Noted Guerrillas, or The Warfare of the Border
John N. Edwards.
St. Louis: Bryan, Brand & Company, 1877. Octavo. Original embossed leather boards, significantly worn at the edges and along the hinges and crown of the spine, interior clean. 488 pages. First edition. Good.
Being a History of the Lives and Adventures of Numerous Well Known Guerrillas of the West. Edwards was a Major in Confederate General Joseph Shelby's Iron Brigade and later became a prominent newspaperman. He provides a romanticized account of the James boys, Quantrill, and others, having known many of them personally. Boderlands gunslinger Americana. Extremely scarce, particularly in the original boards.
"Neither prayer, nor plaint of priest, nor penitential pleading went up for the wild beast dead by his lair, hard hunted yet splendid at the last in the hopeless equanimity of accepted death. But the wild beast was human. The sky was just as blue for him; in the east the dawn was just as strange for him; the tenderness of a woman just as soft for him . . ."