Doc Green’s Last Trail Drive Through Downtown
With Joe Beeler’s Signed Art Work
44. GREEN, Ben K[ing]. The Last Trail Drive through Downtown Dallas. Flagstaff: Northland Press, . , 73  pp., text illustrations by Joe Beeler. Oblong 4to, original half tan leather over brown cloth, spine gilt lettered, author’s name printed in black on upper board. Publisher’s original tan slipcase with Green’s veterinarian logo in brown on upper panel. Except for two minor bumps to slipcase, very fine. This limited edition with original art work by Beeler is rare in commerce.
First edition, limited edition (#8 of 100 copies, signed by Green and with artist Beeler’s signed ink and wash drawing of a hobbled stallion grazing in a field with a barn and windmill in background). Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #50. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 15; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Beeler 41); Western High Spots, p. 64 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #174): “Delightful tale.” Reese, Six Score 49: “The story of the author’s early venture as a horse trader, driving a herd of horses from West Texas to Bossier City, La., selling along the way.” Wilson 16.
Joe Beeler (1931-2006), part Cherokee, studied art at the University of Tulsa before doing service in the Korean War. He subsequently moved onto Native American land in Oklahoma to work in art, depicting Western subjects. His one-man show in 1960 catapulted him into prominence. ($1,000-1,500)
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