Recollections of Western Texas, 1852-55

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Preface to the paperback edition of
Recollections of Western Texas

This edition of Recollections of Western Texas marks for the Book Club of Texas what was once called “a red-letter event.” A cooperative effort with Texas Tech University Press brings a historically important book, previously published by the Book Club in a limited edition, to an audience beyond the Club’s membership.

In responding to requests to make our books more widely available, we proceeded carefully to protect our historic mission to our members: “To promote excellence in book making and in booking by publishing books designed and produced by notable printers, working with texts of lasting historical and literary merit.” This paperback edition contains all the original text of the 1995 limited edition of three hundred copies designed and printed by Bradley Hutchinson of the Digital Press. However, in order to offer the book at an attractive price, Texas Tech University Press has omitted the illustrative maps and title pages of the original edition. These changes and the paperback format easily distinguish this edition from its predecessor, fulfilling our challenge to make a different but attractive paperback edition.

The people and places of 1850s West Texas come alive in this account. The admirable introduction by Robert Wooster gives a historical context for understanding William and John Wright’s arresting narrative. We at the Book Club are delighted to share this historical gem with a wider readership.

Readers interested in the Book Club of Texas can easily join. Applications can be obtained from the Club offices now housed in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University. Dues are billed annually. Membership entails no responsibility other than payment of dues. Members may buy all or none of the books and take advantage of as many or as few of the programs as they wish.

William E. Tydeman
for
The Book Club of Texas

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