NYC and Chicago: Lewis, 1901. First Edition. Hardcover. Collectible Good. Item #2206028
1st printing. Beautifully rebound in three-quarter leather and cloth with gilt titles (slightly flaked) on spine and with new endpapers. 956pp. 100 photogravure portraits plus several other photos. A. E. G. (all edges gilt). Originally owned by and with the signature (three times) of "H. S. Suggs, Berwyn I. T." The second Suggs signature was on a chipped sheet & in rebinding the binder affixed it to a sheet of matching tone and bound it in. The third signature of Mr. Suggs is written along the inner margin of where he is in the book (pps. 580-581). Suggs "... came to Berwyn in the Indian Territory, where he continued in the lumber business [from Texas] and also ran a cotton gin until 1901, when he sold his gin and is now engaged in the hardware and lumber business . . . he is interested [also] in the cattle business, and firm being known as Suggs and Brother." The brother, Sidney Suggs, has an even longer entry in the volume and a portrait. A glossy photo of him and his family is laid in. It is printed from the archives of the Okla Hist Soc. One leaf (pps 931-932) was once detached but has been tipped back in. It has tears radiating out from the gutter and has 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" inch loss of text in the middle of the page. Title page has two edge chips. One index sheet has old cloth tape edge repairs. Throughout there are some edge tears that have not been repaired, but we have discovered none of a serious nature. Many tissue guards are missing. There is some browning/foxing on some pages, but not extensively. Some page corners are rounded from use. We have conservatively graded this copy "good," but in our view with experience in these kinds of volumes, if it were in our personal collection we would have no issue grading it very good. Adams (Six-guns 1107) says, "Has a long section on all the outlaws of the Indian Territory, including the Dalton gang and the Cook gang ..." [but Adams adds the author is mistaken about Belle Starr's brother & repeats false information about her]. In this section there is glowing information on the famous Black Man, Deputy. U. S. Marshal Bass Reeves, and an account of one of his captures of outlaws involving gunplay. An Oklahoma rarity. Howes G158.