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The Flavor of Texas, Inscribed to Frank C. Lockwood)
Dallas, TX: Dealey and Lowe, 1936. First issue binding, First Issue Dust Jacket with tape repair on back. McVickers A5. Bound in printed cloth, original patterned and cream cloth, salmon on tan, with spine reading GTT at foot. Top of restored dust jacket has about 1" chip showing all but first three letters FLA in Flavor of Texas". a very nice long inscription: "To Frank C. Lockwood, delightful expresser of the flavor of Arizona, as a recuerdo of our first meeting, though we had known and liked each other for years. My friend, I salute you and your work. You have pioneered with the charm and perspective of art." Sincerely, Frank Dobie, Tucson, Arizona, August 2, 1938. As a bookseller I have handled dozens of nice Dobie inscriptions to his friends--this is among the nicest. Lockwood, of course, was the author of many of the finest Arizona pioneer histories. Of course, the book is eminently collectible but to read Dobie as pure pleasure as is this work from the surely apocryphal folklore regarding Sam Houston to the unique language of the working cowboy. Like most Dobie, his writing breathes with reality although when he put his mind to it, he could write academic work though such productions brought him little pleasure. It was authentic flavor Dobie wanted and this and all his works have accomplished to the delight of readers whether they be in Texas or Cambridge where he taught [fighting to keep the proper English students from stealing his Stetsons). Dykes, My Dobie Collection, p. 8 "hard to find and expensive" #11 on his rarities list. 6-Guns #602; Herd #691, One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd, 8. Sloan writes in her Ranching Catalogue Part 2 "References to cowboys and ranching are found throughout, and two chapters are specifically devoted to ranching history...One of Alexander Hogue's striking black-and-white illustrations shows a cowboy drinking water from a cow track, with Abe Blocker's famous quote about how he had 'drunk more water out of cow tracks than any trail driver left alive'..Dobie includes a first-rate chapter on "How Texas was Hell on Women.". First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Alexander Hogue. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
      [Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB]
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