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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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101 Giles Tippette I'll Try Anything Once, Misadventures of a Sports Guy
Dallas Taylor Publishing 1991 0878337288 / 9780878337286 First Edition Hard Cover Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
EX-LIB copy of humorous sports adventures of well known Texas writer, speaker and humorist, Giles Tippette. Usual library markings, stamps, card pocket on ffep and cutout on ffep. Dust jacket is in library cover which has been taped to boarads of book. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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102 Gillett, James B. Fugitives from Justice: The Notebook of Texas Ranger Sergeant James B. Gillett
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. State House Press 1997 1880510383 / 9781880510384 1st Paperback Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
274 pp. Bright, crisp and clean copy with light rubbing wear. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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103 Goldie West and Susan McKee A History of the Woman's Club of Fort Worth 1973 - 1998
Fort Worth, TX Woman's Club of Fort Worth 1998 No Stated Edition Cloth Very Good++ No Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Diamond Jubilee Edition. Crisp, bright and tight large format book with green cloth boards and bright gilt print. Very light bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's name in ink on front pasted down paper and several friendly messages from fellow members on front free end paper. No dust jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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104 Govenar Blues Come to Texas (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University)
College Station, Texas Texas A&M University Press 2019 1623496381 / 9781623496388 First Edition Hard Cover Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Comprehensive study of the blues in Texas and the deep South. Begun by prominent scholars and researchers Paul Oliver and Mack McCormick in 1959. Finished in 2019 by writer, folklorist, photographer, and filmmaker Allan Govenar with folklorist and ethnomusicologist Kip Lornell. Pictorial front board - no dust jacket, as issued. Quarto size (8-1/2"W X 11"H) 457pp. All text. Bright, clean, and crisp - unread. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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105 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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106 Graves, John Hard Scrabble, Observations on a Patch of Land (Signed)
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1974 0394483863 / 9780394483863 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Ruminations on the land, the people and the history of his land near Glen Rose, TX by a Texas treasure, now departed. Signed by Graves on title page. This is a 1st Ed., 3rd Printing. Book is crisp and clean with very slight right lean. Dust jacket is price clipped. Also bright and clean with very slight wear. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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107 Graves, John Texas Rivers
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. University of Texas Press 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. University of Texas Press 1st Ed. Square format, 11-1/4" X 11-1/4". Bright, crisp and clean - giftable, collectible copy. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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108 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: 35.00 USD
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109 Greene, A. C. A Personal Country
New York, NY Alfred A. Knopf 1969 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Ancel Nunn 
A. C. Green's evocation of West Texas and his bond to the land and the people with all its/their flaws. Ranked one of the 50 Best Books on Texas. Laid in is a copy of a multiple page interview with Greene dated 1977 from the Dallas Times Herald. Light tan cloth boards have a floral graphic in sepia tone and red print on spine. Spine is a little weak and book has right lean. Bottom front corner has small faint spot. Previous owner's name on front free end paper and rear paste down paper has notation, 'p. 248'. Interior is clean and bright. Dust jacket has price intact and rear flap fold has creasing. top corner of front panel has 1" closed tear, and top edge and corners have chipping. Top of front hinge has closed tear about 1", and top of rear hinge has about 3/4" chip missing. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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110 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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111 Greene, A.C. The 50 Best Books on Texas
Dallas, TX Dallas Pressworks Publishing 1982 939722143 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Signed by Author
Inscribed and signed by Greene on title page - dated 1982. Large format trade paperback, 7"W X 10"H. 90 pp. Tight copy with light edgewear on wrapper. Erasure on top corner of title page.Top corner of rear panel has a little scuffing, and spine shows slight discoloration. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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112 Greene, A.C. The Highland Park Woman: A Collection of Short Stories
Bryan, TX Shearer Publishing 1983 094067212x / 9780940672123 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by A.C. Greene and dated November 1983 on front free end paper.195 pp. Cream colored boards are bright and clean with clean interior. Brightl and crisp dust jacket has price intact. Top edge of front panel has very light slight creasing. Very nice signed copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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113 Greene, Jeffrey Water from Stone: The Story of Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
College Station, Texas, U.S.A. Texas A & M Univ Press 2007 1585445932 / 9781585445936 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Bamberger, Margaret Signed by Author
Signed by author, illustrator and her husband and ranch owner, J. David Bamberger - inscribed by previous owner. 218 pp. Bright, crisp, tight and clean copy with like dust jacket. Lovely illustrations in this story of the restoration of a Blanco Co., Texas ranch. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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114 Gregg Cantrell Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas
New Haven, CT Yale University Press 1999 0300076835 / 9780300076837 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
1st Ed., 2nd Ptg. Tight, bright and clean copy with clean interior with light wear. Dust jacket has slight corner and edge wear and rubbing on glossy finish. Nice copy - appears unread. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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115 Gregg Cantrell Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas
New Haven Yale University Press 1999 0300090935 / 9780300090932 3rd Printing Soft Cover Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Tight, bright and clean copy - appears unread. 493 pp. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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116 Gunn, Joel and Mahula, Royce Hop Hill: Culture and Climatic Change in Central Texas
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. University of Texas at San Antonio 1977 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good- No Dust Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Special Report, No. 5. 295 pp. Oversize soft cover 8-1/4"W X 11"H. Previous owner's name is on title page. Front wrapper has edgewear and bumping, and base of spine has 1/2" missing and another 1" that is torn. Still, intact and sturdy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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117 Guthrie, Keith Texas Forgotten Ports: Mid-Gulf Coast Ports from Corpus Christi to Matagorda Bay
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Eakin Pr 1988 0890156611 / 9780890156612 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
240 pp. Tight and crisp copy with very slight foxing on top and bottom page edges. Clean interior. Dust jacket has minor edge and corner wear. Light rubbing on spine, hinges and flap folds. Light background of rear panel has darkening on edges. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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118 H. H. Halsell My Autobiography, A Thrilling Historical Autobiography Experienced During the Early Days of Texas When It Was a Primitive Wilderness
Dallas, Texas H. H. Halsell/Wilkinson Printing Co. 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed by author on front free end paper with encouraging words, "Ride on, brave lad.". Born in 1860, Halsell worked as a cowboy and rancher most of his life. Cited in Adams' "Thundering Herd" #979. 253 pp. Front end paper also has previous owner's name stamped near bottom edge. Book has a right lean with moderate wear to edgesr. Rear end paper has list of page #s with subjects of interest, i.e., "116 Stampede" or "124 Cowboy bedroll". Page edges are tanned. Dust jacket has bright cowboy camp fire graphic on front. Substantial chipping loss and creasing on edges.A few small dark spots show on white background.Now in protective cover. A singular piece of history. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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119 Hafertepe, Kenneth Abner Cook: Master Builder on the Texas Frontier
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Texas State Historical Assn 1992 0876111029 / 9780876111024 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
1st Ed., 1st Ptg. 210 pp. Crisp, tight, clean and bright, as is dust jacket. Unread. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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120 Hal Kopel Today in the Republic of Texas
Waco, TX Texian Press 1986 0872440710 / 9780872440715 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Scarce fine copy of history of the Republic of Texas which spanned 9 years, 1836 - 1845. Presented in a day by day newspaper story format. 184 pp. Book and dust jacket are crisp, bright, clean - like new. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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