Signed by the Author – A Great Texas Rarity

47 [Cattle] Tait, J.S. The Cattle Fields of the Far
West, Their Present and Future. Edinburgh &
London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1884. 8vo,
original stiff tan printed boards, [2, ads] 71 pp.,
[2, ads]. Spine reinforced at some point, light
wear and small pieces missing from cover
board, couple of edge chips, but generally very
good. Housed in a fairly ugly library cloth
slipcase, but at least protected.

First edition. The last copy found at auction was
the Braislin Sale 1757 (in 1927): “Cattle industry
in the West, especially southwest Texas.” Howes
T8 (noting two copies, Graff 4057 and the
Library of Congress). Reese SIX-SCORE 107
(writing in 1989): “It is perhaps the most
masterful piece of promotion written during the
cattle boom of the 1880s. This book has proved
among the rarest of works on the cattle industry. I do not know of any copies on the market in the last twenty years.” The only other copy of this book I have ever seen was in Senator’s Yarborough’s Texas Collection, whichwas in blue wrappers and which went to the University of Texas. It make’s sense that the Senator would fine one in Washington, D.C. – This copy has Tait’s business address written on the covers, with his signature “J. Selwin Tait, 2016 “O” Street N.W., Washington, D.C.” Includes information about the Matador Land and Cattle Company in Texas, as well as ads for the Maxwell Cattle Company (presumably New Mexico), and a letter from Wyoming ranch magnate John Swan. Tait’s offices had agents in Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth, as well as Denver and Cheyenne.

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