DescriptionJames Cox. Historical and Biographical Record Of The Cattle Industry & The Cattlemen of Texas & Adjacent Territory. St. Louis: Woodward & Tiernan, 1895. First edition. 4to. 743pp. Indices. Illustrations. Cloth over board, gray color with stamped spine. Marbled endpapers. Some soiling to the edges and occasionally throughout the book. A few small tears to pages toward the end of the book and have been repaired with cellotape. Otherwise, pages in good condition with corners crisp. Signed and dated by original owner, "January 1, 1896".
The first 293 pages concern the history of the cattle industry, but the bulk of the book, nearly 400 double-columned pages, is devoted to biographical sketches of 449 cattlemen. There is also a short section concerning the importance of the railroads on the cattle industry. "One of the 'big four' cattle books. An important book on the history of the cattle industry, and no collector's library would be complete without it. It is rarely found with the frontispiece, and since it is an unusually heavy book and the leather has deteriorated with age, its back strip is usually missing or in bad condition. It is said that the scarcity of this book is due to the fact that nearly all the editions were lost in a warehouse fire" (Adams, Herd). Reese, in Six Score, calls this book "the cornerstone of any range library."
References: Basic Texas Books 34. Herd 593. Howes J820. Reese 24.
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