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Pingenot Auction, Lot 72

72. CLAY, John. My Life on the Range. Chicago: Privately printed, [1924]. [viii] 366 pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 8vo, original dark green cloth with title in gilt on front cover and spine, t.e.g. A very fine, bright copy.
        First edition. Adams, Herd 475: "One of the most sought after cattle books"; Guns 434: "He relates many incidents of the Johnson County War and tells about Tom Horn...His picture of ranch life is authentic." Athearn, Westward the Briton, p. 191. Campbell, p. 22. Dobie, pp. 98-99: "His book is the best of all sources on British-owned ranches. It is just as good on cowboys and sheepherders...He appreciated the beautiful and had a sense of style." Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12. Graff 748. Harvard Guide to American History p. 428. Howes C478. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 153. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cattle Country, p. 16. Rader 841. Reese, Six Score 19: "Clay represents a banker’s view of the range cattle industry better than any other writer....He played an important part in financing several large companies, and was instrumental in the reorganization of the failed Swan Land and Cattle Co. The book is best on the Wyoming ranges, where British investment was heaviest." Vandale, Texianameter 34.
($&150-300)