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The Last Baron of Arizona

Kraus, Joanna Halpert

Published by [Pyracantha Press], 1985, 1985
From Apogee Books (TUCSON, AZ, U.S.A.)

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Tempe: Arizona State University, 1985. Quarto, hardcover, quarter natural brown morocco over blind-embossed boards. 64 pages, with folding map. Illustrated with twenty-two line cuts of the period. Composed in handset Baskerville and printed letterpress on Rives Lightweight. LIMITED TO 120 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Mint. 'In 1895, James Addison Reavis nearly perpetrated the largest land fraud in United States history: the infamous Peralta Grant, covering over sixteen thousand square miles of Arizona Territory. For more than ten years, Reavis produced forged documents to support his claim to a fictitious Spanish land grant and in the process convinced hundreds of lawyers, farmers, ranchers, and even the Southern Pacific Railroad that his wife was heir to a parcel of land twice the size of Massachusetts. The Last Baron of Arizona is a play about the Peralta Grant hearing in the Court of Private Land Claims. Through numerous flashbacks, the complete tale is told. It is a lively story with colorful Southwestern characters, all the more interesting because it is true. 'This first edition of The Last Baron of Arizona was produced at the book arts press of Arizona State University, the Pyracantha Press, to contribute to that school's Centennial celebration. The book was designed and printed by John Risseeuw, Director of the Press, with assistance from Colleen Oakes.' (The Publisher). Bookseller Inventory # 1736

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Title: The Last Baron of Arizona

Publisher: [Pyracantha Press], 1985

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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