Publication: Little, Brown, and Company, 1939, Boston
First Trade edition. 8vo, On the front free fly leaf is an inked presentation to Sophie Poe, author of "Buckboard Days" as follows: "Dear Mrs. Sophie Poe: Meeting you is like meeting an old friend. I have John W. Poe's "Billy the Kid" in both printings; I knew about Buckboard Days before it was printed, bought it and read it with genuine interest. It is one of the few authentic documents on pioneer life from a woman's point of view. Good wishes to you. I am so glad I have met you. Sincerely yours, Frank Dobie / Roswell, New Mexico / April 14, 1939." Also newspaper clippings affixed to the front preliminary sheet. Original black and gilt stamped brown cloth, colored frontispiece, 12 plates (4 are in color), and numerous illustrations by Tom Lea, appendix, 366 pp. "Buried vaults stacked with gold bars, secret caches of coins and jewels plundered from the Spaniards and the Church, exposed veins of ore with nuggets the size of turkey eggs. Guarded by the bones of dead men, the legendary treasures of the Southwest still wait for those foolhardy or desperate enough to seek them. A collection of tales, introducing the reader to Pedro Loco, General Mexhuira's ghost, the German, and a colorful group of odd fellows driven to roam the hills in an eternal quest for the hidden entrance, the blazed tree, the box canyon, for fabulous wealth glimpsed, lost, and never forgotten." SIX GUNS 599 says "Fascinating book on lost mines...." Ink erasure at top of front free fly leaf, a tiny bit of sunning to two places on spine, else a very good copy in a lightly rubbed dust jacket with light wear to the spine ends and corners, a small scrape to the front cover, and minor wear to the extremities.
Inventory Number: 48656