(Northland Graphics, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1995). First Edition. Quarto. First printing. Limited edition of only 100 copies (this copy unsigned and unnumbered) but in slipcase. xii, 236 pages, illustrations (some in color) Index. Ernie Morris is not only a fine Western Artist but whose work on authentic vaquero remembrances shows details on horses, cattle, terrain, and the life of the cowboy is among the best with details of the riatas, saddles, and a special glossary on the Spanish terms of the vaqueros in California. One of the best books with over 400 color and black-and-white photographs with interviews with many "old timers" some of whom now have passed. The buckaroo artists include Ed Borein, Jo Mora, Jack Swanson. The photographs of buckaroo gear include braided rawhide reins and romals, spurs, bosals, mecates, hobbles and quirts with elaborately carved and decorated saddles and silver-mounted bits. This beautiful items is in full rich leather. It is out-of-series in that it was never signed or limited though the edition was limited to 100 copies. It is likely is that a few extra copies were bound in case of imperfections though this copy is perfect and also has the slipcase which is rare. Slip case has a small ding to upper edge. Copies are at the Autry, the National Cowboy Museum, and seven other libraries report having copies of the trade edition. (Inventory #: 018865)
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