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

Author’s Presentation Copy to Charles Wilson Hackett

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548. [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 17 cm), original red buckram, pictorial d.j. Spine slightly faded at extremities, endpapers lightly age toned, a few minor stains to title, overall a very good copy in moderately chipped d.j. Author’s presentation copy written in green ink: “To Charles Wilson Hackett, companion and friend through all the years in which this volume was in the writing. His own industry in research often spurred my lazy spirit. Walter Prescott Webb.” Laid in are prospectus and publisher’s blurb.

     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. Campbell, p. 77. Dobie, Life & Literature of the Southwest,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.”


Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $367.50.

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