THE VILLAGE HORSE DOCTOR WEST OF THE PECOS.
SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. 306pp. Frontispiece and full-page text illustrations by Lorence Bjorklund. Beige linen cloth with brown cloth spine, decorations and title in gilt on spine. Brown pictorial publisher’s slipcase. First edition, copy #67 of a limited edition of 250 copies. Fine copy. Except for a very small abrasion towards the bottom of the slipcase, it is fine. A. C. Green & His Library: “During World War II, when all the younger veterinarians were called into service, Ben was given a U.S. government certificate to practice veterinary medicine and this book is the result of those years west of the Pecos. (Incidentally, Ben once told me hated what he called ‘small animals.’ I don’t think he hated the small animals so much as their owners. He worked only with large animals, he said.)” During the 1940s, Green crisscrossed the desert and mountains between the Pecos and the Rio Grande, ministering to his patients as the only veterinarian with a 100,000 square miles of ranch land. His experiences provided ample material for this talented storyteller.