Publication: J S Ogilvie Publishing Company, 1886, New York
First edition thus.12mo. This copy inscribed by J, Frank Dobie to Dudley Dobie, "In presenting this book to you I want to remind you that it is the first form of the first of all cowboy autobiographies. Your friend & cousin, J. Frank Dobie, 8/12/32." Color pictorial wrappers, 251 pp., plus 5 pages of advertising. While the printed date of publication on the copyright page is 1886, this copy is most likely published in 1914. Siringo's chronicle of his life as a itchy-footed boy, cowhand, range detective, and adventurer. During his years as a cowboy he met young Billy the Kid and later led a posse of cowboys into New Mexico in pursuit of the Kid and his gang. A thrilling account of hard-riding, hard-fighting years on the Texas trail in the authentic words of a man who was there. Six Score 99 says, "The first autobiography of a cowboy, and unquestionably one of the most important range books. The works of Siringo are essential to any range library." Printed on cheap paper, page edges a bit brittle. small chip to top edge of front cover, covers lightly rubbed, light wear to the fore-edges and corners, internally clean and tight, else a very good copy. This is an uncommon edition of the first and most widely read of cowboy biographies.
Inventory Number: 50098