Life and Confessions of James Gilbert Jenkins... the Murderer of Eighteen Men. Containing an account of the murder of eight white men and ten Indians; together with the particulars of highway robberies, the stealing of several horses, and numerous other crimes, committed in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska and California: as narrated by himself... while in jail under sentence of death...

Life and Confessions of James Gilbert Jenkins... the Murderer of Eighteen Men. Containing an account of the murder of eight white men and ten Indians; together with the particulars of highway robberies, the stealing of several horses, and numerous other crimes, committed in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska and California: as narrated by himself... while in jail under sentence of death...
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Napa City: C. H. Allen and R. E. Wood, 1864. 8vo, original printed wrappers with a portrait of Jenkins on front cover, laid in black cloth folding box with Plexiglas lid, printed paper spine label. 56 pp. Woodcut frontisportrait & one plate (of Jenkins about to bury his final victim). Backstrip rubbed, some soiling without & within; but a sound copy and now well protected. 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 Id: 6121)

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