Author: James, Will
Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
Place of Publication: New York, London
ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION WITH INSCRIPTION on the FFEP, illustration of a cowboy on horseback (see picture), inscribed to “Mr. & Mrs. — / U-BET / Will James / III-’26”. First edition of the author’s second book. Half brown cloth over light brown paper boards, brown lettering with cowboy drawing to front, gilt letting to spine, plain endpapers. Condition overall VG, minor bumping to corners which are also just beginning to wear through, minor stain at front top edge and along bottom left front corner, dampstain to bottom of rear left board which also affects several of the pages towards the end of the book. Light stain on edge of text block about 2 inches from bottom. Text block is square and solid, hinges are tight and strong. Internally, pages are clean until end of book with faint stain referred to above, no PO markings other than inscription on FFEP. James was born in Quebec as Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, was accused of cattle theft and moved to the U.S. under the name of William Roderick James. Arrested in Carson City, NV for cattle rustling, when out he worked as a stuntman in movies, served in the Army for a year, and then began his writing and sketching career. Winner of the 1927 Newbery Medal for Smoky the Cowhorse, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Westeners of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1992.