Boston; (1931): Houghton Mifflin. Octavo. Item #028189
ix, 392 pages, index. When in 1982 the 100 most essential books on Arizona were listed, it was noted that this is the work where it all began for those fascinated with Wyatt Earp. Lake interviewed Earp in his last days and produced this epic biography which led to books, movies, a television series and transformed Earp into a western icon. The Arizona mining community was in decline but the Earp legend led to Tombstone and its environs becoming a worldwide tourist destination. The book is well written and though Burns earlier work on Tombstone retains a lot of the myth. Price-clipped. A beautiful copy with a remarkably crisp dust jacket.