The Armstrong Chronicle - A Ranching History by Diane Solether Smith
This is a very rare book, produced by Corona Publishing over twenty years ago, and long since out of print.
Rarer still, this is a preview copy that has been specially bound in a handsome light tan steer hide.
The spine is rounded and features four raised bands, as well as rounded endcaps, a look that pays homage to those austere and dignified Spanish bindings of the early 19th century. The boards are covered in a taupe colored cotton rag paper, embossed to give it the look of tooled saddle leather.
The pastedowns are covered in an elegant marbled paper made by nationally known artisan Galen Berry in his Oklahoma studio. Marbled papers have been used in bookbinding since the 16th century. Its production is practiced today by only a handful of fine craftsmen around the world.
The fly leaves and hinges are a rich, chocolate brown mulberry paper. The top edges have been given a spattered finish in the traditional way.
The spine label is of custom screened calf leather. Finally, it is signed by the binder on the lower rear turn-in.
This book is one-of-a-kind in its material and craftsmanship. It is ready to ship and offered on a first come, first served basis. Don't wait or it may be gone. Don't kick yourself if you hesitate and somebody else snatches it away.