Signed by the author Houston: The Frontier Press of Texas, 1953.
Hardcover. Octavo. 117 pages. Illustrated with a frontispiece illustration of Wm. P. Longley shortly before his execution. Two more illustrations follow page 117. Brown cloth hardcover with title on the front cover and spine. Two old tape stains on the right front flyleaf and the rear end sheet. Rest of the book is in very good condition. From the copyright page: "This manuscript was done in the open on Toyah creek, near Pecos, Texas. Less than twenty-four hours were spent in the initial writing, with no revision. Type was composed and printed by the author's hand January, 1953, at Houston, Texas, USA. Eight hundred copies were struck from offset plates. Sources: Letters which appeared in newspapers at various places in Texas, during the time the events took place, as well as latter day papers. Files of the Frontier Times; a booklet written by T. U. Taylor; a booklet published by H. C. Fuller, and hundreds of bits of information collated by the writer over the last twenty years, given me by men and woman who claimed they knew what they were talking about. [signed in hand] Ed Bartholomew."
Adams Six-Guns 155 - "Published in both cloth and wrappers. This book gives some previously undisclosed facts about Bill Longley, but their are many misspelled words. Crudely printed, but a genuine contribution to western Americana." Very good. Item #16416
William Preston Longley (October 6, 1851 – October 11, 1878), also known as Wild Bill Longley, was an American Old West outlaw and gunfighter noted for his ruthless nature, speed with a gun, quick temper, and unpredictable demeanor. He is considered to have been one of the deadliest gunfighters in the Old West.