Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory.
Saint Louis: 1895. Thick quarto. (12 x 9 inches).  743pp, illustrated with plates, portraits, index to the historical section, index of biographies, and an index of illustrations. Without the frontispiece, not issued with all copies.
Original gilt-stamped calf with vignette of a longhorn on the cover; rebacked in cloth, repairs at board edges.
One of the "Big Four" Cattle books, with biographies of some 448 cattlemen and extensive contemporary account of the Texas Cattle trade.
One of the so-called "big four" cattle books and the most difficult to obtain. "Supposedly most of the first edition was destroyed in a warehouse fire, hence its rarity today" (Merrill). "The book contains a wealth of information, and is a cornerstone in any range library" (Six Score).
Merrill, Aristocrat of the Cow Country, p.17; Reese, Six Score, 24; Adams The RampagingHerd 593; Dobie, p.100; Dykes Kid 29; Graff 891; JenkinsBasic Texas Books 34; Howes C820, "b;" Rader 1891; Saunders 2846; Vandale, Texas Books 44.