Cowboy Classics for Dear Ol’ Dad ( Rarest of Rare Collectibles)

For Father’s Day, we’d like to feature several cowboy classics—all signed by their esteemed authors and available at our Flagship store in Dallas.  If your dad’s a cowboy, real or wanna-be, he might enjoy one of these tales of buckaroos on the range.

Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry 26th Printing, Simon & Schuster, 1985
Signed by Larry McMurtry

LonesomeDoveTexas author Larry McMurtry has written several classics of the West, but none as enduring as the adventures of cattle drivers Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, as told in Lonesome Dove. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, a critical success, became a huge commercial success following the popular 1989 TV miniseries that starred Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.

This copy is in Fine condition. $400.

True Grit, by Charles Portis 4th Printing, Simon & Schuster, 1968
Signed by Charles Portis

TrueGritAnother classic cowboy tale that scored as a movie—twice!—is True Grit. It pairs up teenager Mattie Ross with grizzled U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (played by John Wayne in 1969 and by Jeff Bridges in 2010).

This 4th printing copy is in Very Good + condition, with very minor rubbing to the top and bottom of the book and dust jacket spines. $450.

The Crossing, by Cormac McCarthy First Printing, Limited. Alfred A. Knopf, 1994
Signed on the limitation page by Cormac McCarthy

TTheCrossinghe Crossing is the middle book in McCarthy’s acclaimed Border Trilogy, which also includes All the Pretty Horses and Cities of the Plain. It takes place in the rugged country around the border of Mexico and New Mexico and involves a coming-of-age, under extreme conditions, of a pair of brothers.

This copy is part of a limited edition of 1,000 “especially prepared for friends of the author and publisher” and is signed by the author. Its condition is Fine. $600.

The Time It Never Rained, by Elmer Kelton Early printing, Doubleday & Co., 1973
TheTimeItNeverRainedSigned and inscribed: “For Jim C–/ A story of dry West Texas / Elmer Kelton / 11/30/2000”

The Time It Never Rained is a Western that transcends the genre. Its cowboys’ enemy is the weather—a long dry spell that changes their lives. The novel won a Spur Award and a Western Heritage Award.

Many years ago, I gave my father a copy of this book for Father’s Day. It became one of his favorites.

The book is in Near Fine condition and its dust jacket is Very Good, with minor chipping around the spine and some rubbing on the back panel. $200.

Rarely-Known Trivia

Booked Up—Although he’s scaled back quite a bit, Larry McMurtry still owns a bookstore, Booked Up, that occupies a big part of the town square of tiny Archer City, Texas.

Rhode Island?—Many of Cormac McCarthy’s best-known novels chronicle life in the West, but McCarthy was born in Providence, Rhode Island. (He’s lived for many years in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, area.)

Oh, that time it never rainedThe Time It Never Rained is based on an actual drought that Texas experienced in the 1950s.

If you’re interested in finding out more about any of these items, contact the Buy Guy.


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