SIX YEARS WITH THE TEXAS RANGERS, 1875 TO 1881
James B. GillettAustin: Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1921. 332pp. Photographs. Frontis. of Gillett on his horse in 1879. Original dark green cloth with title in gilt on the front cover and spine. First edition. Externally, a bright, fine copy. Internally, some scattered foxing most noticeably to the prelims and affecting the frontispiece, else very good. Jenkins, BTB 76: “This is one of the finest personal memoirs of Texas Ranger service.” Greene, 50+ Best Books on Texas p. 84: “James B. Gillett’s Six Years with the Texas Rangers is by far the best work ever done of that elite corps….The drama and color of the events Gillett writes about came from the events themselves, not from an over-heated pen. His regard for honest is evident through the book.” Dobie, Life & Lit. p. 60: “I regard Gillett as the strongest and straightest of all ranger narrators.” Peter Decker “….perhaps the best account of the rangers ever published.” With chapters devoted to the Mason County War, chasing bandits in South Texas, The Horrell-Higgins Feud, Sam Bass, and Victorio, it is a cornerstone work on the Rangers during this turbulent time in Texas.