Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1953 - 1960. First Editions. 8vo. 125, , + [12pp photo-illustratred plates]; 162; 165 pp. Line drawings and jeacket design by Lee Maddux, Bettram, O'Doane and Glover Shipp; photographic illustrations. Tan cloth bindings in illustrated dustjackets. Uniformly near fine to fine condition (price-clipping and small loss to spine head of "Lore of the California Vaquero"). Item #21796
Arnold R. Rojas, "Chief Rojas", is a Californian by birth, living among vaqueros on the ranchos of Kern County, CA since he was nine years old. He has a superior knowledge from sources in English and Spanish of the historical background of the vaquero and his horse. In this trilogy dedicated to the saga of a vanished hero - the vaquero of Califoria's Central Valley - Rojas has collected stories from these vaqueros in Western history when the greatest cattle empires in North American were passing out of existence. "There is a spirit of dogged tenacity which runs like a vein throughout the stories, and characterizes the laborious founding of the cattle industry in California, and subsequently from here in the other western states."