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“One of the Classics of Cattle Books” (Streeter)

22. CLAY, John. My Life on the Range. Chicago: Privately printed, [1924]. [8], 365 [2] pp., 15 photographic plates, including frontispiece portrait of Clay (some by Huffman). 8vo, original dark green gilt-lettered ribbed cloth, t.e.g. Exceptionally fine and bright, mostly unopened, signed by author on front flyleaf.

    First edition (the book is made up from a series of articles originally published in the North British Agriculturist and the Kelso Chronicle). This one seems to have made all the pertinent lists.  Adams, Guns 434: “Rare.... He relates many incidents of the Johnson County War.” Adams, Herd 475: “His picture of ranch life is interesting and authentic.” Athearn, Westward the Briton, p. 191. Aydelotte, p. 9: “This canny businessman, who reconstructed the bankrupt Swan Land and Cattle Company, was an educated Scot, an influential member of the Wyoming Stock Grower’s Association, and a writer of merit.... It has become a primary reference source for serious students of the cattle industry’s history.” Bay, Fortune of Books: “A series of magnificent personal reminiscences, interspersed with accounts of great business ventures and economic struggles.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 22. Dobie, pp. 98-99: “Clay...managed some of the largest British-owned ranches of North America. His book is the best of all sources on British-owned ranches. It is just as good on cowboys and sheepherders.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12; Western High Spots, p. 18 (“Western Movement: Its Literature”); p. 85 (“A Range Man’s Library”). Graff 748. Howes C470. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 153: “First-person account of the range industry in the Montana-Wyoming-Dakota area of the period from the 1870s to the early 1900s.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 2. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 69. Rader 841. Reese, Six Score 19: “Clay presents the banker’s view of the range cattle industry better than any other writer.” Streeter Sale 2396.  Vandale 34. Wynar 6401. ($200-400)

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