J. Marvin Hunter, compiler and editor. The Trail Drivers of Texas. Interesting sketches of Early Cowboys and their Experiences on the Range and on the Trail during the Days that tried Men's Souls - True Narratives related by Real Cow Punchers and Men who Fathered the Cattle Industry in Texas [With:] Revised Volume I. San Antonio: Jackson Printing Co, 1920, 1923 and 1924. First edition of Volumes I and II; revised Volume I stated as second edition. Three octavo volumes. 498, [1]; [4], 3-496, [1]; revised Volume I, [4], 7-494, [1] pages. Illustrated with photographs. Index. Pictorial teal cloth with titles stamped in black on the front board and spine on Volume I. Pictorial green cloth with titles stamped in black on the front board and spine on Volume II. Pictorial teal cloth with titles stamped in black on the front board and spine on revised Volume I. Housed in a custom slipcase.

    Adams calls this "the most important single contribution to the history of cattle driving on the western trails." Jenkins called this compilation "the essential starting point for any study of Texas trail driving days". Walter Prescott Webb called it "Absolutely the best source there is on the cattle trail." Reese notes that "it has become common practice among book collectors to assemble the set of three volumes."

    Condition: Volume I: Given the poor quality of the original printing, this is a fine copy indeed, with light uniform toning to pages, 1.5" closed tear on rear endpaper and a cracked rear hinge. Still a very nice, tight copy. Volume II: Shelf to edges of boards; hinges broken but holding, contents generally bright, with minor repair, a very good copy. Revised Volume I: Boards soiled and worn at the edges; small dent on edge of rear board; modest toning to contents; hinges starting, else a near very good copy.

    References: Adams, Herd 1103; Adams, Six-Guns 1094; Basic Texas Books 99; Graff 2020, Howes, H816; Reese, Six Score, 61.

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