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1 Amaral, Anthony. Will James: The Last Cowboy Legend.
Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press, 1980. 
Octavo, brown cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xiv + 174 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner stamp; in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear. From dust jacket: Will James: An author who, in two dozen self-illustrated books and scores of articles, created one of the more popular and probably last cowboy legends in the American West. As a chronicler of the idylls of cowboy life in the early twentieth century when the image of the West was at its most romantic, James represented and recorded a final sentimental glow in American legendary. His expressive illustrations and his writings, told in the full-flavored jargon of the cowboys, reveal the purity which existed in cowboy life when these hardy men worked and played with bridle reins in their hands... 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2 Ambrose, Stephen E. and Brinkley, Douglas G. The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today. Photographs by Sam Abell.
Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, [2002]. An Official Publication of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial. 
Large, square octavo, navy blue leatherette (hardcover), silver letters, [xiv], 273 pp. Near-Fine, with remainder mark, in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. Full-color photo. plates, period illus., artwork, documents, maps. “Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase, distinguished historians Stephen Ambrose and Douglas Brinkley, with acclaimed National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, explore the length of the Mississippi -- from its mouth at Delacroix Island, Louisiana, to its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. The result is this lavish, entertaining, engrossing chronicle of the Father of Waters, whcih has shaped the history, the culture, and the very landscape of America....” 
Price: 10.00 USD
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3 Axelrod, Alan. Art of the Golden West.
New York: Abbeville Press, [1990]. 
Folio, hardcover (cloth), 418 pp. Color plates, illus. Near-Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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4 Beshoar, Barron B. [Beshoar, Michael]. Hippocrates in a Red Vest: The Biography of a Frontier Doctor.
Palo Alto, California: American West Publishing Company, [1973]. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 352 pp. Near-Fine, with light foxing (age darkened spotting) to edges, in a Very Good dust jacket with edgewear that includes several small chips. “...A warm, human biography of a frontier doctor who not only brought his compassion and healing talents to the rugged country of southern Colorado, but who envisioned the land as one of myriad opportunities and numerous challenges. By the time he reached his mid-thirties (circa 1866) Michael Beshoar had participated on both sides in the Civil War as a surgeon, had established a private medical practice, had become an editor, legislator, judge, farmer, cotton speculator, businessman, and mayor of Dobytown, the toughest town on the Oregon Trail. Although written with personal insight and understanding....[it] is at the same time an objective, well-researched work, with the succint and lucid style of a professional journalist....This is more than the story of a man -- it is the story of a new horizon, the forging of a western frontier. The book tells of the growth of cities and towns; of the early race wars, presagers of minority clashes almost a century later; of the struggle for land and political power.” 
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5 Bjorklund, Lorence F. Faces of the Frontier.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, [1967]. 
Quarto, brown cloth (hardcover), 119 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner signiture, in a Good dust jacket with some soiling to covers and shelfwear that includes several chips along top edge. “A noted artist-illustrator presents a pictorial gallery of the men and women of the American fronteir West -- the personalities who made it the rough-and-ready, always colorful, sometimes cruel palce it was. Here you meet -- in pencil portraits, background drawings, and through word sketches that capture the essence and flavor of each character -- the cowboy, rancher, stagecoach bandit, marshal, riverboat captain, vaquero, peddler, gunsmith, mountain man, wagon cook, missionary, and all the rest -- fifty-four individuals from the period between 1800 and 1900...His book is vibrantly alive with the spirit of a unique and unforgettable era in America's history.” 
Price: 22.50 USD
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6 Brown, Mark H. and W. R. Felton. [Huffman, L. A.]. The Frontier Years: L. A. Huffman, Photographer of the Plains. With 125 Photographs from the Famous L. A. Huffman Originals.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1995). 
Quarto, black cloth (hardcover), map illus. endpapers, 272 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner bookplate, in a badly torn dust jacket. From dust jacket: Before the railroad came, in the time just after the last war with the Sioux, L. A. Huffman came to Fort Keogh as post photographer. He set up a studio in Miles City. He went into forbidden reservations among the Indians. He trekked through Montana territory, went on hunting expeditions for the bear, the buffalo, and the buck. He ranched to make ends meet. He explored deep into Yellowstone country, made pictures there of sights no white man had seen before; and famous warriors and scouts loafed in his studio and told stories of the days of Sitting Bull, Joseph, and Dull Knife and Little Wolf. He learned the soldier's life, the life of the Indian, the economics of the buffalo slaughter, the wolfer's job. He photographed the Indian, the animal-hunter and the man-hunter, the racks of bones on the field where Custer stood, wagon tracks, tree burials, skining the buffalo, cabin interiors, the winter, hostile Sioux villages, General Phil Sheridan, Calamity Jane, the roundup, the river in flood, the freighters hauling into town, the plains. Always the people were his favorites: he caught them well and saved them for another day. And his pcitures wanted background, so he kept letters, diaries, and notes of every description. His sketches have an intamacy and grass-roots authority, and they are equal in value, now, to the photographs they describe... 
Price: 17.50 USD
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7 Connelly, W. L. The Oil Business as I Saw It: Half a Century with Sinclair.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, (1954). First Edition. 
Inscribed and signed by the author. Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), xiv, 177 pp. Photos. Near-Fine in a slightly chipped and rubbed dust jacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Crofutt, Geoge A. Crofutt's Overland Tours. Consisting of Nearly Five Thousand Miles of Main Tours, and Three Thousand miles of Side Tours. Also Two Thousand Miles by Stage and Water.
Chicago: Arthur H. Day & Co., 1888. 
1st edition. Slim octavo, flexible dark green cloth, 254 pp. Large fold-out map, illustrations throughout. Very Good; front hinge tender, otherwise clean and tight. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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9 Danford, H. E. Builders of the West: Explorers, Trappers, Miners and Settlers West of the Mississippi.
New York: Vantage Press, [1959]. 
1st edition. Octavo, yellow boards, 142 pp. Near-Fine in a slightly chipped dust jacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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10 Duffus, R. L. The Santa Fe Trail.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1930. 
Octavo, blue cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, illus. endpapers, xi + 283 pp. Near-Fine, with protective mylar wrapper. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Dustin, Fred. The Custer Tragedy: Events Leading Up To and Following The Little Big Horn Campaign of 1876. Also Including Echoes from the Little Big Horn Fight, A Rare Booklet in Which the Author Revised His Earlier Interpretation of Reno's Positions in the Valley. Introduction by Frank Mercatante. With The Dustin Corrections from The Presonal Copy of the Author.
El Segundo, CA: Upton & Sons, 1987. 
Quarto, grey cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xxix + 275 pp. Two (of 3) folding maps in rear pocket; otherwise, Near-Fine, with slight foxing (age darkened spotting) to page edges. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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12 Florin, Lambert. Boot Hill: Historic Graves of the Old West.
Seattle, Washington: Superior Publishing Company, 1966. F 
irst Edition, As Stated. Quarto, blue cloth (hardcover), 192 pp. Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket with slight edgewear. Illus. History of Pioneer Western cemeteries. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 Gould, E. W. Fifty Years on the Mississippi; Or, Gould's History of River Navigation. Containing a History of the Introduction of Steam as a Propelling Power on Ocean, Lakes and Rivers -- The First Steamboats on the Hudson, the Delaware, and the Ohio Rivers -- Navigation of Western Rivers before the Introduction of Steam -- Character of the Early Navigation -- Description of First Steamboats -- Steamboat New Orleans in 1811, and Sixty Consecutive Boats, When and Where Built -- Their Effect Upon the Settlement of the Valley of the Mississippi -- Character and Speed of Boats at Different Periods -- Appropirations by Congress for the Improvement of Western Water Ways -- Floods in the Mississippi Valley for 150 YEars -- Mississippi River Commission and Its Work. Rapid Increace and Decline of River Transportation: Causes of the Decline -- Destruction of Steamboats on Western Waters -- Biographies of Prominent Steamboatmen -- Illustrated by Photographs and Cuts of Steamboats at Different Periods.
Columbus, Ohio: Long's College Book Co., 1951. 
Octavo, illus. burgundy cloth (hardcover), gitl letters and decorations to upper cover, 750 pp. Fine; in a Very Good dust jacket, in protective mylar wrapper, with edgewear that includes light chipping. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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14 Gregg, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies. Edited by Max L. Moorhead.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, (1954). First Edition thus. 
Two Volumes in One. Octavo, tan cloth (hardcover), green spine label, gilt letters, xxxviii + 467 pp, fold-out map. Very Good+, with neat former owner inscription and light foxing (age darkened spotting); in a Fair, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear that includes chipping. From dust jacket: Written as a scrupulously accurate guidebook to the prairies and as an authoritiative account of the early Santa Fe trade, Commerce of the Prairies has been a favorite of historians, ethnologists, naturalists, and collectors of Western Americana for generations. But Gregg's masterrpiece is not for specialists alone; its vivid descriptions of desert mirages, wagon caravans, Indian alarms and attacks, buffalo hunts, and other early Western phenomena will delight all who wish to know the country as it was before the great herds of buffalo were slaughtered and the roving Indians confined to reservations, before the landscape was transformed by barbed wire, domestic cattle, plowed fields, and modern highways. Josiah Gregg, a man of rare sensitivity and passionate scientific interest, joined a caravan of traders bound for Santa Fe in 1831 and almost immediately developed a fascination for the adventure-packed life of the Santa Fe trader. And during the ten years that he engaged in the Santa Fe trade, Gregg took copious notes on the life and landscape of the American prairies and the Mexican plateau, later utilizing them in Commerce of the Prairies. This new edition faithfully follows the rare first edition, to and including the maps and illustrations. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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15 Hammer, Kenneth. Little Big Horn Biographies.
Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association, 1964. Edward S. Luce Memorial Edition. 
Octavo, paperbound (stiff blue stapled wrappers), 55 pp. Marginal notes and tanning to edges. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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16 Hoover, John Neal; Executive Director, St. Louis Mercantile Library Association. Lives on the Mississippi: Literature and Culture along the Great River from the Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association. A Checklist for an exhibition held at the Grolier Club in New York, February 23 - May 1, 2010.
St. Louis: St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri, 2010. 
Octavo, softbound (slick, stiff, full-color illus. wrappers), 48 pp. With map. Fine (As New). 
Price: 15.00 USD
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17 Hoyt, Janice; Lundberg, Hazel; Stanwood, Ruthe M.; Stephenson, Gwen. Outlaws and Owlhoots in the Old West.
Denver, CO: Colorado Historical Institute for Children, Colorado Fever Publications, (1988). 
Quarto, paperbound (stiff, stapled, full-color illus. gold wrappers), 30 pp. Near-Fine. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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18 Jameson, Laurance Lincoln. Cow Country Balladsy by Tick of the JL.
Ervay, Wyoming: Published by the Author, 1941. 
Octavo, burgundy cloth (hardcover), gitl letters, unpaginated. Illustrated with b&w photos, drawings. Very Good+, with former-owner stamp. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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19 Kelly, Luther S. “Yellowstone Kelly”: The Memoirs of Luther S. Kelly. Edited by M. M. Quaife. With a Preface by Lieutenant-General Nelson A. Miles, U. S. A.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1926. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth (hardcover), xiii, 268 pp. Plates, illustrations. Near-Fine in a chipped, mylar protected dust jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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20 Kinzie, Mrs. John H. [Juliette A. McGill Kinzie]. Wau-Bun, The Early Day in the North-West.
New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. First Edition, First Issue. Howes K171. 
Octavo, blind-stamped brown cloth (hardcover), gilt decorated spine, 498 pp. Six plates. Fair, with edgewear that includes tear to cloth of joint (still, attractive). 
Price: 100.00 USD
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