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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 14 - Texas and the Southwest

Catalog 14 - Texas and the Southwest

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1 Centennial Forestburg, Texas
Forestburg, TX Forestburg Centennial Committee 1957 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Subtitled on front wrap: "History of Forestburg Cattle and Watermelon Center". Picture of Log Cabin on front wrapper. Tan leatherlike wraps show very light wear and a little spotting/smudging. Top of front panel has previous owners name and address in Gainesville, Texas, written in pencil. Unpaginated. Local history with local advertising. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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2 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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3 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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4 Browder, Virginia Tude Harrell Gay 90's Girl In Old Amarillo 1881-1963
Quanah, TX Nortex Press 1976 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed on front pastedown page, "To ___. with much love, Virginia March 30, 1976" in red ballpoint. 66 pp. Pale blue boards with faint gilt print. Oval cutout of photo pasted down on front board. Light corner wear and spine ends show some wear. Clean and bright interior. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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5 Cisneros, Jose Riders Across the Centuries, Horsemen of the Spanish Borderlands
El Paso Texas Western Press 1984 1st Ed., 2nd Paperback Printing Soft Cover Very Good+ 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Jose Cisneros 
Beautiful illustrations and text by Cisneros. With biography by John O. West and dedicated to Carl Hertzog. Winner of the Western Heritage Award, Cowboy Hall of Fame. Large format trade paperback, 8"W X 11"H. 199 pp. Crisp, tight, clean and bright copy with light corner and spine end wear. Several pages have a little creasing on top corner. Very nice copy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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6 Clarke, Mary Whatley The Slaughter Ranches & Their Makers (Signed)
Austin, Texas Jenkins Publishing Company 1979 0836301633 / 9780836301632 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
The pioneering Slaughter family made ranching history in west and northwest Texas as well as in Arizona. This is their history with extensive bibliography, footnotes and index. Signed, "Best Wishes, Mary Whatley Clarke" on front free end paper. 254 pp. Bright, crisp, square with clean interior. Bottom of forward page edge has a small, vVery faint spot.Dust jacket has price intact and is clean in protective cover. Some creasing on edges. Very nice and scarce copy - signed. 
Price: 330.00 USD
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7 Farris, Frances Barmlette From Rattlesnakes to Road Agents: Rough Times on the Frio (Chisholm Trail Series No 3)
U.S.A. Texas A & M Univ Press 1985 0912646942 / 9780912646947 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Signed with inscription to TCU Press editor by C.L. Sonnichsen, noted grassroots Texas historian and head of English Dept. at the Univ. of Texas at El Paso. Laid in is an invitation to a benefit dinner honoring Prof. Sonnichsen, who edited this book and wrote the introduction. It is a memoir of a young girl growing up in Frio County, Texas after the Civil War.137 pp. Bright and crisp copy with very slight right lean and small spot on front page edge. Dust jacket is bright, crisp and clean with price intact. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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8 Greene, A. C. Chance Encounters, True Stories of Unforeseen Meetings, with Unanticipated Results
Albany, TX Bright Sky Press 2002 0970998791 / 9780970998798 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Texas treasure, A.C. Greene's last book Stories involve noted persons, such as, Thurgood Marshall, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Andres Segovia, Natalie Wood, Mickey Mantle, Artie Shaw, Roy Rogers, Van Cliburn, Bill Mauldin, Laura Bush and others. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. 215 pp. in the new copy, crisp and clean, as is the dust jacket. 
Price: 24.95 USD
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9 Griffin, John Howard The Devil Rides Outside
Fort Worth, TX Smiths, Inc. 1952 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Author's first book. 596 pp. Black cloth boards have slight corner and spine end wear. Bottom edge of front board has small indention (bump) and front edge of top board is very slightly cupped. Page edges have light foxing and a little soiling. Early price in grease pencil on front free end paper. A couple of pages have foxing, and top edge of one interior page has small crease and a very slight tear. No dust jacket. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 Haley, J. Evetts Charles Schreiner, General Merchandise, 1869 - 1944
Austin, Texas Texas State Historical Association 1944 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good++ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Harold Bugbee 
Subtitled, "The Story of a General Store". #968, Adams' Rampaging Herd. Bright, crisp and clean copy without wear. Dust jacket is bright and crisp. Top edge near corner is creased, and corner has 1/4" closed tear. Unread copy. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Heraldry of the Range: Some Southwestern Brands, Haley, J. Evetts
11 Haley, J. Evetts The Heraldry of the Range: Some Southwestern Brands
Canyon, TX Panhandle Plains Historical Society 1949 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall H. D. Bugbee Signed by Author
Inscription on preface page by Haley explaining the origin of the book and how Carl Hertzog, designer and typographer, and Harold Bugbee, illustrator, turned it into "this beautiful book" - makes this copy highly collectible. Rampaging Herd #962. Large format, 8 1/2"W X 11"H. 35 pp. Brown cloth boards with gilt type and design on front. Tight copy with minor wear on edges, corners and spine ends. Bottom edge of front pasted down paper has bookseller's label - else clean interior. Mylar cover. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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12 Jary, William E., Jr., Editor Camp Bowie Fort Worth 1917-18, An Illustrated History of the 36th Division in World War I
Fort Worth, TX Bernice B. Maxfield 1975 First Edition, Stated Hard Cover Very Good+ Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
Bright blue boards - oversize format, 9"W X 12"H. 136 pp. Blue boards with gilt print and graphic, somewhat dulled. Front board has a few small light spots and a little brown marking. Tight copy with minor wear on corners and spine ends.Clean and bright text block. 
Price: 140.00 USD
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13 John, Elizabeth A.H. Storms Brewed in Other Men's Worlds
College Station, TX Texas A & M University Press 1975 0890960003 / 9780890960004 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
"The Confrontation of Indians, Spanish, and French in the Southwest, 1540 - 1795". 805pp. This copy is tight and crisp with very slight soiling on bottom corner end papers. Dust jacket has very slight wear with a tiny chip out of top back edge near spine. Also some sun fading on spine. Exceptionally clean and collectible copy of history and the impact of European exploration and colonization on Indians of Southwest America. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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14 Lee, James Ward Adventures With a Texas Humanist
Forth Worth, Texas, U.S.A. Texas Christian Univ Press 2004 0875652883 / 9780875652887 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by Lee on half title page. Humorist and literary critic discusses Texas literature. 284 pp. Bright, crisp and clean copy, as is dust jacket. Unread. Gift quality. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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15 Malsch, Brownson Indianola: The Mother of Western Texas
Austin, Texas State House Press 1988 0938349260 / 9780938349266 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
351 pp. Bright, crisp and clean copy with corners lightly bumped and three pages creased at top corners. Dust jacket bright and crisp with price intact. Light creasing and two small, closed tears. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 38.00 USD
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16 McSwain, Betty Ann McCartney, Editor The Bench and Bar of Waco and McLennan County 1849-1976
Waco, TX Waco-McLennan County Bar Auxiliary for the Bicentennial 1976 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
With introduction by Leon Jaworski. Oversize format, 8-1/2"W X 11-1/2"H. 386 pp. Gray cloth boards with bright gilt print on spine. Crisp copy with light spotting on page ends and gift inscription on front paste down page. Bright and crisp text block. Light colored dust jacket shows slight rubbing and edge creasing. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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17 Moffett, J.W. Texas Civil Form Book Annotated
Austin, TX Gammel's Inc. 1937 7th Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Title continues..."With Forms for Pleadings, Removal of Causes from State to Federal Courts, Including the Latest Rules for the Courts of Texas, with Annotations, Forms for Conveyances, and Many Other Practical Civil Forms with Notes, Under the Revised Civil Statutes, 1925, and All Amendments and Additions Thereto Up To Date". Burgundy boards with debossed design and gilt title on front board and spine. Gilt is bright and only very slightly worn. Hinges are loosening, and spine has vertical crease. Some corner and spine end wear. Previous owner's name and date, Apr 22, 1943, along with his bookplate on front pastedown paper. Paper clip left rusty imprint on 2 pages, and one page has corner creasing. Else clean interior without marking or soiling. Page edges are tanned, and corner of bottom edge has a little shelf soiling.1192 pp. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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18 Neighbours, Kenneth F.; Frantz, Joe B.; Procter, Ben; Winfrey, Dorman H.; Conger, Roger N.; Day, James M.;Simpson Harold B.; Nunn, W. C. Frontier Forts of Texas (Signed)
Waco, TX Texian Press 1966 First Edition Cloth Very Good+ Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Melvin C. Warren Signed by Author
Signed and inscribed on front free end paper by Harold B. Simpson and Rupert N. Richardson, two of the highly respected writers/historian authors of this history of Texas' bulwarks of military protection - Fort Belknap, Fort Bliss, Fort Brown, Fort Clark, Fort Concho, Fort Davis, Fort Mason, Fort Sam Houston. Tight copy of handsome oversized book (8 1/2"W X 11 1/4"H) with green cloth back board, spine and 1/2 of front board with other 1/2 cream colored linen . Very light edgewear. Previous owner's bookplate on front pasted down paper. Dust jacket bears artist Warren's rendition of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnson riding out from Fort Mason. White background shows light rubbing mark down center of front cover, and white background shows rubbing/smudging on edges and particularly on solid white rear panel. Spine ends have light creasing with a little tearing. Corners show light bumping. Now in protective cover. Very nice copy of signed first edition. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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19 Patterson, Paul E. A Pecos River Pilgrim's Poems II
Commerce, TX Cow Hill Press 0961771429 / 9780961771423 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Nancy (Mouse) Wallace 
Folk poetry, cowboy poetry by Paul Patterson, Texas educator and teacher of Elmer Kelton. Nicely drawn illustrations throughout. 54 pp. Orange wrapper with silver print and graphis of brands in the fire. Clean and bright with a little crinkling on top edge of wrapper. Patterson's poetry recalls a way of life and the simple dignity of 'cowboying'. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20 Rogers, L. Randall Two Particular Friends of Stephen F. Austin
Waco, TX Texian Press 1990 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good++ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Refugio de la Garza and Felipe de la Garza were the special friends of early Texas settler, Stephen F. Austin through the Masonic Lodge. Inscribed by the author on front free end paper. Bright crisp, tight and clean copy with very light bumping to spine. Dust jacket is bright with very slight wear and a 1/4" tear on top edge near hinge. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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