Publication: J S Ogilvie Publishing Company, 1912, New York
First edition. 8vo. Pictorial wrappers, 246 pp., plus 12 pp. of advertisements. No. 127 Railroad Series. This work is the first half of A Cowboy Detective (See Six Guns 2026) and the second half was issued using the title "Further Adventures of A Cowboy Detective" Six Guns 2027 explains "When Ogilvie published 'A Cowboy Detective' (see item 2026), the publisher retained the title and issued the work in two volumes , this being the second. The two books were paper bound, being numbered 127 and 128 in the Railroad Series." Having worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency from 1886 to 1907, Siringo decided to write a narrative of his experiences entitled Pinkerton's Cowboy Detective. Claiming that the narrative violated the confidentiality agreement that Siringo had undertaken while working for the agency, the Pinkerton Detective Agency successfully stopped publication of that work. Siringo then changed the title to A Cowboy Detective, deleted some of the text, changed the name of the agency in the book to Dickenson Detective Agency, and changed the names of many of the people in the book, such as "Tim Corn" for Tom Horn. Finally issued in 1912, this work was the subject of another lawsuit by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, suppressing its distribution and leading to 15 years of legal feuding between Siringo and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Light wear to foot of spine, covers lightly used, nicks, closed tears, tiny chips and creases to the extremities else a good+ copy of a scarce item.
Inventory Number: 51042