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AUCTION 19

First Issue Riata & Spurs in d.j.

170. SIRINGO, Charles A. Riata and Spurs: The Story of a Lifetime Spent in the Saddle as Cowboy and Detective. With an Introduction by Gifford Pinchot. Boston, New York & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Riverside Press, 1927. xiv, [2], 276 pp., 16 photographic plates (including frontispiece); last plate with printed tissue guard quoting letters to Siringo from Pinchot and Emerson Hough commenting favorably on the upper illustration, which shows Siringo on his horse Sailor Gray. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth with dark brown lettering on spine and upper cover. One corner bumped, light offsetting from plates, otherwise fine, binding bright, in yellow and black pictorial d.j. (jacket lightly soiled, a few splits and minor chips, no losses).  The first issue is not so scarce as book lore indicates, but copies of first issue in d.j. and in fine condition are somewhat uncommon.

     First edition, first issue, with “Detective” in sub-title (“Ranger” was substituted in revised edition), 276 pp. rather than 261, etc. Adams, Burs I:359. Adams, Guns 2030. Adams, Herd 2075:“The last half of this book was taken from the author’s Cowboy Detective, with real names used. Again the Pinkertons threatened a lawsuit, so this edition was recalled after release and pages 120 to 268 were removed and other material substituted. All references to the author’s experiences with the Pinkerton Agency were deleted and material on bad men substituted. Only a few copies of this edition got out; hence its scarcity.” Adams, One-Fifty 125: “Siringo was a persistent soul and seemed determined to use material in all his books objectionable to the Pinkertons. When his publisher’s attention was called to this material, the books were suppressed and a corrected and revised edition was released the same year...without explanation.” Dobie, pp. 12, 119. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 #8: “[Siringo’s] final autobiographic testament.” Dykes, Kid 118.   Howes S517. Norris 3630. Paher, Nevada 1804: “These reminiscences are partly true, mostly fiction and folklore.” Reese, Six Score 99n: “Has considerable range interest, and is rare due to a threatened lawsuit which prompted its suppression.”  ($200-400) 

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