N.p. The Lyons Press, 2004. 1st. Leather bound. First Edition, Limited to 100 numbered copies, INSCRIBED & numbered by the author. Includes Limited Edition etching of Visalia Stock Saddle No. 1 as shown in Visalia Circular in 1892. Large 4to. xviii, , 172 pp. color and black & white photographs and illustrations. The etching was created and hand-pulled on handmade Arches Cover at the shop of artist and master printer, Patrick Merrill. Bound in full saddle leather by Mike Roswell; housed in a striking horse blanket covered slipcase. A fine copy, as new. Item #17755
Winner of the American Horse Publication's Best Equine Book Award of the Year (2004) and finalist for the 2005 Ben Franklin Award. Filled with detailed photographs and illustrations, this book celebrates the saddle as a decorative hallmark of subtle beauty while fulfilling the utility of its principal purpose. Includes images of historic and contemporary examples of saddle style and decoration highlighting the works of makers of Visalia Stock Saddle Company, Meana, Miles City Saddlery, Porter, Hamley, Edward H. Bohlin, McCabes, and Keyston Bros., along with contemporary makers such as Chas Weldon, Dale Harwood, Chuck Stormes, Don Butler, Chuck Treon, Jeremiah Watt, and many others. Many saddles of the stars are featured from the golden age of the Hollywood western; these include outfits belonging to the lone ranger, Roy Rogers; Gene Autry; Ken Maynard; Buck Jones; and Barbara Stanwyck. 'The Art of the Western Saddle' also provides a look at the many exquisite and unpublished examples of the finest in silver and gold overlay and filigree saddle silver created by the West's preeminent metalsmiths. Featuring 300 photographs, this volume is an absolute must for all equestrians, as well as for collectors and admirers of this unique and totally American craft.