Life and Confessions of James Gilbert Jenkins

Life and Confessions of James Gilbert Jenkins

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WOOD, R.E. - 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.
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     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 to Col. C. H. Allen, Sheriff of Napa County, while in jail under sentence of death for the murder of Patrick O'Brien.

     

    One of California’s few contributions to the literary genre of gallows confessions. 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.

     

    Napa City: C.H. Allen and R.E. Wood, 1864. First Edition, Octavo. 56 pages, with wood engraved portrait of Jenkins on title and front wrapper. 

     

    Original printed buff wrappers. An astonishingly excellent copy. 

     

    Adams, Six-Guns and Saddle Leather, 2240. Graff 4736.

     

    Housed in a Beautiful Black Linen Clam Shell Case

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