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Pingenot Auction, Lot 134

134. HALEY, J. Evetts. The XIT Ranch of Texas, and the Early Days of the Llano Estacado. Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1929. xvi, 261 pp., frontispiece, portraits, folding map, Small 4to, original pictorial cloth, gilt title. Very fine copy. Presentation copy: "Inscribed to my good friend Ben E. Pingenot who loves books about Texas, and who stands for the sturdy virtues that made her. With admiration, J. Evetts Haley December 9, 1963."
        First edition. Howes H39. Reese, Six Score 54. Robinson 3. Merrill. Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 19. Pingenot: Haley’s first full length book, 1380 copies were printed; most were withdrawn because of a threatened lawsuit. History of the famous Panhandle ranch in Texas, launched when a group offered to erect the Texas capitol building in the 1880s in return for three million acres of land. The XIT ran along the Texas-New Mexico line for almost the full north-south length of the Panhandle. It would be difficult to find a nicer, cleaner copy.