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1590. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Longhorns. Boston: Little, Brown, [April 1945]. Another copy. Fore-edges foxed, else fine in d.j. $15.00
1591. DOBIE, J. Frank. “Mesquite.” [San Angelo],
December 1, 1938. 4 pp., photographic illustration and portrait of JFD, 2 text
illustrations. Small folio, new brown cloth. Fine, signed by JFD.
First separate printing, offprint from Southwestern Sheep & Goat Raiser. Dykes, My Dobie Collection, p. 10 (#36 on his rarities list). McVicker D22. JFD traces the use of all parts of the mesquite tree through history and waxes eloquently on how the humble mesquite epitomizes the range country of Texas. This offprint is replete with interesting facts and discussion, including: Mexican vaqueros wore mesquite leaves under their hats to prevent sunstroke; use of the handsome wood for construction and furniture (timbers in the Alamo; ranch houses between Laredo and Brownsville and elsewhere; King Ranch furniture); mesquite used as posts for the first barbed wire in Texas (some still standing); mesquite roots for whips and quirts; consumption of mesquite beans by cattle (in dry weather only!) as a preventative to worms; trail drivers such as Goodnight adhering to the theory that the presence of mesquites indicated water; astute observation that mesquite proliferation is probably due to overgrazing stock; methods of mesquite eradication. $85.00
1592. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Mezcla Man. El Paso del Norte:
[Carl Hertzog for Bertha and Frank Dobie], 1954.  11 pp., frontispiece by
José Cisneros. 8vo, original “adobe print” wrappers, stapled.
Slight rust stain at one staple, else very fine.
First edition. Cook 53. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros 64); My Dobie Collection, p. 10 (#40 on his list of rarities). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 89 (quoting Hertzog to Dobie, 1954): “I had trouble getting the paper I wanted for The Mezcla Man...so I had to use two kinds of paper.... Won’t the bibliographers of 1987 have fits when a copy shows up with the 2-color paper combination reversed, or maybe even an odd color?” McVicker D52. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 38.
Borderlands vaquero Elejio Juárez of Ranchos de los Olmos (on the south side of the Nueces River) told this story to JFD, who used it in his book On the Open Range. In this incarnation, the length of the story was doubled “thanks to an improved memory” (JFD). This is our favorite Dobie pamphlet—a wonderful story, creative design and printing, and illustrated by Cisneros. According to a note at the back: “The cover design was obtained by making prints from an adobe—the native ‘bricks’ of the Southwest for more than four centuries. Mud, straw and pebbles create textural design.” $150.00
1593. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Mezcla Man. El Paso del Norte: [Carl Hertzog for Bertha and Frank Dobie], 1954. Another copy. 8vo, loose in original wrappers. Slight abrasion to endpapers. Printer Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate. $125.00
“Fuzzy Mustangs”—With Artist’s Original Drawing
1594. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Mustangs. Boston: Little, Brown
and Company, .  xvii  376 pp., color frontispiece, original pen
and ink drawing (tipped on opposite limitation page) and text illustrations
(some full-page) by Charles Banks Wilson. 8vo, original pinto hide, gilt-lettered
leather spine label, t.e.g. Other than usual mild foxing adjacent to frontispiece,
a superb copy in plain brown paper d.j. and publisher’s tan cloth pictorial
slipcase (illustrated by Banks).
Limited edition, Pinto Edition (#61 of 100 copies, signed by Dobie and Wilson, with original drawing by Wilson, and in the special “Fuzzy Mustangs” binding in horse-hide with hair). Campbell, p. 130: “Stories of mustangs and mustangers.... This book incorporates Dobie’s Tales of the Mustang (1936) and part of Mustangs and Cow Horses, edited by Dobie, Boatright, and Ransom.... Famous mustangs are mentioned and their stories told. We learn of the ways, methods, and hardships of those who caught and tamed wild horses. It is the love of liberty of the wild horse which inspires the author and provides the theme of his book.” Dobie, pp. 33, 81, 132, 151, 180. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #66: “Rated by many as the best of Dobie’s books.”
Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 14; Western High Spots, p. 21 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West” #10): “The Pinto Edition failed to go around among the dedicated Dobie collectors. You had to ‘know’ a dealer to get a copy, and the casual Dobie collectors are simply out of luck on this beautiful issue of The Mustangs”; pp. 82, 86 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “The number one book about range horses;” p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Graff 1100. Herd 696. McVicker A14a(1). Powell, A Southwestern Century 28: “The fact that the horse is a nobler creature than the cow raises this ‘sequel’ to The Longhorns to the highest pinnacle of Dobie’s art, in which he sees the wild horse as symbolic of all that is best in the free and individualistic American tradition.” Reese, Six Score 33: “Certainly the best book on range horses, with much on cattle work.... Many feel this to be one of Dobie’s best books.” $4,000.00
1595. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Mustangs. Boston: Little, Brown
and Company, . xvii  376 pp., color frontispiece and text illustrations
(some full-page), illustrated endpapers by Charles Banks Wilson. 8vo, original
blue and tan pictorial cloth. Very fine in fine d.j. (Wilson illustrations
on front and back).
First trade edition, first issue d.j. (with Wilson drawing of mustangs on rear panel). McVicker A14a(3). WLA, Literary History of the American West, p. 541: “The Mustangs may well prove to be the most enduring of Dobie’s books. The English Romantic, the lover of the open range, and the critic of contemporary society merge into the marvelously elegiac opening lines of the volume: ‘Like the wild West Wind that Shelley yearned to be, the mustangs, the best ones at least, were “tameless, and swift, and proud”.... ’ He wrote obliquely of the spiritual truth of freedom, a value he believed the wild horses and their world embodied. Such a principle, of course, had been defined by Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the few American writers to significantly influence Dobie. The tales and facts collected in the book, however, have a vital tang of actual experience that transcends the abstract message.” $75.00
1596. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Mustangs. London: Hammond,
Hammond, and Company, . xiv, 346 pp., color frontispiece and text illustrations
(some full-page) by Charles Banks Wilson. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Foxing
to fore-edges and occasional text. Very good copy in rubbed d.j. with tear
(no loss of image). Laid in are publisher’s printed presentation slip
to author and clipping of a short review. JFD pencil note on contents page,
indicating that the English publisher did not include his footnotes.
First English edition. McVicker A14c. For the English edition the acknowledgements at the end of “A Personal Introduction” have been omitted, as have the notes at the back of the book. $50.00
1597. DOBIE, J. Frank. My Salute to Gene Rhodes. [El Paso:
Carl Hertzog for J. Frank Dobie], 1947.  12  pp., tailpiece by Bugbee.
8vo, original tan printed wrappers. Very fine.
First separate printing, limited issue (600 copies). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 67). Herd 697. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 46: “This simple and unadorned pamphlet is a complete resetting, ‘with a few corrections and emendations’ of Dobie’s introduction to The Little World Waddies.... It was sent by the Dobies as a Christmas greeting in 1947.” McVicker D37. $75.00
1598. DOBIE, J. Frank. On the Open Range. Dallas:
Southwest Press, [1932?]. xii, 312 pp., 4 color plates (including frontispiece),
text illustrations (some full-page), and pictorial free endpaper by Ben Carlton
Mead, brands illustrated in text. 12mo, original dark blue pictorial cloth
stamped in orange. Small bruise to upper edge of front cover, front endpapers
browned (from newspaper clipping), pages adjacent to plates lightly foxed (including
title), overall very good, with newspaper clipping of brands affixed to front
First edition, textbook issue, printed on lighter-weight paper, Mead illustrations retained on free endpapers, but pastedowns substituted with: “This book is the property of the State of Texas” with lines for students’ names, etc. The first edition (1930) was limited to 750 copies, but the textbook edition was printed in 15,000+ copies. The textbook issue went through at least four printings under Southwest Press. Reprints were not distinguished as such. According to Lon Tinkle’s biography of JFD, the book was recommended by the State for adoption as a textbook in October 1932.
Campbell, p. 207. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Mead 23n); My Dobie Collection, p. 8 (citing first edition): “It is seldom that a copy of the first [edition] reaches the market” (#10 on his list of rarities); Western High Spots, p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Herd 698n. McVicker A3a(2). Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 17 (citing first edition). Yost & Renner, Russell, p. 268 (“References”).
On the Open Range was the first of Dobie’s commercially published anthologies, dedicated to the boys and girls of the Southwest. Dobie was upset because the trade issue mistakenly had the same text as this “school book” issue. He had wanted to delete certain parts in the trade issue that duplicated material from his earlier books, rightly thinking that many who would buy the trade issue would have his earlier books, while most schoolchildren would not. Because of money difficulties the corrections were never made by the publisher and Dobie was not happy with this regular issue (see Tinkle’s biography of Dobie, p. 127). $45.00
1599. DOBIE, J. Frank. Picthing [sic] Horses and Panthers. Austin:
Texas Folk-Lore Society, 1940. 15 pp., text illustration by Will James. 8vo,
original tan printed wrappers. Very fine.
First separate printing, offprint from Mustangs and Cow Horses (Texas Folk-Lore Society, 1940). Cook 33. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Dufault [James] 56); My Dobie Collection, p. 10 (#37 on his rarities list). Herd 699. McVicker D27. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 31: “Scarce.”
JFD explores the American range horse’s ability to buck (as compared to its European counterpart), and discusses the possibility that this was an evolved protective skill to assist horses in warding off panthers. JFD tells of some famous outlaw horses, including Pecos Bill’s Widow-Maker, the Strawberry Roan, and Zebra Dun. He mentions Phillip Ashton Rollins’ allusion to “a mythical bronco named Armageddon that ate nothing but gunpowder and cholla cactus, and, having bucked itself completely out of its skin, continued to pitch until nothing of it remained beyond its ears and memory.” Dobie Christmas greeting for 1940. $50.00
1600. DOBIE, J. Frank. Prefaces. Boston & Toronto:
Little, Brown and Company, . ix  204 pp. 8vo, original half black
cloth over orange boards. Very fine in fine d.j. with slight wear.
First edition. Compilation of prefaces written for books by other writers, some not previously published. Essays on Andy Adams, Gene Rhodes, Charlie Siringo, Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, and others. Includes a discussion of James Cox’s The Cattle Industry of Texas and Adjacent Territory. $30.00
1601. DOBIE, J. Frank. Rattlesnakes. Boston: Little, Brown,
.  201 pp., illustrated title page. 8vo, original blue cloth. Very
fine in very fine d.j.
First edition. McVicker A19. The majority of the rattler incidents JFD describes occurred on ranches or trail drives. JFD interviewed Charles Goodnight in 1926, and includes his account of the giant rattler that saved the lives of Oliver Loving and One-Armed Bill Wilson during an encounter with Comanche warriors on their grueling trail drive from Palo Pinto County, Texas, to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in 1867. In typical JFD style, he supplements Goodnight’s account of the same incident with those of Bill Wilson, J. Evetts Haley, Loving’s great grand-daughter, and others.
A. C. Greene and His Library: “I am not one of that recent tribe that seems so eager to topple [Dobie] from the lofty position he continues to hold in Southwestern letters. Dobie wrote about what Dobie knew: nature and what he called ‘natural men.’ Rattlesnakes is a good example of Dobie writing about nature in a serious but amusing vein.” $75.00
1602. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Roadrunner in Fact and Folk-Lore. Austin:
[Texas Folk-Lore Society for] Texas Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission, 1939.
31 pp. 8vo, original blue pictorial wrappers. Moderate marginal browning, small
chip in upper cover, otherwise fine.
McVicker D26. Reprint from In the Shadow of History, the 1939 publication of the Texas Folk-Lore Society. An abbreviated version of this essay originally appeared in Natural History Magazine. Another of the Dobies’ Christmas greetings, this one exploring the natural history of a quintessential denizen of the southern ranges. JFD was actively involved in the movement to protect the roadrunner by law, sympathy, and understanding. $125.00
1603. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Seven Mustangs. [Austin: Adams
Publications], 1948.  12  pp. 8vo, original green wrappers with photograph
of Alec Phimister Proctor’s “Seven Mustangs” sculpture. Mild
to moderate staining to back wrapper, otherwise fine.
First edition, the Austin issue (without statement below title: “Address delivered at the unveiling of the monument”); another issue came out in Fort Worth at the same time. Cook 40. Dykes, My Dobie Collection, p. 10 (#39 on his rarities list). McVicker D39b. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 37: “Scarce.”
Christmas greeting reprinting an address made by Dobie at the unveiling of Procter’s monument on the University of Texas campus at Austin. Brief history of the mustang in America, from Spanish introduction to trail drives and Charles Siringo to modern breeding at the San Antonio Viejo Ranch in Jim Hogg County (where Proctor did his research for the sculpture). $50.00
1604. DOBIE, J. Frank. Some Part of Myself. Boston: Little,
Brown, . xiii  282 pp., portrait of Dobie, photographic plates. 8vo,
original green cloth. Very fine in fine d.j., with Bertha Dobie’s presentation
card laid in.
First edition. McVicker A20. JFD (1888-1964) intended to write his autobiography, but did not finish before he rode to the other side. He left behind the beginning chapters covering his life up to the 1930s. Bertha McKee, his ever-faithful wife, companion, and editor, gathered JFD’s notes and edited them to create this book. JFD begins his account with “A Plot of Earth,” an account of his youth on the Dobie family’s ranch in the brush country west of the Nueces River in Live Oak County, Texas. Over half the chapters are on ranching, including “The Cowman Who Was My Father” (Richard J. Dobie), “My Mother—Ella Byler Dobie,” “Uncle Frank Byler,” “Ranch Neighbors,” “Horses out of My Boyhood,” etc. $75.00
1605. DOBIE, J. Frank. Some Part of Myself. Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown, . Another copy, without presentation card laid in. Very fine in d.j. with some wear and chipping. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate. $50.00
1606. DOBIE, J. Frank. Some Part of Myself. Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown, . Another copy. Very fine in fine d.j. $50.00
1607. DOBIE, J. Frank. Storytellers I Have Known. [Austin],
1961. 29 pp. 8vo, original salmon printed wrappers. Fine.
First separate printing (reprinted from Singers and Storytellers, Texas Folk-Lore Publication 30, 1961). McVicker D79. Mohr, The Range Country 662. Christmas greeting from the Dobies, with tales and storytellers of the range country. The first of these raconteurs was a “panther man” riding a tired canelo horse who dropped by the Dobie ranch at night and “shivered the timbers” of the young JFD. $30.00
1608. DOBIE, J. Frank. Tales of Old-Time Texas. Boston:
Little, Brown, . vi [2, signed leaf] vii-xvi, 336 pp., frontispiece and
text illustrations (many full-page) by Barbara Latham. 8vo, original half brown
cloth over yellow boards. Very fine in very fine d.j. Uncommon.
First edition, signed issue, with leaf autographed by JFD bound in after title. Guns 605. Herd 701. McVicker A15a(1) (not noting this special issue with the signed leaf). The chapter on “A Ranch on the Nueces” gives the history of the Ray Ranch established in 1868 amidst great tribulations from raiders and Native Americans. Other chapters include “The Wild Woman of the Navidad,” “Big Foot Wallace and the Hickory Nuts,” “Northers, Drouths and Sandstorms,” “The Headless Horseman of the Mustangs,” “Desperate Rides,” “The Planter Who Gambled Away His Bride,” “Guarded by Rattlesnakes,” “The Apache Secret of the Guadalupes,” “The Mezcla Man,” and many more. $300.00
1609. DOBIE, J. Frank. Tales of Old-Time Texas. Boston:
Little, Brown, . xvi, 336 pp., frontispiece and illustrations by Barbara
Latham. 8vo, original half brown cloth over yellow boards. Very fine in very
First edition, trade issue. $100.00
Illustrated by Jerry Bywaters
1610. DOBIE, J. Frank. Tales of the Mustang. Dallas: [The
Rein Company for] The Book Club of Texas, 1936. 89  pp., tinted title and
text illustrations by Jerry Bywaters. 8vo, original grey boards, printed paper
label on upper cover. Light foxing to endpapers and usual faint offsetting
from illustrations, generally very fine in original glassine d.j. Signed by
JFD on half-title.
First edition, limited edition (300 copies). Cook 17. Dobie, p. 132. Dykes, My Dobie Collection (#7 on his list rarities): “It may be as difficult to find as any of the other Dobie limiteds except The Mustangs.” Herd 700. Lowman, Printing Arts in Texas, p. 61: “One of the most sought after modern rarities.... Chef d’oeuvre of the Book Club of Texas.” Marcus, Book Club of Texas 6. McVicker A6. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 18. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 7.
This handsomely printed and designed work was the precursor for JFD’s monumental The Mustangs. JFD comments in the preface to the present work: “For years I have been gathering data on mustangs and have enough about them to make a good-sized book. If el bueno Dios lends me life, I hope some day to put it into form.” JFD’s text is pleasingly illustrated by artist Williamson Gerald (Jerry) Bywaters (see Handbook of Texas Online: Williamson Gerald Bywaters).
JFD discusses the dispersion of range horses in the Southwest and Texas, noting that before the cattle trails were fenced and plowed under, “Texas cowboys had trailed more than 10,000,000 Texas cattle and more than 1,000,000 Texas horses upon them. The horses were Spanish—tough, wiry, thoroughly adapted to their environment. Their chief use was in developing the ranch industry over Nebraska, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Idaho—all the vast territory of the Northwest that by the close of the seventies had been finally wrested from the Plains Indians.” $1,000.00
1611. DOBIE, J. Frank. Tales of the Mustang. Dallas [Rein for] The Book Club of Texas, 1936. Another copy. Small stain to top fore-edge, endpapers foxed, and usual faint offsetting from illustrations, overall very fine in original glassine d.j. Signed by JFD on half-title. Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his bookplate. $1,000.00
1612. DOBIE, J. Frank. A Texan in England. Boston: Little,
Brown and Company, 1945. xiii  285 pp. 12mo, original tan cloth. Fine in
near fine d.j. (one short tear and price-clipped). Signed by author.
First edition. Campbell, p. 45: “Autobiographical, an account of Dobie’s impressions during a year at Cambridge University as visiting professor of American History in 1943.... Of course, a Texan of the cattleman tradition was already conditioned to admire the tradition of the English gentleman who came to the West and engaged in the cattle business.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 142). McVicker A11a. $50.00
1613. DOBIE, J. Frank. A Texan in England. Boston:
Little, Brown and Company, 1946. xiii  285 pp. 12mo, original tan cloth.
Very fine in price-clipped d.j. Signed by JFD.
First edition, eighth printing. $15.00
1614. DOBIE, J. Frank. A Texan in England. London:
Hammond, Hammond & Co., . 192 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates.
8vo, original beige buckram. Endsheets browned, else fine in near fine d.j.
with one tear. Publisher’s sample copy label tipped in.
First British edition. Publisher’s sample complete copy. $75.00
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