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155. RIDINGS, Sam P. The Chisholm Trail a History of the World’s Greatest Cattle Trail together with a Description of the Persons, a Narrative of the Events, and Reminiscences Associated with the Same. Guthrie, Oklahoma: Co-Operative Publishing Company, [1936]. [12], 591 [1 blank] pp., numerous text illustrations (many photographic, some full page, including frontispiece portrait of author), folded map: Map of a Portion of Oklahoma Showing the Location of the Chisholm Trail.  8vo, original black pictorial cloth stamped in gilt over green ink.  Lettering and image on cloth faded as usual, one short tear to blank margin of folded map, otherwise fine in fine pictorial d.j.

     First edition. Adams, Burs I:326. Adams, Guns 1856. Adams, Herd 1897. Campbell, p. 193. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 77. Basic Texas Books 70n: “Significant.” Dobie, p. 116: “A noble book, rich in anecdote and character.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #25. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 13. Dykes, Kid 233:  “Scarce.  Much more than a history of the Chisholm Trail, this book includes a great deal on the range cattle industry of the Southwest.  The chapter titled ‘John Chisum’ is really a summary of the Lincoln County War.”  Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 15 (“Western Movement: Its Literature”). Howes R281. Rader 2788. Reese, Six Score 91: “Best book on the Chisholm Trail.”

     Below the author’s portrait at front is a statement intended to introduce the author to the reader and remarking that the author has experienced what is related, “telling you what he saw, heard, and knows of the old trails, cow-camps, plains, and frontier of over fifty years ago.” ($150-300) 

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