Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1954. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. [9.5x6.5in]; xiii, 426 pp.,  colophon, 17 illustrations and facsimiles, index. Green cloth covers with gilt lettering on field of dark green on spine, top edge stained dark green ink, all edges trimmed; Minimal shelf wear to edges, corners, spine and covers; Light Green dust jacket with dark green and white lettering on spine and front, advertisements on back; Minor wear to edges and surface of dust jacket with slight fading of spine. Item #13433
One of the important bibliographies of western books that belongs in collector libraries. From the "In no field are fact and legend more difficult to distinguish than in Western Americana , Ramon F. Adams has done much more in this book than provide a bibliography of materials concerning outlaws and gunmen. He has examined variant renderings of stories which have become classics of Western Americana, such as those about Billy the Kid, Joaquin Murieta, and Wild Bill Hickok. As a collector, he has unearthed rare and curious volumes; as a bibliographer, he gives valuable descriptions of 1,132 titles in first edition, to many of which he adds notes on subsequent reprintings. His principal contribution to the records of early pioneer days, however, are his annotations, which represent research in original sources and help to distinguish the often thin line in this field between fact and fancy. The entries are arranged alphabetically by authors, and there is a complete index of titles and subjects. The author is the first to admit that this list cannot be considered complete, and that it reflects both the highways and the byways in the bibliographical search for materials relevant to his subject. Some titles are included because of their status among collectors as rarities; many appear because of their great and reliable historical value; others have called forth the compiler's indignant astonishment that "so much false and garbled history could have found its way into print."