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Pingenot Auction, Lot 159

159. KING, Frank M. Wranglin’ the Past.... [Los Angeles]: Privately published, 1935. 244 pp., illustrated title, frontispiece portrait (photographic), plates (mostly photographic). 8vo, original maroon cloth. Very minimal edge wear, otherwise a fine, bright copy. Bookplate of Wyoming author J. K. Rollinson. Author’s signed presentation copy to "J. K. Rollinson, Altadena, California, A Real Westerner. Frank M. King Cowboy Author." Rollinson’s blue ink stamp with illustration of buffalo head on dedication leaf. One pencil correction by Rollinson (p. 153) questioning whether cattle could be on the run for three days straight.
        First edition, limited edition (#27 of 300 autographed copies). Adams, Guns 1239: "contain[s] considerable material on gunmen such as Johnny Ringo, Billy the Kid, and the Earps"; Herd 1277: "Scarce"; One-Fifty 91: "Considerable material on gunman such as Johnny Ringo, Billy the Kid and the Earps." Dobie, pp. 109-10: "King went all the way from Texas to California, listening and looking." Dykes, Kid 219 & 365: "King invaded Lincoln County in 1884 and worked on the old Flying H ranch, south of Lincoln, for Jimmy Dolan." Howes K151.