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    Capt. Mayne Reid. The Headless Horseman. A Strange Tale of Texas.
    London: Chapman & Hall (parts 1 through 17) [and] London: Richard Bentley (parts 18 through 20), [1866]. First edition, serialized in twenty parts. 8vo. 470pp. in total. Each part illustrated with a frontispiece featuring a scene from the story.

    Original illustrated wraps. In remarkable condition save for the usual light toning to the paper. All parts are quite sound and housed in a beautiful quarter leather slipcase with titles stamped in gilt in compartments between five raised bands. All things considered, fine condition.

    Reid based his novel on a south Texas legend that allegedly involved the beheading of a Mexican horse thief south of present day Uvalde. The work was later published in two volumes which were 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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