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Jesse James – American Outlaw

The legendary founder of the James-Younger Gang, Jesse James exploits in the heyday of the American Wild West have been revered for well over a century. Born on this day in 1847, Jesse James has been immensely popular in literature through the years, with many works about him becoming extremely collectible.

Headlining the list of books about James is The Life, Times and Treacherous Death of Jesse James, by Frank Triplett. This is the first biography about this outlaw. It was first published in 1882 and first editions are valued at as much as $3500.

For those interested in first hand accounts, fellow member of the James Younger Gang Cole Younger wrote a very rare and collectible autobiograhy, The Story of Cole Younger. It is listed on AbeBooks for up to $10,000.

Here are even more expensive copies of books about Jesse James:

Jesse James Thrilling Raid or the Daylight Robbery of the Harkness Bank by Captain Kennedy $1915

Jesse James: The life and daring adventures of the bold highwayman and bank robber by Michael Ginsberg – $1250

Jesse James: Lincoln County Badman by McCright and Powell – $1000

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen – $275

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