WILLIE BOY: A Desert Manhunt. Harry Lawton.
WILLIE BOY: A Desert Manhunt
WILLIE BOY: A Desert Manhunt
WILLIE BOY: A Desert Manhunt

WILLIE BOY: A Desert Manhunt

Balboa Island, California: The Paisano Press, 1960. First Edition. Hardcover. Presentation copy, inscribed on the dedication page by Harry Lawton to writer and poet Vernon "Pat" Patterson (1896-1978): "For Vernon Patterson, whose critical suggestions helped me break through on a number of structural problems, in the hopes he will find Willie Boy easier to read than it was to right [sic]. Harry Lawton". Additionally inscribed by publisher Horace Parker: "To Pat: My senior editor-in-chief who followed the painful & devious ways of Willie Boy from its inception - Horace 'Doc' Parker". Laid in are four typed letters signed (TLS) from Lawton to Patterson, the typescript with corrections of a poem ("The Ballad of Willie Boy") by Patterson, and other material associated with the book. The true story of a Chemehuevi-Paiute Indian named Willie Boy and his run-in with the law in 1909 in Banning, California. Parts of this book served as source material for the 1969 film Tell Them Willie Boy is Here starring Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, and Robert Blake. Octavo. Original gray cloth binding, with black stamping. Patterson's bookplate appears on the front pastedown. Some mild browning along the extremities of the dust jacket; otherwise very good. Very good / Very good. Item #71150

Price: $300.00

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