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232. WILSON, Laura. Watt Matthews of Lambshead. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, [1989]. 139 [1] pp., photographs by author. 4to, original half smooth cowhide blind-lettered and decorated with brands, over tan blue cloth. Very fine in publisher’s matching blue cloth slipcase. Laid in are a card signed by Wilson and Matthews and a prospectus for the book. Scarce in commerce, out-of-print upon publication.

     First edition, limited edition (250 copies in the special binding).  We worked with A. C. Greene in his final days on his library, and this is what he had to say about this book and Watt Matthews:  “I am happy to say that my book, A Personal Country, was one of the items that sent Laura Wilson to West Texas where she encountered Watt Matthews and eventually did her masterly photographic work, Watt Matthews of Lambshead. Watt, age 96 as I write, is an old friend from the Albany country and has lived on the Lambshead since birth, lacking only the four years he attended Princeton University. He never married. Laura’s book captures Watt (and his legendary life) at its prime. Lambshead, by the way, is not an attempt to be witty naming a cattle ranch. Lambshead was an Englishman who lived out there on that 19th-century frontier back in the 1850s.”  A superb photodocumentary that captures ranch life, personalities, and the challenges of living on the range. ($250-450) 

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