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    Tom Lea. The King Ranch "Saddle Blanket" Edition in the Original Box. Kingsville: Printed for the King Ranch, 1957. One of 250 first editions re-offered by The Book Club of Texas in 1992 to its members with accompanying booklet about the set's author Tom Lea and the making of "The King Ranch." Prospectus laid-in. Originally limited to 3,000 unnumbered copies. This copy from the library of Charles Tandy, founder of Tandy Leather Company. Two octavo volumes. [10], 467; [10], [468]-838 pages. Illustrated with drawings by the author, some in color, maps, and facsimiles. Bound in heavy crash linen, "the cover is a facsimile of the saddle blankets woven and used on the King Ranch" with their "Running W" brand and other decorations, upper edges speckled. In publisher's slipcase with leather gilt lettered title label on its spine and housed in the original protective cardboard box of issue. One of the greatest achievements by master printer Carl Hertzog.

    Originally planned as a 250-350 page private edition to be published on the occasion of the King Ranch centennial in 1953, the project grew to an 838 page trade book. The physical dimensions of the book and the internal design with its ample page margins and expansive chapter head designs are reflective of the immense scale of the King Ranch. This edition was printed on all rag paper made especially for the book by the Curtis Paper Company. It is bound in heavy crash linen resembling the King Ranch saddle blanket with the running "W" brand. Hertzog's design was included in the American Institute of Graphic Arts Fifty Books of the Year.

    Condition: Fine.

    Reference: Lowman 99A. Basic Texas Books 121A. Adams, Herd 1319.


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