DescriptionJohn Wesley Hardin. The Life of John Wesley Hardin. Seguin: Smith & Moore, 1896. First edition. First state, with the inset portrait on page three of Hardin's brother, Joe, mislabeled as John Wesley Hardin. 8vo. 144pp. Illustrated by Robert Jenkins Onderdonck. Printed wrappers. A bright copy in near fine condition. Due to objections from Hardin's family, the book was withdrawn from circulation and stored in a warehouse in San Antonio, and only 400 copies are thought to have survived a warehouse fire.
References: Basic Texas Books 84. Graff 1780. Howes H188. Six-Guns 919.
Some light foxing throughout. In custom clamshell box of green half morocco over green boards. A bright copy in near fine condition.
In Basic Texas Books Jenkins explains that due to objections from Hardin's family, the book was withdrawn from circulation and stored in a warehouse in San Antonio. "The warehouse burned and destroyed all of the edition except for 400 copies sold surreptitiously to a local bookseller. These were later sold off a few at a time. The edition has now become rare."
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