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Pingenot Auction, Lot 167


167. LEA, Tom. The King Ranch. Kingsville: Printed for the King Ranch, 1957. [10] 467 + [9] 469-838 pp., illustrations by author (some in color), facsimiles, maps. 2 vols., square 8vo, original natural linen with the King Ranch "Running W" brand. In publisher’s original natural linen box with gilt-lettered spine label. Near mint.
        First edition, limited edition, the "Saddle Blanket Edition" produced exclusively for the King Ranch. Adams, Herd 1319. Basic Texas Books 121: "Few, if any, Texas books have had such a perfect blend of text, design, and illustration." Dykes, Lea 65; "A Range Man’s Library" in Western High Spots, pp. 79; & "The Texas Range Today" in Western High Spots, pp. 102. King, Women on the Cattle Trail, p. 17: "This ranch history includes substantial information about Henrietta King." Lowman, Printer at the Pass 99; Printing Arts in Texas, p. 54: "Lea’s history of the King Ranch is one of the most important books ever to emerge from a Texas background. Its typographical achievement is equally distinguished." Reese, Six Score 69: "Privately printed history of the largest ranch in Texas....Perhaps the most exhaustive ranch history ever written." Pingenot: Unlike the trade edition, that was published in the East by Little Brown & Company, this private edition was printed and bound entirely in Texas. The complete history of this vast Texas ranch, from its establishment in 1852 to modern times. No range collection is complete without it.
        With this lot we include a very fine copy in wrappers of Bruce, S. Cheeseman and Al Lowman's The Book of All Christendom: Tom Lea, Carl Hertzog, and the Making of the King Ranch (Kingsville: King Ranch Inc. [Designed by W. Thomas Taylor], 1972). This pamphlet gives an interesting history of the genesis of The King Ranch.