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    Charles A. Siringo. Riata and Spurs, The Story of a Lifetime spent in the Saddle as Cowboy and Ranger. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, [1927]. Revised edition. Inscribed by Siringo on the front free endpaper. 8vo. xiv, 261pp. Frontispiece. Introduction by Gifford Pinchot. Illustrated with photographs. Original yellow-brown pictorial cloth. A few dark-colored splotches to spine. Lower corners lightly bumped. Small area of dampstaining to a few initial pages and to a few terminal pages. Small bookstore label, partially removed on rear pastedown. Laid in is promotional postcard reproducing Will Rogers' blurb and containing book synopsis. A tight and square copy in very good condition.

    Siringo's full-page inscription reads, in full: "To my friend, Mr. D. W. Greenburg, who saw the wooly old west when she was not as tame is [sic] she is today, this volume is inscribed with heartfelt wishes of the Author, Chas. A. Siringo 2417 Grand Canal, Venice, Calif. April 9th 1928."

    The "revised edition," issued after Siringo's old nemesis, the Pinkerton Detective Agency, objected to the book's inclusion of Pinkerton-related material and "intimidated Houghton Mifflin into deleting approximately 150 pages concerned with Siringo's experiences as a detective" (Peavy). Siringo substituted what amounted to half of the original book with stories of outlaws he had been preparing for a follow-up book called Bad Men of the West (which was never published). Ex Ben E. Pingenot.

    References: Herd 2076. Howes S517. Peavy, p. 22. Six-Guns 2031.

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