With Original Manuscript Leaf from the Loving Brand Book
Reese Six Score
76. [BRANDS & BRAND BOOKS]. The Loving Brand Book, with an Introduction by Charles Goodnight III…. Austin: The Pemberton Press, 1965. x, 118 pp., text illustrations by Wittliff (portrait of Loving on title page and longhorn steer on facing page), reproductions of pages from one of the original brand books on pastel orange panels. Oblong folio (24.7 x 35 cm), original full terracotta leather, title gilt-lettered on spine, facsimile signature of Loving in gilt on upper cover. A few light spots on colophon, otherwise very fine in publisher’s tan buckram slipcase. Initials and brief statement on limitation written in red ink on front free endpaper. In pocket on front pastedown is an original leaf from Loving’s brand book, with brands and earmarks in ink for the entry for Jno. M. Hamilton on a small ledger leaf ruled in red and blue, 18.2 x 11.6 cm.
First edition, limited edition (#112 of 119 copies, with an original leaf from the brand book compiled in 1884). Reese, Six Score 74: “Reproduces James C. Loving’s original manuscript brand book of Texas cattle brands, compiled in 1884. Loving was the son of Charles Goodnight’s partner Oliver Loving and one of the founders of the first Texas stock association. This reproduction makes available to all a picture of how brands were recorded by a working cattleman on the range, besides preserving an important brand book for posterity. There is a Manuscript edition, limited to 119 copies, and containing an original leaf of the brand book.” Whaley, William D. Wittliff and the Encino Press 10: “Loving, who was brought to Texas by his family in 1845, began the task of compiling a list of brands and brand owners as a young man. Branding stock was vital in proving ownership but only if one knew whose brand belonged to whom. The task was essentially completed in 1884, when presumably several copies were made for the stockmen’s protective organization. The copy used to produce this volume is the only one known to exist.”
Copyright Dorothy Sloan 2009