New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. Will James (author). First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo 8 1/4 in. x 6 in. Orange boards with black lettering and graphic of two kids, one holding a rope, the other a harness. A few little stains to front board and a smudge to rear board.1932 on both title page and copyright page, and the Scribner's "A" present on copyright page. Rubbing to extremities;Corners lightly nudged. Ink-stamped previous owner's stamp to bottom and top edges and to front free endpaper, though mercifully, very very light. Will James's characteristic printed signature within two lines and "32". Previous owner's inked inscription also to top of front free endpaper. Illustrated by the author. Nice, square, tight copy of a signed Will James title. Good Plus. Item #86866
"...James was born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault in 1892 in the Québec parish of Saint-Nazaire-d'Acton in Canada. He left home in 1907 to fulfill his dream of becoming a cowboy. By 1910 he had crossed the Canadian-U.S. border into Montana and changed his name to Will James..." James was "an artist and author of books about the American west and, in particular, horses, Will James wrote the 1926 book "Smoky the Cowhorse", which was awarded the John Newbery Medal in 1927. The book has inspired many a writer, and many a person about coming back from neglect and cruel treatment. (Buffalo Bill Center of The West, and Wikipedia).