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    "Bat" Masterson: Rare Signed and Inscribed Copy of Dodge City the Cowboy Capital. A specially-bound presentation copy of this important work, inscribed on the flyleaf "To Frank Salter From his friend W. B. Masterson New York City Feby. 10, 1914". The relationship between Masterson and Salter is uncertain, but it's certainly a subject to be investigated. At the time, Masterson was a reporter and sports editor for the New York Morning Telegraph. The original cloth cover has been replaced by a more elegant leather and cloth version with gilt title on the spine and other gilt trim. The binding gives every appearance of being contemporary with the book's date and quite probably was ordered by Masterson to enhance the presentation. The interior pages are in excellent condition except that the illustration plate following page 54 is partially separated, and page 333/334 is completely separated and hence somewhat ragged along the exposed outer edge. The cover is in quite nice condition, with minor corner rubbing and light partial separation of front and back covers from the spine (very stable). While this book was reissued in 1932, and again in the 1970s, this is of course the original 1913 edition by Robert M. Wright, 344 pages, with photo illustrations. Dimensions 5" x 7.75", thickness 1.75".

    Masterson's signature is quite rare in any form, and is especially desirable along with his inscription of a significant Dodge City history, a legendary town in which he had played such an active and important role. A most important offering for the sophisticated Old West collector.

    Please view Lot 47320 in this auction for an author-inscribed copy of this same volume.

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