Publication: Houghton Mifflin, 1931, Boston
First edition. 8vo. "Inscribed for M. S. Slocum of Pasadena, with much appreciation for his interest. Stuart N. Lake. N. B." This is a first issue, with the transposition at the end of line 18, page 54, and one of the first few hundred, as shown by the faulty imprint of the publisher's name at the base of the spine. S.N.L." 8vo. xiv, 392 pp. Index. Twenty-five photo-illustrations (including frontispiece of Marshal Earp). Newspaper clippings on book and author laid in loose. Orange cloth with dark brown lettering in color wraparound dust jacket depicting the gunfight in the O.K. Corral by Nick Eggenhofer. A fine, bright copy in dust jacket with minor wear to extremities; offsetting from newspaper clippings on ffep). During the last months of his life, Mr. Earp provided a firsthand account of his long career; this book is based on that narration. "Wyatt Earp was marshal at Wichita and Dodge City, in Kansas, during trail days and had plenty of experiences with Texas men, who, however, did not back down so readily as he and his biographer tell. He was at Tombstone when its boothill was being rapidly populated without epitaphs. Adams 150: # 93 says "The book purports to be a biography of Wyatt Earp, recorded at the instigation of his third wife. Many writers and other men who knew Earp personally held him to be utterly unlike the character portrayed by Lake. This book omits all the shady incidents of his life and does everything possible to glorify him." "Yet it should be classed as an important book because it is so well written and was so greatly read. Due to this book the majority of readers still hold Earp to be a great hero." This book is the best and the most readable of all biographical narratives treating of gunmen on the side of law." - 44&44 #33. An exceptional copy of a scarce book.
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