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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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1 The Cactus 1940
Austin, Texas Texas Student Publications Inc. 1940 Hard Cover Very Good No Dust Jacket Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
University of Texas yearbook, The Cactus 1940, "Texas Literature Number" with theme of Texas literature and commentary throughout by J. Frank Dobie - not cited in Dobie bibliography. Art by Bruno Lore - "Memoirs of Col. Ellis P. Bean", Travis's Letter from the Alamo, "The Adventures of Big-Foot Wallace", The Old Chisholm Trail", "The Log of A Cowboy" , "The Texas Rangers" and from Dobie's own, "Coronado's Children". Oversize format, 9-1/2"W X 12-1/4H" - 528 pp. Blue leatherette padded boards show light edgewear. Page edges have some soiling and tanning. Clean and bright interior with very slight loosening of hinge. Very nice copy of scarce Dobie work. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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2 Abernethy, Francis Edward, Editor Hoein' the Short Rows
Dallas, Texas Southern Methodist University Press 1987 0870742566 / 9780870742569 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good++ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Texas Folklore Society Publication XLVII. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. 338 pp. Crisp and clean copy with minor bumping to corners and spine ends. Dust jacket is also bright and crisp with minor edgewear. Very nice copy. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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3 Abernethy, Francis Edward, Editor T for Texas, A State Full of Folklore
Dallas, Texas Texas Folklore Society 1982 0935014039 / 9780935014037 First Edition Pictorial Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
"With complete bibliography of the Texas Folklore Society Publications by Herbert C. Arbuckle, III". "Publications of the Texas Folklore Society XLIV". 250 pp. Red boards with armadillo thinkin' 'bout Texas on the front board. Boards show rubbing on edges and hinges. Slight wear on corners and spine ends. Front board has few rubbing spots while back board has some light brown spotting which shows on white area. Page edges have very faint spotting. 
Price: 28.50 USD
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4 Ben K. Green A Thousand Miles of Mustangin'
Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.A. Northland Press 1972 0873580982 / 9780873580984 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Joe Beeler Signed by Author
Stated First Edition signed by author on front paper. A grand tale from the master horse trader. Illustrated by noted Western artist, Joe Beeler. Large octavo, 7 1/2"W X 9 3/4"H. 145 pp. Book has slight right lean. Gift inscription on copyright page opposite author's inscription to previous owner. Tan cloth boards with bright gilt title on spine and bright gilt mustang design on front board. Very minor edgewear. Dust jacket is orange with Beeler's illustration, a horse and rider with wild mustangs on front panel. Price remains. Minor edge wear. Tope edge has creasing and tearing/fraying. Corners have light chipping wear. Front has a few small smudges, and rear has a spot or two. Light rubbing on hinges and flap folds. Now in protective cover. A very nice signed copy of a Western classic. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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5 Bert Almon This Stubborn Self, Texas Autobiographies
Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian University Press 2002 0875652662 / 9780875652665 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good++ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
1st Ed., 1st Ptg."How Being Texan Has Shaped Their Stories" - Texas writers. Bright and crisp - unread. 419 pp. Dust jacket has light rubbing. Nice copy. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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6 Billings, Harold Texas Beast Fables
Roger Beacham 2006 0976604426 / 9780976604426 First Edition Hard Cover Fine No Dust Jacket Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Barbara Holman 
Signed by book designer/publisher (Beacham), William R. Holman, on colophon with limited edition information (295) at back of book.. Lovely illustrations with enchanting animal tales. Foreward by Texas Folklore Society's Francis Edward Abernethy. Edition of 295 copies. Publishers full-color announcement laid in. Oversize format, 9"W X 12-1/4"H. 91 pp. Bright red cloth boards with paste-down of owl on front board and paste-down of title on spine. Bright, crisp, clean and tight. No dust jacket, as issued but in protective acetate. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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7 Boatright, Mody B. Gib Morgan: Minstrel of the Oil Fields
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. Southern Methodist Univ Pr 1965 0870740083 / 9780870740084 2nd Printing Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
104 pp. in this bright and crisp copy of the 2nd printing after Carl Hertzog's 1st. Blue cloth boards show light bumping on corners and spine ends. Front board has faint and small brown spot at bottom edge near hinge. Else clean exterior and interior. No dust jacket. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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8 Bruce Crabtree The Lady and the Ranger, A Tale of the Texas Rangers
Eureka Springs Mill Hollow Press 1992 No Stated Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
199 pp. Trade paperback is crisp, bright and tight. Light wear to wrapper with some curling on front. Clean interior. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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9 Bryan Woolley The Bride Wore Crimson and Other Stories
El Paso, Texas, U.S.A. Texas Western Pr 1993 0874042283 / 9780874042283 First Paperback Edition Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Inscribed by the author on half-title page. 195 pp. Trade paperback. Tight and clean copy with light wear on edges slight curl to front wrap. Rear wrap has crease across bottom corner. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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10 Bryan Woolley The Edge of the West and Other Texas Stories
El Paso, TX Texas Western Press 1992 087404216X / 9780874042160 2nd Printing Soft Cover Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
With an introduction by Molly Ivins. 220 pp. Trade paperback. Crisp and bright with very light wear. Clean interior. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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11 C. F. Eckhardt Tales of Bad Men, Bad Women, and Bad Places
Lubbock, TX Texas Tech University Press 1999 0896724204 / 9780896724204 First Edition Soft Cover New 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
New trade paperback. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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12 Carrie Shook and Robert L. Shook Only In Texas
New York Putnam Publishing Group 1989 0399515577 / 9780399515576 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Subtitled, "What's Bigger, Better, and Larger Than Life in the Lone Star State". 127 pp. Trade paperback is crisp and lean with very light wear to wraps. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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13 Carter E. Boren Religion on the Texas Frontier
San Antonio, TX Naylor 1968 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good++ Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Scarce history - Inscribed by author on front free end paper. 375 pp. Crisp, clean and bright copy with minor wear to edges and spine ends. Top page edge has slight staining. Dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $10.00) - has minor edgewear with 1/3" tear on rear top edge. Else light chipping on edges and rubbing on front flap fold. White background of rear panel has substantial spotting/foxing and discoloration on rear flap fold. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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14 Cavaliere Valentine Belfiglio Italian Experience in Texas
Austin, TX Eakin Press 1983 0-89015-9696 / 9780890159699 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
202 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with light corner bumping. Dust jacket also bright and clean with a little corner bumping. Unread. 
Price: 21.95 USD
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15 Chariton, Wallace The Great Texas Airship Mystery
Plano, Texas, U.S.A. Republic of Texas Press 1991 1556221401 / 9781556221408 First Edition Pictorial Cover Near Fine No Dust Jacket Signed by Author
1897 mystery is examined by Texas historian/humorist Chariton, who has signed this copy on the title page. 252 pp. Glossy boards - front board has artist's rendition of the airship mystery in Aurora, TX. Book is tight with clean interior. Page edges have very faint spotting. Else clean. Nice signed copy. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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16 Dorman H. Winfrey, James M. Day, Ben Procter, Harold B. Simpson, Roger N. Conger, Billy Mac Jones, Joe B. Frantz Rangers of Texas
Waco, TX Texian Press 1991 Hard Cover Fine Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
1st Ed., 3rd Ptg.Texas Rangers - Jack Hays, Samuel Walker, Ben McCulloch, Rip Ford, Sul Ross, John B. Jones, Lee McNelly. Large format, 8 3/4"W X 11 1/4"H. 159 pp 
Price: 30.00 USD
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17 Duval, John C. The Adventures of Big-Foot Wallace
Dallas, Texas Tardy Publishing 1936 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
353 pp. Dark orange boards with gilt print which is somewhat dulled.Book has right lean and opens to signatures in places. Corners and spine ends have light wear. Hinges and forward edge of front board show light rubbing. Cloth of front board shows circles, likely made by being used as a coaster. Gift inscription on front free end paper, signed by "Mabel" - perhaps one of editors. Pages are tanned and there are a few instances of creasing. Intact and usable copy. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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18 Evelyn M. Carrington, Editor Women in Early Texas
Austin Texas State Historical Association 1998 0-87611-142-8 / 9780876111420 2nd Ed., 2nd Ptg. Soft Cover Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Number thirteen in the Fred H. and Ella Mae Moore Texas History Reprint Series. With new introduction by noted historian Debbie Mauldin Cottrell. Crisp, bright, tight and clean trade paperback - unread. 334 pp. 
Price: 19.95 USD
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19 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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20 Frances E. Abernethy Paisanos, A Folklore Miscellany
Austin, Texas The Encino Press 1978 First Edition Cloth Fine Very Good++ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Linda Miller Roach 
Paisanos, or roadrunners, the name given by J. Frank Dobie to his fellows, is the theme of this collection of Texas folklore published by the Texas Folklore Society, Number XLI. Some photographs throughout with line drawings of the paisano by Linda Miller Roach. 180 pp. Stated First Edition. Brown cloth boards are bright and crisp, as is the book. With clean interior, appears unread. Tan laid dust jacket is clipped from the manufacturer. Roach's drawings are on the cover - one of a fierce roadrunner flying at a rattler. Fine copy of fine book. 
Price: 23.50 USD
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