The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

ing. The Etchings of Edward Borein: A Catalogue of His Work brings
together the consummate efforts of collector, publisher, and artist.
This book is easily the most extensive and complete work to have ap-
peared so far on Borein as a graphic artist. As a catalogue raisonnd, it is
well researched and properly indexed, thus making it a major contribu-
tion for students of Borein and the western scene he depicted with such
vitality. Little attempt is made to recount the numerous and intriguing
chapters in the artist's long life, and perhaps too small a proportion of
the book focuses on the stylistic and technical qualities of Borein's work
which set him strides ahead of his contemporaries in depicting western
America in etchings. Yet what the book lacks in verbage, it makes up for
in pictures, and pictures, after all, was what Borein was all about. The
318 plates are, for the most part, reproduced directly from the originals.
Their clarity and crispness delight even those who know the actual
prints firsthand.
Borein, a native of California, was born in San Leandro in 1873. At
seventeen he began work as a cowboy and at twenty-one he sold his first
drawing. Thereafter he remained an artist though his devotion to the
cowboy life was sustained in his life style and the theme of his art until
his death in 1945. Borein has left us a valuable pictorial legacy and John
Galvin's catalogue has preserved it admirably for all to enjoy.
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art PETER H. HASSRICK
American Indian Ceremonial Dances. By John Collier. Introduction by
John Sloan. (New York: Crown Publishing Company, 1972. Pp.
19g2. Illustrations. $3.95.)
In 1949 under the imprint of E. P. Dutton and Company, John Col-
lier and Ira Moskowitz published Patterns and Ceremonials of the In-
dians of the Southwest in a limited edition of only 1,475 copies. The
book quickly became a collector's item. It is now available to everyone
at an exceptionally modest price.
This edition by Crown Publishing Company, despite the claim that it
is a revised edition, is in every respect but one an exact reproduction of
the original book. The drawings, lithographs, text, and typography are
identical to the 1949 edition; the only change has been the integration
of the drawings (by Moskowitz) with the text (by Collier); in the
original edition most of the drawings were gathered together at the back
of the book. The new arrangement is aesthetically more pleasing than

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101202/. Accessed October 22, 2014.