J. Frank Dobie - The Flavor of Texas - SIGNED FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE - $700

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] 

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Larry McMurtry - In a Narrow Grave - First Edition, Second Printing in First State Dustjacket - $695

First Edition, Second Printing of Larry McMurtry's In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas in a First State dustjacket, published by the Encino Press in 1968 and conforming to all edition points: no edition statement or letter on copyright page, "skycrapers" misprint corrected on line 12 of page 105, dustjacket showing no price and with the "wtih" and "head" misprints in the fifth and final paragraphs, respectively. Unclipped dustjacket is clean and crisp with just some light rubbing to the top edges, but no chips, tears, or marks. Jacket also shows some light rubbing to top corner of front flap and a thin crease down spine, but is very nice overall and protected in a removable Brodart cover. Boards are clean and square with some very light scuffs. Previous owner's brief gift inscription on front free endpaper, obscured by flap. Thin crease showing down the very edge of page 105/106. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy. 

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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.


Indian Depredations in Texas - John Wesley Wilbarger - 1889 First Edition - O. Henry illus. - SOLD

First Edition of John Wesley Wilbarger's Indian Depredations in Texas: Reliable Accounts of Battles, Wars, Adventures, Forays, Murders, Massacres, Etc., Etc., Together With Biographical Sketches of Many of the Most Noted Indian Fighters and Frontiersmen of Texas, published by Hutchings Printing House and sold by subscription only in 1889. First Edition with no additional printings listed. Three-quarter leather binding. Covers are darkened and scuffed, with rubbing and bumping along edges and at corners. Tugging to head and tail of spine with chipping to top of title strip. Previous owner's name lightly on flyleaf. A few dog-eared pages throughout. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy. 

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Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas - 1892 - Leatherbound - SOLD

Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas, published by The Lewis Publishing Company in Chicago in 1892. No additional printings listed. Rebound in black leather with five raised bands, gilded lettering and ornamentation to spine, and gilded page edges. Original leather "Lone Star State" front and back panels attached. Covers show a number of scuffs, gouges, and smudges, along with signs of shelfwear, but are sturdy and square overall and are now protected in a removable mylar jacket. Border repairs/reinforcement to initial and final pages, which are chipped around the edges. Some scuffs and soiling to endpapers. Pencil erasures to flyleaf, with large contemporary signature and date by previous owner on following blank page. First two pages of text bound in upside down. Following this, pages are clean, crisp, and unmarked, with just some light toning. Binding is holding soundly. Not a facsimile or ex-library copy.

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History of Dallas County Texas From 1837 to 1887 - John Henry Brown - First Edition - SOLD

First Edition of John Henry Brown's History of Dallas County, Texas, From 1837 to 1887, printed by Milligan Cornett & Farnham in 1887. Printed wraps show some soiling and edgewear, a few small punctures, and some chipping at head and tail of spine. Parts of spine rubbed away, revealing gatherings beneath. Abrasion to inside front cover matching a small, clean puncture to title page. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy. 

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