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“Landmark in Historical Interpretation of the West”
Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44

225. WEBB, Walter Prescott. The Great Plains . [ Boston , etc.]: Ginn and Company, [1931]. xv [1 blank], 345 [2] 346-525 [1 blank] pp., 8 plates (photographic), 2 folded maps, text illustrations (some full page, mostly maps).  8vo, original navy blue cloth decorated and lettered in silver on spine and upper cover. Endpapers lightly browned, otherwise fine in the scarce d.j. (spine browned, light chipping, specially at spine extremities which have some old tape reinforcements, two tears on back panel, but no losses). Engraved book plate of Chicago bibliophile John Thomas Lee. Uncommon in d.j. and first issue.

     First edition, first issue (“poor” spelled “poo” on page 10). Adams, Herd 2455: “A well-written book with a long chapter on the cattle industry.” Basic Texas Books 212. Campbell , p. 111: “A monument of historical interpretation of the semiarid short-grass country, the so-called Cattle Kingdom . It analyzes the whole country, the climate, the flora and fauna, and the resulting culture. It has the merits of sound scholarship, thorough research, and ample subject.... Indispensable.” Dobie, pp. 19, 123-24. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #28. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 17; Western High Spots, p. 77 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “The greatest single book about a major segment of the range country”; p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”). Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas , p. 39. Howes W193. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 8. Rader 3594. Reese, Six Score 111: “A must for every western library.” Saunders 2671: “Includes some material on the early explorers.” Tate, Indians of Texas 196. Taylor & Maar, The American Cowboy, p. 222: “Describes the cultural and geographic setting within which the range cattle industry developed.” ($150-300)

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