[ Saint Louis? 1912]. 239pp. plus plates. Portrait. Original cloth backed boards. Spine a touch darkened. Corners worn. Else clean, tight, and very good. In a plain cloth slipcase. Item #WRCAM23092
A presentation copy of this privately printed book, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper dated 1912, limited to an edition of 100 copies. Hughes gives an account of years he spent as a cowboy, ranchman, soldier, and stagecoach driver in the West. He served in the Confederate army during the Civil War under McCulloch, and settled in Young County, Texas. He provides a detailed description of his experiences in the cattle business, as well as a long appraisal of the cattle industry of the late 1800s in Texas; with material on a number of famous cattlemen and ranches, such as Goodnight, Kennedy, and King; and a chapter on Indian depredations, especially those committed by the Kiowas. A trove of Western Americana material. DYKES, COLLECTING RANGE LIFE LITERATURE, p.9 ("very rare"). GRAFF 2007. HOWES C856 (misplaced).