Inscribed Dobie Classic, With Eight Pages of Handwritten NotesJ. Frank Dobie. Coronado's Children. Tales of Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of the Southwest. Dallas: The Southwest Press, 1930. First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by Dobie in ink on the dedication page: "Inscribed with pleasure for / Ruth & Edward Medley Ladd / J. Frank Dobie / Austin, Tex / 3/19/31". 8vo. xv, , 367 pp. Illustrated by Ben Carlton Mead. Original black cloth with titles and illustration stamped in gilt on the spine and front board. Map endpapers. Publisher's red stain to top edge. Edges untrimmed. Some wear to the gilt letters and design on the spine. Some discoloration to the map endpapers. Frontispiece loose but attached. Front and rear hinges cracked, resulting in a slightly shaken binding. Remnants of an old bookplate on the front pastedown. Price-clipped dust jacket is tatty and has significant areas that have been poorly repaired. Overall, a very good copy, in slipcase.
Due to an apparent publisher's defect, this copy has eight blank pages (82/83; 86/87; 90/91; 94/95). Dobie has added his own inked handwritten notes for the Ladds on these pages - notes pertinent to the surrounding text in order that the stories may be enjoyed in full. (Dobie also adds good-natured chastisements to the Ladds to go out and "buy another book.") These handwritten notes are all in chapter 2, "Down the Nueces." In all, Dobie has written eighty-three lines in blue ink in a firm hand. A unique item, with additional information added to the treasure tale and an interesting look into how Dobie went about his research.
References: Basic Texas Books 45: "Best work ever written on hidden treasure and one of the most fascinating books on any subject to come out of Texas." Howes D374.
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