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common questions about collecting Zane Grey books.
can I determine if the book I have is a first
first editions Zane Grey books were published by Harper's.
While there were a few books first published by other publishing
houses, most were from Harper's. Therefore, if you have
a Zane Grey book published by someone else, chances are
that it is not a first edition and is a reprint. Look under
Writings page of this website to determine who the publisher
of the first edition was.
Harpers used a code on most of their books to indicate first
editions. This information will eventually be added to the
Writings section of this website. However, the best
resource for determining first editions is a booklet printed
by Country Lane Books. Information on how to order
this booklet can be found on the Member
Dealers, Artists & Authors page of this website
- go to the section on Country Lane Books.
is the value of my Zane Grey book?
of Zane Grey books are difficult to determine. As with any
collectible, the value is often in the eye of the beholder.
First Editions with dust jackets can command prices up to
several hundred dollars. Without dust jackets, most first
editions are worth substantially less. Original copies of
"Betty Zane" can easily exceed a thousand dollars. However,
reprints with dust jackets will typically go for less than
$25 to $50. Reprints without dust jackets will rarely bring
$10. For a better determination of the value of a specific
book that you might have, we suggest that you contact one
of the several Society Member
As always, the condition of the collectible plays a major
role in the value.
Also, there are exceptions to the rule, so in order to gain
the best information you can on your particular book, please
contact one of the Society Member
effect does a dust jacket have on the value
of my Zane Grey book?
jackets can increase the value of a Zane Grey book by several
times. In fact, without a dust jacket, most reprints are
considered to be reading copies. First Editions with dust
jackets are becoming so rare that they are commanding extremely
good values while a First Edition without a dust jacket
is considered fairly common.
As always, there are exceptions to the rule, so in order
to gain the best information you can on your particular
book, please contact one of the Society Member
any of Zane Grey's books turned into
100 movies have been made from the many books written by
Zane Grey, beginning in the teens with silent movies to
the last one made in the 1990's, Riders
of the Purple Sage, starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan.
Some of the most famous actors and actresses in Hollywood
starred in these movies. These individuals read like a who's
who of Hollywood, including John Wayne, George Montgomery,
Jack Holt, Tim Holt, Randolph Scott, Buster Crabbe, George
O'Brien, Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Sally Blane,
Richard Arlen, Richard Dix, and Marsha Hunt.
types of Zane Grey movie collectibles
are many different movie collectibles available, most notably
several different styles of posters. Some of the more common
- One sheet movie posters -- 27" by 41" -- most sought
- One half-sheet posters -- 22" by 28"
- Insert posters -- 14" by 36"
- Lobby cards -- 11" by 14" -- normally released in
a series of 8 different cards
were the Walter Black editions?
Black Publishing House of Roslyn, NY, published 75 of Zane
Grey's titles in the late 50's and 60's. Apparently, millions
of copies of these were printed and distributed. They are
very noticeable in their red and tan book bindings. Most
have little value, but there are several that are worth
quite a bit. These editions make great reading copies.
For more detailed information on these books and a list
of titles, see our Walter
Black Editions page
have seen several dealers advertising books
with a "blindstamp". What is a blindstamp?
blindstamp is the indented mark you see on the back cover,
lower right corner of a book to indicate it is either a
book club edition (most often) or by a particular publisher.
It may vary from an indented "dot" (book club) to an impressed
copy of the publisher's logo. Regardless of which purpose
that is what is known as a blindstamp.
are generally accepted practices for
grading the condition of books?
following listing comes from one of our society member book
dealers, Paul Schildgen, of Yesterday's
BOOK CONDITION GUIDE
So you want to sell or buy some books and are not sure
of what the various grades mean? Here is a paraphrase
of the A. B. Bookmansf Grading guide, developed in 1949
and in general use by booksellers today.
As New: As it comes from the publisher.
No defects, no markings, no library stamps, etc. Dust
jacket if one was issued must be immaculate.
Fine: approaches As New but not crisp.
Again no defects, markings, etc. If dust jacket has any
minor damage it must be noted.
Very Good: A used book that shows small
signs of wear, but no tears of either binding or paper.
Any defects must be noted.
Good: The average used and worn book,
with all pages and leaves present. Any defects must be
Fair: A worn book that has complete text
pages including any maps or plates, but may lack endpapers,
half title, etc.
Often the terms gnearlyh gexcepth or gelseh appear in
an attempt to further define the bookfs condition. While
these terms serve that purpose, the condition of the book
is still the next lower level.
Additional information on First Editions
and Book Collecting can be found by following the links
for the First Editions:
An Excerpt from Lloyd Rogers' Book, Zane Grey First Editions
How to Grade the Condition of a Book You are Trying to Sell
First Edition Codes
Historical images of Zane Grey used with permission of Dr. Loren Grey and Zane Grey, Inc.