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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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Catalog 11 Texas & Southwest

Catalog 11 Texas & Southwest

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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 Adams, Ramon F. The Best of the American Cowboy
Norman, OK University of Oklahoma Press 1957 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Poor 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Eggenhofer, Nick 
Known for his many works on the American Cowboy, including references such as 'Six-Guns and Saddle Leather', Adams presents 27 different stories by 27 authors in this collection. 289 pp. Clean and crisp. Brown cloth boards have a little light spotting and minor corner and spine end wear. Dust jacket is separated at rear hinge, though rear flap is present. Substantial chipping loss with creasing and tearing. Price intact. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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4 Alexander,, Eveline M.; Myres, Sandra L., Editor Cavalry Wife: The Diary of Eveline M. Alexander 1866-1867
College Station, Texas Texas A & M Univ Press 1977 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by editor, Myres, and inscribed with thanks to previous owner. Covers Eveline's journey from Fort Wmith, Arkansas to Fort Union and the months she spen on trails and on army posts of New Mexico and southern Colorado. 175 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with light edge wear. Dust jacket has price intact. Teal blue spine and front panel with picture of Eveline Alexander. Top edge has some chipping and fraying with a few closed tears and one small chip missing. Hinges and flap folds show light rubbing, and corners and bottom of spine show light wear. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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5 Allen, John Houghton Southwest
Philadelphia J. B. Lippincott Co. 1952 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Paul Laune 
Adams' Rampaging Herd #29 (bibliography of classic western books)-Dobie's Life/Literature of the SW, p. 95. Tales of the Texas Brush country, South Texas along the Mexican border. 220 pp. Crisp copy with very light wear to tan boards with prickly pear design on front. Inside clean with pages yellowing somewhat on the edges. Dust jacket has chipping with occasional loss on corners and spine ends. 1 1/2" tear on top front of spine down hinge. Top front corner is missing 1/3". 
Price: 30.00 USD
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6 Arrington, Fred A History of Dickens County: Ranches and Rolling Plains
Nortex Offset Publications 1971 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Dust Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Signed by Author
Author Arrington signed the front free end paper in red ink: "9-5-1974 A History of Dickens County Sincerely (sic) Yours, Fred Arrington". Laid in is a copy of Page 5 from a list of titles of books on Texas historical sites, cities or counties with this title marked. Light brown boards have graphic of a spur, emblematic of the storied Spur Ranch, part of which was in Dickens County - also the town of Spur. Oversize format, 8-1/2" W X 11"H. 355 pp. Tight and clean copy has slight right lean. Light edgewear with slight rubbing on hinges and bottom edge. Bottom of spine has very minor fraying. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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7 Christian, Garna L. Black Soldiers in Jim Crow Texas 1899-1917
College Station, TX Texas A&M University Press 1995 0890966370 / 9780890966372 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Brigjht, crisp, tight and clean copy. Unread. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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8 Edward, David The History of Texas Or, the Emigrants, Farmers, and Politicians Guide to the Character, Soil, and Product of That Country Etc.
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Texas State Historical Assn 1990 0876110979 / 9780876110973 Reprint Trade Paperback Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
2nd paperback printing. Bright, crisp, tight and clean very minor edgewear. Foldout map present. Appears unread. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 Farnsworth, Mrs. O.V. Gardening in West Texas
Abilene, TX Abilene Garden Club 1949 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Cream-colored embossed wrapper shows light edgewear. Laid in is "How to Plant" brochure from Wolfe Nurser, Stephenville - Abilene - San Angelo - Lubbock. Nice bit of West Texas past. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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10 Flemmons, Jerry Plowboys, Cowboys and Slanted Pigs: A Collection
Forth Worth, Texas, U.S.A. Texas Christian Univ Pr 1984 091264690X / 9780912646909 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall J. D. Crowe Signed by Author
Inscribed on front free end paper by Jerry Flemmons who was a columnist, humorist and Texana enthusiast for all of Texas but on the payroll of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Book is clean and bright with very slight left lean and faint foxing on top and bottom page edges. Dust jacket is bright white with light creasing on edges and a little rubbing on rear panel which is discernible with a critical eye. Very nice signed copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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11 Gard, Wayne Reminiscences of Range Life
Austin, Texas Steck-Vaughn Company 1970 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Bright, crisp, tight and clean stapled softback. 52pp. Written by noted western historian who gives recollections of historic cattlement. Southwest Writers Series No. 30. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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12 Graham, Don Texas: A Literary Portrait
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. Corona Pub Co 1985 0931722403 / 9780931722400 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Blakely, Nell, Photography 
A study of Texas in literature in 6 chapters containing the work of serious writers, some Texans, some not, in 243 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with like dust jacket. Very nice copy. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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13 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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14 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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15 Greene, A. C. 900 Miles on the Butterfield Trail
Denton, TX University of North Texas Press 1994 0929398734 / 9780929398730 First Edition Cloth Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
A.C. Greene has left us, but his love of Texas and its various parts and history lives through his bright and lively work. This history of the Butterfield Overland Mail was signed by him on the half title page. The book is crisp, tight, bright and clean. Appeares unread. Dust jacket is bright and crisp. Very nice signed 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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16 Hadlock, Adah My Life in the Southwest, The Memoir of Adah Hadlock
El Paso Texas Western Press 1969 No Stated Edition Cloth Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
"Early Day El Pasoan, Amateur Artist, Champion Golfer, Avid Wildcatter and Gold Seeker" are the descriptions of Adah Hadlock on the front dust jacket of this scarce copy, signed on the half title page by her and by the great Texas book designer, Carl Hertzog, who designed this lovely book. Pale purple linen boards with a prickly pear graphic on the front and white impressed title on spine. Published by Texas Western Press, which was founded by Hertzog. Crisp and clean copy with very light edgewear and clean interior. Dust jacket is crisp with very slight rubbing which shows on back. There is a painting by Adah Hadlock on the bottom half of the front jacket in gray-green tones, and the rest of the design has peach and flesh tones with green print. Very attractive. Has light chipping on spine ends and a 1/3in. chip missing on right front corner. Highly collectible and nice copy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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17 Haley, J. Evetts Life on the Texas Range
Austin, Texas University of Texas Press 1973 0-292-74605-9 / 9780292746053 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Erwin S. Smith, Photographs 
1st Ed.,2nd ptg. Listed #966 in Adams' Rampaging Herd. Erwin E. Smith's photos dating from 1936. 112 pp. Large format - 9"W X 12"H. Tight copy with light edgeweart. Gift inscription on front pastedown paper and address label of previous owner. A classic of Texas lore and history. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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18 Haley, J. Evetts Then Came Christmas for Mildred Taitt
Amarillo, TX The Shamrock Oil and Gas Co. 1962 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Harold D. Bugbee 
Stapled 15 page excerpt from Haley's "Jeff Milton, a Good Man With a Gun", issued as a Christmas gift by Shamrock Oil & Gas, Amarillo, TX. Carl Hertzog, noted Texas book designer provided typography with the illustrations of noted Texan artist, Harold Bugbee .Red laid wrapper with deckled forward edge. Spine is the least bit sunned, and spine ends have light bumping. Forward top corners have very slight crease. Lovely collectible by Texas literary icons. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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19 Hastings, Frank S. A Ranchman's Recollections
Austin, Texas Texas State Historical Association 1985 0876110774 / 9780876110775 Reprint Hard Cover Fine Very Good++ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Ranked among A.C. Greene's 50+ Best Texas Books, and written by the manager of the SMS Ranch, Stamford, TX. TSHA reprint. Crisp and bright copy, tight and clean inside and out. Dust jacket is crisp and in protective cover - spine is very slightly sunned. Lovely copy of highly collectible book. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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20 Hopwood, Thomas Milton Great Texans in Sports...
Fort Worth, Texas Hopwood Production 1976 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed and inscribed by author on front free end paper, "To Holiday Heights School 2-4-76", only the name of the school has been marked out but still legible. Ex-library book with card pocket, etc. Navy boards with bright gilt print. Spine and corners have wear and some fraying. Top edge of front board has very small tear about 1/2" from hinge. Some smudging near hinge on front and on back board. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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