The Spanish Heritage of the Southwest - Jose Cisneros, Francis Fugate, & Carl Hertzog - Signed By All - Color Plate - SOLD

FUGATE, Francis. The Spanish Heritage of the Southwest: Twelve Drawings by José Cisneros.

El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1952. Deluxe Edition. Folio (12.5" x 9.25"). Signed by Francis Fugate, Jose Cisneros, and Carl Hertzog. Original dustjacket over adobe block design boards. Of the 525 numbered copies, this is one of 50 printed on tan Ticonderoga Paper, one of a reported 24 with the first plate hand colored by Cisneros [Lowman, Printer at the Pass #78], and one of likely even fewer with the hand colored border on the frontis map. Dustjacket shows a clean 1/2 inch tear at top, as well as a few smaller tears along bottom edge. Back shows a 1.25" puncture near top and a smaller puncture near bottom at spine fold, as well as some light dampstaining along spine and some toning to the lower 1/4 of the back panel. Head and tail of spine are chipped. Boards are clean and square with only very light shelfwear. Pages have toned a bit, but are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

The initial release of Hertzog's Texas Western Press, with type hand-set by his students under his supervision. Lowman states nine copies with all drawings hand painted and bound in morocco, and 24 with just the first drawing colored. A 1983 William Reese catalog, however, mentions a letter from Hertzog stating that only one copy had all the plates hand colored, and that Lowman's description of the various bindings is incorrect. Regardless, this edition is the scarcest after the all-plates-colored copy.