Item #23476 Ranch Verses [SIGNED]. William Lawrence Chittenden, "Larry"
Ranch Verses [SIGNED]
Ranch Verses [SIGNED]

Ranch Verses [SIGNED]

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1914.

Hardcover. Very good. Fourteenth edition. 7.5" x 5.5", 199 pp + ads, in original blue cloth decorated in gilt. Corners rubbed and bumped, binding sound, text clean. Inscribed on the front free endpaper "To my dear old friend Frank Y. Carter 'G.P.' with kindest regards and best wishes of 'ye author' Larry Chittenden, New York, Christmas, 1914." William Lawrence "Larry" Chittenden, known as the poet-ranchman of Texas ... in 1883 ... borrowed fifty dollars and made his way to Texas as a traveling dry goods salesman. To help pay his way he sent articles back to New York newspapers. In 1884 he visited Jones County to look over some land owned by his family and decided that ranching could be a profitable venture....After his uncle's death in 1889, Chittenden bought the estate's ranch interest and further developed it. He began to write poetry and, according to legend, inspired by a comely San Angelo lass, wrote 'The Odd Fellow's Ball' in 1885. His best-known poem, 'The Cowboys' Christmas Ball,' was first published in 1890 in the Anson Texas Western. It has been reprinted and anthologized many times since. Anson citizens staged a show called the Cowboys' Christmas Ball in 1934, and the poem has been reenacted annually since. G. P. Putnam's sons published a collection of Chittenden's Texas poems, Ranch Verses, in 1893. The book went through sixteen editions and earned the author the sobriquet 'poet-ranchman.'" TSHA Handbook of Texas.

Item #23476

Price: $100.00

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