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

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cussion in his monograph, with added references to other materials relating
to printing in Texas.
In his "Afterword" (pp. 97-98), Lowman explains the raison d'etre of
his work as it is founded on the principle that "no book is worth reading
unless it is also worth buying and keeping." Such a book Lowman him-
self has produced. The Index occupies pages 99-1o7 of the volume.
Printing Arts in Texas is a beautiful book in itself, and qualifies to be
placed alongside any of the printed materials described between its covers.
Designed by William R. Holman and printed by David Holman in an
edition of 395 copies, it was published by Roger Beacham, P.O. Box 8254,
Austin, Texas 78712. The illustrations and vignettes by Barbara Holman
are delicate and finely executed. Thomas Bewick could not have done
better.
Lowman's book is admissible evidence that much has been done by a
few earnest and sensitive people in Texas in a short length of time, and
that indeed is progress in the right direction. More and greater things will
be produced by these printers and book designers, Texas will benefit from
them. There is no doubt that their work will inspire other Texans for years
to come and from generations yet unborn.
Syracuse University JOHN S. MAYFIELD
Git Along, Little Dogies: Songs and Songmakers of the American West.
By John I. White. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1975- Pp.
xiii+221. Illustrations, appendices, index. $ o.)
Written by the Lonesome Cowboy of radio's "Death Valley Days," this
volume consists of a series of essays on individual cowboy songs. Many of
the chapters have been published previously as articles, and consequently
no theme develops through the book. The author makes no pretense as a
scholar, although he offers documentation and helpful bibliographical
essays on books and records pertaining to the subject. The result of his
labors is an unpretentious, enjoyable, and informative account of the origins
and development of individual songs.
Among the interesting aspects of the book are discussions of the wide
range of writers and composers who have contributed to this genre. Duly
celebrated as the author of The Virginian, Owen Wister studied music at
Harvard and the Paris Conservatory. For the stage version of the novel,
Wister composed the words and music for "Ten Thousand Cattle Straying,"
sung by Trampas, the villain. Will Croft Barnes, an Arizona notable as a
writer, conservationist, soldier, and rancher, is probably the only author

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