Rare First Edition, Signed by the AuthorD. J. Cook. Hands Up; or, Twenty Years of Detective Life in the Mountains and on the Plains... A Condensed Criminal History of the Far West. Denver: Republican Publishing Company, 1882. First edition. Signed by the author on the frontispiece. Octavo. [1-4], 5-285 pages. Portrait of the author used as frontispiece and 32 additional plates. Original brown cloth, rebacked with portion of the original spine laid down. Titles and vignette stamped in gilt on the front board; titles stamped in gilt on the original portion of the spine. Replaced endpapers. Modest scuffing and toning to boards and spine; corners bumped and abraded; contents with light uniform toning; occasional closed tears at page edges, else 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).
References: Adams, Six-Guns and Saddle Leather 483; Graff 862; Howes C728.
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