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BIG Texas Mug Book—Doorstop Texana

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159.     DAVIS, E.A. & E.H. Grobe (editors). The New Encyclopedia of Texas. Dallas: Texas Development Bureau, [1922]. Vol. I: [6], [1] 2-766 [15] pp.; Vol. II: [2] 769-1504 [13] pp.; Vol. III: [2] 1505-2250 [13] pp.; Vol. IV [2] 2249-3002 [13] pp., including pictorial titles, hundreds of portraits (photographic, some from prints or paintings), text illustrations (documentary photographs of architecture, city views, industries, attractions, etc.), colored maps. 4 vols., complete, large 4to, original black textured and embossed cloth, each cover with colored and gilt illustration of Lone Star and the Texas Capitol, spines with embossed titles and the requisite bluebonnets. Minor wear, front joint of Vol. I cracked, pictorial titles foxed, generally a fine set of a work difficult to find complete.

     First edition. CBC 4310a, 4375a, 4477a, 4545a, 4671a, 6782a. Dobie, Big Bend Bibliography, p. 6. Rader 1068. A massive Texas mug book, with many portraits of individuals from every walk of life and much on businesses and economy, transportation, medicine, laws and legal history, etc. The first 261 pages contain a chronicle of Texas history, culture, prospects, industries (much on oil and photos of gushers), agriculture, etc. Articles include “Texas Libraries” and “History of the Texas Automobile Industry.”

     Ranching is well covered, with sketches of cattle barons such as King, Kleberg, Littlefield, Slaughter, et al., along with a host of other ranchers—large and small. Articles on ranching include “Cattle Raising in Texas” (by E.B. Spiller); “The Cattle Industry” (by H.L. Kokernot); “The Texas Cowboy” (by Tom L. Burnett, with photos of Theodore Roosevelt in Texas); “The Old Trail Drivers” (by Ike T. Pryor); “History of the West Texas Cattle Industry” (by Claude C. Broome); “History of the Texas Sheep and Goat Industry” (by T.A. Kinkaid); and “Texas Cattle Industry” (T.D. Hobart). Many of the regional and local histories contain documentation and photographs relating to ranching, e.g., Kingsville (with photo of “Santa Gertrudis, King Ranch Headquarters, Kingsville, Finest Ranch Home in Texas”), Del Rio (Fawcett Ranch), and Kerrville (much on Schreiner). The local and social history sections have fairly good coverage of women, including photos.


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