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Original T-Shirt Commemorating Larry McMurtryÕs First Texas Bookstore, The Blue Pig Book Shop, in Archer City, Texas


Published by Archer City, TX The Blue Pig Book Shop circa 1987, 1987
From James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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Original t-shirt commemorating Larry McMurtryÕs first Texas bookstore, The Blue Pig Book Shop, in Archer City, Texas. White cotton t-shirt (menÕs size L) with a 9 1/2Ó x 12Ó design in shades of blue on the front in the style of a 19th Century engraving, depicting an angel carrying a set of books, a beautifully bound book with a pig on the cover in the center, surrounded by the ruins of a large classically designed building with trees in the shadows and two pigs at the bottom. The text along the bottom edge reads: ÒThe Blue Pig Book Shop / Archer City, TXÓ and ÒBooked Up / Washington, D.C. / Houston, TXÓ. Fine. A dedicated book man, McMurtry opened the first Booked Up book store in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. in 1970. In 1987, along with his sister, Sue Deen, he opened The Blue Pig Book Shop in the small Texas town of Archer City, which in 1988 was renamed Booked Up. It became one of the largest single used bookstores in the United States. After struggling over the years with declining sales and a changing industry, the decision was made to sell off the largest share of the inventory and downsize the business. The auction took place on August 10th and 11th, leaving enough stock to continue as a viable brick and mortar retail operation, in addition to their on-line efforts. The auction was very well publicized and brought dealers and other curious folks from around the world to observe and participate. As stated by Mr. McMurtry on the weekend of the sale, "I've never seen that many people lined up in Archer City, and I'm sure I never will again.". Bookseller Inventory # 20020E

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Title: Original T-Shirt Commemorating Larry ...

Publisher: Archer City, TX The Blue Pig Book Shop circa 1987

Publication Date: 1987

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