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The first book on the life and art of Joe De Yong (1894 - 1975) - the only protege of western artist Charles M. Russell.
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    HARDCOVER EDITION

    You'll receive a signed-by-the-author copy of the book. We will be doing a limited printing, so this will guarantee you get a signed, first edition copy!

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    MAKE IT A DOUBLE!

    Order two signed copies of the hardcover edition - get one for yourself and send one to a saddle pal and as a bonus you will receive two signed, bookmarks, illustrated with a Joe DeYong sketch.

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    De Yong broadside & 2 signed books

    An 11” x 17” broadside features a De Yong pen and ink and poem – featured in the book - about one of Joe’s best friends – his rope! It’s a letterpress broadside pulled by master letterpress craftsman John Balkwill at Lumino Press in Santa Barbara. And this includes two signed De Yong book and bookmarks– also pulled by Mr. Balkwill.

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    Four Signed Books and Bookmarks

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    Eight Signed Books and Bookmarks

    Here's a way to get more books with a pledge or to adjust your existing pledge to include more copies. All are signed and include the letterpress bookmark.

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    SIGNED BOOK AND JOE BEELER PRINT

    In addition to a signed copy of the book and bookmark, this reward includes a signed print - from the book - by the late artist Joe Beeler (1931 - 2006) - a close friend of DeYong's. The print, titled "Shade" is one of five signed in the 1990s by - and in collaboration with - Joe Beeler (1931-2006).

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    Signed book and Jo Mora carte

    Joe De Yong enjoyed the authentic nature of artist Jo Mora's (1876 - 1947) work in his 1946 book "Trail Dust and Saddle Leather" and later in Mora's 1949,posthumously published "Californios." Both books influenced a number of the stories he would write and illustrate for Western Horseman magazine from 1948 - 1950. This special premium comes from Peter Hiller at the Jo Mora Trust and is an original 1945 version of Mora's carte of California (18 x 24). In addition, backer will receive a sign De Yong book and bookmark plus three rare books on Jo Mora: “Back to the Drawing Board” by Julianna Burton-Carvajal; “Joe Mora: Renaissance Man of the West” by Stephen Mitchell and “Collecting Jo Mora by Grandeau and Shorts. 1 available

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    Signed book and De Yong leather art

    In addition to a signed book and letterpress bookmark you'll receive an original piece of De Yong's "electric needle" art depicting a rider and reluctant mule. This piece is 10" x 27" long and is beautifully framed.

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    Signed book and Borein book

    This premium level includes a signed De Yong book and bookmark and a Fine Binding Edition Of ten etchings pulled from original Edward Borein plates authenticated by De Yong’s friend and Borein expert, the late Harold Davidson. This superbly custom bound, limited edition containing ten important etchings pulled from the original Borein plates including – Cinch Binder, Bronc Breaker, Scratchin' High, Bronco, Cutting Back Strays, Blackfoot Chiefs, Hopi Boys, The Wooden Bridge at Taos, and Mission San Antonio De Padua. Limited to a total of fifty twenty-five presentation editions, the volume bound in full English calf leather covers with richly gilt fronts and backs; spine finished with gold ornamentation and raised bands; top edge full gilt both inside front and back covers finished with gold dentelles. Each volume is housed in a slipcase with handmade marbled paper with top and bottom and finger pulls in fine leather. This book was created and published in 2002 by my father, John T. Reynolds, who passed away way too soon in 2008. There are only three available.

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    Signed Book and A.Harmer Watercolor

    In addition to a signed book and bookmark you will receive a watercolor of the California Mission San Luis Rey. Artist Alexander Harmer (1856-1925) was a friend of Joe De Yong’s in Santa Barbara. De Yong had been introduced to Harmer by Charles Lummis – a friend of Russell’s and Edward Borein’s. Harmer is considered the first painter of California’s vaquero culture and did a number of paintings of the California Missions. This watercolor of the Mission San Luis Rey is 6” x 14” and is matted and framed.

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    Signed Book plus Beeler book & sketch

    Joe Beeler was a dear friend of Joe’s and De Yong was a mentor to him as well as to artist Vel Miller. This premium is a first edition volume of Beeler’s 1967 book “Cowboys and Indians” and comes along with signed and framed sketch by Beeler drawn on Montana’s OW Ranch in the 1990s. There is only one of this premium and of course it comes with a signed De Yong book and bookmark.

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    Signed Book and photo of Bill Hart

    Silent screen cowboy star, William S. Hart was a close friend of De Yong's during and after Charlie Russell's death. In addition to your signed copy and book mark comes a framed, signed silver print of William S. Hart along with an additional signature.

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    SIGNED BOOK & DeYONG WATERCOLOR

    After you have finished the signed copy of the book you received, you can concentrate on hanging an original costume sketch by Joe DeYong as illustrated in the book. And of course you can mark the page with your signed-by-the-author book mark.

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    Signed Book and A. Harmer gouache

    This is the largest premium and hopefully a savvy collector will see the crazy-good value here. Alexander Harmer (1866 – 1925) was De Yong’s friend – and for a while his landlord as De Yong rented studio space from him. Harmer painted this gouache illustration for the 1914 book by Jarrett Richards, “Romance on El Camino Real.” Harmer illustrated the book with 13 gouaches and this one appears on page 15 – and yes along with your signed De Yong book and bookmark – you’ll received the framed painting and a first edition copy of Richards’ book. There is only 1 of this premium.
    It will be on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bill.reynolds.756
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