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The Return of a Texas Classic

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In November 2017, The Wall Street Journal published a superlative review of Laura Wilson’s WATT MATTHEWS OF LAMBSHEAD, which had recently been issued in a new edition. In that review, Stephen Harrigan, the historian and author of BIG WONDERFUL THING: A HISTORY OF TEXAS, wrote,

“Watt Matthews’s ancestors established a ranch in the 1850s. A century and a half later Matthews ran the place [and] became the subject of what has become a Texas classic, a photographic essay by Laura Wilson called WATT MATTHEWS OF LAMBSHEAD, a collection of a little more than a hundred photographs accompanied by Ms. Wilson’s own text and an introduction by David McCullough. Together they document what life and work was like on Lambshead Ranch when Watt Matthews was still in charge, a living link to Texas frontier culture.”

After the Wall Street Journal review, booksellers across the country sold out instantly. Stores that tried to reorder from the publisher (and we were among them) learned that that the entire print run was gone. For two years, WATT MATTHEWS could only be found (by the very fortunate) on the collector’s market. Now, thanks to a new printing, this masterwork is again available, and Interabang is the only bookstore with a supply of copies signed by Laura Wilson!

For Father’s Day 2020 (June 21), she will even add a personal inscription to copies purchased here, upon request – a wonderful way to add this classic to your family’s shelves.

You may pick up a signed copy in the store ($79.95) or have us send one by priority mail in time for Father’s Day ($95.00 postpaid, sales tax included).

  • Copies to be personally inscribed must be  purchased by June 10.
  • Copies to be mailed for Father’s Day arrival must be purchased by June 14.

Email Kyle@interabangbooks.com or call 214-484-4289 to inquire.

Watt Matthews of Lambshead: Third Edition Cover Image
By Laura Wilson, Anne Wilkes Tucker (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781625110428
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas State Historical Assn - October 21st, 2019