New York: Charles Scribner's, 1925. SIGNED and dated by the author. 8vo. (xvii) 217pp. Numerous full page and in-text line drawings. Grey cloth with black lettering and red line drawing of a cowboy on his horse in tan illustrated dustjacket with red & black lettering. Near fine in very good dustjacket (2 x 1" loss of paper at upper rear edge; a smaller loss of paper to rear; wear to extremities and chips to spine ends; front cover neatly separated from spine). Item #17933
The author's first book, considered his best one, is a series of short stories about cowboy life in the West as it truly was between the 1870s and the early years of the 20th century. "The best one is his first, written before he became sophisticated with life - without becoming in the right way more sophisticated with life - without becoming in the right way more sophisticated in the arts of drawing and writing." - Dopie pg. 108. According to Frazier, between 1919 and Will James' death in 1942, he changed the signature he used professionally over a dozen times. When signing his name in, James most often included the '111' and the date with his signature up through 1927. This copy was so signed in 1926. (Frazier pg. 1; Herd 1153).