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    Presentation copy inscribed to Texas Ranger J.B. Gillett

    J. Evetts Haley. The XIT Ranch of Texas, and the Early Days of The Llano Estacado. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1929. First edition. 261pp. Illustrations. Maps. Indices. Original green cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to spine; gilt longhorn to front board. Inscribed by Haley on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed to my pioneer friend, Captain J.B. Gillett, Cowboy, Texas Ranger, lawman, from J. Evetts Haley Austin, Texas."

    James Buchanan Gillett (1856-1937) began cowboying around 1873 in Coleman County. He worked for several outfits, had a brush or with two Indians, saw a colleague murdered, and joined Company "D" Texas Rangers, under Captain Dan W. Roberts June 1, 1875. In late August he had his first pursuit and skirmish with hostiles (Apaches) in 1876. when he joined Company "A," Frontier Battalion. In 1878 he went with a Ranger detachment to Round Rock where the notorious Sam Bass was mortally wounded. Gillett resigned as a ranger in the fall of 1881. He served as City Marshal of El Paso for several years, resigning in 1885.

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 These and other connected suits caused the first edition to be withdrawn from sale" (William Reese, Six Score).

    Condition: Very clean, with the gentlest of bumping to the boards.

    References: Basic Texas Books 82. Dobie, p. 104. Graff 1718. Herd 969. Six-Guns 894. Six Score 54.


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