Encinal Texas: Callaghan Land and Pastoral Company.
First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Undated, ca. 1944. 8vo, 82 pp, many full-page photos, illustrations, map, stiff pictorial wraps. Mild edgewear to wrappers, internally sound and clean. Approximately 20 pages of text, the remainder full-page b/w photos of ranch landscapes, cowboys, livestock, windmills, etc. Adams (Herd) 2460: "A story of the Callaghan Ranch in Texas with many scenes of the ranch, cattle, and cowboys." Campbell 98. A fine history and photo-documentary of this 250,000-acre ranch in South Texas. The Callaghan began as an 80-acre homestead, raising sheep, then expanded and switched to cattle. In addition to the cattle (mostly Herefords) and horses, it was estimated at the time that the ranch was home to 10,000 deer, 2000 javelinas, plus coyotes, mountain lions, quail, wild turkeys, and other wildlife. Dykes: High Spots of Western Illustration 114: "The Callaghan is reputed to be the scarcest book by Paul Wellman. It is a good ranch history and the fine photos make it my High Spot #114. It was distributed free to friends and customers of the ranch, but now (1961) brings a very good price indeed when one does reach the market." The noted Texas bibliographer and bookdealer, Ben Pingenot, reported that the book was originally printed in a small edition, and that virtually all copies were stored in a shed on the ranch and were destroyed in a flood.