Last Memories of a Tenderfoot [Press Copy]

Cattle, cowboys, Hopi native Americans, and an English rancher


Cattle, cowboys, Hopi native Americans, and the Southwest. This book comprises letters by the deceased author published by his widow, Dorothea Townshend. In this collection, Townshend writes of his experiences in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The book begins with his experiences in the 1870s and transitions into the author’s return visit to the Southwest approximately 30 years later.

Of the 16 photographically illustrated plates, emphasis is placed on documenting the Hopi people, their village of Walpi and life in Jemez Valley, what is now present-day Sandoval County, New Mexico. A not-uncommon book to find, but scarce as a “Press Copy” for review and commentary upon publication.


Description: Last Memories of a Tenderfoot [Press Copy]

New York: Dodd, Mead, 1926. First American Edition. [i–v], vi–[xiv], [1]–270pp. 8vo. Publisher’s cloth. Fore- and bottom-edges untrimmed, a number of leaves unopened. Illustrated with 16 plates, halftones from original photographs. Large publisher’s “Press Copy” label pasted to rear board. Front pastedown with remnant of yellow coated paper, likely an aspect of promotional literature or ephemera tipped-on by Dodd, Mead. A very good example.

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Adams, Herd 2323 for the London edition. Reese, Six-Score 109 (note), – “[A]n English Rancher. Townshend came west in 1869; this book [A Tenderfoot in Colorado] covers his experiences as a rancher there until he moved to New Mexico in 1874. There are two further books: The Tenderfoot in New Mexico (1923) and Last Memories of a Tenderfoot (1926). All are good reading.”


Price: $125.00