Trail Dust and Saddle Leather (INSCRIBED with ORIGINAL DRAWING)
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946. Jo J. Mora. First Edition. Octavo. 246pp. Numerous full page and in-text illustrations. Grey cloth with red lettering and Longhorn skull stamped to front cover in Jo Mora designed dustjacket and endpapers. An original sketch by Mora of a young buckaroo pulling a toy horse on verso of free front endpaper. Presentation inscription in Mora’s flowery script followed by... “with the best wishes of the author/Jo Mora).” Book is near fine in about very good dustjacket (spine faded to yellow as is common with this book; wear to extremities; chips; short closed tears). Item #15187
The evolution of the cowboy and the strong role he and the entire cattle industry played in the development of American society. Much on the cowboy's working tools, clothes, manners and customs and his constant companion, the Western Horse. "No better exposition anywhere, and here tellingly illustrated, of reatas, spurs, bits, saddles, and other gear." Dobie p. 112. (Grandeau & Shorts Books B12a).