The king of the broncos : and other stories of New Mexico

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"Signed Margaret Armstrong binding design in black, sage green, and two tones of textured gold on adobe red cloth of the titles on either side of seven inverted spurs arranged in a curved row to form a crown; looping black lassos on either side, with a sunburst background. Spine with titles and a spur and ribbon motif in gold. Includes frontispiece portrait of the author and his facsimile signature, as well as 8 additional black and white illustrations by various artists. A collection of New Mexico folk tales collected by Lummis. The first recounts the taming of the most magnificent of all wild horses, while the other essays tell stories of the ancient cave-dwellers, of immigrants, of inventive telegraph boys, and of snakes, miners, bears and cowboys. The second of two books Armstrong designed for Lummis' work; the first being The Land of Poco Tiempo (1893), which was also bound in matching adobe red smooth cloth with a design using the colors of the New Mexico landscape - black, gold and sage green. As Lummis was a prolific author, Scribner may have requested that Armstrong develop a uniform colorway for Lummis' works. The present binding was considered to have unique artistic beauty by Gullans and Espey, and merited a special mention in their Armstrong listings for 1897." -- Austin Abbey Rare Books.

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The king of the broncos : and other stories of New Mexico, Margaret Neilson Armstrong (American, New York 1867–1944 New York)

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