Publication: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1952, Boston
First edition. 8vo. Signed in ink on the front free fly leaf by the author. Cloth, titles printed in red on the front cover and spine, viii , 274 pp., author's note, illustrated. Illustrated by Fred Lambert. "The night she was born in Cimarron, in the seventies, in an adobe palace with four grand pianos, an outlaw was shooting up the town. Across the street, a few years later, Fred Lambert was born in his father's hotel - a respectable family establishment, though there were twenty-six bullet holes in the ceiling of the bar. Put of her memories and his experiences, Mrs. Cleaveland has re-created a hundred years of the Old West. She writes of the feudal age of the great landholders, friends of her parents; of the territorial days, when every man wore the law on his hip; and of the years when Fred Lambert himself as sheriff was the law in the Cimarron Country." SIX-GUNS 437 says :"A well written book, chapters on Black Jack gang, Clay Allison, and other gunmen of New Mexico." Author was born in Cimarron, New Mexico, she was a cattle rancher. Her first book NO LIFE FOR A LADY was a bestseller (1941). Her father ran the Cimarron News as well as being the head of engineering for the Maxwell Land Grant and Railway Company during the Colfax County War. She grew up riding the range, working with horses and cattle, and hunting grizzly bears. Very good, bright copy in price-clipped dust jacket, lightly sunned on the spine, light wear to the spine ends, corners and extremities.
Inventory Number: 49723