Hartford: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co,. 1926. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's stapled buff color-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"In a country newly opened, life could only be a succession of extremes – extreme hardship, extreme tasks, extreme indulgences, extreme passions, and when the law was violated, extreme infractions. These were to be met only by extreme measures." Promotional booklet containing vignettes describing the historical significance of the Colt revolver with romantic affection (i.e., colonial, capitalist, pro-gun, anti-indigenous propaganda). Thoroughly illustrative of the valorization of firearms embedded in the American psyche, this artifact of the time depicts the incipience of the hegemonic gun promotion and adoration that continues to permeate our culture at present. Illustrated with several black-and-white drawings and page headers by R.L. Frederick; with laudatory poems to the inside of each wrap: H. H. Knibbs's "The Tale of the Colt" ("From the old cap-and-ball to the big forty-five, / That packed a most wonderful jolt, / The gun that they banked on to keep ‘em alive, / Was—no matter what model—the Colt") and E. A. Brininstool's "The Old Colt Gun." With addendum slip tipped in at p.38. Early ownership inscription to title-page. Light rubbing creasing to extremities. Near fine. Item #2369