Clay (1924) My Life on the Range – Johnson County Wars 1st edition


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Clay, John. My Life on the Range. (Chicago: Privately Printed, 1924). First edition. (Adams – Six Guns and Saddle Leather #434, Adams – Rampaging Herds #475)

Octavo. [vi], 366 pages, 17 illus. Hardcover. Bound in green cloth-covered boards stamped in gilt. Deckle-edged, top edge gilt.

Condition: VG+.  Uneven darkening on top edge of title page, frontispiece and forward and in other areas touching the illustrations. A couple of pages entirely darkened from contact with illustrations. Opened roughly creating the deckle-edge. wrinkle to spine near top where cloth was folded over to create top of spine. Hinges uncracked and solid. Stain on front cover near bottom of hinge.

“This well-written book about the author’s ranch experiences has become scarce in the first edition and is one of the much sought-after cattle books. It is said that Clay kept copies on his desk in Chicago, and friends helped themselves until the supply became exhausted. He was one of the better-known ranch owners of the Northwest and a well-educated Scotsman. His picture of ranch life is authentic. He relates many incidents of the Johnson County War and tells about Tom Horn.” – Adams