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Pingenot Auction, Lot 316

316. WEBB, Walter Prescott. The Texas Rangers: A Century of Frontier Defense. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1935. [4] xiv [2] 583 [1] pp., frontispiece, photographs and illustrations by Lonnie Rees. 8vo, original half tan pigskin over beige buckram, gilt-lettered dark blue spine label, t.e.g. One small spot on upper cover, endpapers with mild browning, otherwise very fine in worn and split publisher’s box. Contemporary bookplate of Richard Schermerhorn Rowe (with UT Main tower as illustration). Extra inscription in ink by Webb: "This copy is the Will Rogers book. It was presented by the author to the Rogers fund and chances were sold by the book stores. The book brought $12.10. It goes to Mrs. C. E. Rowe. Dec. 19, 1935. Walter Prescott Webb." Will Rogers had been killed in a plane crash in Alaska on August 15. At the back of the book is Warren R. Howell’s penciled cost code and price of $550.
         First edition, limited edition (#8 of 250 copies, signed by author and in the special binding). Adams, Guns 2333; One-Fifty 145: "Much material on Texas outlaws." Basic Texas Books 212A: "The most important work on the Texas Rangers." Dobie, Big Bend Bibliography, p. 27. Dobie, p. 60: "The beginning, middle and end of the subject." Dykes, Kid 210; Western High Spots, p. 119-20 ("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." Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 182. 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.’" Webb, Texana, Books in Texas 5. Tutorow 3551. WLA, 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."