Item #65530 The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains. Owen Wister, Struthers Burt.
The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains

The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains

New York: The Heritage Press, 1951. Heritage Press reprint. Hardcover. SIGNED by illustrator. 437pp. Small quarto [25.5 cm] Beige cloth over boards The title on the backstrip is a bit rubbed and the backstrip is moderately darkened. In the publisher's brown paper covered slipcase, with wear to the extremities, including several splits along the edges. The longest split measures 7 inches. Very good. Item #65530

A novel whose popularity helped to enshrine the American cowboy as an icon of American popular culture and a folk hero.

This handsome Heritage Press edition is illustrated by William Moyers. Moyers was skilled at working with a variety of media from watercolor to bronze, winning gold and silver Cowboy Artists of America medals for painting and sculpting. Characteristically, his work blended the historic with the contemporary West (Cowboy Artists of America).

This copy is inscribed by the illustrator, with a sketch, to Ernie Bulow, bookman, publisher, and friend of the American author and environmentalist Edward Abbey, on the half title.

After receiving an English degree in the sixties, Bulow worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, resided in Gallup, N.M., and taught English at Fort Wingate on the Navajo Reservation. Subsequently, he received a doctorate from the University of Utah, and he returned to Gallup, where he traded in Indian jewelry and kachinas and opened his bookstore.

Edward Abbey and Bulow began their friendship in 1970 at the University of Utah, where Bulow was a graduate student, and Abbey was a visiting professor. It was Bulow that managed to publish Ed's essay "Science with a Human Face" in the University of Utah literary magazine "Wasatch Front." This essay was later included in "The Journey Home." It is also significant to note that Bulow was a featured character in Edward Abbey's novel "The Fool's Progress."

Price: $100.00

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