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Smoky The Cow Horse by Will James (1957 Hardback)


£30.00

Good condition used 1957 First Edition
Hardback with price-clipped Dust Jacket.

Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, NY.
ISBN: 0684208636.
Author and Illustrator: Will James.
Approx dims: 235mm h x 185mm w x 32mm d.

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Smoky The Cow Horse by Will James (The Scribner Illustrated Classics)

Condition and Description:

Good condition used 1957 First Edition Hardback with price-clipped Dust Jacket.

Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York.
ISBN: 0684208636.
Author and Illustrator: Will James.
Approx dims: 235mm h x 185mm w x 32mm d.

Clean used condition price-clipped dust jacket with creasing and small tears to edges, rubbing and signs of handling. DJ spine with slight fraying to top and bottom. Dust Jacket over good condition brown cloth boards. 266 clean, slightly tanned pages of English text with 6 full page colour and 5 full page b&w illustrations (tear to one of the b&w illustrations). One blue ink gift inscription dated 1976 to inside first blank page, no other inscriptions. Page ends slightly tanned. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of Smoky The Cow Horse by Will James:

Will James (1892-1942), artist and writer of the American West, was born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault. It was during his creative years everyone grew to know him as Will James. During the next several years, he drifted, worked at several jobs, was briefly jailed for cattle rustling, served in the army, and began selling his sketches and in 1922 sold his first writing, Bucking Horse Riders. The sale of several books followed. In 1926 his most famous book, Smoky the Cowhorse, was published, which won the Newbery Medal in 1927.

In a story “Smoky the Cowhorse” by James Will an old cowboy tells about a hard life of a real horse that was born in prairies.

The story details the life of a horse in the western United States from his birth to his eventual decline. It takes place after the 1910s, during which the West dies away and automobiles are introduced. Smoky is born in the wild but is captured and trained by a cowboy named Clint. Clint is taken by Smoky’s intelligence and spirit, and he uses him as his personal steed. Under his guidance, Smoky soon becomes known as the best cowhorse around. However, Smoky is among a number of horses stolen by a horse thief. When Smoky refuses to allow the thief to ride him, being loyal only to Clint, he is beaten repeatedly in punishment. Developing an intense hatred for humans from this treatment, Smoky eventually attacks and kills the thief.

When Smoky is eventually captured by local authorities, his now violent and aggressive demeanor prompts his use as a bucking bronco at a rodeo.

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