The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

Book Reviews

fully illustrated. Appropriate appendices have been included, as
well as a remarkably complete index.
Junann J. Stieghorst and the Pemberton Press have pro-
duced an excellent study of one of the most historically signifi-
cant and economically viable regions of Texas. Bay City and Mat-
agorda County should well serve as an effective model for future
similar projects. WILLIAM T. FIELD
Earl Vandale on the Trail of Texas Books. By J. Evetts Haley.
Canyon (Palo Duro Press), 1965- Pp. 44. Illustrations.
This is a book of Texas greats-a great subject (Earl Vandale),
a great writer (J. Evetts Haley), and a great printer (Carl Hert-
zog). When the book came into this reviewer's hands, he read
it twice the first night. He has read it still a third time and
enjoyed every word of it.
J. Evetts Haley probably needs no introduction as a writer.
He achieved notoriety in 1964 with a political book, but his
lasting renown will come from such works as The XIT Ranch
of Texas (1929), Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman
(1936), Charles Schreiner, General Merchandise, The Story of
a Country Store (1944), Jeff Milton, A Good Man With a Gun
(1948), and Fort Concho and the Texas Frontier (1952). In ad-
dition, Haley is also a competent bibliographer and an outstand-
ing Texana collector in his own right. When Haley writes of the
psychopathic aspect of book collecting, he writes with insight,
for the ailment belongs to him as well as other collectors.
Carl Hertzog is also well known and respected as a printer and
designer. Many collectors buy a book just because it is a "Hertzog
item," and each one has a distinctiveness about it which suits
the subject and the writer.
The subject of this book-Earl Vandale-is perhaps less vividly
recollected by present-day Texana collectors because he was not a
writer and because he has passed from the scene, dying in 1952.
One of the reasons Haley wrote this book was to bring into focus
the work of Vandale the collector. And what a work it was.
Vandale's interest in Texas history began when he reached Texas
in 1922. In 1923, he went to work for the Magnolia Petroleum

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