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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 16 - Texas & Southwest

Catalog 16 - Texas & Southwest

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1 Adams, Verdon R. Tom White The Life of a Lawman
El Paso, Texas Texas Western Press 1972 874040353 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Life of Texas Ranger, FBI Man, and prison warden Tom White. 153 pp. with 8 page picture section plus L'Envoi and Index. Clean tan boards. Slight right lean and faint spotting on front and top page edges. Clean Interior. Price-clipped dust jacket is clean with very minor wear. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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2 Bosque County History Books Committee Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas)
Dallas, Texas Curtis Media 1986 0881070521 / 9780881070521 Rev. Ed. Hard Cover Very Good Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
Scarce history of Bosque County, Texas with Meridian, TX its county seat, and lovely treed and hilly countryside containing the cities of Valley Mills, Clifton and Walnut Springs. Large format, 9-1/4"W X 12-1/4"H. 800 pp. Black boards with pastedown depicting rural scene. Bright gilt pring. Very light edge wear. Front board has several very tiny white specks and a small brown mark on the right margin. Top page edge has very faint smudge, and forward page edge has a small spot and a little faint smudging. Interior is clean, bright and crisp. Laid in is an announcement of the book with guidelines for preserving family histories and a form to reserve a copy of the book, $50 each. 
Price: 385.00 USD
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3 Bracht, Victor Texas in 1848
Manchaca, TX German-Texan Heritage Society, Dept. of Modern Languages, Southwest Texas State University 1991 0944779042 / 9780944779040 Reprint Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Reprint of 1931 translation of 1848 book. 229 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and fine with like dust jacket in protective cover. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 Cloud, John Worth The Legend of Old Stone Ranch
Albany, Texas Self-Published 1968 Second Printing Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Epic poem relating the history of legendary ranch founded by the Reynolds-Matthews family in west Texas ranch. Signed on front free end paper by author, J. W. Cloud. with a newsclipping pasted beneath it announcing Cloud's award by the Texas State Historical Survey Committee for 'Best Historical Publication of the Year on Local or Regional History'. 390 pp. Gray cloth boards with bright silver print. Clean interior with slight darkening of end paper edges. Minor spine end wear. Dust jacket has price intact with light chipping on edges. Upper right corner of front panel has small lightly scuffed area, apparently from price tag removal. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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5 Corder, Jim W. Hunting Lieutenant Chadbourne
Univ of Georgia Pr 1993 0820315036 / 9780820315034 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed with inscription on half title page with date, 10/14/93. 169 pp. Bright, crisp, tight & clean copy with very slight right lean. Dust jacket also crisp and clean, now in protective cover. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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6 de La Garza, Beatriz From the Republic of the Rio Grande
Austin, Texas University of Texas Press 2013 029271453X / 9780292714533 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by author on title page. 225 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with like dust jacket. Unread. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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7 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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8 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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9 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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10 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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11 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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12 Hatley, Allen G. Reluctant Rebels; The Eleventh Texas Cavalry Regiment
Hillsboro, TX Hill College Press 2006 0912172428 / 9780912172422 First Edition, 1st Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by Hatley on title page. 192 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and bright copy with like dust jacket. Unread. 
Price: 69.00 USD
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13 Hinshaw, Glennis and Lovelace, Lisabeth A Bibliography of Writings and Illustations By Tom Lea
El Paso, Texas El Paso Public Library 1971 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall 
"An Illustrated Catalog of the Exhibit" December, 1971 - January, 1972. 54 pp. Oblong format with green wrapper. Clean and tight copy. Corners are slightly creased/curled. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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14 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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15 Jenkins, I'll Tell You One Thing: The Untold Truth About Texas, America & College Football, With Pictures to Prove It
Emeryville, CA Woodford Press 1999 0942627563 / 9780942627565 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Signed by Author
Signed by Jenkins on front free end paper with the notation, 'Great days in here!' Jenkins's hilarious take on college football with both real and imaginary characters. 192 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy. Dust jacket has price intact. Also bright and clean - some edge creasing/waviness. 
Price: 27.50 USD
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16 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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17 Johnson, Lyndon Baines; Johnson, Lady Bird The Vantage Point/A White House Diary (Both Signed)
New York, Chicago, San Francisco Holt, Rinehart & Winston First Editions Hard Cover Very Good+/Very Good+ Very Good/Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
LBJ's memoir subtitled, "Perspectives of the Presidency 1963-1969' & Lady Bird's memoir, both signed, offered together. LBJ signed the Presidential bookplate on the half-title page and also signed on the dedication page with the inscription, "To G ___ West, with warm best wishes. Xmas '74". Affixed below the message is an 8 cent Lyndon Johnson postage stamp. Lady Bird also signed and inscribed her book to V___ West with a warm inscription on a bookplate on the front free end paper with same leaf design as dust jacket. Bonus collectible, laid in the LBJ book, is a Presidential holiday greeting in an envelope addressed by hand to Mr. & Mrs. West at an Odessa, TX address. Return address is LBJ Ranch, Stonewall, Texas 78671. LBJ's book 636 pp; Mrs. Johnson's 806 pp. Both books are in very good condition, his having darkened gilt print on cover. Both thick books have slight looseness in hinges. Clean and crisp interior. LBJ's inscription and signature were done in felt pen with some bleed on the reverse of the page. Both dust jackets have price intact with very minor edge wear. Both in new protective covers. The old protective covers had two blue lines which ghosted onto the dust jackets, one faint one on 'The Vantage Point' jacket and two on 'A White House Diary' on top and bottom edges. Rare Presidential items offered together. Pictures upon request. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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18 Kelton, Elmer Dark Thicket
New York, New York, U.S.A. Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1985 0385230540 / 9780385230544 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by Kelton on half-title page, dated 6/27/85 and inscribed "For Darlyne and Al, With appreciation always for your interest in my work." From the estate of Al Lowman, Texas bibliographer, historian, folklorist, and writer. Laid in is a bibliography of 'Books on the Cowboy Lifestyle', presumably compiled by Lowman. A bonus along with this scarce early work of Kelton. 182 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with like dust jacket in protective cover. 
Price: 215.00 USD
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19 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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20 Knight, Oliver Fort Worth Outpost on the Trinity, Fort Worth Edition (Signed)
Norman, OK University of Oklahoma Press 1953 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by the author on the front free end paper where previous owner's name is also written. 302 pp.Clean and tight copy. Stated first edition. Tan cloth boards with slight corner and spine end wear. Clean interior.Price-clipped dust jacket has creasing with light chipping. 1" triangle missing from top of rear panel. which also shows a little dark rubbing. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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