The Life of John Wesley Hardin, From The Original Manuscript, as Written by Himself. John Wesley Hardin.
The Life of John Wesley Hardin, From The Original Manuscript, as Written by Himself
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The Life of John Wesley Hardin, From The Original Manuscript, as Written by Himself.

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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