41. FREEMAN, G. D. Midnight and Noonday or, the Incidental History of Southern Kansas and the Indian Territory, Giving Twenty Years Experience on the Frontier; Also the Murder of Pat. Hennesey [sic], and the Hanging of Tom. Smith, at Ryland’s Ford, and Facts Concerning the Talbot Raid on Caldwell. Also the Death Dealing Career of McCarty and Incidents Happening in and around Caldwell, Kansas, from 1871 until 1890. Caldwell, Kansas: G. D. Freeman, 1892. 406 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Freeman plus 15 plates (photographic and from engravings). 8vo, original red cloth stamped in blind and spine lettered in gilt. Cloth darkened and lettering faded, hinges neatly strengthened, otherwise very good. The Library of Congress copyright deposit copy, with their accession and deaccession purple ink stamps on verso of title and date stamp on rear flyleaf (February 14, 1901).
Second edition, first issue, with caption on plate at p. 40 incorrectly reading “First White Child Born in Caldwell” corrected by printed cancel slip to read: “First White Child Born in the Cherokee Strip.” The first edition (Caldwell, Kansas, 1890) was entitled Midnight and Noonday or, Dark Deeds Unraveled..., contained only 405 pp. (the second edition adds p. 406 with certifications), and four (or fewer) plates. The number of plates seems to vary in both editions, but the present copy has the fullest complement suggested (16 plates). Dobie (p. 121) rates Midnight and Noonday as a primary Kansas cow-town book. Graff 1411. Howes F353. Rader 1472. For references to the first edition, see: Adams, Guns 763. Adams, Herd 843. Adams, One-Fifty 56: “The first [edition] is so rare that many collectors think that the 1892 edition was the only one published.” Dykes, Kid 21: “This is the most complete story of the later life, and the killing, of one of the prominent members of the Kid’s gang. The book was reprinted in 1892 and both editions are now eagerly sought by collectors of Western Americana.” Dykes, Rare Western Outlaw Books, p. 11. Reese, Six Score 39: “History of Caldwell during this vital period, when it was an important cattle town, and a first hand account of one of the roughest of the shipping terminals.... All editions are rare.” Streeter Sale 2030: “Important account of the Kansas frontier. The work is usually known by the second edition of 1892.”
Despite the claim of rarity, neither first nor second edition appears to be particularly rare in commerce. The book encompasses much more than true crime in Caldwell, Kansas, being a history of the transitional phase of the entire region, with much on social history, Native Americans, Indian Territory, and Oklahoma. ($100-300)
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