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The story of Jacob Walzer... 1954. To see some copies. In the table below I lay out this pamphlet's publishing history, listing in this order: edition, date of publication or "revised to" date, front cover color and illustration, back cover illustration, total number of pages and in parentheses the count of numbered and unnumbered pages (e.g. 72 (68/4)), ending date for chronology, and prices new and used. Abbreviations for front cover information are as follows: GyPa, GyPb, GyPc means a golden yellow colored cover with a photograph type a, b, or c of Superstition Mountain; GyD means a golden yellow colored cover with a drawing of Superstition Mountain; GPc means a green colored cover with photograph type c of Superstition Mountain; and OPc means an orange colored cover with a photograph type c of Superstition Mountain. For back covers: BBD means the drawing by Higham of Barney Barnard's B Bar B ranch; BBP means a photograph of the B bar B is used; and HM means the map of the Superstitions by Higham is on the back cover.
1. In editions 1-5 "Printed by Mesa Tribune" is on the front endpaper.
2. The "signed" printed inscription is on the copyright page in editions 3-21.
3. All covers, with the exception of editions 10 and 11, are golden yellow in color.
4. So far as I can tell the 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions are the same, Barnard just crossed out the "revised to" dates and changed the year. On just these three editions does "New Edition" appear on the cover.
5. Starting with the 6th the front covers display edition numbers.
6. Editions 9/12/13-21 are all the same, except for one change noted below when I describe them.
7. The Lost Dutchman Map is on the back endpaper of editions 1-8/10-11 and on the back cover on editions 9/12/13-21.
8. The eulogy to Barnard is on the back endpaper in editions 9/12/13-21.
9. Dates listed in parentheses for the last three editions are when those editions were printed (information from GD); there is no internal way to tell the actual publication date for the 13th to 21st editions.
10. Only the first edition's title page has the typo.
Descriptions of editions and differences between them.
See the entry on Higham for information on the Higham-Barnard edition and its relationship to Higham's original work. The actual order of publication is as follows: 1-8, 10-11, 9,12?-21, and this is the order in which I list and compare them.
1st edition. The story of Jacob Walzer (a fascinating and romanic (sic) tale of an old German prospector know to fame as the Old Dutchman and whose famous gold mine is still a mystery of Superstition Mountain.) [6/1954, GyPa, BBD, 72(68,4), 5/27/54] Cover: "The Story of Jacob Walzer/ Superstition Mountain / And Its Famed / Dutchman's Lost Mine/ Lifetime Research By The Author/ Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction." Copyright page: "Copyrighted June, 1954 By Barney Barnard Rancho Del Superstition Home of the B bar B Apache Junction Arizona All rights to this publication reserved by the author."
Barnard's 1st edition is very similar in appearance to the joint Higham-Barnard publication, but there are differences:
1. Overall physical dimensions are a little smaller but the golden yellow colored cover remains.
2. On the front cover is now a photograph, type a, no longer Higham's drawing.
3. The wording on the cover is different: "True Story of Jacob Walzer and his Famous Hidden Gold Mine (The Lost Dutchman) / Drama-Adventure-Mystery-Murder / Gold is where you find it -- Go look for it" to "The Story of Jacob Walzer / Superstition Mountain / And Its Famed / Dutchman's Lost Mine / Lifetime Research By The Author / Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction."
4. Higham's drawing of the Rancho del Superstitions, Barney Barnard's B bar B ranch, is moved from its old location in the biography section to the back cover.
5. Higham's Lost Dutchman Map is still on the back endpaper but the front endpaper now displays photographs of downtown Mesa and "Printed by the Mesa Tribune."
6. The first two pages in Barnard's edition are not numbered, page numbering begins on the third physical page. The first unnumbered page is the new copyright page, the second unnumbered page is blank. The first numbered page is the title page with the typo, page two is the Foreword. This title page is the first of the two title pages found in both Higham's and the joint edition, but the typo is unique to this edition.
7. A new paragraph at the start of the Foreword and several to the Preface and The Apache Indians of the Great Southwest.
8. A new paragraph in the renamed Notes by the Author section (old title: Authors Notes).
9. Significant changes and additions to the Jacob Walzer chapter and the newly renamed Chronological Order of Events, extended now to May 27, 1954. The chronology also contains new entries and newly edited entries for past years.
10. Completely new chapters are also added:
a. Some Contradictory Facts.
b. Definite proof that his name was Walzer.
c. The story of Goldfield, Arizona.
d. A word in closing.
e. The Cowboy Prayer.
f. A page eulogizing Herman Petrasch.
11. The biographical information on Barnard is rewritten.
12. A photograph of Weaver's Needle is added.
13. A photograph of Barney performing at the B bar B is added.
14. A final page of photographs is added.
15. Omitted is Higham's Map of the Famous Superstition Mountain.
16. Also gone is the text accompanying the Lost Dutchman Map on the back endpaper.
17. Returning is the biographical information on Higham that was missing in some printings of the joint edition.
There are interesting differences between the text in these two publications. Here are some examples.
--Barnard drops most references to Weiser and his association with Waltz and, at the same time, adds more "facts" about Waltz's life.
--From the Jacob Walzer chapter in the joint edition: "His quick trips to the mountains and back again verified his oft repeated remarks that he didn't have to pick it out, just load it up and bring it back." From the 1st edition: "His quick trip to the mountains, his return, loaded down with gold, verified his oft repeated tale that he, "didn't have to dig it out, just pick and bring it back."
--From the joint edition, the Early Spanish Miners chapter: "The mine that the Old Dutchman found and where Jacob Wiser, his partner, was slain, was an old Spanish working. Whether it was one of the Peralta mines can never be established until found. That is, refound by the present generation." In Barnard's 1st: "The ledge found by the Dutchman and where Wieser was slain was not an old Spanish working, but was of pure, raw, virgin gold. Gold so pure that he shipped direct to the mint without processing or smelting as did the Peraltas, as is proven by their many old arrastas (smelters) scattered about Superstition."
2nd edition. The story of Jacob Walzer and his famous hidden mine. [8/1/1955. GyPab, BBD, 64(61,3)pgs. 7/4/55]
The 2nd edition is very similar to the 1st edition, but there are some important differences.
1. The cover photograph of Superstition Mountain is type a or type b.
2. The title pages are switched and the typo corrected, i.e., the new first title page is the old second title page found in Higham's edition, the joint Higham-Barnard edition, and in Barney's first edition.
3. The Superstition Mountain picture by Higham is replaced by his Ruins of Goldfield painting.
4. The chronology is extended to July 4, 1955.
5. Sadly, both the biographical entry and the photograph of Higham are removed.
6. Herman Petrasch's eulogy is gone.
7. There are fewer pages in the second edition. The book has been reset with smaller margins allowing more text per page, thus fewer overall pages.
There are interesting differences in the text. One example. The first edition Chronology reads: "When rescued he (Jacob Waltz) was partly paralyzed and could not walk (emphasis added). He was taken to the home of Mrs. Julia Thomas, a negress, on the corner of Jackson and Mohave streets where he developed pneumonia and became further paralyzed so that he was unable to speak." In the second: "When rescued he was paralyzed and could not talk (emphasis added). He was taken to the home of Mrs. Julia Thomas, a negress, on the corner of Jackson and Mohave street where he developed pneumonia and became further paralyzed." Well, which is it? Legend certainly has him talking, if not walking.
3rd edition. The story of Jacob Walzer and his famous hidden mine. [12/1/1956, GyPb, BBD, 64(62,2), 3/3/56]
There are some changes from the 2nd to the 3rd editions.
1. Making it's first appearance on the copyright page is the "signed" printed inscription: "Kindest regards always Barney Barnard Cowboy--Rancher."
2. "New Edition" appears on the cover.
3. A page is added at the end of the Chronological Order of Events bumping Advice to Seekers of the Lost Dutchman Mine to a new location on the second of two unnumbered pages at the front, a page that was blank in the second.
4. The blank unnumbered page three in the 2nd gets a new photograph.
5. Two of Higham's drawings, Ruins of Goldfield and Monument Canyon, are replaced with photographs.
6. The older photograph of a younger Barney is replaced with a more recent one.
4th edition. [12/1/1957, GyPb, BBD, 64(62,2), 3/3/56]
5th edition. [12/1/1958, GyPb, BBD, 64(62,2), 3/3/56]
6th edition. The story of Jacob Walzer and his famous hidden mine. [1/1/1959, GyPc, BBP, 64(61,3)pgs., 12/1956]
1. There are no significant textual changes other than a few brief entries to the chronology, extending it to December, 1956.
2. The front cover photograph of Superstition Mountain is now type c.
3. The front endpaper has new photographs and no longer states "Printed by Mesa Tribune".
4. The edition number is now noted on the cover.
5. Higham's drawing of the B bar B ranch is replaced on the back cover by a photograph of the same.
7th edition. The story of Jacob Walzer and his famous hidden mine. [12/31/1959, GyPc, BBP, 72 pgs., 11/23/59]
A comparison of the 7th and 6th editions reveals some changes.
1. It is now printed on cheaper paper.
2. Two poems by Graves, The Lost Dutchman Mine and The End of the Home of the B bar B are added.
3. The eulogy for Herman Petrasch returns for the first time since the 1st edition.
4. The Curse of the Apache Gold photo section is added.
5. A painting of Goldfield signed by Barney and dated 10-1-58 is added.
6. These additions, plus the extension of the chronology up to 1959 adds eight more pages to the work.
7. The page numbering system changes too, numbering now starts with the copyright page, unlike the 2nd to 6th editions where it begins on the title page. The new numbering system brings into agreement the count of numbered pages and physical pages, thus the new numbering also adds two more numbered pages to the total; this is how the 7th edition can have 72 numbered and total pages and the 2nd-6th just 61 or 62 numbered pages (if this numbering system were used for the 2nd-6th they would number 64 pages).
8th edition. The story of Jacob Walzer and his famous hidden mine. [2/1/1961, GyPc, BBP, 72pgs., 1/8/61]
The 7th and 8th editions are almost the same.
1. The "revised to" date and the ending dates for the chronologies differ (1959 for the 7th and 1961 for the 8th).
2. Oddly, the last entry for 1959 in the 7th does not get carried over into the 8th. It reads: "Forty-four luckless men and women have paid with their lives for their mad search for the hidden wealth of Jacob Walzer, famed Dutchman of the Superstition who, according to Records shipped, direct to the mint, more than a quarter of a Million; during which time he killed a known twenty-seven men to keep his secret, later to die a lone death from natural causes in 1891; never revealing his secret but carrying it into that mysterious "Life Which Lies Beyond The Grave."
10th edition. The story of Jacob Walzer and his famous hidden mine. [2/1/1962, GPc, BBP, not paged 68 pgs., 1/28/62] Green colored cover edition.
There are some significant and unfortunate changes.
1. The total number of pages drops to 68 with the removal of:
a. Advice to Seekers of the Lost Dutchman Mine.
b. Table of Contents.
c. Graves' poem The Lost Dutchman Mine.
d. How to reach the famous Superstition and its legendary lost mine haunts section.
e. Black Top Mountain painting by Higham.
2. The Dutchman drawing by Higham seems to be placed backwards.
11th edition. [1/1/1963, OPc, BBP, not paged, 68 pgs., 12/1962] The one with the orange cover. The chronology is extended to the end of 1962.
9th/12th/13th-21st editions. The story of Jacob Walzer Superstition Mountain and its famed Dutchman's Lost Mine. Apache Junction: Barney Barnard, 1964. [8/1964, GyD, HM, 68 pgs., 1/8/61] (Cover title, no title page). Cover: "The Story of Jacob Walzer / Superstition Mountain / and its famed / Dutchman's Lost Mine / A Lifetime Of Research Proves That Truth Is / Stranger Than Fiction / Ninth Edition By the Author Barney Barnard." The 9th and 13th-21st editions use the same new design with the golden-yellow colored cover and have the same content. The only difference I have found is the front endpaper with either the 17th or 18th editions substitutes a newer photograph of downtown Mesa and updates Mesa's population from 25,000 to 75,000.
Because the 10th and 11th editions actually predate the 9th, 13th-21st editions they need to be compared to the new version to see the differences.
1. The cover is golden-yellow again, but on it is a drawing of Superstition Mountain, not a photograph.
2. Now on the back cover is Higham's the Lost Dutchman Map.
3. On the back endpaper where the map used to be is the eulogy to Barney that his niece wrote.
4. The front cover now reads a little differently, "A Lifetime Of Research Proves That Truth Is / Stranger Than Fiction" replacing the old "Lifetime Research By The Author/ Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction."
5. There is a table of contents again, but it replaces the title page, which disappears for good, though the second "title" page remains.
6. The last page in the 10th and 11th, a page of photographs, now moves to page four.
7. Dropped are the rest of Higham's paintings of scenes in the Superstitions, taking their place are the returning sections Advice to Seekers of the Lost Dutchman Mine and How to reach the legendary Superstition and its lost mine haunts.
8. In general, the old order of sections is scrambled a bit, but this and the reintroduction of these sections makes for a pretty rational arrangement of the work's content.
As to be expected, there are oddities.
9. For some reason the chronology in the 9th (and 12/13th-21st) again ends in 1961 like in the 8th edition, not ending at the end of 1962, as in the more recent 11th edition.
10. Even more odd, the 9th-21st manage to leave out entries for 1961 that were present in the 10th and 11th editions; why?
11. This whole business of the chronologies is mystifying. Why end it on 8-1-61 when previous editions extend it to 12-62? And why not at least keep the other entries for 1961 that are present in the 10th and 11th editions? Whatever, the chronology now ends with the entry that reads: "The recovery of this, the 46th victim of the Apache curse - the 27th recovery in which this writer has aided - brings to a close the 'lost body recovering' activities of this 75-year old pioneer cowboy-rancher. Buddy Wayne Barnard, my 13-year-old-son , will carry on from here." Old Barney had a son when he was 62?!
12. Another odd change, the last few lines of the section Barney - Wayne Ellsworth Barnard are edited from "...he returned to his now famous ranch where the public and visitors are always welcome." to "...he returned to the West and the B bar B." The rest is omitted: "The Last of the Old West. In the shadow of Old Superstition, where life moves along softly, Barney's ranch is known nationally as the "Gateway to the Lost Dutchman." Where its always open house and Barney the genial host. Book learnin' NONE, Education PLENTY so says Barney; Rancho del Superstitions (Superstition Mountain Ranch) B--Home Of The---B."
This publication information presents several puzzles. The most intriguing one concerns the illustrations on the cover. Through the 8th edition the cover has a photograph of Superstition Mountain on it, either type a, b, or c. On the 9th edition the photograph is replaced by a drawing of Superstition Mountain. The old photograph returns (type c) again, however, on the covers of the 10th and 11th editions (the green and orange editions). But then once more it disappears from the cover of the 12/13-21st editions, replaced by the drawing, never reappearing. This same odd sequence can be seen in the placement of Higham's map over the course of these same editions. It first appears on the back cover of the 9th edition, moved to that location from its previous location on the back endpaper (the back endpaper now is the home of the new eulogy to Barney by his niece). But it is not on the back cover of the 10th and 11t editions. It returns with the 12/13th, and remains there on all later editions. Another puzzle: the missing 12th edition.
Some facts. Barney Barnard died in 1963, the same year the 11th edition came out, but the eulogy to Barnard first appears in the 9th edition which has a "revised to" date of August 1964. The eulogy is not in either the 10th or 11th editions though it is in the 13th and all following editions. What I think happened is that the 9th edition, for whatever reason, was skipped in 1961/62. After doing the 10th and 11th editions and after Barney's death someone went back to fill in the gap, calling the next edition the 9th, the one they had missed, though they could have called it the 12th edition. But they didn't. To compound the problem, when they jumped back to the top of the sequence they started with the 13th, never doing a 12th at all. Now, if someone finds a 9th edition that has a photograph on the cover and no eulogy this theory needs revision. Maybe there is even a 12th edition.
Up to 1953 this pamphlet was Higham's property, then for a brief period the joint property of Barnard and Higham (see the entry on Higham) and finally in 1954 just Barnard's. Barnard writes, "John Lindley Higham, artist and author (pen name Charles Fredrick (sic) Higham) whose sketches are reproduced herein, who was also co-author with this writer of the recent book, 'True Story of Jacob Walzer and Famous Hidden Gold Mine' first published in 1946, revised by him and this writer November, 1953." The story goes that ownership of this publication was used to settle a dispute over Higham's eating Barnard's chickens. Barnard asked Higham to take care of his ranch while he went away for a few weeks. When Barnard was delayed, Higham, who had very little money, resorted to eating up Barnard's flock of chickens. Upon his return Barney was upset enough at this that all Higham could do was offer him half ownership of his publication. They did put out a joint edition, but soon Barnard bought Higham's remaining half interest gaining sole possession of this pamphlet (GD). After 1954 Higham still gets mention on a title page and in the text, but it is Barnard who tinkered with it over the next decade.
Even though Higham's drawings and paintings do not always appear and the chapter arrangement varies a bit, it is still Higham's original work that is the core of subsequent editions. Barnard did, however, make substantive additions. He supplemented and rewrote it here and there and added photographs and several brief new sections. He changed some of Higham's "facts" too, for example, the $5,000 worth of gold left by Waltz in his home at his death now becomes $15,000. But Barnard's most significant additions are to Higham's chronology which eventually extends to 1962, far past Higham's stopping point of 1946. In the process Barnard added entries on Apache Junction, Goldfield, the Superstitions, and numerous autobiographical notes, all very entertaining, if not always accurate.
A note about autographs. Every copy I have seen from the 3rd edition on has the same signature and dedication "Kindest regards always Barney Barnard -- Cowboy-Rancher." It is either stamped or printed in all of them. I have seen several copies that have an added line in the same handwriting under the customary signature which are authentic, so he probably personalized others too.
TB: "Bernard's contribution appears to have been the addition of a series of news clippings from his Dutchman scrapbook. The booklet is not altogether worthless, but is flawed by serious historical inaccuracies and by such grotesque misspellings of proper names that the reader will wonder who the author is really talking about." CM: "Illustrated and co-ordinated by Charles Frederick Higham, this work gives a good, but brief history of the Superstition area and deals with legends surrounding Jacob Walzer. There have been several new editions in recent years." So ... The Rancho Del Superstition! The B bar B. The singing cowboy. (The location of the Rancho Del Superstition guest ranch is shown on Higham's map as well as Rosecran's.) A real character. Not a serious book at all. Great stuff. A real artifact now. I could go on and on about this one.
Barney's place at the foot of Superstition Mountain
To see some of the front and back covers for various editions.
The top two pages are from Higham's work, this is their order also in the joint edition and in Barnard's first edition. The bottom two pages are from Barnard's second edition. This is their order in editions 2-8,10-11. In editions 9,12-21, however, only the second one remains.
Title Pages. In Higham's original publication there appear what I refer to as two "title" pages. There is the actual title page, right where it should be at the start of the text, and there is another page later in the text that looks very much like another title page - or at least a prototype for a title page (see Higham for further explanation). Both these "title" pages also appear in the same order in the Higham-Barnard edition. In Barnard's publication they appear again, but with an important variation in placement in editions 1-8 and 10-11. Barnard's later editions, 9,12-21, have no true title page - but one of Higham's two title pages still survives farther back in the text. Now, even though Barnard's editions 1-8 and 10-11 do have both a true title and a prototype title page there is a problem. You will see that the title I take from the title page from the 1st edition is different from the title I use for 2-8 and 10-11. Why? The reason is that even though the 1st edition follows the order of appearance Higham established for these two title pages editions 2-8 and 10-11 do not, in them it is reversed (not to mention the typo!). In these editions Barnard uses Higham's second prototype title page as his first true title page, and the old true title page, Higham's first, is now used as the second prototype title page. Barnard just swaps them, they both occupy the spot the other had in the 1st edition, the joint edition and in Higham's work. I don't know why he did this, but it means that there are two different titles for this run of editions (1-8/10-11) and a third one when you count the cover title used for those that have no true title page anymore (9/12/13-21). But this is not the end of the story! As I noted, even when a true title page is dropped from later editions a second prototype title page remains buried in the text where it always was, but now, ironically, it is Higham's first true title page that occupies that spot. Barnard switches their order with his 2nd edition and it remains there in all the rest of his editions. So the original title page survives in all Barnard's editions, though it is used as the first, real, title page only once, in the first edition - and even then it has a typo!
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