Exceptionally Fine Randado in Boards & Glassine Wrapper
81. LEA, Tom. Randado. [El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1941].  pp., text illustrations by Tom Lea (images in grey, initials in maize). 4to, original reddish brown boards, pictorial paper label mounted on upper cover. Very fine in original glassine d.j. Signed by Lea.
First edition, limited edition, boards issue (#74 of 100 copies, one of 15 in boards). Adams, Herd 1317. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 28). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 46A. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 16: “When Tom Lea undertook to illustrate J. Frank Dobie’s book The Longhorns, the author and the artist made a trip together, visiting the ranches where they might see the last remaining herds of wild longhorns. When Lea saw the ruins of the old ranch at Randado, and heard its legend, he was inspired to write his poetic tribute. According to Hertzog, ‘the type selected was not by choice, but was simply the best available face in El Paso for machine composition. The presswork is faulty, partly on account of the pressman, but more on account of using an old press with a loose platen and loose rollers.’ Even so, the book is stunning in its format. Only 25 copies were for sale to the public, prompting H. Bailey Carroll to comment at the time: ‘Copies may soon become as scarce as the remaining tangible evidence of the existence of El Randado—now largely dust upon the sunburned face of Jim Hogg County.’—Southwestern Historical Quarterly (April 1941), p. 512. The original binding for the entire edition was a heavy brown paper cover. When certain collectors wanted a more permanent binding, 15 copies were rebound in boards, using the same light brown cover (although on three copies a yellow cover was substituted). These copies have a knife edge.” ($2,000-4,000)
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