THE BANDITTI OF THE PRAIRIES. A TALE OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.

Chicago: W.B. Conkey Company, [ca. 1890]. 248,[4]pp. Original printed pictorial wrappers. Front cover detached and heavily chipped. Spine and rear cover chipped. Titlepage detached, first few leaves chipped. Fair. Item #WRCAM46595

A later printing of one of the rarest of outlaw narratives, first printed in Chicago in 1850. The author describes the doings of various murderers and thieves in Iowa and Illinois and along the Mississippi in the 1840s. Some of the culprits Bonney asserted to be Mormons, or at least sheltered by the Mormons at Nauvoo. He was involved in tracking down and bringing the malefactors to justice, and played an intimate part in the whole proceeding. This edition, printed by the W.B. Conkey Company, was a cheap pulp edition (often called a butcher- boy edition) intended for sale on trains and is by nature, ephemeral. ADAMS SIX-GUNS 112. FLAKE 590. HOWES B606.

Price: $125.00