Dorothy Sloan -- Books

AUCTION 22

 

"I rank it the finest piece of Texas writing ever done”—A.C. Greene

 


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210.     GRAVES, John. Goodbye to a River. A Narrative by John Graves. Austin: [W. Thomas Taylor for the Book Club of Texas], 1989. [10], 1-237 [1, blank], [2] pp., folded map, text illustrations (toned photographs, prints made by William Wittliff from the originals taken by Graves during his trip down the Brazos River). 4to (28 x 20.2 cm), original half brown cloth over marbled boards. Very fine, signed by Graves at end of preface.

     Limited edition (550 copies), new introduction by John Graves and added photographs. The first edition was designed by Carl Hertzog and published by Knopf in 1964. Cox, More Basic Texas Books 40. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 3737: “Moving account of the Brazos River and the events which have transpired in its vicinity. Graves writes not as an historian, but as an environmentally and culturally conscious observer who laments the passing of an earlier era.” Cf. CBC 2477n, and three others.

     Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 86: “A great book…. It contains the essential humor, the rawness, and earthy wisdom of an old, rural Texas society without sacrificing intelligence and historical accuracy. There have been only a handful of books that achieved this plateau…. I rank it the finest piece of Texas writing ever done.” A.C. Greene & His Library: “Although this is not the first edition of Goodbye to a River, it is the most beautiful. It contains several photos of John on the river which were taken by his wife Jane. Bill Wittliff and W. Thomas Taylor, both of whom have had so much to do with beautiful Texas books, added their skills.”

($100-300)

 

 

Auction 22 Abstracts

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