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A.C. Greene's 50+ Best Books on Texas

A. C. Green has left us, but his love of Texas, its various parts, its history and literature lives through his bright and lively work. Greene, in his literate and plainspoken way, gave us the great gift of a guide to Texas literature in 1982, "The 50 Best Books on Texas" and in the 1998 revised version, The 50+ Best Books on Texas". We at Texas Star Books try to keep copies from Greene's list on hand. Some are easier to find than others, so we may not have them all. To view his picks, click on the book title. Look for the book, itself in our inventory, too!
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Texas Star Books has retail space in
Montgomery Street Antique Mall
2601 Montgomery Street @I-30
Fort Worth, Texas
We're proud of our selection of Texana, Texas History, American History and Military History. We also have a great selection of original WWII posters.
If you're in the D/FW area, please come browse our shelves!

Texas Nature, Wildlife and Geology

Texas Nature, Wildlife and Geology

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1 God's Country or Devil's Playground: An Anthology of Nature Writing from the Big Bend of Texas
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Univ of Texas Press 2002 0292755805 / 9780292755802 First Edition Near Fine No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
321 pp. Bright crisp and tight copy with very light edgewear. Appears unread. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2 Rockport Collection Fish Game Fine Art
Rockport, TX Rockport Art Association 1986 096165600x / 9780961656003 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Signed by Illustrator
Signed by five artists, Al Barnes, Herb Booth, Jack Cowan, Michael Frary and Harold Phenix; line artist Kay Barbebey and Foreword writer Jane McAllister. With Introduction by Leon Hale, columnist for the Houston Post. From Rockport, Texas on the Texas Gulf Coast, including work by the artists who signed as well as E.M. 'Buck' Schewitz. A fine collection of recipes and art from the seat of Aransas County, home of wildlife refuges and whooping cranes. 190 pp. Tan boards with gilt print and black images of trees and birds. Gift inscription on front free end paper. Very light wear. Clean text block. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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3 Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller Texas Wildflowers
Austin, Texas University of Texas Press 1996 0292780605 / 9780292780606 1st Paperback Ed., 8th Ptg. Soft Cover Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
With a foreword by Lady Bird Johnson. Trade paperback -6"W X 8 1/2"H - 271 pp. inc'g index with full color photographs on almost every page. 271 pp. Minor wear on wraps. Front wrap has very slight curl. Nice, clean copy. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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4 F. M. McCarty Big Bend Country
Amarillo, TX McCarty 1968 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Subtitled, "A Guide to Big Bend Country". 64 pp. Trade paperback with stapled binding. Tight copy with light rubbing. Clean interior. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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5 George Oxford Miller Texas Parks and Campgrounds, Completely Revised 3rd Edition
Houston Gulf Publishing 1995 0877192650 / 9780877192657 3rd Ed., 2nd Ptg. Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
From the front wrap, "A Comprehensive Guide to State and National Parks, National Forests, Lakes, Trails, Campsites, Fishing Holes, and Many Other Natural Attractions". One of "The Texas Monthly Guidebooks". 242 pp. Trade paperback is tight with corner and spine end wear. Corners curl slightly, and there is a small clear desposit (maybe clear glue?) dried on the lower portion, on the "C" of "Completely Revised..". Top corner of first few pages has a light damp stain, and there is a little creasing on bottom corner of first few pages. Also a very light damp stain on bottom page edge at spine which extends onto bottom page margins for first several pages. Slight shelf soiling on page edges. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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6 Graves, John Goodbye to a River (Signed)
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1960 First Edition Cloth Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Russell Waterhouse Signed by Author
Scarce first edition and first printing of Graves' classic tale of his travels down the Brazos River. Typography, binding and jacket design by Carl Hertzog. Graves signed on front free end paper and inscribed "To T. L. Jaggars on the day of a happy occasion for him", with date, Dec. 6, 1960. Same page shows signature of The Committee: Clifton Blackmon, C. J. Weekley, and J. Richard Brown. Orange cloth boards with graphic of horseback American Indian on front board. Front hinge is slightly loosened, and there is light bumping. Dust jacket has price intact and shows some edgewear/chipping, especially to top corners and top of spine. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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7 Graves, John Texas Rivers
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Texas Parks & Wildlife Pr 2003 0292701985 / 9780292701984 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Meinzer, Wyman Signed by Author
Signed by Texas river icon Graves ("Goodbye to a River) on title page. Lovely photography by Texas state photographer Meinzer. 144pp. Square format, 11-1/4" X 11-1/4". Bright, crisp and clean - giftable, collectible copy. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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8 Graves, John; Lively, Franklin T.; Parvin, Bob; Pinkard, Tommie Landscapes of Texas: Photographs from Texas Highways Magazine
College Station, Texas Texas A & M Univ Press 1980 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Signed by Author
John Graves wrote the Introduction to this fine collection of Texas photographs by Texas Highways excellent photographers. And he signed it on the half title page with just his name. Bright and crisp copy with gift inscription on front pastedown paper. Dust jacket is price clipped and shows light rubbing on edges, rear hinge. Top edge of rear panel has two small closed tears. Few spots on rear panel. Dust jacket now in protective cover. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 Henley, Dempsie The Murder of Silence: The Big Thicket Story
Waco, TX Texian Press 1970 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
An activist in preserving the Big Thicket, and once the mayor of Liberty, TX, the author has signed the front free end paper. Light green paper stock. Bright green boards with bright gilt print on spine. Tight and clean copy with light edge wear on corners and spine ends. Dust jacket has price intact. Spine ends of dust jacket has creasing with some chipping and tearing. Corners show light chipping, and solid green rear panel shows some rubbing, especially on rear flap fold and rear hinge. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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10 James A. Lane A Birder's Guide to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas
Denver, CO L&P Press 1978 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
111 pp. Trade paperback on birds along the Texas-Mexico border. Stapled binding is tight. Clean copy with light creasing/edgewear to wraps and slight curling at corners. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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11 Jim Peterson and Barry R. Zimmer Birds of the Trans-Pecos
Austin, Texas University of Texas Press 1998 0292765835 / 9780292765832 First Edition Thus Cloth Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Gail Diane Yovanovich 
184 pp. New copy. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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12 Joyce Gibson Roach Horned Toad Canyon
Albany, TX Bright Sky Press 2003 1931721017 / 9781931721011 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Charles Shaw 
Fort Worth writer joins with Texas illustrator, Charles Shaw, in this clever children's story about a southwestern icon, the horned toad. Aimed at 9 - 12 year olds. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. 48 pp. New, crisp and bright copy, as is the dust jacket. 
Price: 17.95 USD
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13 Mark W. Lockwood Birds of the Texas Hill Country
Austin, Texas University of Texas Press 2003 0292747268 / 9780292747265 2nd Paperback Printing Soft Cover Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Clemente Guzman III 
Bright and crisp trade paperback - unread. 228 pp. Foreword by Terry Maxwell. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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14 Mark W. Lockwood Birds of the Texas Hill Country
Austin, Texas University of Texas Press 2003 0292747268 / 9780292747265 2nd Paperback Printing Soft Cover Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Clemente Guzman III 
Bright and crisp trade paperback - unread. 228 pp. Foreword by Terry Maxwell. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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15 Pittman, Blair The Natural World of The Texas Big Thicket
College Station, TX Texas A&M University Press 1978 0890960615 / 9780890960615 First Edition Cloth Very Good Very Good Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Blair Pittman, Photographer Signed by Author
With an introduction by Texas naturalist, William A. Owen, Pittman's 98 stunning color photographs of the vast variety of flora and fauna of the Big Thicket area of East Texas, now a national preserve. A well-known photojournalist, Blair has signed this copy on title page. Oversize copy, 9"W X 12-1/2"H. 99 pp. Crisp and tight copy with inscription to previous owner on front free end paper. Light edgewear. Dust jacket has corner and spine end bumping and some rubbing on front panel with a little rubbing on rear panel. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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16 Ronnie C. Tyler The Big Bend, A History of the Last Frontier
Washington, D.C. National Park Services 1975 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Written by the curator of the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art in Fort Worth. Amon Carter was a mastermind of making Big Bend a national park. 288 pp. Trade paperback is tight and clean with light edgewear, creasing and rubbing to wraps. Clean interior. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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17 Valenza, Janet Taking the Waters in Texas: Spring Springs, Spas, and Fountains of Youth
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Univ of Texas Press 2000 0292787332 / 9780292787339 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Bright, crisp, tight and clean. Unread. Bright and crisp dust jacket. Nice copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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