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    J. Evetts Haley. The XIT Ranch of Texas , and the Early Days of The Llano Estacado. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1929. First edition. Inscribed by Haley on the front free endpaper. 8vo, xvi; 261 pages. Illustrated throughout with photographs and maps. Appendix and index. The text block has been rebound using much of the original cloth. Top edge gilt. Inscribed in red ink, "For my friend / Ford Mitchell / with the best / wishes of / [signed] Evetts Haley." The pages show the usual age toning.

    "A foundation work on ranching in the panhandle, and an important ranch history. The work was Mr. Haley's first book. Shortly after publication Haley was sued for libel by members of the Spikes family, who alleged the comments made in Chapter VIII, 'A Long Fight for Law,' were damaging. These and other connected suits caused the first edition to be withdrawn from sale." (William Reese, Six Score).

    References: Basic Texas Books 82. Dobie, p. 104. Graff 1718. Herd 969. Six-Guns 894. Six Score 54.


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