RARE BOOK GUIDE - THE RUNNERS, THE RIDERS & THE ODDS

06 January 2007

Jesse James was One of his Names...


Del Schrader (with Jesse James III) JESSE JAMES WAS ONE OF HIS NAMES; THE GREATEST COVER UP IN HISTORY BY THE FAMOUS OUTLAW WHO LIVED 73 INCREDIBLE LIVES. Santa Anita Press, Arcadia, CA 1975.

Current Selling Prices
$200-$300 /£110-£160


HISTORY / CONSPIRACY/ WILD WEST
Revisionist history of the Jesse (not Jessie) James legend. Fabulous conspiracy theory stuff with JJ not dying in a gunfight but going on to make a fortune in cahoots with Emperor Maximilian ( who also didn't die.) I like the idea of Maximilia surviving, he came to such a sad end having left his beautiful seaside castle Miramar at Trieste to please his brother, only to be assassinated 3 years later by Mexican rebels. Or maybe not. Jesse went on to found the Knights of the Golden Circle (linked with the Ku Klux Klan.) Schrader does consistently point out that James himself was not a racist. In fact, according to Schrader, some of James' gang were themselves black, including chief James lieutenant John Trammell, "the black cobra." Lots of stuff on web about all this and even a CD of the book at Knights of the Golden Circle site. The Emperor gave Jesse $5 million after leaving Mexico and lived under cover in USA as one John Maxi...My question is: With that kind of dough why bother robbing trains?*

VALUE? Quite uncommon, turns up with specialist Cowboy / Western Americana dealers at around $100 but always sells. 2 chaps on ABE at present want $250-$300. Cowboys are a rich source of books with alot of the stuff coming out in limited editions and until the net a difficult area to get right price wise. Now everyone's a goddam expert. [Want level 15 - 30 Quite High]

*The answer is that James was working for the Confederate underground, adding to their treasury.
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