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    Charles A. Siringo. A Lone Star Cowboy. Santa Fe: n.p. [self-published], 1919. Presumed first edition. Inscribed "Compliments of the author, Chas. A. Siringo / Hollywood, Calif. March 22nd 1925" on the front free endpaper. 8vo. 291pp plus one page of ads for three of Siringo's other self-published books. Illustrated title page. Photographs. Original maroon cloth with gilt-stamped titles and title illustration. Minor rubbing to rear board and to tips of corners. Cloth to spine is lightly faded; gilt dulled. Text block is side-stapled, with staples peeking through verso of final page of text. Binding cracked at opening of second rear flyleaf, as is common. Generally tight and bright. In lightly rubbed red pictorial dust jacket with sunned spine, minor chipping, and tape repairs to spine and joints on verso; with price $1.75 and blurbs for A Lone Star Cowboy and History of Billy the Kid on flaps, with two blurbs dated 1920, and with "Leonard's Hollywood Book Store" printed at bottom of rear flap. This dust jacket measures 7.75" in height and is approximately one-quarter of an inch shorter than the 8" boards. Very good or better in a dust jacket not often encountered.

    Siringo's predictably wordy subtitle to this volume is: "Being fifty years experience in the saddle as Cowboy, Detective, and New Mexico Ranger, on every cow trail in the wooly old west. Also the doings of some 'bad' cowboys, such as 'Billy the Kid,' Wess [sic] Harding and 'Kid Curry.'" As the copyright to his first book, A Texas Cowboy, had expired, Siringo re-issued the book himself in a somewhat altered form, with much new material added. Ex Ben E. Pingenot.

    References: Dobie, p. 119. Graff 3803. Herd 2074. Howes S518d. Six-Guns 2029.


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