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    Charles A. Siringo. A Cowboy Detective. A True Story of Twenty-Two Years with a World-Famous Detective Agency. Chicago: W. B. Conkey, 1912. First edition. Inscribed by Siringo on the flyleaf, with three textual emendations in the author's hand. 8vo. 519pp. Photo portrait frontispiece. 20 additional photographs. Original gilt-stamped green cloth. Light soiling to front board. Edges, joints, and extremities lightly rubbed. Binding cracked at frontis-title page opening. Binding still square and, though tender, is relatively sturdy. A very good copy.

    Siringo's full-page inscription reads, in full: "To the Hon. Louis L. Emmerson, Secretary of State, Springfield, Illinois, this volume is sent by request of Former Governor, S. V. Stewart of Helena, Montana, with the compliments of the Author. Chas. A. Siringo. Santa Fe, N. Mex. August 14th, 1921." (Louis L. Emmerson went on to become governor of Illinois in 1929, and Sam V. Stewart had just ended his term as Montana's sixth governor in 1921.) Siringo has also made three handwritten corrections: on p. 11 he has underlined "Dickenson" and written "Pinkerton" in the right margin; under the photograph facing p. 234 he has written "Tom Horn" beneath the printed "Tim Corn"; and under the photograph facing p. 514 he has written "Jas. McParland" under "Jas. McCartney." These were common emendations made by Siringo when signing this book to correct the pseudonyms he had been forced to use as a result of the famous injunction brought against him by the Pinkerton Agency.

    Siringo's second book, detailing his days as a Pinkerton detective which lasted from 1886 to 1907. Ex Ben E. Pingenot.

    References: Eberstadt 105:279. Graff 3802. Herd 2072. Howes S517. Six-Guns 2026.


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