Description[John A. Murrell] The Life and Adventures of John A. Murrell, the Great Western Land Pirate, With 22 Elegant and Spirited Engravings. New York: H. Long & Brother, 1847. 8vo. 126 pp. Twenty-two engravings in text. Printed wraps. Roughly bound in a folder. Front wrap toned and brittle. Back wrap missing. Edges chipped with a small area of loss on the front wrap at the corner and on several preliminary pages. A former owner has neatly numbered each illustration with a colored pencil. Foxing throughout. An exceedingly scarce book in any condition; all things considered, this copy is in very good condition.
This edition is a reprint of the first edition of 1845, published in Philadelphia by T. B. Peterson and Brothers. Both editions are rarely offered for sale. The legendary bandit John Murrell operated along the Mississippi River in the mid-19th century. His exploits so captured the public fancy that they found their way into Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi. Murrell was ultimately caught and imprisoned and died of tuberculosis nine months after he was released.
References: Adams Six-Guns 1583. Howes M921. Sabin 51553.
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