Book Description

First edition. Arranged by the author’s wife Dorothea Townshend from his articles, tales, and notes left at his death (see notes below). A very good copy; in plainly-printed green dust jacket, now soiled and creased on spine, with clear tape internal reinforcements across chipped ends and along flap folds; red cloth lightly mottled, spine a bit sunned; top edge coloured red, now also a little sunned; pages toned; bookplate.
Dealer Notes
The front flap blurb reads in part, “Readers of that fascinating and popular book ‘A Tenderfoot in Colorado’ have been eagerly awaiting ... his further exciting adventures in New Mexico in the thrilling days of lynching and pioneering.” This is the second memoir of an Englishman who spent ten years in the ‘Wild West’ hoping to make his fortune: it chronicles a period spent around Jemez, NM, getting to know the Pueblos and Navajos of the area, hunting and exploring through the desert southwest, and ending with an encounter with Billy the Kid and his gang who wanted to rustle the herd of horses he was driving to Colorado for sale to miners.

Richard Baxter Townshend, ended life as an Oxford don, and friend of composer Edward Elgar, whose third Enigma Variation was dedicated to “R.B.T.” As a young man, he left England soon after getting his degree from Cambridge University, and traveled to Colorado in search of adventure and fortune, spending ten years as a cattle rancher, trader, and adventurer largely in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico. He died about the time his first volume of memoirs was published; a third volume, ‘Last Memories of a Tenderfoot,’ would be published in 1926 (please ask; we have it).
Author R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
Date 1923
Binding Publisher’s cloth, with dust jacket
Publisher London: John Lane The Bodley Head
Illustrator Illustrated with photographs by the author
Condition Very good
Pages ix, 257 p.

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