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Songs of the Cowboys

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Bound by Susan Hulme

Songs of the Cowboys
by Jack Thorp, 2012
Edited and Introduced by Mark Lee Gardner
The Press at the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

A laced-in-leather binding with Hewit's sprinkled calf which has been heat etched front and back, french handsewn silk endbands with doublures and flyleaves of leather and suede respectively.

Songs of the Cowboys researched and collected by Jack Thorp in 1908, is reprinted in this current edition by The Press at the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe. The project was spearheaded by Tom Leech, master printer.

Susan writes: My great grandfather began the life of a cowboy on the range at age 16 as a cow puncher, the year was 1888. He joined the Blue Mound Ranch driving longhorn cattle on the Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas, some 560 miles. "The 'trail herd' usually contained one thousand to fifteen hundred head of cattle and were driven 12 miles per day by a trail outfit; including a chuck wagon, propelled by four mules, driven by the cook; the trail boss, two point men, two swing men; three men to bring up the 'drags' and 10 horse ranglers." I chose to bind this book as a fitting tribute to my great grandfather, J J Hunter. His stories of dust storms, stampedes and camp fires are reflected in the song lyrics of this wonderful collection.

Susan Hulme is a visual artist and fine book binder. Raised in the rolling hills of rural Tennessee, it was there that she learned to work with her hands and developed a strong connection to the elements of beauty. A student at the American Academy of Bookbinding, her contemporary design bindings have been exhibited in the United States and France.

For additional information please contact via email - susanhulme@bluemarigold.com

 

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