Title The Dalton Brothers and their Astounding Career of Crime, by An Eye Witness, with numerous illustrations reproduced from photographs taken on the Spot
Book Condition Good
Edition First Edition
Size 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
Publisher Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Laird & Lee 1892
Seller ID 007866
First Edition. From the Pinkerton Detective Series Quarterly. This is Issue No. 7, October 1892. This is a paperback edition with color wrappers printed front, back and spine. Front wrapper with apple green background, red and black lettering, and full-color drawing showing four men, perhaps Dalton members, on or near their horses. Front wrapper chipped along the spine and reattached with adhesive. Spine in faded gray with simple black titling, "No. 55, The Dalton Brothers." Spine with moderate chipping at the head and tail. Rear wrapper in faded gray with an ad in black, red, white and yellow for "Baby Goose, His Adventures." 7.25 x 5.25 inches. With 220 numbered pages, plus a few pages of publisher's adverts front and rear. Also with 4 full-page B&W archival photos, two of which are memento mori images, showing gang members in death. Also with several full-page and half-page B&W illustrations. All pages age-faded save for the pages with the archival photos. Note that the front wrapper has a discreet bookseller label on the front cover from the famous Paris bookstore, The Galignani Library. Housed in a sturdy, custom made drop-box of deep red buckram with simple gilt titling to the spine. All in all a Good copy in a Very Good Plus box. Rare in any condition. Possibly ghost-written by E. O. Tilburn, aka Nevada Ned and N. T. Oliver. A must-have for collectors of scarce Western Americana titles related to outlaws, robbers, horse thieves, sheriffs, posse comitatus members, etc. Laird & Lee, a Chicago-based book publisher known for its dime novel fiction [actually copies usually cost 25 cents], issued the Pinkerton Detective Series from 1887 to 1901. The paperbacks were primarily distributed at railroads and newsstands instead of bookstores. Pinkerton stories tend towards the sensational, but were of intense interest and free from the ordinary restrains of realism. With thanks to Wikipedia for the following: "The Dalton Brothers, or Dalton Gang, were infamous outlaws in the American Old West during 1890-1892. The group was known for their bank and train robberies. In 1892, the year of this volume's publication, the gang members were either killed or captured. This volume is the story of the gang, including their last bank robbery that led to their deaths."