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Call of the Blood, Baxter, George Owen (pseud. for Frederick Faust, aka Max Brand)
1 Baxter, George Owen (pseud. for Frederick Faust, aka Max Brand) Call of the Blood
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1934) NO First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [considerable external wear, but still a solid reading copy; ex-lending library, with large stamp for Hayman's I.D.A. Pharmacy (city unstated) on ffep and half-title/blurb page]. A romance of the West, involving Native American characters: "What made Red Hawk flinch from the bloody rites of the Cheyenne tribal traditions, when he reached the age of eighteen? He was known to be strong and courageous yet he could not go through with it. Dismissed from his tribe, in disgrace, he took refuge among the whites and fell in love with Maisry Lester." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Killers, Baxter, George Owen (pseud. for Frederick Faust, aka Max Brand)
2 Baxter, George Owen (pseud. for Frederick Faust, aka Max Brand) The Killers
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1931, 1928) First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, some browning/spotting to page edges, light bumps and slight fraying to cloth at bottom corners, one-time owner's signature in pencil on ffep, tiny tear at fore-edge of title page]. Crime novel that segues to a Western setting about halfway through (hence the Western-motif front-cover decoration of a man on horseback waving a large hat), by this prolific pulp novelist, one of eleven books he wrote under the Baxter pseudonym between 1923 and 1935. This tells the exploits of "Geraldi, dashing knight errant, [who] is a modern Robin Hood who preys only upon those who have preyed upon others." Originally serialized in Western Story Magazine in 1928; later published (as by Max Brand) as "Three on the Trail," and subsequently in paperback as "Gunman's Goal." [The original serial title was probably "Tragedy Trail," although I've not verified this directly; another seller claims it was "Three on the Trail," but that title does not appear among the list of serials credited to Baxter during 1928.] (**) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Blood on the Land, Bonham, Frank
3 Bonham, Frank Blood on the Land
New York Ballantine Books (c.1952) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [book is almost flawless, with just the slightest bump to the bottom front corner, pages very lightly age-toned (much less than often seen in these cheaply-produced volumes), one-time owner's signature at top of ffep; jacket is lightly edgeworn, tiny chip at base of spine, small unobtrusive closed tear at top rear foldover]. "Ross Chance had travelled a long way to get to this spot -- across a thousand miles of bleak range and five years of galling pride and bitter loneliness. In those years his land had been taken and his father killed. He had no evidence -- nothing that would stand up in a court of law. But the gun in his hand was judge and jury. This land was his, and he would hold it -- law or no law." A Ballantine hardcover original, coded "H7" on the front jacket flap. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Arrowrock: Songs and Stories of a Prodigal, Bowman, Earl Wayland
4 Bowman, Earl Wayland Arrowrock: Songs and Stories of a Prodigal
Caldwell ID The Caxton Printers, Ltd. (c.1931) NO First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by (the author) 
(no dust jacket) [moderate wear and slight fraying to cloth at spine ends, a bit of bumping and minor fraying to bottom corners, old bookseller's rubber stamp (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books) on front pastedown, spine lettering rubbed (or faded) to unreadability]. (frontispiece drawing) Seven short stories with Western settings, reprinted from various popular fiction periodicals of the day (including Argosy All-Story, Munsey's and Weird Tales), sandwiched between sections featuring similarly-themed verse ("songs," I guess), musings, aphorisms, etc. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Furies, Busch, Niven
5 Busch, Niven The Furies
New York The Dial Press 1948 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[very light bumping to bottom corners, spine very slightly turned, one-time owner's signature at top of front pastedown; jacket well-worn at edges and corners, some paper loss at both ends of spine, crease down middle of spine, soiling to rear panel]. Another "novel of violence and primitive passions," although it's hard to imagine the author having had much of that left over after his earlier novel, "Duel in the Sun." "Sun," of course, was made into one of the most famously overheated movies of the Forties (or any decade, really), whereas the film of "The Furies," directed by Anthony Mann in 1950, is a considerably darker affair (and somewhat kinkier, as a daughter-vs.-father revenge melodrama). 
Price: 100.00 USD
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A Stone Upon His Shoulder, Butler, Helen
6 Butler, Helen A Stone Upon His Shoulder
Philadelphia The Westminster Press (c.1953) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Nathan Berman 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown, bottom front corner lightly bumped; jacket mildly edgeworn, a few small tears, some sunning along spine]. Novel set in the Wyoming Territory in 1886, and revolving around a full-blooded Araphoe Indian who had been adopted and raised by a U.S. Army officer and his wife after his father had been killed in a fight with another tribe, and his mother had left to get help but had never returned. Now a grown man (and an ordained minister!), he is reunited with his mother, and takes up residence on the Araphoe reservation. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Jellybean [aka: Jelly Bean], Carson, Robert
7 Carson, Robert Jellybean [aka: Jelly Bean]
Boston Little, Brown & Co. (c.1974) 0-316-13026-5 / 9780316130264 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Milton Glaser 
[nice clean copy, mild shelfwear, spine a little turned; jacket in great shape, minor surface-scratching to front panel, light staining on spine from removal of label (this jacket having been "salvaged" from an ex-library copy of the book and transferred to this copy]. "Sheer entertainment, an old-fashioned, rip-roaring adventure story set in the American West following the Civil War." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Down from the Mountain, Charbonneau, Louis
8 Charbonneau, Louis Down from the Mountain
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1969 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj illus) Emanuel Schongut 
[nice copy, clean and tight with minimal shelfwear, spine very slightly turned; jacket mildly rubbed, shows a bit of wear at spine extremities]. "A novel of high adventure in the pioneer West." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Adventures of Hawke Travis: Episodes in the Life of a Gunman, Colter, Eli (pseud. for May Eliza Frost)
9 Colter, Eli (pseud. for May Eliza Frost) The Adventures of Hawke Travis: Episodes in the Life of a Gunman
New York The Macmillan Company 1931 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Norman G. Rudolph 
[very minor shelfwear, a remarkably clean and solid copy, small vintage price sticker (from The White House, San Francisco department store) on rear pastedown; jacket has a large chunk missing at upper corner of rear panel (no loss of any text), a couple of tiny closed tears, very slight paper loss at a couple of corners]. "Hawke was a thoroughly bad hombre; he killed, staged hold-ups, rustled horses, and ran crooked gambling joints. But he never double-crossed a friend, a partner, or even a 'sucker' who trusted him, and to abuse a woman or a child was to invite his swift and devastating rage." A prolific pulp writer with hundreds of published stories to her credit, the author worked mostly in the Western genre, but also contributed to "Weird Stories" and wrote a handful of mystery/detective novels in the 1940s and 1950s. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Return of the Long Riders, Farrell, Cliff
10 Farrell, Cliff Return of the Long Riders
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1964 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Tom Ballenger 
[beautiful copy, the tiniest bump/nick to cloth at rear bottom corner of spine; jacket has the teensiest trace of soiling to the front panel, but essentially appears almost brand-new]. (A Double D Western) Series "It was an ironic twist of fate that put the life of Walsh Camden in Del Kittridge's hands. Camden had been a good friend of Del's father until a bitter quarrel turned friendship to hate. Everyone in the community took sides in the feud that followed, and the elder Kittridge had been murdered, his ranch burned, and his son run out of town. Now a Mexican bandit was holding Camden for ransom, and only Del knew the way to the outlaw's camp. Should he deliver the ransom -- and save the man he suspected of killing his father and destroying his birthright?" 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Bitter Sage, Gruber, Frank
11 Gruber, Frank Bitter Sage
New York Rinehart & Company, Inc. (c.1954) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Phil J. Fiorello 
[one-time owner's signature at top of ffep, otherwise a nice clean book with just a touch of wear at base of spine; jacket shows a little edge- and surface-wear]. "Wes Trancred's name was known throughout the West -- and hated. For his was the gun that killed Sam Older who, legend had it, robbed from the rich to give to the poor. It didn't matter that the legend was false, that Tancred had killed in self-defence. He became the villain of story and ballad, and vowed never to touch a gun again." After going incognito for a time, he is "forced into gunplay and, hating himself for breaking his oath, leaves for the frontier town of Sage City, Kansas," where he "hires out as a printer for the local paper and is plunged into the murderous affairs of the town." Basis for the 1956 film TENSION AT TABLE ROCK, directed by Charles Marquis Warren (an early producer of the "Gunsmoke" TV series), and starring Richard Egan, Dorothy Malone and Cameron Mitchell. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Hallelujah Train, Gulick, Bill
12 Gulick, Bill Hallelujah Train
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1963 NO First Edition Hardcover Fair in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Ray Houlihan 
[ex-library, lots of markings on both endpapers, tape marks on covers, etc., shelfworn but still a decent reading copy; jacket has been laminated in some fashion, and although it's edgeworn and has a call number label permanently affixed to the spine, is still reasonably good-looking]. Comic western novel about a U.S. Army Colonel, a distinguished veteran of the Civil War, who is assigned to escort a wagon train of 2700 cases of French champagne and 1600barrels of whiskey to the mining camp of Denver in the Colorado Territory. Source for the 1965 Burt Lancaster film THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, which aspires to be rollicking, but at 165 minutes runs out of rollick long before the final credits roll. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Justice, My Brother!: A Novel of Oklahoma in the Early Nineteen Hundreds, Keene, James
13 Keene, James Justice, My Brother!: A Novel of Oklahoma in the Early Nineteen Hundreds
New York Random House (c.1957) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by DJ design: Daniel Schwartz 
(price-clipped) [good solid book, a couple of small spots at top edge of ffep; jacket worn and mildly chipped along top edge, spine sunned]. A novel of family loyalties, set against the opening of the Cherokee Strip to settlers. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Luke Sutton: Avenger (A Double D Western), Kelley, Leo P.
14 Kelley, Leo P. Luke Sutton: Avenger (A Double D Western)
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1983 0-385-18396-8 / 9780385183963 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Steven Stroud 
[tight and unread, remainder spray on bottom edge, light wear to heel of spine; jacket shows faint wear at edges/corners, one very tiny tear at bottom of rear panel]. "Luke Sutton is back, still on his personal trail of vengeance and still on the run from the law. Nearly three years have passed since outlaws' bullets killed his brother. Now he's picked up the trail of Adam Foss -- the last one left. Luke's quest takes him to Virginia City, where, while waiting for Foss to show up, he finds work in a poorly run mine and tries to help the miners improve their appalling working conditions." The fourth book in the "Luke Sutton" series and, like the others, very tough to find as a non-ex-library copy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Law at Randado [*SIGNED*], Leonard, Elmore
15 Leonard, Elmore The Law at Randado [*SIGNED*]
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1955 (c.1954) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) I. [Irving] Zusman Signed by Author
[solid copy, moderately worn at corners and along bottom edge, somewhat heavier wear at spine extremities, bumping and cracking at both ends of spine (not extending more than 3/8-inch into the spine at any point, and not affecting the general solidity of the actual binding); the spine is a little bit turned, and the covers a little bit bowed, and the bottom edges of a few pages in the middle of the book are slightly ragged due to some irregular trimming; the original jacket (although not original to this copy of the book) is moderately edgeworn, with a dime-sized scraped area on the spine, and has been trimmed somewhat unevenly along the top and bottom edges, making it about 1/4" shorter than the book itself]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. A very decent copy of the rarest of the hardcover issues of this author's first three western novels -- this being his second, and also the true FIRST EDITION of this title. [The Dell paperback (#863) is usually listed by booksellers with a 1954 publication date (and occasionally described as a pb original), but in fact both of the standard paperback reference guides indicate that it was issued in early 1956, and thus was predated by this edition, which bears a 1955 title page date. The confusion probably arises because the two share a 1954 copyright date.] Bibliographic parsing aside, in terms of scarcity this title easily surpasses the original hardcovers of both "The Bounty Hunters" and " Escape from Five Shadows." Signed by Author 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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The Ballad of Dingus Magee; Being the Immortal True Saga... [see notes], Markson, David
16 Markson, David The Ballad of Dingus Magee; Being the Immortal True Saga... [see notes]
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company 1965 0147015480 / 9780147015488 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Pat de Groot 
[light shelfwear to book, a couple of tiny spots on fore-edge, slight fading to spine cloth due to dj paper loss, small bookseller's label (Bay Colony Bookshop, Boston) on ffep; jacket is edgeworn, some paper loss at top of spine, approx. 5/8" square chunk missing at base of spine The book's complete subtitle takes up two pages, and reads "Being the Immortal True Saga of the Most Notorious and Desperate Bad Man of the Olden Days, his Blood-shedding, his Ruination of Poor Helpless Females, & Cetera; also including the Only Reliable Account ever offered to the Public of his Heroic Gun Battle with Sheriff C.L. Hoke Birdsill, Yerkey's Hole, New Mex., 1884, and with Additional Commentary on the Fateful and Mysterious Bordello-Burning of the Same Year; and furthermore interspersed with Trustworthy and Shamelessly Interesting Sketches of 'Big Blouse' Belle Nops, Anna Hot Water, 'Horseface' Agnes, and Others, hardly any Remaining Upright at the End. Composed in the Finest Modern English as taken diligently from the Genuine Archives by David Markson." Frank Sinatra played the short and scrawny title character in the 1970 movie adaptation. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Corcho Bliss, Olsen, Austin
17 Olsen, Austin Corcho Bliss
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1972 0-671-21356-3 / 9780671213565 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[good clean copy, minor wear to cloth at spine ends, small remainder mark on bottom edge; jacket has a little surface wear, mild wrinkling along top edge]. A "bawdy, funny, breathlessly readable novel," with a hero reminiscent of a younger Rooster Cogburn (of Charles Portis's True Grit). Set during the Mexican Revolution. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Buffalo Soldiers, Prebble, John
18 Prebble, John The Buffalo Soldiers
New York Harcourt, Brace & Company (c.1959) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bernard Krigstein 
(price-clipped) [very nice copy, slight bump to upper rear corner, no other discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of wear here and there at edges and corners]. Novel about "a hard-bitten, Irish-born cavalryman assigned to Fort Sill after the Civil War, and placed in charge of some Negro recruits whose unwelcome mission is to escort a band of Comanches on their last buffalo hunt before these Indians are confined to a reservation." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Outlaw in the Saddle, Roan, Tom
19 Roan, Tom Outlaw in the Saddle
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [one-time owner's signature at top of ffep, otherwise tight and clean with the teensiest bit of wear at spine ends; jacket lightly worn at extremities, with a few tiny edge-tears]. (Silver Star Westerns) Series The story of an outlaw, the Apache Kid, and how his escape from a pursuing posse is aided by a strong-willed woman who falls in love with him. An uncommon Roan title. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Walking West, Sickels, Noelle
20 Sickels, Noelle Walking West
New York St. Martin's Press 1995 0-312-13208-5 / 9780312132088 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Vincent McIndoe 
[nice tight book, no discernible wear; jacket a bit rubbed on rear panel]. The author's first novel, about the "westering foremothers," emphasizes the role of women as it follows a small band of Indiana farm families on a grueling wagon train journey across the United States in 1852. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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