"The First of the Compilations of Cowboy Songs"N. Howard Thorp. Songs of the Cowboys. Estancia, New Mexico: News Print Shop, . First edition. Twelvemo. 50 pages. Original red pictorial patterned wraps with titles and vignette in gilt. Housed in a custom plain black cloth folder. Binding rubbed, spine lightly rolled, gilt faded. Verso of front cover with very minor stain along outer margin, small fore-edge stains on text-block with negligible affect to inner pages. Small bookseller's pencil notes on blank preliminary page. Pages remarkably clean. A very good copy.
"Thorp had the perspective of both range and civilization. He was a kind of troubadour himself" (Dobie, p. 129)."The first of the compilations of cowboy songs" (Dykes, Kid 56). "There is no record of an 'honest to goodness' cowboy ever becoming a 'songbird,' in fact, few of the breed could carry a tune, nevertheless, the nature of their work was such that whistling, humming, and singing were important personal assets that helped to make short days out of long ones, and most of them gave it a fling.... [A] puny little book that sold for a quarter...now classed as excessively rare." (Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, pp. 10, 25).
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