One of the Most Important Texas Cattle Books[Larry McMurtry, association]. Joseph Nimmo, Jr. Report of the Internal Commerce of the United States. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1885. First edition. Larry McMurtry's copy with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. Octavo. -562 pages. Five folded lithograph maps with original color, including the important "The Range and Ranch Cattle Area of the United States 1884". Two additional maps "The Principal Transportation Line West of Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans", and "Principal Transportation Lines East of the Mississippi". Original brown cloth with blind-stamped rules on the front and rear boards. Ex-library with typed paper title labels and the usual library stamps mounted to the spine. Boards dirty; text block slightly cocked; hinges broken but holding; some toning to the contents; maps No. 1 (Range and Cattle Area) and No. 2 (Map of the United States Showing Distribution of Annual Rainfall) with closed tears and splits in the folds and some old archival tape repairs; bottom fold of maps No. 3 and 4 adhering to map and won't fold out fully; map No. 5 with closed tears and splits in the folds. Generally a good copy of this rare and desirable work. From the Western Americana Reference Library of Larry McMurtry.
Adams notes "This book is held to be among the most important of the 'big four' cattle books...". Howes writes it was "Contributed to by cattle experts, statistically documented, the unrivalled source for the period." The report on the cattle industry occupies pages 95-562. Adams Herd 1674; Dobie, p.112; Graff 4423; Howes N158; Merrill, p. 22; Rader 2485; Reese Six Score 81.
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