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A Cowboy Detective, A True Story Of Twenty-Two Years With A World-Famous Detective Agency by Charles A. Siringo

A Cowboy Detective, A True Story Of Twenty-Two Years With A World-Famous Detective Agency

by Charles A. Siringo

Publication: W B Conkey Company, 1912, Chicago

First edition. 8vo. Red cloth, 519 pp., 20 plates. Siringo's second autobiography, this work picks up where his exceedingly rare A Texas Cowboy (Chicago, 1885) leaves off. 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. Spine panel somewhat faded, light wear to the spine ends and corners,else a very good copy of this very scarce, suppressed work.

Inventory Number: 46844

$500.00