Lot 153 of 522:
Tom Lea's King Ranch, Saddle Blanket Edition  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$720
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The King Ranch

Lea, Tom

Kingsville, Texas

Printed for the King Ranch



2 volumes. [10], 467, [2]; [10], [469]-838, [1] pp. Illustrated with numerous plates, vignettes and maps (some color, printed with special inks) after drawings by Tom Lea, plus facsimiles of documents. (8vo) 29x21 cm (9x6.75"), full coarse linen stamped with the Running W brand, being a facsimile of the saddle blankets woven and used on the King Ranch; linen slipcase with leather spine label. One of 3000 copies, designed by Carl Hertzog and Tom Lea, printed on specially made all-rag paper watermarked with the Running W brand, bound by Universal of San Antonio. First Edition.

Signed with an inscription on front free endpaper by Belton Johnson. One of 250 First Editions reoffered by The Book Club of Texas in 1992 to its members with accompanying booklet about the set's author Tom Lea and the making of "The King Ranch". The sought-after Saddle Blanket Edition of Tom Lea's detailed account of the most famous of Texas ranches, designed, printed and bound in Texas. Jenkins notes that "This is the best account of the most famous ranch in the world. William Reese called it `perhaps the most exhaustive ranch history ever written.' Frank Goodwyn said that `in addition to being an encyclopedic compendium of information on the ranch, the book is also a work of art....' ...The research for the book was partly done by Holland McCombs and the sixty-six pages of footnotes were prepared by Frances L. Fugate." Jenkins 121A; Adams Herd 1318.

Lot Amendments

A few stains and some rubbing with fraying to slipcase; volumes fine.

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