“A WORD OF WARNING TO THE YOUNG NOT TO TRY AND FOLLOW IN MY PATH”: MEMOIRS OF THE NOTORIOUS OUTLAW TEXAS JACK
REED, Nathaniel. The Life of Texas Jack. (Tulsa: Tulsa Printing Co.), . Octavo, staple bound, original printed yellow paper wrappers; pp. 53, . $1750.
First edition of the memoirs of the notorious outlaw of the ‘Wild West,’ one of the few that lived to tell about his crimes, with three photographic portraits and three wood-engraved illustrations. An excellent copy in the fragile original wrappers of this now very scarce item.
Nathaniel Reed, aka "Texas Jack," participated in robberies of stage coaches, banks and trains for about ten years before turning himself in to the authorities. However, his claims of having been part of the Dalton raid on Coffeyville and the Doolin fight at Ingalls are fabricated: "The author traveled over the country giving talks to interested listeners on the subject that crime does not pay and selling his little book for 25 cents. Traveled in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas. The old man was more or less a fourflusher though the records do show that he took part in several robberies" (Adams). Reed served about one year and was released; he became an evangelist and eventually settled in Omaha. This title was self-published, with proceeds going to support his preaching. Although original sales may have numbered in the thousands, only a handful of copies of this fragile item are known of at this time. Howes R133. Adams, Six-Guns 1831. Adams 150: 115.
Small chip to upper corner of front wrapper, mild wear, a few very faint stains along spine fold, with small tape reinforcement at foot of spine. An extremely good copy of this scarce item, very well preserved in the fragile original wrappers.