Gunfights and general lawlessness were common in the frontier cities of the American West. Tombstone and Dodge City are legendary. But neither saw violence approaching that of Los Angeles in the 1850s. In his Reminiscences of a Ranger, Horace Bell reports that "midnight raids and open day robbery and assassinations of defenseless or unsuspecting ...
Gunfights and general lawlessness were common in the frontier cities of the American West. Tombstone and Dodge City are legendary. But neither saw violence approaching that of Los Angeles in the 1850s. In his Reminiscences of a Ranger, Horace Bell reports that "midnight raids and open day robbery and assassinations of defenseless or unsuspecting Americans were of almost daily occurrence" in southern California, a territory newly acquired from Mexico. To combat this lawlessness, in 1853 the citizens of Los Angeles formed a volunteer mounted police force known as the Los Angeles Rangers. Under the command of Captain Alexander Hope, the Rangers strove to keep the peace within the city, and they hunted down bandits and murderers in the surrounding region, including several connected with Joaquin Murrieta's band. The life of a mounted ranger appealed to Horace Bell, a civilian who later became an attorney and ran a newspaper. As John Boessenecker says in the introduction to the book, Bell's memoir is a history of early Los Angeles, an essential and highly entertaining source for this period of the California Gold Rush. With a sharp eye for detail, Bell sketches numerous pioneers, politicians, military figures, and outlaws, and he vividly describes riots and shootouts in the city streets and campaigns against Indians and bandits.
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Good in None jacket. Hardcover. 499 pages with b&w illustrations by James Bodrero. Previous owner's bookplate, library stamp front end paper, top & bottom edge stamped, sticker on spine. Otherwise, internally clean and tight.
Very Good. ADVERTISERS COMPOSITION CO, 3 Volume set, dated as follows: Volume 1: 1965, Vol.2, 1966 and Vol. 3, 1967. Hard covers with NO dust jacket or slip cases. Each volume limited to 1500 numbered edition. Vol 1 is #604, Vol. 2 is #1250 and vol. 3 is #224. Each volume has a different colored faux leather covered boards but with matching tan cloth and gold lettering on spine. Very light rubbing to covers. Bindings tight. Pages clean and unmarked. Overall, a very nice 3 volume set.
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