DeGolyer Library

Bill Wittliff—Texas Man of Letters, Selections from the Virgil Musick Collection

February 10 - June 1, 2017

Located in Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library West 

Bill Wittliff spent two decades as the creative force behind The Encino Press (1963-1983), which garnered more than 100 awards for its publications. Alongside his wife Sally, Wittliff established a company that became synonymous with Southwestern literature, exceptional book design, and fine press printing and publishing. In these early days of regional publishing Wittliff found authors and artists, and they found him. 

 

Texas native Virgil Musick also noticed something special in The Encino Press. A former Army radar operator at the North Pole in the early 1950s and later the founder of a transportation consulting company, Musick pursued an interest in Bill Wittliff’s work, including his time at Southern Methodist University Press and The Encino Press. His collection includes first editions and signed works, many with personal notes from Wittliff to Musick. In addition to books, Musick also assembled broadsides, ephemera, prints, and correspondence. In 2016 Virgil Musick donated his collection to DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University.

 

Image captionRamon F. Adams, The Cowboy & His HumorAustin: The Encino Press, 1968. Design by William D. Wittliff

 

 

Selected Items from the Virgil Musick Collection

Mody C. Boatright

Folklore of the Oil Industry

Illustrated by William D. Wittliff

Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1963

J. Frank Dobie

Bob More, Man and Bird Man

Dallas: The Encino Press, 1965

Introduction, design, and inscription by William D. Wittliff

J. Frank Dobie

Carl Sandburg & Saint Peter at the Gate

Introduction by Bertha Dobie

Austin:  The Encino Press, 1966

Design by William D. Wittliff

Robert Hancock Hunter

The Narrative of Robert Hancock Hunter

Austin: The Encino Press, 1966

Designed, edited, and illustrated by William D. Wittliff

Paul Patterson

Pecos Tales

Austin: The Encino Press, 1967 

Design by William D. Wittliff

Flora Ellice Stevens

Amphora of Castaly

Austin: Privately printed, 1967

Design by William D. Wittliff

Dorman H. Winfrey

Arturo Toscanini in Texas: The 1950 NBC Orchestra Tour

Austin: The Encino Press, 1967

Designed and inscribed by William D. Wittliff

Winner of the Southern Book Award, 1967

Edward Larocque Tinker

The Splendid Spectacle of Portuguese Bull Fighting

Austin: The Encino Press for the Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, 1967

Design by William D. Wittliff

Annotated by Katherine Hart

Pease Porridge Hot: Recipes, Household Hits & Home Remedies of the Pease Family

Austin: The Encino Press for Friends of the Austin Public Library, 1967

Design by William D. Wittliff

John A. Lomax

Cow Camps & Cattle Herds

Austin: The Encino Press, 1967

Designed, illustrated, and inscribed by William D. Wittliff

Mary Faulk Koock

Cuisine of the Americas

Austin: The Encino Press for Cookbook Associates, 1967

Design by William D. Wittliff

Ben K. Green

The Shield Mares

Austin: The Encino Press, 1967

Designed by William D. Wittliff

Kenneth Hopkins

Poems: English and American

Houston: The Brick Row Book Shop, 1968

Design by William D. Wittliff

Ramon F. Adams

The Cowboy & His Humor

Austin: The Encino Press, 1968

Design by William D. Wittliff

Lon Tinkle

J. Frank Dobie: The Makings of an Ample Mind

Austin: The Encino Press, 1968

Design by William D. Wittliff

Witte Museum

The Horsemen of the Americas: An Exhibition from the Hall of the Horsemen of the Americas ...

Austin: The Encino Press, 1968

Designed by and inscribed by William D. Wittliff

Larry McMurtry

In a Narrow Grave

Austin: The Encino Press, 1968

Designed and inscribed by William D. Wittliff

J. Roy White and Joe B. Frantz

Limestone and Log: A Hill Country Sketchbook

Austin: The Encino Press, 1968

Design by William D. Wittliff

Ramon F. Adams

The Cowman & His Code of Ethics

Austin: The Encino Press, 1969

Designed by William D. Wittliff

Gerald S. Pierce

Texas Under Arms: The Camps, Posts, Forts, & Military Towns of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1846

Austin: The Encino Press, 1969

Design by William D. Wittliff

A. C. Greene

The Last Captive: The Lives of Herman Lehmann

Austin: The Encino Press, 1972

Edwin Shrake

Peter Arbiter

Woodcut illustrations by Barbara Mathews Whitehead

Austin: The Encino Press, 1973

Design by William D. Wittliff