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    Capt. Mayne Reid. The Headless Horseman. A Strange Tale of Texas.
    London: Richard Bentley, 1866. First edition in book form. 8vo. 470pp. Illustrated. Modern three quarter leather binding with cloth boards. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Light shelf wear to boards with a small nip at the top edge of the front board. Text block trimmed. Contents ever-so-slightly toned, else quite sound. Former owner's small book plate on the verso of the front free endpaper. A fine copy.

    Initially issued in twenty serialized parts, Reid based his novel on a south Texas legend that allegedly involved the beheading of a Mexican horse thief south of present day Uvalde. Once published in book form, the novel was widely read by Europeans and others in the more gentrified areas of the United States. Many think Reid's novel helped shape, or at least propagated the many myths associated with the southwest in general and Texas in particular.


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