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    J. W. Bridwell [Compiler]. The Life and Adventures of Robert McKimie, Alias "Little Reddy," from Texas. (Hillsboro: Hillsboro Gazette Office, 1878). First edition. 8vo. 56 pages. Yellow printed wrappers with an engraved portrait of McKimie on the front wrapper. Illustrated with steel engravings. Other steel engravings in the text. Some small closed tears to the wrappers. Mild chipping to the spine. Slight soiling. Overall, a very good copy.

    "The original edition is an exceedingly rare item about an outlaw of the Black Hills who made a specialty of robbing the treasure coaches of the Deadwood-Cheyenne run. [McKimie] is credited with the daring holdup at Cheyenne Crossing and South Pass City and with the murder of Johnny Slaughter, the well-known stage driver. He was a member of the Joel Collins-Sam Bass gang at the start of their criminal careers, but after his careless murder of Slaughter he was run out of the gang. I know of but three copies of this book, one of which I once owned." (Adams). When the DeGolyer Library acquired their copy of this scarce item in 2007, they could find records of only seven other copies in libraries and institutions.

    Adams Six-Guns 274; Howes B765; Thrapp II, page 914.


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