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Pingenot Auction, Lot 121

RANGER'S PRESENTATION COPY

121. GILLETT, James B. Six Years with the Texas Rangers. Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1921. 332 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. Small 8vo, original dark green cloth. Gilt-lettered title on front cover and spine. Very fine. Signed by the author "Sincerely yours, J. B. Gillett." Tipped-in on the front paste-down is a post card: "Marfa, Texas, Oct 29th 1928. Gentelmen; I am sending you the last copy of "six Years with the Texas Rangers" that I have to spair. In exchange for Vigilantes of Montana that you are sending me. Very truly yours J. B. Gillett."
        First edition. "Perhaps the best account of the rangers ever published"—Peter Decker. Adams, Guns 829; One-Fifty 62. Basic Texas Books 76. Clark, New South I:83A: "Gillett’s service with the Rangers was in the western and northwestern part of Texas, an area that was real frontier in the 1870s....An excellent account of frontier lawless society." Dobie, Big Bend Bibliography, p. [9]. Dobie, p. 59-60: "I regard Gillett as the strongest and straightest of all ranger narrators." Dykes, Western High Spots ("My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West") p. 20; ("Ranger Reading"), p. 116. Graff 1553. Greene, Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 73: "Gillett joined the Rangers in 1875 at age 18, but he never succumbs to the deification process so many other writers (including Webb) stumble through when they recall those gods of the frontier." Howes G177.
($150-250)