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    William A. Cocke. The Bailey Controversy in Texas with Lessons from the Political Life-Story of a Fallen Idol, in Two Volumes. San Antonio: The Cocke Company, 1908. First edition, two 8vo volumes, xxv, 502 pages; 503-1012, seven plates, with illustrations, tables, and copies of letters. Blue cloth bound boards with gilt lettering stamped on front and spine, marbled edges. Purported to be an objective view of the life and political career of Joseph W. Bailey. Bailey (1863-1929) arrived in Gainesville, Texas in 1885 after a controversial and brief career in politics in Mississippi. Bailey failed to testify before a U.S. Senate Committee investigating the violent tactics used by Mississippi Democrats in January 1884. It was discovered that Bailey was in fact one of the leaders that initiated the violence; Bailey refused to appear for fear of perjury. No further action against him was taken.

    Bailey immediately resumed his political ambitions soon after arriving in Texas, and as his previous endeavors, was checkered with controversy - including assault against a fellow Senator and charges of corruption. The volumes offered here purport to offer an "objective" view, but were clearly written by a supporter.

    We were not able to locate any auction or dealer records, and could only find copies available in reprint facsimile.

    Condition: Moderate shelf wear, rubbing at spine edges and corners. Corners are slightly bumped, Vol. II joints are slightly loose. Contents are good, soundly bound. Overall very fine.

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