Hard Knocks: A Life Story of the Vanishing West
Place Published: Chicago
Publisher: Laird & Lee, Inc.
Date Published: 1915
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 43540
242pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Original brown cloth with black ink stamped titles and borders on the front cover and spine. Black and white illustrations. Fair. Ex-library, with the numerous library markings on the endpapers and preliminary pages. The title page is torn in several places and has old scotch tape repairs. Lower corner of dedication page is missing. The pages age-toned, and the illustration of "Calamity Jane" has several losses to the outer edges.
From the Publisher's Note- "The great lesson of the book is that 'truth is stranger than fiction.' The life story here given belongs to a generation that has not only seen the world's greatest advancement, but has been a part of the greatest development of our own country. It has been a period rich in story, and the experiences here detailed run like a thread through the entire fabric. In the main, they deal not with the great heroes, - the Carsons, the Custers, and the Buffalo Bills,- but with the great multitude of brave and adventurous sprits that have swept over the West in the past generation, and to whose undaunted courage and tireless energy our development is mainly due."