Cowboy Kate & Other Stories . Photographs and foreword by Sam Haskins. Introduction by Norman Hall. Synopsis by Desmond Skirrow. Bodley Head, London, 1965. Unpaged. Folio. First edition. INSCRIBED on half-titel page, 'To Pam + Collin, I dedicate this copy of Kate/With much love/Sam'. Hardbound in illustrated dust jacket. Numerous full-page black-and-white reproductions. Printed in Switzerland. Original card slipcase.
Writing in 1964 Norman Hall said of this book: The main story is a sort of allegory with a theme as old as the folklore of humanity. Nostalgically, it guys the props, the conventions and sentimentality of vintage "Westerns" but the point it makes is the triumph of beauty - young and wholesome, innocent beauty. Technically, the telling has more in common with a slick ballet sequence from a well directed film than with the conventional picture story. It flows and it tingles. It has continuity and superb presentation. It is made up of an agreeable mixture of fun and hyperbole, extravagance and restraint. Nothing is just plain statement, so that the reader has the pleasure of exercising his own powers of interpretation. Spiritually, it is a song of praise for the loveliness of woman and it has a lyrical fragrance which harks back to Spencer or Ben Jonson. It has a pervading sense of fun." A marvelous period piece!
Near Fine+; very slight bump to crown of spine; front free-endpaper lightly abraded; Near Fine+ jacket with light edge wear; small nicks at crown of spine; small tear lower edge of front panel; Near Fine slipcase with a tape residue lower edge; small round damp-stain.