Kingsville, Texas: Printed for the King Ranch, 1957.
One of 3,000 copies. Map and Drawings by the Author. Typography by Carl Hertzog of El Paso, chapter titles by the author. [xii], - 838,  pp. 1 vols. Small 4to. Original linen cloth with running W in a facsimile of the saddle blankets woven and used on the King Ranch, bound by Universal of San Antonio. Lover inner hinge of vol. I repaired. A near fine set in slipcase as issued Herd 1318; Jenkins "Basic Texas Books" 121, "The best account of the most famous ranch in the world. " Reese Six-Score 69. Item #303475
In 1885 Henrietta King inherited the debt-ridden ranch 500,000-acre ranch from her visionary but impractical husband. She ran the ranch until her death in 1925, developing important and early scientific techniques for beef production. The Santa Gertrudis breed, for which the King Ranch is now renowned, started under her direction. At her death, the ranch had grown to well over a million acres and she had cleared all debts, leaving an estate of over $5 million.
Basic Texas Books 121A: "This is the best account of the most famous ranch in the world." Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 56. CBC 2785 (plus 3 additional entries). Adams, Herd 1319. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 16; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 65); Western High Spots, p. 79 ("A Range Man's Library"): "Belongs in any range man's library"; p. 102 ("The Texas Ranch Today"). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 114. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 17: "This ranch history includes substantial information about Henrietta King." Lowman, Printer at the Pass 99n: "This book was originally planned as a 250-300 page private edition to be published on the occasion of the ranch centennial in 1953, but it grew steadily for the next four years.... The project grew from a modest private edition to a two-volume, 838-page trade book. The physical dimensions of the books itself, the 16-point Centaur type of the text, the ample page margins, and the expansive chapter head designs all suggest the vastness of the ranch. Typesetting was inspected page by page to insure that bad spacing and bad breaks were avoided. An original color technique was developed for color separation in the four, five, and seven-color illustrations.... The special edition was printed on all rag paper made especially for this book by the Curtis Paper Company. It is bound in heavy crush linen resembling the King Ranch saddle blanket with the running 'W' brand"; Printing Arts in Texas, p. 54: "Tom Lea's history of the King Ranch is one of the most important books ever to emerge from a Texas background. Its typographical achievement is equally distinguished." Reese, Six Score 69: "Perhaps the most exhaustive ranch history ever written, and a tremendous account of the cattle industry of south Texas."
A thoroughly researched, well illustrated history of the great ranch, worthy of the magnitude of its subject, beautifully designed and printed by Carol Hertzog of El Paso.
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