A Unique Inscribed Binder’s Dummy Copy of Dobie’s The Longhorns

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619. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Longhorns...Illustrated by Tom Lea. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1941. [44] pp. (including double-page color pictorial title page), limitation leaf inserted. 8vo (22.5 x 15.5 cm), original full tan calf with lettered spine and upper cover decorated with brand. Spine and covers lightly rubbed and darkened, upper joint with slight separation at top, fore-edges slightly foxed; interior fine. With two ink inscriptions in Dobie’s hand on front flyleaf. One reads: “Dear Steele: | These are some brands that | my people have used a long | time” followed by original ink sketches of eight brands and their names, one of which is illustrated on the upper cover. Written horizontally is: “I am delighted to be in your house tonight. Your friend— | Frank Dobie | Rye New York | April 18, 1942.” This is a dummy composed of the preliminary leaves up through p. 4 and then miscellaneous unnumbered sheets primarily with photographs of cattle and printed commentary. The remainder of the text block is composed of blank sheets. It was apparently made up by the binder to check the binding against the text block size. A unique copy.

     First edition, limited “Rawhide” edition with special limitation leaf with illustration by Lea showing Dobie and Lea in cowboy gear; in the special full calf binding. Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 30. Cook 34. Dobie, p. 102: “History of the Longhorn breed, psychology of stampedes; days of maverickers and mavericks; stories of individual lead steers and outlaws of the range; stories about rawhide and many other related subjects.” Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #18. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 5; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea 135); Kid 295; Western High Spots, p. 15 (“Western Movement: Its Literature”); (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #62); pp. 82, 86 (“A Range Man’s Library”): “Based on a terrific amount of research and written as only ‘Mr. Southwest’ could write it—a major contribution to the history of the West”; p. 103 (“The Texas Ranch Today”).

     Graff 1099. Adams, Herd 694. Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 42B. Howes D375. McVicker A9a(1). Malone, Wyomingiana, p. 21: “Though chiefly about Texas and Texas cattle, a general history of the early cattle industry, its techniques, and anecdotes about cowboys.” Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 18. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 5. Reese, Six Score 32: “This is the most desirable edition.... One of the true classics of range cattle literature. The limited edition is increasingly hard to procure.” Saunders 4032. Streeter Sale 2399.


Sold. Hammer: $2,000.00; Price Realized: $2,450.00.

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