experience. Aside from various newspaper and magazine features, his publications include
A History of San Marcos and Hays County
Adventures in the Canyons, Mountains and
Desert Country of the Big Bend of Texas and Mexico
), both privately printed. He died of
colon cancer on April
Bibliography: Al Lowman,
Remembering Dudley Dobie: The First Bookseller to Enrich My Life (and
Empty My Pockets)
(Austin, Boerne & San Marcos, Texas: Lagarto Press,
Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Source: “Dobie, Dudley Richard, Sr.” The Handbook of Texas Online:
Copies of Al Lowman’s book,
Remembering Dudley Dobie: The First Bookseller to Enrich My Life
(and Empty My Pockets)
are available from Dorothy Sloan–Rare Books, Inc. Please inquire.
written by Dudley R. Dobie, Sr. which appeared in the Sunday Supple-
ment to the
Dallas Times Herald
, Sunday, October
About Cattle and Horses, and Men Who Live with Them
Folks from other states and from other parts of the world sometimes tire of much of the ma-
terials poured through the book factories dealing with the history of the Lone Star State.
However, the reading world always has an appetite for good books devoted to horses, cattle,
cowboys, and ranching in general. And a great majority of such books relate to Texas. It’s a
fascinating subject, mostly because horses and cattle themselves are fascinating.
True enough, too many people read the sorry “blood and thunder” stories dished out by
the pulp writers, but even most of these readers appreciate a range book with the proper set-
ting which is true to life.
Old Charlie Siringo’s
A Texas Cowboy; or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Span-
) was one of the
rst authentic narratives about cowboys. A mint copy with its
attractive pictorial cover and colored plates will make any range collector’s mouth water.
Some copies had double plates, but they are as scarce as hen’s teeth. As time wore on, Siringo
had further experiences to relate. He added them to his
rst creation and gave the book a
new title. This went on and on. After all, each book is worthy of possession because Siringo
had seen and heard a lot.
The writings of Andy Adams, like those of Siringo, are always in demand. He used the
novel form, but his material is authentic. Adams’s best book is his
The Log of a Cowboy
). It is
ne trail-driving reading for young or old. His other books are:
The Outlet; A
Texas Matchmaker: Cattle Brands; Reed Anthony Cowman; Wells Brothers;
The Ranch on
rst editions of the Adams titles. Reprints may be obtained at
James H. Cook’s
Fifty Years on the Old Frontier
) is good reading. Cook punched cat-
tle across much of Texas and over the trails into other states. As his life drew to a close, he
“collaborated” with Howard R. Driggs on
Perhaps Philip Ashton Rollins’s
should have appeared at the top of this par-
tial list of good books. Anyway, this work
rst appeared in
, with a Charlie Russell illus-
it was revised and enlarged, thus becoming superior to the earlier edition. It
is a standard work.
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