Firm Hand on the Rein. Jack Steffan, Paul Laune, Illustrations, Alice Jacqueline Kennedy Steffan.
Firm Hand on the Rein
Firm Hand on the Rein
Firm Hand on the Rein
Firm Hand on the Rein

Firm Hand on the Rein

New York, London, Toronto: Longmans, Green and Co., 1961. Laune, Paul. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 190 pp., inscribed by Jack Steffan to Kathi Lee Kling. Near fine / good +. Item #21070301

Jack Steffan, pen name for Alice Jacqueline Kennedy Steffan (b. 1907), wrote stories for young adults set in the West. She was introduced to the West and life on a ranch as a young girl, riding bareback on her "Indian horse", an Appaloosa such as the one featured in this story.

Inscribed by the author "To / Kathi Lee Kling / with admiration / and affection / Jack Steffan / Lewiston, Idaho / August 14, 1961", the book has the Ex-Libris of Kathi Kling on the front pastedown with the silhoutte of a horse's head. While we cannot be certain, this is likley the Kathi (Kathy) Kling mentioned on the web sites of the "Lewiston Tribune" and "Lewiston Roundup"; she won a Racing prize in 1963 and was elected "Princess" of the "Lewiston Roundup Royalty" in 1964. One can easily see the author, a lover of horses herself, being an admirer of another young girl who shared that passion.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full rust-coloured linen over boards, a vignette on the front board of a boy holding a horse stamped in black, black lettering on the spine, Ex-Libris of Kathi Kling tipped onto the front pastedown, the author's inscription as set forth above in blue ink on the front free endpaper, frontis a line illustration, a second illustration adorns the sectional title page; octavo size (8.25" by 5.5"), pagination: [i-viii] 1-182. In the dust jacket showing the original price of $2.95, illustration on the front panel and spine of a boy riding a horse in black, white and blue on an orange ground, back panel plain orange, summary of book on front flap continuing to back flap, short author bio on back flap.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with a minute amount of rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; some offsetting to the FFEP from the Ex-Libris, light offsetting to the endpapers from the glue used, and a very small speck at the top of the front board. The unclipped dust jacket a bit better than good, all component parts present and attached; light sunning to the spine, light overall soil, overall edgewear including a chip at the top of the spine (no loss of text).

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Price: $60.00