Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1930. 'First Edition, after the printing of 134 De Luxe copies (stated). Hardcover. INSCRIBED by William S. Hart... 'And now he belongs/to the ages/"One of Charlies friends"/William S. Hart' and further 'To my friends/George and Rosalind Shaffer/From Bill Hart/Xmas 1930.' (George Shaffer was a journalist; Rosalind Shaffer was a Hollywood publicist and author). Tall quarto; 162pp. Tissue-protected color frontispiece and illustrations (mostly color). With an introduction by Will Rogers and a nine-page biographical note by Nancy Russell. Tan linen with brown and gold lettering to front cover and spine; TEG; in uncommon original color illustrated dustjacket. Offsetting from newspaper article to pp 12-13) else near fine in very good to near fine dustjacket (minor loss to extremities; several small snags to rear panel, but still lovely); in Poor slipcase (split with 2" loss and extensively tape-repaired, but present!). Item #19264
Contains 145 letters from Charles M. Russell (one of which is to Bill Hart), with 105 individual line engravings and seventy-eight color plates, mostly from watercolors. William S. Hart, silent film actor, screenwriter, director and producer is remembered as the foremost western star of the silent era. Hart was one of Russell's closest frinds. (Herd 1968; Howes R-527; Yost 72A).