THE EARP BROTHERS OF TOMBSTONE: THE STORY OF MRS. VIRGIL EARP
Frank WatersNew York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1960. 247pp. Endpaper maps of Tombstone and Cochise County in the 1880s. Sources and notes. White cloth. First edition, review copy. Letter from the publisher including a biographical sketch of the author and photograph are laid-in. Except for some light foxing to spine, it is a fine copy. Except for a small chip (approx. ¼” x ¼”) at the top of the spine, the dust jacket is fine. Adams, Six-Guns 2322: “At last we have a book which dares to tell the truth about the Earps, refuting the many highly romantic and imaginary tales told by Burns and Lake…The author relates many inside stories told by a member of the family and gives us information not recorded before…it is a giant move in the right direction….” Frank Waters wrote the book at the behest of Mrs. Virgil Earp. The manuscript was kept in a closed file at the Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society for 25 years until the deaths of both Mrs. Virgil Earp and the third Mrs. Wyatt Earp. In 1959, the author unearthed additional evidence by which he was able to amplify her story. An important work on the Earps.