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“God pity the wight for whom this vivid, honest story has no interest” (John Lomax)

121. McCAULEY, James Emmit. A Stove-Up Cowboy’s Story...Introduction by John A. Lomax. Drawings by Tom Lea. Austin & Dallas: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas Folklore Society & University Press, 1943. [iii]-xxii, [2], 73 [1 blank] pp., text illustrations (some full page, including frontispiece), illustrated endpapers. 8vo, original tan and brown pictorial cloth. Very fine in d.j.

     First edition, limited edition (700 copies), reprinted from My Rambles, by Solomon A. Wright. Adams, Guns 1389. Adams, Herd 1373. Basic Texas Books 100n. Campbell, p. 85. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 60. Dobie, pp. 110-11: “He was a common cowhand with uncommon saltiness of speech. He wrote as he talked. ‘God pity the wight for whom this vivid, honest story has no interest,’ John Lomax pronounced.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 16. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 187). Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 27 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”). Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 68E. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 22. McVicker B50. Reese, Six Score 75: “One of the most forceful and expressive autobiographies of the range country. McCauley lived hard.”

     Autobiography of McCauley, a tenant farmer’s son turned cowboy, through whose eyes “we catch some accurate glimpses of what trail life and ranch life really meant in the Eighties and thereafter. McCauley gives us very little of Zane Grey romancing. What he tells us actually happened to him in handling cattle.”  ($150-300)

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