A TEXAS PRISONER: SKETCHES OF THE PENITENTIARY, CONVICT FARMS, AND RAILROADS, TOGETHER WITH POEMS AND ILLUSTRATIONS.

Np: np, c1895. 16mo. 32 pp. Illustrated. Original illustrated tan wrappers (rubbed, partly separated along spine). Good copy of a fragile pamphlet. Item #38936

First edition thus, extracted from George's larger book published in Austin, Texas, in 1893. He had been wrongly accused of murder, found guilty, and given a death sentence that was commuted to life. Eventually pardoned, he sought to use tales of prison-life misery (at Huntsville and elsewhere) to keep boys from risking such a fate. Illustrations include a gallows and George in striped prison garb on the wrappers. OCLC lists copies at Univ. of Michigan and SMU. Other 32 page editions of this pamphlet were published in Charlotte, NC, in 1899 (included in Suvak's bibliography MEMOIRS OF AMERICAN PRISONS), and in Marion, IL, in 1905, and that another edition of 40 pages with an 1895 copyright is located by the NUC (DLC only). Adams Six-Guns 822 (for the Charlotte edition): "The author mentions John Wesley Hardin, who was in prison with him." All editions are scarce.

Price: $450.00

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