Saint Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co., 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. Thick quarto: , 743 p. with 16 photographic plates, numerous additional illustrations and portraits, index to the historian section, index of biographies, and index of illustrations (without the frontispiece, not issued with most copies). The original gilt- and blind-stamped calf binding has been expertly rebacked with the spine laid down.
“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 edition was lost in a warehouse fire” (Ramon Adams, The Rampaging Herd, #593).
From the library of rancher George W. Conover (1848-1936), with his signature on a prefatory blank leaf and his ink stamp to the front pastedown. The Philadelphia native, who is profiled on pages 661-2 of this work, was a significant figure in the area of present-day Anadarko, Oklahoma, in the state’s southwestern Caddo County. He served as a merchant trader, Indian agent, and adviser to Native Americans in the area. Conover is best remembered for his autobiography, Sixty Years in Southwest Oklahoma…with some Thrilling Incidents of Indian Life in Oklahoma and Texas (1927).
Basic Texas Books 34; Dobie p.100; Dykes Kid 29; Graff 891; Howes C820; Six Score 24; Vandale 44. Item #74632