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1 Axelrod, Alan, commentary. Arrangements by Dan Fox. SONGS OF THE WILD WEST.
New York Metropolitan Musem of Art / Simon & Schuster 1991 0671747754 / 9780671747756 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
128 pp, oblong large 8vo (9 1/2" H x 10 3/4" D). Decorated endpapers, profusely illustrated in color and b&w with photographs, reproductions. "Nothing captures the spirit of the Old West better than the jaunty tunes and classic ballads the cowboys and settlers sang, songs richly represented in this visually stunning volume. Panoramic in scope, the 45 songs, coupled with works of art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, chronicle the stirring saga of westward expansion and reflect every facet of life during one of the most exciting periods in our nation's history. The lore of the West intrigued many artists, and the works featured include paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and N.C. Wyeth, as well as a myriad of fascinating artifacts: saddles, spurs, guns, guitars, a stagecoach ticket, a Navajo blanket, and other objects that provide a vivid picture of life in the West. A lively and intriguing text further illuminates this bygone world, exploring the history of the songs, their lyrics, the accompanying art, and the development of the West. The music, arranged for beginning to intermediate musicians and accompanied by chords for the guitar or banjo, is suitable for piano, organ, violin, or recorder." Includes: Across the Wide Missouri; The Big Corral; Billy the Kid; Blood on the Saddle; The Boll Weevil; Bucking Bronco; Buffalo Gals; The Buffalo Hunters; Bury Me Not in the Lone Prairie; Cavalry Charge; Chopo; Cielito Lindo; Cindy; The Colorado Trail; Cotton-Eyed Joe; The Cowboy; Cowboy Jack; Cowboy Lullaby; The Cowboy's Lament; The Day of '49; Down in the Valley; Git Along, Little Doggies; Goodbye, Old Paint; Ho! Westward Ho!; Home on the Range; I Ride an Old Paint; Jack O'Diamonds; Jesse James; Night-Herding Song; The Old Chisholm Trail; Old Dan Tucker; Old Texas; Patsy Ory Ory Aye; The Railroad Corral; The Rainbow Cradle; Sam Bass; The Strawberry Roan; Sweet Betsy From Pike; Tenting on the Old Campground; The Texas Cowboy; The Texas Rangers; The Wabash Cannonball; The Wells and Fargo Line; The Yellow Rose of Texas; The Zebra Dun. Minor rubbing on glossy boards, 2" faint line indentation on fron board. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, three tiny scuffs on front flap fold. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
2 Barris, Ted. RODEO COWBOYS: THE LAST HEROES.
Edmonton, Alberta Executive Sport Publications 1981 0919035094 / 9780919035096 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Photography by Robert Semeniuk. 
144 pp, oblong (8 9/16" H x 10 1/16" D. Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs. "Rodeo is perhaps the world's greatest test of physical endurance and raw heroism. It is the participant, the cowboy, who has excited both young and old for decades. Year in and year out, these men test their strength against the power of animals in such rodeo events as steer wrestling and bronc riding. Sometimes they are rewarded for their efforts by a winning time, but often they receive little more than the appreciative applause of an enthusiastic audience before heading down the road to the next rodeo. What motivates these men to keep up such a grueling schedule? What has kept the tradition alive for so long? Through the combined effort of a gifted writer and an expert photographer, the exciting and entertaining world of the rodeo cowboy comes alive." Minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, minor edge wrinkling - crease at bottom edge of rear flap. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
HORSES I'VE KNOWN., James, Will.
3 James, Will. HORSES I'VE KNOWN.
World, Cleveland, 1946, 3rd printing. 
281 pp, 8vo (8 5/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Color frontispiece, b&w illustrations by author. "Will James knows the horse of the Western plains and ranges better than any other American writer. Not only does (he) stand in a class by himsel f for his writing about the horse, but his vivid drawings of cowboys, horses and ranch life generally are unsurpassed. In this book, Will James tells the stories of a number of horses, good and bad, that he has known. Writing in the same c o w b o y v e rnacular that made 'Smoky', 'Lone Cowboy' and other James books so successful, and illustrating his text with better drawings than he has done for a long time, (he) here records spectacular incidents in the lives of 'Little Eage', t he h or se w ho ac te d as 'seeing eye' for a blind rancher and saved his life in the flood that followed one of the sudden range storms; of 'Bearcat', the bucking horse that nobody could ride and whose final conquest lost a job for the cowboy wh o m ast ere d h im; of hil ari ous cowboy high-jinks with borrowed horses and a couple of ghostly white equines who turned a practical joke into a stampede that had unfortunate results for the jokers; and many other stories, all of them brimmin g w ith acti on a nd r ich with the colo r of the Western range that Will James portrays so well. As a reminiscent 'round-up' of horses that the author and illustrator has ridden and owned this book is the equal of anything Will James has written. " L ight brow ning to fo re-e dge o f tex tbloc k, minor bump at corners, small area of slight fading at bottom of rear hinge/spine, small faint watermark at bottom of rear board, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has small chips and tear s - s ome wi th cr eases, mode rate t o heavy edge wear, darkening to spine and flap-folds/edges, light rubbing/soiling, tiny scuff on spine. Very Good/Fair 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
4 James, Will. Illustrated by the author. COW COUNTRY. (CONTAINS: THE WILD HORSE; WHEN IN ROME; MONTY OF THE "Y" BENCH; SILVER-MOUNTED; THE LAST CATCH; TWO OLD TIMERS; COMPLETE; THE BREED OF 'EM.)
Mountain Press, Missoula, Montana, 1995 - Tumbleweed Series. 
242 pp, large 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations by Will James. "Welcome to 'Cow Country' and the world of Will James - a place where 'there's not a fence as far as you can see, nothin' but blue grass ripplin' in the sun.' First published in 1927, these stories and drawings showcase Will James's great talent for capturing the essence of cowboy life on the open range." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, slight fading to upper part of spine, minor rubbing. VG+/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
5 Kennedy, Fred. THE CALGARY STAMPEDE STORY.
Calgary, Alberta T. Edwards Thonger 1952 First Edition Soft Cover Good 
236 pp, 12" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. Alternate pages are advertising for local and/or related businesses/services/etc. Contents: The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth; The Stampede Is Born; "Let 'Er Buck"; The Victory Stampede 1919; Prince of Wales Cowboy; Midnight, Hell On Hooves; Clem Gardner, Cowman; Four Of A Kind; 1924 To 1934. Prosperity and Depression; 1935-1952. The Lush Years; The Livestock Show; Royal Winter Stampede 1951; The Corral The Stampede Built; L'Envoi; The Record Tells The Story; Do You "Savvy The Burro"?; Banff Indian Days; Square Dance Glamour; Calgary, Canada's Oil Capital. Interior - covers have pulled away from their glue-down area exposing staples and glue residue, area of excess glue residue and surface paper loss on last page and inside of rear cover, very soft crease at top corner of approx. page 165 to end of book. Exterior - minor browning to top of text block, spine and front cover; two tiny ink marks and one small corner crease on front cover; very light edge wear; small area of soiling on bottom of text block. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
CHICO OF THE +UP RANCH., Muller, Dan.  (Daniel Cody Muller, 1889-1976)
6 Muller, Dan. (Daniel Cody Muller, 1889-1976) CHICO OF THE +UP RANCH.
Chicago Reilley & Lee 1938 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket Dan Muller. Signed/inscribed by author/illustrator
249 pp, 9 3/8" H. Khaki cloth with black lettering/red banding on spine, red lettering/black illustration on front board. Profusely illustrated throughout with b&w drawings ranging from full page to vignette. The author/illustrator was born in Choteau, Montana and in his early years worked for Buffalo Bill Cody. His art was influenced by meeting Charles M. Russell around 1900 and he went on to become a collected artist of the American West. At the top of the half title page of this volume he has inscribed: "To H.R. Cannon (underscored) / Dont mind the ups and downs / of life - a good man is never / down - long. / Dan Muller" and has used the bottom half to sketch (first in pencil, then ink) a scene of a bucking bronco with his rider sitting on the ground with his hat beside him. This sketch is also signed "DAN MULLER" with a slanting dash above and below. A story of horses, cowboys, range wars, rodeos and romance. Pages 13 to 21 have a tiny dent in the middle of the page, pages 13 and 14 have a small light stain in the margin, minor toning to margins of pages, a few pages with a thumb mark in the margin, thin line of dried glue on front pastdown - some offset on free endpaper, small very light green/red soiling mark at bottom of page 84, spine has slight slant, small shallow bump at top of front hinge, a few scattered foxing marks on boards, two light liquid marks on bottom of text block, light soiling to board cloth, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, browning to spine, minor bump at top corner of boards. 
Price: 325.00 USD
 
 
THE CANADIAN COWBOY:  STORIES OF COWS, COWBOYS, AND CAYUSES., Russell, Andy.  Illustrations by Don Brestler.
7 Russell, Andy. Illustrations by Don Brestler. THE CANADIAN COWBOY: STORIES OF COWS, COWBOYS, AND CAYUSES.
McClelland & Stewart, (Toronto, 1994), 2nd printing. 
287 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. B&w illustrations. Contents: Trailing Herds North and West; Saddles and the Men Who Rode Them; The Development of Cowboy Costume; Cowboys and the Buffalo; The Last of the Free Range; Life in Cow Country; Saskatchewan Campfires; British Columbia Cow Country; Trails of a Young Cowboy; Tough Times; The Unknown Quantity; Some Hazards of the Game; George and Frenchy; Cows, Cayuses, and Dudes; In Retrospect; Epilogue - The Wall-Eyed Stud. Interior - a few scattered light ink marks on last page, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing. VG+ 
Price: 11.50 USD
 
 
8 Smiley, Kathryn, ed. (Robin H. Smiley, Robert E. Skinner, Jean Marie Parmer.) FIRSTS: COLLECTING MODERN FIRST EDITIONS. MAY, 1994. VOLUME 4, NUMBER 5. (CHESTER HIMES, CAPTAIN JAMES COOK.)
Los Angeles Firsts Magazine 1994 Stapled in Wraps Very Good+ 
48 pp, 10 3/4" H, soft cover (magazine format). B&w illustrations. Articles: Are Best-Sellers Collectable?; New York Times #1 Best Sellers, Fiction List 1942-1952; Collecting Chester Himes (with informal checklist); An Exploration of Captain James Cook; Books into Film (Midnight Cowboy). Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, minor rubbing, a few small very soft wrinkles. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
9 Snow, Hank. With Jack Ownbey and Bob Burris. THE HANK SNOW STORY.
Urbana University of Illinois Press / Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame 1994 0252020898 / 9780252020896 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
555 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "(Traces Hank Snow's) life from humble beginnings, through his emergence as an entertainer in Canada, the United States, and throughout the world, to his stature as one of the most influential figures in country music today. But more than a rags-to-riches memoir, this book presents Hank's life and career in his own voice, with remarkable candor and incredible detail. It provides the first extensive look at the early development of country music in Canada, reveals the inner workings of the music industry (including Hank's vital and unsung role in launching Elvis Presley's career), frankly discusses the nonglamorous side of stardom, and offers the reflections of an outspoken artist who has been professionally involved with country music for nearly sixty years. Through Ernest Tubb's intercession, he made his debut on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Disheartened by the lack of audience response, Hank nearly abandoned his dream. Then he recorded a song he had written, 'I'm Movin' On'. It climbed to the top of the charts, staying at number one for twenty-nine weeks. More hits followed, and his life and career changed forever. Over the years, Hank has entertained servicepeople on military bases in Korea, Europe, and Vietnam. Remembering his own (difficult) childhood, he established the Hank Snow Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse. (He was) elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and to the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame." Minor twist to spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling otherwise clean and bright. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ARROW THROUGH THE HEART: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CRAWFORD GORDON AND THE AVRO ARROW., Stewart, Greig.
10 Stewart, Greig. ARROW THROUGH THE HEART: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CRAWFORD GORDON AND THE AVRO ARROW.
McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Toronto, 1998, first edition. 
216 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0075601028 B&w photographs. "The argument persists whether Crawford Gordon was one of the greatest industrialists and business minds this country has produced or whether he was just a canny political cowboy who herded the imagination of an entire country into his corral of schemes and moneymaking junkets. Unfortunately, Gordon was in many ways like the project of his life - the ill-fated, now almost legendary, Avro Arrow. Both rose quickly, promising great feats, and both met their ends quickly and tragically, much too soon for the rest of us to determine their true potential. Still, no one can deny that in his short life, Gordon's accomplishments were considerable. Whe n Crawford Gordon led A.V. Roe in the 1950s, it was the third largest company in Canada. And when he laid off almost 15,000 workers in February 1959 in response to the Diefenbaker government's decision to scrap the Arrow, this was an unprece d e n t e d and shocking move. Was this a calculated attention-getting maneuvre aimed at saving the Arrow program or a bitter vengeful shot at the Diefenbaker regime? To get a sense of the man behind the business (the author) delved into the publ ic a rc hi ve s a nd interviewed more than 30 people - family members, friends, and business colleagues. Written in co-operation with the Gordon family, Stewart was given access to Crawford Gordon's private papers and never-before published photos ." Mi nor wr ink li ng at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing, three tiny soft dints on spine, very small light scuff on rear hinge. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CIRCUS TOYS., Tearle, Peggy.
11 Tearle, Peggy. CIRCUS TOYS.
Leicester Dryad. 1952 Soft Cover Good 
60 pp + large folded sheet of patterns laid in, 8 7/16" H. B&w photographs, drawings. "A hand-made toy has a particular appeal; if it is not perfect, it will probably have personality - and expert workmanship will make it outstanding, provided always that the design is good. Very few tools are required for toymaking, and the technique is not difficult to pick up. Moreover, the work gets increasingly interesting as experience is gained. The circus theme gives plenty of scope for imagination; trappings and trimmings can be varied endlessly, and the patterns adapted to make new costumes. With slight alterations to the facial expressions, entirely new characters can be introduced. These figures and animals are good as a group, and have therefore been made to scale. As the animals range from five to sixteen inches in height, full directions for enlarging or reducing the patterns have been included." Introduction. Contents: Materials; Ringmaster; Toby Dog; Clown; Seal; Polar Bear; Cossack; Brown Bear; Shetland Pony; Chimpanzee; Horse; Ballerina; Cowboy. Interior - moderate bump to bottom corner of text block, small bump at top corner, large diagonal crease on page 15/16, pocket at rear is torn in several place s but has been archivally taped, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - moderate bump at bottom corner, small light bump at top corner, heavy crease down center of rear cover, very light edge wear, small scuff and small light soiling mark on rear cover. Patterns in pocket are complete but have fold creases and there are a few small tears at fold joints. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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