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“One of the Best Portraits of Ranch Life from a Woman’s Point Of View” (Reese, Six Score)

117. MATTHEWS, Sallie [Ann] Reynolds. Interwoven, a Pioneer Chronicle. Houston : Anson Jones Press, 1936. x, [2], 234 pp., frontispiece (photographic portrait of author and her husband). 8vo, original orange suede. Except for light binding wear, very fine, in very good d.j. with minor wear. This book is increasingly difficult to locate in first edition, especially in collector’s condition and in d.j.

     First edition. Adams , Guns 1463: “Rare.” Adams, Herd 1454:  “Good picture of early Texas ranch life and trail driving.” Basic Texas Books 139. Campbell , p. 93. CBC 4060. Dobie, p. 62: “Ranch life in the Texas frontier as a refined and intelligent woman saw it.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 6. Dykes, Western High Spots, pp. 80 & 103. Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas 21n (citing the 1958 Hertzog edition):  “Tells more about daily life on the frontier than any comparable narrative.... Good history of a large part of the cattle frontier from the 1860s to modern times.” Howes M426. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 17. Reese, Six Score 78 : “One of the best portraits of ranch life from a woman’s point of view.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2811n: “First-hand account of Comanche raids in the Ft. Griffin area and efforts by pioneer settlers to protect themselves during the 1860s and 1870s.”

     “Sallie Ann Reynolds Matthews (1861-1938), writer, was born at the Cantrell Ranch in Buchanan County (now Stephens County ), Texas , on May 23, 1861 , the daughter of Barber Watkins and Anne Marie ( Campbell ) Reynolds. She married John Alexander Matthews on December 25, 1876 ; they had nine children. She wrote an autobiographical account of life on the Texas frontier entitled Interwoven: A Pioneer Chronicle, which was published in 1936. The book served as a reference on the life and customs of the pioneer period of West Texas , and it was used as the basis of the original script for the Fort Griffin Fandangle. A part of the memoir was reprinted in 1961, on the 100th anniversary of Mrs. Matthews's birth, as True Tales of the Frontier. Sallie Matthews died on September 14, 1938, in Albany, Texas, and was buried there” Handbook of Texas Online: Sallie Ann Matthews Reynolds. ($1,000-2,000)

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