SMOKY the Cowhorse by Will James 1926 (Western) w/Jacket!

SMOKY the Cowhorse by Will James 1926 (Western) w/Jacket!

SMOKY: The Cowhorse. By Will James, Published by A. L. Burt Company, New York, 1926.

Classic Fiction - Juvenile Fiction - Western


Will James (1892-1942) was a French Canadian artist and writer of the American West. Smoky the Cowhorse is a novel by Will James that was the winner of the 1927 Newbery Medal, and for which he wrote numerous "cowboy" stories for adults and children. The novel has been adapted to the screen three times as Smoky, in 1933, 1946, and 1966. Will James himself appears in the 1933 film as a narrator. In all, he wrote and illustrated 23 books, 5 of which were made into feature films.


The story details the life of a horse in the western United States from his birth on the range, his capture by humans, through his work in the rodeo and on the ranch, and his eventual old age. It takes place after the 1910s, during which the West dies away and automobiles are introduced. Smoky, is born in the wild but is captured and trained by a cowboy named Clint.


Hardcover. Orange cover with two horses & large title in black, with black spine title & orange top outer edge. Nice condition with very mild cover wear. Jacket with chip at top edge of spine and at rear bottom edge and few smaller edge tears. No price at inside jacket (not clipped) and a G at copyright page (1926). Rear jacket has advertisements for other "Westerns" from A. L. Burt Company. Collectible.

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