DescriptionJoseph G. McCoy. Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and the Southwest. Kansas City, Mo.: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson, 1874. First edition. Octavo. [i-vi]. -427, [1-24] advertisement pages. Illustrated with many black and white engravings. Publisher's original green cloth with the blind-stamped longhorn design (front and back), gilt lettering to spine. All edges stained red. This copy with an advertisement on the front pastedown.
McCoy was the chief architect of the 19th century cattle drives out of Texas to markets north via the Chisholm and associated trails. Ramon Adams calls this book "one of the 'big four' cattle books, written by a man who opened the market for Texas cattle. This is one of the first and most important books on the cattle trade." The book includes a wealth of information and insight into all levels of the cattle industry. McCoy "gives biographical sketches of early ranchmen, cowboys, drovers, traders, financiers of the trade, and the personnel of the stock yards. He described the cowboy dances, wintering the herds, branding, and all other features of the industry" (Eberstadt).
Condition: Boards worn along the edges with scattered scuffs and spotting; spine ends frayed; front hinge starting; light toning to contents, some signatures out of line, else in very good condition.
References: Adams Herd 1385. Eberstadt 137: 395. Graff 2594. Howes M72; Reese, Six Score 76.
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