THE ARMSTRONG CHRONICLE: A RANCHING HISTORY
San Antonio: Corona Publishing Co., 1986. xxi,358pp. Frontis portrait. Index. Endpaper maps. Photographs. Bibliography. Appendices. Edited by Holland McCombs. First edition. Two tiny areas of wear at the top of the spine, else fine (no dust jacket issued). Carefully researched and beautifully produced, the book recounts the history of this famous Texas ranch and prominent south Texas family. Texas Ranger John B. Armstrong established the ranch in 1877 with the $4,000 reward money earned from the capture of John Wesley Hardin in Pensacola, Florida. It includes a chapter on this event as well as much information on border bandits, cattle thieves, Texas Rangers, life in San Antonio, etc. Contains a good deal of genealogical information, tracing the family back to the first Anglo settlers from the Canary Islands. Produced in a small edition and never widely distributed, it is an important work and a modern range rarity.