The Earp Brothers of Tombstone - Frank WatersLondon: Neville Spearman, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with notable loss to the edges of both panels. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil Earp, the ‘Fighting Earps of Tombstone’, are well known to every reader of the Wild West. Here, for the first time, a woman who was a member of their close-knit clan reveals what actually happened to them and their brothers, James and Warren, in Tombstone during the 1880s.
This book began as the dictated recollections of Mrs Virgil Earp to the author in the 19303. It was kept from the public until after both Mrs Virgil Earp and the third Mrs Wyatt Earp had died. Then, in 1959, the author unearthed new documentary evidence by which he was able to verify and amplify her story. The final book is the first accurate account to be published of one of the most famous stories that ever came out of the American West.
This book reveals the story of Wyatt Earp’s tragic love affairs and his three marriages. It shows vividly how the Television hero was in reality an itinerant saloon keeper, card-sharper, gunman, and confidence man who succeeded in making people believe he was a church deacon and a deputy marshal. It tells the true stories of the other brothers: James, a saloon keeper and professional gambler; Warren, a boy in his twenties when he was in Tombstone, who was later a stage driver and was killed in a saloon quarrel; Morgan, a labourer, gambler and gunman who was killed in Tombstone by a shot in the back; Virgil, a stage driver, ranch hand, prospector and marshal who was shot and maimed in Tombstone.
Here are the stories of Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, John Behan, and the Clantons, all as they happened. Here is a complete reconstruction of the famous fight at the O. K. Corral and the reasons for it. More than a startling revelation, this is also a warm and human account of frontier life in a violent era, written with painstaking accuracy by an author who is known for his many fine books on the history of the West.”