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“The beginning, middle and end of the subject”—Dobie

Webb Autograph Letter Signed laid in + Ranger ephemera

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531.     [TEXAS RANGERS]. WEBB, Walter Prescott. The Texas Rangers. A Century of Frontier Defense Illustrated with Drawings by Lonnie Rees and with Photographs. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company & The Riverside Press, 1935. [i-viii] ix-<xiv> [1, blank], [1-2] 3-<584> pp., frontispiece plate (“The Rio Grande Guard”), numerous text illustrations (photographs and art work by Rees). 8vo (24.5 x 16.5 cm), original red cloth. One light stain to upper cover, endpapers foxed and abraded, a few minor stains to title, overall a good copy in good d.j. with some wear and reinforcement to verso. Laid in are: TLs (half page, February 2, 1940) from Webb to Rev. W.E. Airey about Airey’s work with the National Frontiersmen’s Association; article on the Rangers from Texas Farm and Ranch (October 23, 1897) with photo-illustration of “Mr. J.W. Sullivan, a typical Texas Ranger”; and Rose Collection copyprint photo of Capt. D.W. Roberts’ Ranger Camp.

     First edition. This is the first issue, with the caption on the photograph on p. 565 incorrectly identifying Ray Miller as the third man from the left. Adams, One-Fifty 145: “The most thorough and reliable work to date on the Texas Rangers, and contains much material on Texas outlaws.” Adams, Guns 2333. Agatha, p. 65. Basic Texas Books 212: “The most important work on the Texas Rangers.” Campbell, p. 77. Dobie, pp. 58, 60: “The beginning, middle and end of the subject.” Dobie, Big Bend Bibliography, p. 27. Dykes, Kid 210: “Rare.” Dykes, Western High Spots, pp. 119–120 (“Ranger Reading”): “If I had to limit my Texas Ranger reading to just one book, I’d take [this one]…. Here is history, backed by intelligent research and by an understanding of the force (they could ride like Mexicans; trail like Indians; shoot like Tennesseans; and fight like the devil!) and the psychology of the men by actual contact with them, presented with vigor and clarity that makes it better reading than most fiction.” Howes W194. Mohr, The Range Country 790. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2449: “Best delineation of ranger-type forces throughout Texas history and…their point of view on the ‘Indian problem.’” Western Literature Association, A Literary History of the American West, p. 626: “A re-creation of border life as well as the story of Texas’s famous—and sometimes infamous—peace-keeping organization.”


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