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“One of the Most Beautifully Printed Books on the West” (Dobie)

82. LEIGH, William R. The Western Pony. New York: [A. Colish for] Huntington Press, [1933]. [3]-116, [2] pp., text illustrations (6 full page, in color, and tipped in and with tissue guards; plus uncolored text illustrations), with extra color plate signed by Leigh laid in. 4to, original terracotta cloth, spine gilt lettered, upper cover with black skiver label with silhouette of horse head stamped in gilt, t.e.g., untrimmed.  Spine slightly darkened, otherwise fine, mostly unopened. The laid-in color print signed by Leigh has the printed caption: “Nobody but a Navaho would hang his lariat on the left side! A cowboy would laugh, but the old black mustang can go when he has to.”

     First edition, limited edition (100 copies). Adams, Herd 1325: “Scarce.” Campbell, p. 131. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 59. Dobie, pp. 134, 188: “One of the most beautifully printed books on the West, beautiful illustrations; illuminating text.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 16. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Leigh 120); Western High Spots, p. 51 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #53): “Quite expensive today. There was a second edition that doesn’t quite match the expert printing and reproductions of the first.” Graff 2451. Howes L242. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 21.  In 1906 after ten years as an illustrator for leading magazines, William Robinson Leigh (1866-1955) went to Arizona, New Mexico, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and other northern Rocky Mountain states to paint Native Americans, cowboys, and wildlife.  ($600-1,200) 

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