O'Connor, Jack

Horse and Buggy West - A Boyhood on the Last Frontier

Alfred A. Knopf, 1969

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Signed by Jack O'Connor upon front free endpaper with "My Best Wishes." x, [3]-302 p. Black and white illustrations. "Jack O'Connor [1902-1978] grew up in Tempe, Arizona, in those days before World War I when a boys' own father had living memories of a truly 'wild' West. The Tempe [he] recalls was already in the twentieth century, but the flavor of the frontier still permeated daily life. And he summons it up for the reader - the humors, the absurdities, the gaucheries, the pleasures of the horse and buggy West - with a sort of affectionate chuckle that seems to say, just a bit sadly, that the old-fashioned is after all faintly ridiculous. His book is peopled with grandfathers unforgettable, with black-sheep uncles, with a fine and varied collection of Western characters who bring back to us an America - and a childhood - we seem to remember no matter where we were raised." - dust jacket. Book is well preserved with top edge darkened, otherwise quite clean, bright and unmarked with light wear to publisher's green cloth decorated in maroon and lettered in gilt. Tight and square. Above-average wear, some faint scribbles, and several repairs to dust jacket, including a 3" x 1" facsimile replacement portion at top of spine and upper corner of front panel. A sound signed copy of the early life story of perhaps America's most respected hunting and firearms author. Book