Borein's West: Leaves from the Sketchbook of the last artist of the Longhorn Era. Edward Borein, Edward S. Spaulding.
Borein's West: Leaves from the Sketchbook of the last artist of the Longhorn Era.

Borein's West: Leaves from the Sketchbook of the last artist of the Longhorn Era.

1952. Santa Barbara: Press of The Schauer Printing Studio, Inc., 1952.

Large 4to, unnumbered. Color frontispiece and five small (3x2 inch) color plates illustrating the preliminaries. Hundreds of sketches reproduced in black and white on rectos only. Original red cloth boards, gilt lettering and illustrations to backstrip and upper cover. Gilt perhaps slightly dulled, a near fine copy.

§ The Vaquero edition limited to 300 numbered copies, this is number 33. Compared to the regular edition, the illustrations are printed with higher contrast on the rectos only of better paper with wider margins. The edition also includes five additional small color plates.

"Edward Borein (1872-1945) was one of a handful of early Western artists who was actually born in the West. As a young man he roamed the western states and territories and much of Mexico, working as a cowboy and using his artistic talent to record these experiences. Developing a deep affection for the West, and nurtured by his free lifestyle as a cowboy, he soon became known as a facile and spontaneous recorder of cowboy and Indian life.

In his early thirties Borein decided to pursue a career as a professional artist and moved to New York City, where his studio soon became a favorite haunt for important figures such as Will Rogers, Charles M. Russell, Carl Oscar Borg and Buffalo Bill Cody.

Borein returned to his native California, married, and set up a permanent studio in Santa Barbara in 1921. His etchings, watercolors, and drawings quickly earned him a reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of the American West, and few artists have done so as accurately and skillfully as Borein." (Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

Five years after Borein's death, a collection of his watercolors and etchings was published by his friends. "During the preparation of [that] volume, his widow furnished the group of friends with several thousand of Ed's pen and ink and pencil sketches... It is with these absorbing sketches, which many, including the late Donald Baer, curator of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, feel represent his best work, that this volume deals." (Preface). Item #123569

Price: $250.00