Riders across the Centuries, Horsemen of the Spanish Borderlands. (Signed)
First trade edition, first issue of this “greatly improved” extension José Cisneros’ earlier book, Riders of the Border (1971). Signed by Cisnersos and West. One in 249 copies in the first issue binding with the die—depicting a spur—gilt-stamped upside down on the front cover. With a photocopy of a letter from the publisher attesting to the binding error.
Collection of 100 drawings of horsemen in historic costume and equipage, c.1519–c.1960, with drawings and text by Cisneros and a biography of him by John O. West. Described and illustrated are various horsemen, including “Northern Mexico Vaquero,” “Paso del Norte Roper,” “Cowboy of the Cattle Trails,” “Californian,” “Ranchero de Chihuahua,” “Charro Turn of the Century,” “Baja California Vaquero c. 1950,” and “Texas Cowboy.”
Carl Hertzog served as the book’s consultant and his portrait appears on the dedication leaf.
Description: Riders across the Centuries, Horsemen of the Spanish Borderlands. (Signed)
El Paso: Texas Western Press, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1984. 199pp. 4to. Full-page illustrations. A near fine copy in publisher’s gilt-stamped cloth binding and pictorial dust jacket.