"THEY HAD BROKEN THE LAWS OF GOD AND MAN, AND DEATH HAD COME OUT TO MEET THEM": FIRST EDITION OF FUGITIVES: THE STORY OF CLYDE BARROW AND BONNIE PARKER, IN SCARCE DUST JACKET
PARKER, Emma and COWAN, Nell Barrow. Fugitives. The Story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker as Told by Bonnie's Mother and Clyde's Sister. Dallas: Ranger, 1934. Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. $1100.
First edition of a fascinating early account of the famed Depression-era gangsters, issued the same year as their death, with photographic frontispiece of Bonnie and Clyde, in scarce dust jacket.
"The famous picture of the cigar-smoking, gun-toting Bonnie Parker makes for a sharp contrast with the dignified photo of the two lovers from the same roll of film, which was published in the memoir written jointly by (or 'as told to') Bonnie's mother and Clyde's sister, titled Fugitives: The Story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker (1934). Produced quickly to counteract the negative images of Bonnie and Clyde, the memoir insists on its subjects' dignity and even respectability, treading a third path between the depraved images of the pair trumpeted by the FBI and the candid images produced by the pair themselves" (Browder, Her Best Shot, 133-4). A major source for the Academy Award-winning 1967 film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. With "First Printing, September, 1934" on copyright page. Small bookseller reprising mark to front dust jacket flap.
Interior fine, minor faint dampstaining to rear board; light edge-wear, slight dampstaining to rear panel of scarce colorful dust jacket. A scarce near-fine copy.