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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Frederick Nolan - The Lincoln County War - Deluxe Edition - 1 of 50, with original L.G. Murphy & Co. check - $500

NOLAN, Frederick. The Lincoln County War: A Documentary History.

Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1992. Limited Deluxe Edition, signed by the author and numbered 12 of 50 copies. Photograph made from original (c. 1879) of Jimmy Dolan and Bob Olinger attached to frontis; original L.G. Murphy & Co. check in pocket attached to rear pastedown. Quarter leather over light brown cloth-covered boards, in matching cloth-covered slipcase. Very slight curving to boards near fore-edge, with a clean inch tear at top of page 457, not extending to text. Some pages still uncut. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Slipcase is sturdy and square with no bumps or splits. 

A detailed and heavily researched account of the Lincoln County War--fought by a who's who of the Old West including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, John Chisum, the Jesse Evans Gang, and many more--drawing from numerous primary sources on all sides of the conflict. The conflict was the basis for Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Arthur Penn's The Left Handed Gun, the John Wayne film Chisum, and of course Young Guns. 

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Lewis H. Garrard - Wah to Yah and the Taos Trail - First Edition, 1850 - $800

GARRARD, Lewis H. Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail; or Prairie Travel and Scalp Dances, With a Look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfire.

Cincinnati and New York: H.W. Derby & Co. and A.S. Barnes & Co., 1850. First Edition. First issue, with page 269 numbered as 26. Rebound in black leather boards with gilt lettering and rules to spine. A few pages show light foxing and dogeared corners, and there are one or two spots of oxidation from a previously laid in object. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. 

Taking its name for an Indian name for Colorado's Spanish Peaks, Garrard's book recounts tales of "the Indian, the trader, the mountain man, their dress, and behavior and speech and the country and climate they lived in" (A.B. Guthrie, Jr., introducing a later edition), while crossing paths with frontier and mountain men such as Kit Carson, Jim Beckwourth, and Ceran St. Vrain. [Graff 1513, Howes G69]

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