Autobiography of Thomas Howard: Horseman, Politician, General Policeman, Benefactor, and Author

(Cortland, NY: Barnum & Bugbee Printers, 1903). Second edition. 12mo. 91 pp. Primarily about Howard's horse trading, including during the Civil War; after bribing a U.S. Army buyer with the gift of a horse, most of his sales were approved. He also found substitutes for wealthy would-be soldiers: "I found a colored man 32 years old. He was a silk weaver. His front teeth were good but his back teeth were out. the way they tested their teeth was by havin' them bite on something hard. He put cotton in his cheeks to plump them out. The doctor passed him all right." OCLC locates one copy of this edition (New York State Library), as well as one copy of the first. Original printed purple wrappers (partly faded), illustrated with a portrait of the author. Very good. Item #53602

Price: $175.00

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