The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 77, July 1973 - April, 1974

Book Reviews

Printer at the Pass: The Work of Carl Hertzog. Compiled by Al Lowman.
With an essay by William R. Holman. (San Antonio Institute of Tex-
an Cultures, 1972. Pp. xix+ 123. Illustrations, index. $8.50.)
A man's life is like the ball in the roulette wheel, making tentative stops
before it drops into the final slot. Thus the life of Carl Hertzog, from birth
at Lyons, France, in I902, childhood in Albuquerque, printing education
with Porter Garnett in Pittsburgh, early work in West Virginia, and fifty
final years in El Paso, where he came to stay in I923. There he has dili-
gently and temperamentally pursued his artful craft until he now ranks as
the fine printer of the Southwest.
In this glowing selective catalog of an exhibition sponsored by the Insti-
tute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, Al Lowman has abundantly docu-
mented the growth and achievement of this great craftsman. A total of 36I
books, pamphlets, and ephemera is described, often in the illuminating
words of the printer which indicate the agony and the ecstasy he suffers.
Many typographical pages are reproduced, and the whole was designed by
William D. Wittliff and printed by the University of Texas Printing Divi-
It takes only a few creative persons who catalyze each other's gifts to cul-
turally glorify a community. Of the similar southwestern cities, Phoenix,
Albuquerque, and El Paso, it is the latter which has the best claim to civi-
lized fame. This is because of the interaction of printer Carl Hertzog, artists
Tom Lea and Jos6 Cisneros, historian C. L. Sonnichsen, and librarian
Maude D. Sullivan, all of whom were mysteriously there at the same epoch.
Their names recur throughout this record of Hertzog's half-century occu-
pation of the strategic Pass of the North. Because of them and others, El
Paso has become distinguished beyond the borders of Texas. Was it mere
chance that brought them together there at the same time? The answer is
left to the cultural historian or the clairvoyant. The results are richly set
forth in this catalog.
University of Arizona, Tucson LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL
Monument to a Black Man. By Daniel James Kubiak. (San Antonio: The
Naylor Company, 1972. Pp. xiv+91. Illustrations, appendix, bibliog-
raphy. $6.95.)
During the last few years, an increasing awareness of the role minorities
have played in our history has resulted in many attempts to place minority
groups in their proper perspective. Daniel J. Kubiak's Monument to a Black
Man is one of these attempts. William Goyens was a free Negro who ar-


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