Signed and inscribed by William S. Hart to his dear friend Wyatt Earp.

    William S. Hart. The Golden West Boys: "Injun" and "Whitey" to the Rescue. (New York & Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1922). Blue illustrated cloth, 306 pages. Signed on the front free endpaper by the author: "For my friend Wyatt Earp, from William S. Hart, Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 27-22". Included is a copy of the check purportedly given to Mrs. Wyatt Earp to buy the book back for $100, dated July 10, 1936.

    Hart was a friend of the legendary Wild West lawman Wyatt Earp. He and fellow silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix were both pallbearers at Earp's funeral in 1929. Hart was said to have cried very emotionally as he was carrying the coffin of his beloved friend. An obituary in the Los Angeles Times stated, in part: "Wyatt Earp's funeral was conducted down at Pierce Brother's chapel yesterday and it was like a reunion of the sturdy men and women who knew Wyatt as a wiry, six-foot, two-gun officer of the law in mining town, cow camp and almost anywhere along the frontier where trouble was apt to pop loose."

    Condition: Corners bumped, overall fine.

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