First editions. 2 volumes. Pictorial cloth, 498pp., & 496pp., frontis, portraits, advertisement. Both volumes were "published under the direction of George W. Saunders, President of the Old Trail Drivers Association. These original 2 volumes were very crudely printed and bound, making it very difficult to find copies that aren't loose and heavily worn. The first volume was exhausted before the second volume appeared; therefore it was reprinted in 1924 with some revisions and additions in an edition of 500 copies with a "second edition" imprint...In spite of the crudeness of the two volumes, they are perhaps the most important single contribution to the history of cattle driving on the Western trails."--Ramon Adams. In SIX-GUNS...Ramon Adams refers to the original edition as "rare" and the 1924 "second edition" as scarce. "This compilation is the essential starting point for any study of Texas trail driving days."--John Jenkins. "Absolutely the best source there is on the cattle trail"--Walter Prescott Webb. "This vast complication of original accounts by old trail drivers is one of the best cattle books, and the largest collection of first hand narratives of the range cattle industry."--Bill Reese. A rare and important work. The first volume has the errata slip affixed to the front pastedown sheet, else a very good, tight copy. Volume II is also a very good, tight copy. A desirable set, especially in this condition. HOWES H816. BASIC TEXAS BOOKS 99. GRAFF 2020. HERD 1103. SIX GUNS 1084. SIX SCORE 61. 44/44 21. CAMPBELL 49. RADER 1988. MERRILL ARISTOCRAT. DYKES 100 HEAD 78.
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