336 pages with over 500 illustrations, letters and notes
Joe De Yong, born in 1894, had one dream, to be a cowboy. Stricken with “cerebro meningitis” at the age of 19, leaving him totally deaf; this is a grand and important story about the life of a little-known illustrator and artist that would forever change the way the country and the world perceives the power and romance of pre-1900 American West. His works are perhaps the most widely seen of all Western American artists but very few know who he was. This is a compelling journey through the life of a diminutive man who overcame overwhelming physical adversities to create and ensure the authenticity of who the American cowboy and American West was would live on forever.
Special Chemise Volume
Limited to 50, copies in a hand-cut, chemise envelope; the Special Volume is signed with a numbered, letterpress tip-in of one of De Yong’s California vaquero illustrations.