1864. Napa City: C. H. Allen and R. E. Wood, 1864.
8vo, 56 pp. Woodcut frontisportrait & one plate (of Jenkins about to bury his final victim). Original printed wrappers with a portrait of Jenkins on front cover. Backstrip rubbed, some soiling without & within; but a sound copy and now well protected in a black cloth folding box with Plexiglas lid and printed paper spine label.
§ First edition of one of California's few contributions to the literary genre of the gallows confession. The condemned man blamed his long and bloody criminal career on the demon rum. The portrait and plate were engraved by Durbin Van Vleck, who was then a partner of William Keith in a wood-engraving firm in San Francisco; Keith named his son after Van Vleck. Adams, Six-Guns, 2240. Cowan (I), p. 120; (II), p. 312. Graff 4736. Howes W-635. McDade 514. Item #6121