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Reminiscences of a Ranger, 1881 1st Ed.  

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Reminiscences of a Ranger; Or, Early Times in Southern California

Bell, Major Horace

Los Angeles

Yarnell, Caystile & Mathes



[6], [9]-457 pp. 9x5½", original gilt-pictorial green cloth in custom green cloth dust jacket. First Edition.

Important account of early lawlessness, and law enforcement, in southern California. "The rangers were largely occupied with border police duties or its equivalent service, and many delinquents were apprehended by them and brought to justice or otherwise exterminated. Bell has written more minutely upon the `seamy side' of society than any other California author, and there is a fascination about the book. From the long lists given us of murderous villains, thieving scoundrels, and other unholy characters, it would appear that the polite society of the south in those days was neither large nor extensive" - Cowan p.44; Graff 240; Howes B325; Zamorano Eighty 5.

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Rubbing and wear along edges; endpapers, preliminaries, and fore-edge foxed; one signature sprung; overall very good.

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