Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Tom Lea "The King Ranch" The Saddle Blanket Edition (The King Ranch, 1957). The legendary King Ranch was founded in 1853 by Captain Richard King, whose original 15,500-acre purchase is now a sprawling 825,000 acres in South Texas, a larger area than the state of Rhode Island. Through the years the King Ranch has founded two major American beef breeds, has bred some of the all-time great race horses, and has been a source of technology that has significantly benefited livestock and wildlife management.

    Today it remains one of the largest working ranches in the country and has diversified into a major agribusiness corporation, involved in farming, citrus groves, commodity marketing and processing, and recreational hunting. Retail operations include luggage, leather goods, farm equipment, commercial printing, and tourism.

    This beautiful two volume set provides a timeline of the first one hundred years of the ranch, but sets the stage with a historical accounting of the founder beginning in 1827. It's a fascinating story of one of Texas' most cherished institutions. The special Saddle Blanket Edition was reserved for friends and family of the ranch, and consists of two volumes, each book with a linen-textured covering attractively appointed with the King Ranch brand. A similarly textured slipcase holds the volumes, embellished with a leather title plate on the spine. A rich addition and essential historical reference for any library, this item was graciously donated by James H. Clement, Jr., Chairman of the Board of King Ranch, Inc. in honor of his father's many years of service to the T.S.H.A. Courtesy of James H. Clement, Jr., Kingsville.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2006
    4th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 26
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,765

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    10% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 3 days left to consign to the 2019 March 15 Musical Instruments - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $301,719