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  • THE LUCK OF LOST CANYON. by Blasingame, C. M. [Clara]
    Blasingame, C. M. [Clara]
    THE LUCK OF LOST CANYON.

    Edition: First edition.

    Denver: Bell Publications, (1954.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel based on the author's own experiences raising and racing Quarter Horses in South Dakota and northern California at the Dixie Valley Ranch in the foothills of Mount Lassen.INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by the author. Edited by Marya Tze Caraman. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. vii, 179 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (Offsetting to the endpapers, light edgewear to the dust jacket.)

    Book ID: 54377
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  • GIRL OF THE DESERT, The Life and Writings of One of the Most Extraordinary Women in America Today. by Cranford, Florence.
    Cranford, Florence.
    GIRL OF THE DESERT, The Life and Writings of One of the Most Extraordinary Women in America Today.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Greenwich Book Publishers, (1961) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An account of her years in the West - born in South Dakota, she moved to Nevada where she spent 5 years hunting and trapping and ranching. She became a prominent livestock rancher, but went bankrupt during the Depression of 1935, so she moved to California and then to Alaska where she spent 10 years on the frontier. INSCRIBED on the half title page by the author. Illustrated with photographs. 134 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dustjacket (a few spots of foxing to the endpapers, some rubbing to the dj, sunning to the spine.)

    Book ID: 66223
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  • PROSPECTOR, COWHAND AND SODBUSTER: Historic Places Associated with Mining, Ranching, and Farming Frontiers in the Trans-Mississippi West, Volume XI, The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings. by Ferris, Robert G., series editor.
    Ferris, Robert G., series editor.
    PROSPECTOR, COWHAND AND SODBUSTER: Historic Places Associated with Mining, Ranching, and Farming Frontiers in the Trans-Mississippi West, Volume XI, The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings.

    Edition: First edition.

    Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior / National Park Service, 1967. dj. Hardcover first edition - From the foreword: "Between 1803 and 1853, the new seaboard republic of the United States acquired a vast empire of plains, mountains, and deserts west of the Mississippi River. Its borders fixed on the Pacific, it gloried in its new stature as a continental Nation. But most of the new domain lay unconquered and unknown except to scattered Indian tribes and a few explorers and mountain men. In the next half-century, soldiers, traders, road and railway builders, and other adventurers helped fill in the map of the American West. Overshadowing them all in actually subduing the land, however, were the prospector,…

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    Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior / National Park Service, 1967. dj. Hardcover first edition - From the foreword: "Between 1803 and 1853, the new seaboard republic of the United States acquired a vast empire of plains, mountains, and deserts west of the Mississippi River. Its borders fixed on the Pacific, it gloried in its new stature as a continental Nation. But most of the new domain lay unconquered and unknown except to scattered Indian tribes and a few explorers and mountain men. In the next half-century, soldiers, traders, road and railway builders, and other adventurers helped fill in the map of the American West. Overshadowing them all in actually subduing the land, however, were the prospector, cowhand, and sodbuster. Though these three types of pioneers fostered exaggerated stereotypes that still live in American folklore, each shared decisively in shaping the history of the West. And each left tangible evidences of his passage across the land that recall for today's generation the contributions of frontier mining, stockraising, and farming to the making of America. This volume surveys the legacy of historic sites and buildings bequeathed by these actors in the drama of conquering the West." Color frontispiece of a painting by Charles Russell, illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and maps. Notes, suggested reading, index. xii, 320 pp. Map Endpapers.

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    Condition: Near fine in brown cloth with gilt lettering, no dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 45980
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  • THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF WILLIAM KITTREDGE. by Kittredge, William.
    Kittredge, William.
    THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF WILLIAM KITTREDGE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, (2003). SIGNED first edition - A collection of 13 stories by this Western writer. Barry Lopez calls "stories of laconic isolated men and prodding women. .. genuine, unflinching and tender." SIGNED on the title page. 220 pp. ISBN: 1555973841.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 68376
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  • Kittredge, William.
    HOLE IN THE SKY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A thoughtful, sometimes passionate, and well-written memoir, about growing up on the Kittredge land - a ranch in southeastern Oregon as large as the state of Rhode Island - and about the loss of a way of life, and the idea of a new beginning in the West. Cover praise from Annie Dillard, Ivan Doig, James Welch and more. SIGNED on the title page. Map endpapers. 238 pp. ISBN: 0-679-411666.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 39256
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  • Kittredge, William.
    HOLE IN THE SKY.

    Edition: Third printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. dj. SIGNED hardcover - A thoughtful, sometimes passionate, and well-written memoir, about growing up on the Kittredge land - a ranch in southeastern Oregon as large as the state of Rhode Island - and about the loss of a way of life, and the idea of a new beginning in the West. Cover praise from Annie Dillard, Ivan Doig, James Welch and more. SIGNED on the title page. Map endpapers. 238 pp. ISBN: 0-679-411666.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 39257
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  • Kittredge, William.
    HOLE IN THE SKY.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1993.). SIGNED - A thoughtful, sometimes passionate, and well-written memoir, about growing up on the Kittredge land - a ranch in southeastern Oregon as large as the state of Rhode Island - and about the loss of a way of life, and the idea of a new beginning in the West. Praise from Annie Dillard, Ivan Doig, James Welch and more. SIGNED on the title page. 238 pp. ISBN: 0-679-411666.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (light creasing to covers)

    Book ID: 39258
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  • EL VAQUERO. by Morris, Ernest.
    Morris, Ernest.
    EL VAQUERO.

    Edition: First trade edition.

    [Templeton, CA:] By the author, 1989. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A study of the life of the California vaqueros and buckaroos in the early 20th century by this artist and third-generation rancher. Includes sections on their lives, the tools used, horses, roping techniques and more, illustrated throughout with Morris's artwork - both full color, full page paintings and numerous black white drawings, as well as some color photographs and many black and white vintage photographs. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper and dated 8/93. Glossary. Folio. 156 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in brown cloth with gilt lettering and decoration in a very good dustjacket (edgewear to the back cover of the dj.)

    Book ID: 57998
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  • EL VAQUERO. by Morris, Ernest.
    Morris, Ernest.
    EL VAQUERO.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    [Templeton, CA:] By the author, 1999. dj. Hardcover - A study of the life of the California vaqueros and buckaroos in the early 20th century by this artist and third-generation rancher. Includes sections on their lives, the tools used, horses, roping techniques and more, illustrated throughout with Morris's artwork - both full color, full page paintings and numerous black white drawings, as well as some color photographs and many black and white vintage photographs. Glossary. Folio. 156 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in burnt sienna cloth with gilt lettering and decoration in a near fine dustjacket (a bit of sunning to the spine of the dj and upper edge of back cover.)

    Book ID: 85902
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  • North, Grace May (1876-1960)
    MEG OF MYSTERY MOUNTAIN.

    Edition: Early printing.

    Akron, Ohio: Saalfield Publishing Co., (1924). Hardcover - A novel for older girls by this prolific author. After their father has lost his money by doing the honorable thing - that is trying to protect those who trusted him enough to invest in his business - his four children head West to spend the summer at a small cabin in the Rockies. The oldest brother needs to recover his health, while the older sister resents the loss of her frivolous and fashionable life style. However, their growing friendship with Meg, and the adventures they encounter lead them all to healthier and happier lives. Plain frontispiece. 310 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in olive green cloth with black lettering (usual toning to the pages, rear hinge completely cracked) no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86586
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  • Nye, Stephen G.
    ADDRESSES AND LETTERS OF TRAVEL with a Biographical Sketch.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: By the author's wife, 1908. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Nye, who was born in New York and came to California in 1861, was a teacher and lawyer, district attorney in Alameda County, and judge there. He also purchased two large ranches in the Central Valley - one in the foothills east of Visalia, and the other near Fresno. This book includes a long biographical essay by Calfornia state controller, Alfred Bourne Nye, a very distant relative and speeches and letters compiled and published by his wife, Emma M. Nye. The speeches were mostly on patriotic subjects, but also on education, legal aspects of prohibition, emotional insanity and legal responsibility, and also one on ranching in the…

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    San Francisco: By the author's wife, 1908. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Nye, who was born in New York and came to California in 1861, was a teacher and lawyer, district attorney in Alameda County, and judge there. He also purchased two large ranches in the Central Valley - one in the foothills east of Visalia, and the other near Fresno. This book includes a long biographical essay by Calfornia state controller, Alfred Bourne Nye, a very distant relative and speeches and letters compiled and published by his wife, Emma M. Nye. The speeches were mostly on patriotic subjects, but also on education, legal aspects of prohibition, emotional insanity and legal responsibility, and also one on ranching in the Antelope Valley area of Tulare County, and the letters, written to his family, were description of his extensive travels - to Egypt and the Holy Lands, to Venice, Germany, Paris and other places in Europe. Among these letters are interesting ones on the Oriental rug trade, on the old orange groves in Central Florida and on the Boer War. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 15 inserted glossy plates. A presentation copy, INSCRIBED on the front endpaper from 'Judge Henry A. Melvin, compliments of Mrs Stephen G. Nye, Fowler, California, March 1908. Melvin served with Nye as on the bench in Alameda County, and in 1908 he was appointed to the California State Supreme Court. 353 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in dark blue gloth with gilt lettering on spine and front cover, top edge gilt. Approx 2 cm gouge to cloth at side of spine, otherwise tight and clean, a few pages still unopened.

    Book ID: 29650
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  • FULL MEASURE. by Parker, T. Jefferson.
    Parker, T. Jefferson.
    FULL MEASURE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (2014) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel which explores the bonds between brothers; a young man returns to Southern California from serving in Afghanistan only to discover that a wildfire has destroyed his family's avocado ranch and that his brother has been drawn into a circle of violent misfits. A literary novel by this Edgar award winning author. SIGNED on the title page. 278 pp. ISBN: 9781250052001.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 61833
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  • THE RANGE AND GRANGE HUSTLERS AT CHICAGO; or, THE CONSPIRACY OF THE WHEAT PIT. #4 in series. by Patchin, Frank Gee .
    Patchin, Frank Gee .
    THE RANGE AND GRANGE HUSTLERS AT CHICAGO; or, THE CONSPIRACY OF THE WHEAT PIT. #4 in series.

    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, (1913). Hardcover first edition - The fourth and final book of this series which depicts "the excitements, the glories of life on the great ranches in the West." Illustrated with a frontispiece and three internal plates on plain paper. Format 1. 242 pp plus 8 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Fair condition overall - both hinges starting, fading to the spine, but front cover is bright and book is overall clean. Previous owner's name on front endpaper dated Christmas 1913. The most difficult to find title in this series.

    Book ID: 71917
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  • TRAILS OF A WILDERNESS WANDERER. by Russell, Andy.
    Russell, Andy.
    TRAILS OF A WILDERNESS WANDERER.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983 (c 1970) dj. Hardcover - Autobiography of a man born in southwest Alberta in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, and who still runs a working ranch there - a look back at his life as a cowboy, broncbuster, trapper, guide, outfitter, rancher and wildlife photographer. Illustrated with photographs and drawings at the head of each chapter. xv, 298 pp. ISBN: 0-39444938X.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (stamp of previous owner, partially hidden by dj flap, edgewear to dj especially at the ends of the spine)

    Book ID: 67889
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  • DON'T SKIP OUT ON ME. by Vlautin, Willy.
    Vlautin, Willy.
    DON'T SKIP OUT ON ME.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Perennial, (2018). SIGNED first edition - A contemporary Western novel about finding your way, finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award, and an ALA Notable Book. Horace Hopper is a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand who has spent most of his life on the ranch of his kindly guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Reese, herding sheep alone in the mountains of Nevada. The Reeses treat him like a son, but he can't shake the shame he feels from being abandoned by his parents, and so he decides to leave and prove his worth by training to become a boxer. Vlautin's books have been praised by such diverse writers as Craig Johnson, Ursula Le Guin, Ann Patchett and many others. SIGNED…

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    New York: Harper Perennial, (2018). SIGNED first edition - A contemporary Western novel about finding your way, finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award, and an ALA Notable Book. Horace Hopper is a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand who has spent most of his life on the ranch of his kindly guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Reese, herding sheep alone in the mountains of Nevada. The Reeses treat him like a son, but he can't shake the shame he feels from being abandoned by his parents, and so he decides to leave and prove his worth by training to become a boxer. Vlautin's books have been praised by such diverse writers as Craig Johnson, Ursula Le Guin, Ann Patchett and many others. SIGNED on the half title page. 269 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 83477
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  • DON'T SKIP OUT ON ME. by Vlautin, Willy.
    Vlautin, Willy.
    DON'T SKIP OUT ON ME.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Perennial, (2018). First edition - A contemporary Western novel about finding your way, finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award, and an ALA Notable Book. Horace Hopper is a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand who has spent most of his life on the ranch of his kindly guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Reese, herding sheep alone in the mountains of Nevada. The Reeses treat him like a son, but he can't shake the shame he feels from being abandoned by his parents, and so he decides to leave and prove his worth by training to become a boxer. Vlautin's books have been praised by such diverse writers as Craig Johnson, Ursula Le Guin, Ann Patchett and many others. 269 pp

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 83478
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