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The Life of John Wesley Hardin 1896  

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The Life of John Wesley Hardin, from the Original Manuscript, as Written by Himself

Hardin, John Wesley

Seguin, TX

Smith & Moore



144 pp. Illustrated. (12mo) 18.5x12.5 cm (7½x5"), original wrappers, decorated and printed in blue, illustration on rear. First Edition, First Issue.

First issue with mislabeled portrait on p. 3. Autobiography of the notorious gunslinger, a fragile and scarce work. "In the first copies of the original edition released by the printers the portrait of Joe Hardin, John's brother, is mislabeled John W[esley] Hardin. The book is carefully written; in fact so well written that it seems to have come from the pen of someone not so illiterate as Hardin..." - Adams. Graff notes that "Burton Rascoe, in his biography of Belle Starr, claims that Hardin was almost illiterate. However, Howes points out that Hardin passed his bar examination and practised law in Texas - not, however, a difficult feat at that time." Jenkins, commenting on Hardin, states him to be "one of the most ferocious of all Texas killers... [He] killed his first man at the age of fifteen...by the time he was seventeen, he had killed an additional half-dozen men... On August 29 [1895], he was shot in the back of the head by Constable John Selman, himself a notorious character." Adams Six-guns 919; Graff 1780; Howes H188; Jenkins 84; Rader 1773.

Lot Amendments

Light wear and spotting to wrappers, some chipping at spine ends; toning to interior, a bit of foxing to first few pages; very good.

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