The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid, the Noted Desperado of the Southwest, whose deeds of daring and blood made his name a terror in New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico
by GARRETT, Pat F. (1850-1905)
Santa Fe: New Mexican Printing and Publishing Co, 1882. 8vo. 137pp. (pp.113-128 mis-paginated 121-136). Six plates (including standing portrait frontispiece of the Kid). Includes the errata slip only sometimes found tipped to foot of p.121. With a clipped signature of Marshall Pat Garrett laid in. Slightly later plain blue wrappers. Wrappers soiled along edges and worn along the spine. Early ownership signature at head of title-page and foot of final page. Final leaf torn (and repaired) with loss to five words but not affecting the sense. Three leaves with upper outer edge torn away, but not affecting text or pagination. Otherwise, quite clean and neat internally. One of the most famous landmark works in all Western Americana The most famous western outlaw book, and one of the rarest, the life of Billy the Kid by the man who killed him. Probably actually written by Ashmun Upson with the close collaboration of Garrett, this book is the foundation stone of the Billy the Kid legend. Dykes enumerates at length some of the inaccuracies of the narrative, and Adams is even more critical of particular points; but as Dykes' work admirably demonstrates, the whole point of the Kid legend is not so much to preserve the facts of the case, but to grow the legend itself, and it is from this book that the legend springs. "First genuine biography of America's most spectacular example of juvenile delinquency" - Howes. "Exceedingly rare" - Adams. Adams Six-Guns 807; Dykes, Kid 13; Graff 1515; Howes G73, "B"; Rader 1541; Saunders 2916; Streeter Sale 4287.
(Inventory #: 31376)
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