Publication: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1930, Garden City
First edition. 8vo. Inscribed in ink on the title page, "For E. A. Brininstool, an authority on the old West, With cordial good wishes, William MacLeod Raine (50 % of the authors)." Also laid-in are two typed letters signed by Raine to Brininstool. Both letters are on Raine's personal stationery and dated in November and December, 1930. In the November letter Raine is sending a copy of this book to Brininstool. The December letter is much more interesting as Raine thanks Brininstool for sending a copy of "Billy the Kid" and mentions that his knowledge of Custer should someday be made into a book. Raine then talks about libel suits and cites a Tombstone article he did that later was a part of Breckenridge's book "Helldorado, and for a time felt they would have to defend themselves from a suit by Wyatt Earp. He further advises that in his book "Cattle" he quotes eight lines from Haley and gives proper attribution for the quote, but Haley contacts him and says he is being sued over the quote for $1,800,000. Raine makes further comments regarding his reluctance to publish additional books for his concern of libel from current family members. He reports documented facts and will be cleared of slander but the cost to defend himself could be costly. Pictorial cloth, brown decorated front and rear endpapers, xii , 340 pp., frontispiece, illustrated, plates, facsimiles, appendix, index, Light evidence of paper removal from front pastedown sheet, internally clean and tight, light wear to spine ends, spine panel a bit sunned, else a very good copy lacking the elusive dust jacket.
Inventory Number: 47226