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Twelve volumes by Ben K. Green - many signed  

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Twelve volumes by Ben K. Green - many signed and limited, two with original sketches

Green, Ben K.

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Twelve volumes, various limitations. Most illustrated. Generally cloth, some with jackets or slipcases. First Editions.

A collection of mostly scarce signed and limited editions by Ben K. Green, including two volumes with original sketches by the illustrator. Horse trader and rustic raconteur Ben King Green (1912-74) was born in Hopkins County, Texas, near Cumby where his family had lived for several generations. At the age of twelve, he left home and sought out corrals, wagon yards, and livery stables, fully embracing the life of a cowboy and later, a breeder and horse doctor. In 1960, Green contributed several of his horse trading stories to the Tally Book, a publication for the Fort Worth International Quarter Horse Jockey Club. Shortly thereafter, he met Alfred A. Knopf and by all accounts, told the New York publisher more than he wanted to know about horses. This led to the publication of a series of popular books that established Green as the foremost cowboy writer of his generation. In 1973, he received the Writers Award for contributions to Western literature from the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and his most successful work, Wild Cow Tales (1969), remains in print more than forty years after his death.


  • Back to Back: Texas Cow Horses & the Vermont Maid [and] Mr. Undertaker & the Cleveland Bay Horse (Oblong 8vo), maroon boards with photographic cover label, slipcase. Signed by Green on the front flyleaf. Fine. No. 792 of 850 copies. Austin, TX: The Encino Press, 1970.
  • Ben Green Tales. Four volumes: When I Was Just a Colt, Up Fool's Hill Ahorseback, Beauty, and How Come I Wrote a Book. Illustrated by William Moyers, John Hampton, Joe Beeler, and James Boren, respectively. Original cloth bindings with gilt spines, slipcase with paper label. Light wear to slipcase, spines slightly sunned; else near fine. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1974.
  • Horse Conformation, As To Soundness-Performance- Ability. With text illustrations. Black cloth, illustrated dust jacket. Green's first book, self-published. Light wear to jacket and binding; near fine. Cumby, Texas: Ben K. Green, 1963.
  • The Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas. Illustrated by Joe Beeler. Original quarter tan morocco and brown cloth, slipcase. No. 77 of 100 copies signed by the author, with an original pencil drawing (a vaquero smoking a cigarette) by the illustrator. Signed by the author and illustrator at the limitation. Light wear to slipcase; volume fine. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1971.
  • Taylor, Edith Wharton. Money on the Hoof. With introduction by Ben K. Green. Illustrated from photographs and text illustrations. Brown cloth, illustrated dust jacket, acetate jacket, slipcase. Jacket price clipped, else fine. No. 18 of 25 signed and numbered copies. Signed by Green and Taylor on the front flyleaf. Fort Colllins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1974.
  • A Thousand Miles of Mustangin'. Illustrated  by Joe Beeler. Half red morocco  and brown cloth, slipcase decorated in gilt. Signed by Green and Beeler at the limitation. Some wear to slipcase, volume fine. No. 19 of 150 Deluxe copies. Flagstaff, AZ. Northland Press, [1972].
  • The Village Horse Doctor: West of the Pecos. Illustrated by Lorence Bjorklund. Brown and tan cloth, gilt lettered spine, acetate jacket, slipcase. Fine. No. 153 of 250 specially bound copies. Signed by green at the limitation, additionally signed by Bjorklund at the title page. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971.
  • Wild Cow Tales. Illustrated by Lorence Bjorklund. Tan cloth with spine label lettered in gilt, acetate jacket, slipcase. Original sketch by Bjorklund of a man on a horse bound in at front, signed and dated 1972.  No. 263 of 300 specially bound copies. Signed by Green at the limitation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.
  • Wilson, Robert A. Ben K. Green: A Descriptive Bibliography of Writings by and About Him. Foreword by Jenkins Garrett. Color frontispiece portrait, with 18 illustrations. Original cloth-covered boards over black leatherette spine, with silver titles. Housed in the publisher's slipcase. No. 3 of 100 specially bound copies, signed by the author at the limitation, and including a previously unpublished story by Ben K. Green. Fine. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1977. 

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Some volumes with light wear; near fine or better.

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