“Helped to Create the Cattle Boom of the Eighties” (Adams)
153. RICHTHOFEN, Walter Baron von. Cattle-Raising on the Plains of North America. New York: Appleton and Company, 1885. 102, [6 ads] pp. 12mo, original green cloth, gilt lettering on upper cover, red panel lines on upper and lower covers, maize floral endpapers. Binding with some spotting and staining, internally fine. Early purple ink stamp of W. J. Ford on front flyleaf.
First edition. Adams, Herd 1892: “A scarce little book dealing with the business side of cattle raising, giving tables of profits to be made. This, with several other books of its kind, helped to create the cattle boom of the eighties.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 75. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 13. Graff 3499. Howes R273: “The Baron was a leading cattleman of Colorado.” Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 23. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 73. Rader 2786. Reese, Six Score 90: “A rather strange little book written by a German nobleman with some ranching experience. Richthofen was enthusiastic about the range industry... Richthoften was the father of the famous World War I ace.” Wynar 6300. The publisher’s ads reinforce Richthofen’s no-nonsense approach to ranching, the lead ad being for Manly Miles’ Stock-Breeding: A Practical Treatise. ($300-600)
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