One of the first volumes in a new series aiming to "make the riches of the Library [of Congress] even more available to even wider circles of our multiethnic society," this book is essentially an album of historical photographs, posters, paintings, and engravings, along with explanatory text and boxed quotations representative of the period
It features a wealth of pictorial materials organized by topic: the roundup, the trail drive, the cowboy as popular hero, and the cowboy today, to name a few. Occasionally, the uncaptioned illustrations raise questions that the text does not answer, making the two seem rather detached. Still, many of the photos provide intriguing views of the cowboy's activities and surroundings
In a slightly jarring shift of subject, the book ends with a two-page spread in praise of the Library of Congress. Since there's no change in the page design, which includes a distinctive border throughout, these pages first appear to be part of the book on cowboys, rather than a note on the book's origins and the library's magnificence. Apparently, the ending is common to all the books in the series, as it also appears in "Pioneers", noted in the Series Roundup in this issue
Sandler's "Cowboys" is the more general and perhaps the more solid volume, but both would make good additions to library collections.