A flurry of top-notch beautiful Western art and photography books published this fall are perfect for the gift-giving holiday season. I recommend these for that special person in your life (maybe you) who loves the West:
A Legacy in Arms: American Firearm Manufacture, Design, and Artistry, 1800–1900 (The Western Legacies Series) by Richard C. Rattenbury and Ed Muno, photographer (University of Oklahoma Press, $59.95).
American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart (A Frist Center for the Visual Arts Title) by Susan H. Edwards (Vanderbilt, $35).
Arizona Stereographs 1865-1930 by Jeremy Rowe (Carl Mautz Publishing, $50 cloth, $35 paper).
Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection at Tacoma Art Museum by Lauren F. Fry, Peter H. Hassrick, Scott Manning Stevens, Kimberly Disney and Margaret E. Bullock (Yale University Press, $65).
Charles M. Russell, Photographing the Legend by Larry Len Peterson (University of Oklahoma Press, $60).
En Recuerdo de: The Dying Art of Mexican Cemeteries in the Southwest by Bruce F. Jordan (Bison Books, $29.95).
Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River by Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, Claire Barry, Nancy Heugh and Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser (Yale University Press, $45).
The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky edited by Gaylord Torrence (Skira, $65).