Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1922.
First Edition. With 8 illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg. 1 vols. Sm 8vo. Superb Presentation Copy From William S. Hart's Horse. Original pictorial blue cloth, faint wear to extremities, some occasional foxing, else near fine Item #16363
Ghost-written by the famous actor, this is an account of his pony's adventures in films. INSCRIBED BY HART IN DISGUISED HANDWRITING (possibly written with his left hand), “July 25th 1928 / Dear Kathleen Milne Bartle / It is mighty seldom a lady what has books all round her fer breakfast, dinner an' supper--will buy a book--Especially a book written by a horse---but maybe thats the reason- / Anyhow I'm sure grateful an proud to call you friend / [sketch of horse's head] / Bill Harts Pinto Pony / P.S. Thats my picture--not Bills--He'd like to claim it.”
ACCOMPANYING THIS ARE AN ALS AND TWO TLS, 1928-29 ON HART'S LETTERHEAD to Miss Bartle, of the San Mateo Public Library, agreeing to autograph her copy, conveying the inscribed volume, and acknowledging her thanks, all in the most charming fashion (“I have ridden many horses in pictures. The king of them all is the Pinto. He likes to write his name over anything and tell folks just how good he is, too!”). A delightful human view of a Hollywood legend, the first great Western star.
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