DOBIE, J[ames] Frank. The Flavor of Texas. Illustrated by Alexandre Hogue.
Dallas: Dealey and Lowe, 1936. First Edition, in First State jacket and binding. SIGNED by Dobie "Ann Armen, of "Life and Literature of the Southwest." Her friend and teacher, J.Frank Dobie, 5/30/46" on front free endpaper. Octavo (8.75" x 6"); [xii], 287p. Nine illustrations including frontis, all present. First state dustjacket with cowboy illustration and showing original $2.00 price on inner flap. Cloth-covered boards with checkered beige and salmon "GTT" (Gone to Texas) and black lettering, with "GTT" appearing at both head and tail of spine. Jacket shows a few fair-sized chips at spine ends and bottom back corner, with a few smaller chips and tears along edges, some general smudging and fading, mainly to back. Boards lightly faded with a very slight cock to spine and some scuffs to lettering on front. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, with name in pen at top. Opens easily to between a few gatherings, but binding is sound. Two or three instances of light pencil marginalia, else unmarked. Not an ex-library copy.
Bookplate is of R. Lee Rode, M.D., an Abilene obstetrician and husband of Elizabeth Ann Arlen, to whom the book is signed. The couple shared a love of ranching and together owned a ranch in Buffalo Gap. Rode was also president of the West Texas Fair for two years and was active in local and state historical associations. The couple met at the University of Texas, where Dobie taught; his Guide to the Life and Literature of the Southwest having been first compiled for use in his class of the same name.
[McVicker A5, Six-Guns 602, Herd 691, Phelps Photographic Reference for the Western American Collector 531]