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Tom Horn in Wraps & Cloth

62. HORN, Tom. Life of Tom Horn Government Scout and Interpreter Written by Himself Together with his Letters and Statements by His Friends A Vindication.... Denver: Published (for John C. Coble) by The Louthan Book Company, [1904]. [3]-317 pp., 13 photographic plates (including frontispiece portrait). 8vo, original brown, orange, and green pictorial cloth, title in orange on spine. Light shelf wear, otherwise very fine.  Rare in cloth.  With this book we include an exceptionally fine copy of the wrappers issue.

     First edition. Adams, Guns 1033: “Scarce.... The authorship of this book is variously attributed to Horn himself; his friend and employer, rancher John C. Coble; and Hattie Louthan, of the family which owned the Louthan Book Company, publisher of the book. It is an attempt to vindicate the crimes of Horn, and much of it is about his scouting days in Arizona.” Adams, Herd 1066: “Also published in cloth, but the cloth-bound edition is much rarer than the wrapper-bound copies.” Adams, One-Fifty 72. Dobie, pp. 106-107. Braislin 971 (cloth) & 970 (wraps).  Graff 1957.  Jones 1696. Norris 1670. Rader 1931. Powell, Arizona Gathering II 855n (citing the 1964 edition).

     A controversial character, Horn (1860-1903) was employed and amused himself in many enterprises in the West and elsewhere.  He worked variously at several ranching jobs, as an army scout chasing Geronimo, as a Rough Rider with Teddy Roosevelt, as a detective (including the Pinkerton agency), and finally, and most infamously, as an assassin hired by Wyoming cattlemen to kill cattle rustlers.  It was this last occupation that caused him to swing from a rope after he shot the wrong man, killing a thirteen-year-old boy, to which crime he confessed in a drunken state.  This book does not cover his entire life.  Some consider it a whitewash.  See next entry. ($400-800)

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