Seguin, TX: Smith & Moore, 1896.
First edition, first issue. 144 pp. 12mo. Original printed card covers. Toning to the text as usual. Very good Howes H168; Adams Six-Guns 919; Basic Texas Books 84; Graff 1780; Rader 1733. Item #319981
Autobiography of one of the most famous Texas outlaws. In the first issue, a woodcut of Hardin's brother, Joe, appears on page three, misidentified as John Wesley Hardin; in later issues, a full-page portrait of Hardin has been inserted in its place. While some question the authenticity of this narrative as autobiography, Adams notes that Hardin was not an illiterate gun slinger: "Hardin was not as illiterate as many believed; he taught frontier school as a young man, and his study of the law while he was in prison no doubt improved his education."
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