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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. 261pp. Illustrations. Maps. Indices. Original green cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to spine; gilt longhorn to front board. Top edge gilt. Front hinge weak. Lengthy and amusing generic inscription by Haley, dated "Texas Independence Day 1983": "Inscribed for the collector who happens to wind up with this copy of a great rambling enterprise in his library - as a tribute to the sturdy character and high courage of all those who contributed so much to the fine traditions of Texas." A clean, handsome copy in very good condition.

    "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 These and other connected suits caused the first edition to be withdrawn from sale" (William Reese, Six Score).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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