"The Ben Lilly Legend" written by J. Frank Dobie. Published by Little, Brown And Company, copyright 1950, eleventh printing.
"Ben Lilly was the greatest bear hunter in history after Davy Crockett, by his own account and also by the record, J. Frank Dobie met Mister Lilly twenty-odd years ago and was so struck by this extraordinary man that he has been thinking about him, collecting everything he could find about him, ever since.
Lilly was born in Alabama in 1856, followed the bear and the panther westward through Mississippi and Louisiana to Texas, leaving a trail of stories about his prowess as a hunter and his goodness as a man. He was at one time " Chief Huntsman" to Teddy Roosevelt, hunted in Texas and Mexico, and came to be known as the master sign reader of the Rockies.
Here are all the stories Ben Lilly told and a great many more Frank Dobie has heard about him, put together in a fresh and fascinating contribution to American folklore.
237 page hard cover book in good condition with no rips or tears. There is a gift inscription on the first blank page of the book. The cover has some shelf wear and there is some spotting on the front and back cover. The dust jacket has some shelf wear and some tears. See the pictures for more detail.
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