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111. [MAP & GUIDE].  MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY (GENERAL PASSENGER DEPARTMENT).  Statistics and Information Concerning the State of Texas with Its Millions of Acres of Unoccupied Lands, for the Farmer and Stock Raiser, Unlimited Opportunities for the Merchant and Manufacturer, Great Inducements for the Investment of Capital, Health for the Invalid, Interesting Sights and Scenes for the Tourist and Pleasure Seeker, Broad Fields of Research for the Historian, Unsurpassed Hunting Grounds for the Sportsman, and Other Resources Waiting to be Unlocked by the Key of the Capital in the Hands of Labor and Industry. With Compliments of the General Passenger Department of the Missouri Pacific Railway Company. N.p., n.d. [inside upper wrapper: St. Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co., 1890].  93 [3] pp., numerous picturesque text illustrations (some with ranching themes), folded map with counties outlined in yellow:  Latest and Correct Map of the State of Texas [inset map at upper left]  Map of the Great Southwest System [view at upper right] Duck Shooting on Galveston Bay. Reached Via Iron Mountain Route [ad at lower left for Iron Mountain Route], neat line to neat line:  42 x 51.5 cm.  12mo, original orange printed wrappers with State seal.  Wraps with a few light stains and somewhat worn (a few short tears and a small snag on upper blank margin of front wrap, old ink numbers at upper left), interior fine, the map excellent.

     “Seventh edition” noted on upper wrapper.  Cf. Adams, Herd 2268 (citing the 1884 edition, describing the work as “rare” and noting that the work was reprinted in 1889 and 1890 with same imprint and collation).  This pamphlet, in all editions, is scarce in commerce.  The detailed map is not listed by Day, Taliaferro, and other sources.

     As indicated by the extravagant, breathless title, Texas is painted as a veritable heaven on earth for all endeavors. The section on stock raising in Texas discusses the transition from open range to fenced stock farms:  “On the larger ranches much of the original free, wild life of the prairie still remains, but the days of the cowboy are numbered in Texas and he is hard on the trail of the buffalo and the red Indian, whom he superseded, to that vague and unresurrectable condition known as extinction.  Or if, by chance, his name survives, it will be a name only; his empire will be wrested from him.  He may retain the crown, but his scepter will be ruthlessly broken and taken from him by the inexorable demands of commercial and industrial exigencies.” Following is a history of the rise of the “cowboy business” after the close of the “late unpleasantness” (Civil War), followed by  methods of conducting a profitable ranch at that time.  ($250-500)

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