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Last Chance Passed Lots Auction: October 28th, 2022

Mon, Oct 24, 2022 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Oct 28, 2022 03:00PM EDT
Lot 310

First Edition of the Lone Cowboy by Will James

Estimate: $300 - $600

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For your consideration is the 1st Edition, "Lone Cowboy: My Life Story" by Will James, 1930. In "Lone Cowboy", Will James revives the scenes, people, and customs of the turn-of-the-century American West. Regarded as a fictionalized autobiography today, “Lone Cowboy” follows the character of James the cowboy from a boy to an accomplished artist. A little boy, hardly more than a baby, becomes an orphan in the West; how an old French trapper, whom the boy calls Bopy, adopts him and takes him on his long hunts; how when he is hardly more than a little boy, Bopy is lost in an icy river and the child, heartbroken, rides down into the prairie region alone--on his own. James gives a complete and varied idea of how a cowboy lives as he moves toward his remote objective: becoming an artist. Known as a writer of the American West. He is known for writing Smoky the Cowhorse, for which he won the 1927 Newbery Medal, and numerous "cowboy" stories for adults and children. His artwork, which predominantly involved cowboy and rodeo scenes, followed "in the tradition of Charles Russell", and much of it was used to illustrate his books. In 1992, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This book shows a green cover with gold gilt lettering across the front and spine of the book. The front cover shows a cowboy on top of a horse with his lasso in hand. Book is in overall good condition, spine is worn, cover has scuffing on edges, pages are deckled, slight foxing noted to pages, measures 5.75"W x 8.5"L x 1.5"D