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    Pat Garrett's Exceedingly Scarce Account of Billy the Kid

    Pat. F. Garrett. The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, the Noted Desperado of the Southwest, Whose Deeds of Daring and Blood Made His Name a Terror in New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico. Santa Fe: New Mexican Printing and Publishing Company, 1882. First edition. Accompanied by a .5" x 3.5" clipped signature "Respt Pat F. Garrett / Sheriff". Octavo. [1-7]-137 pages (page 121 should read 113, and from that page to the end of the book the pagination is wrong, as issued). Portrait of Billy the Kid used as the frontispiece, with five additional illustrated plates. Errata slip tipped-in. Plain blue wrappers (other copies not blue pictorial wrappers). Toning to the edge of the wrappers; trivial loss on the spine; former owner's name on the title page and last page; top corner of three pages lacking, not affecting text; last leaf worn and partially repaired with minor loss to text, otherwise a very good copy of this incredibly scarce title.

    "First genuine biography of America's most spectacular example of juvenile delinquency, purportedly by the sheriff who shot him, but actually ghost-written by a journalist friend, Marshall A. Upson." (Howes). "To one degree or another, all books about Billy the Kid are controversial; Garrett's work is no exception." (Graff). "The author created many legends about the Kid which have lived to the present time...The author has many of the Kid's killings all wrong; in fact, the whole book can be picked to pieces from beginning to end." (Adams).

    References: Adams, Six-Guns 807; Graff 1515; Howes G73; Rader 1541; Streeter 4287.




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    April, 2016
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