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AUCTION 19

43. GREEN, Ben K[ing]. Ben Green Tales. Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1974. Comprising:  (1) When I Was Just a Colt: Illustrated by William Moyers. [10], 57 [1 blank] pp., text illustrations; (2) Up Fool’s Hill Ahorseback: Illustrated by John Hampton. [6], 79 [1 blank] pp., text illustrations; (3) Beauty: Illustrated by Joe Beeler. [6], 59 [1 blank] pp., text illustrations; (4) How Come I Wrote a Book: Illustrated by James Boren.  [6], 51 [1 blank] pp., text illustrations.  4 vols., narrow 8vo, original green, maize, blue, and orange cloth gilt, in publisher’s slipcase with printed label with Doc Green’s vet logo on upper panel. Mint, signed by Ben Green, Bill Moyers (illustrator), John Hampton (illustrator, signature plus ink drawing of spur), and James Boren (illustrator).

     First edition, limited edition (#598 of 1,250 sets signed by author).  Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Beeler 47). Wilson 22. Rancher, writer, and erstwhile veterinarian Green in this series of stories touches on several interesting incidents in his own life, including his experiences with a schoolmate named Trouble and with his favorite horse named Beauty, which often came to his rescue in various cowboy adventures. Volume 4, however, is of more literary interest in the history of Texas letters because it covers Green's famous on-air run-in with Barbara Walters over his reference to Blacks. See next entry. ($250-500)

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