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    A Scarce First Edition

    D[avid]. J. Cook. Hands Up; or, Twenty Years of Detective Life in the Mountains and on the Plains... Denver: Republican Publishing Company, 1882. First edition. Octavo. [1-3], 4-285 pages. Portrait of the author used as frontispiece and 32 additional plates. Blue cloth library binding with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Ex-Forbes Library copy with the usual stamps, cancellations, pockets, slips, etc. Light wear to boards, contents quite clean, and overall in generally very good condition.

    David J. Cook had an astonishing career as a lawman, serving as City Marshall and later Chief of Police of Denver, deputy marshal of Colorado Territory and the State of Colorado, Major General of the state militia, and founder of the Rocky Mountain Detective Association. "The rariry [sic] of the original edition has been explained as resulting from most copies having been used for gun wadding in an Indian scare. Probably ghost-written by Thos. F. Dawson." (Howes). Adams, Six-Guns and Saddle Leather 483; Graff 862; Howes C728.


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