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The American West

The American West

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The Letters of William Diller Matthew, Camp, Charles L., ed.
1 Camp, Charles L., ed. The Letters of William Diller Matthew
[Los Angeles] Journal of the West (c.1969) NO Reprint Journal Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, extremely light spotting to rear cover, no discernible wear]. (B&W photographs) A selection of letters from a noted paleontologist, written to his family while he was on various field research trips throughout the Western United States; letters are dated from 1897 to 1929. Dr. Matthew (1871-1930) was with the American Museum of Natural History in New York for 33 years, where he was named curator of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1911. He spent several years, later in his life, as a professor at the University of California, and ultimately his papers and books formed the nucleus of the Matthew Memorial Library of Paleontology, a part of the Geology Branch Library. (Reprinted from "Journal of the West," Volume VIII, Nos. 2 and 3, April and July 1969). 52 pages. 
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The Conquest: The True Story of Lewis and Clark, Dye, Eva Emery
2 Dye, Eva Emery The Conquest: The True Story of Lewis and Clark
Chicago A.C. McClurg & Company 1902 NO Second Edition Hardcover Good 
(pictorial cloth; no dust jacket) [moderate external wear, slight bumping at all corners, front hinge starting; ex-libris with attractive vintage bookplate from "Library of James Ritchie, Augusta, Kan." on front pastedown and name "Ritchie" written boldly on ffep]. (frontispiece portrait) The author, in her "Note of Acknowledgement," cites the assistance of more Lewises and Clarks than you can shake a stick at -- grandsons, nieces and nephews, widows, etc. -- for providing "letters, documents, and family traditions," and also refers to having consulted numerous original journals, letter-books and manuscripts; used private libraries and historical society archives, and so on -- so yes, I'm pretty sure it is the True Story, triumphalism and all: "The Indian? He fought and was vanquished. How we are beginning to love our Indians, now that we fear them no longer! With inherent nobililty, courage to the border of destruction, patriotism to the death, absolutely refusing to be enslaved, [the Indian] stands out the most perfect picture of primeval man. We might have tamed him but we had not time." (Oh, brother -- "we're in a bit of a rush here, so let's just wipe 'em out.") 
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"Rancho Grande": Memoires [sic] of a Cowboy, Herlihy, Herbert
3 Herlihy, Herbert "Rancho Grande": Memoires [sic] of a Cowboy
(n.p.) Privately Printed (ca.1980) NO Unstated edition Card Covers Very Good 
(photocopied typescript, velobound, with plastic strips) [moderately worn, with the plastic strip holding the rear cover in place beginning to pull loose at the top; this binding can easily be re-done at any copy shop]. (B&W photographs; see notes) Privately-printed memoir of ranch life in New Mexico, circa 1910-1921. The author's "forward" explains: "This is the story of a widow, born and raised in New York City, and four of her five sons, one of whom was myself, who gave up the comforts of a Brownstone house on West Seventieth Street and the advantages of the big city, to migrate to the Territory of New Mexico to engage in the cattle business." The ranch in question was near the site of the once-thriving but now-abandoned town of Taiban, New Mexico, in De Baca County. In addition to time spent on the ranch, with which this volume is primarily concerned, the author also served in World War I, and returned intermittently to New York, where among other activities he spent three years as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The text is 80 pages long, printed on one side only, with the illustrations (mostly photographs, but including one map) on interleaved un-numbered pages. Although the approximately 30 photographs are essentially just photocopies of original prints, the quality is somewhat better than that would suggested. (The photograph of the author in the rear of the book shows him "in his Law Offices at Los Angeles," but I've been unable to track down any biographical information on him. I have also seen a 60-page hardcover version of this work listed for sale, but cannot say how it may differ from this copy.) 
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History of the Indian Tribes of North America; with biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs [Volumes I and III only], McKenney, Thomas L., and James Hall; edited by Frederick Webb Hodge
4 McKenney, Thomas L., and James Hall; edited by Frederick Webb Hodge History of the Indian Tribes of North America; with biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs [Volumes I and III only]
Edinburgh John Grant 1933; 1934 NO New edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[just a bit of shelfwear and light bumping to bottom edges/corners, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on front pastedowns (both volumes); jackets are uniformly age-toned (somewhat more at spines), with general soiling and some wrinkling along the top edges, but with no tears or chips]. (2 photogravure ports.; 72 color plates; 2 maps) Regrettably incomplete set (Volumes I and III only; Volume II is not present) of this classic work, originally published in three folio volumes issued in 1836, 1838 and 1844. The introduction to this "New Edition," by editor Hodge, presents an account of the creation of the original work (including much biographical information about the authors) and an extensive bibliographical discussion of numerous editions that followed, in particular the history of the work's most notable feature: the color portraits of many Native Americans, primarily tribal chiefs. Because the portraits, which hung originally at the War Department and later at the Smithsonian Institution, had been painted from life (and predated the widespread use of photography), in many instances they represent the only existing images of their subjects; and because most of the originals were destroyed in the 1865 Smithsonian fire, only the published reproductions remain. This edition contained 123 color plates in all, of which 72 are present in the two volumes on offer, as are the two color maps, at the end of Volume III. 
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My Friend the Indian, McLaughlin, James
5 McLaughlin, James My Friend the Indian
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1910 NO 2nd impression Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket; photographic paste-on front cover) [moderate wear to extremities, all corners bumped to some extent; generally a solid clean copy, with some scuffing to the photographic portrait on the front cover]. (B&W photographic plates) A memoir by this Canadian-born ex-blacksmith who received his first appointment as a U.S. Government Indian Agent in 1876, who writes with some compassion of "what I know of the Indian, of his losing struggle for an existence according to his own ideals, of his manner of living, mode of thought, habit in action and repose, and of the things that have happened to him on the long trail he has traveled..." McLaughlin is best-known for his work on the Sioux reservation at Standing Rock (in the Dakota Territory) during the 1880s, and particularly for his conflict with the great chief Sitting Bull which resulted in the latter's death in 1890. In the context of his age, McLaughlin was a fairly enlightened soul, who respected the culture of the "red man" and was known to have good relationships with many tribal leaders. In his book, he makes a point of "tell[ing] the Indian's side of many a disputed event" -- devoting, for instance, one of the three chapters discussing the Battle of the Little Big Horn to "Mrs. Spotted Horn Bull's View of the Custer Tragedy" -- and professed to be untroubled by any "contention....that I have written from the Indian rather than from the white man's point of view." Whether he was similarly untroubled by his own role in the government's treatment of Native Americans is more difficult to say -- although his final chapter, "Give the Red Man His Portion," presents a scathing summary of the manner in which the Indians had been mistreated by the white man, coupled with an impassioned plea to release the huge amount of money then being held in trust for the Indians in the U.S. Treasury, so that they may have a chance to determine their own destiny instead of being consigned to a "pauperizing" dependency on government support. McLaughlin was promoted in 1895 to Inspector for the Indian Department and the Department of the Interior, and continued to work there until his death in 1923. Most of the photographic portraits of various chiefs and warriors in the book (including Sitting Bull, Rain-in-the-Face, Crow King and Chief Joseph) are credited to D.F. Barry. 
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Journal of the West (April 1963), Morrison, Lorrin L., and Carroll Spear Morrison, eds.
6 Morrison, Lorrin L., and Carroll Spear Morrison, eds. Journal of the West (April 1963)
Los Angeles Lorrin L. Morrison and Carroll Spear Morrison 1963 NO (Vol. II, No. 2) Journal Very Good 
[nice clean copy, some browning to covers and spine, price-sticker removal scar on front cover]. (B&W photographs, maps) Contents include: "An Economic History of North Idaho, 1800-1900, Part I" by D.E. Livingston-Little; "San Blas, Nayarit: An Historical and Geographical Study" by Edward L. Inskeep; "San Miguel Island: Its History and Archaeology" by Francis R. Holland Jr.; "General James H. Carleton and the New Mexico Indian Campaigns, 1862-1866" by Henry H. Goldman; "The Story of Los Angeles, Part III" by Margaret Romer; "Luis Antonio Arguello: First Mexican Governor of California, Part I" by Raymond Kenneth Morrison; "California's Fights for States' Rights" by Eugene R. Hinkston; book reviews. 
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Journal of the West (January 1963), Morrison, Lorrin L., and Carroll Spear Morrison, eds.
7 Morrison, Lorrin L., and Carroll Spear Morrison, eds. Journal of the West (January 1963)
Los Angeles Lorrin L. Morrison and Carroll Spear Morrison 1963 NO (Vol. II, No. 1) Journal Very Good 
[nice clean copy, some browning to covers and spine, price-sticker removal scar on front cover]. (B&W photographs, maps) Contents include: "Indian Horticulture West and Northwest of the Colorado River" by Jack D. Forbes; "The Last Days of Don Juan Perez, The Mallorcan Mariner" by James G. Caster; "Rustlers of the North Pacific" by Theodore C. Hinckley; "The Story of Los Angeles, Part II" by Margaret Romer; "Col. Henry Stimson's Peace Mission to Nicaragua" by Charles E. Frazier Jr.; "Lassoing the Grizzly Bear: A Tale from Old Santa Barbara" by Gabriel Ruiz; "A Biographical Note on Alexander Francis Harmer" by Henry Winfred Splitter; "The Cariboo Country Special, An Adventure in Imaginative Railroading" by Helen Rocca Goss; book reviews. 
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Journal of the West (January 1964), Morrison, Lorrin L., and Carroll Spear Morrison, eds.
8 Morrison, Lorrin L., and Carroll Spear Morrison, eds. Journal of the West (January 1964)
Los Angeles Lorrin L. Morrison and Carroll Spear Morrison 1963 NO (Vol. III, No. 1) Journal Good 
[light soilting to covers, browning to spine, old inked-out price-sticker on front cover]. (B&W photographs, maps) Contents include: "The Story of Los Angeles, Part V" by Margaret Romer; "Theodore Roosevelt 'Discovers' California" by Lowell Clark Pratt; "An Economic History of North Idaho, 1800-1900, Part III" by D.E. Livingston-Little; "Editor Bristow and the Great Plains Irrigation Revival of the 1890's" by A. Bower Sageser; "An Archaeological Reconnaissance in Joshua Tree National Monument" by William J. Wallace; "Washington Bartlett: Mayor of San Francisco, 1883-1887" by Robert W. Righter; book reviews. 
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Journal of the West (July 1963), Morrison, Lorrin L., and Carroll Spear Morrison, eds.
9 Morrison, Lorrin L., and Carroll Spear Morrison, eds. Journal of the West (July 1963)
Los Angeles Lorrin L. Morrison and Carroll Spear Morrison 1963 NO (Vol. II, No. 3) Journal Very Good 
[nice clean copy, some browning to covers and spine, old inked-out price-sticker on front cover]. (B&W photographs, maps) Contents include: "Mexican Alcaldes of San Francisco, 1835-1846" by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert: "Pueblo Indian Auxiliaries and the Reconquest of New Mexico, 1692-1704" by Oakah L. Jones Jr.; "Pio Pico Mansion: Fact, Fiction and Superstition" by Martin Cole; "Ivan Petroff and the Far Northwest" by Morgan B. Sherwood; "The Story of Los Angeles, Part IV" by Margaret Romer; "Isaac Ingalls Stevens: First Governor of Washington Territory" by Helen Addison Howard; "Luis Antonio Arguello: First Mexican Governor of California, Part II" by Raymond Kenneth Morrison; "Walter Prescott Webb, 1888-1963, Western Historian" by Franklin Parker; book reviews. 
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Fighting Indians of the West, Schmitt, Martin F., and Dee Brown
10 Schmitt, Martin F., and Dee Brown Fighting Indians of the West
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1948 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[minor shelfwear to book, a tiny bit of soiling to page edges; jacket a bit edgeworn, shallow chipping along top edge, with a number of small tears at edges and on spine (nothing too dire), still presents nicely in new protective jacket cover]. (B&W photographs, sketches, paintings) "Two hundred and seventy authentic photographs and sketches and a running narrative of rare simplicity and power make up this story of the struggle between the United States and the western Indian tribes which chose to fight rather than to go tamely on reservations. The pictures have been brought together from many sources, and for the first time present a contemporary pictorial record of the chiefs, the scouts, the historic Army posts, battles and skirmishes, from Red Cloud's attack on Fort Phil Kearny in 1866 down to the day of final tragedy at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, December 29, 1890." 
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Out of the West: The Beyond the Mississippi States in the Making, Wilson, Rufus Rockwell
11 Wilson, Rufus Rockwell Out of the West: The Beyond the Mississippi States in the Making
New York Wilson-Erickson, Inc. 1936 NO Revised and Enlarged ed. Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by Constance Naar 
[some fading to cloth at edges of covers, otherwise a nice solid book with only light shelfwear; jacket edgeworn, chipped at spine ends, with a few other small nicks and tears]. (B&W portrait sketches) History of the opening of the West, with chapters devoted to the Gold Rush, the Pony Express, the Comstock Lode discovery, Virginia City, mining in Colorado, the troubles in Tombstone, etc. Depicted in the illustrations are such notables as Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson, Wyatt Earp, George Hearst, Wild Bill Hickock, and Bill Tilghman. (NOTE: This may be a variant dust jacket, as I've observed no other copy that matches it. The rear panel is given over entirely to excerpts from reviews of the first (1933) edition.) 
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