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    One of 200 Special Copies Bound in Leather and Signed by the Editor and Additionally Inscribed by Charles M. Russell's Son Jack

    Charles M. Russell. Charles M. Russell, Word Painter. Letters 1887-1926. [Edited by Brian W. Dippie]. Forth Worth: Amon Carter Museum, Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York, [1993].
    First edition. One of two hundred numbered special copies (this copy being number "168") bound in leather and signed by the editor, B. W. Dippie, on a printed label mounted on the front free endpaper. This copy is additionally inscribed on the front free endpaper and label by Charles M. Russell's son Jack: "This is the first book/I have seen about my father/Jack C Russell." Large quarto (11.5 x 11.4375 inches). viii, 435, [1, blank] pp. Text in three columns. Profusely illustrated in color and black and white.

    Publisher's full brown leather. Front cover stamped in blind with facsimile signature of "C M Russell." Spine lettered in copper gilt with four raised bands. A fine copy. Housed in a book-backed quarter brown calf over marbled board slipcase with spine lettered in gilt.

    "Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) was an accomplished artist in many ways-as a painter, sculptor, and illustrator, and also as a gifted storyteller. His 'paper talk,' or illustrated letters, gave free rein to both his verbal and visual talents, and those fortunate enough to receive a Russell letter treasured it. Will Rogers, in his introduction to Good Medicine (1929), the first collection of the artist's illustrated letters, noted that his longtime friend held a unique place as an artist and writer: 'I hope everybody that reads some of his thoughts here will get a little aid on life's journey by seeing how it's possible to go through life living and let live. He not only left us great living pictures of what our West was, but he left us an example of how to live in friendship with all mankind'" (Foreword).

    "Where Good Medicine contained 115 separate items, some multipaged, Paper Talk about 84, and 'Paper Talk' 98, along with vignettes from additional letters, this volume features 331 examples of Russell paper talk, photographically reproduced, and a checklist of all other known items" (Introduction).


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