DescriptionJ. 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 to noted Dallas book reviewer and collector, Lee Milazzo on the flyleaf. Haley's long inscription makes note of the celebrated libel case associated with the book, indicating that he had to spend $100,000 in legal fees to win a $2200 libel suit. Octavo, xvi; 261 pages. Illustrated throughout with photographs and maps. Appendix and index. Publisher's original green cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine and longhorn vignette stamped in gilt on the front board. Top edge gilt. Retaining original glassine wrapper. Slipcase.
"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 These and other connected suits caused the first edition to be withdrawn from sale."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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