The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 80, July 1976 - April, 1977

Book Reviews

Miss Hogg observes in her foreword that ten years ago a book on Texas
furniture would have surprised many of her fellows. Recent interest is such,
however, that this is the second book on the subject in as many years, the
first being Witte Museum's catalog, Early Texas Furniture and Decorative
Arts (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 1973). Inevitably, the two
books must be compared. Both feature some of the same pieces, and both
focus on German-made furniture of the same geographic areas. Yet the
books complement rather than compete with each other. Witte's catalog,
already rare, contains no text, but includes silver, crockery, and quilts as
well as furniture. This book is distinguished not only by its well-written
text but by its maps and checklist that guide collectors to areas previously
Both books bring the proverbial good and bad news to collectors. The
good is that they can now identify their acquisitions. The bad is that, with
the consequent rise in prices, fewer of them can afford the luxury of early
Texas furniture.
Houston Baptist University MARILYN M. SIBLEY
Printing Arts in Texas. By Al Lowman. (Austin: Roger Beacham, 1975.
Pp. I o. Foreword, illustrations, bibliography, afterword, index. $75.)
Al Lowman, erudite research associate of the Institute of Texan Cul-
tures at San Antonio and a literary scholar of the highest caliber, has pro-
duced a historical chronicle of thirty-six quarto pages wherein is presented
a most readable record of the emergence and development of fine printing
and bookmaking in Texas since I918. Earliest among the eminent typo-
graphers mentioned is Edwin B. Hill of Ysleta, and next is Carl Hertzog
of El Paso who, for years now, has been sobriquetted "The Texas Guten-
berg." Among others appropriately recognized by Lowman are: Merle
Armitage, Ed W. Bateman, Sr., William R. Chiles, William Dealy, Jo
Alys Downs, Barbara Holman, William R. Holman, John H. Jenkins III,
Stanley Marcus, Mariana Roach, Larry Smitherman, Kim Taylor, Bern-
hardt Wall, Van C. Walton, Frank Wardlaw, and William D. Wittliff.
Following the text are thirty-nine pages of illustrations showing title
pages of books, pamphlets, brochures, and leaflets; bindings and slipcases;
broadsides and posters; exhibition catalogues; letterheads and invitations;
and library journals, along with photographs of some of the dedicated
artisans responsible for their design and production.
The next section (pp. 89-95), entitled "Bibliography," consists of des-
criptions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera chosen by Lowman for dis-


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