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    Charles A. Siringo. A Cowboy Detective. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Chas. A. Siringo, 1914. First thus. 12mo. 519pp. Photo portrait frontispiece. 20 additional photographs. With a "Notice" and blurb printed in red on inside front cover. Tiny area of paper loss to bottom edge of front wrapper. Very minor chipping and some shallow creases to spine. Text pages browning, but the slick photo pages are bright white. Binding is tight and square. Housed in a handsome custom gilt-stamped quarter leather clamshell box. This 95-year old paperback is in remarkable, near-fine condition.

    Siringo fights back against the Pinkertons with this self-published edition. The changes insisted on by the Pinkerton Agency are still in the body of the text, but the appearance of newly-added blurbs on the inside front cover allow him a somewhat passive-aggressive work-around. A glowing newspaper review is reprinted which includes this passage: "A portion of the story deals with Siringo's connection with the dynamite cases in Idoho [sic] as an employee of the Pinkertons', which agency he calls the Dickerson [sic]. He also screens leading Pinkerton men behind fictitious names." He would exact his revenge with his next book, Two Evil Isms, his screed against the Pinkertons. Ex Ben E. Pingenot.

    Reference: Howes S515. Six-Guns 2026.

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