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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.
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Catalog 16 - Texas & Southwest

Catalog 16 - Texas & Southwest

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1 Gilliland, Maude T. Horsebackers of the Brush Country
Texas Springman-King Co. 1968 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by Maude Gilliland, author, on front free end paper. She tells the first-hand story of law enforcement in South Texas during prohibition, her husband, father and grandfather all Texas Rangers. Well indexed and resourced with bibliography. 175 pp. Blue boards with silver print. Spine has some wrinkling from manufacture, and corners are slightly bumped. Bottom edge of first few pages has a few spots. Else clean interior. Dust jacket, now in protective cover, has light creasing on top edge at spine. Front panel with photo of Rangers is bright, as is spine. Solid light rear panel shows a lfew darker spots, very small. Both flap fold show darkening at folds and on top edge. Nice copy of scarce history of border liquor smuggling and the efforts of Texas lawmen to stop it. 
Price: 180.00 USD
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2 Glenn, Frankie Davis Capt'n John Story of a Texas Ranger
Austin, Texas Nortex Press 1991 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed "With Best Wishes' on the front free end papaer by the author, the great grandniece of John William Sansom. 144 pp. Bright gilt title on spine and slight wear on corners. Old price on top corner of front free end paper is barely visible. Faint small spots on page edges - bright and clean interior. Dust jacket shows some rubbing, especially on flap fold. Spine end fraying and corner wear. Rear panel has closed tear at bottom corner. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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3 Green, Ben K. Horse Tradin'
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1967 First Edition Cloth Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Lorence Bjorklund Signed by Author
Ben Green has inscribed and signed this book to Dr. Eidson on the front free end paper and on the reverse of that page is a gift inscription to that doctor. First Edition, Third Printing, September, 1967. Crisp, bright and tight copy with black cloth boards and natural linen spine. Half title page has a few small brown spots, perhaps foxing. Else clean interior and exterior. Dust jacket is clean and bright with price intact. Top edge of spine and rear panel has light creasing/small tears. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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4 Green, Ben K. The Village Horse Doctor West of the Pecos
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1971 0394429222 / 9780394429229 First Edition Cloth Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Lorence Bjorklund Signed by Author
Inscribed and signed by Green on the front free end paper "Merry Christmas Dr. Jack Eidson, Dr. Ben K. Green". This is the 2nd Printing, May, 1971, same month and year as 1st Printing. Clean, crisp and bright copy. Reverse of page with Green's inscription has a Christmas greeting, "from Pat and Murray".Dust jacket is price-clipped. It is bright and clean with edge wear. Top edge has a little creasing with light chipping and a half-inch closed tear at front spine. Bottom of rear flap fold has 2 inch tear that has been tape repaired. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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5 Hall, Flem Sports Champions of Fort Worth, Texas 1868-1968
John L. Lewis 1968 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Dust Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Compilation of sports standouts from Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sportswriter from 1922 - 1967. Includes Ben Hogan, Sammy Baugh, Bobby Bragan, Davey O'Brien. Lots of info & pics. 119 pp. Red cloth boards with bright gilt title on front and spine. A few small smudges on front board, a faint black line near top and a light rub mark near hinge. Rear board has two small black marks, and corners show wear. Slight right lean. 
Price: 70.00 USD
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6 Holland, G.A. History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin Being a Brief Symposium of the Early History of Parker County, Together With Short Biographical Sketches of Early Settlers and Their Trials.
Weatherford, Texas Parker County Historical Commission 1987 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Reprint of 1937 Edition published by The Herald Publishing Co., Weatherford, TX. Bright, clean and crisp copy. Blue boards with black print. Slight right lean and slightly cocked. 
Price: 140.00 USD
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7 Jim Tom Barton Eighter from Decatur, Growing Up in North Texas
College Station, TX Texas A&M University Press 1980 0890960895 / 9780890960899 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by author on hallf-title page. 149 pp. memoir of a childhood in Decatur, TX. Crisp, bright, clean and tight copy. Price-clipped dust jacket is bright and crisp with very light wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Kilgore, D. E. A Ranger Legacy 150 Years of Service to Texas
Austin, TX Madrona Press 1973 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
A history of the Texas Rangers, Signed by auhtor/historian Kilgore on half-title page. In the Foreword he states, "In the history of mankind, the Texas Rangers have no equivalent." 104 pp. Map end papers by Barbara Whitehead; frontispiece and dust jacket art by Jose Cisneros. Gold cloth boards with bright black print on spine. Light corner wear; light foxing on page edges with one spot on front free end paper. Slight right lean, yet tight copy with clean text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped with minor edge wear. Bright and clean front panel and spine. Rear panel has one small instance of foxing. Very nice signed copy now in protective cover. 
Price: 70.00 USD
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9 Metz, Leon C. John Wesley Hardin Dark Angel of Texas
El Paso, Texas Mangan Books 1996 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Author Metz signed this copy on front end paper with an outline of his hand, his signature and date, Dec. 24, 1996. Also has written the word "To" on half title page, opposite. 337 pp. Slight right lean. Top and bottom page edges have faint smudging, and there are a few creased corners. Dust jacket is bright and crisp with light creasing on edges. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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10 Parsons, Chuck The Sutton-Taylor Feud, The Deadliest Blood Feud in Texas
Denton, Texas, U.S.A. University of North Texas Press 2009 1574412574 / 9781574412574 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by noted Texas Historian, Parsons, on title page. 388 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with like dust jacket. Unread. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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11 Sinise. Jerry George Washington Arrington Civil War Spy, Texas Ranger, Sheriff and Rancher
Burnet, TX Eakin Press 1979 0890152160 / 9780890152164 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
96 pp. Biography of Texas Ranger Captain Arrington. Bright, tight and clean copy with like dust jacket. 
Price: 67.00 USD
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12 Sitton, Thad The Texas Sheriff Lord of the County Line
Norman, OK University of Oklahoma Press 2000 0806132167 / 9780806132167 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
253 pp. Burgundy cloth boards show light wear with small spots on very bottom edge of rear board. Slight right lean. Bright and clean interior. Dust jacket is bright with creasing on spine ends. Rear flap has crease. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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