval Operations in the Mexican War, 1846-48.



$65.00



Hackenburg, Randy W., PENNSYLVANIA IN THE WAR WITH MEXICO: THE VOLUNTEER REGIMENTS. NF/VG. Minor chipping to head of jacket spine. Slight rubbing to front jacket panel, plus an inch-long ink line along left edge of front panel, just outside the picture on cover (doesn't show in picture on webpage. None of jacket flaws are conspicuous). Jacket in mylar. Book itself, bound in light green faux leather (pebbled), is clean & tight. (Shippensburg: White Mane Publishing, 1992). First Edition. Maps, photographs, numerous appendices, bibliography, index, 397 pages. Contains extensive rosters of 1st & 2nd Pennsylvania Regiments by Company, with brief service records for each man.
~~~ The Mexican War of 1846-48 was a major event in American history, resulting in the acquisition of what is now all or part of seven states of the United States. More land, wealth, and diverse cultures all became part of the growing nation. Yet only with the publication of Randy Hackenburg's encyclopedic study of Pennsylvania in the War with Mexico, have we been able to understand what that war meant to the soldiers and people of a state heavily involved in it. Hackenburg describes not only the classic battles such as Vera Cruz and Chapultepec where the soldiers fought, but also their training, camp life, reaction to the different culture in which they were suddenly placed, and their treatment by the Army and civilians, both Mexican and American. This book recounts the history of Pennsylvania's two volunteer infantry regiments from the first call for troops until their muster out of service. An impressive array of published and unpublished--official and unofficial--sources helps make this history both interesting and accurate. It lays to rest numerous incorrect accounts which have been accepted as truthful for several generations. A collection of official documents printed in their entirety provides additional insight. Pennsylvania in the War with Mexico is of great research value for genealogists with its complete annotated rosters of both regiments. Its approximately 80 photographs and maps showing uniforms and equipment as well as the everyday lives of the men and women involved make this book a reference work for students of military uniforms, and of importance to all interested in nineteenth century American military history.
~~~ Originally published at $44.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

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click to enlarge [Hill], Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr & Timothy D. Johnson (eds), A FIGHTER FROM WAY BACK: The Mexican War Diary of Lt. Daniel Harvey Hill, 4th ARtillery, USA. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Kent State University Press, 2002). 231 pages.
~~~ Born in July 1821, Danield Harvey Hill grew up in "genteel poverty" on a large plantation in York District, South Carolina. He entered West Point and graduated in the middle of the renowned Class of 1842. Following garrison duty as a junior lieutenant with the First and Third Artilleries, Hill joined the Fourth Artillery at Fortress Monroe in January 1846. Six months later he was en route to Mexico.
~~~ Published here for the first time, Hill's diary vividly recounts the Mexican War experiences of this proud young officer. He was observant and opinionated, recording details about soldiers, officers, logistics, units, the health of the army, and the progress of the campaign.

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click to enlarge Johnson, Timothy D. A GALLANT LITTLE ARMY: The Mexico City Campaign. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (University Press of Kansas, 2007). Maps, photographs, 365 pages. Modern War Studies series.
~~~ In 1847 General Winfield Scott boldly led a small but undaunted army from the Mexican coast all the way to the Halls of Montezuma, routing Mexican forces at every turn while pacifying the countryside. Scott's military campaign--America's first ever in a foreign country--helped pave the way for victory in the wider war against Mexico and also posed new challenges for discipline, logistics, and the treatment of civilians. Yet it has remained largely neglected by historians.
~~~ In this first book-length study of Scott's brilliant six-month campaign, Timothy Johnson shows how Scott overcame such obstacles as inadequate supplies, intense officer rivalries, and lack of support from President Polk--not to mention a country full of potentially hostile Mexicans--to keep his army intact deep in enemy territory and win the war. He interweaves a compelling narrative of the campaign-including detailed battle replays, terrain descriptions, and eyewitness accounts--with a comprehensive analysis of strategy, operations, and tactics. Along the way, he also provides considerable insight into Scott's efforts to fight a "limited war" by combining military force with diplomatic negotiation and by implementing a pacification plan that now seems far ahead of its time.
~~~ Scott developed a sophisticated strategy of moderation to end the war by employing a sword-and-olive-branch approach. Although his army repeatedly won battles against superior numbers as it drove ever deeper into Mexico's interior, Scott paused after each contest to give the enemy an opportunity to sue for peace. And by respecting civilian property and purchasing supplies from the populace, his troops limited local support for guerrillas that threatened communication lines. Meanwhile on the battlefield, Scott successfully executed surprise flank attacks at Cerro Gordo and Padierna, tactical masterpieces that inspired a generation of Civil War generals--like Grant, Lee, McClellan, and countless others.
~~~ Providing the definitive work on the Mexico City campaign, A Gallant Little Army highlights the visionary command of a legendary general, the flinty toughness of the troops he led, and the emergence of the United States as a potential global military power.

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Kendall, George Wilkins (edited by Lawrence Delbert Cress), DISPATCHES FROM THE MEXICAN WAR. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999). First Edition. Maps, illustrations, page-end notes, index, 448 pages.
~~~ Pioneering war correspondent George Wilkins Kendall (1809-67) wrote vividly from Mexico about America's first foreign war, which, after the victories of Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott, enlarged our borders to include California, Texas, and New Mexico in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Noted military historian Lawrence Delbert Cress has collected and annotated Kendall's more than two hundred dispatches for the first time in this single volume. These newspaper dispatches are indispensable for an understanding of the Mexican War, which trained the generals who later served, on both sides, in the Civil War.
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

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[Kirkham], Robert Ryal Miller (ed), THE MEXICAN WAR JOURNAL & LETTERS OF RALPH W. KIRKHAM. NEW copy, still in shrinkwrap. Paperback. Texas A&M University Press, 1993. 168 pages. From Library Journal: " Miller has accomplished every historian's dream of finding an untapped historical source. In this case it is the field diary and personal letters of a young lieutenant who accompanied Winfield Scott during the Mexican War. Oddly enough, this is the only first-hand account of the U.S. conquest of central Mexico. Besides his mili tary observations, Lieutenant Kirkham also left lively and frequently charming accounts of Mexican life and his adventures there. His personal contacts with local citizens and their relationships with the Yankee invaders are especially engaging."

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Momaday, N. Scott, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SUN: STORIES AND POEMS. St Martin's Press, NY, Oct 1993., VG, PB, First Paperback Edition. 9.25"x 6.25". Illustrated by author. Winner of Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 145 pp.

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click to enlarge Cleland, Robert Glass, THIS RECKLESS BREED OF MEN: The Trappers & Fur Traders of the Southwest. New, trade paperback. (University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1992). Originally printed by Alfred A. Knopf in 1950. Illustrations, page-end notes, bibliography, index, 381 pp.
J~~~ Packed with fresh information, quotations from little-known authorities, lively debates about controversial matters & interpretations & bits of insight which inspire the reader's respect." (Stanley Vestal). Includes accounts of Jedediah S. Smith, Joseph Reddeford Walker, James Ohio Pattie, Jim Bridger, William H. Ashley, Kit Carson, Captain Benjamin Bonneville, Peter Skene Ogden, William A. Sublette, Zenas Leonard , & Ewing Young.

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Foreman, Grant, PIONEER DAYS IN THE EARLY SOUTHWEST. New, trade PAPERBACK. (University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1994). Originally published by A.H. Clark in 1926. With a new introduction by Donald E. Worcester. Frontispiece, map, page-end notes, bibliography, index, 345 pp.
~~~ This pioneering work is about the traders, trappers, & explorers in the vast area that would become Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Kansas, & Colorado. Foreman describes the early explorations of the French & Spanish in the Louisiana Territory & often focuses on the junction of the Verdigris, Grand, & Arkansas rivers, known as the Three Forks, a trading & military center from which the conquest of a large part of the American Southwest was achieved.

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Moynihan, Ruth B., Susan Armitage and Fischer Dichamp (editors), SO MUCH TO BE DONE: WOMEN SETTLERS ON THE MINING AND RANCHING FRONTIER. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (University of Nebraska Press, 1990). 2nd printing. Photographs, bibliography.
~~~ "...brings to life the diversity of women's lives on the mining and ranching frontiers of the American West. It shows the degree to which women involved themselves in every detail of the work a t hand~ men's work or women's work~ it hardly mattered which." 326 pp.
~~~ Currently in print at $40.

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Miller, Rod, JOHN MUIR: Magnificent Tramp (American Heroes Series). NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Tor Books, 2005). 207 pages.
~~~ In 1849, 11-year-old John Muir immigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the nation's wilderness. Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored, mostly afoot, the southern States, Alaska, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. His studies of nature took him around the world and generated volumes of poetic, evocative writings.
~~~

As America expanded relentlessly westward, Muir witnessed the plunder and exploitation of the land and became a driving force in efforts to protect the natural world. A modest and private man, married and father of two doting daughters, his conservationist views forced him into battle with powerful political and industrial interests. Some battles he won, influencing four US Presidents to sponsor legislation that protected forests and established or expanded America's national parks.
~~~ Muir lost his last, and perhaps most personal battle. He fought until near the end of his life to prevent the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park from becoming a reservoir for the city of San Francisco. Some of his conservationsist friends believed the conflict so sapped his physical, emotional, and spiritual strength that it contributed to his death.
~~~ Remembered as the founder of the Sierra Club, father of America's conservation movement, and architect of a still growing wilderness ethic, Muir set an example many still follow, fighting today's threats to the environment.

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Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir on Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, California, 1903.






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