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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 Celebrating the Literary Heritage of Texas
Upper Saddle River, NJ Prentice Hall Press 2000 0130501166 / 9780130501165 First Edition Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Collection of stories, poems, essays on or about Texas - by Texas authors. Introduction by Don Graham. 1st Ed., 1st Ed. 124 pp. Decorative boards - no dust jacket. Copy is bright, crisp, tight and clean. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2 God's Country or Devil's Playground: An Anthology of Nature Writing from the Big Bend of Texas
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Univ of Texas Press 2002 0292755805 / 9780292755802 First Edition Near Fine No Dust Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
321 pp. Bright crisp and tight copy with very light edgewear. Appears unread. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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3 Heritage of Dreams, Twenty-Seven Years with the Austin Poetry Society
Austin, Texas Austin Poetry Society 1976 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Scarce collection of poems by members of Austin Poetry Society covering 27 years. 3 Texas Poet Laureates are represented. 139 pp. Trade paperback is sound with creasing and slight tearing to wraps. Spine and hinge areas are sun-faded. Several inscription to previous owner on verso of front wrap. Clean interior. Some yellowing of page ends. Stated 1st Printing. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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4 The A. M. Pate, Jr. Collection on the American Presidency
Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian University Press 1976 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Trade paperback - catalog of the Pate Collection on the American Presidency at the Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.Slight rubbing and very light soiling on white covers. Slight foxing on top page ends. Very light corner wear. Nice copy. 1st Edn., 1st Ptg. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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5 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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6 The Inauguration of Norman Hackerman, September 24, 1971
Houston, TX William Marsh Rice University 1972 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Signed by President of Rice University, Norman Hackerman on frontispiece. Presentation letter laid in. Crisp and bright copy with very slight edgewear. In original mylar cover which shows rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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7 The Leadership of Speaker Sam Rayburn, Collected Tributes of His Congressional Colleagues, House Document #247
Washington, D.C. U.S. Government Printing Office 1961 Soft Cover Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Tribute to long-time Speaker of the House from Texas, Sam Rayburn. Pale blue of paperback cover is sunned on spine and edges and has slight corner wear. Interior has a stamp on cover verso, "Compliments of Wright Patman, M.C" of Texas. First page has a small tear at worn lower corner. Interior is clean. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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8 Wheatheart of the Plains: An Early History of Ochiltree County
Ochiltree County, Texas Ochiltree County Historical Survey Committee 1969 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ No Dust Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Published by Ochiltree County Historical Survey Committee. Oversize format, 8"W X 10-3/4"H. 653 pp. Book has slight right lean. Green leather-like boards with white raised print and graphic of wheat on front board and raised white title on spine. Top page edge has foxing. Clean and bright interior. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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9 A. C. Greene Dallas USA
Austin, Texas Texas Monthly Press 1984 0932012833 / 9780932012838 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A.C. Greene was a noted author and editor and well-respected observer of Texas and Dallas in particular. This is his critique of Dallas and a guide to living there. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. Tight copy with tan cloth boards which show three light damp stains on front board, also reflected on inside dust jacket. They do not affect front of jacket nor interior of book. Slight wear to corners and spine ends. Previous owner's name on front free end paper and a few instances of highlighting of text. Maroon glossy dust jackt shows some rubbing and wrinkling. Wear to folds and edges. A little chipping on edges and one tiny tear on top front edge. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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10 A. C. Greene Dallas USA
Austin, Texas Texas Monthly Press 1984 0932012833 / 9780932012838 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+_ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A.C. Greene was a noted author and editor and well-respected observer of Texas and Dallas in particular. This is his critique of Dallas and a guide to living there.1st Ed., 1st Ptg. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with very light shelfwear. Dust jacket has light chipping on corners with small closed tear at top of spine at rear hinge. Slight edge creasing. Nice copy/ 
Price: 13.50 USD
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11 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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12 Adair, A. Garland and Wakefield, Colonel Paul L., Editors Under Texas Skies: The People's Heritage
Austin, TX Texas Heritage Foundation 1948 First Edition Trade Paperback Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Inscribed by Adair on bottom of title page. Stiff wrappers, 80 pp. Light wear on corners and wrapper edges. Cloth on spine has light fraying on bottom and a 1/2" tear on top rear hinge. Title page has very faint ghosting of red letters. Staple on rear hinge is visible. Clean interior with pages somewhat tanned. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 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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14 Ananias Twist Snide Lights on Texas History
San Antonio, TX The Naylor Company 1959 Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Ken Holder 
Satire on Texas History by two TCU History professors, Marguerite Potter, Ph.D. and Curtis Nunn, Ph.D. Time capsule of Texas humor -- considered politically incorrect today! Book is crisp with slight edgewear and no interior markings. Dust jacket is intact with edgewear and tearing along spine. 1/2" chip on bottom edge. Slight soiling and fading of colors on dust jacket. Clever cartooning. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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15 Anderson, Charles G. Reflections, An Album of West Texas History 1840-1990
Snyder, TX Snyder Publishing Co. 1990 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ No Dust Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Lu Bright Signed by Author
Signed by author on reverse of front free end paper. #1918 of limited edition of 2,000. Sponsored by Scurry County Historical Commission. Large format, 9"W X 11 1/4"H. 496 pp. Bright gilt on pictorial boards. Book has slight right lean and base of front hinge has 1/4" closed tear.. Crisp and clean interior. Issued without dust jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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16 Andrew Jolly A Time of Soldiers
New York E. P. Dutton and Company Inc. 1976 0525219951 / 9780525219958 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Bright, tight and crisp copy with previous owner's name on front free end paper. Dust jacket has been taped to front and rear pasted down pages. Some wear/spotting shows on top of cloth spine. Dust jacket is bright with very slight bumping with a few tiny closed tears on bottom or spine. White background of wraps shows a little rubbing on back. Nice copy. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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17 Antone, Evan Haywood Tom Lea His Life and Work
El Paso, TX Texas Western Press 1988 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Biography of Texas artist and treasure, inscribed and signed by Antone, director of Texas Western Press, on half-title page. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. 163 pp. Book is bright, crisp, tight and clean, as is dust jacket which is in protective cover. Very nice inscribed copy. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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18 Aten, Lawrence E. Archeological Excavations at the Dow-Cleaver Site, Brazoria County, Texas
Austin, TX University of Texas 1971 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good No Dust Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Technical Bulletin, No. 1. Texas Archeological Salvage Project, November 1971. 58 pp. Oversize soft cover 8-1/4"W X 11"H. Light edgewear and a few marks on wrapper. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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19 Bailey, Anne J. Between the Enemy and Texas: Parsons's Texas Cavalry in the Civil War
Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian University Press,U.S. 2005 0875653073 / 9780875653075 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Bright, crisp, tight and clean trade paperback with minor edgewear. 
Price: 24.95 USD
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20 Baker, D. W. C. A Texas Scrap-Book
Austin, Texas Texas State Historical Association 1991 Reprint Hard Cover Fine Slip Case 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Limited Edition of 150 - this is #105, shown on half-title page. 727 pp. Dark blue leather quarterbound with cream-colored linen cloth boards. Unread copy - bright, clean, crisp and tight. As is slip case which is covered in the same linen cloth. Very nice collectible copy. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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