Publication: Bronson Printing Company, 1930, Las Cruces, New Mexico
First edition. 8vo. Original gray printed wrappers, 128 pp., preface, small map on title page, index. Dykes Billy the Kid 153 says, "Scarce." "There is a section on 'Billy the Kid' in this local history. The Kid is credited with killing twenty-seven men, his first a miner who ran off with the Kid's fifteen-year-old sister..... A copy of the court document sentencing Billy the Kid to the gallows is included." Herd 934 says, "Rare." Six Guns 876 says, "Rare." "A local history containing some information on Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett." Ramon Adams also comments on a number of errors during the Kid's outlaw days. Griggs, in addition to the Billy the Kid information, provides much insight of the Mesilla Valley beginning with pre-historic days, the Spanish occupation, Indian problems, the Mexican American War, the Gadsden Purchase, the Civil War in the Southwest, and the Confederates taking control of Mesilla for a short time, while being led by General John R. Baylor. Also Griggs has used numerous official documents within the text, that provide insight into the happenings in Mesilla Valley. A small old water stain is visible in the margin of the fore-edges else a very good, tight copy housed in a cloth clamshell case with titles stamped in gilt on the front cover and spine.
Inventory Number: 51020