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“Realistic, Humorous, and Human”-J. Frank Dobie

231. WILLIAMS, J. R. Cowboys Out Our Way...With an Introduction by J. Frank Dobie. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1951. [8], 103 [1 blank] pp., cartoons on almost every page. Oblong 8vo, original terracotta linen, lettering in yellow on upper cover and spine.  Very fine in near fine d.j.

     First edition, first printing, with letter “A” on copyright page. Adams, Herd 2524. Dobie, p. 124:  “An album reproducing about two hundred of the realistic, humorous, and human J. R. Williams syndicated cartoons. This book was preceded by Out Our Way, New York, 1943, and includes numerous cartoons therein printed. There was an earlier and less extensive collection. Modest Jim Williams has been progressively dissatisfied with all his cartoon books-and with cartoons not in books. I like them.” Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 55 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #79); p. 84 (“A Range Man’s Library”). McVicker B84. Reese, Six Score 114: “A book of cartoons dealing with the cow country.  The ‘Out Our Way’ series covered many areas, but Williams was most at home with a ranch setting for his sardonic humor.” Introduction by J. Frank Dobie, selection of Dobie’s twenty-five favorite cartoons at end, and some cartoons with references to Dobie.

     "With Teddy Blue, Haley's biography of Goodnight, Erwin Smith's book of range photographs and a volume of J.R. Williams cowboy cartoons, one can figure out just about anything one might need to know about the nineteenth century cowboy" (Larry McMurtry, In a Narrow Grave). ($100-200)

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