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329. [BASIC TEXAS BOOKS]. Lot of 4 titles as follows:
GARD, Wayne. The Chisholm Trail. Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, 1954. xi  296 pp.,
illustrations by Nick Eggenhofer. 8vo, cloth. Very fine in
First edition, first printing. Adams, Guns 797; Herd 875. Basic Texas Books 70: "Entertaining and scholarly, this is the best book on the Chisholm Trail." Ross Santee described this book as "a magnificent piece of work."
HUNTER, J. Marvin (comp. & ed.). The Trail
Drivers of Texas: Interesting Sketches of Early
Cowboys...True Narratives.... Nashville: Cokesbury
Press, 1925. xvi, 1044 pp., frontispiece portrait,
illustrations. Thick 8vo, original navy blue cloth, gilt
title on cover and spine. Former owners name on front
endpaper and title notation on front fly-leaf. Near fine,
Second edition revised and the best edition of the primary printings. Adams, Guns 1084; Herd 1103. Basic Texas Books 99C. Graff 2020. Howes H816. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country. Reese, Six Score 61: "This vast compilation of original accounts by old trail drivers is one of the best cattle books, and the largest collection of first hand narratives of the range cattle industry....[This] Nashville edition contains material not in the three original volumes...[and] is an essential foundation book for any range library."
LEA, Tom. The King Ranch. Boston: Little,
Brown & Co., 1957.  467  +  470-838  pp.,
maps and illustrations by the author. 2 vols., 8vo,
original two-tone cloth. Slight wear to publishers
slip case, else a fine
First edition. In this first state, the first line of page 507 begins "Alice..," whereas in the second state, it begins "For Alice...". Beautiful design and typography by Carl Hertzog. Adams, Herd 1318. Basic Texas Books 121. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 99B: "The physical dimensions of the book...all suggest the vastness of the ranch." Reese, Six Score 69: "Perhaps the most exhaustive ranch history ever written." The complete history of this vast Texas ranch, from its establishment in 1852 to modern times.
LEHMANN, V. W. Forgotten Legions: Sheep in the
Rio Grande Plain of Texas. El Paso: Texas Western
Press, 1969. xv  226  pp., illustrations, maps. 8vo,
pictorial buckram in d.j. Fine to
First edition. Typography and design by Carl Hertzog. Map drawn by José Cisneros. Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 110). Basic Texas Books 125: "The most thorough study of the history and development of the sheep industry in South Texas...encompassing a detailed study of the cattle and horse industry and an ecological study of the Rio Grande Plain as well." Lowman 242. Reese, Six Score 72: "An interesting and thought provoking work...." The trade edition, limited to 2,000 copies, is destined to increase in value over the years.