Helena: 1896. 113pp. Original printed wrappers. Spine a bit worn. Brief, later manuscript annotations and relatively unobtrusive perforated institutional stamp on front wrapper; rear wrapper with upper corner torn away and closed tear along gutter from lower edge. Light toning internally. About very good. Item #2053
Scarce edition of this annual report for 1895 from the offices of the Montana state government concerned with ranching and livestock, consisting of the Board of Stock Commissioners, the chief veterinarian, and the brand recorder. The report of the commissioners is principally concerned with the results of its inspections for the year, though other activities such as interactions with the Montana Stock Growers Association are briefly treated. The veterinarian chiefly addresses the appearances and treatments of diseases both of native Montana cattle and those imported mainly from Texas. The preponderance of the volume comprises the report of the Recorder of Marks and Brands, which lists and describes all brands registered in the state that year, their owners and placements on the animals, each accompanied by a small illustration of the brand on a black background. The brands are evidently listed in the chronological order which they were recorded, as they are certainly not organized alphabetically; an index provided at the rear is quite useful. Scarce institutionally and on the market.