76,000 copies, 20,000 of which were returned by the subscribers. Turner
remembers his chagrin when the Literary Guild sold these returned
copies through the Southwestern Cigar Stores for 95 cents.
In spite of all the failure to provide a substantial publication his-
tory of Dobie's books, both scholars and collectors will be grateful to
Miss McVicker. The listing of Dobie's newspaper articles is particu-
larly useful. Harry Ransom's prefatory essay provides a discerning
introduction to Dobie's work.
Strictly speaking the Spruill Cook bibliography might more appro-
priately be called a checklist. It is in no sense a descriptive bibliogra-
phy and offers little help to the collector or scholar who wishes to
distinguish variant printings or issues of the books he lists. In addition
to the standard sections on books, periodicals, etc., Cook includes a
separate listing of Texas Folklore Society publications and a "selective
group" of writings about J. Frank Dobie, both useful.
An interesting feature of Cook's bibliography is the extensive body
of quotations from Dobie's remarks about his own books. These notes
are a valuable source of information, and Mrs. Dobie's foreword is
enough to make the book indispensable for all Dobie collectors. Un-
fortunately, the typography is a matter for regret and the frontispiece
Both bibliographies are illustrated with facsimile reproductions of
the title pages of several of Dobie's books.
University of Texas at Austin F. W. ROBERTS
Llanos Mestenas: Mustang Plains. By Agnes G. Grimm. Waco (Texian
Press), 1968. Pp. xii+ 189. Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index.
The author sweeps across more than four hundred years with chrono-
logical fragments about the area. During this period there is an amazing
stream of races of people with different creeds, purposes, and contributions
who live briefly or for their full time in this fascinating region. The author
suggests that the book was written "to preserve panoramic fragments of the
rich cosmopolitan heritage of this truly American region which is between,
and includes the valleys of the Rio Grande and the Nueces rivers." Few
of those who came were criminals or crooks, but generally were strong men
"with bark on," and often each was a proud, courageous, resourceful indi-
vidual. This was a man's land.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117146/. Accessed October 24, 2014.